Fitbit Charge 5

Fitbit Charge 5

Engadget Review

The Fitbit Charge 5 will be a sight for sore eyes if you’ve been looking at a Charge 4 for the past year. Its thinner design with a full-color AMOLED display is a big improvement on the stale look of last year’s fitness band, and it makes it easier to wear for many days at a time. Fitbit brought advanced features, like stress tracking with EDA sensors, from its smartwatch line to the Charge 5, too, but some perks like the ECG app and Daily Readiness Scores are still in the “coming soon” phase. Ultimately, what made last year’s band great -- an accurate built-in GPS, Fitbit Pay support, a multi-day battery life and more -- remain the highlights of the Charge 5, along with its new design. But at $180, you’ll pay a premium for those modest updates.

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Fitbit Charge 5 review: New look, same tricks
The $180 band has a slick new design, but GPS is still the biggest selling point.
Valentina Palladino
Valentina PalladinoSeptember 29, 2021


  • Full-color touchscreen with optional always-on mode
  • More comfortable design
  • On-device EDA sensors for stress monitoring
  • Built-in GPS
  • Fitbit Pay
  • Multi-day battery life


  • $30 more than the Charge 4
  • Can’t control music playback from the screen
  • Limited on-device apps
  • Not compatible with Apple Health or Google Fit

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