There are so many varieties of smart watch and fitness tracker on the market to spoil us now. Some hikers prefer the sophisticated ones that record and analyze tons of data for them while others prefer just the simple and easy to use ones that fit their lifestyle.
If you are the latter, consider the latest Fitbit Charge 4. Like its predecessor, this new fitness tracker has a sleek and customizable design. Charge 4 is Fitbit’s first tracker with built-in GPS to provide you with real-time information on your pace and distance on hikes, runs, walks, and bike rides. There are 7 GPS-enabled modes to choose from, including a new Outdoor Workout mode for any outdoor activities.
A new workout intensity map in the Fitbit app provides you a detailed breakdown of your different heart zones during your workout. After completing a GPS-enabled workout, sync your device to see a GPS-powered heat map in the app, to help you visualize and improve how you are performing against different terrain.
If you’re an athletic person who wants to increase your goal, Charge 4 is the first Fitbit device with Active Zone Minutes, a new metric that is calculated using your age and resting heart rate to provide you with a more personalized measurement of how hard you worked during any energizing activity, beyond just steps. You can get real-time alerts on your wrist each time you change zones so you can push harder or scale back to make your workouts more efficient.
With the Charge 4, you can now control Spotify with easy-to-access music controls that let you choose the music output, play, shuffle and skip content, and like songs right from the wrist.
Not available in the previous version, Fitbit has added Fitbit Pay feature to the Charge 4 this time. When Fitbit started to work with local banks and card issuers, you can leave your wallet at home and pay right from your wrist. Once you get it set up, you can use Fitbit Pay anywhere that accepts contactless payments. When you see a contactless or mobile payments symbol at the register, press and hold the left button on the Charge 4 for two seconds. If prompted, enter your four-digit PIN code, and your card will appear on the screen. Then, just hold your wrist near the payment terminal. What a convenient feature!
It comes to the end of the day, and about time to doze off! Fitbit’s advanced sleep tools help you to understand and improve your sleep. Sleep score also provides daily insight into your sleep quality based on heart rate, restlessness, time awake and sleep stages. It can be viewed in the Fitbit app or directly on your wrist in the on-screen dashboard.
The sleek design of the Charge 4 allows you to wear the device anytime of the day from office to the gym and meeting friends in the evening. It is also comfortable to wear throughout the day and doesn’t chafe when sweating. This fitness tracker tracks over 20 different activities, from hiking to yoga. You can also set it to track your runs automatically, and set goals for things like pace, distance or calories burned before you start each activity.
If you are a hiker, the battery of the Charge 4 can last up to seven days but, the flip side is that the battery can last just up to five hours with GPS on. Nonetheless, it is quite a handsome deal considering built-in GPS. Fitbit Pay, Workout Intensity Map, Active Zone Minutes and many other added features for the price of RM698.