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The Fitbit Surge Review

Out of the bands that Fitbit offers the Fitbit Surge is the biggest model, this may not be too much of an issue for some people considering it blurs the lines between being a smart watch and an activity tracker at the same time.

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Design

The Fitbit Surge’s bulky design can become frustrating depending on your style especially if you are an office worker as wearing a long sleeve shirt the sleeve will not be able to slip nicely over the top, as with the smaller more discrete Fitbit Charge HR.

The band is very comfortable and lightweight, and featuring the same elasticated strap as the Fitbit Charge HR, making it extremely efficient if you are doing an exercise that involves a lot of wrist movements like tennis or badmington.

The Fitbit Surge is marked at 5ATM, meaning that it is waterproof, however the company has recently retracted this statement after a number of users complaining that their bands stopped working, and are now stating that their bands are only splash and sweat protected.


ATM is for ATMospheres and the number that is before it, refers to how many atmospheres of pressure the watch can withstand before it starts leaking. When you are at sea level it is 1 ATM. To simplify this a little more for you;

For every 33 feet (10 metres) underwater you go, the pressure increases by 1 atmosphere.

33 feet underwater the pressure is 2 atmospheres (2ATM)

66 feet underwater the pressure is 3 atmospheres (3ATM)

So 5 ATM is equivalent to 132 feet (40 metres) underwater.

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Features

The Fitbit Surge has a very fluid touch screen interface with a simple to read digital clock for a home screen with a radial line of dots around the time that represents how active you have been for that day. Swipe across to see you daily steps, and again to reveal your heart rate in real time, estimated distance travelled, calories burnt, flights of stairs climbed and then back to the clock face, of which there are three faces for your to customize. So an impressive amount of fitness information available to you at a glance from a vey nice and responsive touch screen interface. The biggest downside of this interface is the actual display, it is very low quality and whilst you will have no problem actually seeing the screen even in very bright sunlight or dim light thanks to the back lit screen that can be activated, the Fitbit Surge in our opinion is really let down but its lack of a design on this front with very basic icons.

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Pressing the side button on the Fitbit Surge jumps into a new menu in which you can swipe along the screen again to access more exercise option like running, weights, hiking etc. each activity you select will be recorded on that category and be recorded on the app. One of the biggest advantages of the Surge is that it doesn’t rely on the GPS of your smart watch but a built in GPS right on your wrist, which means you wont have to bring your phone along with you on your run to see your actual distance if you don’t want to.

Fitbit Surge

Out of the bands that Fitbit offers the Fitbit Surge is the biggest model, this may not be too much of an issue for some people considering it blurs the lines between being a smart watch and an activity tracker at the same time.

Fitbit’s app is a very clean and simple to use interface whilst remaining extremely intuitive. It displays your daily steps, heart rate in real time, estimated distance, calories burnt, flights of stairs climbed, and your active minutes when you were moving more vigorously, basically a nicer presented view of all the information that you could access on your Surge band. Each of these categories can then be broken down so that you can access more information, like your last seven days of performance displayed to you in a easy to look at bar chart with other information telling you whether you met your set daily goals. Tapping on a bar allows your to compare data on a daily weekly, monthly or even yearly basis to give you a better insight into that particular category to see whether you are making progress or not.

Rigorous testing of the Fitbit Surge’s heart rate monitor reveal it to be extremely accurate. The app is a great way to collate tons of useful information that makes tracking your exercises easy, reliable but most importantly accessible, with all of its data giving you the option to dive further in to analyse each area. There is also the option to ‘add’ random people using the Fitbit app and compete against them in daily challenges or to earn trophies.

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The Fitbit Surge also tracks your sleep performance and displays these results for you within the app. Another nice feature of this device is its alarm feature, you can set an alarm on your phone for a particular time and choose what days you would like it to go off and the Surge will vibrate pretty firmly on your wrist, great for those who tend to sleep through their alarm, or even if you want an alarm without waking someone else up.

The Surge also doubles up as a smart watch by giving you access to information displayed on your phone, like text messages and phone calls, this only gives you the option to view the caller ID and messages rather than respond but it is still nice to have smartphone capabilities on such an impressive activity tracker.


PROS:
  • GPS tracking
  • Heart rate monitor
  • Very responsive touch screen

CONS:
  • Icons poorly designed
  • Bulky band
  • Not fully waterproof


Fitbit Surge Review on Price

The Fitbit Surge and Charge have pretty the much the same battery life, the average being 5 days to flat, with a charge time of roughly and hour and a half to be fully charged again. The Fitbit Charge HR pulls ahead of the Surge by simply being a lot cheaper, it stands cheaper than the Surge and has a lot of the same features, and it’s design, smaller, more discrete and far less bulky than it’s big brother however, if having a fitness band that has smart watch features is what you are after then you shouldn’t mind paying the additional cost for a great combination of the two.

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The Fitbit Surge Review Out of the bands that Fitbit offers the Fitbit Surge is the biggest model, this may not be too much of an issue for some people considering it blurs the lines between being a smart watch and an activity tracker at the same time. Design The Fitbit Surge’s bulky design can become frustrating depending on your style especially if you are an office worker as wearing a long sleeve shirt the sleeve will not be able to slip nicely over the top, as with the smaller more ...
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Design
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Performance
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Durability
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Portability
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