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The Fitbit Surge

Next-Gen Fitness Tracking

Fitbit’s latest wearable, the Fitbit Surge comes with a heart-rate monitor and GPS tracking, a particular draw for those who are more serious about their workouts and run routes.

The Surge has a touchscreen display, music controls, and allows wearers to see call and text notifications on customisable watch faces,other than that the Fitbit Surge is a very basic smartwatch. The good thing about the lack of any other fancy features is that of that is the battery life is the same as the smaller, Fitbit Charge, like the Fitbit Charge, with seven days use on one full battery.

Fitbit Surge

Improvements

Fitbit Surge has a total of eight sensors crammed into its frame so that it can track your much more than just steps, distance traveled and calories burned. The added altimeter will allow you to track how many floors you have climbed.

I’ve had a fitbit for a while now and really like the sleep tracking feature, as your sleep patterns are just as important a metric as those when awake. The problem I have is that I often forget to put the device in sleep mode and have lost a night’s data, the automatic sleep mode function on this device should hopefully alleviate that problem but figuring out when you are sleeping based on the inputs it receives for the eight sensors.

Design

Unlike the higher-end smartwatches, the Fitbit Surge is modestly sizes, fitting very similar to a traditional watch, as opposed to the slightly oversized nature of many current and near-future smartwatches.

The pricing of the Fitbit Surge will be noticeably higher than their current range. Estimates have a price tag of around €299 when it releases early 2015. This may put people off as it will only be marginally cheaper than a fully-fledged smartwatch.




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