The Fitbit Charge 3 is the latest in the successful line of fitness trackers released by the company. If you have the Charge 2, is it really worth upgrading to the newest Fitbit? Well, we thought we would take a look at it in greater detail and offer our unbiased opinion.
Fitbit Charge 3 – Features
Design and display
- Larger screen – now 40% bigger
- Lighter and thinner than Fitbit Charge 2
- Waterproof capabilities – something that wasn’t available with Charge 2.
The Fitbit Charge 3 has a similar rectangular screen and band design as the Charge 2, but you will notice that the design has been refined and tweaked somewhat to optimize it for 2019.
The Fitbit Charge 3 is a lot thinner, which makes it appear less chunky on your wrist compared to its predescessor. In terms of weight, it is made of lightweight aluminum instead of stainless steel, which the Fitbit Charge 2 was made with. I’m reliably informed that this makes the Charge 3 approximately 20% lighter, which makes it more comfortable for extended periods of wear.
- There is no onboard GPS, but it is possible to make use of the GPS in your smart phone
- The Charge 3 now has timers, weather and more notifications to make it more functional
- It is possible to track your swims, as well as running and walking.
The Charge 3 is moving ever closer to merging its smartwatches with the more basic activity tracker devices it’s known for. The device is able to offer much better notifications from third-party apps on your phone. This was something that the Charge 2 wasn’t able to offer, as it was only able to alert the wearer to any incoming phone calls and text messages that was received on their smart phone.
Besides swimming, the Charge 3 is able to reliably track outdoor running, as well as running in the gym on a treadmill. We also noticed that it copes well with bike and interval workouts, which was a feature first introduced with the Charge 2. This functionality has certainly improved since then.
The one disadvantage of the Charge 3 is that there isn’t any GPS functionality on this tracker. This is quite annoying for runners, especially when other trackers seem to offer this as standard. Will we see this in a future release? We certainly hope so.
Have you used the Fitbit Charge 3 before? Is it much better than the second generation model? Let us know about your experience.