FIT­BIT Alta HR

Country Walking Magazine (UK) - - Gear -

Price: £130 What does it do?

Fit­bit are the big­gest name in the tracker mar­ket, and the Alta is their cur­rent flag­ship range. We’ve tested the Alta HR, which as the name sug­gests, mon­i­tors your heart rate (via pulse) on top of the usual ser­vices: count­ing steps, dis­tance and calo­ries, sleep track­ing and re­minders to move if you’ve sat still for too long. And you can set it to alert you to in­com­ing calls and texts via Blue­tooth from your phone, al­though most peo­ple don’t like keep­ing Blue­tooth on all the time as it eats phone bat­tery. The de­vice syncs to the easy, fun and very en­cour­ag­ing (if slightly too peppy and Amer­i­can for some tastes) Fit­bit app. The bat­tery can last a week of in­ten­sive use with­out recharge.

Ease of use

Mostly ex­cel­lent, par­tic­u­larly its in­ter­face with the app. But as an en­ergy-sav­ing mea­sure, the face dis­play only comes on when you turn your wrist, and even then there’s a one sec­ond de­lay. Then it turns off again sharpish. This is quite an­noy­ing, as is the less-than-slick swip­ing/ tap­ping re­quired to tog­gle from one face to the next. In these re­spects, Garmin’s vívofits are a lot sim­pler.

What’s it like to wear?

Light, smooth, and ex­actly the same weight as a vívofit; the tracker mar­ket is def­i­nitely con­sol­i­dat­ing into ‘sleek and slim’. INFO: Weight: 26g Bat­tery life: Up to 1 week Wa­ter­proof: Yes Bio­met­rics: Calo­ries, heart rate, sleep mon­i­tor­ing Smart­phone app: Fit­bit, all plat­forms Desk­top app: Fit­bit, all plat­forms Web­site: www.fit­bit.com

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