O, boy… In the entire Fitbit family, there is possibly no tracker less competent at actual tracking than the Charge HR.
While the original Charge has much to show for, and with the Charge 2 being an amazing product, the Charge GR is the black sheep of the series. The tracker’s a good way to motivate yourself, but, when it comes to technical aspects, the product’s a bust.
It is inaccurate, its battery doesn’t last that long, it has a small and useless screen – truly, it’s surprising how bad the Charge HR is. The product has some good aspects to it, but we’ll let you be the true judges if Charge HR’s good sides ever compensate for the flaws, after you read our review.
The Fitbit Charge HR – A Tracker that Doesn’t Track?
Fitbit Charge HR is a good-looking product. Its design is simple yet effective, and it makes for a perfect carry-on. For one, this product features a normal, watch-like strap, and a normal buckle. This is much more convenient than the good ol’ lugs and pointy bits featured on some Fitbit models.
The strap is really well made, with plenty of holes to adjust the strap to the size of your wrist. The entire thing is very elegant, with the module being very inconspicuously placed in the strap, with only a small screen showing, looking like a simple blacks stripe.
One of the best things about the product is that the strap doesn’t cause rashes. It is a thing most common, that Fitbit straps cause rashes. Luckily, this doesn’t seem to be the problem with Charge HR, making it much gentler on the wearer’s skin than most other trackers.
The problems with the Charge HR
And that’s it for the product’s good sides. Now comes a storm of negative aspects of the Charge HR.
One of the most notable things about the product is that it’s not accurate at all. Now, no tracker is 100% accurate, but Charge HR is nonsensical in its inaccuracy. Step counting, one of the base features on any tracker like that is completely inaccurate, in the sense, it sometimes overestimates and sometimes underestimates the step count. Even so, the product has at least something going for it – it’s consistently inaccurate.
Features & Capabilities
If you consider that many products wildly fluctuate in their estimates, a consistently inaccurate device is a godsend. And, once you figure out by how much does the device overshoot, you can calculate the real value. Consider this as a kind of silver lining.
The product is also able to count how many flights of stairs have you scaled. A most useful feature when you’re cycling, only – it isn’t. Again, Charge HR is wildly inaccurate and displays even worse accuracy than when it comes to counting steps. Not only that, but the product has a nonsensical feature that counts steps at the same time it’s counting flights of stairs. Wherefore is the tracker counting steps where it shouldn’t is beyond anyone.
As usual with all fitness trackers, the Fitbit Charge HR has a feature that keeps track of the calories you burned. Charger HR is accurate when measuring this, but wait! – that’s not all. Instead of keeping track of the calories you burned as you were exercising, the tracker actually counts a number of calories you’ve burned during the entire day.
With that being said, if you see a staggering number on the screen, don’t get overexcited – that’s the number for your whole day, and you haven’t enjoyed a monster workout at all.
The product features a heart rate monitor, but, as you might have suspected, it’s horribly unreliable. It works fine, but, the moment you start sweating, it stops working. It will also stop working when you’re lifting weights, for some reason.
Charge HR also has the sleep tracking feature. The sleep tracker is fairly accurate, but there’s not much you can do with that information. Naturally, you need the accompanying app in order to see the results of sleep tracking.
We’ve mentioned the screen, but we haven’t talked about it yet, haven’t we? Like we said, it’s small and rather nice, but its function is severely limited. For starters, you can only receive call notifications, and that’s it. No messages, texts or anything. The screen turns off every few seconds, and to see any reading, you need to wake it up.
Finally, let’s say a few things about the price, as this is the lowest point for the Charge HR. The device will cost you some 100 dollars, which is a significantly high price for a product that has so many technical issues. Not only that, but there are products out there that cost the same or a little bit more but defeat the Charge HR in every aspect. Also, Charge has been discontinued by the manufacturer itself, which speaks volumes about the tracker’s popularity and utility.
The Fitbit Charge HR – Conclusion
Ultimately, Fitbit Charge HR is a deeply flawed product. It has very little to offer you, and what it does is very inaccurate and flat out broken. The product does have a lot of features, but they either don’t work, or work poorly. In design and idea, Charge HR is a great piece of technology, but it’s an idea poorly executed.
On top of that, the tracker is overpriced for what it offers, and there are better products out there that have a much better value for money, and even outclass the Charge HR.
All in all, this is not a product we’d recommend. If you don’t mind the inaccuracy, we guess the Charge is okay. If you want something that actually functions, you need to go somewhere else.