FitBit Charge HR Review

Everyone knows FitBit, it was the top selling Christmas gift of 2015 and a fast growing company. I know there are many reviews on YouTube about this product and I’m going to add to that in blog form.

I got my FitBit Charge HR in August 2015 as a birthday gift and I have also bought one for my friend in late November 2015. Here is what I have to say about the FitBit Charge HR.

16599145First off lets start with the look and the colours it is avalable in. This one has the watch like buckle which I’ve heard a lot of people love, me being one of them as well. The old Charge didn’t have the buckle which has caused to hear a lot of complains about, so be careful of which one you’re buying. The colours I actually love, it comes in black, plum (purple), blue, tangerine (orange), and teal. I personally have the plum and I bought my friend the teal one; the teal is actually an amazing colour just as a side note.

What does it do? One might ask when looking to buy one. Well it does a bit actually and some not listed on their website. Lets take a look…

  1. Shows the date and time. You can set it so it shows the date and time how you want it, if you want it in 24 hours not problem get to the settings. You can also set it so that every time you lift your arm to look at the watch it automatically comes on to show you the time, no having to press the button.
  2. Shows daily steps. This is a given and why most people buy it, but what I don’t think people know is that once you buy it and download the app if you have friends also with a FitBit you can challenge them in a step showdown. I do this with my friends and family every week, it’s very motivating!
  3. Shows your heart rate. I don’t use the heart rate as much as one who is really into fitness but it is fun to know how that heart is doing. There have been complains that it’s not accurate heart rate reading, FitBit never once said that it would be and said it was a guideline. You can actually change the settings for heart rate and peaking moments but I’ve just left it the way it was.
  4. Distance traveled. This one I thought was pointless until I saw how far I was walking in miles, it’s pretty much just a fun thing to know how far you’re actually walking in a day.
  5. Calories and floors climbed. Calories there isn’t much to say about but that it tells you how much your burning by what you’re doing. Floors climbed on the other hand can be confusing. When I got it I for some reason thought it was steps climbed but it’s actually floor levels, meaning if you go up one flight of steps that counts as 1. On the app they have badges you can get from doing as many as you can and such. The highest one I’ve personally reached is 75 floors (flights of stairs).
  6. Silent Alarms. In the commercials it advertises that they’re silence and that they won’t wake up your partner but it will. I have one set for 11:00 am everyday and it wakes him up all the time on the weekends. It vibrates and the screen flashes so if your wrist is facing your partner who is facing you, they’re gonna get flashes lights in their face. Sorry, but it’s not silent at all.
  7. Auto Sleep. This FitBit automatically can tell when you’re sleeping that starts the sleep mood. When I say sleep mood I mean it keep track of how many hours of sleep you get, how many times you woke up and how many times you were restless.
  8. Active Minutes and SmartTrack. Active minutes is pretty much what it says, it shows on the app how many times you were active which goes along with your heart rate. SmartTrack is when the FitBit knows when you’ve started running for example, it will automatically record your running workout.
  9. Caller ID. For this to work you need to have you Bluetooth on, I use to have it on all the time to get calls until it started to kill my phone battery. I don’t know for sure if it was the Bluetooth doing it or if my phone is just crappy and dies fast. It is a very cool feature that I love and try to use all the time, it has actually saved me from missing phone calls.
  10. Wireless Syncing. Well that’s a given with the app but if you leave your Bluetooth on it will sync for you and that way you don’t want to worry about it. Trust me though if you get into those challenges I was talking about earlier you’ll constantly be looking at the app anyways!
  11. Tap to Change. Say your looking at your daily steps but you wanna know how many floors you’ve climb so what do you do? You go to the side of the FitBit and press the button until you’ve reach floors climbed. Well yes you can do that but you can also tap the front of the FitBit right under the screen which will also change to your steps, floors and such as you’ve step up to see.
  12. Tracks when it’s dead! I know, I didn’t know this feature was on there until I was at work and noticed my FitBit was dead. Flashing the battery sign, no showing me steps or anything. Obviously I couldn’t do anything since I didn’t have the charger with me but learnt after I charged it that it counted everything while it was dead! I was happy about this since I was doing the week long challenge! Most people didn’t know this FitBit did it but it’s pretty sweet, I don’t even know if FitBit knows it does that. Just kidding.

All in all I think FitBits are amazing, fun and motivating and everyone should have one! Check out other types of FitBits at www.fitbit.com

Thanks for reading,

Maeg

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