Fitbit Surge review

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The GPS watch and Fitbit fitness tracker feel like you need an update …

The Fitbit Surge was one of the first clocks to include tracking of fitness throughout the day, GPS, smartphone notifications and an optical heart rate sensor. But many things have changed since it was first announced in 2014. Since then, the competition has reached Fitbit and in some cases it has even surpassed it.

Fitbit Surge

Now we have multifunction products like Apple Watch, Samsung Gear Fit 2 and several Android Wear watches. Meanwhile, fitness companies such as Garmin, Polar and TomTom have also begun to include built-in heart rate sensors and smartphone notifications on their GPS clocks.

While the increase of $ 250 (£ 200, AU $ 400) is not as different as it was two years ago, it is still a good buy for active consumers due to superior Fitbit software, which is one of the easiest to use , has the largest social base and is synchronized with a variety of other services. The Surge, however, is not ideal for more serious athletes. If you do not need GPS, it is also better that you get one of the other Fitbit trackers.

It is larger and more bulky than other watches

Calling the Big Surge would be an understatement. The clock is huge The grayscale touch screen is also boring to watch and can be difficult to see outdoors. While I like that the screen is always on, I would like Fitbit to give us more attractive faces. There are only four to choose from and none of them offers anything other than the time and date. If you want to see your steps or any other metric, you must scroll to the next screen.

However, the large design allows a larger battery. The Surge will last up to seven days or up to 10 hours with an active GPS signal. I usually saw about four days, but your time will vary depending on how often you use the GPS.

You can not use it in the shower

Looking for a fitness tracker to swim? This is not everything. Fitbit does not recommend swimming or showering with the Surge, which is strange considering that the watch has been tested to withstand up to 5 ATM (50 meters) of water pressure.

The heart rate data is not accurate

The optical heart rate sensor on the back of the watch is not very good. It was the most accurate when the resting heart rate was measured, but there were still random peaks (which can be seen below). He had a lot of problems measuring heart rate during easy runs and hard workouts. When compared to a Polar H7 chest strap, the increase tends to fluctuate around 20 to 30 beats per minute, which is worse than other sensors, such as those used in the Garmin Forerunner 235 and Vivoactive HR.

You can not use it in the shower

Looking for a fitness tracker to swim? This is not everything. Fitbit does not recommend swimming or showering with the Surge, which is strange considering that the watch has been tested to withstand up to 5 ATM (50 meters) of water pressure.

The heart rate data is not accurate

The optical heart rate sensor on the back of the watch is not very good. It was the most accurate when the resting heart rate was measured, but there were still random peaks (which can be seen below). He had a lot of problems measuring heart rate during easy runs and hard workouts. When compared to a Polar H7 chest strap, the increase tends to fluctuate around 20 to 30 beats per minute, which is worse than other sensors, such as those used in the Garmin Forerunner 235 and Vivoactive HR.

It only shows some notifications
Fitbit describes that Surge has a superwatch, but that could not be further from the truth. While you can display call information and text messages when you are connected to an iPhone or Android phone, there is no support for email or third-party applications. Regardless of what Fitbit says, this is not a smart watch.

Other watches to consider

The Surge is a good multisport watch to track a variety of activities, plus steps, distance, calories burned, tiered floors and sleep. The GPS failed slightly in my tests (around 0.1 miles), but the tests in New York City tend to offer inconsistent results. It should work better in more rural areas.

Anyway, I do not recommend Surge for more serious athletes. Garmin’s Vivosmart HR offers a better investment for your money. It has a longer battery life, a waterproof design and a better tracking of the heart rate. All this for the same price of $ 250.

If you are not interested in GPS, I recommend the Fitbit Blaze. It offers a more attractive and thinner design, but you can still track multiple activities and heart rate, along with viewing notifications for calls and text messages. In addition, you can use your phone’s GPS together with Blaze to track them.

If you want to be part of the Fitbit ecosystem and are looking for a GPS watch, the Surge will cover your basic needs. Keep in mind, however, that the watch is old. Recent rumors have also suggested that we may see new Fitbit products at some point, although it is not clear if the Surge will be part of the update of the rumored product.





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