The Fitbit Cost four has every part you want in a fitness tracker for beneath $200. It lastly contains built-in GPS to trace outside exercises independently, it has higher coaching instruments for athletes, and it matches many of the identical smartwatch options right into a slimmer bundle than the costlier Fitbit Versa. It is my favourite Fitbit but. Should you’re in search of a health tracker than behaves lots like a smartwatch with out the additional bulk, the Fitbit Cost four is perhaps the proper match.
Maintain studying for a 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 don’t seem to be essentially the most trendy. The $150 Cost four (£130, AU$230) is a tracker I’ll fortunately put on 24/7 due to its modern, understated design. Should you’re conversant in the Charge 3, the brand new model would not look a lot totally different — it is simply the tiniest bit bulkier in your wrist.
The display screen can solely show in black and white, however I like that it is almost half the dimensions 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 just a few seconds to gentle up once you elevate your arm to wake the display screen, however I ultimately bought 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 highway. Just like the Cost three, it is also arduous to see the display screen 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 choice for $20 extra. Straps are simple to swap out (in contrast to the Versa 2, which has tough toggles) and should 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 obtainable to customise your look.
The Cost four is comfy to put on all through the day and would not dig into my pores and skin once I tighten it up throughout a run. You too can 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 course of the evening like different trackers.
The Cost four pushed me to run sooner
As a primary health tracker, the earlier Cost fashions already checked many of the containers: measuring steps, energy, flooring climbed, coronary heart charge and distance (utilizing your cellphone’s GPS). However that wasn’t sufficient for extra severe runners like me. I am under no circumstances an elite athlete, however I do run frequently, so having a built-in GPS is excessive on my want checklist. The GPS permits the Cost four to map your route throughout an outside stroll, run, bike trip or hike with out having to depend on your cellphone.
I’ve gone on just a few runs and the Cost four has given constant distance readings on the identical route with and with out my cellphone. You too can 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 charge.
The one different Fitbit machine that provides built-in GPS characteristic is the Ionic watch, however it’s now over two years outdated and I discovered it too huge and hulking to put on frequently.
The Cost four tracks over 20 totally different actions, from biking to yoga. It is also water-proof as much as 50 meters just like the Cost three, so you should use it for swimming. You’ll be able to 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 too can set it to trace your runs robotically, and set targets for issues like tempo, distance or energy burned earlier than you begin every exercise.
GPS just isn’t the one software for athletes. The Cost four has added a brand new metric referred to as Energetic Zone Minutes, which makes use of your coronary heart charge zones to find out the depth of your exercise. The aim is to have 150 energetic minutes logged by the tip of every week, however you’ll be able to enhance or lower the goal based mostly in your health degree.
A number of years in the past, Fitbit began breaking out coronary heart charge knowledge into coaching zones for every exercise, based mostly on age and weight. After a exercise you’ll be able to log into the cell app and see how lengthy you have been in fats burn, cardio or peak. The Cost four provides real-time coronary heart charge zone notifications so you’ll be able to take motion throughout your exercise.
I needed to push myself a lot tougher than normal to get my peak coronary heart charge alert to pop up on the display screen (you additionally get a buzz in your wrist once 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 very good coaching software should you’re seeking to break your private report in a race.
Battery life takes successful
The one draw back about having GPS on the Cost is that it will gobble up your battery lots 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 should you’re seeking to get essentially the most out of your battery life (and are planning to make use of it at evening) I’d 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 evening I used to be scared to even see my stats the subsequent morning, not to mention get graded on my sleep. Every morning, the Fitbit app provides you a Sleep Rating based mostly on every part from sleep period to sleep phases, coronary heart charge and variations in blood oxygen ranges, aka SPO2.
After just a few nights of testing, it is truly offered some helpful knowledge about my sleep habits. For starters, I’ve gotten a passing grade (above a 60) each single evening, regardless of waking as much as nurse my baby. The app informed me it is regular to spend as much as 45 minutes awake every evening, which was comforting. It additionally provides you recommendation on the way to 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 charge and blood oxygen knowledge. I did not see something out of the strange in my chart, however I can see this characteristic being extraordinarily useful for individuals who suspect they could have a extra severe sleep-related situation like sleep apnea. In that case it is perhaps price 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 knowledge I fear that I would turn into depending on the Sleep Rating to really feel energized through the day. That’s, a low Sleep Rating could subconsciously make me really feel drained, despite the fact that I felt like I bought a very good evening’s relaxation.
Greater than only a health tracker
The Cost four goes past well being and health monitoring with just a few good options up its sleeve. It mirrors each notification you may get in your cellphone whether or not you could have an iPhone or an Android cellphone, however solely Android customers will be capable of reply to messages with preprogrammed fast replies.
You continue to cannot retailer music onboard to take with you on a run, however should 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 not any 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 would not have as many financial institution companions as Google or Apple Pay and was not suitable with my main financial institution (US Financial institution), so I could not check it out. I am additionally quarantined at house, so most of my funds are made on-line in any case, not at brick-and-mortar shops.