Fitbit Surge

7.3/10 AVG.
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  • Fitbit Surge
  • Fitbit Surge
  • Fitbit Surge
  • Fitbit Surge

The only GPS-capable Fitbit will appeal to casual runners, but more serious athletes should look elsewhere.

- Dan Graziano , Cnet 

Fitbit Surge is the most powerful Fitbit with GPS tracking, real-time workout stats and a heart rate monitor.

- Matt Swider , TechRadar 

Specs / Features


GPS Tracking- See distance, pace and elevation climbed & review routes and split times | Get continuous, automatic, wrist-based heart rate and simplified heart rate zones | Track workouts & view workout summaries; plus all day activities including steps, distance, calories burned, floors climbed and active minutes | Monitor your sleep automatically and wake with a silent alarm | See call and text notifications on the touchscreen display | Sync stats wirelessly and automatically to your computer and over 150 leading smartphones | Utilize the sizing tool in Product Details below to ensure proper... More

GPS Tracking- See distance, pace and elevation climbed & review routes and split times | Get continuous, automatic, wrist-based heart rate and simplified heart rate zones | Track workouts & view workout summaries; plus all day activities including steps, distance, calories burned, floors climbed and active minutes | Monitor your sleep automatically and wake with a silent alarm | See call and text notifications on the touchscreen display | Sync stats wirelessly and automatically to your computer and over 150 leading smartphones | Utilize the sizing tool in Product Details below to ensure proper fit | Kindly contact Fitbit for any technical issues

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Specification

Brand Fitbit
Model FB501BKL
Size 20 x 3 cm (7.9 x 1.2 in)

Reviews (7.3/10 Avg. rating)


Fitbit's top-end GPS watch and fitness tracker feels like it needs an update

from Cnet

The Fitbit Surge offers all-day fitness tracking, a built-in optical heart-rate sensor, smartphone notifications and GPS to track multiple sports, but the design feels old and clunky.

The Fitbit Surge offers all-day fitness tracking, a built-in optical heart-rate sensor, smartphone notifications and GPS to track multiple sports, but the design feels old and clunky.

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The most expensive Fitbit, but not the prettiest

from Alphr

The Fitbit Surge is a good fitness tracker that I’ll be sorry to see leave my wrist, but it’s a little short of greatness, let down chiefly by its price and aesthetics. Fitbit seems to be taking more care on that front now, with the Blaze and the Alta, so there’s every chance th... More

The Fitbit Surge is a good fitness tracker that I’ll be sorry to see leave my wrist, but it’s a little short of greatness, let down chiefly by its price and aesthetics. Fitbit seems to be taking more care on that front now, with the Blaze and the Alta, so there’s every chance that the follow-up to the Surge will be the one to beat. For now, though, I’m backing the Blaze.

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Feature-packed but doesn't quite gel together

from Expert Reviews

There’s no doubt that the Fitbit Surge is a feature packed fitness device, but all those features just don’t seem to gel in the package provided. The Surge is big and bulky for a fitness tracker, and arguably not good-looking enough to be worn as your everyday watch, all of which mean... More

There’s no doubt that the Fitbit Surge is a feature packed fitness device, but all those features just don’t seem to gel in the package provided. The Surge is big and bulky for a fitness tracker, and arguably not good-looking enough to be worn as your everyday watch, all of which means it struggles to make a case for itself.

Throw in the high price tag and there are clearly better fitness trackers, and better sports watch options out there. It’s a shame, because on paper the Surge must have looked like an absolute winner, but the execution just doesn’t quite live up to the promise.

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For the serious sports and fitness enthusiast

from PC Advisor

The Fitbit Surge is an activity tracker for the serious fitness enthusiast. We’re not saying a more casual user wouldn’t appreciate its good looks and features, but the level of functionality and price put it properly in the market for the power user. The larger, swipeable display is... More

The Fitbit Surge is an activity tracker for the serious fitness enthusiast. We’re not saying a more casual user wouldn’t appreciate its good looks and features, but the level of functionality and price put it properly in the market for the power user. The larger, swipeable display is a revelation of on-wrist stats. If you wish to wear a tracker and your regular wristwatch then the Surge may be too large, and you should consider other more minimalist bands. The everyday user who wants a tracker to push them to exercise more is catered for with the Fitbit Flex and Charge. If you’re just interested in the heart-rate monitor you could consider the cheaper and very capable Fitbit Charge HR, but if you want to see dedicated heart-rate stats during performance-based workouts, and map your routes with built-in GPS the Fitbit Surge has it all.

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Bridging the gap between activity tracker and sportswatch

from Pocket-lint

Overall the Fitbit Surge is the perfect watch for those that want those extra features an activity tracker typically doesn't provide, such as GPS and heart-rate monitoring, in a device that is easy to use and understand. However, we aren't convinced it quite hits the mark as the "ultimate fitness... More

Overall the Fitbit Surge is the perfect watch for those that want those extra features an activity tracker typically doesn't provide, such as GPS and heart-rate monitoring, in a device that is easy to use and understand. However, we aren't convinced it quite hits the mark as the "ultimate fitness superwatch" - but it does successfully bridge the gap between a standard activity tracker and a sportswatch.

