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  • Alta
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TECHWALLA
VERDICT
A solid product. Despite some flaws, it's still a good value.
76%
TECHWALLA SCORE
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PROS

  • The Alta is Fitbit's slimmest and most stylish activity tracker yet, featuring swappable bands for changing looks.
  • It automatically tracks activity and sleep.
  • The battery lasts up to a week or longer, and the Alta includes access to Fitbit's highly regarded mobile and Web app.

CONS

  • It may be slimmer than other Fitbits, but the Alta still looks like a fitness tracker.
  • It lacks GPS and a heart-rate monitor, and it cannot track flights of stairs climbed.
  • The Alta is not waterproof, and its touch screen can be slow to respond to your taps.
Fitbit’s activity trackers are known for being reliable, easy-to-use wearables that accurately count steps and movements, but they’re also known for looking a lot like, well, activity trackers. Enter the Fitbit Alta, the company’s slimmest and most stylish activity tracker featuring swappable bands for a customizable look. The Alta automatically tracks your movement, exercise, and sleep, and features an OLED screen that displays your stats when you tap it. It includes reminders to move and basic notifications--calls, texts, and calendar alerts--from a connected smartphone.
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ManufacturerFitbitGarminFitbitFitbitJawbone
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We think the Alta will appeal to women particularly, as it is not bulky, is lightweight and looks stylish. That’s not to say it’s “girly” at…

We think the Alta will appeal to women particularly, as it is not bulky, is lightweight and looks stylish. That’s not to say it’s “girly” at all (or men can’t be stylish!), although it may take a man of immense self confidence to pull off wearing the Blush Pink Leather model.

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84%

Considering the company has been focusing mostly on features for the past few years, this is definitely a breath of fresh air in terms of ae…

Considering the company has been focusing mostly on features for the past few years, this is definitely a breath of fresh air in terms of aesthetics. It’s not the most powerful fitness tracker out there, but it doesn’t need to be. It’s comfortable, easy to use, inexpensive, and looks good while doing it.

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82%

The Alta makes a good first impression when you see it, though putting it on is another story. Even after using it for weeks now, it still t…

The Alta makes a good first impression when you see it, though putting it on is another story. Even after using it for weeks now, it still takes far more effort than I'd like with the bundled strap.

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77%

As a fitness tracker, it’s great—as all Fitbit products are. The new OLED screen is certainly an update from the Charge, but the technical p…

As a fitness tracker, it’s great—as all Fitbit products are. The new OLED screen is certainly an update from the Charge, but the technical problems make the execution of the “smart” features a little half-baked.

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71%

But the Alta’s display, for all its convenience, is the thing that screams "Activity-tracker!" from across the room.

But the Alta’s display, for all its convenience, is the thing that screams "Activity-tracker!" from across the room.

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70%

I'm a big fan of text message notifications, but not the way Fitbit implemented it. Messages would simply scroll across the screen once and …

I'm a big fan of text message notifications, but not the way Fitbit implemented it. Messages would simply scroll across the screen once and then never reappear. It was incredibly frustrating and difficult to read.

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This fitness tracker, while fairly comprehensive in its exercise coverage, isn't for the hardcore. It isn't waterproof, and doesn't pack in …

This fitness tracker, while fairly comprehensive in its exercise coverage, isn't for the hardcore. It isn't waterproof, and doesn't pack in a heart-rate monitor or GPS capabilities.

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You can check your progress from your wrist by tapping the screen though I found it to be frustrating as it's not very responsive. It would …

You can check your progress from your wrist by tapping the screen though I found it to be frustrating as it's not very responsive. It would take a few hard raps on the tracker to show and got to a point where I felt like punching the thing.

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70%

Most people I showed the Alta to weren't excited by its design, but agreed it was basic enough to wear every day (just not on special occasi…

Most people I showed the Alta to weren't excited by its design, but agreed it was basic enough to wear every day (just not on special occasions). It's perfect for those SoulCycle and Barry's Bootcamp sessions, but still screams fitness tracker.

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However, to recharge the Alta, you need to use yet another new proprietary charging cable, which means you'll need to buy a replacement from…

However, to recharge the Alta, you need to use yet another new proprietary charging cable, which means you'll need to buy a replacement from Fitbit if you lose or break it. Considering you might be upgrading from an old Fitbit device, it's disappointing that each of the company's trackers requires its own charging cable.

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The Alta’s smaller size makes it the most comfortable Fitbit I’ve worn. Its thin frame is much more discrete than the chunky Blaze, as well …

The Alta’s smaller size makes it the most comfortable Fitbit I’ve worn. Its thin frame is much more discrete than the chunky Blaze, as well as Fitbit’s older wristbands, like the Charge and Charge HR. Compared to a smartwatch, the Alta is barely noticeable.

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Fitbit views this unit as a bit of a complement to the Fitbit Surge for athletes. So the thinking is that you’d wear the Fitbit Surge durin…

Fitbit views this unit as a bit of a complement to the Fitbit Surge for athletes. So the thinking is that you’d wear the Fitbit Surge during your workout, but might switch back to this for the rest of your day. To aide in that process, Fitbit does have the capability to auto-switch between up to 7 activity trackers dynamically during the day.

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I’ll admit, as janky as the display has been, I’ve still found myself wearing the Fitbit Alta almost every. Damn. Day. I love waking up in t…

I’ll admit, as janky as the display has been, I’ve still found myself wearing the Fitbit Alta almost every. Damn. Day. I love waking up in the morning and syncing up to see how much sleep I got and I dig recoiling when it reports on those two-hour naps on Friday night

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There is no ground-breaking new technology on board. But if you’re looking for a stylish fitness tracker that does the essentials from a rec…

There is no ground-breaking new technology on board. But if you’re looking for a stylish fitness tracker that does the essentials from a recognised brand, this could be the device for you.

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