Friday, 30 September 2016

A new love for fitbit

As a long term user of a fitbit, I have had both the flex and the charge, so when my charge became defective recently I was offered the Alta as a replacement.

Admittedly I wasn't too happy as I enjoyed the charge and how it functioned but was promised by fitbit that this would soon fit in with me and when I received it I have to admit that they quite possibly were right!

WOW! Fitbit have seriously upped their game, the Alta arrived and the first thing I noticed was how much more luxurious the packaging looked compared to when I had received the Flex and Charge previously in simple packaging.

The Alta already looked much more stylish with the magnetic clasp on the box and the little booklets and tabs to remove them from the box, it appears a lot of thought had gone into the design and all the little touches had not gone unnoticed. It felt like Christmas.

What's Included?

  • Removable Fitbit Alta Tracker
  • Classic Wristband
  • Charging Cable
  • Wireless Sync Dongle

    I was surprised to lift out the fitbit and discover how much heavier it felt compared with the charge, although the narrower band appealed to me once more.

    The Alta looks a lot more like a premium product and finally looks like a product to warrant the expensive price tags that fitbits have always carried.

    A sleek design, I loved the charger how it acted as a bulldog clip to clip onto the Alta and charge via the USB cable.
    Adding the device to the app was simple enough as it is located via Bluetooth.

    It took just over an hour to charge via the USB and then it was ready to go.

    So what's different? 
    If you are reading this then you know what they are and are looking at deciding which one to opt for. Alta never figured as a choice for me as if I was to change from the Charge I was looking to opt for the Blaze however with the launch of the new Charge 2 that was now on the list to opt for.

    The Alta has a clear OLED Tap display, now this is the one thing I am not keen on, the tap display, call me old school I prefer to have a button to press or a touch screen, I always find the tap hit and miss.

    Fitbit appear to have listed to their customers with many wanting interchangeable straps, something only the flex really offered up until recently but now the blaze and the alta and the charge 2 offer interchangeable bands making it easier to use more often and to fit in with any occasion.

    The Alta looks stylish on and is a lot less bulky, and I just wished it did the heart rate as well and I would be truly happy.

    One of the key features that I like is the vibration to encourage you to get moving, something I think is an added bonus compared to the earlier versions, a slight vibration and you know you have been sedentary for too long and to get up and go for a walk.

    It is sweat proof, which is excellent for me as I sweat plenty when I work out and although it states you can wear the Alta in the shower, I don't think I will be trying this.
    The Alta is a stainless steel tracker and it does contain nickel so if you are allergic to this it is something to bear in mind if you are looking to choose this fitbit.

    As well as measuring steps, distance, active minutes, calories burned and sleep, it also will record workouts automatically. It also will display the time and your smartphone notifications.

    Overall I think fitbit are doing well, continuing to be innovative and offering what the customer wants and of course excellent customer service.

    Is this the one for me?
    If you want a fitbit to track steps and track sleep then the Alta ticks all the boxes, but there are alternatives such as the Flex 2 but bear in mind that this does not display the time, for me I find it much more motivation to have on screen display as there are times when it's not convenient to have your mobile on hand and I also like that you can receive your notifications via the Alta.

    The Flex 2 however is swim proof so if your main form of exercise is swimming you may want to look at this option.

    The fitbit Alta was provided to me as a replacement for the defective Charge which is now discontinued.
    RRP £99.99

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