Hands On: Fitbit Charge HR

fitbitI have always been a big believer in tech driving fitness.. As I work in the IT industry, gadgets play a very large part in my life. I believe having daily targets and goals to achieve is perhaps on of the best methods of improving health and fitness. So what better enabler could there be then a fitness tracker!?

The market is flooded with wearable tech at the minute, and a large percentage of that tech is aimed at the fitness fanatics. There’s some big players in this area of the market, each bringing their very own USP.

I’ve decided to invest in the FitBit Charge HR, not only because I was an early adopter in the FitBit on near day of release (which I lost whilst out one evening) but because I knew and felt comfortable with its software and dashboards. So I headed out to my local Argos store and picked one up, and heres what I think of it…

Hands On:

From the moment of unboxing the Charge HR its clear to see how simple and straightforward the device is to use. The Charge has one push button on the side which when pushed scrolls through your days statistics, a bright OLED display which makes the statistics and time information easy to read, and the use of the fitbit icons makes at a glance data readings a synch.

The band itself feels comfortable to wear. The texture on the band is a nice edition, and means the charge doesn’t look out-of-place even when wearing a business suit. The band is secured using a clasp, the kind you’d expect to find on your average watch. My only advice is measure your wrist carefully using the on site instructions before you buy, as the small really is quite small!

Out of the box the battery is only about half charged, however after a couple of hours connected to the charge cable and a USB port the Charge is ready to go. The charging cable is simple, yet effective and connects securely in a slot on the back of the device. I’ve found through general use it will hold charge for approximately 5 days. Now – as I have an office job, and spend most of the day sat at my desk steps don’t always come easy, so 5 days is with around 6k steps a day.

The automatic sleep recognition seems much better then some devices, which you have to set into a specific mode. My memory is generally good, but with my previous Fitbit I had a tendency of forgetting to set it! The tracking seems pretty accurate, and has matched up with a test with an iPhone app at the same time.

One feature I didn’t think I’d use, and I’ve actually grown to love is the Caller ID. When my phone is on my desk, or in my pocket and on silent – the device gives a gentle buzz on your wrist then displays the callers details. It’s so far prevented me from missing 5 calls!


  • Purepulse heart rate
  • Activity tracking
  • Auto sleep + silent alarm
  • Exercise tracking
  • Caller ID
  • OLED display
  • Battery life: lasts up to 5 days
  • Battery type: Lithium-polymer
  • Charge time: One to two hours
  • Radio transceiver: Bluetooth 4.0


So far I’ve not found any reason to dislike my Charge HR and I’ve found it’s really helping to motivate me. You can pick one up, direct from the FitBit Website priced at £119.99


Mike Hudson

Mike Hudson is a Lead Cyber Security Analyst living and working in Kingston Upon Hull. With extensive experience in Microsoft and Apple technologies, ranging from desktop OS’s to Server OS’s and hardware. By day working as part of an infrastructure team, and by night ridding the world of IT issues through blog posts..

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