I’ve been a big fan of my Fitbit for a long while now, so I thought it was about time we performed an in-depth review of my favourite version – the FitBit Charge 2 on Pixel Family.
You can make every beat count with Fitbit’s Charge 2. Including PurePulse® heart rate, multi-sport modes, guided breathing sessions and stylish interchangeable bands. The interactive OLD display makes it easy to get your stats- just tap the screen. With a battery life of up to 5 days you can track day and night without needing a charge.
The Heart Rate monitor gives you continuous, automatic, wrist-based heart rate and simplified heart rate zones. Track workouts like running, biking and weights and get real-time stats on display, then see post-workout summaries on screen and in the app. All day activity tracking tracks steps, heart rate, distance, calories burned, active minutes, floors climbed, hourly activity and stationary time.
Connect Charge 2 with the GPS on your phone to see real-time stats like pace and distance on display and record a map of your route. Get a better understanding of your fitness level and see how you can improve over time with a personalised Cardio Fitness Score. SmartTrack™ Automatically recognises select activities and records them in the exercise section of the Fitbit app.
Get friendly Reminders to Move that encourage you to reach an hourly goal of 250 steps. See call, text and calendar alerts on display when your phone is nearby. Sync stats wirelessly & automatically to computers and 200+ leading iOS, Android and Windows devices.
You can sync all your fitbit data with Apple Health via an app called myfitness sync. It works beautifully so even more awesome for iphone/ipad users. The app is really easy to use and the setup process was seamless. You can use it straight from the box as it comes partially charged. I like competing with friends who also have a FitBit – it was easy to find such friends via the app.
I am an active person, I love the gym. Spinning is by far my favourite activity, I use my spin bike daily. I really enjoy tracking my workouts, it is strangely satisfying and I love the reminders about hourly steps. I work mostly in front of my computer and sometimes it is easy to forget about moving a little – this is where I really appreciate my Fitbit a lot. I’m also not sure if I should admit it in public but I feel happy when it celebrates reaching my goals with me too!
It’s also really great for women with narrow wrists; some other fitness trackers are just too big and bulky for me. But this one is nice and can be customized to a more elegant look with a replacement band. It is easy to use, but it does not come with instructions. The instructions are online and can be found in the first welcoming email sent after you register the device and download the application on your mobile. The screen is a little difficult to read without glasses for those who need them. It takes a little time to learn how to use it properly and utilize all of its features. But once this is done, everything becomes very easy.
Generally the Fitbit Charge 2 is a great way to monitor your exercise output. The apps allow you to chart your progress in graphical representation which is an excellent way of helping you to monitor, set and achieve goals. The sleep monitoring is a nice touch to see if you are resting your body as much as you should.
This is a great entry level activity tracker and will have a definite positive impact on keeping track of your general fitness. On-board features include a stopwatch, exercise tracking mode, heart rate. There’s also a new Guided Breathing feature “Relax”, which will monitor your heart rate for 30 seconds and then set you a breathing challenge to help you improve your condition.
This is the first time Fitbit has offered this kind of feature, and I found that it would indeed calm down heart rate when I wanted it to. It’s interesting to see Fitbit focus on a feature that’s not entirely exercise-focused, and it’s a welcome addition.
The Fitbit Charge 2 tracker itself is rather small, and comes with one two-section strap in the box. Each part of the strap can be detached by pulling it out of clips on either side of the tracker, if you want to swap-in a different one for a style change.
In terms of tracking tech, the FitBit Charge 2 is similar to other fitness trackers. If you wear the Fitbit Charge 2 in bed it’ll monitor your sleeping patterns. Like other Fitbit products, this feature is a little more temperamental. However, I was slightly disappointed, as silent alarm and sleep tracking isn’t a smart alarm that can wake you up at a more optimal time.
The Charge 2 only gives you a time asleep, which is the time you spent awake and restless, subtracted from your overall tracked sleeping time. It means that while you might have slept for eight hours, the time asleep reading might only read 4hrs 23mins. It’s worth keeping this in mind before assuming that the fitness device isn’t tracking your sleep correctly. I think this is actually a better, and less misleading, measurement than the overall sleeping time that other trackers offer. It can show you why you’re still waking up feeling tired come morning.
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