Fitbit Alta review

A smart tracker with long battery life and essential telephone warnings

The Good / The Fitbit Alta is a trendy wellness tracker with swappable groups, essential telephone notices and week-long battery life. The new “Move” cautions bring something new. Fitbit’s product is as yet one of our top picks, and has the biggest social base also.

The Bad / There’s no heart-rate sensor, and it can’t be worn in the shower. The tracker is costly for what it can do as are the adornment ties. The show is hard to see outside and is helpless to scratches, and notices are difficult to peruse.

The Bottom Line / While eventually a more polished (however heart-rate free) rendition of the more seasoned Charge HR, the Fitbit Alta is a triumphant wellness tracker with strong style claim.

You can recognize a Fitbit from over the room. The Fitbit Charge HR and Surge, the organization’s two most famous trackers, aren’t precisely jewerly, and I could never be found wearing some to a wedding formal occasion. Be that as it may, Fitbit is evolving.

Notwithstanding the new Fitbit Blaze smartwatch, the Alta is the organization’s most outwardly engaging tracker so far. It’s thin, has a huge show, underpins an assortment of tradable groups and does every one of the fundamentals (tracks steps, remove, calories consumed, dynamic minutes and rest).

It would be my most loved Fitbit or perhaps most loved tracker in general in the event that it was somewhat less expensive. The Fitbit Alta costs $130 (£100, AU$200). At first that doesn’t sound too awful, yet when you consider the more seasoned Charge HR is frequently reduced to around a similar value, it influences you to stop and think.


While the Alta can show calls, instant message and logbook cautions from your iPhone or Android gadget, it does exclude a heart-rate sensor (like the previously mentioned Charge HR), which can help give a superior gauge on calorie consume and rest following. Also, it’s not water-safe, so you can’t wear it in the shower or pool.

However, for the individuals who need a Fitbit that isn’t a blemish, the Alta is justified regardless of a look, particularly in the event that you can discover it marked down.

Trendy, however at what cost?

The Alta doesn’t victimize wrist size or sexual orientation. It looks pleasant on pretty much everybody, which can’t be said in regards to the Charge HR and Garmin Vivosmart HR. It’s not as sleek as the Jawbone Up2, but rather it adds a show for demonstrating ongoing information on exercises and warnings

The tracker includes a speedy discharge system that make it simple to swap out the groups. Fitbit offers different alternatives that assistance you customize the Alta. There’s a fundamental elastic lash in an assortment of hues for everyday utilize, while the calfskin and metal choices include some additional pizazz for an exceptional night out.

Sadly like the tracker itself, the extra groups feel somewhat overrated. The elastic lashes cost $30 (£20, AU$50), while the calfskin one goes for $60 (£50, AU$100) and the metal for $100 £80, AU$170). That would bring the aggregate cost of the Alta to $230 (£180, AU$370), which is foolish. At that cost, you’re in Apple Watch or Fitbit Blaze an area.

The greater part of the wristbands (except for the metal bangle) have a two-catch fasten as opposed to the watch-like clasp of the Charge HR. I’ve worn the Alta for over multi month and never had an issue with it tumbling off, however regardless I end up always checking my wrist to ensure it’s quite..


There are no catches on the Alta. It’s truly smooth. The screen will turn on when you raise your wrist or when you tap the highest point of the lash. I have heard reports of a few clients having issues with the tapping signal, yet I haven’t encountered any.

Yet, the screen isn’t great. It can be hard to peruse when outside on radiant days. It’s decent and huge, however lamentably that has made it vulnerable to scratching. There’s as of now a little, yet detectable scratch on my show, which is irritating.

What’s new?

The Alta can show warnings for approaching calls, instant messages and up and coming date-book occasions from iPhone and Android telephones. (Apologies, there’s no help for email.) Notifications are went with a delicate vibration. That same vibration can likewise be utilized as a quiet alert to get you up early in the day.

I extremely enjoyed having the capacity to see who was calling, yet this isn’t new. The Charge HR additionally has guest ID, as does the Vivosmart HR and a couple of others. I’m a major devotee of instant message notices, yet not the way Fitbit executed it. Messages would just look over the screen once and afterward never return. It was unfathomably disappointing and hard to peruse.

As opposed to a fundamental “stand” or “move” update, the Alta urges you to meet a smaller than normal advance objective of 250 stages every hour. On the off chance that the objective hasn’t been achieved 10 minutes preceding the highest point of great importance, the band will delicately vibrate to remind you. Fitbit says this is equivalent to in regards to 2 to 3 minutes of strolling, and could help keep your digestion up and decrease the negative effects of sitting. I discovered Fitbit’s strategy more propelling than the stand update in the Apple Watch.


Notwithstanding following exercises and rest (which is done consequently), the Alta can likewise naturally perceive and record when you are doing sure exercises and exercises. As a matter of course, exercises are recorded when you’ve been consistently dynamic for no less than 15 minutes, however that time can be physically changed in accordance with enact at some point or another relying upon your inclination.

Exercises that can be distinguished incorporate curved, outside biking, running, strolling and general high-impact exercises, which incorporates Zumba, cardio-kickboxing and sports like soccer, tennis or b-ball. You additionally have the alternative to bar certain exercises from being perceived. A similar component is accessible in the Charge HR and Surge, and a comparable one can be found on Jawbone’s trackers.

There’s no clock or stopwatch include on the band, despite the fact that you can utilize the application and GPS on your cell phone to record runs. The Alta likewise does exclude an altimeter for following floors climbed.

Information and exercises is put away on the band for 30 days. In the event that you don’t match up it inside this time, more seasoned information will be overwritten. before it should be matched up.

Battery life

Fitbit’s 5-day battery life gauges is somewhat moderate. The Alta hasn’t kept going under seven days since I started testing it, and on one event even went for 8 days.

These outcomes are superior to the Charge HR (5 days) and Vivosmart HR (6 days), yet both incorporate heart-rate sensors that deplete the battery faster. The screenless Jawbone Up2 additionally kept going seven days in our testing.

One disturbance is the Alta’s exclusive charger. It’s unique in relation to different Fitbits, and furthermore somewhat massive.

The Fitbit for everybody?

I like the Fitbit Alta. While the notices may not be impeccable, it does every one of the essentials well. The high-cost and absence of a heart-rate sensor is disillusioning, however I like the week long battery life and swappable lashes. In general, it’s one of the better choices out there.

Those keen on heart-rate should look at the Charge HR or Garmin Vivosmart HR. The Jawbone Up2 is likewise an engaging and popular gadget (it can likewise be found for around $80), despite the fact that it does exclude a show.

I additionally can’t shake the inclination that we’ll see a heart-rate-empowered “Alta HR” inside a year, which gives me delay.


The primary motivation to purchase a Fitbit, however, isn’t the equipment, it’s the product. On the off chance that you know somebody who claims a wellness tracker, there is a decent possibility they possess a Fitbit. The Fitbit application incorporates social angles that enables you to companion and test others to different rivalries. While I incline toward the keen instructing highlights in the Jawbone application, I don’t know any other individual who possesses a Jawbone, and wellness following is more enjoyable while rivaling others.


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