- Stylish, comfortable and customizable design
- Built-in wrist heart rate monitor
- Solid activity and sleep tracking
- Connected GPS
- Access to robust Fitbit app
- Not waterproof
- Charges with proprietary cable
- No music controls
- Battery life could be better
Charge 2 is in that sweet spot between having a lot of features and being easy to use. Should be one of the most popular fitness trackers on the market.
The Fitbit Charge 2 is an activity and sleep tracker that is essentially an update to the Fitbit Charge HR. It is really designed to do two things for you: (1) Help quantify your life and see a more holistic picture of your health; and (2) Make health and fitness a little more fun and motivational.
In terms of design, the Charge 2 is slightly larger than the Fitbit Alta but much smaller than the Fitbit Blaze, which are two devices it is compared with a lot. The Charge 2 now has a larger screen that is very crisp, vivid and clear to read. It is an OLED display, not a touchscreen, which we actually prefer. Unfortunately, the Charge 2 is not waterproof, but it is splash, sweat and rain resistant and even though Fitbit says not to, we have taken it in the shower and there were no issues.
The Charge 2 still has the optical heart rate sensor on its underside – it’s basically the same one we have seen from Fitbit in the past but it has been improved through some software upgrades. In addition to the updated heart rate sensor, the Charge 2 also has a gyroscope that is pretty cool. Essentially, since the display by default is always off, all you have to do is turn over your wrist to display the home screen watch face. In terms of battery life, Fitbit states up to five days but we think for most people it will be more around four days.
The Charge 2 will of course track all of your basic metrics like steps, calories burned, distance, floors climbed, sleep, etc. but it can also give you a variety of different daily activity goals, move reminders and a new feature which guides you through breathing sessions. The Charge 2 will also track your workouts, keep them organized and provide insights into those workouts. However, for running, the Charge 2 uses Connected GPS, which basically means you have to have your phone with you when you go for a run. The Charge 2 also relays your smartphone notifications but does not allow you to control your music.
Overall, the Fitbit Charge 2 is probably the best fitness tracker for the average person and will definitely be somewhere on the list for Best Fitness Tracker 2017.