The Fitbit Charge HR is a fitness tracker that cares about your heart health. The tracker is basically the same as the regular Charge, safe for a couple of features, one of which is the integrated heart rate monitor. It tracks your activity all day to see how well you are doing fitness wise and offers long battery life.
Looking a lot like a regular fitness band, the Charge HR features a wristband that is made of flexible elastomer material. The device uses a different strap from the one on the normal Charge. The strap looks like that of a standard watch with a surgical-quality stainless steel buckle. It sports a tiny OLED display and a button on the side for lighting up the display to check on-screen information. Fitbit Charge HR is resistant to sweat, rain and splashes, but not safe enough to swim or bath with.
The Charge HR does just what you would expect of any fitness tracker – counts steps taken, distance covered, steps climbed and calories burned, amongst others. Whenever you are out exercising, it keeps tab on your workout sessions and produces stats on how well you are doing. It automatically tracks your sleep when you hit the sack and can even wake you up with a silent alarm at the set time. The main selling point is the PurePulse heart rate monitor, which can be found on the underside of the Fitbit Charge HR. The sensor presses against your skin to take reading of your pulse – this can be a life-saver. You get to have a clearer idea of how hard your heart is working when exercising or engaged in an activity for you to decide slowing things down or go faster.
Compatible with iOS, Android and Windows platforms, the app for the Fitbit Charge HR has been redesigned, compared to earlier versions. The Fitbit app now looks cleaner and can comfortably hold its own against the highly-rated Jawbone UP offering. Information syncing is done automatically and wirelessly to a paired smartphone, tablet or computer, with charts and graphs produced to give a quicker idea of how your fitness life is getting on. Wireless syncing can be done with a smartphone or computer placed up to 20 feet away from the fitness tracker. The Charge HR, which also performs the function of a watch, can pull call notifications from your smartphone and also take advantage of your mobile device’s integrated GPS. You get five days or more battery life on a single charge, and that’s impressive for a fitness tracker.
The Fitbit Charge HR comes with a price tag of $150 – about a N30,000 price in Nigeria. If you can afford getting a fitness tracker at that price, this one is worth considering, given its built-in heart rate monitor. The regular Charge variant without the PurePulse Heart Rate monitor costs just about $20 less.