FitBit Charge 4 Review

When we are talking about Fitbit smartwatches and activity trackers, the first thing that comes to our mind is the two most famous Fitbit models. As you probably know, we are talking about Versa and Charge.
The original Fitbit Charge was announced in October 2014 and released one month later for $130 retail. This tracker has all the necessary features. Some of them were automatic step tracking, sleep tracking, flights of stairs, and an estimate of distance traveled. It is fair to say that the first Fitbit Charge was a decent fitness tracker.
The Charge series has developed since then, and every line was a bit better than the prior one.
Let us see how good is the last fitness tracker from Fitbit in our Fitbit Charge 4 review.


Design

The Fitbit Charge 4 looks the same as the Fitbit Charge 3.This is one thing that we didn’t like about this band. The dimension of this tracker is 9.7 x 1.1 x 0.5 inches, 1.12 ounces. It is available in a few different colors: Forest White, Rosewood Woven, Midnight Woven, Navy Sport, Black Premium Leather, Midnight Blue, Black Sport, Black Classic, and Berry Sport. Charge 4 features very comfortable wristband, it could be worn while you are working out, and also casually. Furthermore, it is equipped with a backlit OLED display that responds to natural swiping and scrolling. By choosing from a variety of clock faces you can personalize your tracker to fit your needs.
No matter how old you are or how hard you love to train, this fitness tracker will be an excellent choice.

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Built-In GPS

The most significant innovation of Fitbit Charge 4 is, that it has a built-in GPS. With this, you are going to enjoy runs, rides, and hiking even more. You will be able to see your real-time distance and pace without using your phone. The map will be available for you after synchronizing your Charge 4 with the Fitbit app. The Fitbit app will present you not only with your map, but you will additionally get insight into your heart rate changes. The built-in GPS can be used as a good motivation to get outdoors and to start working out. Another cool feature is Active Zone Minutes. You will feel a buzz every time you reach your target heart rate zones during working out.

Fitbit Premium

As with the other Fitbit products, you will get a 90-days free trial of Fitbit Premium to help you stay active, sleep well, and manage stress. Don’t forget to cancel before the free trial ends if you want to avoid subscription fees.

Heart rate tracking

Using 24/7 heart rate tracking to precisely track your calorie burn. This will also allow you to see your resting heart rate trends, as well as to get real-time guidance to optimize your workouts. You must know how much calories you burn throughout if you want to be able to manage your weight and stay on track toward your goals.
Cardio fitness score is there to provide you with a more reliable understanding of your fitness level, and it will help you to get better over time.

Sleep tracking

No matter activities we do, our body requires a complete rest to work properly. And if there’s no relaxation for quite long, the body’s performance starts to decay. That why sleep tracking is crucial. Charge 4 will help you better understand your sleep quality each night using a sleep score. Plus, the sleep tracking app will give bedtime reminders and tips. If you don’t mind wearing your tracker to sleep, it will record your resting heart rate and track it over time. Using sleep mode the smartphone notifications will be muted as well as your activity tracker screen. Read more about sleep tracking here

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Activity Tracking

Fitbit Charge 4 uses All-Day Activity Tracking. It tracks everything, your distance, steps, calories burned, active minutes, hourly activities, and stationary time. It will automatically track floors climbed throughout the day whether you’re taking the stairs or walking up an incline. Reminders to move is a cool feature if you haven’t been active enough throughout the day. This will also help you to stay on track toward your goals. If you find this annoying it could be turned off.
Charge 4 uses automatic Exercise Recognition to record exercises like running, biking, swimming, and more, the detailed workout information will be available in your Fitbit app. Push yourself further with 20+ goal-based exercise models like run, bike, swim, yoga, and much more. The wristband is also suitable for swimmers as it is water-resistant up to 50m.

Music

Most of us love playing our favorite songs while working out, it can give us a little extra motivation. You can control your playlists, songs, and podcast directly from your wrist using the Spotify app. Unfortunately, this feature works only if you have your smartphone nearby, which means that you can’t download your playlist direct on Charge 4. Also, the Spotify premium is required, which is not available in all countries.

Battery life

The battery lasts up to 7 days when is fully charged. This does not include using built-in GPS features.

FitBit Charge 4

Pros

  • Built-In GPS
  • Battery Up To 7 Days
  • Price

Cons

  • Design
  • Spotify Only With Smartphone

Other Features

Just like most fitness trackers, Charge 4 has Female Health Tracking ability. A useful feature to follow your cycle, record symptoms, and more.
The essential everyday apps help you to set a timer, check the weather, or use a stopwatch to time a workout. It doesn’t matter what kind of mobile device you are using currently. Fitbit Charge 4 automatically syncs to most popular iOS and Android devices. You will get calls and calendar alerts. Moreover, you can send text notifications and quick replies (only on Android phones), plus see notifications from smartphone apps. Using your Fitbit app dashboard you can set your goals, track progress, and get a more complete picture of your health and fitness. Use tap and pay technology to make secure purchases anywhere. This is possible with credit cards and debit cards only from participating banks.

And there you have it. We hope you enjoyed this article and if you have any questions about Fitbit Charge 4, or you want to leave your personal review, leave a comment below.


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