Fitbit Cost 5: A Actually Superior Health Tracker

Fitbit Charge 5: A Truly Advanced Fitness Tracker

RRP $ 180.00

“The new and improved Fitbit Charge 5 offers everything you could want from an advanced fitness tracker.”

advantages

  • Stylish and comfortable design

  • Solid battery life

  • Loaded with advanced health metrics

  • Onboard GPS with multiple modes

  • Supports Fitbit Pay

disadvantage

  • Sometimes slow swiping of inputs

  • Some basic fitness / wellness tools are missing

  • Fitbit Premium is required for some functions

The last Fitbit Charge Tracker I used before the Charge 5 was the much less innovative Charge HR of the first generation. After wearing the Charge 5 non-stop for a week, I was impressed how drastic the experience is with Fitbit’s most advanced tracker ever. Even when compared to the previous generation Charge 4, the Charge 5 takes the overall wearable fitness tracking experience up a few notches.

The new design makes this tracker more comfortable and appealing, but also offers an extensive list of functions that go well with the brand’s best-equipped smartwatches. Above all, the Charge 5 is the very first Fitbit fitness tracker that works with the Fitbit EKG app and thus fits into the ranks of the Fitbit Sense smartwatch. For loyal Fitbit fans or first-time fitness tracker users, the redesigned Charge 5 has a lot going for it in a super portable and easy-to-use format.

Design and comfort

It’s fair to say the Charge 5 has received a makeover. Unlike the box-shaped models before it, the Charge 5 takes up one side of the rounded corners of the Fitbit Versa 3 or the Apple Watch Series 7. These softer lines make the Charge 5 more current and desirable to wear day after day. The Charge 5 also increases the quality with higher quality materials than the resin and rubber of the previous model. You will find a more robust and better looking tracker made of aluminum, glass and resin with a silicone band – and an aluminum buckle in the sports band version.

The interchangeable straps are soft, flexible, and adapt to smaller wrists – as dainty as 5.1 inches – that are hard to find firsthand on wearables. Both the standard and especially the sports band I tested felt like the first bands to fit my 5.5 inch wrist. I barely realized I was wearing the tracker because it was so light and fitted so well. I only took it off before taking a shower. It was also very comfortable to sleep due to the quick access sleep mode feature and the overall lightweight construction.

As for the display, Fitbit says the Charge 5 is twice as bright as the Charge 4 in daylight. While it suffers from the glare of the Corning Gorilla Glass case in direct sunlight, the screen quality is a significant step up from even at maximum brightness the grayscale touchscreens of past charge trackers.

I barely realized I was wearing the tracker because it was so light and fitted so well.

Despite the glare issue, the display is impressive. Although the screen is small with a 1.04-inch viewing area, it feels kind of spacious. It was easy to interact with and lacked major responsiveness issues. When wiping from left to right, I noticed very little inertia.

power

The Charge 5 is a dedicated fitness tracker, so you would expect it to support some of the automatic workouts like running, walking, and biking that it offers. The Charge 5 supports a total of 20 training modes, seven of which have GPS tracking.

The Charge 5 proved to be a great motivator to schedule daily walks as my form of exercise while I was falling out of my almost daily running routine due to an injury. It automatically tracked several of my 30 minute to 1.5 hour hikes and walks with no issues. When I started running from the tracker, GPS tracking was a bit delayed but never took more than a minute or two to catch up.

Training days shown on a Fitbit Charge 5.

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Reminder to move on a Fitbit Charge 5.

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Summary of the day view on a Fitbit Charge 5.

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I compared the tracking accuracy of my walks with a Samsung Galaxy Watch Active 2. The Active 2 is definitely more of a smartwatch, but it fits the fitness and wellness focus of the Charge 5. The Active 2 records GPS much faster than the Charge 5 and has a responsive start / stop function that the Charge lacks , but the two were on the right track in terms of performance to record my daily walking exercises. The Charge 5 met the Active 2 step for step size, average heart rate and total time.

The Charge 5 has an ambitious list of wellness specs.

While trackers are much more wellness focused than smart features, I’ve found that the best fitness trackers combine the two in meaningful ways. The Charge 5 does this with features like Google Fast Pair with Android phones and contactless payments with Fitbit Pay. This tracker also offers notifications for calls, SMS and emails, as well as a quick reply feature for Android users. Notifications came instantly from my iPhone and were easy to see and clear with a few taps of the finger.

