Fitbit has been a leading brand in wearable activity trackers for a while, with different Fitbits on the market like the Blaze and Alta. The Fitbit Alta HR is one of the latest wearables from the company that tracks activity and logs your fitness and health data. Although the Fitbit Alta HR might seem like just another activity band, it has a few tricks up its sleeve that might persuade you to get your wrist on one.

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Setup

As with previous models, the Fitbit Alta HR is very simple to setup.

All you need to do is head on over to the GooglePlay Store or iTunes and download the free Fitbit app. Once you’ve entered your basic personal information you can start pairing your device with your smartphone. The entire process can be done within 20 min and you can start using your Fitbit.

Design

Not much of the physical appearance of the Fitbit Alta HR has changed since the original and if you had to see the two devices on two people’s wrists, you probably won’t immediately spot the differences.

The design differences are more subtle and functional than stylistic. The biggest new design and performance feature that makes the Fitbit Alta HR stand out, is its heart rate monitor – that’s what the HR (heart rate) stands for, by the way. Regardless of this extra piece of hardware (or heartware, if you like,), the Fitbit Alta HR is the smallest Fitbit released yet.

Fitbit Alta HR

In terms of a fashion accessory, the Fitbit Alta HR is slim and sleek and fits with most fashion choices. Also, thanks to it being so small and slim, as a fitnness tracker, the Fitbit Alta HR is perfect because it fits comfortably on your wrist and does it’s work without you even noticing.

The Fitbit Alta HR is not waterproof, so you can’t track your laps in the pool like the Fitbit Flex 2. Also, it doesn’t have an altimeter, so it doesn’t track the stairs you climb.

Performance

There’s a lot of health stuff you can do with your new Fitbit Alta HR like the usual tracking of your daily steps, calories burned, etc. But where the Fitbit Alta HR really shines in terms of its fitness tracking, is all the stuff it does in the background by itself. It is able to detect slight differences in your physical behaviour to determine and capture your fitness more accurately than any fitness tracker we’ve ever used. Sure, the Apple Watch and other fitness trackers and wearables track fitness and health data like your daily steps, distance travelled, heart rate, calories burned, etc. But the Fitbit Alta HR does all of this and does it even better and more detailed than any fitness trackers we’ve ever used. For instance, the Fitbit Alta HR is able to easily differentiate between a walk and run and logs your activity and health data accordingly thanks to the SmartTrack feature.

Fitbit Alta HR

The Fitbit Alta HR also tracks your sleep. This includes the duration of your sleep and your sleeping patterns. However, in order for this feature to work properly, you need to ensure that the Fitbit Alta HR sits flush to your wrist, otherwise it doesn’t pick up your patterns through the night. It also has a silent alarm which buzzes three times before snoozing, which is great for those early risers who don’t want to wake their family or roommates up with a blaring alarm.

As mentioned above, the Fitbit Alta HR doesn’t have an altimeter and it also doesn’t have a GPS tracker. This means that you won’t be able to accurately track your runs without taking your smartphone with you. The Fitbit Alta HR has distance estimates, but if you’re a serious runner, the lack of GPS might be off putting.

Battery Life

Fitbit has always been a leader in terms of battery life. Other activity trackers and smartwatches don’t even come close to the long battery life of Fitbit devices, with most of them being able to go an entire week without prompting you to plug it in.

The Fitbit Alta HR was able to shine like most Fitbit devices in terms of battery life. During our two week use of the device, we only had to charge it twice – about every seven days. This is really impressive compared to devices like the Apple Watch that for instance needs to be charged every day. Granted, the Apple Watch does have more battery-draining features like a bigger screen than the Fitbit Alta HR. But if you want to keep it as simple as possible and keep it powered for as long as possible, then the Fitbit Alta HR would probably be a better choice for you.

The long battery life of the Fitbit Alta HR is not only lovely for people with an active lifestyle who want to track their fitness and health, but it is also a great choice for people who like to rough it. Because the battery is able to last so long, you will be able to track your wild adventures, without having to worry about finding an energy source to charge it.

Charging is quick and only takes about two hours – a small sacrifice to have it attached to your wrist constantly for a week.

Verdict

The Fitbit Alta HR is a simple fitness tracker, that most active people would enjoy using.

The device is sleek and small enough for you to even forget that it is on your wrist. At first glance, it might seem like not much has changed in the Fitbit Alta HR, but the added heart rate monitor and smaller design are welcome improvements. The lack of built-in GPS and that it’s not waterproof is a bit of a bummer.

The device’s battery life is better than most activity trackers and smartwatches currently on the market, making it a great choice for those with a busy, outdoors lifestyle.

If all of this sounds good to you, you can pick up your own Fitbit Alta HR HERE.

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