Fitbit, one of the top wearable wireless activity tracker manufacturers, recently introduced its new product Fitbit Charge. Unlike many of its rivals, which require the user to sync their phones to the tracker in order to monitor progress towards their fitness goals, Fitbit Charge allows the user to access their fitness data and targets conveniently right on their wrists.
Display and Design
The Fitbit Charge has a sporty style due to its flexible wristband, which is made of a durable elastomer material commonly used in sport watches. It is available in four colours, including burgundy, slate, black, and blue. The fitness band has a glowing OLED display that shows time, estimated calories burned, and distance travelled. In order to conserve power, the display turns dark after a few seconds and the user has to push the side button or double tap the screen to activate it.
Performance and Battery
The memory is sufficient to store detailed motion data of a week and daily totals of a month. The fitness band is compatible to wirelessly sync data with an Android, Apple iOS, and Windows Phone within a 20-foot range. The package comes with a Bluetooth USB dongle that allows the user to store their data on a computer and other Bluetooth-enables devices. Fitbit Charge is splash, rain, and sweat proof, but the manufacturer advices the users not to wear it while swimming or taking a shower. According to Fitbit, the activity tracker has a battery life of up to 7 days and charging time is one hour.
Fitbit Charge comes with a 3-axis accelerometer that measures motion patterns and tracks calories burned, distance covered, and steps taken. It has an altimeter as well that measures floors climbed by the user. The sleep monitor has an automatic sleep detection function, which tracks sleep hours and quality of sleep.