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Fitbit Charge 2, a band of exercises simple but dutiful [FW Labs]

Am an of those (rare?) people that left of using watches of bracelet made years back. Then, them first hours with the Fitbit in the doll were something strange: me cost to get me to the made of have something in it hand to what had that give attention each certain time, is which is the circumstance. In addition, Fitbit Charge 2 not is exactly a clock but a band, by which looks a little “different” to it normal.

That said, I think an excellent device to record a handful of physical activity which, in my opinion, could have a slightly more attractive design.

First, it important: the Fitbit Charge 2 works generally well. Registration steps seems accurate, unlike another model that I won’t mention here (track: Huawei) and the same with the measurement of the heart rate. The interface is pretty simple and even too by moments, but works well in it more basic, that is show clearly the information required. Obviously, a device like this not only works, but it together with an application for the phone which gives further details and offers many functions which take advantage.

Fitbit Charge 03

In relation to its performance bracelet as such (and design), the Fitbit Charge 2 is – I repeat – simple but very functional. The screen has a respectable size and information is always readable on screen; Although everything is displayed in black and white, there is nothing confusing or looking fuzzy. Then, the gesture of “turn the wrist to see the clock” of all the life is which lights the screen. There is also a single button that serves to activate / deactivate functions without going to the phone. In addition, small touches in the union between the bracelet and screen serve to scroll through the menu of the band.

Broadly speaking, the usability of the Fitbit Charge 2 is correct, nothing too ostentatious just the contrary.

Now well, so important are the functions to do exercise. The Fitbit Charge 2 does not have built-in GPS, so you always have the phone on hand is obligatory if what you want to do is measure the distance when jogging. In my case, crucial regard this as there is, unless it has a clip from your phone to the arm, to walk with the phone in his hand. Is it possible to use the Fitbit 2 in a race without the phone? Of course Yes, but the measurement will be much more limited.

Out this detail – more or less, depending on each who – is comfortable to walk with the device on the wrist while running. It is true, is a band to exercise and much more not prompted, but use is correct in that context.

Fitbit Charge 05

The same happens with the notifications. In addition to those related to exercise (goals accomplished daily steps, time a little standing and walking), which come directly from the phone, and in the case of the Fitbit Charge 2 are a little limited: only notified of phone calls and text messages and nothing more. Personally, I would have liked it to warn other messaging (Telegram, WhatsApp) application, something that do products in a similar range.

The Fitbit Charge 2 comes with a strap made of an elastic material that can also be changed, where they want to try another color (definitely do not like the blue I provided, but it is a matter of taste). The device in question is a metal and is resistant to water, so there will be no problem to swim with it or use it in wet conditions.

Conclusion

Fitbit Charge 02

I believe that the Fitbit Charge 2 is a good product because it does meet very well the tasks for which it was designed. That also means that it’s a product limited to record physical activity and little more, without features that bring closer it to a smartwatch as if with other similar devices. Her look is quite sober and sports, although there are belts of different colors and materials (leather and metal) for those who want to customize it. The battery? Lasts much, much as to not worry about charging it for about a week with a relatively normal use.

And important issues (read: registering physical activity), the appliance works pretty well. The messages are clear and measurements – while Fitbit makes it clear that it is not “medical or scientific data” – are correct by measuring steps or distance.

The Fitbit Charge 2 is priced at USD $149 at Amazon, while in Chile can be found to CLP $139.990 and in Mexico to MXN $4,499.

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