The Fitbit Charge lineup has generated a few of our favorite exercise trackers in the marketplace since the first version’s introduction in 2014. Currently, in its fourth generation, Fitbit builds on what we enjoy about the Charge family with the inclusion of GPS to map your workout course with no telephone, Spotify support, much more sleeping gear, along with a motivating brand new metric called Active Zone Minutes. And Fitbit Pay is currently available on all Charge 4 versions, not only the priciest Special Edition. Though we want to find a color display, the 149.95 Charge 4 is still a great upgrade, and also an Editors’ Choice.
Design, Navigation, Battery Life, and Installation
The Charge 4 appears slick, measuring less than half of an inch in its thickest point. I particularly enjoy the styling of the Special Edition (pictured in this review), which costs $20 more than the conventional version but includes a reflective granite/black woven ring, and a traditional black elastic-plastic ring it is possible to use for workouts. Figuring out the rings could not be simpler. There are two little buttons on the rear of the tracker–only press on them to launch 1 ring and snap a brand new one.
Like its predecessor, the Charge 4 includes a grayscale touch screen that measures 1 inch. Nevertheless, the grayscale is becoming somewhat long in the tooth now, particularly compared with the glowing, vibrant display on the 25 Wyze Band. When you are out in the color, the Charge 4 display is simple to read. In sunlight, I had to squint.
By default, the display shuts off fast to conserve battery life, however, it is possible to adjust the length of time it remains on through the Screen Time Out setting. You can wake it by tapping on the left button on the left side of this apparatus (which also permits you to return when browsing the interface), giving your wrist a little shake, or tapping on the display. In testing, I occasionally had to tap on the display a few days to get it up, which is bothersome. All in all, the screen is certainly the principal issue we want to see addressed at Charge 5.
It is possible to customize the tracker using different watch faces, based upon your disposition or the appearance you are trying for this day. I picked the Mod Clock Date, which reveals the current time, date, along with your step count for the afternoon. Other clock faces reveal added metrics such as your Active Zone Minutes and heart rate.
The port is uncluttered and basic. You can swipe from the clock face to see fitness stats such as your measures taken daily, hourly measures, Energetic Zone Minutes, present and resting heart rate, distance covered, calories burned, floors climbed, sleep info, your weight, water consumption, and much more. Swiping left from the clock face enables you to get on-device programs, such as Exercise, Spotify, Agenda, Relax, Timers, Alarms, Weather, and Settings. A swipe back on the clock face brings up your own notifications.
Fitbit states that the Charge 4’s battery lasts around seven days up to five hours when using GPS. After wearing it for a whole 24 hours (before studying GPS), the Charge 4 still had an 85% battery, which is very excellent. Using GPS to monitor a workout that amounts considerably quicker, but that was anticipated.
To conserve battery life, it is possible to allow a feature named Dynamic GPS which uses your phone’s GPS whenever you have it with you, and also the Charge 4 is GPS whenever you don’t.
The Charge 4 is water-resistant to 164 ft; I wore it at the shower a few times without incident. Fitbit states you ought to wash the tracker after consuming it to prevent skin irritation. Fitbit also urges regularly cleaning it along with your wrist, particularly after exercising or perspiration.
For an accurate heart rate reading, you need to use the Charge 4 tight enough so it won’t go around, but not too tight it leaves a mark on your wrist or cuts off your circulation. You also need to occasionally loosen it, or eliminate it, to give your wrist rest and prevent aggravation.
Joining the Charge 4 together with the Fitbit program is straightforward. You open the program, select Setup a Device, plug in the tracker to its charger, and await a smiley face to look on the display to signify it is charging. From there, follow the directions from the program to couple it with your phone using Bluetooth and enable notifications. The app then starts setting up your Charge 4 and installing software upgrades whenever they are accessible, which for me took over one hour.