September, one more year arrives this fateful month. The beers run out in the chiringuito (at 38ºC in the shade), the hours listening to the waves breaking on the shore (along with your neighbors' towel-wearing kids screaming while they fight) and watching the hours go by while you do absolutely nothing (except get fat as a pig about to go to the slaughterhouse).
It's time to leave the summer behind and, along with the return to school of the children, comes the return to the gym of the adults. We must begin to lower the belly that we have carefully cultivated during the summer.
Today Fitbit presents new products to help us with this (except for the back to school, for that you will have to go to your nearest bank branch), renewing two models of its range. And it does so by incorporating not only aesthetic improvements but also in terms of its software.
But there are not only new products, along with the press release informing about the new models, information is added regarding new updates that arrive to current products, such as Fitbit BlazeBut if you think so, we'll save it for last and start with the newest.
Fitbit Charge 2
The complete analysis is already finished, so if you are interested in knowing all the details of the Fitbit Charge 2 bracelet, I recommend you to read the complete review by clicking here.
The new Charge 2 wristband from Fitbit comes to replace the two previous models: Charge and Charge HR. The only difference between the two models was the PurePulse optical pulse sensor in the HR version, which, as expected, becomes a basic feature of the new version.
It also incorporates some new features in its software, such as new exercise modes, new fitness and health functions and a new larger screen where you can now check the notifications from your mobile phone (although following Fitbit's tone, with few notifications).
Starting at the end, what stands out most at first glance about the new Fitbit Charge 2 is undoubtedly its larger screen, which is up to four times larger than the initial version.
The screen covers the entire body of the bracelet, attaching the strap at both ends which now allows the replacement of the same in a quick and easy way.
But the interesting news is the one inside. What does this Charge 2 do that the previous models didn't? To begin with, it has different sport modes: running, yoga, weights, cycling... previously all this was classified in only one sport mode. That is, there was no classification of any kind. There is also another specific mode for interval work.
It includes the "Connected GPS" feature that debuted on the Fitbit Blze. Although it may appear to incorporate a GPS receiver, it does not. It simply uses your smartphone's GPS connection to add location data to the activity, making it more accurate in data such as pace and distance and adding a map to the activity. Thus benefiting from all the data it provides but without impacting autonomy. Of course, you will have to carry your phone with you.
Another new feature that Fitbit has included in the Charge 2 is the estimation of your VO2 Max, something that is already present in products of many other brands but is a novelty in the segment of activity monitors.
And along with this, guided relaxation sessions. These sessions last 2 and 5 minutes with indications on when to inhale and exhale to find the calm to so much stress in your day to day, like when you find out how much the children's school books are worth.
Finally, I would like to point out that Fitbit Charge 2 now receives notifications from your smartphone, but I think that someone in the company is still stuck in the past, because it only continues to show notifications about calls, SMS and calendar alerts. No Twitter, Facebook, WhatsApp, etc. I will continue to wonder why.
With a price of 159.95 euros, it can be found in shops from September-October in any corner of the world.
Fitbit Flex 2
Flex 2 dispenses with the touch screen of the other models to achieve a much more minimalist and ultra-slim design. All the information you have to offer is provided by a system of four LEDs, which will tell you how you are doing with regard to the target steps or call notifications, for example.
The most important detail of the new version is that now the device is separated from its strap, allowing it to be placed on many different accessories, such as bracelets or pendants, so that you don't separate from it, regardless of whether you are taking a walk or going to a working dinner.
Flex 2 is also fully waterproof and, unlike the other devices in the range, can be easily immersed up to 50 metres (about time, Fitbit).
It is even capable of tracking swimming activities, the first Fitbit wearable to do so.
The recording of the different sports activities will be done automatically thanks to the SmartTrack function, sending then all the data of any activity you have done (walking, running, elliptical bike, aerobics or swimming, for example) to the online platform of Fitbit.
The price of Fitbit Flex 2 is 99.95€, although where the real crumb will be in the collection of accessories that can cost the same as the activity monitor itself. Perfect if you are a "fashion victim". And all this will be available in the same period as for Charge 2, throughout September or October globally.
News for Fitbit Blaze
And since Fitbit were renewing the range and preparing press releases, what better time to announce three new software features for the Fitbit Blaze? This is certainly the best way to get the attention of the general public, otherwise it would go completely unnoticed.
There are three news items coming to Fitbit Blaze:
- Most importantly, Fitbit Blaze is finally entering the 21st century and now, in addition to displaying call notifications, SMS and calendar alerts (which is like displaying new telegram notifications); you'll also receive message alerts from Facebook, WhatsApp, Twitter, email, etc. NOW-NOW. All that's left to do is to reach the rest of the range as well.
- Secondly, the Blaze will now warn you when you have been standing still for too long, setting small goals to accomplish of 250 steps every hour to help you stay active throughout the day. These 250 steps can be accomplished by walking for approximately 2 or 3 minutes.
- Finally, there are new clock faces to choose from and customize your Blaze, and five more are added to bring the total to nine.
So much for Fitbit's news, in a week that won't be the only thing to be announced, so stay tuned and don't forget to sign up for notifications.
And with that... thanks for reading!