The Fitbit Charge 2 is an improvement in every way over the Charge HR, but you'll only wish to upgrade if you're after more fitness tracking and a big screen to see your results.
The Fitbit Charge 2 showed up back in September 2016 and was the very first upgrade to the popular Charge variety since the Charge HR, which originally appeared early in 2015.
The Fitbit Charge 2 included a few brand-new functions to the smarts we 'd seen before on the Charge HR, the Fitbit Alta and the Fitbit Blaze. And though there are more recent Fitbits in the line-up, the Fitbit Ionic, Fitbit Versa and the Fitbit Alta HR, even now in 2018, it still adds up to an impressive-looking plan.
Fitbit focuses on accessible and simple to use physical fitness trackers, rather than more complex running and physical fitness innovation. With exercise, sleep, heart rate tracking and a lot more, the Charge 2 looks like a high specification wearable that will not break the bank.
Design-wise, the Fitbit Charge 2 is similar as other Fitbit devices, and feels a little like the lovechild of the Charge HR and the Fitbit Surge.
There's a much larger screen here than on the Charge HR-- but the gadget is a fair bit thicker too, so you may not be a fan if you liked the density of the last variation.
That said, the screen is still relatively little and it's not colour, but it is an OLED screen, so all the details the Charge 2 provides is simple to check out-- plus it's a touchscreen, which is a very first for the Charge range.
The touchscreen proved a little unresponsive at times throughout our review, however we never discovered it particularly aggravating-- you simply need to offer it an additional tap in some cases.
There's a button on the left-hand side of the tracker that you utilize to avoid through the menu options, such as actions, time, heart rate and calories; you can hold this button down to activate specific functions as well.
The Fitbit Charge 2 tracker itself is rather little, and includes one two-section strap in the box. Each part of the strap can be separated by pulling it out of clips on either side of the tracker, if you want to swap-in a different one for a design change and there's an excellent range of accessories for the Charge 2 to pick from.
You can get the elastomer (basically rubber) strap in light blue, dark blue, purple or black. The 2 more premium choices for the fashion-conscious among you are lavender/rose gold and black/gunmetal.
This level of customization is welcome, however we did discover it a little a battle to connect a band in the beginning. Sometimes it would sit a little off of the tracker, however after a while it worked itself into the best position.
Fitbit has enhanced the products used in its straps considerably over the previous 5 years. The initial Charge introduced with a strap that inflamed a great deal of individuals's skin, but this brand-new version was comfortable throughout our evaluation duration.
It felt comfy, and compared with many other physical fitness trackers this is a lot much easier to wear throughout the day.
We didn't always desire to wear it to bed, as Fitbit recommends you'll wish to, but it feels safe and secure on your wrist and isn't going to become annoying; it's likewise comfy to use when you're typing at a desk, so you won't always need to take it off when you're at work.
The Charge 2 isn't water resistant like the Fitbit Flex 2, but it is water-resistant, implying it can handle a couple of splashes while you do the washing up, or sweat when you're exercising.
You will not be able to use the Charge 2 in the shower or when swimming. It's nice to be able to use a physical fitness tracker in the rain without stressing over it being damaged, but we 'd have liked to see Fitbit make the Charge 2 fully waterproof.
In regards to tracking tech, the FitBit Charge 2 monitors your action count throughout the day, however it also includes a few of the developments seen on the Fitbit Blaze and Alta.
As standard the Charge 2 will set you a goal of 10,000 steps a day, but you can adjust that total in the app depending upon your objectives.
A key improvement over the initial Charge is that the Charge 2 uses multi-sport tracking-- you can track outdoor running, treadmill running, walking and weightlifting, along with bike, elliptical trainer and interval exercises.
The Fitbit Charge 2 tracks your workout immediately, so you do not have to start sessions manually-- if you begin running, for example, the Charge 2 finds this and starts monitoring. It also lets you start, then stop briefly an exercise without ending a session.
It means you don't constantly require to remember to push buttons when you're exercising-- although if you're embarking on a specific workout we 'd advise establishing the tracker to guarantee you're getting the exact readings you desire.
For the sports-minded, this is a big factor to opt for the Charge 2 over one of Fitbit's older gadgets.
Keep in mind that this isn't really the best gadget on the marketplace for running-- there's no GPS tracking here, and if you want a dedicated device we 'd suggest the Fitbit Surge, or a more costly running watch.
The Fitbit Charge 2 will at least work with your phone's GPS to track the distance traveled-- a feature both the original Charge and the Charge HR absence. It does indicate you require to take your phone out for a run with you.
A real highlight of the Charge 2 is the PurePulse heart rate tracking technology, which will constantly take a reading of your beat without you needing to wear a chest strap.
Given that it launched, Fitbit has actually covered in a brand-new heart rate zone visualization feature, which allows you to see the heart rate zone (you guessed it) and change your efforts from there.
There's likewise a new Guided Breathing function, which monitors your heart rate for 30 seconds then sets you a breathing difficulty to help improve your condition.
This is the very first time Fitbit has actually used this kind of feature, and we discovered that it would undoubtedly cool down our heart rate when we wanted it to. It's intriguing to see Fitbit concentrate on a function that's not totally exercise-focused, and it's a welcome addition.
, if you wear the Fitbit Charge 2 in bed it'll monitor your sleeping patterns.. Like other Fitbit items, this feature is a little more unstable.
