Fitbit went back to the basics with last year Charge 4, Re-installing a fitness tracker with onboard GPS in its lineup after many years of leaving the hole unfinished. With the introduction $ 180 charge 5 This year, the company is trying to modernize its most capable band. It’s thinner, lighter and less heavy than the Charge 4 and it now has some features for Fitbit’s full smartwatch, Versa and Sense.
This is a $ 30 price increase and on top of that, Fitbit expects you to pay $ 10 per month to access your historical health data (and much more) through the Fitbit premium. The Charge 5 certainly feels more polished than the Charge 4, but those who prefer the band on smartwatches will see that most of the key features will remain the same – and you’ll have to decide if the premium benefits really pay off.
- Always flash full color touchscreen with always on mode
- More comfortable design
- EDA sensor on the device for stress monitoring
- Built-in GPS
- Fitbit Pay
- Long battery life
- The charge is ড 30 more than 4
- Can’t control music playback from the screen
- Limited app on device
- Not compatible with Apple Health or Google Fit
I was amazed at how much difference it made by updating the design of the Fitbit Charge. It has 10 percent thinner and newer rounded edges than the previous version and the module is a stainless steel color that should complement the band of choice you have chosen. It feels less heavy on the wrist and its rounded edges make it so that the device doesn’t get so stuck. If you wear the band stiffer, the charge 5 flushes more against the wrist than the charge, so it’s less annoying and more comfortable. The strap is even better, too: the Charge 5 comes with a soft-touch band that looks (and hooks) almost like the Apple Watch’s sports bands.
Gallery: Fitbit Charge 5 review image | 7 pictures
Gallery: Fitbit Charge 5 review image | 7 pictures
The display has also been updated: it’s a 1.04-inch AMOLED touchscreen that wakes up when you lift your wrist. It’s better and more limited than the Grayscale LED screen on the Charge 4, and it puts the Charge 5 more with Fitbit’s smartwatches.
It has a new always-on feature, which you can enable in settings. If your sleep mode is on, it will turn off automatically at night, but otherwise, it keeps the clock ticking and the clock ticking on, if it fades slightly, all day. This obviously affects battery life and Fitbit cleans it.
But with the addition of a touchscreen, the Fitbit Charge 5 has removed all the physical buttons. You may think that the glossy slivers on the long ends of the module are capacitive-touch buttons but they are not তারা they are actually Electrodermal Activity (EDA) sensor Which enables stress monitoring. Although I had no problem using the touchscreen, I was used to the inductive side buttons on the Charge 4, so it was a little weird not to have a back button.
New (and old) features
Drop down a few advanced features from Fitbit Sense smartwatch Charge 5, such as ECG measurement and EDA monitoring. The former is “coming soon”, so I couldn’t test it, but the latter is like the EDA tool in the Fitbit smartwatch. As you feel the screen of the device being covered in the palm of your hand, the Charge 5 has two long sensors on either side that you hold with the pinch when you want to take an EDA scan.
At first, I didn’t know you could change the duration of each scan, so I sat in semi-frustrated silence for a full three minutes (torture, I know). The EDA sensor detects changes in your skin that may be associated with stress and will report how many differences have been detected at the end of the scan. Charge 5 reported 18 incidents in my first session, which probably reflected my growing frustration with using the tool.
The device’s screen counts the rest of your scan time, but it doesn’t show anything else. Fitbit performed guided breathing exercises on his device that would take you through a few minutes of breathing with the intention of calming you down. Fitbit still has meditation exercises available in its app (available through premium, except for a few free ones) but I wish Fitbit brought that aspect to its EDA tool in Charge 5. If anything, take a break from my busy days for my fitness tracker and tell me that I can be stressed without any help, has bothered me more or less.
Otherwise, the Charge 5 is the same as the Charge 4, although all of its features say a bit more gloss for a full color screen. GPS, logically, was the most important thing about Charge 4 and it stays fixed on Charge 5. The built-in sensor occupies my position within seconds of starting my run and after properly syncing my route to the Fitbit app.
But Fitbit did not add more music-centric features. In fact, it has actually removed something, which is a bummer. Charge 4 had no onboard storage and only Spotify Premium subscribers could control playback from its screen. According to Fitbit, its data showed that customers weren’t using the music controls too much, so they also removed the Spotify option. When I understand the argument, I get frustrated every time I run with Charge 5 – I turn my wrist and avoid a track I immediately realize that I have to take my phone out of my fanny pack.
On a positive note, the Fitbit Charge 5 adds a solid alarm and timer app. The device is not designed to program as many onboards as smartwatches, but they are quite basic and include many fitness bands. I like to be able to set daily alarms so I never forget to take medication, and I can of course set one or two timers per day to keep track of things like laundry, cooking and so on.
Whatever you get with premium
Fitbit has been slowly incorporating premiums, its ড 10 per month health and fitness services across all of its devices over the past few years. For Charge 5, this means that some advanced metrics are behind that wall, as well as wellness reports, guided workouts, meditation, recipe inspiration, and more.
My biggest problem is with the wall-closed health metrics. This basically means that Fitbit users can get the data they need to sleep and play exercise if they pay for it. You can only realize how much data you don’t have access to after using Charge 5, which is pretty bad (if you buy a new Charge 5 you’ll get six months of Fitbit premium, so at least you’ll get a taste of it)
For example, Premium gives you access to 30-day and 90-day health trends based on your recorded data, as well as “improved” health insights related to your heart, activity, sleep, and more. And Fitbit’s wellness reports, which collect your recorded information about your heart rate, steps, weight, water and food intake, exercise, sleep, and more, so you can easily give it to your doctor, are only available to customers.