Charge, Charge HR, and Surge – Fitbit’s Line of Activity Trackers Pros and Cons

fitbit gadgetsWhen we talk about getting fitter, we talk about being constantly updated to certain innovations. These handy combination part pedometer, part heart-rate monitor, part accelerometer, and part calorie tracker is one example of such technology.

According to NPD Group, a market research company, the overall digital fitness- device market was worth $330 million in 2013. Due to its demand, it rose up to three times in approval over the last year. Thus, Fitbit prevailed in the business, followed by Jawbone Up and Nike.

The question as to why one opts to use fitness trackers can be summarized into these:

* It’s habit- forming – After monitoring your sleep and activity arrangement, and how they affect your overall physical wellness, fitness trackers suggests easy-to-make modifications. It also set realistic goals to let you adapt healthier practice over time.

* It’s a good motivator – The purpose of many fitness trackers is to find the habits that are maintainable and realistic most of the time so you can achieve long-term results. Social support also plays a crucial role. And so, many fitness trackers have integrated apps that makes data sharing possible.

* It serves as one’s accountability – Fitness trackers are effective in serving as one’s accountability.

Sometimes, you can be so convinced that you’ve spent enough time working out but later find out that the data gathered by the fitness tracker explains clearly that it is not so. That is why fitness trackers are effective in terms accountability.

That is why over the years, Fitbit has been developing series of fitness trackers. What are Fitbit Charge, Charge HR, and Surge? And what are their downsides?

The Fitbit Charge offers the following features:

* Steps
* Distance
* Active minutes and activity intensity
* Sleep (duration and quality)
* Equivalent flights of stairs climbed
* Calories burned
* Silent alarm
* Caller ID
* Screen for stats and time


* No heart rate monitoring
* Water resistant, but not waterproof
* No idle alerts

The Fitbit Charge HR offers all of the aforementioned features above; with an addition of:

* Heart rate monitoring
* Bright LED display shows daily stats and time of the day

With many positive reviews for Fitbit Charge HR and its extensive heart rate monitoring, it is even tagged as the “Best Fitness Tracker You Can Buy” by Forbes.

However, some downsides that can be noted from this tracker are:

* Exaggerated step count
* No native GPS tracking
* Workout tracking require constant interaction with the Fitbit app
* Water resistant, but not waterproof

Just like the Fitbit Charge HR, Fitbit Surge was released just this early 2015: the Charge HR for $150, and the Surge at $250.

The Fitbit Surge’s external design consists of a larger screen with a traditional latching mechanism. Additional features include:

* Support for several forms of exercise in addition to sleep tracking.
* GPS tracking
* Multiple sport mode
* 24/7 optical heart rate monitor
* Industry-leading battery life
* Real-time comprehensive bike stats


* Design is a bit “off” to the market
* Water resistant, but not waterproof
* No built-in cycling monitoring

Though not perfectly accurate (as all fitness trackers are), Fitbit ( continues to provide its consumers the desired efficiency and functionality in its growing series of fitness trackers. Thus, one has to track the activity trackers’ pros and cons to better maximize its potential to alter your health for the better.

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