The current Fitbit model range (entry level consumer grade) consists of the Ace, Fitbit Inspire, Fitbit Inspire HR and Fitbit Charge 3. These models are targeted at your average shopper rather than fitness pro or those who aspirational people who want pro level monitoring. If your are after more specific health monitoring rather than gimmicks on as the Apple Watch or Galaxy Watch or even TAG Huer Connect watches, the next level are the Garmin or Suunto and so forth.
The Inspire, Inspire HR, Charge 3 are entry level fitness focused wearables or fitness trackers. They aren’t quite smart watches or vaguely close to the next level or two of wearables like the smartwatches. The Fitbit Versa 2 and the Ionic are considered competitors to the smartwatch bit that’s stretching the definition the wrong way! GPS, storing a few songs and wireless payments on some models nice but operating system is too 1990’s.
Now I can’t really judge the experience (in full) with the rest of the Fitbit model range but here are my thoughts on my experience with them, I tested them in store and read the reviews on line. Here are the following key points about the Fitbit range:
- The best thing about the Fitbit range is marketing.
- The Charge 3 in particualr is terribly slow (unacceptable) for the price.
- The best thing about the Fitbit is the step and Heart rate function.
- The touch screen sensor is not very good.
- Notifications need more development.
- Exisiting reviews especially video ones do not point out the problems. Excusing any issues they point out as minor as it is a fitness band first completely ignoring the high price.
- They are overpriced for what they do.
Conclusion is that, unless the Fitbits are on sale their fitness trackers are overpriced. After all you can get similar level of functionality in the Samsung Galaxy Fit band for much less and now priced under $90 during Christmas 2019.