Fitbit Charge 5 review: Beyond basics
Fitbit Charge 5 review: Beyond basics
Neha Saini / Gadgets Now / Updated: Dec 12, 2021, 09:24AM IST
While there is no dearth of fitness bands in the market, brands like Fitbit stand out from the rest with their unique offerings. The Google-owned wearable company has launched its latest fitness tracker in India- -- Fitbit Charge 5. The fitness tracker comes with multiple screen upgrades and has a round design. It features a bigger, coloured touchscreen with an always-on display feature. We used the device for some time and here’s what we think about it
Fitbit Charge 5
Fitbit Charge 5 comes with an aluminium-glass body with a silicone band. There are stainless steel rails on the sides that work as sensors. It is offered in three colour models- Black with Graphite stainless steel, Steel Blue with Platinum stainless steel, and Lunar White with Soft Gold stainless steel. We reviewed the third one and it looked premium.
Compared to the predecessor Fitbit Charge 4, Charge 5 comes with a physically smaller body. Another major change made with the latest fitness band is the curved edges that offer a rounded design to the device.
There are no physical buttons on the Fitbit Charge 5, but it is equipped with oval sensors on each side for ECG and EDA app. The back of the device features an optical heart rate sensor and charging pins.
The tracker is lightweight and feels comfortable on the wrist. The band causes no discomfort.
Fitbit Charge 5 has a 1.04-inch display which is slightly bigger than the Charge 4’s 1-inch screen. Also, unlike the monochrome display on the Fitbit Charge 4, Fitbit Charge 5 has an OLED colourful screen. Brightness levels offered by the fitness are good and we find no problem using it outdoors.
The screen shows notifications for emails, messages and other apps with a quick reply option. However, we were a bit disappointed with the touch responsiveness of the display. Also, the screen feels too small, limiting actions that can be performed. The lack of physical buttons makes the experience more challenging.
You can pair the device with your smartphone using the Fitbit app. The fitness tracker displays step count, calories burned and active zone minutes on the home screen. The UI of the tracker is basic. One can swipe back and forth to scroll through settings, daily statistics and other health features. As we said before, the screen does feel restricted due to its small size.
Using the device, one can monitor heart rate and blood oxygen levels. The readings are accurate and there were no major irregularities. Fitbit Charge 5 offers sleep tracking and gives a sleep score based on the quality of sleep. The device is comfortable to wear even while sleeping and does not bother you at all. It can also be used to track menstrual cycles. Users can log cycles and record symptoms in the Fitbit app.
What is amiss about the new fitness band is the lack of music control. This means there is no option to control music playing on the connected device. It is water-resistant up to 50 meters. Along with the ability to show notifications for calls and messages, the Fitbit Charge 5 offers a quick reply feature as well.
Fitbit recently rolled out an on-device electrocardiogram app (ECG or EKG) and Daily Readiness Score for the tracker. The latter is a Fitbit Premium-exclusive feature that recommends how hard one should work out. It is based on factors like recent activity and quality of sleep.
Fitbit Charge 5 is claimed by the company to deliver a battery life of up to 7 days. During our review, we found that the device lasts up to 4 days max with an always-on display and GPS turned on. It can be stretched to two more days by turning off these features.
At Rs 14,999, the fitness tracker is a great choice with features that are beyond basic and a look that stands out from the crowd. However, the screen responsiveness and difficulty in breaking down the complex data that the Fitbit Charge 5 records is what we wish could have been better.
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