Need a simple, entry level smartwatch? The Fitbit Charge could be the perfect fit.
- Pros: Easy to use, lightweight, comfortable, awesome battery life, great entry-level activity tracker.
- Cons: Not waterproof, screen can get scuffed.
Why should I buy it? If you’re looking for a basic activity tracker that is comfortable and simple to use, the Fitbit Charge ticks all the right boxes.
The Fitbit Charge is the replacement for the Fitbit Force, which was recalled in 2014 after some users experienced skin irritations from its band. With this in mind, design was a key focus for the release of the Fitbit Charge. Smaller and slicker in appearance than the Force, the Charge is all about simple but effective design. The textured rubber band is better at hiding damage than previous models, while the band is thin, lightweight and feels secure on your wrist. A surgical-grade, stainless-steel clasp completes the Charge’s overall design.
- Long battery life. The battery in the Fitbit Charge lasts from seven to ten days. The lithium-polymer battery takes one to two hours to charge.
- Track your activity all day long. The Charge allows users to keep track of their steps taken, distance covered, calories burned, and the minutes they’ve been active. An included altimeter also allows you to track the floors you have climbed.
- OLED display. All the information you track can be accessed via the 0.8 inch OLED display.
- Caller ID. The Fitbit Charge allows you to receive incoming call notifications when your smartphone is nearby.
- Sleep monitoring. The Charge automatically monitors your sleep patterns and allows users to set a silent alarm.
- Water-resistant. The Fitbit Charge is promoted as being water-resistant to 1 ATM. Not to be confused with being waterproof, this simply means that the tracker is sweat, rain and splash proof. In other words, don’t try to go for a swim while wearing the Fitbit Charge.
- Wireless syncing. The Fitbit Charge allows you to wirelessly sync your fitness and activity data to your tablet, computer and more than 150 iOS, Android and Windows smartphones via Bluetooth 4.0. This convenient feature makes the Charge simple to use with an extensive range of smartphones.
- Fitbit app. The Fitbit app is designed to make it as simple and straightforward to track your progress as possible. It includes charts and graphs, the ability to log workouts, monthly exercise calendars, progress notifications, a food logger and the option to easily share your achievements via social networks.
Ease of Use
While Fitbit’s app was once seen as being ineffective, clunky and the polar opposite of user-friendly, it has come a long way in recent times. In fact, it’s now one of the simplest, most intuitive apps available on the fitness tracker market. You don’t have to be a gadget geek to work out how to navigate the app – even your tech-phobic 90-year-old grandma could figure it out in a few quick minutes. All the most important details you’d want from an activity tracker – steps taken, distance covered, active minutes etc – are available at a glance, while checking the time is similarly effortless. While the Fitbit Charge can be quickly and easily used as a basic tracker, it can also be used to delve much deeper into the data it produces. If you wish to bury your head in detailed stats over how much you’ve been moving, how you’re progressing towards your weight loss goal and even assess your general fitness plan, you can.
The Final Word
The skin irritation problems that plagued the Fitbit Force now seem to be a thing of the past. The Charge is easy to use, boasts a simple style and offers everything you’d want from a basic fitness tracker. Add to that an incredible battery life and you’ve got one of the best packages on the market. Just make sure to compare it with a few other offerings before deciding which activity tracker is the best one to help you reach your fitness goals.