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Fitbit has a series of trackers and the Charge is their latest entry. It is an updated version of the Force, which Fitbit discontinued in February of 2014. At $130, the Charge is priced $30 higher than their current high-end tracker, the Flex. The key additions to the Charge include automatic sleep tracking, the ability to track floors climbed, a better wrist-based display, and the tracker being built into the wristband. The Fitbit smartphone app and the dashboard on Fitbit.com are great, in-depth tools that allow you to stay on top of your progress. From time to time, Fitbit will award you with medals for milestones that will help motivate you and show off to your friends.
Fitbit has also released the Charge HR, which is essentially the Charge with the added benefit of heart rate tracking. At $150, the Charge HR has a cost $20 higher than the standard Charge, but with an added feature that more than covers the added cost.
Compare this tracker to others in the Wearable Activity Devices Chart.
The Charge can display incoming calls and texts when paired to a phone.
What we wish it had
A better clasp – while the Charge’s clasp is bigger than older Fitbits, it still tends to fall off your wrist easily.
Windows 7/8, Mac OS X, iPhone 4s and newer, Android phones with Bluetooth 4.0, some Windows phones