Fitbit Alta Review

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There are many fitness bands out there, with so many variations, it is a matter of finding the right match for you. I see folks with Flex model all over the place! However this is my first experience using one of their products. The Fitbit Alta is a great mid-way point as far as tracking features. Comparing between the various Fitbit choices, it is the perfect mix and compromise of them all. Using their handy tool to find your perfect Fitbit, the Alta falls under the Everyday Fitness category.
Alta is small and narrow, yet a step up from from Flex and Charge with a longer Oled tap screen. Set up and syncing to the Fitbit app was simple and straightforward. You simply connect via Bluetooth to iOS, Android, Windows, Mac, or PC (dongle for the latter included). Through the Fitbit app settings, you can customize to receive text alerts vibrating on your band. The simplicity is fabulous. With a simple turn of your wrist it wakes up your screen to see the clock first, then simply tap through your various screens. I tested it with and without the text notifications active. Either way, the battery life is just fabulous!!! The specs on the lithium-polymer battery say up to 5 days, but I went over a week without charging the Alta.

 

Steps, Calories, and Distance
Sleep tracker
Auto Sleep Detection
Silent Wake Alarm
Clock
Active Minutes
Auto Exercise Detection
Caller ID
Text Notifications
Hourly Activity & Stationary Time
4 color options, Blue, Black, Plum, Teal
Changeable wristbands (classic, leather, metal) $29.95 $59.95, $99.95
There are only a few cons to the Alta. Classfied as their Everyday Fitness style, I feel it could have benefited by having the “muti-sport” and “heart rate” trackers. Without these, it didn’t recognize all of my spin class effort. It recognized that there was increased activity, but doesn’t calculate so therefore no increase in calories burned or activity. The “Track Your Excercise” option doesn’t recognize stationary bike activity. So for my spin class days, I am missing out on some calorie burn. Although I love the texture and versatility of the wristband material, I have accidentally knocked it off my wrist just a few times, and almost lost it twice. So I find the clasp just ok. As this is my first run with a FItbit, the one frustration that I have but not sure if others have experienced, is the stats once it syncs up. Looking directly at the screen as it syncs, I find I have had to refresh a few times by going into that particular stat and then going back out. The screen seems to finish syncing, but the numbers don’t change. Then once you click on “calories burned” and then back out, you then see the updated count. When I first started using it, it did freeze on me once, and a reboot was needed.
Aside from these, this is just fabulous. Overall, it is.compact, yet informative and customizable. This is perfect for the person who wants to track day to day activity, goals, but with some flexibility with what appears on the band itself and with a kick in the pants to tell you when to get moving. At $129.99 it is a great buy. I’ve earned six fitness badges so far, and am excited to see what comes next!!!
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