Fitbit Charge Wireless Activity Wristband FB404BKL Review

I love my old Fitbit Zip but it may be time to upgrade now that the Fitbit Charge is on the market.

My main reason for not upgrading to a Fitbit Flex was that you could only see your step count on your smartphone – not the display of the tracker itself. The next model up, the Fitbit Force was recalled earlier this year because of complaints about skin irritation. The Fitbit Charge appears to have resolved both issues and is currently an Amazon Number 1 Bestseller. Read on for more details!

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Fitbit Charge Features

The Fitbit Charge, only just released onto the market, has the following key features

  • Does everything you’d expect of an ‘ordinary’ Fitbit, such as tracking steps taken, distance traveled, calories burned, stairs climbed, and active minutes.
  • Has a nice, bright display of all your basic stats.
  • Monitors your sleep and has a vibrating alarm feature.
  • Syncs with your smartphone so that Caller ID for incoming calls is displayed on your wrist.
  • Provides ‘real-time’ exercise stats like time, distance, and pace while running.
  • Syncs stats wirelessly and automatically to your computer and smartphone to keep you updated and motivated all day.
  • Is sweat resistant although not waterproof.

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Technical specs

  • Product Dimensions: 8.1 x 0.8 x 0.4 inches ; 0.8 ounces
  • Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Item model number: FB404BKL
  • Battery life: up to 7 days
  • Battery type: Lithium-polymer
  • Charge time: One to two hour
  • Water resistant: Up to 1 metre
  • Max operating altitude: Up to 30,000 feet

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Reviews

Here’s a snapshot of what Amazon customers are saying about the Fitbit Charge:

  • “This is the most well-rounded tracker available”
  • “I like the ‘tap to view’ feature”
  • “Fitbit’s customer service is excellent (I can also personally vouch for this)”
  • “It feels a little bulky on my wrist”
  • “Sometimes it doesn’t seem to count steps if I’m keeping my arms completely still” (Fitbit responded to this customer review with advice about how to set an accurate stride length)

New reviews are being added every day. You can read them in full here. Fitbit have also announced the Fitbit HR (including advanced heart rate monitor features) and the Fitbit Surge will be available in 2015. The Surge will have eight different sensors including a gyroscope, compass, and others.

If you don’t think you need to wait for that advanced functionality then the Fitbit Charge will no doubt do everything you need.

Fitbit Charge Conclusion

On the whole, the Fitbit Charge combines all the major features you would expect from Fitbit, backed by their solid record of customer service, into a stylish and functional wristband.

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Read my review of the latest Fibit Charge HR.

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