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

Esto es lo que Fitbit lanzará «ya», pero tienen otro monitor de actividad en la recámara. Su receta es una pizca de Fitbit Charge sazonada con un monitor de ritmo cardíaco óptico. Se cocina a fuego lento hasta inicio de 2015 y tenemos FitBit Charge HR listo para consumir.

Fitbit Charge HR

Fitbit añade la tecnología «PurePulse», como así la denominan ellos. Para todos los demás será un monitor de ritmo cardíaco óptico, como los que ya hemos visto en productos como 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 es un reloj GPS con monitor de actividad constante a través del monitor óptico, y además tiene funciones de reloj inteligente. Eso en lo que todos hemos estado pensando cuando veíamos un Motorola Moto 360 o un Sony Smartwatch 3, pero que todavía nadie se había atrevido a acercar más al lado «fitness» que a su vertiente puramente tecnológica. Y todo esto vendrá acompañado de un precio teórico de 250€. ¡Expectación en aumento!

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

Como en el caso del Charge HR, tendremos que comprobar el trabajo que Fitbit ha hecho con la tecnología «PurePulse». Pero en el caso de Surge, también hay que ver cómo es el software que lo acompañará, no sólo del lado de las aplicaciones de teléfonos y en web, sino principalmente de lo que aporte el teléfono. Aún no sabemos si se trata simplemente de un reloj GPS que nos aportará ritmo al que corremos, frecuencia cardíaca y poco más, o si se trata de un equipo pensado para realizar entrenamientos donde poder programar intervalos. Es decir, si se trata de un producto destinado al corredor ocasional o por el contrario está pensado para los corredores de perfiles más avanzados.

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.

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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. Gracias Eduardo por tu opinión. Creo que me voy a decantar por la Garmin Vivofit 2. Se que la Fitbit Charge ya cuenta escalones, pero sinceramente yo en Marcha y en mi vida cotidiana, mi objetivo no son los escalones…y he leído (y continúo leyendo) muchos comentarios sobre el «despegado» de la correa, y se que con la Vivofit 2 no voy a tener ese problema…aunque sea menos vistosa y más llamativa, pero creo que no me dejaré los ojos en la pantalla ? Lo dicho, gracias.

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