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One seriously hulky sized fitness tracke

from PhoneArena

Okay, we’ll admit that the Fitbit Surge kind of lives up to its claim of being a “fitness super watch.” Hardcore fitness buffs will absolutely fall in love with the comprehensive offering of the Surge, allowing them to specify workout routines for complete accuracy. Add to that,... More

Okay, we’ll admit that the Fitbit Surge kind of lives up to its claim of being a “fitness super watch.” Hardcore fitness buffs will absolutely fall in love with the comprehensive offering of the Surge, allowing them to specify workout routines for complete accuracy. Add to that, the built-in GPS helps to give the Surge independence from smartphones when it comes to gathering GPS data.

However, its $250 calls for attention because it’s just ungodly expensive – so much so that it falls into the same pricing as many smartwatches. In comparison to them, the Surge can’t compete because it’s almost non-existent with its “smart” functions. Sure, we can receive text and call notifications, but that’s really the extent of what it can deliver, which reduces its value. 

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Isn’t going to be for everyone

from G Style Magazine

The only real issue I think most will have with the Fitbit Surge will be the way it looks. Again, it’s far from pretty but it’s also not the ugliest thing out there. Looks are subjective though so not everyone is going to feel the same way about it. I personally don’t find it of... More

The only real issue I think most will have with the Fitbit Surge will be the way it looks. Again, it’s far from pretty but it’s also not the ugliest thing out there. Looks are subjective though so not everyone is going to feel the same way about it. I personally don’t find it offensive at all. I’ve grown quite fond of it and have become accustomed to its looks. I think part of that again has to do with being able to just quickly see everything on the screen and not having to rely as much on viewing the app on the phone. It’s makes a huge difference in my opinion and makes the Fitbit Surge a better pick in my opinion than the Charge HR.

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Fitbit's most advanced activity tracker yet

from The Gadgeteer

I love the always on touch screen that stays on the stat that I want to monitor. I love that I can easily track walks and hikes with the built in GPS and I really like the continuous heart rate monitor and automatic sleep tracking. I think the Fitbit Surge is the best tracker on the market. BUT,... More

I love the always on touch screen that stays on the stat that I want to monitor. I love that I can easily track walks and hikes with the built in GPS and I really like the continuous heart rate monitor and automatic sleep tracking. I think the Fitbit Surge is the best tracker on the market. BUT, it’s not all rainbows and unicorns… The biggest problem with the Surge is that it’s too expensive. Pair the high price with the fact that smart notifications don’t work with all phones and music control doesn’t work at all, and I start having problems recommending it. Even if smart notifications and music control worked as advertised, I’d have to say that this activity tracker is still overpriced by about $50. Even though I actually like the Fitbit Surge better than the Fitbit Charge HR, I think the Charge HR is the better buy at $100 cheaper than the Surge. Call notifications work fine on the Charge and even though it doesn’t have a built in GPS, you can use the Fitbit app on your phone to track routes for walks and hikes.

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For budget-conscious power users who are in need of a smarter running accessory

from TechRadar

Fitbit Surge is meant for budget-conscious power users who are in need of a smarter running accessory. In this way, it runs laps around Fitbit's more casual wearables, like its Fitbit Flex or Fitbit Charge, thanks to GPS-mapped runs, basic music controls and smartwatch-like notifications.

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Fitbit Surge is meant for budget-conscious power users who are in need of a smarter running accessory. In this way, it runs laps around Fitbit's more casual wearables, like its Fitbit Flex or Fitbit Charge, thanks to GPS-mapped runs, basic music controls and smartwatch-like notifications.

The catch is that Surge is still designed to be worn on a daily basis. That doesn't work out, because it's shaped like a clunky running watch. It's significantly bigger than every other Fitbit and doesn't blend in with normal wear.

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A fitness tracking watch that's not quite super

from The Guardian

It fairs decently as a watch, but its style is polarising – some love it, others think it’s ugly. The main problem with the Surge isn’t the watch itself, it’s Fitbit’s data analysis, or lack there of. The statistics and charts aren’t especially useful in and of... More

It fairs decently as a watch, but its style is polarising – some love it, others think it’s ugly. The main problem with the Surge isn’t the watch itself, it’s Fitbit’s data analysis, or lack there of. The statistics and charts aren’t especially useful in and of themselves and the service doesn’t link sleep data to exercise data.

It’s standard service lacks the intelligence provided by other, less sophisticated and cheaper trackers, which is a shame.

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Amazon.com Reviews Summary

6,163 from Amazon.com

6,163 Amazon.com shoppers shared a review for the Fitbit Surge. Ratings are middle of the road, averaging 3.5 out of 5 stars. See all Amazon.com customer reviews.

7/10

Amazon.ca Reviews Summary

1 from Amazon.ca

1 Amazon.ca shoppers shared a review for the Fitbit Surge. Ratings are generally positive, averaging 5 out of 5 stars. See all Amazon.ca customer reviews.

10/10

Amazon.co.uk Reviews Summary

2 from Amazon.co.uk

2 Amazon.co.uk shoppers shared a review for the Fitbit Surge. Ratings are middle of the road, averaging 3 out of 5 stars. See all Amazon.co.uk customer reviews.

6/10

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