- Working virtually day by day at totally different speeds and totally different distances
- Sporting the Fitbit all day, on a regular basis (even at evening) to check battery life and luxury
- Sporting the Fitbit in a pool to check water resistance
- Utilizing the Fitbit for a wide range of exercises together with power coaching, working and HIIT
You possibly can learn extra concerning the full standards for exercise trackers and smartwatches right here, and see my ideas on the Fitbit Cost 4, beneath.
Reliability and Ease of Use
Out of the field, the Cost 4 (and most Fitbits) are very simple to grasp and use. The tracker was charged already once I opened the field, and it was simple to arrange the brand new machine within the Fitbit app, because the app presents a listing of all of the watches and trackers they’ve out there. Sadly, Fitbit will solely assist you to have one tracker linked to your app at a time, so since I had been utilizing the Versa 2 I needed to delete that watch as a way to add the brand new tracker.
The app will clarify to you all of the options of the watch, the best way to put on it in your wrist, and the best way to take care of it. It additionally has a bit the place you may customise the clock face, add a bank card to your pockets for straightforward funds, and in addition see a wide range of third-party apps which are out there for syncing. If that is your first time utilizing a Fitbit, you too can customise your whole private data. All in all, arrange and use was easy, simple, and intuitive.
Through the years, one factor I’ve discovered that the Fitbit excels at is correct monitoring. When you’ve used a Fitbit tracker for some time it would use GPS knowledge to calibrate your stride size in strolling and working for a extra correct measurement. Nonetheless, an ideal new characteristic concerning the new Cost 4 is that you just don’t want your cellphone in any respect! The tracker comes with its personal GPS so you may hold your cellphone at residence when doing all your exercises (this characteristic is offered on the Fitbit Ionic smartwatch, however is new for the Fitbit Cost).
To check the Cost 4’s monitoring accuracy, I did a number of issues. First, I walked 75 steps (manually counting them myself), to see if the tracker precisely tracked all of them (it did). Then, I examined it on a run, which is the place I discovered some discrepancies. I went to the Saddle River Pathway in New Jersey for this half, which is one in all my favourite locations to run as a result of the six-mile path (12 miles roundtrip) has markers alongside the best way for each .1 mile so you may hold monitor of your distance.
One word about my working check: I’ve been working for over 10 years now and have been at varied health ranges in addition to velocity ranges. I used to have the ability to run 5 miles with out taking a break however now, after taking a while off from working, I can solely do one mile with out stopping. Due to this, I now use the run/stroll technique after my first mile. This has been serving to me re-build my endurance, however I’ve observed that it additionally confuses some health trackers, together with previous Fitbits I’ve used, and I wished to see how the Cost 4 would fare on a mix run/stroll for 4 miles.