So I actually wear both a smartwatch (LG Watch Style) and a Fitbit
I enjoy the sleep tracking feature and the watches don’t feel comfortable for me to wear overnight, plus the battery life isn’t good enough on them - anything with less than a 2-3 day battery life, I’ll charge overnight.
This is the one of the reasons I went back to Fitb Bit from trialing an Apple Watch, also battery life!
I find the only thing I miss from the Apple Watch is quick replies on text’s, I didn’t really use Apple Pay on there.
This is tempting, the constant tapping to navigate can be a bit unresponsive at times…
Fabric bands look really cool, but I’d be worried about them retaining bacteria over long periods of time and how well they react to sweat/water. The rubber ones aren’t good for me - I always end up getting a rash from them.
I wear a Charge 2 and I like it. I would go to Apple Watch, but I like having a constant heart rate monitor, not just intervals as per the Apple Watch. Plus, the battery life is just ridiculous and the cost for what it does is way too high.
I recently got a Fitbit Versa. Does the basic smartwatch functionality I need with notifications and then has excellent fitness tracking (heart rate, steps, stairs). Plus Fitbit seems to have the social network for fitness that others lack; I have 7 or 8 friends also using it and can compete on weekly step count. The only one downside is that Fitbit Pay only works with a handful of banks, but I always carry my phone as well when on a run so it’s not really an issue.
I tried my finace’s Apple Watch and found it weird having all those little icons. Sometimes less is more.
I’ve found the Charge 2 and HR chest strap to be really quite close. I normally find there is a difference of 2/3 bpm, however I do find that the Charge will sometimes lose track or suddenly drop/spike bpm but that’s the nature of a wrist HR tracker, its going to move on your wrist especially during exercise. Maybe if the Charge was on a elastic strap instead of a rubber strap that might help.
Decent pricing. Doubt I’ll upgrade from the Charge 2 HR that I have right now, but it’s tempting… I wish they’d have a UI overhaul on their app though. I miss the Jawbone app, which I always felt was better.
I don’t think I’ll ever buy a Fitbit product again. The build quality of the Charge HR was shocking. And the app was pretty awful. Plus you had to do a silly work around so it would sync with Google fit.
I had one full replacement because the strap bubbled and peeled, a strap replacement because it happened again and again because it still happened. I ended up just putting up with the peeling band but a few months later the plastic casing around the screws just crumbled apart. Fitbit refused to replace it again. Instead they offered 20% off a new one. I chucked it in the bin and refuse to buy anything from them.🤷