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Fitbit Charge 2 Heart Rate + Fitness Wristband Review



Fitbit Charge 2 Heart Rate and Fitness Wristband

PurePulse continuous, automatic wrist-based heart rate tracking to better measure calorie burn all day Maximize your workouts using simplified heart rate zones (Fat Burn, Cardio and Peak). Splash proof. Do not shower with the device or submerge it in water See call, text & calendar notifications on the OLED display; Automatically track how long and how well you sleep and wake with a silent vibrating alarm Get a better understanding of your fitness level and see how you can improve over time with a personalized Cardio Fitness Score; Use Connected GPS during run mode to see real-time stats like pace and distance on your wrist Track all-day activity like steps, distance, calories burned, floors climbed and active minutes;Find moments of calm throughout your day with personalized guided breathing sessions based on your heart rate, Like all heart rate tracking technologies, accuracy is affected by physiology, location of device, and different movements. Sync stats wirelessly & automatically to computers and 200+ leading iOS, Android and Windows devices. Operating temperature: 14 degree to 113 degree fahrenheit, Maximum operating altitude: 30,000 feet The minimum and maximum circumference range between 170 - 206 millimeters
Review
Our testers clamored over its straightforward usability and intuitive interface. Everything about it, from setup, to syncing, to tracking our first exercise was just easy. It just worked, too, unlike the comparably priced iFit Axis HR, which failed over and over to sync our exercises and only had one workout mode (distance). In contrast, Fitbit has a seemingly limitless catalog of trackable exercises. The Fitbit app is also the most aesthetically pleasing option our testers found, as well as the most user-friendly. The level of information isn’t as detailed as the Garmin Connect app, but we just liked using the Fitbit app more. Unlike the Garmin app, it comes with its own nutrition tracking, and you can set goals and movement alerts, or connect with friends to keep you motivated. Relaxation mode The Charge 2 is the only tracker we tested with a relaxation mode, which guides you through two or five minutes of deep breathing to slow your heart rate and help reduce stress, which we thought was a really creative and potentially beneficial use of the heart rate monitoring function. Yogi’s may also be interested in this meditative feature to calm breathing before practice. Relax Mode - Fitness Trackers Points to consider Average accuracy The Charge 2 was off on just about everything it tracks except for the “distance from steps” measurement (which it aced). Its deviation during our step-counting test was 14.73, both the maximum and the average heart rates recorded by the Charge 2 during exercise were off by 16 and 14.33 beats per minute on average.