I have always been an avid fan of the Fitbit trackers. I even had the old school clip-on Fitbit that attached to your pocket. You remember which one I am talking about; the clip-on tracker that got thrown in the wash more often then not but some how always made it out to track another day. I have since upgraded and have been through a Fitbit charge, charge HR, and charge 2. To say I am a loyal Fitbit user is putting it mildly. So when I was offered to try out the brand new Fitbit Charge 3 and share my thoughts with you all, I instantly jumped at the chance.
I was given this product for free in exchange for my honest review. All opinions expressed are my own. You can find my full disclosure HERE. So after using the FitBit Charge 3 for a good two weeks here are my thoughts.
First and foremost the packaging of the new Charge 3 is basically the same. One big change though is that you no longer have to worry about purchasing a Fitbit based on the size of your wrist. The new Charge 3 has both sizes in the same box. So if you have a large wrist, fear not, you can easily swap out the band to the larger size that is provided in the package.
This is great for those looking to purchase this as a gift for someone. You no longer have to worry if you gift is going to fit them properly because both sizes are right in the box! it is also much simpler to switch out the bands with the new design to give your Fitbit a whole new look.
One thing I noticed right away was how the charger fits together smoother with the device better then the previous charger. The cord is also longer which makes charging the new Fitbit easier then ever. Plus the battery life can last for 7 days when fully charged! One more feature that I love about this new Charge 3 is that it is swim proof.
Another major difference that I noticed right away was that the Charge 3 is so much lighter then the Charge 2. I can barely feel this on my wrist and sometimes have to even check to make sure that it is still on. This is especially important to me because I like wearing my tracker to bed to chart my sleep and don’t appreciate a heavy item on my wrist.
Another thing I love about the new Charge 3 is the touch screen. It’s easier then ever to scroll through the menu with the touch screen. Swipe left to see the menu items and swipe up to see your daily stats. Hit the left side of the tracker to go back. It’s so simple to use and your not constantly pushing the button on the side like that with the Charge 2.
It is also easier to read text messages on the Charge 3 since they are displayed on the screen. Another feature is that it displays your missed calls as well as voice mails.
While I have absolutely fallen in love with the Charge 3, there are some things that could be improved.
I hate not having the date on the home screen. I know many people don’t care about seeing the date but that was something I liked about the Charge 2. As a nurse who works long shifts my days tend to blur together so being able to look down at my wrist to remind myself what day it is was easy. Maybe there is a way to get the date on the home screen but I have yet to find it in the options for the clock face. If any of you know how to, tell me your secret ways!
With the charge 2 I was able to simply turn my wrist towards me and the screen would light up. To get the screen to light up now I have to tap the side of the tracker. Again, there may be a way for this to happen that I haven’t figured out yet so let me know if there is!
I’m still learning all that this tracker has to offer but overall, I feel that the new Charge 3 is a great upgrade from the Charge 2 and offers many more advanced features then that of the Charge 2. You are getting a stylish fitness tracker that tracks steps, heart rate, sleep, calories burned and more for a great price.
You can find all the information you need to know on the new Charge 3 at fitbit.com.