Fitbit Charge 2 Review

12/18/2017

Your heart is at the center of everything you do. It keeps you moving and keeps you motivated. That's why tracking it is so important-for your health, for your fitness and for every part of your personal journey. Everything starts with heart.


PurePulse® Heart Rate

Get continuous, automatic, wrist-based heart rate & simplified heart rate zones. Learn more.

Multi-Sport Modes

Track workouts like running, biking & weights and get real-time stats on display. Then see post-workout summaries on screen & in the app.

Connected GPS

Connect Charge 2 with the GPS on your phone to see real-time stats like pace and distance on display and record a map of your route.

Cardio Fitness Level

Get a better understanding of your fitness level and see how you can improve over time with a personalized Cardio Fitness Score.

SmartTrack™

Automatically recognizes select activities and records them in the exercise section of the Fitbit app.

Guided Breathing

Find moments of calm throughout your day with personalized breathing sessions based on your heart rate.

All-Day Activity Tracking

Track steps, heart rate, distance, calories burned, active minutes, floors climbed, hourly activity & stationary time.

Reminders to Move

Get friendly Reminders to Move that encourage you to reach an hourly goal of 250 steps.

Smartphone Notifications

See call, text and calendar alerts on display when your phone is nearby.

Auto Sleep Tracking & Silent Alarms

Automatically track your sleep quality & wake up peacefully with a silent alarm.

Sleep Stages

See your time in light, deep and REM stages to better understand your sleep quality. Learn more.

Hi-Res Tap Display

An interactive OLED display makes it easy to view your stats. Simply tap the screen to get the information you need.

Interchangeable Bands

Switch up your look with accessory bands in leather and more.

Long Battery Life

Battery life up to 5 days so you can track all day and night without needing a charge.*

Wireless Syncing

Sync stats wirelessly & automatically to computers and 200+ leading iOS, Android and Windows devices.


Benefits of Fitbit



Specs

What's Included
  • Fitbit Charge 2 tracker
  • Charge 2 classic wristband
  • Charging cable

Battery

We recommend charging your device every few days to ensure that you're always tracking.

Battery life up to 5 days. Battery life and charge cycles vary with use, settings, and other factors; actual results will vary.

  • Battery type: Lithium-polymer
  • Charge time: One to two hours
  • Radio transceiver: Bluetooth 4.0

Sensors and Components

  • Optical heart rate tracker
  • 3-axis accelerometer
  • Altimeter
  • Vibration motor

Heart Rate

Like all heart rate tracking technologies, accuracy is affected by physiology, location of device, and different movements. Learn more about wear during workouts. 

Memory

  • Saves 7 days of detailed motion data - minute by minute
  • Saves daily totals for past 30 days
  • Stores heart rate data at 1 second intervals during exercise tracking and at 5 second intervals all other times

Display 

  • OLED

Water Resistence

Fitbit Charge 2 is sweat, rain and splash proof. However, the device is not swim proof or shower proof. With any wearable device, it's best for your skin if the band stays dry and clean. 

Materials

The Fitbit Charge 2 wristband is made of a flexible, durable elastomer material similar to that used in many sports watches. The Charge 2 tracker and buckle are made with surgical-grade stainless steel. The gunmetal Charge 2 features a gunmetal stainless steel buckle and frame made with a premium PVD plating process. The rose gold Charge 2 features a 22k rose gold plated stainless steel buckle and frame also made with a premium PVD plating process.

Syncing and Notifications

Using Bluetooth LE wireless technology, Fitbit Charge 2 sends smartphone notifications and syncs automatically to computers and 200+ mobile devices. Certain features like smartphone notifications or Connected GPS may require Android 5.0+. Look up your device to check compatibility.

  • Syncing range: Up to 30 feet
  • Syncing requires Bluetooth LE and Internet connection. Windows 10 computers that do not have Bluetooth LE will need a wireless syncdongle in order to sync.
  • Syncs with Mac OS X 10.6 and up, iPhone 4S and later, iPad 3 gen. and later, Android 4.4 and later, and Windows 10 devices.



Why you'll love it: The Fitbit Charge 2 lets you track your workout in real time on its bright, easy-to-read screen, plus, it has a heart rate monitor and sleep tracking.

Fitbit's best fitness tracker is the Charge 2 with its bevy of activity tracking features, good-sized screen, and decent price point.

The Charge 2 has dedicated functions for recording a wide range of activities, including running, cycling, cardio, and strength training. Its large display is perfect for tracking your results in real time while working out. I could quickly check my heart rate to make sure I was within the range I wanted to be, and see how far I was into my workout with the timer. You can also use the button on the side to go through menu options.

When I'm not running, I'm a big fan of interval training and HIIT (High Intensity Interval Training) workouts, so I was happy to see that the Charge 2 has an interval timer option. It also lets you pause and resume workouts, and if you do forget to start an activity or workout it can automatically detect an activity session and start monitoring it.

The Charge 2 does offer connected GPS via your smartphone for walking, running, and hiking while you're outdoors so you have the option to track your distance in more than just steps. While there were times that the connected GPS wasn't 100% accurate, it was nice to have the option at least - especially as a runner. It should be noted that while the Charge 2 is water resistant, it isn't waterproof, so this won't be going in the pool with you.

If you're looking for built-in GPS, a waterproof device, or even more advanced features, you'll want to look at the Ionic, but if not, the Charge 2 is a great all-around fitness tracker that covers the necessary bases. In addition to tracking steps, the Charge 2 also measures stairs climbed, calories burned, resting and active heart rate, and offers in-depth sleep tracking.

With the sleep tracking, it was interesting to see where I stood on average with other women around my age within the app. If you're feeling stressed, this tracker also offers breathing exercises to help you relax.

The battery life of the Charge 2 lasted me about 6 days, even when I had notifications for texts and calls activated.

Although it has a bigger screen, this tracker still manages not to be overly bulky, even on my small wrist. I found the wristband to be extremely comfortable, and love that Fitbit offers a ton of different colors and interchangeable band options.

Most reviewers love the Charge 2, especially those who upgraded from the original Charge HR. This reviewer also notes how easy the app is to use, and appreciates both the feedback and motivation that the device itself gives.

Pros: Comfortable design, lots of color and band options, large display, built-in heart rate monitor, in-depth sleep tracking, advanced workout features, real-time workout tracking on screen, long battery life

Cons: No built-in GPS, not waterproof

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