‘Wow’ I use the word because something out of the world is involved but how perfectly Fitbit has managed to bridge the gap. Gap between a full smarty smart watch and a simple fitness tracker with the all new Fitbit Charge 3 which went on sale worldwide on 7 October 2018 direct from Fitbit, nearly two months after it was announced on 20 August 2018. The NFC version will ship even later.
Their most advanced fitness tracker.
Smart watches do come loaded with features like the Versa but sometimes are bulky both on the wrist and the pocket. Fitness trackers are plain simple rice. I like rice with curry. Fitbit Charge 3 is plain rice curry with just the perfect amount of spice.
It is not too bulky in looks and is not too simple in features. Talking about features, here are some stand outs :
10 WOW factors of the New Fitbit Charge 3
1. Water Resistance
We have been waiting for this for a long time now mister/sister. Earlier fitbit had limited its water resistance to both of their smart watches, the Ionic and the versa. Including it in their charge series was crucial and awaited. People have loved the charge series and water resistance now makes it irresistible. Swimming mode allows your fitbit to keep a track of your swim. It keeps track of distance, calories and heart rate.
It still needs more with lap calculation, stroke calculation, stroke detection, etc some of which are already available in high versions of their competitors.
2. Touch Screen
Behold, tap screen is now touch screen. Gone are the days when you had to tap 4-5 times to get back to the calories or steps. You can now swipe left, right, up and down in the new Fitbit Charge 3. The screen is more interactive, bolder colours and more responsive. It does not feel like the 90s here anymore. Interactive touch screen on a smart Band. Well, that’s certainly something new. Garmin vivo doesn’t have that yet. If you are wondering that’s all. No hard feelings Garmin.
3. Battery life
Fitbit claims it is 7 days, people have said +6 days which is fine. A difference so little sometimes comes down to subjectivity. User activity creates that much of a difference. Otherwise for a fully interactive screen with multiple exercise options, running timer, alarm clock, notifications and of course the constant beautiful clock face that no longer looks like broken pixels. 7 days is not bad at all. Charge it on the sunday and Monday through week it is all good to go.
4. Drop down notifications and daily activity dashboard
Just like the Versa and Ionic, you can now view your notifications on the all the new drop down menu of the Fitbit Charge 3. Saves you a lot of time while in class, on a run when you don’t have to look at your phone to check whether it is important or not.
The dashboard of daily activities is also from the smartwatch section and is a time saviour too if you want just a quick glance of your stats without the phone.
5. Touch Sensitive Side button
The fitbit charge earlier had a physical side button that was used for going back to the previous or main menu. To be honest it was a bit of an aesthetic killer but with Fitbit charge 3 comes a touch sensitive button that vibrates oh so softly with a touch giving a satisfactory feeling to the touch. It is beautiful.
6. Multiple Exercise Options
Taken from the Smartwatch section there are now multiple exercise options like running, swimming, cycling, hiking that you can conveniently begin before the activity to get better results. You can even go to the Fitbit app and choose automatic, then on the fitbit automatically detects your activity next time you go for a run. Only downside is that you can only load up to 6 exercises at a time on the wrist device but can go to the app later and add-on and replace others.
7. Better Durability
Durability is high as with the versa and other fitbit devices. This is not new but from a few customer responses it seems that have had a few good hits to the device one in a while and it didn’t even have a scratch. The gorilla glass is good against possible scratches and cracks. I actually gave a sigh of relief being the carelessly throwing my hands around kind of person. Fitness band should be anything but fragile. Durability is big YES for a clumsy customer like me.
With the high end version of the Fitbit Charge 3 you even get NFCfor tap and pay. You love starbucks then this is for you, payment is as smooth as swiping your band and go. Fitbit does keep bringing more and more third party apps to their store and lately they have bought in good ones like Uber, Starbucks, etc. Lot of scope in this section. So look out for your favourite brand or app.
50$ less than the versa but loaded with features almost same and looks classy and premium. I don’t know how they could have made it any better.
- Design is great. It feels sleek even with a big design for a fitness band. If you do not want to be seen with a fitness screen watch, this just give the perfect band look that really does look great on the hands.
- With Changeable bands and variety of options in those. Go for that party or sporty look without a worry to look odd.
- Heart rate accuracy is higher with the Fitbit charge 3. This is from customer experience. Way to go Fitbit.
All in all in my opinion this is the best the Fitness Band market has to offer closely competing with the Smartwatch market. Smartwatches are not Pocket friendly and we all know that. This band is much lesser than a smartwatch in terms of pricing. There are lot of simple bands in the market that do offer good features at a fairly lower price but are nowhere near to the smartwatch category.
Fitbit Charge 3 is here to stay and Make a mark. That’s for sure