Last time, we talked about Fitbit Blaze, and, before that, about Surge. We put these two into a group of three Fitbit trackers that practically revolutionized how we perceive fitness trackers today (well, maybe not Blaze, but one learns from one’s mistakes), but, till today, we haven’t revealed the third one.
Well, it’s time to lift the curtains and show the world one of the best trackers on the market, the one and only Fitbit Charge 2. If you’re interested in a tracker that can do it all, doesn’t bother itself with smartwatch features like the Blaze and has a very good value for money, then you need Fitbit Charge 2. But, what makes it so special?
Well, let’s take a look.
The Fitbit Chareg 2 – Charge toward Excellence
By far, Fitbit Charge 2 is the absolutely best tracker Fitbit has to offer. All the things you liked about Charge, Charge HR and Surge are here, but with seemingly no downsides. Naturally, this product isn’t perfect and has some flukes, but its pros outweigh the cons by a tonne. It is one of the most versatile and most all-inclusive fitness trackers on the market. But, that’s enough from us fawning over Charge 2 – see what the product is like for yourself.
As usual, let’s start from the tracker’s outward appearance. For one, Fitbit Charge 2 looks very good. The entire top part of the module is taken up by a black OLED display. The module blends perfectly with the strap and looks very neat and compact on your wrist. Charge 2 is a bit thicker, but nowhere near as Surge, and nowhere near as bulky. The product’s display is pretty large and crispy clear, so you can read the information on it clearly. The display is not in colour, but it’s perfectly readable, and that’s enough. The display is also much bigger than that of Fitbit Blaze and provides more information.
Also, this time, it seems that Fitbit completely abandoned the old strap style and adopted the standard watch clasp. Also, straps come in many colours and made of different materials, such as rubber or leather.
Fitbit Charge 2 Features
Now, let’s take a look at what can Fitbit Charge 2 keep track of. Naturally, you get your standard statistics like step count, calories burned and distance travelled. By default, the goal set on the device is 10,000 steps, but you can adjust this number to be higher or lower. The product, however, offers much more than this. For starters, it allows you to track your exercises and workouts.
You can have Charge 2 keep track of your while you run, use the treadmill, lift weights, ride your bike or do interval workouts. Not only that, but you can have the product track you even when you’re doing sports. The product is very accurate, and, while still inflating your step count, it will mostly give you true values. Charge 2 will also automatically start monitoring when you start your workout. You also have the option to stop monitoring in the middle of a workout, and then resume it later without interrupting the session.
Aside from tracking your exercises, Charge 2 also monitors your heart rate. The heart rate monitor is always on and always keeping track. You can view your heart rate anytime on the display of your watch. Along with the heart rate monitor, you also get a Breathing Guide that will teach you how to breathe properly and calm yourself down. The product also features a sleep tracker, although it’s quite rudimentary.
One of the best things about Charge 2 is that it can work as a standalone device. However, to wring out its true power, you will have to use the accompanying app, as it will provide you with in-depth analysis of your data. The app is compatible with almost all smartphones above iPhone 4s and similar Android devices,
One thing that Charge 2 doesn’t have is a GPS tracker. Or, rather, it doesn’t have an onboard GPS tracker, but it can still use your phone’s GPS tracker, so the lack of that feature is remedied. Among other things, the OLED screen is supposed to be touch-sensitive, but there are times when you have to swipe a few times more than usual to get to the information you’re looking for.
As far as the battery goes, Charge 2 will last you some 5 days of continuous use. Not had for a feature-packed product, but, with intensive use, that time will be reduced to about 4 days. The only problem is that the tracker takes some or time to charge – it takes it two hours to charge the device from empty to full. The device is also not waterproof, but it is water-resistant, and it won’t break down due to sweat or rain.
Fitbit Charge 2 Price
Finally, let’s talk cash. Fitbit Charge 2 offers you some of the best value for money. Considering the features and the versatility of the product, it’s almost ridiculously cheap. Fitbit Charge 2 costs some $150, or up to $180 if you go for the Special Edition version. Either way, the product will be significantly cheaper than both Blaze and Surge, making it a very sensible choice.
Fitbit Charge 2 Review – Conclusion
In the end, Fitbit Charge 2 is truly the best of the best. It’s got plenty of features and collects data with amazing accuracy. Not only that, but it also comes with a reasonable price attached, making it one of the best products of its kind on the market. It’s not perfect, though, but, as we said, the advantages outweigh the disadvantages by a wide margin.