For fitbit com setup and you can use a smartphone running Android or iOS to set Fitbit, or you can use a small encrypted dog on a USB port to set Fitbit on a computer.
For www Fitbit com setup on Android and I'm here with the newest Fitbit device, this is the Fitbit Alta HR. Like the regular Fitbit Alta, this has the same kind of design as that device, but the difference is that it has an optical heart rate monitor inside of it. If it is that kind of Shrunk, the insides of this device about 25%, so we could get all the utilities original hardware inside and include an optical heart rate monitor.
This is a super-thin, all-day continuous heart rate monitoring tracker, and it's $150. This place is right next to the charge, in terms of price, and they're very similar devices. There are only a few differences between them, I've been spending probably about a week to two weeks with this device wearing it continuously, so I'm going to tell you some of the good things and the bad things about the Alta HR.
Some of the good things about Alta HR.
The heart rate monitor.
Its battery life.
The design is good
One of the good things about Alta HR is its design. It has the same design as the original Alta, it's certainly the thinnest with a heart rate monitor inside of it, and it's about 0.23 inches thinner than the charge, and that makes it much easier to wear all day.
The only real difference between the Alta and the Alta jar in terms of its design is just this part of the band right here, where you close the band. This is more of a watch band type of style, and it gives you more control over how tight you want to wear the Alta jar which is important.
Considering you have to wear it at a certain tightness to get correct heart rate measurements, with the original Alta it just had kind of this like a little snap closure which is fine. It's very comfortable, it's the same thing as this in terms of size, so it's a very comfortable device, but this gives you a little bit more control over how tight you wear it which is crucial for the heart rate monitor. So it was really easy to wear.
The new sleep features make it comfortable
With the new sleep features that Fitbit has incorporated, it's very easy and comfortable to wear also at night as well as during the day. It's pretty comfortable, whether you're wearing it a little bit looser or a little bit tighter it's totally fine, and you can also interchange the bands like you could with the original Alta.
This one that I'm wearing right now is a sport band, I mostly keep it on because I exercise pretty much daily, but I also have this one right here, which is a lavender leather band and you can also get a metal band as well kind of a bracelet, like texture which I feel like that would be probably the one that's the most uncomfortable to sleep in, however, I did not try that one. I've only used the leather and the sport bands and these are both very flexible.
Heart rate monitor is better
Another good thing about Alta HR is the heart rate, monitor. In my experience, it's pretty accurate, I tested it against Polar's h7 heart rate monitoring chest strap, and it was always typically within about 3 to 5 beats per minute of the chest strap, so that's pretty good, and some of the time it was on point either within like 1 or 2 beats per minute of what the chest strap was saying, and you know it's you.
Don't have to wear it super tight to get that kind of accuracy, because if you wear too tight that could kind of disrupt your blood flow and you would get an inaccurate reading, and if you were too loosely the air gets underneath the optical heart rate monitor, and it's not going to read your pulse correctly.
This is wearing it at a very comfortable tightness and that's also with resting heart rates to regular day heart rate, going up to high heart rates in the 170 s and things like that.
The one issue that I did find with it is that if I'm doing it an interval workout where my heart rate is high at one point, and then I rest for a little bit or do some type of low-intensity workout in between that and go down a little bit. It took a little bit longer for it to get down to that lower heart rate, then the heart rate monitoring chest strap did and that's pretty common with any of these optical heart rate monitors.
Its battery life is good
I wasn't too upset with it, but it was something that you'll have to look out for another good thing about the all-day jar is its battery life. If it estimates that this can get about seven days of battery life, and that's with continuous heart rate monitoring both during the day and at night, and Fitbit got to that point it claims because it Shrunk the insides of the device so much that it uses less power.
It'll be able to last at least a week on a single charge, in my experience the battery life might even be better than that because I've been wearing this from 100% charged for about five days now, and my battery indicator is only at 50%. So I could probably get another three to five days on this pushing the battery life to maybe eight to ten days.
That's with my usage of it, I probably track at least one exercise per day with this and I keep it on all day, the only time I take it off is when I want to shower because it is not water-resistant enough for you to shower with it. The battery life on this is pretty stellar, especially considering you're getting all-day heart rate monitoring with it.
