Fitbit was in news earlier in the year when several users of the Fitbit Force complained of skin rashes and allergies caused by the health tracking device, which resulted in Fitbit calling the products back. After the debacle, Fitbit is back in to the game and has brought to the market, three markets to fill the catalogue of its health trackers. The three new fitness trackers, announced are: Fitbit Charge, Fitbit Charge HR and Fitbit Surge. Let’s look at them in detail:
The Fitbit Charge
Fitbit Charge is the closest device to Fitbit Force that has been discontinued. The Charge comes with a tiny display and has the ability to track your steps, sleep patterns as well as the floors you have climbed. It can also measure the calories you have burnt and if paired with your smartphone, will alert you with the name of the person who is calling you. The device has the ability to record your sleep patterns including the hours automatically unlike Fitbit Force where you had to initiate the count. The Charge will be available for $129.99 in black and slate colours for now.
The Fitbit Charge HR
As the name suggests, the Charge HR is an incremental upgrade to the Fitbit Charge. It has all the features and functions that come with the Fitbit Charge, but also adds a heart rate monitor to monitor your heart beats per minute. This adds an additional $20 to the Fitbit Charge and takes the price of the Fitbit Charge HR to $149.99. The band on the Fitbit Charge will be available in black, blue, tangerine and plum colours.
The Fitbit Surge
The Surge is what you would call the flagship model in the product catalogue. The tracker comes with a large touch enabled display that keeps you informed of all the health activities as well as the text messages, phone calls and the music that is playing on your sync’d smartphone. There is a heart rate monitor as well as a GPS tracker that is inbuilt with an accelerometer, gyroscope, digital compass and ambient light sensor. The Surge can also measure the speed at which a runner is running, making it an interesting companion for those who like going on runs and jogs. It would be available for $249.99 in black, blue and tangerine bands.
As of today, only the Fitbit Charge is available for purchase from the Fitbit site, while the Charge HR and Surge are listed as coming soon, with both expected to arrive early 2015.