Toward the end of 2014, I heard about the Fitbit Charge HR and its release in early 2015. Like a child saving up pennies to visit the candy shop (or ice cream shop in my case), I saved up my Christmas money and checked every day on Amazon for it to become available. Since December 28, 2014, have worn this little thing on my wrist almost every day, so here is what I think about it.
It is nothing fancy at all. Just a plain black band, with a mini “belt buckle” clasp.
It is not uncomfortable to wear and fits great. It is not as wide as the Fitbit Surge, but not as thin as the original Fitbit. The bands are not interchangeable, so you are stuck with whatever color you pick out. Purple and black were the only two colors available when I got mine, but now they have several colors. Personally, I like the black because it goes with almost everything.
The Fitbit app is my favorite part. The band syncs up with the app and gives you a full run down of your workouts. The charge HR measures heart rate with a wrist based monitoring system. It is pretty accurate and gives a good idea of how many calories burned with each workout. The Fitbit can also be synced online and you will receive graphs of your progress and goals.
It also measures sleep (shows you how often you are “awake” or “restless” and allows you to set sleep goals for yourself.
Each week, Fitbit sends a weekly email recap that tells how well you did. It highlights your most active and least active days and compares your stats to your friends (that you can choose to add or not).
The Fitbit Charge HR was one of the first of it’s kind. I looked at upgrading to the Apple Watch or Fitbit Blaze, but I really like how the Fitbit works. Several of my friends notice that they get a more accurate with their Charge HR than other watches.
The app! I just love the breakdown and challenges. I don’t need step challenges to keep me active, but I have noticed that my non-active friends pay more attention to their steps once they get one. For example, a teacher at my school dances around all day now trying to reach her step goal. Literally- dances down the halls, in staff meetings, in the restroom line…everywhere. It has been a great way to see how my heart rate has improved with different cardio exercises.
Fitbit also has excellent customer service. Colton’s watch stopped working and they sent him a brand new one, rushed shipping. Companies like that make customers for life in our house.
It’s not “pretty.” I wear mine all of the time, and look back at photos and think “I should have taken it off for that”. It is more accurate to wear it on your non-dominant hand, so unfortunately, that means its on the same hand/wrist as my wedding ring. This is no big deal to people who wear it only to workout, but I always forget to take mine off for fancy date nights, so it is in every photo of me from last year.
It sometimes takes a while to sync up with my phone when I have had the bluetooth turned off for a while. In a perfect world, the battery would last a week, but in reality mine is about 3 days (however it only takes a couple of hours to sync).
There is no GPS. It will measure your “miles” when you run, but it is off because the Fitbit Charge HR doesn’t have GPS capabilities. This is fixed by using a GPS app on your phone.
If you are considering a sports watch and don’t know what to get, the Fitbit Charge HR is a great one. Yes, it is worth paying the extra for the HR version, so you can measure your heart rate. It is comfortable, easy to use, the app is great, and the customer service is outstanding.
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