1Why Charge 2 Will Help Fitbit Keep Title as Top Wearables Maker
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First things first, the Charge 2 boasts a bigger, brighter OLED screen than its predecessor—four times the size, in fact. Now wearers can keep track of the time at the same time they’re cycling through their step counts, heart rate data and other fitness statistics. The bigger screen also allows more room for the whimsical celebratory animations that spring to life when a step goal is reached.
3… And More to Carry
Bucking the trend to make devices thinner and lighter, the Charge 2 is considerably bigger and heavier than the Charge HR. Although both are equally as wide when viewed head-on, the Charge 2 is thicker, meaning that it sticks out above one’s wrist a little further. It also feels a bit heavier, but the good news is that after a short period of adjustment, it hardly matters.
Two strips of silver flank the Charge 2’s face, adding some visual flair and lending a touch of sophistication to the device. Fans of the Charge HR’s plain looks may feel differently, however. A special edition black and gunmetal version is in the works for those who prefer a more understated device, but it costs more ($179.95).
5Redesigned Charging Cable
7Take a Breath
8Finding One’s Fitness Level
9On the Move
10Fun, Feature-Packed App
Improved hardware is only half of the Charge 2’s appeal. Fitbit’s slick app for iOS (and Android) makes it easy, and even a little fun, to delve into one’s health data and keep track of workouts. Its features are too numerous to list, but suffice it to say, the home dashboard barely scratches the surface.
Although it lacks built-in GPS, the Charge 2 does the next best thing. It links to a smartphone’s GPS to keep more precise track of a runner’s or cyclist’s pace and distance. Users can also view a map of their route on the Fitbit App. Speaking of which …