Some of the not-so-great things about the odds HR.
A little bit is annoying with it is that it doesn't have any physical buttons on it.
The all-day jar does not have a connected GPS feature.
The Alta HR is that it's still a little bit limited.
It doesn't have any physical buttons
Now on to the not-so-great things about the odds HR. One of the things that I found a little bit is annoying with it is that it doesn't have any physical buttons on it, unlike the charge to where there's probably like one or two physical buttons, there's nothing on this.
You just have to rely on the tap display like this, just cycling through your fitness stats like calories burned active minutes, all that kind of fun stuff. You don't necessarily need physical buttons particularly, since Fitbit on most of its devices have automatic activity tracking, where the device will automatically track certain exercises, depending on how long you've been doing them.
It can recognize things like running, walking, elliptical aerobic exercises, a bunch of things like that, and it will just automatically track you if you've been doing them for five or ten minutes, and that is a very nice feature.
I've always liked that feature of Fitbit devices because it's pretty accurate, I never really had to go into the app and recategorize a device, and it's usually pretty good with the amount of time I've been doing that activity as well.
As I said, you don't need the physical buttons, but if you're someone that likes that kind of tactile control on your fitness tracker, you're not going to get it with this device.
The all-day jar does not have a connected GPS feature
Another not so great thing is that the all-day jar does not have a connected GPS feature. The charge to has a connected GPS feature, in the sense that if you want to go out running you can take your phone with you, and it will use the phone's GPS to map the route of your run. You won't be able to do that with this device and that's one of the few differences between the $150 LJ jar and $150 charge two.
That's probably the biggest one I'd say is the connected GPS feature because if you're a runner and you run regularly, and you prefer to run outside, and you like to map your routes or you're training for marathon or some sort of a race, and you need that kind of distance data, you're not going to be able to get it with this device.
The Alta HR is that it's still a little bit limited
The last not-so-great thing about the Alta HR is that it's still a little bit limited, when you compare it to something like Garmin Vivosmart HR, and that device will let you control your music playback from your smartphone, you also get a few more social media features in terms of the notifications that you're going to get from your smartphone.
The alt HR will deliver text call and calendar alerts, but the Vivosmart HR will give you all of those and some social media alerts as well, so you're just not going to get as money like extra features with the all-day HR. As you would with the vo smart HR, but all of the basic features are there.
A little note about the new sleep features
I have a little note about the new sleep features that are available with the Alta HR, the Fitbit beta for the sleep features hasn't been released yet, make sure to read the full review on our Technica.com to see a little bit more about those sleep features.
But two major ones are sleep stages which the Alta HR will use your heart rate throughout the night to kind of understand what sleep stages you're in either light sleep, deep sleep, REM sleep, or awake time. It kind of does a little bit of this. Now it's only about three categories, whereas the new sleep stages will give you about five, but also will use that heart rate data a little bit more efficiently to kind of estimate if you are getting a good night's sleep or not.
The other sleep feature is called sleep insights, which uses all of that data and will kind of push out these information cards to you. After has a lot of your information which will kind of show you if you can sleep better depending on what you do during the day.
One of those sleep insight cards might tell you that it looks like you sleep better when you have exercised during the day, so maybe go out and take a run today if you haven't already done.
Sleep insight cards will tell the sleep status
Fitbit has emphasized sleep recently, but like I said, that beta hasn't been released yet, but once we try it out we will put that information into the review.
Originally I thought it was a little interesting that Fitbit made the Alta HR $150, and the charge two is already one hundred and fifty dollars, and there are very few differences between them, but what I would say is that if I were to choose is one or the other I would probably go with the gal two HR, simply because I like fitness trackers.
I can wear all day long, and I've had people ask me about fitness trackers that can track them when they're sleeping, and a lot of the times I would tell them most fitness trackers will track your movements when you sleep, and that's not a clear picture of how well you sleep at night.
But now that you have a heart rate monitor in something so thin and so light and fairly comfortable to wear, I would recommend this type of device for someone who wants to just track their movement throughout the day, track serious exercise, and if they want to track their sleep as well, because you will get that heart rate information in contributing to your sleep data.