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Fitbit - Alta Activity Tracker (Large) - Teal

Fitbit Alta Activity Tracker: Maintain a healthy, active lifestyle with help from this wireless activity tracker, which tracks your steps, distance, calories burned, active minutes and sleep patterns for 24/7 monitoring. A wireless sync dongle is included for easy connectivity to your Windows, Apple or Android device.

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    Overview

    What's Included


    • Charging cable
    • Fitbit Alta Activity Tracker
    • Wireless sync dongle

    Ratings & Reviews


    Overall Customer Rating:
    95% of customers would recommend this product to a friend (3018 out of 3203)

    Features


    Keep track of daily activity levels

    Measures steps taken, distance traveled and calories burned.

    Easy viewing in low-light conditions

    Backlit OLED display.

    Adjustable strap

    Fits comfortably on most wrists from 6.7" to 8.1" in circumference.

    Syncs to select Apple, Android and Windows devices

    Such as iPhone, iPad, iPod touch and cell phones and tablets with Android or Windows for simple wireless communication.

    Waterproof design

    So you don't have to worry if you wear it in the shower or get caught in the rain.

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    Customer rating

    Rating 4.5 out of 5 stars with 3203 reviews

    94%
    would recommend to a friend

    Expert rating

    Rating 3.9 out of 5 stars with 22 reviews

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    • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

      Great tracker...yet some quirks

      Posted
      DivaL
      • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase
      • My Best Buy® Elite MemberElite Member

      I purchased the FitBit Alta after purchasing the Apple iWatch only to learn that the iWatch is not the most accurate at activity tracking. I had one of the earlier FitBit's but couldn't find the charger and saw that the device features have improved. I was contemplating purchasing the FitBit Blaze and FitBit Surge based on the features and reviews but found them to be bulky once I looked at them in person. Not to mention, although the FitBit Alta can be used as a watch, I prefer to wear my own watch and wrist jewelry so the Alta was the better option for me for fashion reasons. I really wanted a device to track calories burned and steps taken on a daily basis. I also have the FitBit scale which pairs nicely with the features of the Alta. I purchased the Alta from a Manhattan Best Buy and hopped in a cab and thought I could use it straight out of the box so I took it out of the box while in the cab and with all of the bouncing around in the cab and then walking to my destination, the Alta already registered steps by simply walking/driving with it in the box (73 steps registered) - I never put it on my wrist. Since then I notice on occasion at midnight when the device should zero out the previous days accomplishments it starts off with 73 steps. Kind of annoying and there is no way to reset it (I googled to find a solution to this and it seemed like the only one was to go back to the store and replace the device and that would have been too much of a hassle). Aside from that minor quirk, I have no other issue with the device. It lasts for days without needing to be charged. I never take it off except for when I shower and need to charge it and the wristband has caused no irritation to my wrist unlike other comments suggesting otherwise. If I am working out and sweating, if the band is on too tight it can cause a minor itching but I just loosen the band and there is no further issue. By tapping on the screen you can see the current time, steps taken, miles traveled, calories burned, number of minutes active and battery life. It has a silent alarm feature which is a more humane way of waking up and that I prefer to use over my alarm clock. The device also vibrates to remind you to get up and take a few steps if you've been inactive for a while. Initially kind of annoying but now I don't barely notice these reminders. I really wish they could figure out how to build-in a heart rate monitor feature (which I know is available on the other FitBit models) but again I prefer the sleekness of this model. I think the app works great, no complaints as it has plenty of features that makes other fitness apps less meaningful if you decide to go with FitBit. I considered many other devices but liked the sleekness of the Alta as some of the other fitness watches look like something you'd need if you worked for NASA (doing waayyyy to much). I'd recommend buying and would give it 4.5 stars if that was an option.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Great all-around fitness tracker

      Posted
      cw77
      • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase
      • My Best Buy® MemberMember

