Review: Fitbit Charge 4, an Easy-to-Use Fitness Tracker


  • Working nearly daily at totally different speeds and totally different distances
  • Sporting the Fitbit all day, on a regular basis (even at night time) to check battery life and luxury
  • Sporting the Fitbit in a pool to check water resistance
  • Utilizing the Fitbit for quite a lot of exercises together with power coaching, operating and HIIT

You can read more about the full criteria for activity trackers and smartwatches here, and see my ideas on the Fitbit Cost 4, under.

Reliability and Ease of Use

Out of the field, the Cost 4 (and most Fitbits) are very straightforward to grasp and use. The tracker was charged already after I opened the field, and it was straightforward to arrange the brand new gadget within the Fitbit app, for the reason that app presents a listing of all of the watches and trackers they’ve out there. Sadly, Fitbit will solely mean you can have one tracker linked to your app at a time, so since I had been utilizing the Versa 2 I needed to delete that watch so as to add the brand new tracker.

The app will clarify to you all of the options of the watch, easy methods to put on it in your wrist, and easy methods to take care of it. It additionally has a piece the place you possibly can customise the clock face, add a bank card to your pockets for simple funds, and likewise see quite a lot of third-party apps which can be out there for syncing. If that is your first time utilizing a Fitbit, it’s also possible to customise all your private data. All in all, arrange and use was easy, straightforward, and intuitive.

Accuracy

Through the years, one factor I’ve discovered that the Fitbit excels at is correct monitoring. When you’ve used a Fitbit tracker for some time it should use GPS knowledge to calibrate your stride size in strolling and operating for a extra correct measurement. Nonetheless, an incredible new characteristic concerning the new Cost 4 is that you just don’t want your cellphone in any respect! The tracker comes with its personal GPS so you possibly can preserve your cellphone at residence when doing all your exercises (this characteristic is on the market on the Fitbit Ionic smartwatch, however is new for the Fitbit Cost).

To check the Cost 4’s monitoring accuracy, I did a number of issues. First, I walked 75 steps (manually counting them myself), to see if the tracker precisely tracked all of them (it did). Then, I examined it on a run, which is the place I discovered some discrepancies. I went to the Saddle River Pathway in New Jersey for this half, which is one in every of my favourite locations to run as a result of the six-mile path (12 miles roundtrip) has markers alongside the best way for each .1 mile so you possibly can preserve monitor of your distance.

Mile 1 of the Saddle River Pathway.Cheryl Carlin

One observe about my operating take a look at: I’ve been operating for over 10 years now and have been at varied health ranges in addition to pace ranges. I used to have the ability to run 5 miles with out taking a break however now, after taking a while off from operating, I can solely do one mile with out stopping. Due to this, I now use the run/stroll methodology after my first mile. This has been serving to me re-build my endurance, however I’ve seen that it additionally confuses some health trackers, together with previous Fitbits I’ve used, and I needed to see how the Cost 4 would fare on a mix run/stroll for 4 miles.

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