Charge HRby Fitbit

  • Charge HR
  • Charge HR
  • Charge HR
TECHWALLA
VERDICT
A solid product. Despite some flaws, it's still a good value.
79%
TECHWALLA SCORE
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PROS

  • The Charge HR tracks heart rate continuously, as well as steps, miles, stairs, calories burned, sleep, and exercise activities.
  • The Charge HR automatically tracks sleep and has a silent vibrating alarm.
  • The battery lasts almost a week, which is pretty good for a device that's constantly checking your heart rate.

CONS

  • The Charge HR is water-resistant, but not waterproof. You'll need to take it off when you're swimming or bathing.
  • Although the Charge HR automatically tracks sleep, it doesn't track light, deep, or REM sleep cycles--just when you're asleep, restless, or awake.
  • The OLED screen, though good-looking and crisp, switches off almost immediately.
The Fitbit Charge HR is almost identical to the regular Charge, except with the addition of a wrist-based heart rate monitor. The Charge HR comes in black, blue, plum, and tangerine, and sports a textured, rubbery strap with a watchlike clasp. Along with heart rate, the Charge HR also tracks sleep automatically, as well as steps, distance, calories burned, stairs, and active minutes. The Charge HR is water-resistant, not waterproof, which is a bit of a disappointment considering it has a five-day battery life.
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The app graphs your resting heart rate so you can see how it changes from day to day, week to week and month to month. You can also examine …

The app graphs your resting heart rate so you can see how it changes from day to day, week to week and month to month. You can also examine your daily heart rate graph and see how long you spent in the three zones.

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The new Charge HR is everything the Force was—a wrist-worn tracker that measures steps, distance, stairs, sleep, calories burned, and activi…

The new Charge HR is everything the Force was—a wrist-worn tracker that measures steps, distance, stairs, sleep, calories burned, and activities—minus the skin irritation, and with a few improvements.

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80%

The screen is always off, and I wish there were an option to keep it on. But a quick tap of the button or the screen will wake the device.

The screen is always off, and I wish there were an option to keep it on. But a quick tap of the button or the screen will wake the device.

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80%

This is despite the fact that the screen, though impeccably clear, is both tiny, and designed to switch itself off after no more than a coup…

This is despite the fact that the screen, though impeccably clear, is both tiny, and designed to switch itself off after no more than a couple of seconds. Let me tell you, photographing the Charge HR while its screen was on was no easy task.

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The problem is, higher heart rate doesn't always mean active exercise. Sometimes, my own heart rate drifted into a "fat burn" mode, but I kn…

The problem is, higher heart rate doesn't always mean active exercise. Sometimes, my own heart rate drifted into a "fat burn" mode, but I knew it was more likely due to having had too much coffee.

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I had only one other major complaint about the Charge HR: It’s not waterproof. For a device designed for all day, everyday, and athletic wea…

I had only one other major complaint about the Charge HR: It’s not waterproof. For a device designed for all day, everyday, and athletic wear, I want to be able to strap this thing on and leave it on until it needs to be charged.

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The problem with the Fitbit Charge HR is that it’s trying to be two things and doesn’t really excel as either. Adding a heart-rate sensor is…

The problem with the Fitbit Charge HR is that it’s trying to be two things and doesn’t really excel as either. Adding a heart-rate sensor is all good and well, but Fitbit hasn’t really seized the opportunity to make the best use of it.

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Oh, speaking of exercise, Fitbit warns that if you're engaging in an activity that requires a ton of arm movement (like boxing, or some P90X…

Oh, speaking of exercise, Fitbit warns that if you're engaging in an activity that requires a ton of arm movement (like boxing, or some P90X workouts) there may be points where the heart rate monitoring will cut out.

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My least favorite feature of the Charge is the clasp: It awkwardly fastens to your wrist with two rubber teeth pressed into a railroad-style…

My least favorite feature of the Charge is the clasp: It awkwardly fastens to your wrist with two rubber teeth pressed into a railroad-style strap.

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The Fitbit Charge HR has just about everything a casual statistics junkie could want, from a built-in heart-rate monitor for continuous hear…

The Fitbit Charge HR has just about everything a casual statistics junkie could want, from a built-in heart-rate monitor for continuous heart-rate tracking to automatic sleep tracking and a silent vibrating alarm.

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