Fitbit Alta HR Review

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.

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Received New Fitbit Blaze Bands

In my last review of my Fitbit Blaze, I mentioned that I had ordered a leather band and a stainless steel band.

They arrived yesterday.  I was really pleased with how they look.


As I mentioned in my review post, the leather and stainless steel bands from Fitbit come with a frame.  Many third party bands and the Classic Bands from Fitbit do not include a frame.

As you can see, my plum band (this came with my Fitbit) has to be held down as it won’t lay flat.  The leather band does lay flat which is nice.  The stainless steel has a clasp rather than a buckle. [Read more…]

Fitbit Blaze Review Updated

I received my Fitbit Blaze in late February and posted a First Look review at that time.

Blaze Today Steps

Now that I have been using it for almost 2 months, I wanted to give an update about how I like it.  This is the 4th Fitbit that I’ve used.  I started with a Fitbit One, then moved to a Fitbit Force.  The Force was recalled so I went back to the One. When the ChargeHR came out, I bought it.  Now, I have the Blaze.  Overall, I like the Blaze the most of any Fitbit I’ve used. It has a couple of features that I would not want to give up.  Two of my absolute deal breaker features at this point are heart rate monitor plus being able to change the band.  The only Fitbit to have both of those features at this point is the Blaze.  I’ve read that Fitbit has supposedly said that all future Fitbits will be modular so that they have bands that can be changed.  If so, that won’t be a problem in the future.  I am still persuaded that for what I want to do the Fitbit Blaze has the best mix of features of any activity monitor, including those not made by Fitbit.  That said, there are definitely things I don’t like about it.  Here are a few of my thoughts at this point. [Read more…]

Fitbit Blaze First Look Review

Today, I received my new Fitbit Blaze.  I was extremely excited to get the Fitbit Blaze because it had some great features I really wanted from a Fitbit.  It has a watch type color display. It has a band that can be switched to another color or style. I can connect it with the GPS on my phone to better track my activity outdoors.  I walk, but others may use it for running or bike rides. It is also going to get Reminders to Move in the future by firmware update (as per Fitbit). This post is a first look and very early review.

Blaze in Box

This is my 4th Fitbit and I am really excited about it.  I started with my first Fitbit a couple of years ago, when I bought a Fitbit One that I carried in my pocket. It was nice, but when the Fitbit Force came out I replaced it to get a wrist-based tracker with a display (my husband had a Flex which was wrist based, but didn’t have a stats display).  The Force was recalled and Fitbit refunded that purchase.  Then, last year I bought the Charge HR when it came out.  The Charge HR was similar to the Force except it had a heart rate monitor built into it so I could measure my heart rate throughout the day while wearing it on my wrist.  I posted previously when I first received the Charge HR and then later posted an update.  I was happy with the Charge HR, but wished it had a GPS and I really liked the changeable bands on the Flex.

And, then last month, Fitbit announced the Blaze.  I ordered it that day as it had a number of the features that were really appealing to me.  It was more like a watch with a large color touchscreen with Gorilla glass.  You can change the wristbands on it.  That was a feature that the Flex had that I loved, but I didn’t like the other limitations of the Flex.  While the Blaze doesn’t have GPS built into it, it will connect to my phone GPS and use that to give me a nice map of my route when I get home.  Just being able to change wristbands and the connected GPS were enough to sell me on the Blaze.  In addition, because of the larger display it can display more information and you can tell it when you track an activity what you are doing. [Read more…]