Hey there, all you fitness freaks! The latest fitness tracker in town is coming on Fitbit Charge 5 smart watches. From the number of steps you take to the number of calories you burn during the day, it monitors everything from your wrist. Plus, with the Charge 5, you can even wear it to sleep comfortably to see your sleep duration, quality, and score. Feel stressed? Try performing an EDA analysis through your smart companion to track your stress level and keep it at bay.
From automatic screen wake-up and an always-on display to detailed workout tracking like swim sessions and more, the Charge 5 is your versatile fitness companion. here is a full review of the Fitbit Charge 5 smartwatch, covering its design, display, performance, and apps. Why not weigh the pros and cons yourself and make an informed purchase decision?
Fitbit Charge 5 review: design and display
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The Fitbit Charge 5 comes in smartly designed packaging with navigations displayed inside for quick and efficient unboxing. It will make you realize how important the little things are. It comes in 3 two-tone color themes, namely Black with Graphite Stainless Steel, Lunar White with Soft Gold Stainless Steel, and Steel Blue with Platinum Stainless Steel. We were able to get our hands on its Steel Blue version.
The package includes the Fitbit Charge 5 smartwatch, an additional wristband, a charging cable with a magnetic pin, a quick start guide and a product information guide. Upon opening the box, the first thing your eyes will see is the glossy black screen of the smart watch. Moreover, its innovative inward-leaning rest case, which looks quite fascinating, further increases your temptation to pick up the device. Once in your hand, you will feel that the Fitbit Charge 5 is quite light. Plus, the smartwatch’s timing proportions, with its main body perfectly aligned with the width of its strap, are hard to miss.
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The black touchscreen is mounted on its platinum stainless steel body. On the left and right sides of the screen, you will observe distinct button-shaped longitudinal sections. It’s actually its EDA (Electrodermal Activity) sensors, which detect tiny electrical responses on your skin to track your stress levels. Flip it over and you’ll notice more sensors attached below the display to track health metrics like your heart rate, ECG and relative SpO2 through your wrist. The smartwatch is also equipped with a 3-axis accelerometer, GPS and a vibration motor.
The Fitbit Charge 5 comes with a 1.04-inch AMOLED display with a pixel density of 326ppi. It has a black display theme and the on-screen colors look quite bright, full of vibrancy and high contrast that catches the eye. When caught in direct sunlight, the screen is quite readable. The smartwatch straps are made of silicone and have a smooth texture. The thickness of the Charge 5 band is thinner than that of the Charge 4 model and is therefore easier to wear. However, wearing the watch for an extended period of time can get a bit uncomfortable. Therefore, it is advisable to remove the smartwatch from time to time, to give your wrist a little break.
Overall, the design of the Fitbit Charge 5 looks quite sporty while its screen is a visual treat for the eyes.
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Fitbit Charge 5 review: performance and apps
Before coming to its performance and applications, let’s elaborate a little more on the specifications of the Fitbit Charge 5. The main body of the smartwatch, excluding its strap, has dimensions of 36.7 mm x 22, 7mm x 11.2mm. It weighs around 28g in total and is equipped with Bluetooth 4.0, NFC and GPS. It is 5 ATM water resistant and resists sweat, rain and splashes. Battery life may vary depending on extent and type of use. It can last about 7 days or more with moderate use and about 5 days with moderate to heavy use.
On its home screen is visible the date and time as well as five measurements displayed one at a time. These include the no. steps taken, distance traveled, active zone time, calories burned and heart rate. Tapping on the respective metric displayed on the screen will change it to show the next row out of five. There is also a color coded indicator like a heat map that visually represents your daily metric data.
From the home screen, you can swipe left and right to access apps like ECG, EDA Scan, Timers, Alarms, Exercises, and Notifications. Swiping up takes you to the dashboard with a graphical representation of the fitness goals you’ve achieved, including hourly activity, heart rate, sleep score, SpO2, exercises and more. Swiping down from the home screen brings up the Payments section, DND mode, Sleep mode, Screen auto-wake, Water lock, and Settings app. Swiping from left to right on any screen other than the home screen acts as a back command while a double-tap takes you back to the home screen.
The Fitbit Charge 5 offers plenty of features but performs best when used with the Fitbit mobile app. For starters, it monitors the number of steps you take with great precision. It displays both your current heart rate and your resting heart rate. In addition, high or low heart rate notifications can be set, outside of training mode, to be notified in time, such as during a walk, etc. However, its ECG application does not seem to be functional yet.
The different exercises the Fitbit Charge 5 lets you monitor include running, biking, swimming, treadmill, weights, and interval workouts. You make changes to this list through the Fitbit app on your smartphone. Detailed reports are displayed on the Fitbit app for every exercise or workout you perform or for every health app you use. You can set exercise goals for each exercise and also time them. The smartwatch gives you automatic reminders to perform hourly moves, hit your exercise goals and more. Moreover, you can also track your menstrual cycle through the device as well as its portable application.
To monitor your stress level, the smartwatch is equipped with wrist EDA sensors on both sides. It requires you to touch the sensors with the fingertips of your thumb and index finger on either side. However, you must remain extremely still for 3 minutes for the EDA sensors to register sightings. Otherwise, it won’t work. The Charge 5 also provides a sleep monitoring app.
This requires you to activate sleep mode and wear your smartwatch to bed. In the morning, you can sync your smartwatch with the Fitbit app. You will receive a sleep score based on the total time you slept and the quality of your sleep. Through the Fitbit app, you can access your detailed sleep records. You can even monitor your time spent sleeping divided into different sleep stages, namely deep, light and REM sleep.
One of the highlights of the Fitbit Charge 5 smartwatch is the provision of its 24-hour always-on display setting. What’s even more fascinating is its Screen Auto Wake mode, which you can set to activate or maintain it in “Manual” mode. If you turn it on, its display will turn on automatically without touching as soon as you bring the watch back towards you. While if you take your wrist away from you, the smartwatch detects that it is no longer in use and the screen automatically turns off.
However, if you don’t want the screen to turn on and off automatically, you can opt for Manual mode. To take it to the next level, the Charge 5 lets you set the display to Always On mode specifically during workouts, after which it will revert to its normal setting.
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After reviewing the Fitbit Charge 5, along with its sporty design and well-lit screen, the range of fitness tracking and display features that come with the smartwatch are excellent. It even sends you email updates providing your weekly/monthly fitness reports, battery logs, and more. However, its price seems to be a bit higher despite having the best feature set in the Fitbit lineup. The Fitbit Charge 5 price in India starts from Rs 13,999. So if cost is not an issue, we recommend you go for it.
Fitbit Charge 5 Benefits
- Sporty design
- Always on screen and automatic screen wake-up
- Stress levels and sleep monitoring
Fitbit Charge 5 Cons
- The ECG does not seem to be functional yet
- Battery life could be improved
- For EDA tracking, you need to stay completely still for 3 minutes, otherwise it won’t work.
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