Fitbit - Charge 2 Activity Tracker + Heart Rate (Large) - Black Gunmetal

Keep track of the time and your fitness goals with this Fitbit Charge 2 fitness tracker, which features a fashionable design for everyday wear. The large OLED screen is easy to view so you can catch your steps or how many minutes you've been running. This Fitbit Charge 2 fitness tracker has removable straps for versatility.

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$179.95

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    Overview

    What's Included


    • Fitbit Charge 2 Activity Tracker + Heart Rate (Large)
    • Charging cable

    Ratings & Reviews


    Overall Customer Rating:
    96% of customers would recommend this product to a friend (548 out of 576)

    Features


    PurePulse® Continuous heart rate

    Track heart rate all-day & during workouts to better measure calorie burn, optimize workout intensity using heart rate zones, and better understand your health with resting heart rate.

    Track all daily activity levels

    Track your heart rate, steps taken, stairs climbed, calories burned, distance traveled and active minutes.

    Better understand your sleep quality

    Monitor how long and how well you sleep. Wake peacefully without disturbing your partner with the silent, vibrating alarm.

    Relax with guided breathing sessions

    The Relax experience on Charge 2 helps you find moments of calm in your day with personalized guided breathing sessions based on your heart rate.

    Track and improve your fitness level

    Find out how fit you are with a snapshot of your Cardio Fitness Level and Score (based on VO2 max), viewable in the Fitbit app.

    Track specific workouts & get real-time stats

    Get more precise tracking and actionable, real-time stats with Multi-sport modes and Connected GPS so you can make instant adjustments during your workouts and improve over time.

    Sleek design with large OLED display

    A sleek, comfortable design perfect for all-day and night wear with a large interactive display, customizable clock faces and interchangeable bands.

    Smartphone notifications

    Easily view smartphone notifications on the go and stay connected to what matters most with call, text and calendar alerts.

    Challenge your friends and celebrate progress for extra motivation

    Share and compete with your friends and family in challenges and on the leaderboard. Earn Fitbit badges and milestone updates.

    Syncs to select Apple®, Android and Windows devices

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

    *Distance/speed/pace can only be shared on 3G or 4G devices.

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    Customer rating

    4.6
    96%
    would recommend to a friend

    Expert rating

    4.1

    Pros

    Cons

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Excellent product for athletes

      Posted
      alvance

      I was given the Fitbit Charge 2 as a gift for Christmas. I have heard many good reviews on this product and was glad to get to have one for myself. The Fitbit Charge 2 is a comfortable, durable product with a ton of practicality for your everyday life of an athlete. As a runner, I had to do work outside of regular practices, and the coach would give us goals we needed to reach in that time. This helped me keep track of my running stats and complete the goals. This is a product that can really impact an athlete and help them track their progress with ease to keep the coaches happy. Comfortability This Fitbit is very comfortable to wear. It has a soft rubber band that allows it to feel softer on your wrist. The bottom of the face is flat to fit the top of your wrist without causing it to feel like a large bulge poking into you. This is a watch with an adjustable band just like most watches you see now, so you can change it to however you like. It allows for a looser fit when wearing it casually or tighter when active. When I am running I can barely tell it’s there. It is also comfortable enough to wear to bed to track your sleep. I have fallen asleep with it on and it has never bothered me. It gives gentle vibration reminders for alerts such as accomplishing a step goal, when you should get moving again, or when you are receiving a call or message. Practicality I find this device very practical and useful for my everyday life. It keeps track of so many things for you. Through the day, it will track your steps calculating the miles you’ve walked, stairs you’ve climbed as well as your heart rate through the day. It will graph out your sleep schedule and record the times you’ve been restless or awake then tell you how many hours you got to sleep. You can set times to go to bed and it will give you a vibration reminder when it is time for bed. It also can track where you have gone. So, if you go on a run sometime and find this cool spot you want to go back to you just go to the app on your phone and it will give you a map of where you’ve been. It also has settings that you can use to just track your workouts. You can track them even more specifically. You can specifically say whether you’re on a bike, treadmill, lifting weights, or just running. The Fitbit Charge 2 can be used in an athlete’s life to help them continue their fitness tracking and keep it all organized. Durability This Fitbit seems fairly durable. The rubber band allows long time usage with less ware. It has a small screen that makes it harder to break or damage. It can get wet but not fully submerged in water. So, when working out sweating wont damage the product. The Fitbit does require a charge. The battery takes around an hour to fully charge from dead. As I have found, it can last about a week to a week and a half before needing to be charged again. Overall I give this product a five-star review. As an athlete, I will definitely be recommending this to others. This purchase will prove to be worthwhile and will not disappoint. I encourage any athlete reading this to purchase this Fitbit, so you can get the many great benefits I have had.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

      A good wrist tracker.

