My first day with the Fitbit Surge.

FeliciaSan Francisco Public Health

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After several days using and enduring the short battery life of my Fitbit Charge HR, it was time to upgrade to the new Surge with my hopes that I could get a better battery life as well as a better overall experience.

I’m glad I did.

The Fitbit Surge is perfect for me, and it might just be the perfect fitness tracker, despite what Gizmodo says about the Charge.

The Surge does a great job of tracking heart rate and steps, which are both things that my Charge HR did. But this goes a couple of steps further.

This screen shows how I maintained my heart rate sufficient to stay in my fat-burning mode.

This screen shows how I maintained my heart rate sufficient to stay in my fat-burning mode.

For starters, the Surge tracks GPS. Today I took my brown dog for a walk in the hills above Lafayette, and I turned on the GPS tracker to map out my hike. See the picture below. I know that my phone can do the same thing; I use that function all the time, but this time it’s all tied into the Fitbit ecosystem, which is a win for me.

This is the Fitbit Surge display screen on my iPhone.

This is the Fitbit Surge display screen on my iPhone.

Second, since the device itself is bigger than the unfortunately named charge, it has a longer battery life. I’m coming off of being a loyal Fitbit One user, and I found the half day charge that the Charge held unacceptable. Especially if it’s designed to track your sleep, so you have to wear it overnight… When do you charge your charge? I would wake up in the morning with a full battery, and by the time I got done with my first workout, it would be near-death. So yes, I’m happy that the Surge is bigger.

Here I am chasing Oco the brown dog on the trails overlooking Lafayette, CA.

Here I am chasing Oco the brown dog on the trails overlooking Lafayette, CA.

Further, I’m loving the notifications that the Surge gives me. I like the way I get text messages and Facebook notifications with a little buzz on my wrist.

A GPS map generated after I went for a short hike.

A GPS map generated after I went for a short hike.

Oco the brown dog, loving his hike.

Oco the brown dog, loving his hike.

Felicia Abernethy-Lloyd

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Felicia holds a Masters degree in Organizational Management with a minor in Organizational Leadership. She holds a Bachelors degree in Psychology with a minor in Operations Management. She is married to Dr. Lloyd, and is an absolute fitness enthusiast.
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