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Fitbit Charge 2 Review

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With impressive performance and support across both iOS and Android, the Charge 2 offers best in class fitness tracking for anyone looking to keep tabs on their exercise levels.

The good

  • Comprehensive coverage
  • Intuitive user interface
  • Automatic activity tracking
  • Tracking for multiple sports
  • Interchangeable bands
  • Battery Life

The bad

  • No battery life indicator
  • Silent alarms seem weak
  • Limited notifications
  • Proprietary charger

Fitbit may not have invented the fitness tracking market, but it has certainly carved out its own leadership position over the past few years. While Apple is focused on making the smartwatch happen with the Apple Watch Series 2, Fitbit has firmly focused on the fitness market to great success.

The most recent product to hit the Fitbit lineup is the Charge 2, a successor to the extremely successful Charge HR. With an immediately familiar weight and feel for previous Charge users, the Charge 2 features a massively improved screen that can display a whole lot more information.

Also new is the arrival of interchangeable bands for the tracker, allowing it to be comfortably worn at both the gym or at a formal business meeting. There’s also the addition of a new Relax setting to encourage users to take a couple of moments each day to breathe.

Design

  • Intuitive user interface
  • Interchangeable bands
  • Limited notifications
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Performance

  • Solid battery life...
  • ...but no battery life indicator
  • Relies on a proprietary charger
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Features

  • Comprehensive coverage
  • Automatic activity tracking
  • Tracking for multiple sports
  • Silent alarms seem weak

Verdict

With the Charge 2, Fitbit has again reasserted itself as the brand to be with in the fitness tracking marketplace. With impressive performance and support across both iOS and Android, the Charge 2 offers best in class fitness tracking for anyone looking to keep tabs on their exercise levels.

Of course, there are plenty of other alternatives out there. Fans of Samsung Galaxy devices might want to take advantage of the Gear Fit 2, or alternatively for anyone wanting an even bigger screen, there’s the Microsoft Band 2 as well.

If notifications are essential, a smartwatch is almost definitely going to be a superior option, with either the Apple Watch Series 2, or an Android Wear device like the Polar M600 or Moto 360 being your best option.


Pricing and availability

The Fitbit Charge 2 is available for $249.95 RRP from Fitbit’s website and retail stores around the country. You can get it slightly cheaper if you shop around though. Alternatively, you can get it even cheaper at Amazon.

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Specifications

Fitbit Charge 2

General

Colours
Black, Blue, Plum, Teal
Battery Life
Up to 5 days

Connectivity

NFC
No

Features

Accelerometer
Yes
Alarm Clock
Yes
Calories Burned
Yes
Distance
Yes
Heart Rate
Yes
Pedometer
Yes
Rechargeable
Yes
Sleep Tracker
Yes
Usb Charging
Yes
Wireless Sync
Yes

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