Some history; I have been a Fitbit user for a long time. I used the Fitbit Flex & Fitbit One before. The Fitbit HR Charge is such an improvement compared to the Fitbit Flex. Let me dive into it a bit deeper.
5 things I like about the Fitbit Charge HR
I got my Fitbit 5 months ago. I wear it everyday and I hardly notice it around my wrist. The clasping is very good and I’m also very happy with the materials.
2. Heart Rate Tracking
The heart rate tracking is the biggest advantage of the Fitbit Charge HR. Thanks to the tracking on my wrist, I check my heart rate on fixed times. I also check my heart rate through the app. I love it that I am able to check my resting heart rate when I wake up. The heart rate tracking teaches me a lot about myself. For example: I learned that my heart rate doesn’t go up when I visit the dentist.
The visibility of my heart rate on the Fitbit Charge HR is very handy. Even when I am running I can always check my heart rate on my wrist and see how I am doing. The app shows really well my heart rate and it does so in an understandable way.
In the future I would like to see my heart rate correlated with my mood
3. Sleep tracking
Fitbit automatically tracks your sleep, there are no buttons to push and it’s always accurate. When I get up at night, it doesn’t show the interruption in the overview of my sleep. The Fitbit knows when I am awake, but is not going to calculate this interruption in my sleep analysis, so I get a whole overview of my sleep.
4. Integration with MyFitnessPal
I track my food every day in MyFitnessPal, and my Fitbit has a direct integration with MyFitnessPal. When I walk, MyFitnessPal is immediately updated with my steps and will immediately change how much more calories I can eat.
5. Battery life
My Fitbit has a battery life of 6 – 7 days. It only takes an hour to charge it to halfway. So I charge it half every time; that way, I can immediately wear it again.
6. Call ID
When someone calls me, I know it immediately because my Fitbit Charge HR will vibrate.
Things I don’t like about it
The Fitbit Charge HR is not a beautiful accessory. The look of it could definitely be improved.
2. Web app
I don’t use the web app. I only use it when I have to use it, I don’t go to it voluntarily. The web app has not much value for me. You see more, but it’s not worth the effort.
3. Mobile app improvements
I have been a Fitbit user since 2013, and I haven’t seen many improvements on the mobile app. The only big change I saw over the last years is the introduction of the challenges. They are doing a good job on making competitive challenges. If you’re a competitive person, the app and wearable are something for you.
However I am not satisfied with the mobile app. I expect the mobile app to dive more into the data and give me actionable insights.
4. No integration with Apple Health
It doesn’t make sense that Fitbit doesn’t integrate with Apple Health. I wish that they did so. I want other apps to be able to use my Fitbit data, which is not possible through Apple Health now.
5. No possibility to notify sickness
Fitbit nugs me that I need to move when I am sick, which is incorrect, and I don’t like it. There is no opportunity to notify Fitbit I am sick. It doesn’t feel very human to nudge users to move more when they are sick.
Do I recommend buying it?
Yes, especially if you’re interested in a holistic approach & awareness about your health. Fitbit Charge HR is very easy to use: you don’t have to do anything. Everything gets tracked automatically. The tracking is not 100% detailed, some smart calls-to-actions are missing, but I definitely suggest it.