Fitbit Charge 2

8.5/10 AVG.
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  • Fitbit Charge 2
  • Fitbit Charge 2
  • Fitbit Charge 2
  • Fitbit Charge 2
  • Fitbit Charge 2
  • Fitbit Charge 2

A refreshed design, larger screen and enhanced activity capabilities make the Fitbit Charge 2 an excellent midrange fitness tracker.

- Mike Prospero , Tom's Guide 

Specs / Features


PurePulse continuous, automatic wrist-based heart rate tracking to better measure calorie burn all day | Maximize your workouts using simplified heart rate zones (Fat Burn, Cardio and Peak) | See call, text & calendar notifications on the OLED display; Automatically track how long and how well you sleep and wake with a silent vibrating alarm | Get a better understanding of your fitness level and see how you can improve over time with a personalized Cardio Fitness Score; Use Connected GPS during run mode to see real-time stats like pace and distance on your wrist | Track all-day activity like s... More

PurePulse continuous, automatic wrist-based heart rate tracking to better measure calorie burn all day | Maximize your workouts using simplified heart rate zones (Fat Burn, Cardio and Peak) | See call, text & calendar notifications on the OLED display; Automatically track how long and how well you sleep and wake with a silent vibrating alarm | Get a better understanding of your fitness level and see how you can improve over time with a personalized Cardio Fitness Score; Use Connected GPS during run mode to see real-time stats like pace and distance on your wrist | Track all-day activity like steps, distance, calories burned, floors climbed and active minutes;Find moments of calm throughout your day with personalized guided breathing sessions based on your heart rate

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Specification

Specification
Brand Fitbit
Size 25 x 2 cm (9.9 x 0.8 in)

Reviews summary

8.5/10AVG.
RATING
Based on 38 reviews

What's good  

  • 5-day battery life
  • Accurate HR measurement
  • VCO2 estimations
  • Great app
  • Stylish appearance
  • Comfortable fit
  • Multiple size and color options

What's bad  

  • Not waterproofed
  • No GPS
  • Sunlight visibility
  • Proprietary charge cable

As a leader in fitness wearables, there’s a good chance if you have friends with a fitness tracker, at least one is a Fitbit product. They’re revamping their lineups and bringing advanced features to some of their mid-range devices. The Charge 2 is one of these.

But the big problem with mid-tier devices of any sort is balance. Making it high-end enough to justify the price over the base model but keeping costs low enough to create value is a tricky act.

Does the Charge 2 tick all the right boxes? Let’s dig into what’s being said around the web!

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Reviewers loves the new design of the Charge 2. The bands are thinner and the screen is larger than previous Fitbit models. This creates a sleeker look that doesn’t scream for attention while you’re at the office or out with friends. Recombu noted, “The Charge 2 is a bit of a chunky monkey, but it's also reassuringly light when strapped to your wrist. You shouldn't feel it sat there when you're working out, or even just during everyday use.”

The buckles on the wristbands are now steel instead of plastic, providing a sturdier grip and easier removal.

While the display is bigger, it’s still just a black and white OLED. Reviewers like the fonts choices and layouts—particularly for mobile notifications from their smartphones. However, there were also issues with visibility in direct sunlight. Tom’s Guide noted, “I also found it hard to see outdoors, especially in bright sunlight; I wish there were a way to reverse the colors (like on the vivosmart HR) so that it could be black text on a white background, or vice versa.”

A single 1.5 hour charge nets you roughly 5 days of battery life. Charging requires a proprietary clip-on charge cable. So you must carry a spare cable in your kit if you’re traveling.

Reviewers with multiple devices found the Charge 2 to report similar numbers to the devices they trust. The only complaints regarded an overly sensitive sleep tracker. However, you can calibrate the sleep tracker sensitivity within Fitbit’s mobile app to suit your sleeping arrangements.

The app was the highlight of most reviews. As one of the first companies to release consumer-grade fitness trackers, Fitbit has had plenty of time to iron out the kinks and polish features. Social sharing, data reports, mapping, tracking specific workouts, reviews indicate it’s all there.

Mashable raved about the app, saying, “Fitbit has also given some serious upgrades to its actual workout-tracking features, which is undoubtedly where the Charge 2 excels most. In addition to the standard metrics like steps, flights and heart rate, Fitbit has added the ability to track 19 different types of activities. These cover your standard gym routines (treadmill running, elliptical and weight lifting) to interval workouts, circuit training and yoga, as well as outdoor activities like tennis and hiking.”

