Whether we like it or not we are living in a COVID-19 world and with the certain restrictions that we are facing, we have to look after our health. Luckily Fitbit has just released their latest version of their wearable Charge series, the Charge 4 which is perfect for this. The Fitbit Charge 4 is a fitness tracker that offers that little bit extra. You could call it a hybrid fitness tracker as it offers some things you only find in a smartwatch like the Apple Watch or the Fitbit Versa series.
When I first took it out of the box I was impressed at how good looking, light and slim it was. Setting up the Charge 4 was a doddle. You just put into the charger and when you see a smiley face you can either go to fitbit.com/setup or use the Fitbit app which you download to your Apple or Android phone. After this, you create an account and input in information such as weight, height and your birth date. This data is needed so that the Charge 4 can be configured to work just with you.
After you have paired the Charge 4 to your watch via Bluetooth you will notice that there are over twenty exercises that you can choose from, twenty-four-seven heart rate monitoring, sleep tracking, Fitbit Pay and it’s new secret weapon, GPS. So, what else can the Charge 4 do? Well, earlier I called it a hybrid fitness tracker because it can do things that you used to be only able to do on the Fitbit Versa 4 and other smartwatches. You can install various apps on it including Spotify, and receive various notifications from your phone on your Charge 4 including your texts and calls. The standard watch face is a digital one but you have various different ones that you can use and loved the one which you can see below.
When you wear the Charge 4 you will hardly notice that it’s on your wrist, which to me is a good thing. The default notifications on the Charge 4 are texts and phone calls but by using the Fitbit app on your phone you can add further notifications. You do have the ability to respond to texts with its built-in pre-set lists but this only works on Android devices. The display on the Charge 4 is grayscale which means if you are out in the sun you can’t view the screen properly.
The Charge 4 has 3 game changers built into it, battery life, GPS and Active Zone Minutes. Battery life is something we all take for granted these days and if you don’t use the GPS you can get 7 days usage but if you use the GPS non-stop you will only get 5 hours, so you will have to be mindful of that. So why is GPS a game-changer? It shows you were you cycled, run or walked which can be very useful and it means you don’t have to take your phone with you. Active Zone Minutes are personalised and track any workout that boosts your heart rate. The Charge 4 is also waterproof so you can wear it when you swim or use the shower.
I had mentioned earlier that the Charge 4 has built-in Fitbit Pay and these days amid COVID-19 you might not want to be handling cash. If you have an AIB or KBC bank account or use Revolut, TransferWise or Bunq, you can use Fitbit Pay. If not you will have to wait until more banks are added
Now to the important question, is the Charge 4 worth buying? If you are not looking for a smartwatch but want to have some of the benefits of a smartwatch and want a wearable device that will help you stay healthy and keep fit, then the Charge 4 is a must buy. You can buy it from all major retailers such as Harvey Norman, Power City and PC World from €149.95.
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