Fitbit, a renowned company known for its fitness tracker products. Despite being the most popular brand in the wearable fitness tracker market, Fitbit was slammed with negative comment on its launch of first genuine smartwatch, the Blaze last year. Since then the company’s stock has been on a down-slide.
To overcome that Fitbit desperately needed a win and came up with Fitbit Alta. Surprisingly, it became a winner with its fashionable look and design. Fitbit is not only the leading brand in fitness tracker industry but also know how to set apart the competition.
Fitbit Alta Review – Design
Fitbit Alta is the newest addition to the Fitbit product series and became the most stylist fitness tracker in Fitbit fitness tracker arsenal. The Alta has got awesome design, much smaller and sleeker than Surge & Charge HR wristbands and much more appealing than similar sized Flex. All credit goes to its edged metal frames.
The Alta is equipped with a 1.4-inch OLED tap display, which is the key attraction of this device. The display has 128 x 36 pixel resolution but for outdoor viewing, it’s not bright enough. It is responsive to tap-base controls and allows checking detailed progress without opening the associated app.
The Alta has the same modular theme as seen in its predecessor with interchangeable straps. Clips are present on the underside of the Alta for easy removal and changing of straps.
The basic Alta model comes with a rubber strap in four different colours – black, blue, plum and teal with silver colour edged metal frames. The rubber band is much comfier than its previous model and gives a sporty look. If you are looking for more elegant looks then there is a genuine leather option called Luxe with soft–touch finish and definitely more comfortable.
Apart from the classic models with silver metal edges, Fitbit has also introduced special edition Alta models which is platted with 22k gold with black and pink classic rubber bands. Another option is also available with Luxe stainless steel which gives it a metal watch style. Change your style everyday with Fitbit Alta bands.
Fitbit Alta Review – Features
The Fitbit Alta features include all day tracking which include tracking steps, distance travelled, calories burned, active minutes and sleeping data. Even though these are mandatory features for any fitness tracker, but the Alta lacks heart-rate monitor data and also don’t provide elevation data as there is no altimeter on board.
The Alta also features Fitbit SmartTrack technology, which is not present in Fitbit Flex. Fitbit SmartTrack feature automatically recognize certain activities like walking, cycling, running, workout and record them automatically in the Fitbit app without even pushing any button.
The Alta comes with automatic sleep tracking feature which will automatically track your sleep resulting in better sleeping habits and routines. The silent alarm feature will vibrate and wake you up without even disturbing your partners sleep.
The Alta will relay basic notifications on its slim OLED display from your phone such as incoming calls, text alerts and calendar alerts. Accepting or rejecting calls is not supported and also third party app like whatsapp, Facebook, Twitter is also not supported. The battery life of Fitbit Alta is very good. Fitbit claims that the Alta will run for 5 long days on a single full charge which is pretty decent for any tracker with built in display.
Fitbit Alta Review – Performance
Fitbit is well known for its data accuracy and performance. Although, the Alta does a good job but its data accuracy isn’t perfect in some aspect.
Distance tracking in the Alta is less impressive and accurate, as GPS tracking isn’t supported. Still it provides close to accurate data. Due to lack of heart rate monitoring feature, the Alta calories burned data can vary from other Fitbit tracker with heart rate monitoring feature enabled such as Fitbit Charge HR.
The Alta sleeping tracking is most impressive which appears to be accurate most of the time. It is superb at auto recognition of workout and switching modes accordingly.
Fitbit Alta automatic screen activation works pretty well. All you have to do is raise your wrist, look at the tracker and the display gets automatically activated even if the screen was off by default.
Fitbit Alta Review – App
Fitbit App and its interface is the best feature in any Fitbit device. It has a very simple interface and is very easy to navigate. Viewing of goal and achievement is fun and thanks to its revamped interface with colourful bar and badges.
The app is very easy to navigate. You can earn badges to fulfill social challenges. You can also set a metric for your average daily activities and performance. If you are concerned about your diet, then you have the ability to log food and water intake and track your health. Fitbit’s App is the best part which comes with any Fitbit product and provides enough data to track everything a fitness tracker has to offer.
Fitbit Alta Fitness Tracker – Pros & Cons
The Fitbit Alta is a great fitness tracker though it lacks some of the key features. However, Alta works superb for basic activity tracking. Alta data accuracy of is quite good. Except distance covered and calories burned data, as it lacks the feature. The app is great, and notifications are useful.
The Fitbit Alta OLED display is awesome and bright for indoors which makes it easy to read. Fitbit Alta’s bundled wireless dongle comes as an added bonus. In terms of style statement Fitbit Alta happens to be Fitbit’s most stylist fitness tracker. The interchangeable straps and attractive colour ranges would attract a wide range of fashion conscious users.
If you are looking for a simple with basic activity tracking yet stylish fitness tracker then Fitbit Alta will be your best deal. It would definitely fit into your budget. But if you are looking for a more featured packed fitness tracker then Fitbit Alta is not your product.