We know that the Fitbit Surge was the first ever wearable watch introduced in 2014 which included the gears like GPS, day-through fitness tracking, the optical heart rate sensor, and the smart device notifications. Since the year passed and technology has achieved a new level, a lot has changed.
The fitness giant companies like Garmin, TomTom have already started built-in heart rate sensors and smartphone notifications in the GPS watches which became popular among the worldwide users. Also, there are multifunctional products like Apple Watch and Samsung Gear Fit 2 have a big market too. And to outrank this competition, the Fitbit Charge 2 got introduced in 2016 and easily taken the first spot in the category of the best fitness trackers of 2016.
The Fitbit Charge 2 comes with a couple of new and advanced features with the already seen before functionalities like the previous versions of the Fitbit Surge; Alta, Blaze, and the Charge HR had. Let’s go through the review of Fitbit Charge 2 and see what this new version of Fitbit offers.
Design and Comfort
As like its predecessors, the Fitbit Charge 2 also has an esque look. It is sleeker than the previous versions, though. It has a larger black & white OLED screen which is four times bigger. The polished silver body makes it look more fashionable to wear on wrists. The clasp system is same as of the Fitbit Charge and Charge HR, but it is placed firmly in this advanced version.
The display size is big enough to fit on your wrists. It is bigger than the Fitbit Alta, but smaller than the Fitbit Surge and Blaze, though. I can say that the overall design is pleasant and comfortable for your wrists. It offers a bit more information on display without having an outdated big screen.
Features of Fitbit Charge 2
The Fitbit Charge 2 is water resistant. It will normally work in rain and sweat, but it is not recommended to wear it in the shower, though. If I believe in the product description, I feel like I can wear it in the swimming pool too. Let’s look at some exciting features of Fitbit Charge 2.
- When you long press the side button, it will start tracking your specific workouts. Later you will get the detailed summary in the Fitbit app.
- The SmartTrack feature automatically detects your physical activity like cycling, running, walking, and more. It also detects floor climbing and other workouts.
- It detects and displays the number of steps climbed, total minutes of activity and also hourly activity.
- The VO2 Max Fitbit App which is more known as the ‘Cardio Fitness Level,’ uses your profile data like weight, age, height, and other fitness data to give you the right score comparing with other people’s age group and fitness activities.
- With the PurePulse heart rate sensor will measure your heart rate while resting and exercising and shows the detailed report in the app afterwards.
- The another surprising feature of Fitbit Charge 2 is its guided breathing. It will calculate your heart rate and finds the rhythm to let you know whether you are too deeply inhaling or too quickly exhaling. Then it will guide you personally through the right breathing exercise.
What the Fitbit Charge 2 has missed?
- It does not have a built-in GPS
- It is water-resistant, but not waterproof
- The heart rate sensor is not so accurate as described
- The user interface is somewhat same as the predecessors and not too much liked
What will make the Fitbit Charge 2 a hit?
- Unique features of Guided Breathing
- Sleek design
- Impressive Vo2 Max data
- Affordable price
The Fitbit Charge 2 has a way of improvement over the previous versions of Fitbit. If you are looking for more fitness tracking data over a bigger display, then the Fitbit Charge 2 is for you. But if you are more concern about your heart rate tracking and want a waterproof wearable, then you may have to think twice before buying it.
Mandip is a passionate writer by day and a movie-loving, sports nerd by night. He enjoys the thrill of riding his sports bike every other day and on weekends. Currently, he blogs at Best On Internet.