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A Deep Dive Into Fitbit Charge 2
How do you make the Fitbit Charge HR better? I guess I’m not the only one who struggled with the original Charge’s tiny display because that’s what Fitbit have done. The new Charge 2 HR has a large vertical OLED display.
They’ve also made it modular so it can be customised with a range of straps in many different designs, styles and colours.
The Fitbit Charge 2 looks great, performs well and deservedly takes it’s place as one of the most desirable fitness bands. The Fitbit Charge 2 activity tracker has been reviewed by Tristan Haskins aka CardioCritic
Who Is It For?
The Fitbit Charge 2 is a mid-sized fitness band, closest in size to the Garmin Vivosmart HR.
It features all the “normal” activity tracking functions you’d expect including steps, distance, calories AND floors climbed > PLUS it has built-in off the wrist heart rate sensors (like the Surge & Blaze) > PLUS it can, if you want accurate speed & distance feedback, utilise the GPS in your smartphone (like the Fitbit Blaze).
It’s also a sleep monitor providing daily feedback (via app) on sleep duration and quality. The major improvement on the Charge 2 is the VERTICAL display. The original Charge and Charge HR had TINY horizontal displays, this version is much better.
Next Model UP
The top of the range in the Fitbit stable is the Fitbit Ionic, a true smartwatch with competent sports tracking, built-in GPS, wrist based HR, personal coaching and much more.
Next Model Down
The models below the Charge 2 are the Alta and Flex 2.
The original Flex is still available and if you’re not too worried about the fashionable cases / bracelets and you don’t need your fitness tracker to be swim proof then the original still offers great value for money.
The Fitbit Charge 2 comes very highly recommended. It’s not the cheapest fitness tracker on the market but it is supported by one of the best apps.
The Charge 2 has 99% of activity tracking functions and 85% of sports monitoring features required by the vast majority of people aiming to improve general fitness and increase daily activity.
Taking everything in to consideration I have awarded the Charge 2 a 4.5/5 star rating and would be happy to recommend it to a majority of users.