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The Charge 2 is the Alta HR, but with a larger casing, larger display, and Connected GPS. Mainly, however, you’ll get the Charge 2 heart rate if you want Connected GPS because both have the wrist heart rate monitors and around 4-5 days of battery life on average. Connected GPS relays the GPS info from your phone such as distance, pace, and speed (i.e. makes it more like a sport watch). This is very helpful for running and cycling, but for some people it’s not a feature they’ll ever use. Bottom line, however, is that they’re the same price with an MSRP of $150. We like the Charge 2 more because it does more, but it’s up to you. Perhaps you prefer the smaller design of the Alta HR.
The Alta HR is essentially the same device as the Charge 2 with 2 notable exceptions. Firstly, it’s smaller and sleeker, which is likely why you’d buy this over the other one. It’s more covert and looks less like a fitness device. I think a lot of people out there—mostly women to be candid—wanted a fitness tracker with a heart rate monitor that looked more like a bracelet than anything. The Alta HR is that. It tracks all of the stats you’d expect such as steps, calories burned, distance traveled, sleep, and heart rate. It also relays your smartphone notifications (calendar reminders, calls, text messages) and you can interchange the bands to make it look more or less sporty (same as the Charge 2). The main reason you get it is for the design elements—you want something more elegant.