- Here are the Fitbit Charge 4 pros and cons you should know about.
Fitbit recently launched the Charge 4 fitness tracker. The Fitbit Charge 4 has a new GPS tracking feature along with “Active Zone Minutes.”
“Our mission has always been to help people around the world get healthier. In today’s extraordinary times, that mission is more important than ever,” said Fitbit co-founder and CEO James Park in a statement.
Here are the Fitbit Charge 4 pros and cons you should know about:
Pro: Built-In GPS
The GPS built into the Fitbit Charge 4 makes it easier to track the pace and distance while you are jogging, hiking, or bicycling without having to be connected to a smartphone.
Pro: Intensity Map
Fitbit has added a new intensity map after each workout. The intensity map will show you a heart-map of your activities, which shows where you exercise the most.
Pro: Active Zone Minutes
The Fitbit Charge 4 is able to show how long you spent in an active zone. This feature essentially measures the amount of time you spend at each heart rate while working towards weekly goals.
The Active Zone feature also accounts for your resting heart rate and age. Plus it monitors the types of workouts which raises your heart rate. Ultimately, the goal is to spend 150 minutes in each heart rate zone, including fat burn, cardio, and peak combined during the week.
Pro: Control Music
The Fitbit Charge 4 features music controls. For example, you can control Spotify with the Fitbit Charge 4 using the “Connect & Control” feature. This requires a premium account for playing music from playlists.
Pro: Swimproof Up To 50 Meters (About 164 Feet)
The Fitbit Charge 4 is swimproof up to 50 meters (about 164 feet). This means you can feel confident about swimming with it in a pool or wearing it in the shower.
The NFC payments feature through Fitbit Pay is standard on the Fitbit Charge 4. This means you do not have to buy a special edition for this feature. This feature makes it easier to check out at grocery stores, coffee shops, etc.
Pro: Sleep Tracking
One of the best features built into modern Fitbit devices is the sleep tracking analytics (known as Sleep Score). The Sleep Score feature shows you a daily and weekly snapshot of your sleep quality and duration. Based on my experiences, it has been very accurate.
This feature is important because getting enough high-quality sleep can change your weight, activity, energy, and mood.
Pro: 7 Day Battery Life
From my perspective, the 7-day battery life specification for Fitbits is an underrated feature. The first wearable I bought was the first-generation Apple Watch and I had to recharge it every night. Several years later, I bought a Fitbit and never looked back since I truly appreciate the 7-day battery life.
The 7-day battery life is also essential for the sleep tracking feature. Since you don’t have to charge your Fitbit every night, you can wear it overnight for tracking the analytics around your sleep to develop better habits.
Con: Lack Of Color Display
The 7-day battery life comes at a cost, which is the lack of a color display. Many people prefer to buy a smartwatch like the Apple Watch device for a more colorful display.