      To set the stage, I'm not an athlete. I don't need heart rate monitoring, gps, or altitude. I just want something to motivate me to move more. And I found that in the Fitbit Alta. It has a clock function, so I don't need to wear a separate watch (yeah, I'm 'old', I want a watch on my wrist, not have to dig out my phone), which is GREAT! The Alta tracks your steps, minutes of activity, and automatically recognizes certain exercises, such as walking, running, and some others that I haven't tried yet. It also has this great little feature called Move Reminders. You can have it remind you to move a little every hour. It detects when you haven't taken at least 250 steps in one hour, and will remind you at 10 til the hour with these little motivation phrases. If you get up and start moving, it will come back again to congratulate you (again with cute phrases) on hitting your 250 steps. The reminder days/times can be customized so it isn't bugging you a 10pm when you're getting ready for bed. They say the Alta isn't necessarily waterproof, but the manual says it can handle the occasional splashes from whatever you may be doing. Sounds like they just don't advise you immersing it. Water resistance was a must for me. I also like that Fitbit ties in with several nutrition apps, such as My Fitness Pal, to automatically enter in your exercise for the day. So, if you're searching for an 'average persons' fitness tracker, search no further.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

      Accurate and convenient

      Posted
      Edward
      • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase
      • My Best Buy® Elite Plus MemberElite Plus Member

      My work has a program where if you wear a Fitbit long enough you start to get points that save you money on health insurance. I'd had a Fitbit One a few years ago, but I lost it because I kept it in my pocket, so this time around I wanted one of the wrist models. I quickly settled on the Aria. I have an Apple Watch and wanted to keep them on the same wrist, so I didn't get the more watch-like model. And I wanted the display face so I could just look at how many steps I'd gone, rather than having to look at my phone. The Aria looks good next to my watch. Both are all-black, so compliment each other well... One's wide, one's narrow. The features I like about the Aria: * The display turns on when you turn your wrist to look at it. * There are about six displays... Steps, calories, time, etc. * You can cycle through them with a tap, and set in which order (and which shows up when you first turn your wrist –– default is the time, but I have Steps show up) * LONG battery life –– about a week. * When the battery's getting low, the remaining-life display becomes the default until it's recharged. * Bands come in an assortment of about five colors, that are pretty typical for sport watches. * The band is comfortable. * It "celebrates" with a buzz and a little "fireworks show" when you reach your step goal for the day. * The iPhone app interface for it is easy to use. Things I don't love about the Aria: * The band uses pin-and-hole. There are two pins. It's comfortable once closed, but it's harder than I'd like to close it. Of course, if it were easier, it'd be more likely to fall off; I will admit, I have NO concern about it falling off. * The charger is USB, of course, which is as it should be, but it feels flimsy and has only a five-inch cord. I guess I'm used to iPhone charger cords, but I'd have liked it to be two or three feet long. * This model does not count staircases "because there wasn't enough room for the altimeter." I think they could have found a way, even if the body had to be a little bigger. * While you can cycle through the displays "with a tap," it often takes two or three before it gets the idea. * The display washes out in even low sunlight, but is reliably visible indoors. All in all I'm happy with the product and I'm glad I bought it. It looks good on my wrist and is comfortable and it's cool to be able to look down and instantly see how many steps I've taken. It does motivate me to exercise more, which was the point. :-)

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

      Useful, but probably not for everyone

      Posted
      geeman1082
      • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase
      • My Best Buy® MemberMember

