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.Read Full Review
- GPS and heart rate monitoring are welcome additions
- Fitbit finally solved its sleep-tracking problem
- Food database is robust and easy to use
- Design is better suited for the gym than the office
- Slightly bulky body and strap
- Pricey for an activity tracker, even one with GPS
The extra functionality of the watch has a hit on the battery. With heavy usage it lasted four days. Compared to the Charge which lasted seven days this is a setback. For a smart/super watch this is still ahead of Android Wear which can only last a day if you don't use it heavily.GPS takes around 2 minutes to get a solid lock. This should be taken into account when you're getting ready for a hike, run or long walk. The location can be shaky in the beginning but levels out with a few minutes of usage. The map produced in the exercise summary looks nice but you can see how far off the tracking can be.I was unable to pair the watch to my phone for music playback controls. This might be because the watch is still being finished. I'll try again with the next update.The heart rate monitoring isn't as precise as the H7 polar chest band. I tested this while using the elliptical and noticed the reading was 5-15 bpm off from the chest band. The total calories burned was only 10 off from the chest band reading. Not perfect but very close.This is a great upgrade to the fitbit family. Not for the casual user. The serious fitness enthusiast will enjoy the added functionality and one less thing they have to carry.