Fitbit Charge 3: A worthy follow-up
October 23, 2018
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Let’s check out one of Fitbit’s most popular fitness trackers.

While we’ve seen Fitbit pushing its new Ionic and Versa smartwatches, it hasn’t forgotten its users who still prefer the simplicity of a fitness tracker. This new member in their lineup is the Charge 3, a successor to the Charge 2 that was released two years ago.

The Charge 3 features various improvements that make almost takes it to the smartwatch territory – but to be clear, this isn’t a smartwatch. The Charge 3 retains some of the design aspects of the Charge 2 but improves on size by making it thinner and lighter. In the weeks I’ve spent using it, I barely realized I was even wearing it.

The Charge 3 also has an all-aluminum build and doesn’t feature any physical buttons. Instead, there’s a full touchscreen display along with an inductive button on the size that has a haptic feedback when pressed. The heart rate sensor is still there that tracks your heart rate 24/7, guided breathing and automatic workout tracking are all present on the Charge 3.

This fitness tracker can also track up to 15 activities that range from swimming to cycling. I mostly used the Charge 3 for running, but the lack of a dedicated GPS on the tracker meant that I can’t see my running course unless I bring my smartphone with me.

Navigation took a while to learn, though I would understand if some may be confused at first. But once you get the hang of it you’ll be tapping and swiping the Charge 3 to track your workouts. The Charge 3 doesn’t let you install any apps, but it includes weather and alarm apps that you can use right on the tracker. You can also take the Charge 3 swimming since the tracker is fully waterproof up to 50 meters.

Like Fitbit’s smartwatches, the Charge 3 also has a SpO2 sensor that will soon be utilized to track blood oxygen levels. It was also reported that Fitbit will soon utilize the sensor to monitor your sleeping patterns through breathing.

As with all of Fitbit’s devices, the Charge 3 needs to pair with the Fitbit app (available on iOS and Android) so you can see an overview of your workouts. The app can also track your water intake along with health tracking for females to aid them when they are ovulating.

The Charge 3 also supports notifications from your smartphone, though I mostly turned it off when I paired it with my iPhone. Still, if you prefer getting notifications on your wrist then the Charge 3 won’t disappoint.

On regular usage, the Charge 3 didn’t disappoint on battery life. On a full charge, it managed to give us about five days’ worth of usage before it needed to be charged again.

For 699 AED, the Fitbit Charge 3 is less expensive than the company’s feature-filled smartwatches. The Charge 3 brings everything we love about the fitness tracker while offering something new. We’re disappointed by the lack of a built-in GPS, but overall the Fitbit Charge 3 excels on all aspects.

We Love:

+ Lightweight

+ Great battery life

+ Excellent tracking features

We Hate:

– No built-in GPS

Final Rating: 4/5

by Victor Philip Ortiz
Tech Enthusiast and Movie Buff. Has passion 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 campaigns on his Xbox.
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