Surgeby Fitbit

  • Surge
  • Surge
  • Surge
TECHWALLA
VERDICT
Recommended, but seriously flawed. There are probably better alternatives.
73%
TECHWALLA SCORE
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PROS

  • The Surge has a consistent, continuous heart rate monitor built in, as well as GPS.
  • The Surge tracks activities that other activity trackers do not, including yoga and weightlifting.
  • The Surge is part smartwatch. It offers caller ID and displays incoming texts.

CONS

  • The Surge--like all of Fitbit's trackers--is water-resistant but not waterproof.
  • There's a lot packed into this fitness tracker, which makes it more than a little bulky and clunky.
  • While the Surge normally has a seven-day battery life, that drops to about two with GPS turned on. Plus, the charger is proprietary; you won't be able to use other Fitbit chargers to juice up the Surge.
The Fitbit Surge, or the "Super Watch," is Fitbit's foray into the runner's watch market. This fitness tracker has just about everything, including a heart rate monitor, built-in GPS, and support for some smartphone notifications, including caller ID and incoming texts. Like most of Fitbit's products, the Surge is water-resistant but not waterproof, and has decent--but not amazing--battery life, which suffers when GPS is turned on. The Surge tracks some activities that other fitness trackers ignore, including hiking, yoga, and weightlifting.
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The Surge also does a good job when it comes to activity tracking. Especially for running and cycling thanks to GPS connectivity, meaning a …

The Surge also does a good job when it comes to activity tracking. Especially for running and cycling thanks to GPS connectivity, meaning a smartphone isn't required to track a route.

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80%

Optical monitors, such as the one on the Adidas miCoach Fit Smart, can be a huge pain, as even just a half-inch or so of space in between yo…

Optical monitors, such as the one on the Adidas miCoach Fit Smart, can be a huge pain, as even just a half-inch or so of space in between your skin and the sensor can cause it to lose its signal. I never had this problem with the Surge.

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The one feature that immediately jumps off the page at you is built-in GPS. Yes, the Surge marks Fitbit's first foray into serious running w…

The one feature that immediately jumps off the page at you is built-in GPS. Yes, the Surge marks Fitbit's first foray into serious running watch territory.

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70%

Tracking steps and elevation is pretty spot-on too with the Surge. From the looks of it all, it doesn’t fall victim to those phantom hand wa…

Tracking steps and elevation is pretty spot-on too with the Surge. From the looks of it all, it doesn’t fall victim to those phantom hand wave movements that plagued other Fitbits.

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There are four default watch faces to choose from, and you can switch them using the smartphone app.

There are four default watch faces to choose from, and you can switch them using the smartphone app.

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While the Fitbit Surge functionality is more advanced, the square look and bigger size is akin to a dated, '80s digital watch. It's not fash…

While the Fitbit Surge functionality is more advanced, the square look and bigger size is akin to a dated, '80s digital watch. It's not fashionable, yet stands out more than previous Fitbits.

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Most importantly, it could still function when I tapped and swiped on it with my sweaty post-run fingers, an issue that plagued the Microsof…

Most importantly, it could still function when I tapped and swiped on it with my sweaty post-run fingers, an issue that plagued the Microsoft Band.

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I like the design, but the watch is still a little chunkier than the measurements reveal. The watch is stiff and not bendable for a good str…

I like the design, but the watch is still a little chunkier than the measurements reveal. The watch is stiff and not bendable for a good stretch both above and below the screen.

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If you’re used to using a smartphone, then you’ll be very comfortable with the touch capabilities. Touch is responsive and fluid.

If you’re used to using a smartphone, then you’ll be very comfortable with the touch capabilities. Touch is responsive and fluid.

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The Surge’s text and call notifications were also particularly handy at the gym. No more interrupting my workout and fiddling around for my …

The Surge’s text and call notifications were also particularly handy at the gym. No more interrupting my workout and fiddling around for my phone just to see that vibration was a text I could’ve answered later.

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Well, if you are expecting the Surge to serve as a smartwatch of any stripe, stop it. (Stop it right now.) The Surge can send call notificat…

Well, if you are expecting the Surge to serve as a smartwatch of any stripe, stop it. (Stop it right now.) The Surge can send call notifications and SMS notifications to your phone, and... that's it.

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It has an intuitive interface. Initially, I was confused by the fact that there’s a shortcut to “Run,” but all other activities are listed u…

It has an intuitive interface. Initially, I was confused by the fact that there’s a shortcut to “Run,” but all other activities are listed under “Exercise.” Now it makes sense.

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Instead, Fitbit is labeling its newly-available Surge a "superwatch" because it blends smartwatch capabilities with the traditional (and adv…

Instead, Fitbit is labeling its newly-available Surge a "superwatch" because it blends smartwatch capabilities with the traditional (and advanced) ingredients that go into a fitness tracker.

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Negative Reviews
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Fitbit surge stopped working after 3 months
I had a fitbit surge and it stopped working after 3 months. They replaced it and it stopped working again after I was caught in a downpour. They replaced this one also and unfortunately my dog chewed up the band and they offered to sell me a new for 25% off. I used it for cycling and wearing all day to monitor my resting heart rate and it worked great. However a HRM for cycling needs to be water proof.

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