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Fitbit Charge 2 has been added some new functions compared to its predecessor.
But let's see if it can be the winner of the fitness tracker race 2016!
Fitbit Charge 2 Design Review
The reason for many people to choose a Fitbit device is the sleek and fashionable design. You can wear it everywhere, every time in comfort and still look stylish.
The design of the Fitbit Charge 2 continues to be a plus. People may fell in love at first sight with this wristband. It looks mysterious and luxurious at the same time.
It has a wider band and screen than the Fitbit Charge and the Charge HR.
With a 4-time larger screen than the predecessor, it can show you more information. This is very useful because when you are running or cycling, etc… it will display all helpful data. Besides, the OLED screen allows for easily reading in the brightest sun.
Fitbit Charge 2 Features Review

Fitbit Charge 2 Pros
The marquee feature of Fitbit Charge 2 compared to Fitbit Charge is the Heart rate monitor. The built-in heart rate monitor which uses PurePulse technology has already been used in Fitbit Charge HR, Fitbit Blaze and Fitbit Surge. Now heart rate monitor fans can look forward to use it on Fitbit Charge 2 as well.
The heart rate monitor has 2 leds and works pretty much accurately for moderate activity and steady running. But it can’t be said the same for high intensive activities. The laggy live data makes it difficult for you to make sure your heart is hitting specific highs.
Besides tracking your heart rate continuously all day, the Fitbit Charge 2 tracks steps taken, distance travelled, floors climbed, active minutes, exercise, calories burned, how long and how well you sleep. It also alerts when you’ve been inactive for too long.
You can set a handful of activities like running, biking, weights, treadmill, or yoga. During workouts you can view your heart rate, speed, and if you bring along your mobile phone, it will use your phone’s GPS to track the route.
Relax app is an interesting new feature, it provides personalized deep-breathing exercises which could help you reduce stress.
Charge 2 can receive phone calls, text messages and calendar alerts when near your phone. Notifications vibrate when your phone receives them. Just lift and turn your wrist towards you or press the button to see them. You can manage notification settings in your Fitbit app.

An update of this version is that you don’t need to set up on computer before installing on smartphone but you can establish directly on your phone. As a result, USB – bluetooth sync dongle is not included in the box. If you want to sync the device with your computer, you will need to buy the USB at $20.
Fitbit Charge 2 took things up a level when it is enhanced with Cardio Fitness Level, which is Fitbit speak for VO2 Max. Then it takes your user profile – age, height, weight and fitness data – to give you a score. This score is your VO2 Max, and it’s a pretty decent indicator of how fit you are, and is normally only found on high-end Garmin sports watches. This feature is not included in the Fitbit Blaze which makes the biggest differentiation between these 2 models.

Fitbit Charge 2 Cons

Many people felt disappointed when Fitbit Charge 2 is still not waterproof. That means you can’t take it for swimming. For long use, you should take it off when showering.
The battery life of Charge 2 is even shorter than Fitbit Charge, just 5 days compared to 7 days.
And as I said before, Fitbit Charge 2 piggybacks the smartphone-location data so for running or cycling, you still need to bring along your smartphone to track the route.

Fitbit Charge 2 Price

The device is launched for $150 (£130, AU$250), which is roughly the same price that the older Fitbit Charge HR is currently going for.



Fitbit Charge 2 Review Conclusion


Though Fitbit Charge 2 still has some disadvantages such as non-waterproof, non-built-in GPS and short battery life, it's obviously added great functions that outpace all the Fitbit older models. So if you want a sleek fitness tracker that has a built-in heart rate monitor, this wristband is the best choice!
If you want to compare this device with other heart rate monitor wristbands, check out my post about Heart rate monitor Reviews.
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Last Sunday I ran the Chicago Marathon. It was my first time ever in Chicago, my 3rd marathon outside of California, and my 19th Marathon overall.

They call Chicago the Windy City, but personally I never found it especially windy. (But then again, I was there in the mild month of October.) And Marathon day was no exception. The day was clear and cool with a few clouds. I made it, along with the rest of the mob, early enough to particiapte on my corral's eight AM start. The thing is, around eight o'clock my corral wasn't anywhere near the start line. It would be a little more than an extra half hour before I finally crossed the line with my herd.

The day before at the Marathon Expo I attended a Runner's World forum, and one of the running coaches recommended running the first ten miles as one would a training run, so you could spare yourself for the latter part. I decided to follow that advice. It was also ideal since my PT Jessica Greaux, (Of Innersport in Berkeley,) had been coaching my running, and I paid a lot of attentionto my gait and cadence as I tried to pedal my feet and move the ground underneath me, rather than slapping my feet on top of it.

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My beloved Garmin Forerunner 305 is on its last legs - the alerts don't beep anymore, it won't sync with my computer, and new development today - pressing any of the buttons besides "start/stop" causes it to shut off.

SOOOO... I guess I'm in the market to replace it (as well as to find one for my fiance, who has gotten interested in my 305 lately). Any suggestions?

Features I love about the 305: the ability to have split screens, and to switch between screens. On one I show lap pace, lap time, lap distance, and on another I have total time, total distance, and current pace (which is actually fairly unhelpful most of the time). Thos are the two screens I use the most - the third shows me total time, total distance, lap pace, and randomly calories (which I assume is innacurate, making that fairly pointless as well.)
I also like the history log, with the ability to see overall stats, as well as lap-by-lap breakdowns without syncing it to my computer.
The heart rate chest band alway worked well for me, though I often forget to put it on.

I've never loved the bulkiness of the watch itself, but it never bothered me so much once I got on the road.

Accuracy is important.

Any ideas?

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