Fitbit Charge 2 Heart Rate Fitness Wristband Special Edition Review

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4.3/5 on April 17, 2017

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13,165 reviews


  • Interchangeable bands
  • Easy on the skin with prolonged wearing
  • Large display
  • The cardio fitness score
  • Consistent tracking
  • Long battery life, up to 5 days.


  • Lack of GPS tracking
  • Poor gesture recognition
  • Limited to basic notifications


Even with the new updates that have been rolled out to the system, making integration with your phone easier and notifications management better, there is no doubt that there is a large gaping hole in the functionality of the Fitbit Charge 2 Heart Rate + Fitness Wristband, Special Edition which is the GPS capabilities. The merits outweigh the demerits in this case, so if you are new to the world of sports fitness, this is the fitness band for you. Fanatics and serious individuals should, however, look for a band with better functionality and GPS features

The Fitbit Charge 2 Heart Rate + Fitness Wristband, Special Edition is a combination of all the great features from Fitbit’s most sold products, the Charge and the Charge HR. The Charge 2 comes with a standard heart rate monitoring that made the Charge HR so liked by users of Fitbit fitness bands. It combines the PurePulse rate monitor of the HR with the new resting and continuous heart rate monitoring capabilities to deliver a wholesome experience. It is a comprehensive fitness band which is only lacking in GPS and waterproofing.

Key Features of Fitbit Charge 2 Heart Rate + Fitness Wristband, Special Edition:

  • All-day activity tracking
  • Cardio Fitness Level score
  • Customizable bands
  • Sleep tracking
  • New breathing exercises
  • Automatic tracking
  • Multi-sport
  • Silent alarm
  • Notifications

Product Description for Fitbit Charge 2 Heart Rate + Fitness Wristband, Special Edition:

The most noticeable change in the Fitbit Charge 2 Heart Rate + Fitness Wristband, Special Edition is the bigger display. It is four times as large as the previous two versions, making it easier to view the displayed information. It also makes it easier to handle the information relayed from the connected smartphone. The new screen uses an OLED display that is black and white with an adjustable brightness. The screen is gesture sensitive and turns on when you rotate your arm to look at it.

The Charge 2 is slender and comes with a comfortable elastomer strap that uses the standard watch buckle for easier use. The bands are interchangeable depending on your preference, with a few choices to choose from in terms of colors and material. The fitness band works with the Fitbit app that is available on iOS and Android. You simply need to create a profile with your specific features then select the types of goals that you are looking to achieve. The app should guide you through all of this and everything else. The Bluetooth pairing allows for easier syncing between your activity data and the app

Another noticeable change can be seen in the operation of the Charge 2. Unlike the predecessors that used normal measurement, the new model uses some tweaked ones, ensuring that you get more of a workout each day. This is made even better by the integration of trail-based challenges within the functionality ensuring that you are always motivated to work out more.

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