Review of Fitbit Alta HR

You must have heared this quote before – “What gets measured gets improved“.

This famous quote was said 40 years ago by Peter Drucker and it still stands absolutely true in today’s world.

If you are looking to improve your health and fitness levels then you have to first measure and monitor your current state of fitness and daily physical activity.

But how would you keep a track of your daily physical activity? You might go for a walk or run in the morning/evening but how much do you run? What’s the intensity of skipping, cycling, swimming or running that you are doing to keep yourself fit.

How do you know which activity will bring you maximum result? How do you know that you need to run faster and longer to improve your stamina and fitness? If you cannot track these things then you will not be able to improve.

The answer to all the above questions is a fitness tracker. A good fitness tracker will let you monitor your physical activity throughout the day so that you know what improvements you need to make in your daily life to meet your fitness goals.

One of the best fitness trackers in the market is Fitbit Alta HR.

The Fitbit Alta HR will give you the data to measure your calorie burn and use zones fat burn, cardio and peak to find the right workout intensity for your goals. In simple words, the Fitbit Alta automatically track your step count, distance walked, calories burned and active minutes.

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Full Review of Fitbit Alta HR

It has a Smart Track feature which will automatically detect your workouts like Running, cycling and gives you data on your smartphone App.

One limitation of this is that it does not detect weight lifting exercises while you are in the Gym.

Design and Look

Our first impression of the Fitbit Alta HR gives a very sleek look.

It does not look too big on your wrist and can be worn by both men and women.

The device is available in multiple sizes and therefore you should look at your wrist size before ordering one for yourself.

A brief sizing guide from Fitbit is also available here

  • Small size fits 5.5″-6.7″ wrist circumference
  • Large size fits 6.7″-8.1″ wrist circumference
  • XL size fits 8.1″-9.3″ wrist circumference.

There are no buttons on the sides.

It has a touch screen feature where you just need to tap on the screen to change the display.

You can actually choose what data you want displayed – Time, heart rate, date, steps, calories, etc. and there are a lot of ways to customize the display data.

The display on the device is quite bright and very much visible in the bright sunlight, unlike some other fitness trackers which have a weak display.

The Fitbit Alta HR band also comes with interchangeable bands which means that if you get bored of the wearing the same color everyday you can easily replace the band with a different color.

Step Count

The step counting feature of Fitbit Alta is fairly good. If we count actual steps, the Alta’s step count was only a few steps off the actual number.
The accuracy is quite good between 95-98% of actual steps taken which is very good indeed.

Continuous Heart Rate Monitoring

The Fitbit Alta will also monitor your heart rate during the entire day and also during the workouts to give you an accurate measure of how many calories you are burning.

Some people think that the Fitbit Alta HR is now a replacement for the Fitbit Charge 2. The reality is that no its not really the same. Even though they have the same price and both have heart rate sensors there is a difference when it comes to heart rate monitoring.

You can stop and start exercises with the FitbitCharge 2 but you can’t do that at all with Fitbit Alta HR. The Fitbit Alta HR will automatically recognize if you go for a run, but it’s not something you can control, and it doesn’t display a timer during your activities.

Notifications

When you connect Fitbit Alta HR tracker with your smartphone you will be able to receive all calls, text messages, whatsapp and other alerts on your fitness tracker.

Sleep Tracking

When you are sleeping while wearing the Alta band it will monitor your sleep stages, powered by pure pulse heart rate. It will also tell you whether you were in your deep sleep, light sleep or rem sleep.

Battery Life

The company claims a week of battery life from a single charge, which is two days more than its last model. The users found the battery life to be approximately 5 days.

Waterproof?

Let me tell you straight forward that Fitbit Alta HR is not for the swimmers. Unfortunately, the Alta HR is only splash proof and NOT waterproof.

P.S: Do not wear it when you go for swimming or while you are taking a shower.

Inbuilt GPS

The Fitbit Alta HR is a great fitness tracker but the GPS function is missing. You will have to use your smartphone if you want to use GPS while Running or trekking.

Should you buy Fitbit Alta HR Fitness Tracker

You really have to ask this question to yourself if you need an advanced fitness tracker or just a simple fitness tracker. The fitbit Alta HR is a little expensive on the pocket costing approximately 14K INR. Check its exact price on Amazon here.

If you are looking for a fitness tracker that can track your heart rate continuously and give you data on your resting heart rate as well then the Fitbit Alta HR is recommended for you. Runners, Cyclists, Athletes, Gymers would love this fitness tracker as it can provide you with great insights about your physical activity on a daily basis.

In simple words If you are looking for a small screen Fitbit that’s a little more simplistic but also has the heart rate feature then Fitbit Alta HR is for you.

The Good

  • Custom straps (available in all sizes) according to your wrist size
  • Indepth and accurate sleep insights
  • Slim design and comfortable fit
  • Continuous Heart rate monitoring

The Not so Good

  • Screen is sometimes a little bit unresponsive
  • Heart rate sensor not up to intense workouts
  • Not water proof
  • No inbuilt GPS

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