Advanced features

The Fitbit brand is arguably more about wellness than fitness alone, and the Charge 5 has an ambitious list of wellness specs. In addition to the usual 24/7 heart rate monitoring, sleep cycle tracking, and active minutes and zones that most Fitbits offer, this latest tracker also offers blood oxygen saturation (SPO2) monitoring and electrodermal activity (EDA) analysis of stress levels. While more basic features like climbing floors and manual heart rate tracking would have been nice too, the Charge 5 focuses on the latest wellness technology.

Charge 5 will soon have support for the Fitbit EKG app, which allows you to take heart rhythm measurements right from your wrist. It will also provide a new Daily Readiness Score for premium members. This score analyzes your sleep and heart rate variability and looks for signs of fatigue to let you know whether your body is ready to exercise or rest. The Daily Readiness Score seems to be similar to what I’ve seen on Garmin smartwatches targeting multisport and triathlon tracking, which I’ve found to be pretty accurate and helpful for training.

EDA scan runs on a Fitbit Charge 5.Yoona Wagener / Digital Trends

software

The Charge 5 provides a clear summary of the daily statistics that is easy to see. However, like other Fitbit wearables, it is very tied to the companion app for insights into how you’ve slept, exercised, or moved according to the tracker. The app is also key for customizations like setting up Fitbit Pay, changing the watch face, and participating in challenges. Fortunately, the Fitbit app is very clean and not intimidating, though you may need to dive into a few hidden features if you’re not familiar with the layout.

You can examine each data tile and learn more, or remove (hide) it if you’re not interested in keeping track of it. None of the data appears overloaded with information. Sleep data can be particularly detailed without feeling inaccessible, and provides an overall assessment and breakdown of sleep stages. The app also offers tools to help you change your habits, such as: B. Setting a smart alarm (to wake you gently 30 minutes before the alarm clock) or assessing how stressed you feel.

Tap a Fibit Charge 5 awake.Yoona Wagener / Digital Trends

The premium subscription unlocks the deeper health metrics you may want to keep an eye on, such as: B. Your heart rate variability, skin temperature fluctuations and saturation of blood oxygen content (SPO2). It also gives you access to Premium’s one-stop-shop wellness features, with everything from guided exercise programs to tips on how to get rid of sugar for good. Regardless of whether you transfer or continue a premium membership, the app interface is easy to navigate and offers the opportunity to be more concerned with your data and habits.

Battery life

Like the Charge 4, the Charge 5 also promises a potential week-long battery life. Using the dynamic GPS mode, which is based on your phone’s GPS unless you have it with you, and turning off the screen that is always on are some of the battery saving features I took advantage of during my week of testing.

I experienced a solid 5.5 days which seems like a fair result as I’ve used the built-in GPS multiple times. While a full week would have been ideal, this battery power surely outperforms some smartwatches that only last two days. It also took about 90 minutes to charge. This charging time is tracked with Fitbit’s estimate of up to two hours to charge the battery.

Price and availability

the 5. charge Retails for approximately $ 180 and ships in late September. It is available in a standard model in three different color options (black / graphite, moon white / soft gold and steel blue / platinum) and small and large ribbons.

Our opinion

The Fitbit Charge 5 is a stand-out fitness tracker that improves everything Fitbit trackers are good at. Its compact and fashionable design makes it an ultra-portable 24/7 accessory. But in addition to the modern and sleek look, it’s packed with wellness features and data that you can immerse yourself in with the easy-to-use Fitbit app.

Is there a better alternative?

You will have a hard time finding a match at all of the same levels as the Charge 5. If you like the look of a traditional watch better and you’re tied to a specific smartphone operating system, the Samsung Galaxy Watch Active2 or Apple Watch SE might be compelling. If you’re on a budget, the Samsung Galaxy Fit 2 better mirrors the look of the Charge 5, with a modest but helpful range of exercise modes, sleep tracking, and a possible 15-day battery life depending on usage.

How long it will take?

The Charge 5 is more advanced than any previous batch. Thanks to the material upgrades, the advanced wellness support and the waterproof protection (for swimming up to 50 meters) you should be in good shape for several years. If something unexpected happens, the Charge 5 comes with a one-year warranty.

Should you buy it?

Yes, this is one of the best fitness trackers from a brand specializing in fitness and wellness. The Charge 5 is attractive, easy to carry and a great choice for anyone looking for a tracker with the latest Fitbit innovations.

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