Fitbit Alta HR: Perfect in every way
March 28, 2017

We check out Fitbit’s latest fitness tracker.

Fitbit has already proven themselves to be one of the top manufactures of fitness related gadgets. The recently released Fitbit Alta HR brings a more unique style to an already familiar design that makes it one of our fitness trackers.

At 649 AED, the Alta HR comes in the more affordable bracket compared to other full blown devices that cost more than a thousand dirhams. It’s identical in design to the original Alta, but slimmer and now features a traditional buckle in replacement of the prong closure.

There’s an OLED screen at the front along with a subtle Fitbit logo at the bottom which you can tap to turn on the display. Tapping the display can be cumbersome, since it doesn’t always recognize it, resulting in multiple taps before it turns on. Tapping is also the only way you can check the various data presented on the display – but it’s a minor quip considering how good the device performs.

Like its other devices, the Alta HR also needs the Firbit app installed on your smartphone so you can accurately track your progress. The app is available on iOS and Android devices, and offers an easy to use and intuitive UI to aid you in achieving your goals.

The Alta HR includes a heart rate sensor that can aid in accurately giving you the amount of calories burned when you work out. The lack of GPS might deter users, but since it automatically syncs to your smartphone via Bluetooth, it’s not really a deal breaker.

While I do take early morning runs and exercises when I can, having the Fitbit and seeing my current data does help me push towards something that I am usually passive at. It can even monitor your sleeping patterns and give you an overview if you are getting enough sleep.

The best thing about the Alta HR is that it isn’t trying to be a smartwatch that tries to overwhelm you with features. It gives and presents that data that you need without any fancy presentations – which I actually prefer.

You do get the option to turn on notifications so you don’t miss calls and messages, but in my time with the Fitbit Alta HR, I prefer it to be turned off.

Fitbit also added the option to let you change the bands on the Alta HR, letting you customize it with different colors that suit to your preference.

The seven battery life was also impressive, compared to other trackers and smartwatches that required me to charge it almost every single day.

The Fitbit Alta HR strikes a nice balance of features, form and functionality that easily makes it one of our favorite fitness trackers. If you’re the average user looking to get started on monitoring your fitness goals, the Fitbit Alta HR is highly recommended.

The Fitbit Alta HR is available across all Virgin Megastore branches in the UAE and on for 649 AED.

by Victor Philip Ortiz
Tech Enthusiast and Movie Buff. Passionate for all things tech - you’ll normally find him tinkering with the latest gadgets and computer peripherals. He is an avid collector of Blu-ray discs and occasionally plays on his Xbox.
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