GPS finally comes to the Charge.
One of the few caveats that we have about the Fitbit Charge 3 is the lack of GPS, but we still praised it as one of the best fitness trackers available. A year after it was released, we are presented with the Fitbit Charge 4 that includes new metrics to track fitness and finally, GPS. Despite keeping the same design, it still ranks as one of our favorite trackers available, even with most companies now focusing on smartwatches.
Design-wise, the Charge 4 is basically a new device inside the body of the Charge 3. You’d hardly notice any difference between the two, which could be a factor when you’re deciding to upgrade. That being said, the Charge 4 is still comfortable to wear – small enough to not be in the way and light enough for you to not realize that you’re wearing it.
The same monochrome touchscreen is still present where you can access workouts, settings, and other information. While others may say that the screen is already outdated, I still find it acceptable and easy to use compared to complicated navigations of other fitness trackers. That being said, hopefully, they throw in a colored display with the Charge 4’s successor. The haptic button is still present, where it lets you wake up the screen and acts as a home button when navigating the menu.
The Charge 4 can hold six shortcuts for workouts on the device, which you can customize using the Fitbit smartphone app. By default, I’ve placed running, treadmill, and walk since those are the most common exercises that I do on a daily basis. With the addition of GPS, I no longer have to carry my smartphone with so it can accurately get my location no matter where I go. Once your workout is done, you can view and see a variety of metrics that relate to your workout from distance, pace, and heart rate.
With the Charge 4, Fitbit is releasing a new metric called Active Zone Minutes. Fitbit describes this as a new way to calculate your goals using your age and resting heart rate so it can give you a more personalized measurement. We won’t be surprised if you’d be a little confused at first trying to understand Active Zone Minutes, but basically you get more minutes counted towards your goal as your activity becomes more intense.
A 46-minute walk and run that I did translate to 70 Active Zone Minutes. I got 1 Active Zone Minute for every minute that I reached Fat Burn, and the minutes double when I’m on cardio. It’s confusing I must admit, and I’m thinking it might take a while before everyone adapts and fully understands this new metric.
Other metrics like sleep and heart rate tracking are still present, and all of this is presented on the Fitbit app that gives you an overview of your overall goals. The app also includes Discover where you can read more about the metrics being measured by the Charge 4 and Community where you can connect with other individuals and ask about your current fitness goals. Additionally, female health tracking is also included.
You’ll also be getting a 90-day free trial for Fitbit Premium, where you can browse for more efficient workouts that you can do along with more personalized insights each day. The Fitbit app includes a dedicated tab on COVID-19, where you can check for more information about the ongoing health crisis.
Previously only available on the special edition variant, all Charge 4 devices now support Fitbit Pay. This lets you use the tracker in replacement of your card when doing contactless payments which is now being recommended as the preferred payment method. Fitbit Pay is supported by the following UAE banks: Emirates NBD, Habib Bank AG Zurich (Visa), RAKBANK, Najm (Visa), and Al Hilal Bank (Visa).
The Charge 4 also comes with a 7-day battery life, which varies depending on usage. I found that it drains faster the more you use GPS, but for general usage, I’m just glad the tracker lasts more than a day, unlike other devices and smartwatches.
The tracker does include a bunch of smartwatch-centric features that include the ability to see notifications and even reply to messages if you’re using an Android device, change watch faces according to your liking and control Spotify playback. It’s pretty much barebones in this aspect, but you probably won’t be getting the Charge 4 if you’re looking for a smartwatch, since well, it’s not really a smartwatch.
For 699 AED, the Fitbit Charge 4 is one of the best fitness trackers that we’ve tested. While it bears minimal changes in design, the addition of GPS might interest users of the brand.
+ GPS support
+ New Active Zone Minutes metric
– Barely any design changes from the Charge 3
Final Rating: 4/5