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82 Engadget Score
There's a lot to like about this in spite of a few flaws.
82

There's a lot to like about this in spite of a few flaws.

How we score

The Engadget Score is a unique ranking of products based on extensive independent research and analysis by our expert editorial and research teams. The Global Score is arrived at only after curating hundreds, sometimes thousands of weighted data points (such as critic and user reviews).

Engadget Review

The Alta shows Fitbit has learned enough about design to compete with more stylish rivals. It's also a lesson in how fewer features can sometimes lead to a better product.

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Pros
  • Fitbit's most stylish and comfortable tracker yet
  • Battery lasts five days
  • Automatic activity tracking
  • Wide variety of band options
Cons
  • No stair or heart rate tracking
  • Some bands are difficult to put on
82 Engadget Score
There's a lot to like about this in spite of a few flaws.
82

There's a lot to like about this in spite of a few flaws.

How we score

The Engadget Score is a unique ranking of products based on extensive independent research and analysis by our expert editorial and research teams. The Global Score is arrived at only after curating hundreds, sometimes thousands of weighted data points (such as critic and user reviews).

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Score Breakdown

 
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Average Critic Score
 
70
Wareable
The Alta sits right below high-end trackers and right above budget devices making it a tantalizing purchase for those who want a customizable, sleek fitness tracker without breaking the bank, while maintaining general activity tracking abilities.
 
70
The Verge
Fitbit ... had an opportunity to blow people away ... with a newly-designed, much more fashionable, much more capable Fitbit, simply because of its overwhelming name recognition. What we get with the Alta, though is a nicer, prettier Fitbit, with the same tech as last year’s Fitbits.
 
70
Tom's Guide
The $130 Fitbit Alta is a solid fitness tracker for those with petite wrists, offering automatic exercise recognition and sleep tracking. We just wish its tap screen were more responsive.
 
70
PC Mag
The Alta is Fitbit's sleekest, slimmest fitness tracker yet, but if you don't care about looks you can get more functionality for nearly the same price.
 
80
Tech Advisor
It’s not for serious sports nuts (who’ll want a heart-rate monitor), but the Fitbit Alta’s discreet cool chic will appeal to many, and is challenging the Charge HR as our favourite Fitbit.