It’s well established I’m a bit of a (not so in the closet) geek. When I can combine some of my favourite things – like fitness and gadgets, well, that just makes my day!



Fitness trackers are my thing – just look in my top draw, I’ve collected a few over the years.  You’ll find a Garmin Forerunner, a Samsung Gear 2, a Timex Ironman Triathalon a Polar V800 and a variety of Fitbits.

All have their pros and cons and some are still used for specific purposes.  But what I really want is an everyday tracker that doesn’t look like I’m wearing a mini (or not so mini) PC on my wrist.  Comfortable and stylish – but useful.

Enter my latest Fitbit aquisition – the Fitbit Alta Fitness Tracker. My FitBit HR had copped a bit of a beating – being that I wear it all the time – plus to be honest – it’s not all that attractive. The sports watches are great for hard-core training like when I am tryng to get my run back on – but the GPS means they are bulky and again – not that nice for everyday wear.

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With the launch of the stylish Fitbit Alta Fitness Tracker, fitness enthusiasts and personal health care experts now have a new gadget they can use to get more out of workouts. This device is designed to track your daily activities like the steps you take, distance covered, calories burned, and active time. It can recognize the type of exercise you undertake, track your sleep, set an alarm to wake you, monitor your iPhone, Windows Phone or Android device for incoming calls, or store message/calendar alerts. Best of all, its battery life can last one week. (if you average around 10K steps a day and don’t continuously sync with your FitBit App)

The tracker features an easy to read OLED screen to display all your texts, calls and calendar notifications, and fitness statistics. You can also make a fashion statement and accessorize with an assortment of fancy wristbands made of metal or leather – one of the reasons I love it – it will go with just about anything if I have the right coloured bands.

Features of the Fitbit Alta Fitness Tracker

The Fitbit Alta connects to Bluetooth 4.0 enabled devices that run Android 4.3 or above, iOS 8.0 or above, and some Windows Smartphones. Pairing is conducted by downloading the Fitbit app on your mobile phone and creating an account to synchronize the tracker with your mobile device. Once paired, the tracker will show calls, texts, and calendar alerts from your phone when the phone is within range.

Other features include:

  • A 3 axis accelerometer to track steps, the distance, calories you burn and active time in minutes.
  • Fitbit SmartTrack technology – This function automatically detects select activities that you do and reminds you of goals set every hour if necessary.
  • 128 x 36 pixels and 1.4 inch OLED display that you can double tap or raise your wrist to wake. The display shows time of day, calls, texts, calendar alerts and fitness statistics.
  • This tracker can monitor your sleep and wake you up with a vibrating alert alarm.
  • You can remove the display/tracker unit with a simple push- slide quick release mechanism, and attach a different wristband made of leather, metal or silicone in black, blue, plum, or teal.
  • You can customize the clock display with a variety of faces and change the text from horizontal to vertical layout.
  • A lithium polymer battery that will last up to one week with a proprietary charging cable

Is the Fitbit Alta Fitness Tracker Worth Buying?

The technology and features of this fitness tracker make it convenient for people engaged in activities that require the use of their hands. Users can simply glance at their wrist device to check for missed calls, texts, calendar alerts, or fitness statistics. The rich functionality and convenience that this tracker offers makes it a worthwhile buy.

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Pros

  • It has a stylish, slim design in a variety of colors, and comes in three sizes; small (for wrist measuring 5.5-6.7 inches in circumference), large (6.7-8.1 inches), and extra-large (8.1-9.3 inches) to fit a broad section of people.
  • It has accurate fitness and phone alerts and notifications.
  • You can change the wristbands to match your clothes and make a fashion statement.

Cons

  • The device is sometimes unresponsive and may require you to use some force when tapping to wake it up.
  • The display is hard to see in direct sunlight.
  • It doesn’t have an altimeter for measuring altitude (so no flights of stairs), GPS for finding location, or heart rate monitor found in other more expensive trackers.
  • It’s not waterproof and you cannot use it while swimming.
  • The leather bands seem to come undone much easier than the standard one.  I’m still waiting on the metal band so not sure how that will compare.

Conclusion

In spite of what the Fitbit Alta Fitness Tracker lacks, it’s still the most stylish, slim, sleek budget tracker in the market today. I do miss not having the stairs and heart rate monitored, but I can do without them.  For day to day measurement of general movement it’s great.  It can deliver accurate fitness statistics and reminders, as well as help you answer calls and texts while working out.  It definately should be used in conjunction with the App.  Find some freinds and get involved in the challenges – it makes such a difference to your activity level.

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