Having literally won your hearts by being one of the first companies to put automatic heart rate tracking around your wrist, leading wearables brand Fitbit recently launched the new Charge 2. Like a top athlete who knows there’s always room for a little improvement, the latest Charge model offers a brilliant new screen, interchangeable bands, a solid mid-range price and plenty of upgraded features. But does new and improved necessarily mean you should ditch your older model and re-up? Read on to find out.
Fitness tracking essentially boils down to two things: providing an accurate window into your personal health and not breaking. It’s therefore somewhat ironic that so many trackers and wearables aren’t very accurate and many break with ease. Users find themselves magically adding steps while they sleep and it’s not from sleepwalking. Data like distance measurements and calories burned are almost painfully inconsistent. Heart rates can vary wildly depending on things like where the tracker is placed on the wrist. The use of flimsy materials causes the product to break at the slightest interference. For the most part Fitbit has managed to avoid the traps of inaccuracy and breakability, though such problems definitely exist.
The saying goes “if it isn’t broke don’t fix it” but the truth is that fitness trackers–even those by Fitbit–are usually “broke” by the time a new model comes along. Thankfully the Charge 2 takes the task of “fixing” the problems that plagued earlier models to heart (no pun intended). That means first and foremost a sturdier design that’s relatively the same width as the previous Charge model but thicker and far less prone to breaking. Pair that with a much bigger tap sensitive personalised OLED screen, a redesigned charger clip that’s more optimal than ever before, and easy-to-attach interchangeable bands and we’re talking about some truly notable physical improvements and some enhanced customisation as well.
A new model also means more accurate real time fitness analysis. Upgrades to PurePulse technology allow for continuous heart rate tracking, real time fitness stats, accurate calorie data and just a generally more precise picture of your overall health. PurePulse can also now do things like take a snapshot of the your cardio fitness level and calculate a score based on things like the your VO2 Max. You can then receive tips from PurePulse in order to improve your score by streamlining your exercise routines.
To help reduce stress and bring you down from your runner’s high, PurePulse also now provides guided personalised breathing sessions also known as “Relax”. The specifications of each “Relax” session are proportionally correlated to the changes in your heart rate and your sessions are accompanied by real-time heart rate visual cues.
Features like Multi-Sport Mode and GPS aren’t new but naturally they’re more optimal than ever before. Adjust your mode according to type of activity (biking, lifting, climbing, etc), link your wearable to the Fitbit app and receive intensive summaries of your progress and even things like a geographical layout of your route. Use the Interval Workout Mode for those high-intensity exercise routines and SmartTrack is there to automatically monitor your everyday activities like walking and jogging. And for that extra kick in the butt, the Reminder to Move feature provides motivational alerts when you’re falling short of your fitness goals.
Needless to say, Fitbit loyalists have plenty of reasons to check out the new Charge 2. We got our hands on one and found the aesthetics in particular to be very pleasing .The interchangeable band is a tremendous feature and the overall size of the Charge 2 is just right. When combined with new optimisation in terms of accuracy and analysis, the Fitbit Charge 2 becomes a no-brainer purchase. Get yours today.