• Display: 1.34”
  • Connectivity: Bluetooth
  • Sensors: GPS, accelerometers, gyroscope, heartrate monitor
  • Port: Proprietary charging
  • Touch Screen: Yes, Capacitive
  • Weight: 76.5 grams
  • Pros:
  • Suite of sensors
  • Interactive display
  • Independent operations
  • Cons:
  • Price
  • Only supports SMS and phone notifications
  • Rubber band picks up dust easily
  • Benchmark Results
  • 3DMark
  • Ice Storm: 14,397 points
  • Ice Storm Extreme: 7,937 points
  • Ice Storm Unlimited: 4,450 points

Surging Ahead in Health Tracking

Health Tracking has become a multi-billion-dollar industry, with companies left and right pushing out devices that one wears on their wrist, and will track everything from heartbeat all the way to where you are in the middle of your daily run. FitBit is one company that has been in the forefront of health tracking technology. We are happy to say that we managed to grab one unit from them, and it is the latest device – the FitBit Surge.

For the first time in the company’s history, FitBit has presented users with a device that actually looks like a wrist watch. Previous devices resemble wrists bands, but the Surge is the first in the company that uses a touch-sensitive OLED display unit. By just swiping left or right, the various modes of the device can be accessed.

As per other FitBit devices, the Surge needs to be synced to a smartphone for initialisation. But unlike the other FitBit range, the Surge can work independently. In the Surge, it has several sensors which includes GPS, pedometer and accelerometer. It also has the PurePulse heart rate monitor so you can have your heart rate monitored throughout the day – even when you are sleeping.

The Surge has a tilt-design so that when you wear it on your wrist, you can easily monitor your stats on the monochrome display when you turn your wrist towards you. Plus, it also syncs with your phone in giving you notifications for your calls and messages. No social media notifications however, and FitBit stayed mum when we asked them if that feature is coming to the surge anytime soon.

If you are the kind of person that will go ahead for a jog even in the rain, fear not as the Surge is water resistant – which means that even in a short shower it is not affected by liquids.
Charging the Surge is fast, but tricky – as the charge port sits at the back of the device, and you need to have it off your wrist. It only takes 20 minutes for a full charge however so it is a short period of time off your wrist.

CHIP CONCLUDE: A good fitness tracker for the serious at heart, but other than that, its is a weak smartwatch.

(previously published in issue September 2015)

Fitbit Surge