From Fitbit Smartwatches to Apple and Garmin Smartwatches, are you hunting for a perfect fitness tracker that can accurately tabulate your steps taken, calories burned and other health data? On one hand where some trackers appear more like regular watches, other bands are revolutionized gadgets built for health and exercise nuts. Fitbit is one of the most popular brands that is trusted by most fitness freaks from the pool of options out there. The latest Fitbit Charge 2 is now making headlines in most exercise and wellness blogs due to its great features. So, before taking much time, let’s review it!
As per our view, we found Fitbit Charge 2 to be an improvement in every way over the Charge HR. Big screen, comfortable strap, multi-sport tracking are some of its pros.
Price and Release
The Fitbit Charge 2 is now available at Rs. 14,999.00 on major online stores.
Design & Display
In terms of design, the Charge 2 is similar to the Fitbit Alta – a basic silicone band with a rectangular OLED display module in the middle. However, it flaunts a larger screen full of extra details. It comes with a thicker band than before. So if you are a fan of slim and compact bands you may love the latest version. It comes with easy to swap bands where each will need working-in to attach properly. There is a single button on the left side of the display with a built-in continuous optical heart rate monitor underneath. The watch style buckle design makes it easy to fasten around your wrist. It’s not nearly as slight and stylish as the Misfit Ray, but it’s a lot more discreet than the bulky Microsoft Band 2 or Fitbit’s own Surge.
Pairing, Features, and Performance
Primarily you have to download the free Fitbit app on your Bluetooth-enabled Android, iOS, or Windows device and create an account. You can then just connect the band to your device within seconds. Once paired, the tracker automatically syncs with your mobile device whenever it’s in range. The Charge 2 is equipped with a three-axis accelerometer, altimeter, optical heart rate monitor, and vibration motor. The gadget tracks your active minutes, calories burnt, distance, steps, heart rate, and sleep. After about an hour of inactivity, the Charge 2 will prompt you to get up and move. It vibrates and displays a graphic that tells you to walk 250 steps before you return to your seat.
The built in GPS lets you see real-time stats on your run, like distance and pace. With the updated Fitbit app you can also view your cardio fitness level i.e the heart rate data and estimated VO2 max (the maximum amount of oxygen your body can use during exercise). You also get basic advice like, “Increase the intensity of your exercise” to keep up your workout. You can even automatically track your exercises like basketball, biking, hiking, running, and more.
Another additional and latest feature that is incorporated in the Charge 2 is a Relax mode. It is a guided breathing exercise based on your heart rate that can be done post workout. The goal is to reduce anxiety, stress, and return your heart rate to normal after a workout. The feature is also quite effective when you need to just relax to focus.
When toggled the Activities Screen coupled with Interval Workout is toggled out it sets a length of time you want to be active. It also sets the duration of rest and the number of intervals one needs to accomplish. When each time is up, the band vibrates to alert you to move to the next phase of the workout.
Besides fitness, the Charge 2 can display caller ID information, calendar reminders, and text notifications. You can even choose a variety of clock faces for the Charge 2’s display and switch between horizontal or vertical text layouts.
The Fitbit Charge 2 does everything. It is difficult to find a device with such larger display, guided breathing exercises, idle alerts, interval training, and interchangeable bands, unique features and top notch performance at this price. So if you’re looking for a reasonably affordable, full-featured fitness tracker, the Charge 2 is an excellent option.