The new fitness tracker from Fitbit might lack in terms of technology upgrades but makes it up with its beautiful and much-awaited design. Named Alta, the device can be considered the first one from the company that is actually stylish.
Other competitors have already launched more appealing products such as the Blaze smartwatch or Surge, not to mention the top of the top Misfit and Jawbone. Alta is meant to be suitable wherever you go, be it a jog in the park or a date in a restaurant. In this way, it stands as an example o how a device may be equipped with fewer features but be as useful as any other.
The new fitness band from Fitbit comes with some perks, such as the automatic activity tracking and the variety of band options. It is, without a doubt, the most comfortable and stylish tracker the company has released until now, and its battery lasts for five days. On the other side, it is worthy to know that some bands can be difficult to be equipped, and the device does not feature heart rate or stair tracking.
Furthermore, the new Alta comes with a larger OLED touch-sensitive screen than before. The straps are thinner, and it features a metallic core unit, which gives it a look suitable for any circumstance. Since it automatically tracks whatever you need, the device does not have any buttons. The only way you ca interact with it is by double tapping its display or raising your wrist. If you tap the bottom of the screen, you will be able to browse through your fitness stats like the active time, the calories you burned or the distance you traveled.
The bands can be changed, and they come in different colors and materials. For instance, you can buy a stainless steel band for $100 or a graphite leather band for $60. Swapping them is as easy as it can get and you can customize your fitness band in any way you want.
Unfortunately, in terms of software, Alta is not much different from its predecessor Fitbit Charge. However, it will alert you of your incoming texts and calls, and the display can be changed. The device is automatically syncing with the Fitbit mobile apps, so you will be able to monitor your stats from your smartphone.
Alta comes at the price of $130, the same as Charge had last year. In this way, users will be able to opt for a more stylish wearable with limited features, or pay $150 for Charge, which might look less elegant but comes with heart-rate and stair tracking.
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