This week I got the new Fitbit Alta HR and wanted to review it. I have been using a Fitbit Blaze, which I did a First Look Review when I received over a year ago and then a follow up after two months. I still really like the Fitbit Blaze and have been happily using it. I did take off from exercising after my surgery last year, but lately I’ve been getting back into some walking (still not going to the Y yet) and am becoming more active.
And, the Blaze is great for that. Despite that I bought a new Alta HR. Usually when I buy a new Fitbit it is because the new tracker has some great new feature that I don’t have with the old tracker. That isn’t the case with the Alta. In fact, it has fewer features than the Blaze. And, some of those features are important to me. So, why get the Alta?
Looks. That is mostly it. Well, comfort is a factor, but that is relatively minor. I love my Blaze and it does a lot of stuff. If I could have only the Blaze or the Alta HR, I would go for function over form and keep the Blaze. But, Fitbit allows you to have more than one tracker on your account. I can wear the Alta HR part of the time, then switch midday to the Blaze and then switch back and if I sync both of them I will end up with all my steps and calorie burned counted nad all my activities recorded.
For that reason the question wasn’t Blaze or Alta HR. The question was Blaze only or Blaze and Alta HR. When I looked at it that way, it was easy for me to decide on having both of them.
The Alta HR does most of what the Blaze does. It also is much smaller. It is very sleek to look at. Like the Blaze, you can switch bands if you want. It is just that the Alta HR is prettier. The Alta HR looks like the Alta which came out close to the time the Blaze came out. I wasn’t tempted by the Alta, however, as it didn’t continuously monitor heart rate and that is a dealbreaker feature for me. The Alta HR does continuously monitor heart rate. I like how it looks and it is very comfortable to wear. That is important since I wear my Fitbit 24/7 as I use it to also monitor sleep.