Fitbit charges up Charge 2 and Flex 2 wearables
Fitbit’s latest fitness wearables offer a range of new features along with a serious accent on style.
Fitbit is the big name in fitness trackers, but it’s clearly well aware that you’ve got to offer a bit more than just step tracking in order to grab people’s attention. For its product refreshes on the Charge and Flex lines, it’s opted for automatic exercise recognition, new styles and guided breathing activities.
The Fitbit Charge 2 features a larger display screen than the original Charge, as well as interchangeable bands for the device itself. The Charge 2 offers continuous heart rate tracking that’s used in concert with its automatic fitness tracking to provide you with an ongoing quantifiable fitness score.
It also offers a new guided breathing feature, similar to what will also be offered on the upcoming software revision for the Apple Watch. The idea here is that short guided breathing sessions can aid in relaxing, meditation and mind focus when performed on a regular basis.
The Charge 2 is on sale in Australia from today, will an asking price of $249.95. Accessories include a $49.95 accessory band or $119.95 premium leather band.
There will also be a gunmetal or rose gold version of the Charge 2 available later on for $289.95.
Flex it out
Fitbit has slimmed down the updated Flex tracker to be even smaller, but the Fitbit Flex 2’s particular point of difference is the inclusion of swim tracking. The use of Bluetooth and a general lack of waterproofing (as distinct from water resistance, which keeps the sweat at bay) means that most fitness trackers aren’t suitable for athletes who do their best work in the pool. The Flex 2 will be waterproof to up to 50 metres, with automatic swim-tracking features built in.
The Flex 2 boasts a slimmer and heavily-styled design that won’t appeal to everybody, but does a decent job of not looking like just another simple fitness wearable. Fitbit will sell a variety of premium bracelets and pendants designed to house the Flex 2 without making it readily apparent that you’re tracking your fitness as you go about your daily business, up to and including 22K-plated gold stainless steel bangles and necklaces.
The Flex 2 will be sold in Australia from October for $149.95 outright, with accessories ranging from $49.95 for a set of fitness bands up to $169.95 for a gold or rose gold pendant or necklace accessory.