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Practical Review: Fitbit Charge 5

Earlier this year, Fitbit announced the Charge 5, a health and fitness tracker. With a sleek and slim design, this device tracks fitness, stress, heart health, sleep and overall health.

I got the product for a hands-on review and found that the device has some useful features.

Design and display
The Charge 5 is aerodynamically designed and fully touch operated. This device features a new AMOLED color display and is Fitbit’s first tracker with always-on options. The always-on display is useful for checking statistics on the go or while training. In addition, the screen provides decent brightness both indoors and outdoors, and users can choose from three modes (dim, usually maximum) from built-in settings. In addition, the device is waterproof and can be submerged up to 50 meters.

Features
The Charge 5 is easy to operate and use. Swipe down from the top of the display to access settings and Fitbit Pay. Swipe up from bottom to see daily statistics, and swipe sideways to see notifications, EDA scans, alarms, and exercise shortcuts.

The Charge 5 includes new features such as the Daily Readiness Score and EDA Scanner. The Daily Readiness Score assesses your energy level each morning and advises on activities related to your status. In addition, it took into account what influenced my score and provided activity recommendations and advice. For example, a high preparation score will give you ambitious active zone minutes goals and training suggestions. In contrast, if your preparation score is low, your device will provide recommendations for yoga and meditation sessions and tips for improving your sleep.

The smart band also incorporates GPS, 20 exercise modes, and automatic exercise recognition. Plus, if you choose Premium, you’ll have access to over 200 training sessions with certified trainers.

Depending on the amount of stress you handle each day, the Charge 5 quickly included a stress management score in your Fitbit app. The device’s EDA sensor measures how the body responds to stress through small changes in the sweat glands of the fingers. In addition, Premium offers 300 meditations and mindfulness sessions.

Today, heart rate variability (HRV) is gaining more traction on wearable devices. The Charge 5 tracks your heart rate 24 hours a day, 365 days a year and provides notifications when you’re above or below range. In addition to this, we also provided an overview of other major wellness indicators such as respiratory rate and skin temperature fluctuations.

Battery life
Fitbit promises 7 days of battery life, but in normal use it’s less than 4 days. However, given the brighter, always-on display capabilities of the device, this is still a decent battery life.

Price and availability
The Charge 5 is suitable for anyone who wants to track their daily fitness and health scores. The device is now available online and in stores in the UAE Dhs799.



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