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Best Fitbit gadgets in 2019: which one is right for you?

Fitbit was one of the first companies to manufacture wearable gadgets for health monitoring, working in conjunction with a smartphone. The first popular brand offerings were Fitbit Ultra, Fitbit One and Fitbit Flex.

The company has been on the market for more than ten years; today it’s doing well. The success is justified by the fact that Fitbit manages to combine in their products the wishes of consumers and the latest trends in the field of health care, while adhering to a simple design and usability.

Today Fitbit offers a wide selection of wearable electronics absolutely for everyone - athletes, outdoor enthusiasts, and even those who just want to know the number of steps per day or looking for a tracker for a child.

Usually the company produces two devices per year. So, in 2018, Fitbit Charge 3 fitness tracker and Fitbit Versa smart watch were presented. A year earlier, Fitbit Alta HR and Fitbit Ionic were released , and in 2016 the Fitbit Charge 2 and Fitbit Flex 2 were released. It is expected that 2019 with new brand offers will be Fitbit Ionic 2, Fitbit Charge 4 or Fitbit Versa 2.

Below is a selection of the best gadgets from Fitbit, which can be found on sale. Unfortunately, the Fitbit Blaze and Fitbit Surge 2016 sports watches can no longer be purchased from the company's official website, but you can find them from many retailers, so we decided to include them in our list. It is also worth noting that the company has a special children's tracker Fitbit Ace, but since the collection is aimed at adult users, it is not listed.

1. Fitbit Charge 3: one of the best fitness trackers

  • Display: yes
  • Pulsometer: yes
  • Water Resistant: Yes
  • Activity monitoring: yes
  • GPS: via smartphone
  • Autonomy: 4-5 days
  • Compatibility: Android, iOS, Windows
  • The display is larger than the Fitbit Charge 2
  • Can be used in water
  • Fitbit Pay support only for more expensive models.
  • No own GPS

The best fitness gadget is undoubtedly Fitbit Charge 3. It has a host of necessary functions, including heart rate tracking, breath management, swimming activity monitoring and an improved notification system. In addition, its display is larger than the previous devices of the Fitbit Charge line.

The Charge 3 Special Edition model provides support for payments via Fitbit Pay. To calculate the distance traveled, the tracker uses GPS paired smartphone. Without a mobile phone, it is not able to determine the location, so for Fitbit Charge 3 joggers, it may not be the best choice.

At the time of release, Fitbit Charge 3 cost as much as the second-generation model. Given this fact, we can say that Charge 3 will appeal to many of those who want to purchase a functional tracker in 2019.

What's next? Will Fitbit Charge 4 be introduced soon? It is not known, so you can safely buy Fitbit Charge 3 and not be afraid that in the coming year the tracker will no longer be relevant.

2. Fitbit Flex 2: a great budget fitness bracelet

  • Size: two options
  • Display: no
  • Weight: 19 g
  • Water tightness: no
  • Compatibility: Android, iOS
  • Autonomy: 5 days
  • Connectivity: Bluetooth 4.0
  • Excellent software
  • Convenient and easy
  • Average autonomy
  • Slowly charging

Need an extremely easy-to-use fitness tracker? Here he is. Fitbit Flex 2 is suitable for swimmers: it has water protection and is able to collect information about swim. It is thin, light and costs less than Fitbit Charge 2. It has all the basic functions of trackers.

What it lacks is the display. If the presence of the screen for you is fundamentally important, pay attention to the alternative - Fitbit Versa.

What's next? Despite the fact that Flex 2 is one of the most popular gadgets from Fitbit, there are no rumors about the release of Fitbit Flex 3.

3. Fitbit Versa: Fitbit's second smart watch

  • Display: yes
  • Pulsometer: yes
  • Water Resistant: Yes
  • Activity monitoring: yes
  • GPS: no
  • Autonomy: 3-4 days
  • Compatibility: Android, iOS, Windows
  • Lungs
  • Relatively low price
  • Look cheap and childish
  • No GPS support

The main features of smart watches, which were previously presented in Fitbit Ionic, have been continued in Fitbit Versa. The Versa model has a relatively small size and low price tag. She has support for Fitbit Pay, file storage, and all applications written for Ionic are available to her.

Unfortunately, there is no GPS in Versa, so this watch is not suitable for running (unless you're ready to take a smartphone for a run).

Externally, the Versa watch does not look like a premium product, but they can be called an excellent find for anyone who appreciates compact gadgets.

What's next? Smart watch Fitbit Versa came out in early 2018. About when their second generation will be presented (and whether it will be at all), there is no talk yet.

4. Fitbit Ionic: the first smart watch, unlike others

  • OS: Fitbit OS
  • Compatibility: Android, iOS
  • Display: 1.47 inches, 1000 nit brightness
  • Processor: Dual-core, 1.0 GHz frequency
  • Size: large
  • Memory capacity: 2.5 GB
  • Autonomy: 2-3 days
  • Charging: through a proprietary charger
  • IP-rating: diving to a depth of 50 meters is acceptable
  • Connectivity: Wi-Fi, Bluetooth
  • Bright display
  • Many fitness features
  • Slow interface
  • Few applications available

Fitbit Ionic failed to meet all the expectations placed on them, but despite this turned out to be an excellent wearable gadget with an emphasis on sport. They are great for jogging, weightlifting, swimming and more.

Specialized workout programs and Fitbit Pay support are the main benefits of Ionic. It is worth noting that this gadget is sharpened just for sports and does not provide a full experience of using smart watches, such as for example Apple Watch 3 or LG Watch Sport.