      My wife has had a fitness tracker (different brand) for 18 months, and I've been thinking about getting one for the past few months, so a few weeks ago on the eve of a vacation we swung by a Best Buy that was just off the highway and I picked up one of these. I rarely make snap purchases, but I had at least looked at some "top 10" lists and read some reviews prior to buying. The setup process was not nearly as smooth as advertised, but after reading some forum posts, letting the device charge up overnight and resetting it I finally got it to synch with my S5. Since I had never purchased a tracker before, I must admit I didn't think it through all the way. For example, the Alta isn't waterproof, so it must be removed when showering, swimming, etc. ... taking it off when I shower isn't such a big deal, but I was disappointed that I couldn't wear it when swimming (after all, swimming surely counts as a fairly common activity, right? ... and you can believe that I took some good-natured ribbing from my wife, who has no such issue with her Polar Loop). Again, this is my fault for not thinking about that factor before purchasing, but is a shortcoming for those who like to swim. The device doesn't seem to do a good job of recording zero-impact activity such as stationary bike or elliptical, but perhaps that is a typical issue with these things. I've only had one issue with synching thus far, which was resolved by rebooting my phone. Aside from that, however, it seems like a solid and useful device. The band is comfortable and I haven't had any issues fastening it, but I can see how someone with reduced finger strength would have problems. I'm not sure what I will do with the sleep tracking information, but it's interesting to look at. I think I like the default reminders pushing me to get 250 steps each hour, even if I often cannot head them. And I can now track my steps without necessarily having my phone in my pocket. I'm going to keep using it for a month or two and then decide whether I like using a tracker, and if so, I will use this experience to determine which device (if not the Alta) would be a better fit for me.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

      Good - overstates steps though

      Posted
      uvachief
      • My Best Buy® MemberMember

      I switched from a MisFit Shine to a FitBit Alta about a month ago. I had the Shine for 6 months. Loved it. Water proof, bullet proof. Problem was that no one else had one. Not a lot of fun to workout alone. Everyone I know had a FitBit. I had a $40 rewards certificate expiring so I used it on the Alta. Pros: light and acts like a watch. I never wear my watch any more. The Misfit Shine did as well. I like that I can get text message notices. You cannot read them but you see who they are from at least. I also like the notifications to get up and move as well as the ability to set goals and monitor activity on my Samsung Galaxy S6. Charge lasts 5 days or thereabouts. I never take it off except to charge it. No problems sleeping in it or showering with it. Display is good. you can tap on the display to get your total steps, miles , calories and minutes of exercise. The watch feature activates simply by twisting your wrist toward you. I like that a lot. Lots of people have FitBits so your Facebook friends can participate in challenges with you and taunt you. So far, pretty durable. I wore it on a camping trip and wasn't gentle on it. Made it fine. CONS: The band clasp stinks. It isn't hard to pop it out and lose the darn thing. No idea why they don't make it with a leather band with a clasp like a real watch. Why they cannot make a mini-usb charging port on these things, I don't know. If you loose the special charging chord, you are out of luck and have to buy a new one. Water resistant it is...water proof it is not since the female port is exposed under the face of the FitBit. Fine enough to shower without damaging but don't go jumping into a pool. I wish they used a watch battery to make it enclosed and completely water and element proof like the MisFit Shine. My biggest issue with it though is how it measures steps. I can walk 500 steps and count them. It will say I took 575 or overstate it by 15%. It also counts steps as I type this review on the keyboard for some reason. Any slight activity it counts as a step. It did seem to accurately measure calorie burn when I went light jogging on the treadmill (at least it matched what the treadmill said). Overall it is good but could use some tweaks to be very good.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 1 out of 5 stars

      It was nice while it lasted...

      Posted
      DivaL
      • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase
      • My Best Buy® Elite MemberElite Member

      I already wrote a review and this is a mere update. I stand by my four stars for the product itself but the 1 star for this update is due to the poor design of the wristband. I purchased this fitness tracker on 9/9/16 and it fell off my wrist somewhere between Penn Station in NYC and the train I boarded on 10/13/16 to be forever lost. I found a discussion board on FitBit's website where there are MANY people who have lost their FitBit and the biggest argument is the poor design of the wristband. I could count on one hand how many times the wristband came off my wrist (either in my sleep or simply while in the house) but one time in my opinion is too many. Instead of a secure clasp to secure the band to your wrist it is fastened by a pin. I never felt the band come off of my wrist the day I lost it. There will be many who will rebut that their tracker never falls off their wrist. I'm happy for you but google "lost fitbit tracker" and you will see a sea of people who had this happen to them. I found a discussion board on line and learned that there is an app you can download on your mobile device to "find your FitBit" but it only works if the FitBit is near you (like it fell off in your car or somewhere in your house). It is not like the "Find My iPhone" feature so it is as good as useless if you lost the tracker elsewhere. Also if you call or start an online chat with the FitBit customer service people they can tell based on you supplying your email the last time your tracker synced. If you are telling the truth about losing the tracker they offer you a 25% coupon to buy another tracker. I liked the Alta but not enough to buy another one. I also purchased the Geek Squad protection and was told it doesn't work for lost items so I'm out the money I spent for the tracker and the Geek Squad protection. When FitBit comes out with an Alta (or its successor) with a better wristband I may consider purchasing it. But I won't buy any accessory that I see is available to secure the wristband to my wrist. The design should be better.

