My Fitbit Alta Fitness Tracker Review.
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Fitbit has recently phased out some of their popular products like the Fitbit Charge to make room for a couple of new fitness trackers. Fitbit is still ruling the activity tracker throne with remarkable and interesting products more and more people seems to love.
But will their new fitness trackers be as popular as their predecessors?
Let us take a look at the Alta first and talk about Blaze in the next review.
What is Fitbit Alta
Fitbit Alta fitness tracker is a combined activity and sleep tracker with a few smart features for people who care about their physical health and want to be motivated by a simple-to-use product. People who want a tool helping them reach their training goals and keeping track of their daily activity would love the Alta.
Also, it suits people who want a stylish wearable they don’t need to be embarrassed about wearing around the office or at a party. In essence, it is an activity tracker for most people, but perhaps hardcore running and training enthusiasts must look to other products.
With the Alta, it seems that the Fitbit designers have tried to meet both worlds and made a good looking wristband that suits both training and the social life. It is slim and not as wide as the Charge and looks much better on your wrist than previous models in my eyes, but I understand that is a matter of individual taste.
The build quality is eminent as we are used to from Fitbit. It has a sleek aluminum body with chamfered edges and a high-quality synthetic rubber band in three different sizes – small, large, and x-large.
It is easy to change the bands if you want something more personal or want to change from sporty to a formal look. Just hook of the band parts on both sides in the tracker piece and attach the new ones.
The locking mechanism itself is pin style clasp with two pins that fit holes in the band. It is not an advanced solution but the band stays secure on your wrist.
It is not very expensive either, costing around $129. Remember to check the links at the bottom for updated price.
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Fitbit Alta is as mentioned both an activity – and sleep tracker. That means it automatically tracks steps, calories burned, distance covered, active minutes, hours slept and sleep pattern. All this information is logged and showed on the display on your wrist and in the Fitbit App.
The unit has 30 days internal memory and syncs automatically via USB and Bluetooth to your smartphone if it is closer than 6 meters. It supports iOS, Android, and Windows phones.
The large OLED display shows you the time, day and date by default. The surface is easy to scratch so be sure to protect it with a screen protector.
It is possible to change how the information is presented to you in the in the app. You can for instance switch between horizontal and vertical clock face. I prefer the vertical presentation since it is much more logical when you check the wristband gadget like a watch without turning your arm.
Other notifications like silent vibrating alarms, caller id’s, texts and calendar notifications will show up on the display.
There is no button on the device, but you cycle through the different screens by tapping the side or the display face. It makes the fitness tracker look sleeker, but a button would be nice to have anyway.
It is not possible to manually record a workout on the device, but you can do it in the app. However, since the device is kind of smart it has a feature called Smart Track that recognize what kind of activity you are doing if you do it for more than 10 minutes. It works best for walking and running, thou.
New Reminders to Move feature
Fitbit has finally done as many other activity tracker manufacturers and implemented move reminder into the device. You are reminded to move if you have been lazy and you are encouraged to reach a certain daily goal. The default daily activity goal is set to 10.000 steps per day.
I think features like this is key to maintain motivation over time!
Before we continue with accessories and the final verdict, take a look at Fitbit’s own product video called ‘Introducing new Fitbit Alta’:
You can buy new watch bands in other colors and materials to personalize the gadget. In addition to the standard black color, the choices are blue, plum (purple) and teal. New colors are coming to keep an eye out at Fitbit store and Amazon.
If colored bands are not for you, there are more luxurious metal and a leather band available, but they are a bit expensive.
I also tend to recommend buying a screen protector if you want the display to become scratch free.
Other available accessories for Alta is Secure Fasteners and replacement chargers.
Fitbit Alta is made for ordinary people, both men, and women, who want to track their activity and be motivated to move more. It is not so much focused on exercise and training as it could be, but it looks stylish and cool.
It is a good choice if you are looking for your first fitness tracker or just want a new upgraded product. You can never go wrong with a product from Fitbit.
Pros & Cons
|Pros +||Cons –|
What’s in the box?
- The tracker piece and selected band in one of the sizes
- Clip on style charger
- Wireless sync dongle
Where can I buy Fitbit Alta?
You can buy it directly from Fitbit.com and get free shipping with orders over $50.
Or on my recommended store Amazon:
Always click the button to check recently updated price and additional info. Sometimes there are sales.
More info & Questions
If you have more questions or comment, please leave a message below in the comment section. Or you can check out other user reviews for first-hand experiences. Here are some examples of what people are saying:
“Best of Fitbit So Far For Me” by Chin
“I’m very satisfied with the purchase” by Amazon customer
“Motivation, right on your wrist!” by Sheri MacAleese
Also Read: How to select the best Fitbit for you
Here are the most important, technical details:
|Type||Wristband fitness tracker|
|Size||Small 5.5" – 6.7", Large 6.7" – 8.1" and X-Large 8.1" – 9.3". The number is wrist circumference.|
|Materials||Aluminium and synthetic rubber band|
|Interaction||Tap side or top face|
|Interface||OLED tap display|
|Battery Life||5 days depending on usage|
|Charge Time||1-2 hours|
|Colors||Black, plum, teal and blue + metal and leather bands|
|Water-Resistant||Splash proof. Rain and sweat, ok|
|Sensor||3-axis accelerometer and vibration motor|
|24/7 (All day)||Yes|
|Silent Vibration Alarm||Yes|
|Find my device||-|
|Wireless or USB||Wireless and microUSB|
|Sync Method||Bluetooth 4.0|
|Mobile App||Fitbit App|
|Maintenace & FAQ:|
|Manual (PDF)||Product manual in PDF|
I hope you found my Fitbit Alta activity tracker review useful.
I recently opted for the Fitbit Charge HR because I wanted the heart rate monitor facility which this doesn’t have. Do you think this is best suited to someone who is already fit, or someone who is just starting their fitness journey? thanks.
Hi! Fitbit Alta is definitely best for people just starting their fitness journey. Experienced athletes would prefer more advanced trackers like the one you chose, Fitbit Charge HR. Heart rate monitor is a necessity if you want to maximum the training efforts.
This is super helpful. I have a Fitbit Charge HR but would like to upgrade and this really helps with my decision-making. Has anyone come out with custom covers for this like they have for the Charge? Thanks for taking the time to respond.
Hi! Custom covers are coming. Now, you can switch out the bands in different colours and materials. If you already have the Charge HR I would say you should stick to it for training a while longer just because of the heart rate sensor. But if you want a wristband that looks better, the Alta might be the right choice. Why not have both?
Or you can wait for my Fitbit Blaze review. 🙂
Thanks for an awesome FitBit Altra Fitness Tracker Review!
You have helped me make up my mind as to which FitBit is for me.
Thanks John. 🙂