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77 Global Score
A good product that falls short of greatness.
77

A good product that falls short of greatness.

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With the Charge, Fitbit delivers another solid product that does a good job tracking your step and sleep activity. But it doesn't advance the category in any notable way, falling short of being a "must-have" upgrade and instead serving as a placeholder until much more capable Fitbit models arrive.

The Fitbit Charge is a wristband model meant to replace the recalled Fitbit Force, and CNET says it definitely "improved the band for the better" with its "comfortable design." PC Advisor likes the "stronger" clasp, which Tom's Guide says no longer feels like "I'm going to amputate my wrist when trying to connect its two sides." But the real elephant in the room is whether the band still causes a serious rash and, while Wareable reported the band was "comfy" and left their wrist "scab free," Yahoo Tech ended up with irritated skin.

Aside from the improved comfort not much has really changed with the Charge. Mashable notes you "still can’t completely submerge" it, though PC Advisor says that it's at least "OK against accidental exposure to water" like splashes and sweat. The app is also still good (but not great), with Tom's Guide calling it "easy to use" but "not the best."

There's a lot more competition in the fitness tracking space now, making the Fitbit Charge a harder sell for those not already invested in the Fitbit ecosystem -- and even for those who are. For just $30 more you can pick up the Fitbit ChargeHR, which offers all of the same features as the Charge plus heart rate tracking, the better to compete in a crowded marketplace.

Reviews

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Average Critic Score
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Specs

Key Specs

Type
Watch-style
Tracking metrics
Motion, Distance, Calories, Sleep
Display
Yes
Battery life
Up to 1020
Media playback controls
No
Type
Tracking metrics
Display
Battery life
Media playback controls
Watch-style
Motion, Distance, Calories, Sleep
Yes
Up to 1020
No

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77 Global Score
A good product that falls short of greatness.
77

A good product that falls short of greatness.

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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User Reviews

90
js87
I lived with a Flex for a year and loved it. This keeps the basic essentials...read more
70
TKRaptor
The Fitbit Charge is felt more like bracelet accessory than it is a watch. The...read more
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