I got a hand-me-down; from my daughter. I thought it was the other way around, especially since dad is supposed to be the fitness nut in the family.
In the early 80’s I used a Polar HRM (Heart Rate Monitor) in my fitness training as I am always researching and testing health and fitness products, fads, trends, etc. The Polar HRM was a good tool, however I moved onto the next thing and ever since then I have just continued researching and reviewing the evolution of these technologies without actually using one.
My first week with this unit was vanilla, I put it on and barely paid attention to it. My goal was to look at this wearable from both a novice and experienced fitness enthusiast’s perspective.
To get started, I needed to sync with my iPhone; that was fast and easy. Next, I downloaded the app; that was fast and easy. Check, check for those considering investing in this health/fitness tool.
My daughter changed from one of the rubber straps to a leather one. I liked the leather one, but I knew that my activity level would require my getting an athletic (rubber) band. First note, accessories on Fitbit website are more expensive than other sources e.g. Fitbit Sportsband $29.95, I purchased one for $5.99 through an Amazon reseller. After several weeks my band is doing quite fine.
Being far-sighted I was concerned that I would not be able to see the small display, however I am pleased to report (to the older generation) that the white text on black background presents a clear visual.
Not sure if it is the age of this hand-me-down piece, or the actual sensitivity, but the tap navigation on the unit is not as responsive as that on my other touch electronics; so, no judgment here.
Online dashboard provides plenty of information for a novice to a seasoned health and fitness buff. However, for the experienced individual you may be looking for more info, for example, in addition to seeing average heart rate I would like to see average low and highs.
Things I like and you will to:
- Clear readable display.
- Easy setup.
- Good mobile app.
- Good web dashboard.
- Plenty of configurations to help both the novice and seasoned individuals.
Features I would like:
- Edit workouts for those times when you forget to hit stop
- HRM Zones notifications. When moving from ‘Fat Burn’ to ‘Cardio’ to ‘Peak’ zones, I would like to be notified. The notifications should be user configurable and offer visual, audible and/ vibration.
- HRM Analysis. At present, the dashboard shows average for workout and total minutes in the zones, however, I would like to see the totals divided into periods, for example; if total in the cardio zone was 20 minutes, I would like to see how many times and for what lengths led to this total.
My conclusion; anything that helps people pursue, or maintain, their health and fitness is good and the Fitbit Charge 2 does this and more.