Ok..so this review is way, WAY overdue.
Let’s recap shall we? My Fitbit Charge HR had stopped syncing with the app and Fitbit (even though it was probably out of warranty at that point) generously decided to replace it for me, free of charge, with a Charge 2.
The Charge 2 monitors heart rate better than its predecessor, letting you know exactly when you’re in the fat burning zone. How it calculates that…I have no idea. It also monitors sleep stages more accurately than the Charge HR, which I don’t find particularly useful but it’s helpful to know how much sleep I’ve been getting to see if I can improve the number of hours I sleep each night as well as the quality (I am a shitty, shitty sleeper, y’all).
Another feature that the Charge 2 has is the ability to scroll through and select a specific type of work out (running, treadmill, elliptical, bike, general workout, weights and interval training), which you can click on and then track as you go. I’ve ever only used the running tracking when I’m jogging with Robo-Bob in front of my TV but it seems to work pretty well.
The feature I think I like the most is the Relax feature. You scroll through to Relax and choose either 2 or 5 minutes. Somehow it tracks your breathing and then directs you to follow the circle on the watch face, breathing in when it gets bigger, breathing out as it gets smaller. If you do it correctly, the screen sparkles. I really like that feature because it forces me to calm down when I’m really stressed out.
One feature that’s really kept me on my toes is the Reminder To Move feature. You can set it up through the app to remind you to take 250 steps every hour, for up to fourteen straight hours. Every time I feel that little buzz, I feel oddly compelled to get up and move, even though absolutely nothing (other than my brain scolding me, of course) will happen if you DON’T get up and move around. My husband thinks I’m a bit of an idiot to get up and march around the room just because my watch buzzed at me but it has gotten me to move more, so I’d still count that as a plus.
The only thing I don’t like about it is that, like previous models, it’s not waterproof. It’s splash proof and rain proof, but you can’t take it swimming. And since I’m in the water a lot during the summer (at least two hours a day usually), I have to make a guess at how much energy I was exerting and plug that into the app. I don’t know if I’m anywhere near accurate or not, but it would be nice to know for sure.
Overall, I think I like the Charge 2…it’s not ideal, but it works pretty good for me. Your mileage, of course, may vary.