FitBit introduces new products: Charge, Charge HR and Surge


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Activity monitors (well, and a GPS watch from an activity monitor brand). And you will say... what does this have to do with a running blog? Well, a lot, especially since Fitbit is the leader in the activity monitor market.

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Fitbit Charge

After certain problems in 2014 with your Force monitor (some users complained of skin allergies from the material usedLike the Fitbit Force, Charge has not only an accelerometer, but also an altimeter, capable of measuring steps, distances, stairs climbed and estimate the total calories consumed. But the novelties presented in front of Force come mainly in its software. Now it has automatic sleep detection (ie, it will know when we are sleeping and when we wake up, without having to put a specific mode) and also, connected to our phone, will have call alert.

Fitbit Charge

This last detail is a bit of a surprise, but quite understandable. In the year of smart watches capable of doing everything, including reading messages (and replying to them), reading emails (and replying to them) and even watching funny photo montages by WhatsApp (these are not usually answered), it's surprising that a product is launched on the market that is only capable of informing you of who is calling us - if you are still being called. But as I said, you can understand, since the Fitbit Charge screen can't do more, given its small size.

Fitbit Charge

This is what Fitbit will launch "already", but they have another activity monitor in the chamber. Their recipe is a dash of Fitbit Charge seasoned with an optical heart rate monitor. Simmer until early 2015 and we have FitBit Charge HR ready to consume.

Fitbit Charge HR

Fitbit adds "PurePulse" technology, as they call it. For everyone else, it will be an optical heart rate monitor, like the ones we've already seen in products such as TomTom Cardio Runner or Mio LINKAnd as in these cases, its main novelty is not seen when we wear it.


Fitbit Charge HR, heart rate monitor


Therefore, if we add to the Fitbit Charge activity monitor, the calculation of calories will be done using the heart rate, instead of estimating them by counting steps. This way we get more accurate data of calories consumed since it will take into account sports such as pilates, weight training, or window cleaning; activities in which the number of steps we take are not relevant to the calorie expenditure.

Here what we will have to check is the reliability of that PurePulse optical monitor. We will have to see how often it takes the data, because if it spends a lot of time to increase autonomy, it will make many averages in the calculation so the final result will not be as real as it should be. We have to wait to check it.

Fitbit Surge

Fitbit Surge will surely be the product that raises most expectations, firstly because it is the first product of the brand that incorporates GPS technology, and secondly because it will see Fitbit enter a market dominated by big brands such as Garmin or Polar.

Fitbit Surge is a GPS watch with constant activity monitoring through the optical monitor, and also has smartwatch functions. This is what we have all been thinking about when we saw a Motorola Moto 360 or a Sony Smartwatch 3, but no one had dared to bring it closer to the "fitness" side than to its purely technological side. And all this will be accompanied by a theoretical price of 250 €. Expectation is growing!

Fitbit Surge

The recipe for this Surge is similar to the one we have seen before. If we add GPS functionality and a larger touch screen to the Charge HR, we get this model. It also has a multitude of sensors that we are more used to seeing in mobile phones than in watches. Compass, accelerometer, gyroscope and light sensor will make up a watch that, rest assured, will be quite advanced

Fitbit Surge

As in the case of the Charge HR, we will have to check the work Fitbit has done with the "PurePulse" technology. But in the case of Surge, we also have to see how is the software that will accompany it, not only on the side of phone and web applications, but mainly on what the phone brings. We still do not know if it is simply a GPS watch that will provide us with the pace at which we run, heart rate and little else, or if it is a device designed for training where poder program intervals. That is, if it is a product intended for the occasional runner or on the contrary it is designed for runners with more advanced profiles.

Availability and price

The Fitbit Charge goes on sale now, probably at the beginning of November. To buy the other two models, Charge HR and Surge, we will have to wait until 2015. The estimated prices are 130 euros for the Charge, and 150 euros and 250 euros for Charge HR and Surge respectively.

Eduardo Mateos

I've been surrounded by electronic devices of all kinds for more than 25 years. Using them, testing them, taking them apart and dissecting them. Long distance triathlete: I swim, run and cycle for a long time. Maybe too much.

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  1. For something simple, but with a chronometer function in the bracelet itself and that is as reliable as possible: Fitbit Charge or Garmin Vivofit 2?. Thanks...I need an opinion, because they offer me both at a good price

    1. In performance they offer the same, only the difference of the larger Garmin screen, and in both models you can perform an activity separately, therefore the one you like more aesthetically.

      1. Thank you Eduardo for your opinion. I think I'm going to go for the Garmin Vivofit 2. I know that the Fitbit Charge already counts steps, but honestly I in March and in my daily life, my goal is not the steps ... and I have read (and continue to read) many comments about the "detachment" of the strap, and I know that with the Vivofit 2 I will not have that problem ... although it is less colorful and more striking, but I think I will not leave my eyes on the screen ? I said, thank you.

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