I am one of the least active people there is, so why would I need a fitness tracker? I don’t.
I purchased the Fitbit Flex a few years ago, when it was new and there weren’t a ton of options on the market. It was a neat idea, but the app was very buggy on my BlackBerry. That meant I couldn’t check my steps until I got home and was able to connect the Fitbit to my laptop. But when Verizon sent me the Charge HR, I knew this time around would be much different. Not only is the Charge HR a million times better than the Flex, but the app is a super cool way to monitor a bunch of stats. My favorite thing about the Charge is that it’s also a watch, so you don’t need to wear both. When you turn your wrist up to look at the display, the clock automatically shows, which is the most useful feature on any gadget I’ve ever tested.
The app allows you to track not only your steps, but also calories burned, active minutes, flights climbed, water consumed and more. I drank a lot more water while using the Fitbit, because I really liked seeing the little human fill up with water every time I had a bottle. The Charge also automatically tracks your sleep, showing when you were restless, awake and fully asleep. Another handy feature is the Fitbit vibrates when you get an incoming call, and shows the caller ID on the display. My phone is always on silent, so if I ever get a call, I’m guaranteed to miss it. This helped me at least notice I had an incoming call, but whether or not I wanted to answer was up to me.
I definitely don’t need a fitness tracker. I barely take 7,000 steps a day, rarely have more than 5 “active minutes” and I don’t need to constantly know my heart rate. But I love the Charge HR! It’s fun to know these things, and the fact that it’s also a watch makes it that much better. I’m so glad Verizon let me test this out, because otherwise I never would have known how much I wanted one! Because if there was ever a fitness tracker for people who aren’t into fitness, this is it! And I’m sure it does a great job tracking people who actually exercise as well.