Overall, reviewers had no problems recommending the Charge 2 unless you’re a swimmer. The tracker isn’t waterproofed in any way. Tom’s Guide summarized opinions well, saying, “There's nothing hugely revolutionary about the Charge 2, but its new features, as well as its new design, make it the best fitness tracker in its price range.”

Reviews (8.5/10 Avg. rating)


TrustedReviews

Comfortable to wear, consistent tracking

from TrustedReviews
The Fitbit Charge 2 is an improvement over the original, but it doesn’t really bring a whole lot new to your wrist... Full review
Canadian Reviewer

Lightweight, stylish, and has stellar battery life

from Canadian Reviewer
The Fitbit Charge 2 is a fitness tracker I can reccomend to any level of user wanting to improve their fitness. It works well as a watch, with various faces to choose form and good basic functions, it is a great fitness tracker... Full review
Tom's Guide

This redesigned tracker shines

from Tom's Guide
There's nothing hugely revolutionary about the Charge 2, but its new features, as well as its new design, make it the best fitness tracker in its price range... Full review
Softpedia

Reinvented with new design and more features

from Softpedia
The Charge 2 shows why Fitbit continues to be number one in terms of sales. It simply serves its purpose very well, even if it doesn’t come with military-grade aluminum, a super AMOLED screen, 3D Touch, or things like that. It’s a tracker that does its job and it’s hard not to be pleased with it if this is what you’re looking for... Full review
The Gadgeteer

Has all the features most active people need

from The Gadgeteer
When it comes to fitness tracking wearables, Fitbit is still the one to beat. The Fitbit Charge 2 has all the features most active (and people who aspire to be active) need to know. It shows you the time, date, daily step count, heart rate, stairs climbed, calories burned, distance traveled, and sleep tracking. Throw in smartphone notifications, reminders to move, guided breathing exercises to help you destress and automatic exercise tracking, allows the Charge 2 to easily earn an award for my current favorite fitness tracking device... Full review
Android Guys

A great way to get a base line read on your life

from Android Guys
As a whole, there’s very little here for us to fault. The price is right and the functionality is more than what most people need. We might like a smarter experience in something like an Android Wear, but we’d have to drop twice the money. The Fitbit Charge 2 is a solid wearable from top to bottom... Full review
Chip Chick

Provides a much sexier alternative to typically bulky wearables

from Chip Chick

Fitbit Charge 2 is a stress-free, precision-focused fitness companion. By improving heart rate monitoring and smart tracking, the Charge 2 is now one of the simplest and most reliable ways to keep track of fitness stats, whether you’re just walking or going on regular runs. And no matter your fitness level, the Fitbit Charge 2 will allow users to push the envelope and understand their activities to make more informed decisions and routines. All in all, the Fitbit Charge 2 is the best wearable Fitbit has come out with yet, and it’s also one of the best fitness trackers you’... Full review

Mashable

Takes fitness tracking to the next level

from Mashable

In the past, we criticized Fitbit for not providing much analysis when it comes to the stats it's actually tracking, so it's nice to see the company adding more features that help explain what everything means. Even though I already know I'm not working out consistently enough, it's helpful to have a quantifiable metric beyond steps and calories to keep track of. If you're not a big gym-goer and are more interested in the basics — tracking steps, calories and notifications from your phone — then the Charge 2 is likely not the device for you. But if you're looking... Full review

TechRadar

Trying to top a classic

from TechRadar
The Fitbit Charge 2 is an improvement in every way over the Charge HR, but you'll only want to upgrade if you're after more fitness tracking and a large display to see your results... Full review
DC Rainmaker

Clean and easy to use

from DC Rainmaker
As with almost all Fitbit products, they tend to be a popular and well rounded offering. And the Charge 2 is mostly in that same vein. The unit includes new sport modes that help you to get better data about your specific activity. Plus, the separable bands are nice should you want to mix things up. And 24×7 HR accuracy continues to be generally good... Full review

Amazon.com Reviews Summary

5,794 from Amazon.com

5,794 Amazon.com shoppers shared a review for the Fitbit Charge 2. Ratings are generally positive, averaging 4.3 out of 5 stars. See all Amazon.com customer reviews.

8.6/10

Amazon.ca Reviews Summary

4 from Amazon.ca

4 Amazon.ca shoppers shared a review for the Fitbit Charge 2. Ratings are generally positive, averaging 4.5 out of 5 stars. See all Amazon.ca customer reviews.

9/10

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