- Sensors: 3-axis accelerometer, Optical Heart Rate Monitor, Altimeter, Relative SpO2 sensor, NFC
- Battery Life: 7 days
- Connectivity: Bluetooth 4.0, NFC
- Water Resistant: Yes, 5 ATM
- Display: 1.49-inch OLED
- Materials: Aluminium tracker, Gorilla Glass 3 Display
- Dimensions: 38 x 18.3 x 11.8
- Weight: 29 g
- Slim tracker
- Little customisation options
Charge Up Your Life
Just in time for Christmas, Fitbit graced us with the Fitbit Charge 3, the latest entry to the Charge family, a fitness tracker to keep your health in check. It does feature some slight changes compared to the previous version. If you’re undecided between a smartwatch or a fitness tracker, then this might sway your decision. The Charge 3 is slim and will fit well with most of your wardrobe. If you wish, you can even purchase additional bands to switch up the look whenever you feel like it.
As for the tracker itself, you will not see any physical buttons on the device, and at first glance it might seem a little intimidating or even confusing. The screen itself is touch capable to help you navigate around the menus, and a back button is located in the indentation that is located on the left side of the tracker. If the button is triggered, a little vibration can be felt. As for performance, the tracker is equipped with the usual features – constant heart rate tracking, auto exercise tracking, calorie burn tracking, sleep tracking and more. Using the tracker underwater is hassle-free and you can use it to track your swims, as it is water resistant up to 50 metres. Auto-exercise is also very useful, since it lets you run without worrying that your exercise will not be tracked.
If that’s not enough, you can set goals for yourself within the exercise menu of the tracker. For example, in Running you can set a goal for time, distance or calories burned. As for the accuracy, the tracker was able to successfully track our runs without issues and accurately track how far we jogged. You can also enable the “Use Phone GPS” function for more accurate tracking, but you will need to have your phone with you. However, if you prefer to do your exercises without your phone, this tracker is more than self-sufficient as it’s capable of working on its own. When you are done, your exercises will then be synced to the Fitbit App. Battery life is good and we were able to use the device for 7 days on a full charge with just normal usage.
Speaking of the app, you can also use Fitbit Pay to pay for your purchase via NFC on the tracker. Currently, the feature has yet been enabled locally but we hope that it will be added in the near future. Just like other smartwatches, you can receive notifications on the tracker, and you can even preset replies via the Fitbit app.
Customisation options are quite bare-bones with its limited watch faces and available apps. Although this is to be expected as it is a tracker and not a smartwatch, but more watch face options are always welcome.
The Fitbit Charge 3 is an upgrade over the Charge 2 with improved battery life and better water resistance, along with some other tracking features that are perfect for those that want to improve their health and live a healthier lifestyle.
CHIP CONCLUDE: A nifty tracker that tracks plenty of activities ranging from sleep to swim, looks stylish, doesn’t require you to break the bank, and has a 7 day battery life.
(to be published in issue December 2018)