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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 PriceThe 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.