Fitbit Charge

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Energize your day with the Fitbit Charge—an advanced activity wristband that tracks your steps taken, distance traveled, calories burned, floors climbed and active minutes. Stay connected throughout the day with real-time fitness stats and Caller ID on the LED display. When your day is done, automatically monitor your sleep and set a silent, vibrating alarm. This alarm is good for any updates or to simply remind you to take a walk.  Whether you’re at the office or on the go, the Charge will syncs your stats to your smartphone and computer to help you find the motivation you need to achieve your fitness goals!  When monitoring your sleep, you do have to wear your Fitbit to sleep or else it cannot track your sleep.  This is a very neat feature because it allows you to see how long you slept for, when you were restless, and when you were in a deep sleep.

Before companies like Fitbit came along, avid runners and fitness enthusiasts had to use expensive equipment and invasive chest straps to record accurate, continuous heart rates of which synced with a watch. Fitbit was one of the first fitness tracking watches to successfully and profitably engineer affordable wrist-read continuous heart rate, along with calories maintained in a certain day, steps, and sleep tracking. There is also a silent alarm and you will get notifications to get up and start moving! It is a daily motivator.

Fitbit Charge is designed to fit seamlessly into your life so you can achieve your health and fitness goals, whatever they may be! Keep track of your routines, steps, and goals on your device! To empower and inspire you to live a healthier, more active life, wear the Fitbit Charge to keep you motivated and on the right track!

 

 

Pros
  • All-Day Activity: Track steps, distance, calories burned, floors climbed, active minutes, hourly activity & stationary time
  • Watch and Display: See daily stats, time of day & Exercise Mode on the OLED display
  • Long Battery Life: Lasts longer than competing trackers with a battery life of 7-10 days
  • Auto Sleep and Alarms: Monitor your sleep automatically & set a silent alarm
  • Wireless Syncing: Sync stats wirelessly & automatically to leading smartphones and computers
  • It has a silent alarm you could use to wake up every morning to
Cons
  • May be to large for some people
  • It does not store music
  • You may need to switch bands if you constantly wear it
Activities
Activities

Activities

If you are an athlete or like to workout, the Fitbit Charge can accommodate and track all of your training and performance data. It tracks all of your steps, floors climbed, active minutes, calories burned, and goals.

Even though the Charge is sweat- and splash-proof, it isn't water proof.
Basic Features
Basic Features

Basic Features

The Charge will track essential features such as your pace during a run, walk or hike, as well as the distance you went that day, and the duration of your activity.

Your Charge automatically tracks the hours you sleep and your movement during the night to help you understand your sleep quality. You don’t need to press any buttons or otherwise enter a “sleep mode” to begin tracking sleep. Simply wear your Charge to bed and you can see these results.

All data can be viewed by swiping the touchscreen face of the Charge. It also sends this data to the Fitbit app, if you choose to download and sync it on your smart phone or any device you have.
Advanced Features
Advanced Features

Advanced Features

The Charge is full of advanced and fun features to help make your workout successful.

As do most fitness trackers, the Charge has a feature to track steps taken daily and per hour, how many miles you have traveled, the number of floors you have climbed, and the calories you have burned that day. It will send you reminders to move around if you have been stagnant for an extended period of time.

The Charge tracks your current heart rate as well as your average resting heart rate. While engaging in physical activities, this watch measures your heart rate, your distance, calories burned, and total workout time.

You will also have an alarm! When your silent alarm goes off, your Charge will vibrate and the screen will flash. This notification will repeat several times until dismissed. You can dismiss the alarm by pressing the button on the side of the Charge.
Accuracy
Accuracy

Accuracy

All fitness trackers use their own unique software in the device to track steps as you walk and move throughout the day. Compared to other step tracking devices, users have found that the Charge can sometimes track your steps on the higher end. However, being that the Charge is only worn on the wrist, it can be expected that the count will be a little bit off some days but not always.

When it comes to running on the treadmill or outside, the Charge most accurately tracked distance when connected to a phone, because it can use its GPS feature.

For heart rate monitoring, the Charge is extremely accurate, especially in the areas of 24/7 and resting heart rate while working out.
Connectivity
Connectivity

Connectivity

In order to use the Fitbit app with your Fitbit Charge, you must have Bluetooth connectivity and a smartphone (with the apps downloaded on the phone). The Charge will connect with your phone and update your Fitbit app.

