Fitbit Charge 2 Heart Rate + Fitness Wristband Review

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With the dizzying amount of fitness trackers on the market, it can be hard to settle for a product that stands out. Phones, watches and trackers are competing in the wearable tech market, and this makes it all the more confusing to choose a fitness tracker that works. But the Fitbit Charge 2 Heart Rate + Fitness Wristband, Black, Large (US Version) may be the tracker you need to efficiently monitor your progress on the road to an optimal fitness level.

One of the best wearable gear from industry leaders Fitbit is the company’s Charge 2. It’s a makeover of the famous Charge HR and true to its pedigree, Fitbit doesn’t fail to deliver with some of the best features on a fitness tracker. The Charge 2 is top rated both on the aspect of hardware and software. If you are looking for a fitness tracker with bespoke features, affordability, functionality, and app, the Charge 2 has it all.

Features

The Fitbit Charge 2 Heart Rate + Fitness Wristband, Black, Large (US Version) comes with enough sensors to track your workout and heart rates through some of the best technologies to help you maximize the benefits of your workouts.

It has easy-to-understand heart rate zones such as Fat Burn, Cardio, and Peak. It also features PurePulse, a technology for continuous, automatic wrist-based heart rate monitoring which provides a more accurate measurement of calorie expenditure through the day.

The Charge 2 tracks all your wake time activities including the number of steps taken, the distance you covered, and active minutes. In addition to this, the bracelet also tracks the number of floors you climbed and comes with Relax, a feature that helps you enjoy some moments of calm through personalized guided breathing sessions simulated according to your heart rate.

The Charge 2 also features call, text, and calendar notifications, reminders to move, auto sleep tracking, multi-sport tracking, GPS connectivity, and SmartTrack auto-exercise recognition technology. The big OLED screen provides regular stats of your workouts to help you attain your maximum fitness potential. Powered by Bluetooth 4.0 connectivity, the Charge 2 syncs automatically and wirelessly with more than 200 Android, iPhone and Windows devices. When synced, the Charge 2 gives you notifications of calls, messages and calendar events from your smartphone. It also reminds you to move every hour with 250 step goals to ensure that you continue burning calories throughout the day. The clock faces are customizable, and all you have to do is tap the screen to check the time or workout stats.

The Charge 2 automatically detects the length of your sleep and lets you know how deep or light you slept in the night.

The Charge Two comes with an interchangeable rubber band which you can swap with classic accessories such as luxe leather band and stylish sports bands when the occasion demands it.

The Fitbit app gives you a complete picture of everything. From a detailed analysis of your sleeping pattern, your heart rate, distance covered and the trajectory of your fitness goals, the Fitbit App brings a richer and enhanced experience to wearable tech.

The battery lasts for five days on a single charge, and this is a big plus for its size. Meanwhile, the Charge 2 is not water resistant and lacks GPS, plus text and calendar notifications are not easy to read. But if you don’t need a fitness tracker you can take to the swimming pool or shower, and you don’t mind the absence of GPS on your fitness bracelet, the Fitbit Charge 2 Heart Rate + Fitness Wristband, Black, Large (US Version) is one of the best overall fitness trackers that gives maximum value on the market at the moment.

Pros

The Charge 2 comes with a big OLED screen that shows fitness data and time. It also has an always-on heart rate monitor and interchangeable bands. The companion app is superb. It comes with a strong battery and is affordable.

Cons

The Charge 2 doesn’t display phone notifications properly and text can be difficult to read on the device. It doesn’t have GPS and is not waterproof so you need to store it away when you want to take a shower or swim. For a product that is waterproof  with GPS see our review of the moreFit waterproof activity tracker.

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