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Fitbit Charge 2 Price: £112 from

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Fitbit re­designed its pop­u­lar Charge fit­ness tracker, adding a larger touch­screen OLED dis­play, in­ter­change­able bands, and new fea­tures in­clud­ing re­lax­ation re­minders and a car­dio fit­ness score.

The firm is the reign­ing leader of the fit­ness-track­ing mar­ket, and for good rea­son: The com­pany makes feature-packed fit­ness track­ers at a range of price points. The new Fitbit Charge 2 is a solid, af­ford­able band that takes all of the fea­tures from its pre­de­ces­sor, the best­selling Charge HR, and el­e­vates them.

In ad­di­tion to ba­sic step-track­ing, the Charge 2 of­fers con­tin­u­ous heart rate-mon­i­tor­ing for the most ac­cu­rate

ac­tiv­ity stats, au­to­matic ex­er­cise-track­ing so you don’t have to lift a fin­ger be­fore start­ing your work­out, sleep-track­ing, silent alarms, five-day bat­tery life, and a mind­ful­ness feature called Re­lax that helps you fo­cus your breath­ing. All of that is packed into a some­what bulky pack­age (my least feature part of the Charge 2), but the new tracker lets you ac­ces­sorize by swap­ping in more stylish bands for the de­fault sport op­tion. Then there’s the new OLED dis­play, which is four times larger than the Charge HR’s tiny screen and of­fers more info at a glance than its pre­de­ces­sor. You can tap the dis­play to tog­gle be­tween step count, mileage, and calo­ries burned, and also view call, text, and cal­en­dar no­ti­fi­ca­tions. The tracker isn’t swim-proof and it lacks built-in GPS, so it’s not the best tracker for swim­mers and runners, though it does con­nect to your phone’s GPS if you bring both de­vices for a run. The Fitbit app, where the Charge 2 logs your data, is one of the best fit­ness apps around. The app graphs your ac­tiv­ity and sleep stats and al­lows for easy foodand water-track­ing. The so­cial chal­lenges, which let you com­pete with fel­low Fitbit-us­ing friends, are a great mo­ti­va­tor. The app’s lone down­side: It’s not in­te­grated with HealthKit, so it won’t read or write data to the Health app data­base. That’s not a deal-breaker for most, but some­thing to keep in mind.

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