Fitbit Charge 2 review: Towards a healthier you

Gadgets and technology help us to do almost everything better and stay healthy no exception. Are you a long-term fitness enthusiast or are just starting down the road to get into shape, fitness trackers are one of the best gadget that can get. (Generally) device worn on the wrist is not only able to track the vital signs of the human body such as heart rate, but also log the data related to fitness step count, calories burned, sleep and more such activities. This data can then be used to create personal fitness goals and diet plans, thus leading to a healthier lifestyle.

When it comes to fitness trackers, Fitbit is a name that needs no introduction. The company has recently launched two new products – Charge 2 and Flex 2. Of these, the more expensive Charge 2 was upgraded to Fitbit Charge HR, who is now nearly two years old.

We tested Fitbit Charge 2 for several days, use it to keep track of everything from sleep patterns for daily walks. So, is the Fitbit Charge 2 and the promise of a healthy lifestyle every good, especially at the asking price of Rs 14 999? Let’s find out.

Design and build quality

Fitbit Charge 2 basically consists of two components – the tracker module and a wrist band. Wrist band made of flexible elastomeric material and fitted with a stainless steel buckle for fastening Charge 2 around the wrist. The outer side of the band is textured, while the bottom smooth. Wrist band removable and can be exchanged for one of many designer bands, which must be purchased separately. Since it is sweat proof, the wrist band does not irritate the skin even when Charge 2 worn on the wrist for a period of time.

The tracker module itself, a frame made of stainless steel. On top rests a slightly curved black glass, which hides a large (at least compared with the Charge HR) OLED display. left and right sides of the frame are chamfered and navigation buttons lie on the left, the only button on the Fitbit Charge 2.

Flip Charge 2 and you see the optical heart rate tracker with two LED flashes (one each at the top and bottom of the chip tracking). There are also three charging contacts on the bottom, which works by making contact with the pin on the clip-on charger. Other important components include a 3-axis accelerometer, altimeter and a vibration motor.

Overall, we found the design and build quality Fitbit Charge 2 to be really good. While the tracker module is solid, the wrist band flexible yet sturdy enough to withstand everyday use.

Display and Navigation

Fitbit Charge 2 comes with an OLED touch-capable screen that automatically turns on when the wearer’s wrist flick, although this function can be disabled on the Fitbit app. The screen can also be activated by double-tap or by pressing the navigation buttons on the side.

Although the time and date screen displays by default, users also have the option to choose from a variety of styles available. To change the display style, simply select from the ‘Clock’ option in the app and sync the Fitbit tracker app. The screen can be tapped repeatedly to flip through daily activity statistics such as calories burned and the floor rises.

As for navigation, press the navigation buttons on the left to move repeatedly through the various menu options (eg Heart Rate, Stopwatch). While the active menu item, related options can be cycled through by pressing the screen. Lastly, long-pressing the next street / stop functions associated with the menu item (eg Run).

Interestingly, in the options screen can also be flipped through by tapping anywhere on the bracelet.

performance tracking and companion app

Fitbit Charge 2 works together with the Fitbit app (available on all platforms). You also need to make the free Fitbit account (if you do not already have one) to get into the application. Creating an account/profile includes entering an important