Fitbit Charge 3 review: Tracks 15 types of workouts, swimproof and a long-battery life

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New Delhi | Updated: April 22, 2019 3:43:31 AM

Charge 3, the latest device from the best-selling Charge family of devices, comes in black with a graphite aluminum case or blue gray with rose gold aluminum case.

charge 3, fitbit charge 3Charge 3 is also the first wearable with an inductive button, plus it features a more intuitive, interactive on-device experience for enhanced usability.

The Indian market is inundated with a plethora of smart bands and smartwatches from numerous brands (mostly Chinese). However, talk to some of the serious consumers and their complaints usually revolve around inaccurate tracking of activity data, horrible battery life, not to mention an uninspiring design that defeats the entire purpose of inspiring people to lead healthier, more active lives. Trust me, you won’t find any such issues with wearables from the Fitbit stable. I have been a regular user of some of their devices—Fitbit Versa, Ionic and most recently Charge 3—and they are fairly accurate at capturing activity data, have long-lasting battery life and boast stylish designs.

Fitbit Versa Lite Edition is their latest offering and we will talk about this at a later date. Let’s take a look at the Charge 3 fitness band that hit the market early this year. An all-round great wearable, I have been using it for some time now. It retails for `13,990 and is available across Reliance Digital, Croma, Helios and other major retailers offline and online.

Charge 3, the latest device from the best-selling Charge family of devices, comes in black with a graphite aluminum case or blue gray with rose gold aluminum case. If you closely follow the Fitbit product line then you’ll notice that the Charge 3 essentially gives the Charge line a touchscreen and improved ergonomics without sacrificing its core competency of being a very good fitness tracker, with features such as 24/7 heart rate tracking, fitness and sleep tracking, phone notifications and more.

In the box, you’ll get the Charge 3 unit. The package includes small and large wristbands, accessories range from Rs 2,990 to Rs 4,490. This Fitbit smart band has a premium swimproof design with a large touchscreen display and a good number of advanced health and fitness features. The large, back-lit display automatically adjusts to lighting conditions so you can easily see stats at any time of the day. Its lightweight design is apt for comfort fit and durability. “It is our smartest tracker yet—all powered by upto 7 days of battery life,” says a company official.

Charge 3 is also the first wearable with an inductive button, plus it features a more intuitive, interactive on-device experience for enhanced usability. Once synced to the mobile device, you can take action with Fitbit’s most advanced health and fitness sensors and algorithms (PurePulse heart rate tracking and relative SpO2); plus more than 15 goal-based exercise modes, swim tracking, etc. There’s even an on-device health dashboard, female health tracking, automatic Sleep Stages and Sleep Insights, and more. The more you wear this device, the more you learn about yourself and your workouts so you can start making changes that matter.

You can stay connected, not distracted, with essential smart features, including expanded smartphone notifications, quick replies on Android (coming soon), and convenient everyday apps. Overall, it tracks 15 types of workouts, can dive 50 meters into the water, gets seven days of battery life, and does notifications from your iPhone or Android device.
In summary, the Charge 3 is a truly versatile product for a very reasonable price.

* Estimated street price: Rs 13,990

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