Fitbit Alta vs. Charge, Which One Should You Buy?
There’s no doubt that Fitbit creates the most popular activity trackers ever, with the highest customer ratings and reviews, but as newer models are released, it becomes more confusing as to which one is the best tracker for you.
In this post, we will be looking at the difference between Fitbit Alta vs. Charge as both fall into the same category and price range.
- New, slim design.
- Tap display, no buttons to push. Simply tap the screen.
- Display gives you instant feedback on your progress, display time and phone notifications like calls, texts or calendar alerts.
- Activity tracking: Tracks steps, distance, calories and active minutes.
- Move Reminders: Alta reminds you to move when you’ve been inactive for a long time.
- SmartTrack: Automatic exercise recognition. It knows what activity you’re doing and credits you accordingly.
- Automatic sleep analysis.
- Silent alarms.
- Change clock faces and change between a vertical or horizontal layouts.
- Customize your Fitbit Alta with a range of classic, metal or leather bands.
What Is The Difference Between Fitbit Alta and Fitbit Charge?
Image Title Fitbit Charge Wireless Activity Wristband, Black, Large Fitbit Flex Wireless Activity + Sleep Wristband, Black Fitbit Alta Fitness Tracker, Silver/Black, Small Feature Accurately track all-day stats like steps taken, distance traveled, calories burned, stairs climbed, and active minutes
See daily stats, time of day, and exercise mode with a bright OLED display
Monitor your sleep automatically and wake with a silent alarm
Get call notifications right on your wrist
Access real-time run stats like time, distance, and pace to stay on track
Sync stats wirelessly and automatically to your computer and over 120 leading smartphones
Tracks steps, distance, calories burned and active minutes
Monitor how long and well you sleep
Wakes you (and not your partner) with a silent wake alarm
LED lights show how your day is stacking up against your goal
Slim, comfortable and easy to wear (sold with both large and small wristbands included)
Includes small and large wristbands
Track steps, distance, calories burned and active minutes
See stats and time with a bright OLED tap display
Automatically track how long and how well you sleep, and set a silent, vibrating alarm
Personalize with interchangeable metal, leather and classic bands (sold separately)
Get call, text and calendar notifications at a glance (when phone is nearby)
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- The Fitbit Alta is a completely redesigned activity tracker, it is slimmer than the Fitbit Charge and more elegant.
- The Fibit Alta offers more customization either by customizing the layout of the clock (horizontal or vertical), or the clock face.
- Another customization feature is the swappable bands of Alta. Choose from the Classic silicone bands in different colors, leather bands, or metal bands, all available Officially from Fitbit.
- On the activity tracking side: The Alta gives you SmartTrack, which automatically recognizes what exercises you’re doing without you pushing any button. Fitbit Charge requires you to select the activity when you start your exercise.
- Also, the Alta has Move Reminders, which the Charge doesn’t have. This feature reminds you to get up and start moving if you’ve been inactive for too long.
- The one feature that the Charge has and Alta doesn’t is Stairs climb counter. When going up the stairs, the Charge is able to automatically detect it and counts how many stairs you’ve climbed (we’re not sure how accurate it is though). The Alta doesn’t have this feature.
How’s Fitbit Alta different than Fitbit Flex?
- Alta is actually a huge upgrade from the Flex model. Both may have a slim design, but the Flex lacks the OLED display that gives you a clock, instant stats and notifications. The Flex only shows you how far a long are you from reaching your goal in the form of LED dots.
- The Flex also has bands that can be swapped, but the only bands available for the Flex are the Classic silicone bands.
- When it comes to tracking, Flex tracks steps, calories, distance as well as sleeping. But it doesn’t have automatic activity recognition or move reminders.
- The Flex is as basic as an activity tracker can be. It tracks everything, but in order to see the details of your progress, you’ll have to be connected to your phone. It doesn’t have a clock, so you’ll also need to pair it with a watch or check time on you phone.
Note: You can learn about the difference between Fitbit Flex vs Fitbit Charge by clicking here.
Which One Should You Buy?
Overall, the Fitbit Alta gives you the same tracking features that the Charge does, but it does them better. And of course, since you’ll be wearing your activity tracker all day, how it looks is an important factor. The Fitbit Alta has a much more attractive design than the Fitbit Charge. And the fact that it supports interchangeable bands, it makes it more attractive, whether you choose a classy leather band or a sleek metal one.
Alta, like the Charge, doesn’t have a Heart rate monitor, so it’s not aimed for the avid athlete. Instead, it’s a great choice for day-to-day activity tracking and promoting an overall better and active lifestyle.
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