Fitbit has taken the world by storm. Here i’m going to review for you the Charge HR, i have been using the Fitbit for 2 months now and i’m going to give you a full breakdown of how i’ve found it.
Fitbit is at the forefront of wearable fitness tech and since its creation in 2007 is now worth more than $8 Billion. There current range gives 11 different fitness tracker options depending on lifestyle and types of sports.
I decided to take on the Charge HR. Because while i did want the features in the Fitbit Blaze i frankly didn’t fancy getting rid of that much cash on something i wasn’t sure i would end up using, not to mention that all this fitbit stuff is alright unless you play something like rugby where i can’t wear a watch. So the Charge HR would do for my gym work and walking/running. Now i wasn’t going to get the GPS stuff from the watch but i will always have my phone on me so all good.
Great presentation and could not wait to get this thing open, for the packaging is reminiscent of the GoPro stuff which they have ultimately ripped off. Easy to get out and easy to get setup, i had it linked to my phone and working before i’d even put my seatbelt on in the car to go home.
So as i got home i sat and registered on Fitbit so within 15 minutes i was setup and didn’t need to do another thing except wear a watch. How good is that!
Usability and Design
Years ago something like this would have probably served as a training aid for building up arm muscles with the amount of things it does but design is stylish yet subtle and you can easily wear around all day whilst at work. People will know what you are doing when they spot it but this isn’t an issue, it is still a watch after all. I’m sure only the most draconian boss would have an issue with it.
No issues using the thing as it doesn’t take a massive amount of using, if you are working out hold the button down. When you’re done hold it down again, you can check your stats by just tapping the button to get calories burned and a bunch of other stats.
Going for a walk and tracking is great and easy, just hit the app in your phone if you want to get your route measured, otherwise it will actually class things as walks and register on the dashboard online even if you don’t tell it you’re out for a run/jog/walk, just another nifty innovation really that helps remind you what you did if nothing else.
Battery charge is good, up to 4-5 days with ease, if you are doing exercise regularly on a daily basis and you are tracing all this then 4 days is probably your max.
Alarm – Special mention to this cool addition to the Charge HR is the silent alarms, a great addition that i have used to remind me for supplement taking and the obvious get up in the morning. For those of you with partners who you don’t want to wake up just because you feel the need to gym at 6am its a nice thing to have.
My only drawback is within the calorie tracking side of things. Compared to other systems online like MyFitnessPal it pales in comparison, they have a stunning array of accurate food information especially in the UK but this is well behind in my opinion, so much so i’ve pretty much given up with it, i would hope this starts to improve but that is my only annoyance to be honest.
Overall – Charge HR
I would say yes get this to anyone, its ease of use means little to no effort goes in to this. I’ve tried many fads and apps for this site and can say that this is by far the easiest thing to use so far. But really i’ve found no end of motivation from using this even after a crappy day in the office, the other night i felt a sudden urge to hit 15,000 steps and was determined to hit this.
You can share between friends and compete which is undoubtedly a laugh for most so give it a go, there is a great community on their site too that you can engage with.
The dashboard online is also great and beutifully layed out and you can really delve into the stats from there too if you want. Now i have one i don’t see a point i would stop using it, i’m sure these will only get a better.
Now just improve the calorie logging system to be on a par with other free systems and i’ll even get a tattoo.
Let us know your thoughts on your Charge HR or any other Fitbit stuff.