Fitbit Surge

78
Engadget
Score
78

A good product that falls short of greatness.

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Fitbit Surge review: a top-notch tracker with a flawed design

Summary

The Surge solves some of Fitbit's problems with better food and sleep tracking, while adding GPS and heart rate monitoring to the mix. But its bulky, utilitarian design and high price will limit its appeal.

from $219.11+
Pros
  • GPS and heart rate monitoring are welcome additions
  • Fitbit finally solved its sleep-tracking problem
  • Food database is robust and easy to use
Cons
  • Design is better suited for the gym than the office
  • Slightly bulky body and strap
  • Pricey for an activity tracker, even one with GPS
Fitbit Surge review: a top-notch tracker with a flawed design

Confession time: I'm a bit of a wannabe when it comes to self-quantification. The idea of counting every step I take, every calorie I eat, every day I don't have a cigarette and every minute I lie in bed restlessly tossing and turning sounds great. I want to be able to look at my life as a series of easy-to-understand numbers that I can act upon to improve myself. And every time I review a new wearable or fitness tracker I think, "This'll be the one to make it stick." The latest in the long line of would-be life-changers is the $250 Fitbit Surge. The combination of GPS running watch, step counter and sleep tracker appeals not only to the number nerd in me, but also to the semi-serious runner as well. It also appeals to the "someone trying to cut down on the clutter in their life" part of me. Why do I need a separate pedometer, GPS running watch and a regular watch? But the big question is: Can the Surge lock me into not just an ecosystem, but also a system of life-tracking and life-changing habits?

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Scores

Engadget

78
 

Breakdown

Durability
7.6
Portability
8.0
Ease of use
8.3
Design and form factor
7.0
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Specs

Surge

Type
Wearable / clip-on
Tracking metrics
Motion / steps, Distance, Speed, GPS / location, Heart rate
Display
yes
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Specs

Surge

Type
Wearable / clip-on
Tracking metrics
Motion / steps, Distance, Speed, GPS / location, Heart rate
Display
yes
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