The price is high. Considering all the shortcomings, we gave the Fitbit Ionic an average rating in our ranking. However, for lovers of jogging in the fresh air, they are out of competition. Fitbit Ionic is a reliable gadget with built-in GPS. When you go jogging, you can leave your smartphone at home and not be afraid to miss an important notice.

What's next? Fitbit is not in a hurry with the release of the second generation Ionic. Therefore, the choice of smart watches from this company is still small.

5. Fitbit Alta HR: the most stylish tracker with heart rate monitor function.

  • Display: yes
  • Pulsometer: yes
  • Water tightness: no
  • Activity monitoring: yes
  • GPS: no
  • Autonomy: 7 days
  • Compatibility: Android, iOS, Windows
  • Thin
  • Accuracy of measurements
  • Poor sensor response
  • In bright light, the text is illegible

Fitbit Alta HR inherited a stylish design from Fitbit Alta. In the thin case there was a place for everything that was in the predecessor, and even for the sensor for tracking heartbeats.

In the standard Fitbit Alta model, emphasis was placed on an attractive appearance, and not on technical capabilities. In Alta HR, the manufacturer has tried to take into account both. The result is a beautiful and functional bracelet.

The disadvantages, however, he has. The main ones are the lack of a GPS module and water protection. Nevertheless, this is the gadget that you don’t want to leave for a minute: it is convenient, it has the function of monitoring sleep, and it also monitors the frequency of heartbeat.

A full charge lasts for a week, the tracker is capable of displaying notifications from a paired smartphone. Already this is enough to consider a Fitbit Alta HR to purchase. Especially if you do not need an abundance of functions or something massive like Fitbit Ionic.

6. Fitbit Charge 2: the once best fitness tracker

  • Display: yes
  • Pulsometer: yes
  • Water tightness: no
  • Activity monitoring: yes
  • GPS: via smartphone
  • Autonomy: 4 days
  • Compatibility: Android, iOS, Windows
  • Bright touch screen
  • Comfortable strap
  • Does not support all types of notifications.
  • No own GPS

Before the appearance of the Fitbit Charge 3, the Charge 2 was the best of its kind. She won at the expense of a large display and the presence of additional fitness functions. For example, it has a Multi-Sport mode: it allows you to track physical activity during running, walking, athletics, etc.

The tracker tracks the distance traveled using GPS data obtained from a paired smartphone. But for swimmers, it is not suitable - there is no water protection. Swimming lovers should take a look at the Fitbit Flex 2 or Fitbit Charge 3 described above.

7. Fitbit Blaze: a good device, but there are not enough stars from the sky

  • Display: yes
  • Pulsometer: yes
  • Water tightness: no
  • Activity monitoring: yes
  • GPS: no
  • Autonomy: 5 days
  • Compatibility: Android, iOS, Windows
  • Excellent autonomy
  • Interesting fitness programs
  • No notifications
  • Strange design

Fitbit Blaze is a rather ambiguous product. The device was supposed to be the first smart watch in the Fitbit family, but something went wrong.

According to the functionality Fitbit Blaze is an ordinary fitness bracelet, only made in the clock form factor. Perhaps he will appeal to those who want to wear a tracker, but use it like a clock.

The device is capable of displaying text messages coming to the smartphone. And this is the only type of notification it supports.

Sports functionality Fitbit Blaze wide. Among other things, there is the SmartTrack mode, which collects data on physical activity, even if you have not indicated which activity you are going to do.

What's next? Fitbit Blaze 2 can not wait - it will not. The company changed its mind to develop the Blaze line and replaced it with Versa.

8. Fitbit Surge: GPS Smart Watch

  • Display: yes
  • Pulsometer: yes
  • Water tightness: no
  • Activity monitoring: yes
  • GPS: yes
  • Autonomy: 3 days
  • Compatibility: Android, iOS, Windows
  • Built-in GPS
  • Clasp on a regular watch
  • “Hello from the 80s” design
  • Weak battery

With the introduction of the Fitbit Ionic, the Surge smart watch is no longer the most expensive Fitbit wearable gadget. For the same reason, they have become less common in the sale.

One of the main advantages of Fitbit Surge is that this watch has a built-in GPS. They also monitor heartbeats. The rest is nothing outstanding. The design of the gadget is close to the usual wristwatch, but it looks outdated. The battery is weak.

On sale this watch is rare. On the official website of the company, they were replaced by the Ionic model. It seems that Fitbit stopped their production. For now, Surge can be purchased from third-party retailers, but soon their stocks will run out.

9. Fitbit Alta: original Alta, limited offer

  • Display: yes
  • Pulsometer: no
  • Water tightness: no
  • Activity monitoring: yes
  • GPS: no
  • Autonomy: 7 days
  • Compatibility: Android, iOS, Windows
  • Great design
  • Excellent autonomy
  • No water protection
  • Limited Edition Issued

When developing the Fitbit Alta, the company placed more emphasis on the appearance of the device, and not on its fitness function. It turned out a thin elegant bracelet with the ability to change the straps.

More than a design, its autonomy is impressive: Fitbit stated that a full battery will last for five days, but in fact the bracelet is able to work for a whole week without recharging.

However, not everything is as perfect as we would like. The touch screen is not very responsive, there is no water protection. Yes, and a later model - Fitbit Alta HR - in many ways surpasses the standard Alta.

Source: www.techradar.com

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