Fitbit announces that its original Charge and Charge HR have been its selling fitness tracker. So it’s not shocking Fitbit has taken everything that proved well-liked on the original and managed this as a foundation for the Fitbit Charge 2, which was newly launched beside the new entry-level Fitbit Flex 2.
Starting off, the heart rate monitoring of the Charge HR now comes as normal, so the re’s only one model of Charge 2. This helps carry down the sheer variety of Fitbit trackers available, which was becoming complicated. The PurePulse heart rate monitor of the original makes a return and brings with it continuous and resting heart rate monitoring.
Packed with everything you could need, except GPS, the Charge 2 covers the entire basics. You’ll be able to think about this device more of an evolution than a reinvention, however by correcting most of the shortcomings of the original; the Charge 2 proves to be a nice all-rounder.
The Charge 2, just like the Alta before it, sports a stainless-steel chassis and a massive, tap-enabled display. You will find one button on the left side of the device which is used for cycling via different modes and features. Tapping the button will provide you to cycle via the current time, heart rate, activity begin, stopwatch, relaxation timer, and active silent alarms. You’ll be able to remove any of these and reorder them all from inside the Fitbit companion app. Alternatively, you’ll be able to tap on the display to cycle via your daily stats, which involve steps taken, calories burned, heart rate, stairs climbed, distance traveled and active minutes.
This new, bigger display is a welcome addition, as it not only allows for more info to be shown on one screen however also for unique clock faces. There are quite a few to choose from – 7 to be exact – and they all provide a good mixture of style and performance.
A greater display also means the re’s more room for smartphone notifications. Whereas the Charge HR was only able to provide call notifications, the Charge 2 supports call, text and calendar events. The display isn’t that large, though, so notifications are tough to learn.
All-day activity tracking
Sleep tracking and silent alarm
Cardio Fitness Level score
Multi-sport with automatic tracking
New customizable bands
Review Price: £129.99
Fitbit declares the Charge 2 will last you as much as five days from a single charge. We noticed we didn’t quite hit that mark. However, we have been using the device pretty intensively.
However when you’re not constantly using the fitness-tracking, heart rate and breathing-tracking features you’ll get close to five days on a single charge.
On average we found that we received around three and a bit days of use from our fully-charged Charge 2; that’s not too dangerous, as it suggests you’d only be recharging the device twice a week.
Fitbit has added its propriety charger in the box. However, we’d favor it if we could use a microUSB charger; being dependent on Fitbit’s charger meant we couldn’t charge the device once we started working and realized we’d left our charger at home.
The Fitbit Charge 2 isn’t a large advance on the Fitbit Charge HR. The design has improved a bit, and the bigger display is helpful for operating via your stats as well as for testing phone notifications. However, those are issues the Fitbit Blaze already provides, albeit for a higher price.
However when you’re looking for a fitness tracker to monitor your heart rate throughout the day, and need multi-sport tracking features, then you’ll need to think about the Fitbit Charge 2.
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