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

      The Charge 2 is the first Fitbit wrist tracker that has appealed to me. I've used the little Fitbit One for several years, but its "pop it into your pocket" nature has led to it taking one too many trips through the washing machine, as I've forgotten to take it out of my pants pocket before washing them. Actually, this is my second Charge 2 -- I was so happy with my first one, I decided to pop for the deluxe Gunmetal version. And yes, I do like the looks of it. However, it turned out that it had an issue: With a firmware update you can install shortly after you set up the device, you can have the Charge 2 show a battery percentage indicator. Unfortunately, that ALWAYS read 100% on this Gunmetal device, while it worked just fine with my older, "normal" Charge 2. Also, when you plug the Charge 2 in its charging cradle, it's supposed to show an animated "battery charging" icon on the screen, but once again, the Gunmetal device would just show that it was already at 100%. The usual fix for something like this is to do a "reset," which only takes a few seconds -- you plug the Charge 2 into its cradle, then hold down the button for about five seconds. And after a reset, both the battery percentage indicator and the charging indicator worked properly. Until the next day, when they went back to being stuck at 100%. So, something wasn't right there. Looking in the Fitbit forum, there were certainly other folks having the same problem, but it didn't seem to be widespread, by any means. Still, all you can do is that "reset" routine, and do you want to do that every day? Since I had my old Charge 2 that worked just fine, I just decided to return this one, and continue using my old one. In the end, this issue isn't that big of a deal -- perhaps I could have exchanged it for another Gunmetal device that would have worked just fine. And some folks have found that their devices that had the problem eventually started working properly. The main point I need to end with is that I sure find the Charge 2 to be an ideal activity tracker: The size and the display are "just right" -- not too big, but big enough to show you the information you want to see. And you can choose what information you want to see on the display, in just about every way you could imagine. I have found the step counting and the exercise tracking to be very accurate. And I have also found the heart rate tracking to be accurate -- I exercise twice a week at a special gym in our local hospital, where we are encouraged to use a pulse oximeter before, during, and after our exercise sessions. So, that's something I always do, with their professional, hospital-grade oximeters. And the pulse readings are often EXACTLY THE SAME between the oximeter and my Charge 2, or, if not exact, the Charge 2 is usually only a beat or two different. I certainly consider that to be accurate enough! So, I highly recommend the Charge 2. I've taken one star off because I had a little problem with this one, but that doesn't change my recommendation that this is an excellent tracker.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 2 out of 5 stars

      Display dead in 6mo. Wrist strap unlatches rando

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

      So I generally don't write reviews but this one... needs a mention. Gave it 2 stars because for 6 months, I was happy enough with it. Follow the instructions and don't strap it on super tight like a second skin. If you strap it too tight, you're definitely going to have some irritation from it. It needs some room to wiggle. Dont worry about that gap, it still works fine for tracking your heart rate and steps. I've tested it and it seems relatively accurate. All that was good. But within the first 3 months, the strap started randomly coming unlatched from the electronic portion and the watch would randomly fall off. Thankfully, I was sitting on a soft sofa or felt it slipping and managed to catch it nearly every time. I probably should have taken it back at that point. But I try not to complain and don't really like dealing with customer service reps. This did add a certain paranoia that it might fall when I'm bicycling, or even worse, going 75mph doing the freeway on my motorcycle. Thankfully, neither of those scenarios ever occurred. The real reason that I only gave it 2 stars, is because at the 6 month mark, the display began getting dark. And within 1 week, its completely black. Shows nothing. Still works for tracking everything, but you couldn't tell unless you open the app and it syncs up the data. Also, no, I didn't have any mishaps and drop it or bang it against anything at the time it began deteriorating. Otherwise, I'd accept some of the blame myself. It was completely random and quite quick about the onset. I'll be contacting somebody to see if this is under warranty soon.