This device syncs fairly quickly. Data is saved instantly to the watch, and is sent to the Fitbit app on your phone.
Apps
Apps

Apps

The Fitbit Charge can connect directly to the Fitbit App for Apple and Android phones. This feature is only possible if you have the bluetooth on your phone turned on.

You will need to set up an account with Fitbit in order to sync everything. Once you download the app, you can do this. It is free and very easy.

Your Charge will share its data with the application on the phone, which stores it so you can analyze your performance and health stats at any time. The app not only keeps track of your workout performance, but also your sleep patterns (if you wear it to sleep) and your eating habits.
Comfort
Comfort

Comfort

The Fitbit Charge band is very comfortable and flexible on your wrist.

Reviewers have declared this watch is comfortable during all physical activities. The flexible material of the band allows the watch to move with your body. It is also lightweight, which helps when working out. The one area in which the Charge could improve is band breathability. After a run or workout, your wrist is often sweaty and wet underneath the band, so you might have to wipe it down if you are sweating a lot.
Style
Style

Style

The style of the Fitbit Charge is very comfortable, flexible, and stylish. You can purchase this watch in many colors to fit your style.

Charge's wristband is made of a flexible, durable elastomer material similar to that used in many sports watches. Charge also has a surgical-grade stainless steel clasp.
Durability
Durability

Durability

This fitness watch is made of durable materials. The band, made of elastomer, is flexible and can handle movement and strain. Reviewers have dropped and bumped their Charges around countless times and there is not a scratch to be found on the frame or the face or around the band.
Face
Face

Face

The Fitbit Charge has a smaller face than some of the other Fitbit devices on the market right now. Although it might have a smaller face than other Fitbit's, it shows a lot of information on the face.

When tapping on your Fitbit's face, it will show you everything you want to see instead of going into the app on your phone.
Band
Band

Band

The classic Charge band is made of elastomer, and is black in color. This soft materials is very accommodating during even a hard workout. Your wrist can move freely, but the elastomer isn't the most breathable material, so you may feel a bit of sweat build up.

The band comes in black, slate, blue, and burgundy.
Sizes Available
Sizes Available

Sizes Available

The Charge is available in one size but has different dimensions. The band is available in small, which fits wrists with a circumference ranging from 5.5-6.5 inches, and large, which fits wrists with a circumference falling between 6.5 and 7.7 inches. They also have extra large available.
Ease of Use
Ease of Use

Ease of Use

The Charge can be navigated with the tap or swipe of your finger and only one finger. The screen is easy to read and it helps you to perform the functions you want to.

The Fitbit online portal and app are both easy to use. Data can be inputted with the tap of your smart phone screen or the click of your mouse. All of the data is saved on your app.

The app alerts you when there needs to be an update.
Power Source
Power Source

Power Source

This smart fitness watch has a long lasting battery. It lasts longer than competing trackers with a battery life of 7-10 days, depending on how much you use it.

Fitbit does recommends charging it every few days, before the battery dies, or else you risk losing data.

It is recommend that you charge your fitbit every other night if you use it a lot!
Price
Price

Price

The Fitbit Charge, in its regular form, has an MSRP of $139.99 and that price can vary depending on where you buy it.

Accessories
Accessories

Accessories

The Fitbit Charge accessories are limited because you can only pruchase the Charge in a certain band color. You cannot change the band at any time with the Charge.

You can buy another charger for your Fitbit at anytime! I recommend having more than one in case your Fitbit needs to be charged on the go or at work.
Key Features
Key Features

Key Features

Easy to read face
Comfortable band
Tracking device
All day activity
Fitbit app
Lifestyle watch, not just for fitness
Bottom Line
Bottom Line

Bottom Line

The Fitbit Charge is meant for anyone that has made health and fitness their lifestyle. The Charge offers many features, all-day activity: tracking steps, distance, calories burned, floors climbed, active minutes, hourly activity & stationary time

The heart rate measurements are accurate as they can be! This watch is very comfortable to wear, and can be worn for any occasion. The Fitbit Charge is an all-around decent watch to have to keep tabs on your healthy lifestyle and all of your data.