Fitbit Zip Wireless Activity Tracker Review. Fitness trackers just like the people who use them, can be seen in several “shapes and sizes”, and the Fitbit Zip fits slots in nicely into the petite category of “not worn on the wrist” activity trackers. The Fitbit Zip is the company’s effort to make the activity tracker highly affordable (under $ 50) and designed for people who don’t like wearing straps on their wrists. This compact fitness monitor displays your calories burned, estimates distance and counts your steps via its integrated accelerometer.
The Fitbit Zip is an ideal fitness tracker for those who’d like some motivation to get fit and want to be more aware how active they are (or aren’t 😉 ). With regards to size, the Fitbit Zip activity tracker is nicely small (1.1″ x 1.4″ x 0.38″) with smooth round edges, making it easy to slide in and out of your pocket. It can be synced with your smartphone or computer to view your stats, log activities and meals, even compete with friends via the Fitbit app or website.
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.
The Fitbit Charge HR is inarguably one of the best activity trackers in the market today for several reasons. For starters, the Charge HR is an all around activity tracker that offers on the wrist non-stop heart rate monitoring, tracks your sleep, tracks your active heart rate levels while you sleep or workout or rest, and syncs this vital data with virtually any major tablet or smartphone.
The Fitbit Charge HR is basically a back device with a miniscule LED screen, but its rich in features, and much more than other expensive fitness devices in its segment. It also doubles as a watch and boasts class leading battery life, and that’s with continuous heart rate monitoring. The web based interface of the Fitbit Charge HR offers a clean layout and is simple to use and integrates seamlessly with popular workout apps such as Strava, Endomondo, RunKeeper, Runtastic among others.