The Fitbit Charge was released in Australia on Friday 14 November and I bought it the next day. I couldn’t wait for the Fitbit Surge which I had originally planned to buy in 2015.
I already knew about the Fitbit products since we already owned the Fitbit Aria.
I got the idea that I wanted to start tracking my steps because after a catch up with a friend, she said she had been tracking her steps with her new iPhone 5 using the Fitbit app. I tried to activate the step tracker on my iPhone but realised I had the first iPhone 5 – which doesn’t do much now but drain its battery at the most inconvenient times.
And then, coincidentally, I attended the Salesforce’s ExactTarget Marketing Cloud Connections event where, I swear, if they were paid a $1 each time they said Fitbit, they would have bought me a new iPhone 6. But I was sold. I had to go and get the Fitbit Charge.
At the time of posting, I’d owned it for just over a week and I love it, and here is why:
It’s a watch. A 24/7 watch. I never used to wear a watch. I always said I had a phone, so why do I need a watch? But it was getting pretty annoying to always have to dig out my iPhone 5 out of my handbag. The display is small but it can give you the time and date.
It tracks my sleep patterns automatically. A bit creepy but still, a nice surprise to find out that I actually sleep an average 7-8 hours with minimal restlessness, so I really shouldn’t be complaining that I am always tired.
It tracks my steps. I like getting the buzz notification when I hit my target number, currently 10,000 steps. At first I thought it was counting too many steps so I changed the setting to ‘Dominant hand’. But I still achieved 10,000+. Maybe I am just awesome.
Incoming call alert. Gambit LOVES that it notifies me whenever I receive a call.
I am a girl. I don’t have my iPhone on me (like in a pocket). I have it nearly always on silent, in my handbag, ready for use when I need it. But I was pretty much missing most my calls. Now I get a buzz when I get a call and the screen shows who is calling.
If anyone would like to compete against how many steps I take a day/week, add me to your Fitbit group. Happy to step up my steps!