Review: Fitbit Charge
4.0Overall Score

Price (RRP): $149.95
Manufacturer: Fitbit

If you feel like you need technology to help you out with that whole losing weight thing, Fitbit is here to help, and it’s hoping the Charge band gives you new momentum to start moving.

Features

The newest entry in Fitbit’s line-up, the Charge takes the fitness tracker concept and build it into the band, incorporating the technology into a rubber band with a few sensors, single colour display, wireless support, and a battery.

Materials used in the construction include a rubbery plastic (elastomer) with a metal clasp, with a very small screen relying on Organic Light Emitting Diodes.

The battery used in the Charge is said to handle up to seven days of charge with its Lithium-Polymer technology (LiPo), charged in one to two hours, and synchronising information over Bluetooth 40 within a range of around 5 metres.

The Fitbit Charge is available in two sizes, with small catering to wrists 13.97cm to 17cm, while the large size handles wrists 16cm to 20cm in diameter.

A wireless synchronisation dongle is included in the box, useful for connecting the Fitbit Charge to a computer, while a charging cable is also included to power up the Fitbit Charge battery using its proprietary connector.

Performance

Fitbit sure has quite a few activity trackers out there, and if you’re looking for something to keep you good, it can be a little hard to choose: there’s the $80 entry level Zip, $130 One, $130 Flex, and $150 Charge, as well as two more set to arrive in the next few months, the $180 Charge HR (heart rate) and $300 Surge tracker and smartwatch.

This wide array of choice, not to mention the amount of other fitness gadgets out there, can’t make the selection of a fitness gadget particularly easy for people keen to jump on the tracker bandwagon. Not at all.

But Fitbit is trying to change, and while its previous trackers have focused entirely on fitness, the company seems to be aware that health isn’t all people are interested in.

Rather, it’s looking at ways of bringing phone calls to wrists because that is what people are interested in. .

“Our mission has always been to deliver innovation through exceptional, wearable design in a way that empowers consumers with greater knowledge of their overall health,” said James Park, Fitbit’s CEO and Co-founder.

“That being said, we understand that everyone’s approach to fitness is different. With the addition of these new products, Fitbit offers the widest variety of trackers—at affordable prices across all mobile platforms—ensuring that everyone can find the right fit for their lifestyle and their goals.”

That quote came during the launch of the new Fitbit products earlier in the year, and while we had a brief play with the products back then, now we’ve had a good solid review time with Fitbit’s new wrist band, so is the Charge worth slapping on your wrist?