Fitbit Charge 4: The New King
Fitbit took the budget market by storm when it launched its Fitbit Charge 3 fitness band. In no time, this smart band became an instant hit. With heart monitor to sleep tracking, it had it all. It was ruling this budget market up until now. But now lags behind the company’s own Fitbit Charge 4.
Fitbit Charge 4 is an upgrade to already top-notch performer Fitbit Charge 3. It has significant improvements where Fitbit Charge 3 lagged. From more accurate rackers to improved battery life, everything in Fitbit Charge 4 can give competition to even some of the premium brands. Let’s have a look at its features one by one.
The design is the same as the previous year’s Charge 3. The major upgrade is that it can strap in many different straps. Even we can use straps of Charge 3 in this. So if you already have Charge 3 and planning to upgrade, you don’t have to think much about accessories.
It’s available in two colors, i.e., Black and Rosewood. Each of them comes with small and large straps in the box. There is also a limited-edition Charge 4, which comes with a woven belt. If you want to try different straps, then you can get it on Amazon.
The display of Charge 4,s is the same as that of Charge 3’s. It comes with a monochrome OLED display. It’s bright and big enough so that you can easily have a look at notifications. It comes with a touch display with a pressure-sensitive button on the side. This button is for launching Fitbit Play. You may feel a lit bit frustrated as this button sometimes may not respond.
The battery life of Fitbit Charge 4 is improved. It can survive up to 7 days on a single charge. With GPS enabled, it can be used up to 6 hours. As it comes with its integrated GPS, it no longer depends on the phone’s GPS. As a result, you don’t have to worry about carrying your phone all the time.
As already said, it has it’s own GPS. As a result, it takes time to lock your current GPS. But when closed, it’s surprisingly very accurate. You can compare its accuracy with Garmin Forerunner 245. The company also said that in future updates, it’ll come with connected GPS features. As a result, the band will be able to switch GPS between your phone and tracker to optimize battery life.
Fitbit Charge 4: Sensors
The heart rate sensor in Charge 4 is the same as last year’s sensor. There are some new features this time. By default, Charge 4 will notify you during a workout whenever your heart rate zone changes. Buzzing can frequently happen, too. You get one buzz for entering the fat burn zone, two buzzes for entering the cardio zone, and three for your peak zone. You can also turn it off in the settings though it can also be inaccurate while you change the speed of workout.
For a $150 smart band, these features are blessing in disguise. It’s undoubtedly the new king and sets up a new mark to compete.