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Topic # 154455 28-Oct-2014 19:16
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You may have seen the news about new Fitbit devices, including a tracker with smartwatch functionality - it even shows time!

Here is the New Zealand press release with local prices:


Fitbit, Inc., the market leader in the fast-growing Connected Health and Fitness category, today unveiled three new activity and sleep-tracking products: Fitbit Charge™, Fitbit Charge HR™ and Fitbit Surge™. Continuing its mission to inspire people to lead healthier, more active lives, Fitbit extends its award-winning line up with innovative devices to help a range of consumers reach their health and fitness goals:

 

  • Fitbit Charge– a high-performance wristband that delivers all-day activity tracking, real-time fitness stats and Caller ID right on the wrist for people who want to step up their everyday activities to improve their overall health.
  • Fitbit Charge HR– an advanced tracker that delivers continuous, automatic wrist-based heart rate, Caller ID and all-day activity tracking for activeusers: regular exercisers looking to push their fitness further.
  • Fitbit Surge– a sleek Fitness Super Watch that offers the best of GPS, continuous wrist-based heart rate, all-day fitness tracking, and smartwatch functionality in one device, for people dedicated to reaching their peak performance.

“Our mission has always been to deliver innovation through exceptional, wearable design in a way that empowers consumers with greater knowledge of their overall health,” said James Park, CEO and Co-Founder of Fitbit. “That being said, we understand that everyone’s approach to fitness is different. With the addition of these new products, Fitbit offers the widest variety of trackers—at affordable prices across all mobile platforms—ensuring that everyone can find the right fit for their lifestyle and their goals.” 

Energise Every Day with Fitbit Charge

Fitbit Charge is ideal for people looking to track everyday activity to take their fitness to the next level. This high-performance wristband displays all the most important stats right on the wrist. Fitbit Charge is Fitbit Force reinvented – with better features, improved design and more all-day wearability. 

Fitbit Charge features include:

 

  • Tracking of steps taken, distance traveled, calories burned and floors climbed
  • Exercise tracking to easily record workouts, see real-time exercise stats and have summaries appear automatically on the Fitbit dashboard
  • Bright, OLED display showing time of day and real-time stats
  • New automatic sleep detection monitors sleep quality using motion analysis to understand sleep and wake times; also features a silent, vibrating alarm
  • New Caller ID helps users stay connected to incoming calls; wristband vibrates and shows caller’s name or number when a smartphone is nearby
  • High-quality, water-resistant, comfortable new textured wristband design with an improved clasp
  • Up to 7 days of battery life so you can track an entire week with just one charge 

Every Beat Counts with Fitbit Charge HR

Fitbit Charge HR is designed for more active users who are dedicated to staying fit and want a full picture of their health – in and out of the gym. Fitbit Charge HR features Fitbit’s proprietary PurePulse™ optical heart rate technology, which provides continuous and automatic wrist-based heart rate tracking,without an uncomfortable chest strap. PurePulse uses safe LED lights to detect blood volume changes when your heart beats, right on your wrist and applies Fitbit’s finely tuned algorithms to deliver heart rate tracking 24/7. PurePulse helps users:

 

  • Get accurate calorie burnfor more activities– during exercise and everyday activities like walking, running, biking, lifting weights, spinning, skiing, yoga, Pilates and more
  • Maximise trainingwith fat burning, cardio and peak heart rate zones
  • Maintain workout intensityby reaching your target heart rate
  • Optimise healththrough heart rate trends and resting heart rate, an important measure of overall heart health and cardiovascular fitness 

Fitbit Charge HR includes all the great benefits of Fitbit Charge, plus:

 

  • Continuous heart rate right on the wrist 24/7 to get more accurate all-day calorie burn, reach target workout intensity and maximise training
  • All-day insights into overall heart health including resting heart rate and heart rate trends, alongside stats like steps, distance, floors climbed, calories and active minutes
  • Up to 5 days of battery life – Charge HR is specially designed with battery efficient technology, so you can spend more time tracking and less time charging 

Train Smarter, Go Farther with Fitbit Surge

Fitbit Surge is Fitbit’s most advanced tracker to date, a sleek ‘Fitness Super Watch,’ designed for peak performance. Featuring 8-sensor technology that combines the power of all-day fitness tracking with GPS, heart rate tracking and smartwatch functionality, Fitbit Surge is ideal for users committed to training, dedicated to health and consistently looking to maximise progress. 