We discovered the Charge 2 would tape a bad night's sleep when we felt that we 'd in fact slept rather well; and considered that the tracker can likewise be rather uneasy to wear when you're in bed we definitely wouldn't recommend buying it entirely for the sleep tracking tech.
There's likewise a silent alarm mode, which vibrates the tracker on your wrist to gently wake you without disrupting anyone else nearby. It's a nice concept-- if you do not mind keeping the tracker on when you're in bed-- although it may not prove all that helpful if you're a heavy sleeper.
The Fitbit Charge 2 works as a standalone physical fitness tracker, however you'll require to connect to your phone over Bluetooth to use GPS or receive notifications.
You can get calls, SMS and calendar notifications on your wrist by means of your phone, but they will be just that-- alerts. You won't have the ability to reply without taking your phone out, as you might on an Android Wear smartwatch by means of voice commands or by tapping on the screen to send out pre-loaded replies.
It's also an embarassment that Fitbit hasn't pleased to expand the variety of alerts you can receive on the Fitbit Charge 2. If you purchase an Android Wear smartwatch an excellent variety of apps will be able to send notifications to it.
That said, if you're out for a run and feel your phone vibrating in your pocket it's useful to be able to see who's calling before stopping your run-- and it's nice to have the peace of mind that you will not lose out on anything.
As long as you have an iPhone 4S or above, an Android phone running Android 4.3 or above, or a Windows 10 device, the Charge 2 will sync with your smartphone.
You can connect to your phone's GPS quickly through the Fitbit app-- however bear in mind that to be able to utilize the GPS function on an Android phone you'll have to be running Android 5 Lollipop or more recent.
You can check your device is compatible utilizing the Fitbit gadget platform and looking for Fitbit Charge 2.
The Fitbit Charge 2 links to the Fitbit app on your smartphone, and it's one of the most basic physical fitness apps to use, and to get utilized to.
The app talks you through the process of setting up your Charge 2, and everything the app can do is explained in a beneficial tutorial.
Within the app you'll have the ability to see your fitness statistics broken down by days. Initially you'll be shown the number of actions you've handled, your typical resting heart rate, and whether you've moved enough each hour.
Other features consist of the range you've traveled, quotes of your calories burned, and the variety of floors you've walked up. Whatever exists merely and intuitively, and tapping on an area will reveal more statistics.
You can, for instance, see an hour by hour breakdown of your action count, which can be really beneficial to highlight the workouts you've been doing every day.
Workouts remain in a different area, and again you'll see a breakdown of what you've done. If you're an active individual you might desire to shut off Walk, as this will track and tape all 15 minute-plus journeys; conversely, if you desire to include shorter bursts, such as five-minute strolls, you can do that in the settings.
Another brand-new addition to Fitbit's app skills is Fitbit Coach, a 2nd app committed to more serious training. The app includes 100s of exercises, each with its own set of guided video drills to assist you form up with everything from running-focussed sessions to HIIT.
A few of the session are accessible via the main Fitbit app and come totally free, though you will still have to download the Coach app to access the content. And the majority of the workouts are tucked away behind a premium pay wall.
Fitbit declares the Charge 2 will last you as much as five days from a single charge. We found we didn't rather hit that mark, however we were utilizing the gadget quite intensively.
However if you're not continuously utilizing the fitness-tracking, heart rate and breathing-tracking features you'll be able to get near 5 days on a single charge.
Usually we found that we navigated three and a bit days of use from our fully-charged Charge 2; that's not too bad, as it implies you 'd only be charging the device twice a week.
Fitbit has actually included its propriety charger in package, however we 'd prefer it if we could utilize a microUSB charger; being dependent on Fitbit's battery charger meant we could not charge the device when we got to work and realized we 'd left our battery charger in the house.
Another issue is discovering a great time to charge the tracker. The apparent time to charge a wearable or phone is over night, but if you desire to use the Charge 2 to bed to track your sleep then you won't be able to do that. A minimum of it does not take long to charge the device-- around two hours.
You'll likewise be informed when the battery is low, by means of both the Fitbit app and an e-mail-- we discovered the e-mails to be a little bothersome, but it's simple matter to disable those informs.
The good news is, Fitbit has issued an update that shows battery percentage on the device, so that a soon-to-deplete battery does not take you by surprise.
The Fitbit Charge 2 isn't an enormous advance on the Fitbit Charge HR. The style has actually improved a bit, and the larger display works for running through your statistics in addition to for checking phone notices, but those are things the Fitbit Blaze currently provides, albeit for a higher rate.
If you're looking for a physical fitness tracker to monitor your heart rate throughout the day, and want multi-sport tracking functions, then you'll desire to think about the Fitbit Charge 2.
, if you're after a running watch you won't desire the Fitbit Charge 2.. If you're after something to track your everyday step count, and a bit of workout every few days, this is one of the best choices money can buy.
The additional physical fitness functions bring this Fitbit closer to being the finest alternative for those who wish to have the ability to wear the same tracker day in day out.
There's not all that much need to update from the Fitbit Charge HR, however as a very first Fitbit tracker, or a replacement for a less-substantial design, the Fitbit Charge 2 is well worth a look.
There's no great factor not to buy a Fitbit Charge 2 if you're after a physical fitness tracker. Fitbit offers a big range of trackers though, and if you don't need a heart rate tracker we 'd suggest going for the Fitbit Alta.
But if a heart rate tracker and multi-sport tracking are features you desire in your next wearable, the Fitbit Charge 2 is a sturdy and easy to use alternative.