The Fitbit Charge 5, the latest addition to the Charge family, builds on its predecessors’ popularity by adding several new features to make it more powerful and attractive than ever before. In this article, we’ll be going over everything you need to know about the Charge 5, including what’s new, which features it does and doesn’t have, how much it costs, and more! So let’s jump right in!
Most people are going to know the basics of a fitness tracker before they buy one, so we’ll just briefly cover what a fitness tracker is and why you might want one. A fitness tracker is worn like a watch or bracelet and tracks your movement. It’s purpose is to increase your daily physical activity and contribute towards healthy lifestyle changes.
The Fitbit Charge 5 is an upgrade on their previous model, but it still has similar features as most other products in this space. Let’s go over some of the highlights:
– The first thing you’ll notice about this model is its design. If you’re looking for something discreet that doesn’t have any fancy bells and whistles, then this might be the best option for you. However, if you’re looking for something more high-tech with a lot of sensors (e.g., heart rate monitor), then you should keep looking. – Fitbit really wanted to make sure that this was affordable for everyone when designing the Charge 5 which is why it only comes in two colors (black or peach). If there were more colors available, the price would probably be higher because producing different color cases costs more money than producing black cases.
The Fitbit Charge 5 is one of the newest fitness trackers in their line, and it’s already a favorite among users. It improves on many aspects of its predecessor (Fitbit Charge 4) including size, display, battery life, tracking capabilities, and more. All these improvements make it a must-have for anyone looking for an easy way to track their activity levels on-the-go.
With its customizable bands and classic design, there are so many ways you can wear this tracker that makes it perfect for any occasion. Plus if you forget your band at home or if one breaks on accident there’s a quick release pin that can remove the tracker from its band without hassle. Now let’s talk about those upgraded features! The Fitbit Charge 5 has a larger OLED screen with new touch gestures which allow you to swipe through data quicker than ever before. Along with sleep stages, the Fitbit charge 5 now also tracks periods, menstrual cycles, and ovulation symptoms.
It also has auto exercise detection for exercises like running and cycling which means no more having to manually log workouts! And finally, the most important part: battery life! We all know how annoying it is when our phone dies during the day but luckily with its 10+ days of battery life* , the Fitbit charge 5 won’t be going anywhere anytime soon.
The first thing that you’ll notice when it comes to using the screen is that it’s very responsive and not prone to any lag or blurriness. It’s designed as a color LCD display that is as clear as can be. One downside with the screen, however, is that there is no touchscreen for navigation purposes which can make things more difficult.
The navigation system on this watch is mainly controlled by your wrist movements, but depending on your settings you may also be able to use tap motions with your finger in order to move around on the device. When you do need to navigate through the app though, one way that we found was to swipe across horizontally in order to see all of the different pages of your workout data. You can then click on whatever piece of information that you want, and then select what type of view (like bar graphs) so see it displayed like. The Verdict: if you’re looking for a sleek yet high-tech fitness tracker with great functionality, then we recommend getting the Fitbit Charge 5!
Activity Tracking, Heart Rate Monitoring and Battery Life
Fitbit has a feature called, SmartTrack that can detect exercises such as running and biking. They also have a Connected GPS that connects to your phone via Bluetooth in order to provide accurate data on distance and pace.
The device tracks your heart rate throughout the day, this includes resting heart rate, aerobic activities such as running or biking and workouts like high intensity interval training. All of this information is gathered in order for you to better understand how active you are and improve on areas that may need improvement.
The battery life of the device ranges from 8 hours if continuously active or 6 days with periods of use.
Comparison with other models from Fitbit
The new Fitbit Charge 5 offers an updated design that makes it a bit more stylish than its predecessor, but it still is not quite as fashionable as the Ionic or Versa. While I like some of the new bands that are coming out, the price for them is still ridiculously high compared to what you’re getting. Regardless, it does come with a pretty strong GPS that works well and has a small handful of good workouts on offer in addition to all of your standard metrics. The sleep tracker also seems very accurate and reliable – in fact, this might be my favorite thing about this model!
*Since publishing* Looks like there have been quite a few reports of people’s bands tearing or not charging properly over time – so we’ll see how this develops… I’m holding off for now. If you want to buy one, definitely buy from Amazon where you can return easily if anything goes wrong. The Fitbit Charge 5 is not perfect by any means, but it’s just about the best option for someone who wants a simple fitness tracker without too many extra features.
It will tell you your steps, distance traveled, calories burned, floors climbed and heart rate while being waterproof up to 50 meters deep. The latest update includes weekly challenges (which could be fun) and some new music-based workouts including Bootcamp Challenge Remix by Ariana Grande & Boyz II Men).
So far though, I am only seeing two workouts available (Bootcamp Challenge Remix by Ariana Grande & Boyz II Men) which feels disappointing considering the whole point of these devices is variety in terms of different workout routines and music playlists.
Alternatives from Garmin, Samsung and Apple
There are a number of other fitness trackers on the market and many of them are available at different price points. Fitness trackers from Garmin, Samsung and Apple offer different features and designs that might better suit your needs.
The Garmin Fenix 3 is one of their most robust devices but also carries a higher price tag. The Gear Sport is an option if you want something more affordable or if you are looking for a smartwatch. If you’re looking for something more dedicated to fitness tracking then the Samsung Gear Fit2 Pro, which offers GPS tracking and offline Spotify support, or the Apple Watch Series 3 with LTE will work well with your lifestyle.