Fitbit Surge includes all the breakthrough features of Fitbit Charge and Fitbit Charge HR, plus:

 

  • Built-in GPS delivers stats like pace, distance, elevation, split times, route history and workout summaries for smarter training
  • Records multi-sport activities like running, cross-training and strength workouts; see comprehensive summaries with tailored metrics, workout intensity based on heart rate and calories burned
  • Smartwatch features including Caller ID, text alerts and mobile music control let users train smarter and stay focused right from the wrist
  • Eight sensors – 3-axis accelerometers, 3-axis gyroscope, digital compass, ambient light
  • sensor, touchscreen, altimeter, GPS and heart rate – working harmoniously to give users the most advanced tracking in the thinnest, lightest design on the market
  • Backlit LCD touch screen display with customisable watch faces, makes it easy to navigate through real-time stats, workout apps and alarms
  • Up to 7 days of battery life – Surge is specially designed with battery efficient technology, so you can track a work week or a marathon on just one charge 

Smarter and Faster Motivational Tools – A Winning Combination

Fitbit’s well-designed, innovative hardware combined with its unique interactive online and mobile features gives users the motivational benefits they can’t live without. As the industry leader with 69 percent marketshare, Fitbit’s software offers the widest range of easy-to-use, smart, efficient and motivational tools, which help to make it the top-downloaded free app for connected fitness devices on iTunes, Google Play and Windows Phone stores. Top interactive features include

 

  • Smart features: Caller ID, text alerts, alarms and music control
  • More efficient tracking features:

     

    • Real-time, continuous, all-day activity tracking plus GPS
    • PurePulse technology for automatic, continuous heart rate tracking
    • Exercise tracking to easily record workouts, see real-time exercise stats and have summaries appear automatically on the Fitbit dashboard
    • Automatic sleep detection
    • Track food fast from a database of more than 350,000 items and features like a barcode scanner, Easy Meals and Calorie Coaching
    • Windows Phone users can take advantage of Cortana, Microsoft’s intelligent personal assistant, to quickly track food, log workouts and more using voice control
  • Motivational features:

     

    • Set goals, see progress on charts/ graphs and earn badges (and bragging rights)
    • Tap into MobileRun, which uses GPS to track, log and compare workouts with real-time updates and voice cues to stay up-to-speed on stats and get extra encouragement to meet goals
  • Challenges:Fitbit’s newest app feature, brings even more motivation and fun to Fitbit’s iOS, Android and Windows Phone apps
  • With Challenges, users can directly compete with friends and family to help meet and beat goals in new competitions, including Daily Showdown, Workweek Hustle and Weekend Warrior
  • Encourage and compete with family and friends within the largest community of users– a proven support system helping customers successfully reach goals 

Fitbit’s family of six activity trackers and the Aria Wi-Fi scale also sync wirelessly to more mobile platforms than any other trackers available today, including more than120 iOS, Android and Windows devices. By combining the most product choices with Fitbit’s unparalleled software and cross-platform compatibility, users can access everything needed to reach their health and fitness goals. 

Dedicated to the Highest Product Standards

Fitbit is committed to creating the highest quality products to help customers live healthier, more active lives. Fitbit consults with scientific experts and also tests its products with independent labs to ensure that they meet stringent standards. This year Fitbit also created the first-ever Scientific Advisory Board for wearables that includes leading, certified dermatologists to help us enhance our testing protocols and develop product wear and care guidelines.

Pricing & Availability

Fitbit Charge will be available via Fitbit.com and in leading retailers nationwide from early December. Fitbit Charge HR and Fitbit Surge will be available in early 2015.

 

  • Fitbit Charge ($179.95) is available in black, slate, blue and burgundy
  • Fitbit Charge HR ($199.95) will be available in black, plum, blue and tangerine
  • Fitbit Surge ($349.95) will be available in black, blue and tangerine






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  Reply # 1198548 16-Dec-2014 17:56
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Received a Fitbit Charge last week - good timing too. My old Fitbit Flex for whatever reason stopped charging. I contacted Fitbit support who replied very quickly with some instructions. Since nothing worked they asked where I had bought mine because they had no record of my purchase being done on their website. I replied with my Amazon invoice and got a new Fitbit Flex shipped directly from Auckland (even though my contact was with the US team) and in my hands in three days. Pretty good service!

