Fitbit shows no sign of slowing down this year, after already releasing the new Alta and Blaze. Now, it is time for the Fitbit Charge 2 and Fitbit Flex 2.
With the new Charge, there are a vast number of improvements, including interchangeable bands, a larger screen, and new data that can be tracked. With possible new software features coming, as there is a software update coming soon.
Fitbit Charge 2 is a good-looker
The design of the Fitbit Charge 2 is certainly in keeping with the previous generation; however, just about every aspect has been improved. Whether it is the bigger display (four times bigger, although don’t let this put you off, it looks good), or just the fact it is now sleeker looking. It keeps the same old clasp design, which is a good thing, so you can keep this Charge 2 securely on your wrist.
There are some great options when it comes to the bands, like the Luxe Leather Collection bands that come in 3 colors - Blush Pink, Indigo and Brown and cost 69.95 EUR/USD each.
Heart rate and VO2 Max tracking
Continuousl heart rate monitoring is included, so you will get more in-depth analysis whether you are in bed or on the treadmill. The Charge 2 introduces the Cardio Fitness Level feature wich allows you to better understand "how fit you are". Your personalized score is calculated as an estimation of your VO2 Max - the maximum amount of oxygen your body can use when you’re working out at your hardest. The VO2 Max is widely accepted as a gold standard when it comes to measuring cardiovascular fitness level.
Guided breathing is another new feature - taking your heart rate in account, it will make sure you are not inhaling too deeply or exhaling too quickly. This can be used after a workout or when you need a quick break. Just look at the animated heart on your screen and breath in time with the pulsing hear for two or five minutes.
The Fitbit is capable of automatically recognizing activity and sleeping. It also counts steps, floors climbed, active minutes and calories burned. There is no GPS, just like the previous Charge generation, but the gadget can connect to your phone and use its GPS data to get stats about pace, distance and show you a map of your route. Nifty.
Notifications on your fitness tracker
The Charge 2 is not a smartphone, but you will get some notifications - for calls, texts and calendar events. You will not miss them because of the vibration that can also wake you up in the morning. To navigate on the Fitbit, you will use one single button on the left-hand side of the screen and tap the screen, which is not touch screen.
HR-enabled devices usually have shorter battery life. Fitbit promises up to five days of battery life for the Charge 2 but users are reporting no more than 3 days of battery.
Overall, Fitbit has improved on a very successful product and has made it sleeker. It will cost the same as the previous Charge when it was released - $150 or £130. That makes it more expensive than the Alta but cheaper than the Surge. So those wanting something that looks a bit nicer on your wrist, but with more capability than the Alta will definitely like this one.
Last Updated: 11 Sep 2016