Fitness Tracker Fitbit Alta review
The Alta is probably Fitbit’s best effort at a fitness tracker for several reasons starting with its aesthetically pleasing design and swappable band design. With every new model, the one thing that Fitbit aims to change is the size and comfort level of their trackers and the Alta makes this quite evident. From a first glance, the Alta comes across other Fitbit fitness trackers, but this time users can swap the band, making it befitting to wear at the track or office.
This somewhat fashion oriented fitness tracker is designed to track many vital statistics such as calories burned, steps taken, distance and “Active Minutes” among others. Adding to this, the Fitbit Alta fitness tracker can also record how long you’ve slept, monitor your sleeping habits, the number of times you’ve been restless in the evening and even the number of times you’ve woken up during the night.
Just like some of Fitbit’s other fitness trackers, the Alta is capable of tracking sleep and exercise automatically, meaning that you won’t have to remember to set the watch to a certain mode to get credit for your workout. In order for the Fitbit Alta to log in activity, you have to exercise for a minimum of 15 minutes, but this can be reconfigured down to 10 minutes with the app.
The Fitbit Alta however is not perfect and lacks a heart rate monitor, and does not track the number of stairs you’ve climbed so if these are important metrics for you, this device is not a good fit. On a brighter note, the Alta does offer great battery life of roughly a week, but this can also vary depending on several factors such as the features activated and how long for.
Highlights of the Fitbit Alta
- All day activity and sleep tracking
- Move reminders
- Text, call and calendar alerts
- Swappable bands
- Auto sleep tracking
- Tap display
- Clock faces
What’s in the Box?
- Alta device
- User guide
- Charging cable
Fitbit Alta Design
The Alta is not gender sensitive, meaning it looks good on everyone. It features a quick release mechanism that makes it easy to switch between bands. In regards to bands, there is a wide collection to choose from including leather, metal and classic accessory bands, making the Alta a perfect fit for any occasion. All the Alta bands except for the metal one can be fastened with a two button clasp rather than a watch like buckle, but regardless both secure the Alta well on your wrist.
The Alta is pretty sleek with no buttons to toy with, and where the screen turns on when you raise your wrist or when you tap on the bottom of the strap. As mentioned earlier, the Fitbit Alta lacks GPS and heart rate sensor, but does compensate for this by bringing in a convenient scratch resistant OLED display, framed in stainless steel. Tapping on the display twice wakes the device up, and each subsequent tap allows you to scroll through all your activity stats.
Features of the Fitbit Alta
The tap sensitive display of the Alta alone makes this one of the best activity trackers currently in the market. The device displays notifications for text, calls and upcoming calendar events from Android and iPhone devices in the form of gentle vibrations. This same vibration can also be configured as a silent alarm to wake you up in the morning. Adding to this, the Alta also has Fitbit’s smart tracking feature, meaning that it can automatically detect when you’re doing certain high intensity exercises.
The Alta also automatically tracks your sleep, but it is a good idea to switch off “Quick View” before you go to bed otherwise the highly sensitive display will sometimes light up when you toss and turn. The Alta is good for 5 or more days on a single charge and battery power can be replenished by connecting the proprietary cable to the rear of the device.
One thing that’s different with the Alta is that rather than a basic “Move” or “Stand” reminder, it encourages you to meet a mini-step goal of 250 steps each hour, which according to Fitbit is roughly 2-3 minutes of walking. If this goal isn’t achieved 10 minutes before the hour ends, the device will gently vibrate to remind you. Apart from automatically tracking activities and sleep, the Fitbit Alta records certain activities by default when you’ve been continuously active for 15 minutes.
Some of the activities that can be tracked automatically include outdoor biking, elliptical, walking, running and general aerobic workouts such as cardio kickboxing, Zumba and sports such as tennis, soccer and basketball. You can even exclude certain activities from being recognized if you’d like. The Alta does not have a timer or stopwatch, but runs can be recorded by using the app and GPS on your smartphone. All data is stored on the Alta for 30 days, and if not synced within this period will be overwritten with new data.
The Fitbit app hasn’t changed much, except for displaying exercises that were “Smart Tracked” and also allows you to set weekly exercise goals. Fitbit is also affiliated with several app makers so you can share data directly such as MyFitnessPal, MapMyRun, RunKeeper and Fitbit-owned FitStar. You can even challenge others to various challenges, making it even more encouraging to use the Alta.
Pros of the Fitbit Alta
- Ability to swap bands makes it extremely fashionable
- Superior batter life
- Auto tracks sleep and exercise
- Variety of bands available
- Silent alarm
Cons of the Fitbit Alta
- Lacks heart rate sensor
- Doesn’t measure stair climbing
Fitbit is one of the most esteemed brands in wearables today and the Alta is one more great addition to its lineup. It is appointed with an excellent tap screen display and automatically tracks your sleep and certain activities and stores this data on the device itself for a period of 30 days.
The bands can be easily swapped and there are several pleasing colors/materials to choose from, making this a great fit for any occasion. It is even able to wake you up in the morning with a gentle vibration, which is a great feature to have and one that isn’t available on many fitness trackers. If you’re looking for a fitness tracker that means business, the Fitbit Alta is definitely worth a second look.
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