Anyway, the replacement Flex is going to my wife and I have been using the Fitbit Charge now for a week. Pretty nifty device, so much better with time, steps, stairs, distance being shown on its BW OLED display - the old double tap still works and you can configure what to show when you do it.

It also automatically tracks sleep, instead of requiring the tapping we used n the Fitbit Flex. It's pretty accurate from what I've seen in last few days, including a short nap on the sofa which it tracked accurately.






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  Reply # 1201352 21-Dec-2014 08:55
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I had been looking at the Fitbit's for awhile and after reading this went out and got a Fitbit Charge from Noel Leemings.

Not sure if you had a similar issue with yours but after getting it yesterday, I can only get the iOS app and the PC app to recognize it as a Fitbit Force (so that probably explains why I can't get call or text notifications working).  It is definitely a Charge though based on the box and also look of the device.  I've raised a ticket with Fitbit but I'm probably going to have to take it back to the shop for a rather interesting chat with the salesguy about resolving it.  

This morning I also noticed it hadn't been tracking sleep either despite restarting the tracker and iPhone 6 multiple times.  The device is an absolute breeze to setup so figure there must be something faulty here in mine.



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  Reply # 1201442 21-Dec-2014 12:08
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Yep, did that reset thing about three times.  ie: holding down the button for 10+ seconds till the v30 thing appears.



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  Reply # 1201445 21-Dec-2014 12:16
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Yep, looks the same on the PC.


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  Reply # 1201457 21-Dec-2014 12:53
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Just took it back and they were really helpful.
Basically they got another one out and this one connected as a Charge and have setup the call notifications now.

Happy customer thanks to Noel Leeming at Lyall Bay.



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  Reply # 1201459 21-Dec-2014 12:54
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  Reply # 1201481 21-Dec-2014 14:00
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freitasm: Received a Fitbit Charge last week - good timing too. My old Fitbit Flex for whatever reason stopped charging. I contacted Fitbit support who replied very quickly with some instructions. Since nothing worked they asked where I had bought mine because they had no record of my purchase being done on their website. I replied with my Amazon invoice and got a new Fitbit Flex shipped directly from Auckland (even though my contact was with the US team) and in my hands in three days. Pretty good service!

Anyway, the replacement Flex is going to my wife and I have been using the Fitbit Charge now for a week. Pretty nifty device, so much better with time, steps, stairs, distance being shown on its BW OLED display - the old double tap still works and you can configure what to show when you do it.

It also automatically tracks sleep, instead of requiring the tapping we used n the Fitbit Flex. It's pretty accurate from what I've seen in last few days, including a short nap on the sofa which it tracked accurately.




Apart from the auto-sleep tracking, the Charge is basically the same tracker as my Force (the one which was recalled due to some people having allergic reactions to the nickel that the band contained) - I love mine, though after just over a year of use, the band is coming unglued around where it meets the tracker :S 

Recently they pushed a firmware update out to it that gave me the option of having incoming cellphone call notifications - guess that's as close as I'll get to smartwatch features without upgrading to a different device!! 

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  Reply # 1211423 9-Jan-2015 21:54
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Got my first Fitbit device - a Fitbit One - about 18 months ago and promptly lost it in a car park only to find it 24 hours later. About 6 months ago I replaced this device with a Fitbit Flex which I've found to easier to hold on to than the original device as I got a key-ring holder that means I can carry the fitbit more securely. 

Got a Fitbit Aria bathroom scales for Xmas and I'm now waiting for the Fitbit Surge to become available in New Zealand... hopefully not too long to wait.

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  Reply # 1222208 26-Jan-2015 07:39
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Has anyone else bought a Charge HR?

 

I picked one up in the weekend and I am interested to see what sort of battery life others are getting. Mine seems to be on track for lasting about 3 days, which I'm hoping is due to it being a new toy and I'm always in the app syncing or looking at the stats on the band.



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  Reply # 1222218 26-Jan-2015 08:06
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All these watch type devices are fine for guys, but how many women will stop wearing their pretty watches and wear devices? Maybe during exercise, but not all the time.




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