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08.20.18

Fitbit Charge 3 hands-on: Better controls come with a trade-off

I recently set my mom up with a Fitbit Charge 2 and had to go to great lengths to explain how to use its pseudo touchscreen. "You have to tap it, but really hard, more like jab at it," I told her, as she poked at the device. "Aim for the logo, it's a bit more sensitive there." My poor mom is almost 60, and learning a new way of interacting with a watch isn't easy. She looked on wistfully as I explained to her why the Fitbit Versa, with its easier-to-use touchscreen, was too complicated for her needs. More than anything, my mom doesn't like the appearance of smartwatches like the Versa and Ionic, preferring the simpler aesthetic of the Charge. I finally got her an Alta HR instead, which adds a few more features, but still uses that odd "Tap Display."

By C. Low,   08.20.18
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Motion, Distance, Speed, Heart rate, Calories
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Type
Tracking metrics
Display
Battery life
Watch-style
Motion, Distance, Speed, Heart rate, Calories
Yes
Up to 7day

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