IFA is in full swing right now, until Wednesday, September 6th. Europe's largest technology collection will see a quarter of a million people coming down to Messe's fairy berth. Big and small brands are on the event and showcase their latest gadgets. Fitbit is common on the show, and this year it brought the shiny new Charge 3 unit.
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As the leakers are estimated, this is pretty much a smartwatch disquised as a fitness tracker. It comes with a full-touch screen, water repellent, 7 days battery life, smart features, an additional sensor and more.
When you go to Fitbits stand at IFA, there's no mistake in what the San Francisco outfit wants you to see. Make sure you get the full range of training trackers and smartwatches, but to get to them you have to hug over a house with a large poster of its Charge 3 device. Right downtown where it was. It much talked about new usable.
Holiding it by hand, it feels strangely known. That's because it's not a remote cousin of Charge 2, it's a better sibling ̵
Strokes carry standard locking mechanisms and are interchangeable so you can tailor it Notebook to your liking. Unlike its predecessor, this is a one-size fit for all affairs. The Charge 3 box comes with a large and small strap that you can use depending on your wrist size.
What strikes you at once is just how easy it is. On your wrist you will hardly feel that it is there. In fact, despite the shock in specifications, it is a bit easier and a fraction thinner than its predecessor.
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The OLED screen is bright and clearly readable. It's 40% greater than Charge 2, and this is perhaps the most important improvement compared to its predecessor. The larger screen makes it much easier to see your stats. Furthermore, the highly resolved backlit display is completely responsive to touching and supporting gray-scale colors (versus just B & W). It's a thing of beauty.
Swipe up on the touchscreen to cycle Through daily training statistics, swipe down for To see alerts, swipe right to open the workout, relax, timers, alarms, and settings screen. Everything feels very responsive and smooth. If you have ever used a Fitbit device, you will feel at home. No learning curve here.
Then there's an inductive button. Fitbit has done away with the physical button to improve water resistance. And improve they did. Charge 3 is swim proof with its 5 ATM rating, which means you can dunk it down to depths of 50 meters.
The package under the hood is Fitbit is full of sensors. This includes a 3-axis accelerometer, optical heart rate meter, altimeter, vibration engine and NFC (only in special editions) for payouts on the move. The relative SpO2 sensor is also there, but we are still waiting for Fitbit to use it for good use. It has the potential to monitor conditions like sleep apnea in the future. Battery life is quite decent 7 days on a single charge.
Unfortunately, there is no built-in GPS. Like most other devices in the Fitbit series, you get connected GPS, which means tracking piggy-backs on your smartphone for reading.
So what's new?
Fitbit says that the heart rate sensor has been improved and is much better at losing ticker during high intensity activity. It is the auto-stop feature for runners and Fitbits female health follow-up functionality.
Charging 3 also comes with the ability to respond to messages (for Android users) and the ability to accept or reject calls. I could not test any of this, but the larger screen will make alerts a much more useful feature.
Like Versa and Ionic, Charge 3 also comes with apps. This is where it starts to blur the line between workouts and smartwatches. The apps include Alarms, Hours, Weather, Calendar, Fitbit Leaderboard, as well as popular third-party applications that will be added in the coming months. Unfortunately, offline storage space for music or a way to control your smartphone is missing from your wrist externally.
For Fitbit fans out there, is the big question of course whether to upgrade?
Cost 3 currently sells for the same Price as Charge 2. When it begins to deliver in early October, the inevitable price of the predecessor will fall.
If you already own a Charge 2, you will pay extra money for a larger screen, waterproof, a little longer battery life and some training adjustments. Unless you have had your device for a while and wear starts to show, it does not make much sense to upgrade.
Fitbit Charge 3
But if your new features are important to you or you're in the market for a new training track, that's a brainer. Charging 3 is clearly the way to go. I have no doubt that the company is sitting on another bestseller here.
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