Chargeby Fitbit

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TECHWALLA
VERDICT
Recommended, but seriously flawed. There are probably better alternatives.
72%
TECHWALLA SCORE
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PROS

  • The Fitbit Charge tracks sleep and can automatically detect when you're snoozing.
  • The Charge has a relatively long battery life of 7 to 10 days.
  • This fitness band is comfortable--though some users reported that the wristband irritates their skin.

CONS

  • The Charge supports Caller ID, but that's it--it's not a smartwatch, so you won't be able to get other types of notifications on it.
  • It's water-resistant but not waterproof--so you'll need to take it off when you're swimming or showering.
  • The device doesn't monitor heart rate.
The Fitbit Charge is a sleep and activity tracker with a built-in OLED display that shows the time, your activity, and smartphone notifications (although these notifications are limited to Caller ID). The Charge automatically tracks sleep, as well as steps, distance, calories burned, floors climbed, and active minutes. Unlike some Fitbit activity monitors, the Charge cannot be swapped out from its original band--so you're stuck with the band you buy, whether that's black, slate, blue, or burgundy.
NameChargeCharge HRVivosmartMicrosoft BandGear Fit
ManufacturerFitbitFitbitGarminMicrosoftSamsung
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One of the most notable features of the Fitbit Charge is that is supports caller ID for incoming calls on a connected mobile phone. It's the…

One of the most notable features of the Fitbit Charge is that is supports caller ID for incoming calls on a connected mobile phone. It's the first time Fitbit has dipped its toe into smartwatch functionality, and a truly hesitant step indeed.

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70%

I wore the Charge for several days, and throughout that time, I barely noticed it was on my wrist.

I wore the Charge for several days, and throughout that time, I barely noticed it was on my wrist.

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70%

Weirdly, because it feels so slight, remembering to take it off is sometimes a problem. Maybe I'm just spoiled by waterproof fitness tracker…

Weirdly, because it feels so slight, remembering to take it off is sometimes a problem. Maybe I'm just spoiled by waterproof fitness trackers.

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70%

Every 10ft elevation you walk is counted as one flight of stairs. Canny Fitbit users will know that walking up an escalator is a great way t…

Every 10ft elevation you walk is counted as one flight of stairs. Canny Fitbit users will know that walking up an escalator is a great way to semi-cheat the altimeter and score more points.

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70%

Food tracking still feels a bit of a chore even with the improvements Fitbit has made to this section of the software.

Food tracking still feels a bit of a chore even with the improvements Fitbit has made to this section of the software.

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70%

It was much more relaxing to wake up to a light buzz, instead of a loud, repeated ding-dong sound from my phone.

It was much more relaxing to wake up to a light buzz, instead of a loud, repeated ding-dong sound from my phone.

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The Charge irritated my wrist so much that I scratched at it throughout the entire week and a half that I wore it. As a result, I developed …

The Charge irritated my wrist so much that I scratched at it throughout the entire week and a half that I wore it. As a result, I developed a mild, unsightly rash.

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One of the biggest improvements to the Fitbit Charge is that you no longer have to put the device into sleep mode at night.

One of the biggest improvements to the Fitbit Charge is that you no longer have to put the device into sleep mode at night.

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Syncing is a breeze. You just have to be in the vicinity of any Fitbit USB dongle, or, you use the low-energy Bluetooth 4.0 connection to pa…

Syncing is a breeze. You just have to be in the vicinity of any Fitbit USB dongle, or, you use the low-energy Bluetooth 4.0 connection to pair to your phone.

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I found that the Fitbit Charge did an excellent job at determining when I fell asleep and when I woke up with actual times off by just a cou…

I found that the Fitbit Charge did an excellent job at determining when I fell asleep and when I woke up with actual times off by just a couple of minutes.

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Negative Reviews
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Good but really needs HR monitoring
I appreciate the clock display, plus it records flights climbed, which the inferior FitBit without a screen does not track. Battery is great, 5-8 days typically, and sleep tracking is also nice. You don't even have to remove the device or do anything. I prefer charging it while I'm sitting at my desk so I don't miss out on steps. The synchronization with your iPhone is effortless and happens silently in the background. It is severely lacking a heart rate monitor so I would suggest checking out the Charge HR over this one, although I have no personal experience with that.

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