Fitbit Ace 2 Review

There are a number of smartwatches available for adults, but only a few of them are available for kids. When you’re looking for a smartwatch designed specifically for kids by a reputed brand like Fitbit, there are not many options to choose from. 

However, Fitbit Ace 2 is one of the top models from this brand when it comes to modern smartwatches for kids. It’s the successor to the original Fitbit Ace and comes in for just around $70. It fills up the gaps laid down by the original Fitbit Ace. Fitbit Ace felt short in some important key features like waterproofing. Fitbit filled that gap with its latest offering and introduced the Fitbit Ace 2. But does it stand up to the hype? Let’s find out in our full Fitbit Ace 2 review.


 

Who is Fitbit Ace 2 for?

With its colorful and joyful design and its children-facing features, Fitbit Ace 2 is targeted at kids of any age. We could say the ideal age for children to wear this smartwatch is 6 years to 12 years — but really, kids of any age could use it provided they’re not mature enough to find its design to be “too childish”. In the modern age of the 21st century, kids are not willing to be lacking in tech. A number of kids are always on their parents’ heads to get them the latest pieces of tech. Alongside the mental satisfaction that you and your child will gain by getting them a modern smartwatch, you and your kid will also benefit from the fitness tracking features provided by child smartwatches. Fitbit Ace 2 fits in these requirements pretty well and could be a very viable option for your kid’s smartwatch needs.

 

How does Fitbit Ace 2 work?

One of the upgrades you’re going to notice over the original Fitbit Ace is the inclusion of a touch display. Where the original Fitbit Ace came with a tap display, Fitbit Ace 2 lets the user navigate through the system by the use of the 0.72 inch (1.83 cm) OLED display. 

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Our Review:

The Fitbit Ace 2 looks a lot like the Fitbit Inspire — in fact, it looks like a children’s version of the Fitbit Inspire. However, they both are very different fitness trackers. Kids are rude to tech, that’s why the Ace 2 comes with a separate fitness tracking unit embedded into a silicon band. Whenever the band gets damaged or completely destroyed by your kid, it’s easy to buy a replacement and fix the problem real quick. This provides a flexible standpoint for children smartwatches from a durability perspective. Also, there are a number of bands in different colors and styles available in the market. 

The grayscale display on the Fitbit Ace 2 comes with a resolution of 128-by-72 pixels. That’s not the highest smartwatch resolution out there — but considering the fact that the screen is pretty small, the display is crisp anyways. However, the screen could be a bit brighter as you’re going to face some minor visibility issues under direct sunlight. The screen is responsive. However, you might face some difficulties triggering it in the first try, here and there. 

One of the lacking features of the original Fitbit Ace which prevented it from being a full-fledged children’s fitness tracker was the lack of playful watch faces. However, Fitbit Ace 2 comes with 19 clock faces — and all of them are joyfully and colorfully animated.

Navigation through the system is pretty simple and straightforward. A single tap on the screen or a side-button press wakes up the screen and the time becomes visible. A press-and-hold on the button displays the battery percentage. A swipe up on the screen brings up the stats like steps count. 

Unlike the adult Fitbit fitness trackers, Fitbit doesn’t primarily focus on your kid’s health metrics — it’s more focused on activity tracking. It can track sleep, but there’s a bummer; sleep tracking metrics can only be accessed from the Fitbit app, and not from the watch itself. 

After you set up children tracking from the Fitbit app, you can easily access your kid’s fitness data and metrics from the Fitbit app. These metrics include steps per day, trophies and badges earned, and the friends they have added to their profiles. 

Features:

Activity and sleep tracking – This feature will allow you to see all-day steps and active minutes of your kids, including skips and jumps. After reaching their activity goals they will earn virtual badges and screen celebrations which will help them to stay motivated. On the other side, it will also show you if your kids are getting the necessary rest they need. We all know how important is sleep for the health and well-being of our children.

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Swim proof – Since Ace 2 is water-resistant up to 50 m, your kid can wear it under the shower, pool, and beyond.

Battery – With a solid battery life up to 5 days, your kid will spend less time charging it and more time playing outside and being active.

Step Challenges – According to the Centers for Diseases Control and Prevention it is recommended for kids to get up to 60 minutes of daily physical activity. To accomplish this daily goal, kids can challenge their friends to step competition and send each other messages. 

Parental Control – Helpful features for parents to see their kid’s daily activity and even to approve their connection. As a parent, you are going to create a family account and set up your child accounts equally.

Motivation – With avatars and different kind of virtual badges kids are going to be constantly motivated to be active 

 

Pros:

Bands: The bands are colorful and playful — just the way kids like it. Plus, the bands are easily replaceable, this could be extremely handy if your kid is a naughty one and breaks his stuff more than often. 

Animated watch faces: Kids love colors and animations. Fitbit Ace 2 comes in with 19 playful and animated watch faces that fit the style of most kids. 

Waterproof: One of the features which were lacking in the original Fitbit Ace, but not in Fitbit Ace 2. It comes with waterproofing, so there’d be no problem for your kid to take it into the swimming pool.

Motivating goals, badges, and trophies: Fitbit Ace 2 can motivate your kid to do more activity by attracting them to earnable badges and trophies. 

 

Cons:

The tracker can fall out of the band: As the tracker is placed into the band separately, it’s prone to falling out of the band, once in a while. 

The display isn’t protected: There’s no protective glass on the display of Fitbit Ace 2 — that’s why it’s prone to getting scratches.

No heart rate monitor: This might not be a deal-breaker, but for the ones who’re concerned, there’s no HR monitor. 

Fitbit Ace 2

Pros

  • Bands
  • Motivation
  • Waterproof
  • Battery Life

Cons

  • No Heart Rate Monitor
  • The display isn’t protected
  • The tracker can fall out of the band

 

Conclusion:

Fitbit Ace 2 is a pretty solid option for your kid’s fitness tracking needs. With its children-facing joyful features, it can suffice for your kid’s daily fitness requirements. With a price tag of just around $70, there may be nothing wrong with getting your kid a Fitbit Ace 2 of his own. 


 

 

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