Among the wide range of measuring bracelets activity, Fitbit has models in almost every option you can think of. After the most complete Fitbit Blaze, its commitment to remain number one in the most basic models called Fitbit Alta.
This new model unmade advanced functions such as measuring input or GPS to concentrate on the essentials of quantifying bracelet: accurate measurement of our activities, ease of use and autonomy. In the analysis of the Fitbit Alta here we tell you how you have been using it for several weeks, reviewed the developments at the level of software / app and technology that make it one of the best options within its range in today.
Fitbit High, as take nothing
See, I stepped forward on the guide quantification recent purchases on bracelets: if to count steps, sleep and calories is enough, the bottom line in a quantizer bracelet is comfortable to wear. You forget that you carry.
That premise perfectly fulfills the new Fitbit Alta. This model comes standard with plastic band, flexible and very nice, smooth bottom and embossed on the outside but not be a problem to keep it pretty clean. These bands can be removed easily through a mechanism of type click that seems very robust.
The closure system is pressure bracelet and a priori, there should be no problems accidental opening. In the three weeks that we used the Fitbit daily Alta, even with jackets, we have not felt that we could lose unwanted opening. Since the purge does not often, it seems a balanced system.
The more casual and sporty appearance of the High Fitbit with plastic bracelet, rightly available in several colors (key to attract consumers something), can be supplemented with models with leather or metal finish.
In our case we could try both options and in all cases they seem the most comfortable models that we could get. You really forget you’re wearing something on the wrist and its locking system and three sizes of bands, you will not feel that does not fit your wrist.
The only downside level design that would put the Fitbit Alta has to do with water resistance. The company indicates that it can withstand splashes, sweat or rain, but nothing to go to the pool with her. Nor is it recommended showering with her (Fitbit argues that it is better that way to keep the skin under dry bracelet) with what you are already everyday situations in which you should remove it. I would have preferred that water resistance, even if it was just three meters, was in its specification sheet.
The second pillar of the High-level Fitbit ease of use in quantization is in the battery. Fitbit has always been able to boast of excellent and faithful data in this regard and the new High accomplish it again. Fitbit in official figures put five days of autonomy, a fact which in our case is even shorter: we have achieved up to seven days without having to think about charging the Fitbit Alta.
What owners chargers use in another story. The Alta is one clip format, easy to place but not direct (sometimes the connectors seemed well hooked but was not). The charging time is one hour, an excellent figure for these devices.
One look and touch screen to little
Despite the compact design of the Fitbit Alta, this bracelet features OLED screen type. It is oblong but we can set the display data in vertical or horizontal.
The screen visibility is very fair outdoors. Its performance makes him always off and ignite in certain situations, which given its size and possibilities of display data, it seems the best choice because it allows us to stretch quite the autonomy of the High Fitbit.
In theory, it has to touch technology with a touch you can activate it and know when or quantification data. But in practice it is something you will not want to use because its performance leaves much to be desired. They rarely manage to turn the one – touch screen, and is not about to touch it with more or less force. We have tried all possible ways but usually only after several touches finished being activated. And never the same number.
That same system touches on the screen is used to scroll through displayed data, so no slide on it. Once activated, the touch works better than from the off state, but neither seems in tune everything we would want.
What does work well is the activation of the screen by rotating the wrist. The Fitbit High detected quite well when you make the gesture of looking at the screen and active, so it is quite useful as a clock, with the time and date by default.
The usefulness of the screen beyond knowing when or review when we have activated alarms (silent vibration alarms are the best ideas of this kind of bracelets) and steps taken is not much. The Fitbit Alta supports receive notifications of calls and messages, but they are just vibrating alert and just pass the text of a message on screen and ready.
On the screen, with the innovations that have come in the latest version of its application, we can be alerted to move, something curious and motivating. The goal is to reach at least 250 steps per hour.
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Software and app that never stop improving
Fitbit makes very good quantifiers devices, is an industry leader with quite a difference, but now I had to pick one reason to prefer other models would certainly be the software and applications.
The appearance of the application has barely changed, but are interesting developments including completing the community, challenges and statistics. The most important is the one that detects activities we do not have to tell you anything. It does pretty well with your hiking, running and biking.
The configuration must be tuned correctly in the options because if not, by default if we make any home outlet more than 15 minutes walk, will take it as an exercise. And when keeping track not block other outlets we are to exercise ourselves yes.
As for the data that the Fitbit High may or may not collect, no heart rate since any reader is integrated, but there is no measurement of plants increases. The absence of altimeter seems a mistake because it is one of the main motivations for athletes who want consumers not quantified, and Fitbit, through badges, it has very well established.
With the Fitbit Alta have enough accurate measurements of steps, distance, calories burned and minutes of activity. It also includes quantification of sleep, something that makes automatically and correctly, although we would like to deepen more on how we sleep. It detects no problem even naps if you are someone who devotes more than 15 minutes.
The latest development related to sleep is a kind of program that we set a goal of daily sleep and can create both reminders to go to bed as silent alarms to get up.
Notwithstanding the above, Fitbit, facing competition from giants likes Apple or Samsung, has enhancements that include mainly in the field of pure health and not in the exercise. It is not the case of this model that has no pulse meter, but here we leave to take note.
With a strong presence in the business market and health, Fitbit has recently renovated its most complete ranges with closest to watches that quantifier’s equipment, but also with this model Alta, it reinforces a segment with increasing competition in price and models.
Maintaining a very comfortable and now enhanced design side fashion and accessories, the Fitbit High concentrates its value not on price but on their autonomy and a complete application, with the largest community in quantification and continuous improvement.