The Fitbit Surge is Fitbit’s first venture into the world of smart watches, or as Fitbit labels it, “the super fitness watch.” The Surge tracks a handful of vital signs, including steps, distance, calories burned, floors climbed and heart rate. The Surge also has the ability to automatically track sleep, which we noted as one of our favorite features for the Fitbit Charge. A new feature on the Surge is full GPS tracking – which is very useful for those who don’t have a smart phone with GPS capabilities. The screen, just under an inch in size, is easy to read and can be changed with the swipe of a finger.
In our testing, the Surge had great accuracy with just a few hiccups. When taking it off for an hour or so, there is a small chance it will detect “sleep,” but this is easy to remove on Fitbit’s online dashboard and app. The heart rate sensor can also have a small spike; this only happened once during testing, so it can be assumed that this is a very rare issue.
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The Surge comes with a handful of cool features. If you sync the Surge to a smart phone, you can answer calls and control music with the Surge’s buttons. The standard clock display also has several display options, including “Flare,” which will show your fitness level during the current hour.
What we wish it had
A lower price; at $250, the Surge is priced about $50 higher than its closest competitor, the Basis Peak, and $100 above the second most expensive Fitbit, the Fitbit Charge HR. The $100 difference essentially covers the bigger display, GPS tracking and a few extra smart phone controls. While the Charge HR lacks these features, it still tracks the same amount of information. The $250 price tag on the Surge also rivals many current smart watches, but lacks the diversity and flexibility of those devices
Windows 7/8, Mac OS X, iPhone 4s and newer, Android phones with Bluetooth 4.0, some Windows phones