      No, I would not recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 2 out of 5 stars

      Wish I bought something else

      Posted
      enem156
      • My Best Buy® Elite MemberElite Member

      I've been wearing activity trackers for about eight years now and I've had some really good ones during that time, but they all eventually wear out or some of the features stop working. Completely understandable for a device that gets worn 24/7. I've had Fitbit in the past and have been happy with their performance, so I thought it would be a good choice again. Well, I've been nothing but disappointed in this particular model. Let me just say that in comparison to it's predecessors, the step tracking seems to be more accurate. That being said, how this device interacts with third party fitness apps is a huge step backward. I like to use several different third party apps to track my fitness and participate in the many challenges that they offer. My last fitness tracker (not a Fitbit), interacted beautifully with them all, and without any further interaction on my part, registered all the specs needed for the challenges that I joined. The Alta registers absolutely nothing in any challenge. When I contacted the apps I use to see if I was doing something wrong, they told me that Fitbit doesn't sync the right information for this to work. And while my steps show up on my third party apps website, nothing is tracked as a "workout". The second thing I'm really unhappy about is the "silent alarm" feature. On all my previous trackers (even Fitbit), the silent alarm has no trouble waking me up every morning. The Alta has a vibration mechanism that's so weak, I barely ever feel it. On top of that, it only tries twice to wake you, then it stops. Each of the two vibration sessions happen for only a few seconds, so it's not persistent enough to actually wake me (or, I suspect anyone else either). So it seems the only thing it's good at, is tracking steps and syncing with it's own app, which by the way, is nothing to write home about. In the end, I guess I purchased a really expensive pedometer, and nothing more. I can't understand why Fitbit is so popular, it has a lot of catching up to do in my opinion, to be able to call itself an activity tracker. It's far and away the most disappointing device I've ever used.

      No, I would not recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 1 out of 5 stars

      Don't bother!

      Posted
      Rihannsu

      My first Alta is 20 months old. At 18 months, it stopped taking a full battery charge. Per Fitbit, "don't worry, it'll be fine." At 19 months, it reached the point that it required 6 hours of charging to work for 4 hours. Per fitbit, yeah, my battery is defective, but ooops, out of warranty. They gave me a 25% discount on a new one, shipped directly from them. Rather than the 3-5 days they promised for shipping, it was 8. It was also defective out of the box, which they confirmed after 6 hours of them trying to find it with their connect app. Their solution? Send it back via FedEx at their expense, and 7-10 week days later they'd send me another one that probably wasn't defective via Fed Ex. Except that their version of Fed Ex is the combined Fed Ex/USPS that is actually parcel post, and we're talking up to 10 week days each way. So now I'm up to 38 week days, over 5 weeks, to chance that my 3rd attempt at an alta is not defective as the first 2 were, while they hold my money. Seriously not worth the time and money. Friends tell me purchasing from Best Buy with the replacement warranty makes it work better, but for the cost of a fitbit, their actual product and customer service needs to be a whole lot better. I'm going out to try other brands today, which is a shame, because I've had 3 fitbits in 4 1/2 years, and that's too doggone expensive to keep on doing. Do you really want to spend that much for tracking?

      No, I would not recommend this to a friend

    What experts are saying

    Rating: 3.9 out of 5 stars with 22 reviews

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