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.
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.
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.
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.
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