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Fitbit Charge 5 Review | A Good Fitness Tracker, A Better Fitness App

After using the Fitbit Charge 5 over the last 6 months, I wanted to share my honest thoughts on whether or not it’s worth using as your #1, go-to fitness tracker. It goes beyond the basic step tracking with features like sleep score and stress tracking, but does it stand up to the other fitness tracker/smartwatches out there?

So i have a love hate relationship with the fitbit charge 5. it has amazing health tracking features which are super useful but there are a few things about it that just don’t have me sold on it just yet and in this video i want to share my honest thoughts on the fitbit charge 5 and if i think it’s worth buying over other fitness trackers starting off with the design

Straight out the box the fitbit charge 5 comes with the device itself an additional band the fitbit specific charger and a quick start guide similar to the previous fitbit charge generations they stuck with a more slimmer band design with a new vibrant display that is two times brighter than the charge four and now is in full color in this new generation they’ve

Included a number of sensors to the device including the typical heart rate monitor infrared sensors for oxygen saturation a skin temperature sensor and the new multi-purpose sensors on the sides of the device that are used for fitbit’s heart ecg and eda stress scanning applications overall it’s a simple device that has a very sleek look with features that pack a

Punch now what i think is the fitbit charge 5’s bread and butter are their health and fitness tracking capabilities from a device perspective you get an overall view of your health metrics all from your wrist for example on the home screen of the charge 5 you can tap through the basic fitness metrics such as number of steps your heart rate calories burned you get

Access to your standard phone notifications such as text and calls you can start tracking a workout from their set list of exercises and then as you continue swiping up you can see where the fitbit charge 5 tracks the amount of hours you’ve stood up and been active during the day it calculates how many hours of sleep you had the night before and then the two new

Features added to the fitbit charge 5 where the ability to activate the eda scan and the fitbit ecg app where the eda scan evaluates your skin’s sweat levels that indicate your body’s response to stress while the ecg app is used to assess any heart rhythm irregularities that may unexpectedly show up and then finally you also have the ability to use your credit or

Debit card to make payments with fitbit pay once you’ve uploaded the card to the fitbit app which leads me to where i think the biggest strength of the fitbit charge 5 lies which is actually not the device itself it’s the fitbit mobile app if you saw my recent video of my favorite health and fitness apps you know that the fitbit app is like the gold standard of

Fitness apps out there the app is the central hub for all of your health and wellness stats and gives you a good sense of how healthy you are throughout the day and throughout your week you can actually dive deeper into the individual health metrics that you care about most for example you could take a more specific look into your sleep score to really understand

How much time you spent in individual sleep stages or see the amount of time you were asleep versus awake you can also access your readiness score that takes into account your amount of activity your recent sleep and your heart rate variability to determine how ready you are to take on your day i can honestly talk about this app all day in fact if you want me to

Make another video diving deeper into the fitbit app and its capabilities let me know in the comments below overall it’s an amazing app that not only shares your summary of health stats but if you sign up for their premium service you also get workouts meditations wellness programs and food ideas to help push you in the right direction to improving your holistic

Well-being now this leads me a little bit into what i’m not the biggest fan about with the charge 5 and what i personally feel is lacking for me to consider this as the number one health and fitness wearable out there first off it really does lack some of those smart watch based features that i’m used to and love yes you have the ability to read text calendar events

And gmail notifications but it’s really not the same when you think of competitors such as the galaxy watch 4 or the apple watch series 7 getting a dedicated app an interface really provides a better user experience in my opinion which also is another thing that bothers me about the fitbit charge five you really don’t have access to a ton of apps outside of what

Comes on the device already now i’ll admit it there are definitely more options for the fitbit synths but i don’t even feel that those are as robust and well-built similar to the apple and android ecosystems you also don’t get any audio playback capabilities where you can listen to music or any smart assistant features like alexa or google now i get it fitbit is

Not trying to play in the smartwatch game with the fitbit charge 5 but let’s be honest these are definitely convenient features that can help improve quality of life just a little bit who knows we also might see some updates once google’s ownership kicks in the second aspect of the fitbit charge 5 that i don’t like is that you are basically forced to use fitbit’s

Premium membership to get the most out of the charge 5’s capabilities for example you need to get the membership to get access to the readiness scores advanced sleep analytics mindfulness sessions video workouts recipe inspirations and wellness reports that’s like everything i chatted about earlier for what i love so much about the fitbit now they do give you six

Months free right when you purchase the device but then you get basically locked in for 9.99 a month to continue using the features that you came to know and love and then the final thing that i didn’t like about the fitbit charge 5 and it could just be a personal thing but their band out of the box really irritated my wrist after about a week of use it was so bad

To the point that i had to buy both their fitness and fabric loop bands to wear instead for working out and everyday use and i’ll admit both have been a lot better so it could have just been a bad reaction to the silicon used in their band i just never really had that issue with my different apple watch bands that i’ve been using throughout the years so after all

This is it worth checking out the fitbit charge five in my opinion i think so it’s impressive to see how fitbit was able to pack so many amazing features and capabilities in such a small device the fitbit app is best in class and if you’re looking for a dedicated fitness tracker that gives you an overall view of your health and wellness throughout the week this is

Definitely for you however if you’re looking for something that’s maybe more of a smart watch and has those type of features that i mentioned earlier check this video out here and if you want to hear more about the other health and fitness apps that i just love go ahead and check this out right here if you enjoyed this video don’t forget to go ahead and compile

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Fitbit Charge 5 Review | A Good Fitness Tracker, A Better Fitness App By Park Jiyeon