      No, I would not recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 1 out of 5 stars

      Unsatisfactory in many aspects

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

      Huge waste of money as far as I’m concerned. Product looked and preformed well around the house and local area. However I drive a tanker truck for a living and after a couple of weeks I realized that thousands of steps and dozens of floors climbed were being falsely added during my workday. A search of the internet quickly told me that this was a common problem for people driving vehicles with stiff suspensions. The only workaround was to install a third party app called Drivebit that you had to manually start and stop at the beginning of each trip that would subtract the steps; no workaround for the floors climbed. I tried that a few days and found it ridiculous as I often forgot to push start or stop on a trip, and other times I did but the app did not sync to Fitbit to subtract. At this point I had the thing for about 3+ weeks and contacted Best Buy to return only to find they had a 14 day return policy on such. So as far as their customer service was concerned I just donated $175 (gunmetal edition) to that great pile of should have acted quicker lessons. Fitbit themselves could care less either, even though the product does not work as advertised. I am filing a complaint with the Better Business Bureau for pushing a product with known limits and no warnings for such.

      No, I would not recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 1 out of 5 stars

      Step count is virtually worthless...

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

      I knew what I was buying - I read the reviews. But, I am not credulous. So, I decided to go ahead and try it for myself. This is the perfect device for the uninitiated folks who just want to think they've walked 10,000 steps. Also good for those who have to step for work, but don't really want to. That theory is supported by the lack of water resistance... I understand that there is inherent flaws and that nothing is perfect. I accounted for several variables in my assessment. Therefore, it is my opinion: Until this device can determine if you are stationary, or traveling at 90mph... don't waste your money. I returned it in two weeks after giving it an honest shot. Seems like the Heart Rate Monitor and the clock are the two best features. Even tho, the HR monitor fails under vigorous activity.The clock counts time... Someone who drives a lot and is very active when not driving would benefit from a device with GPS... in my opinion - it doesn exist yet. So, maybe in a few more years they'll perfect the logic and offer a basic unit that actually works without contingency.

      No, I would not recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

      Good but not perfect

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

      Needed to keep an eye on my heart rate since I recently had a heart issue. This device does that, and more, and I picked it because it will show your text messages on your arm without pulling out your phone. The downside is the design. It wants to be "two finger widths" away from your wrist bone to be accurate. The band design is like a watch in that it wants to come to rest at your wrist. When the device slides down to your wrist, the readings are not accurate. I adjusted it tighter to stay up higher as the instructions suggested, but it cut off my circulation and made an imprint in my arm. So you have to wear it, move it around, and check multiple times to get your heart rate correctly. NOT the best thing for tracking values continuously as it will report inaccurate information.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

      My Best Fitness Tracker Yet

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

      4 not 5 stars because I wish the battery lasted longer. Nonetheless I can go 4-5 days without the need to recharge which is comparable with other comparable, best of the best trackers. The flexible strap stays put and is very comfortable. I previously owned it predecessor (Fitbit Charge HR whose battery life was about 3 days). The upgraded features make the current version a standout in the field of other trackers (e.g, big display without being cumbersome; text alerts; silent alarm; and a variety of activities for special tracking of walking, running, weights, and etc.). I tried to hold out until the next generation trackers came out, but I could wait no longer to replace my previous Fitbit. The housing surrounding the charging contacts kept falling off. I'm happy I did not wait. It is a definite upgrade to the previous model.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

      Good Health Tracking Device

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

      I did a lot of research on this watch prior to buying it. I was going to buy an Apple watch, but for the price, styling, and what I needed, this fitbit more than met my needs. I figured I usually have my phone with me, so I would never use the apple watch for apps. The fact that I can get a text on my fitbit is awesome. I do enjoy my fitbit and wear it all the time, I just question how it actually calculates steps. My wife has one as well, and we can do the same amount of walking, and mine always registers a lot more steps. Not just a few more, but a lot more. Maybe I move my arms more, not sure. However, even if I get a lot more steps than my wife, the point is that wearing this motivates me to get up and move. I sit behind a desk all day, so I am much more cognizant now of getting up and moving. Thanks Fitbit!

      I would recommend this to a friend

    What experts are saying

    Rating: 4.1 out of 5 stars with 24 reviews

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