The Fitbit Cost four has every thing you want in a fitness tracker for below $200. It lastly consists of built-in GPS to trace outside exercises independently, it has higher coaching instruments for athletes, and it matches a lot of the identical smartwatch options right into a slimmer bundle than the costlier Fitbit Versa. It is my favourite Fitbit but. In the event you’re in search of a health tracker than behaves quite a bit like a smartwatch with out the additional bulk, the Fitbit Cost four is perhaps the right match.
Hold studying for the way precisely this health tracker gained me over.
Added options with out the added bulk
There are many nice wearables for athletes, just like the Garmin Forerunner 945 and Suunto three, which have far more health chops than the Cost four, however they are not probably the most trendy. The $150 Cost four (£130, AU$230) is a tracker I’ll fortunately put on 24/7 due to its smooth, understated design. In the event you’re accustomed to the Charge 3, the brand new model does not look a lot totally different — it is simply the tiniest bit bulkier in your wrist.
The display can solely show in black and white, however I like that it is practically half the scale of a standard smartwatch, such because the Apple Watch, and it additionally does away with bodily buttons. As a substitute, you management the Cost four with a mixture of the touchscreen and by urgent the left facet of the tracker to navigate settings. The touchscreen is not as responsive and it takes a couple of seconds to mild up if you increase your arm to wake the display, however I finally acquired the place I wished to go. The one time the lag actually bothered me was whereas I used to be working and wished to shortly look at my stats with out taking my eyes off the street. Just like the Cost three, it is also onerous to see the display in direct daylight.
The common Cost four is available in three totally different colours with silicone sports activities bands, however the Particular Version, or SE, model that I examined out additionally comes with a woven band possibility for $20 extra. Straps are simple to swap out (in contrast to the Versa 2, which has tough toggles) and in the event you’re upgrading from the Cost three you’ll use these bands on the newer tracker. There are additionally a bunch of third-party strap choices accessible to customise your look.
The Cost four is comfy to put on all through the day and does not dig into my pores and skin after I tighten it up throughout a run. You may as well put on it to mattress. Like different Fitbits, it additionally tracks your sleep. I will not go so far as to say that it is comfy to put on in mattress, however at the least I did not wish to rip it off in the midst of the night time like different trackers.
The Cost four pushed me to run sooner
As a primary health tracker, the earlier Cost fashions already checked a lot of the packing containers: measuring steps, energy, flooring climbed, coronary heart fee and distance (utilizing your cellphone’s GPS). However that wasn’t sufficient for extra severe runners like me. I am certainly not an elite athlete, however I do run frequently, so having a built-in GPS is excessive on my want record. The GPS permits the Cost four to map your route throughout an outside stroll, run, bike journey or hike with out having to depend on your cellphone.
I’ve gone on a couple of runs and the Cost four has given constant distance readings on the identical route with and with out my cellphone. You may as well see a warmth map of your route on the Fitbit app, which additionally signifies the depth at which you have been working based mostly in your coronary heart fee.
The one different Fitbit machine that provides built-in GPS function is the Ionic watch, but it surely’s now over two years outdated and I discovered it too large and hulking to put on frequently.
The Cost four tracks over 20 totally different actions, from biking to yoga. It is also waterproof as much as 50 meters just like the Cost three, so you need to use it for swimming. You may program as much as six train shortcuts on the Cost four, however you do have to decide on them and sync from the cellphone app. You may as well set it to trace your runs mechanically, and set objectives for issues like tempo, distance or energy burned earlier than you begin every exercise.
GPS shouldn’t be the one device for athletes. The Cost four has added a brand new metric known as Lively Zone Minutes, which makes use of your coronary heart fee zones to find out the depth of your exercise. The purpose is to have 150 energetic minutes logged by the tip of every week, however you possibly can improve or lower the goal based mostly in your health degree.
A number of years in the past, Fitbit began breaking out coronary heart fee information into coaching zones for every exercise, based mostly on age and weight. After a exercise you possibly can log into the cellular app and see how lengthy you have been in fats burn, cardio or peak. The Cost four provides real-time coronary heart fee zone notifications so you possibly can take motion throughout your exercise.
I needed to push myself a lot tougher than standard to get my peak coronary heart fee alert to pop up on the display (you additionally get a buzz in your wrist if you attain every zone). I spotted I might been overestimating my effort and it was useful to have the Cost nudging me to get out of my consolation zone. I can see this being a superb coaching device in the event you’re seeking to break your private document in a race.
Battery life takes a success
The one draw back about having GPS on the Cost is that it will gobble up your battery quite a bit sooner than on the Cost three. Fitbit says the Cost four can last as long as seven days on a cost, however I barely made it to day 4 earlier than having to plug it in.
I did not thoughts having to recharge after 4 days, however in the event you’re seeking to get probably the most out of your battery life (and are planning to make use of it at night time) I might suggest turning off the GPS when it is not in use. You will simply have to recollect to do that after your exercise. You are able to do this from the train shortcuts on the Cost. Simply swipe up from an exercise that makes use of GPS, like working or biking, and toggle it off.
Sleep monitoring has some severe advantages
I’ve by no means gotten a lot out of monitoring my sleep previously. With a 6-month-old child and a toddler waking me up at odd hours of the night time I used to be scared to even see my stats the following morning, not to mention get graded on my sleep. Every morning, the Fitbit app offers you a Sleep Rating based mostly on every thing from sleep length to sleep levels, coronary heart fee and variations in blood oxygen ranges, aka SPO2.
After a couple of nights of testing, it is really offered some helpful information about my sleep habits. For starters, I’ve gotten a passing grade (above a 60) each single night time, regardless of waking as much as nurse my infant. The app advised me it is regular to spend as much as 45 minutes awake every night time, which was comforting. It additionally offers you recommendation on how you can enhance your rating, like holding your bedtime constant, no matter how late (or early) it’s.
Everybody can see primary data within the app, like how a lot sleep you get and its high quality, however Fitbit Premium subscribers get entry to coronary heart fee and blood oxygen information. I did not see something out of the abnormal in my chart, however I can see this function being extraordinarily useful for individuals who suspect they may have a extra severe sleep-related situation like sleep apnea. In that case it is perhaps value the additional $9.99 (£eight.99, AU$15.49) a month for a premium account.
There may be one foreseeable draw back: With all this sleep information I fear that I’d develop into depending on the Sleep Rating to really feel energized through the day. That’s, a low Sleep Rating might subconsciously make me really feel drained, though I felt like I acquired a superb night time’s relaxation.
Greater than only a health tracker
The Cost four goes past well being and health monitoring with a couple of good options up its sleeve. It mirrors each notification you may get in your cellphone whether or not you will have an iPhone or an Android cellphone, however solely Android customers will have the ability to reply to messages with preprogrammed fast replies.
You continue to cannot retailer music onboard to take with you on a run, however in the event you’re a Spotify Premium subscriber, it is possible for you to to make use of the Cost four as a primary wrist distant to pause and skip tracks. There is no quantity management although.
It now additionally features a new agenda app together with the prevailing timer, alarm and climate apps.
You’ll arrange Fitbit Pay in your wrist and use the Cost four on any tap-to-pay cost terminal because the tracker now comes with built-in NFC (beforehand, you had to purchase the particular version Cost to get Fitbit Pay). Sadly it nonetheless does not have as many financial institution companions as Google or Apple Pay and was not appropriate with my main financial institution (US Financial institution), so I could not try it out. I am additionally quarantined at house, so most of my funds are made on-line anyhow, not at brick-and-mortar shops.