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83 Engadget Score
There's a lot to like about this in spite of a few flaws.
83

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 Fitbit Charge 2 brings some much-needed updates to the popular Charge HR. It can now track your distance by tapping your phone's GPS for more accurate pace info and will automatically detect that you're working out after 15 minutes. It also has new modes to analyze activities such as weights and interval training, as well as biking and running. Plus, its bigger screen means you can see more stats at a glance. Even though it still has a bland design as well as a poorly implemented meditation feature, the Charge 2 is nonetheless a solid successor to what was previously our favorite activity tracker.

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Pros
  • Bigger display
  • Long-lasting battery
  • Continuous heart rate tracking
  • Automatic workout detection
Cons
  • Unwieldy guided breathing implementation
  • Bland design
83 Engadget Score
There's a lot to like about this in spite of a few flaws.
83

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).

Scores

Engadget

83
 

User Reviews

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Doctor_Ian
This is shit. The strap breaks so easily and you lose it. I've had mine less...read more
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Score Breakdown

 
79
Average Critic Score
 
80
CNET
If you don't need water resistance and GPS, the Fitbit Charge 2 is the best overall fitness tracker you can buy.
 
80
TrustedReviews
The Fitbit Charge 2 is an improvement over the original, but it doesn’t really bring a whole lot new to your wrist.
 
60
The Verge
It’s hard not to feel as though Fitbit’s approach to product releases this year has been more about volume than about innovation.
 
80
TechRadar
The Fitbit Charge 2 is an improvement in every way over the Charge HR, but you'll only want to upgrade if you're after more fitness tracking and a large display to see your results.
 
70
Wareable
The Charge 2 is arguably Fitbit’s most complete fitness band yet. But it’s still a lifestyle device for the moderately active. Those looking to really get deep into their training are better served by specialist devices.
 
90
PC Mag
The Fitbit Charge 2 does everything the Fitbit Charge HR can, along with new idle alerts, automatic activity tracking, guided breathing sessions, interchangeable bands, and the option to connect your phone for GPS.
 
90
Forbes
At $149, the Charge 2 is a pretty good option, considering smartwatches that do a bit more cost significantly more, and cheaper bands lack the build quality and heart rate monitor.
 
80
Mashable
Fitbit's Charge 2 is the best tracker for all your workouts.
 
80
VentureBeat
If you’ve owned a Fitbit before, or if you’ve been looking for an excuse to jump on the bandwagon, this is a fine place to start. ... But if you’re already sold on a more serious fitness watch or a full-blown smartwatch, I don’t imagine anything here will change your mind.
 
80
Stuff
A no-nonsense middle ground between smartwatch and fitness tracker, but even with new additions there’s not enough here for fitness freaks.