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  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Great tracker...yet some quirks

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    DivaL
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    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

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    cw77
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    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
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    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: 4 out of 5 stars

    Good - overstates steps though

    Posted
    uvachief
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    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: 3 out of 5 stars

    Useful, but probably not for everyone

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    geeman1082
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    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: 2 out of 5 stars

    Wish I bought something else

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    enem156
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    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

    It was nice while it lasted...

    Posted
    DivaL
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    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: 4 out of 5 stars

    Good, but not for everyone

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    geeman1082
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    I've had the Alta for a month now, and the overall experience has been good. My wife had been using her (different brand) tracker for a year and a half and liked it, so I thought I would try one also. I browsed some reviews and top 10 lists and decided on the Alta. I purchased the Alta the night before we left for a vacation. The initial setup was harder than expected, but after letting it charge for overnight and resetting it (thanks to online forums!) I was able to complete the task the next morning before we left. Day 2 I was already disappointed because I hadn't thought to verify that the Alta was waterproof ... thus, I had to take it off every morning when we went swimming. And I have since learned that it doesn't track exercise on a stationary bike or elliptical (my phone will do both if it is in my pocket). I wasn't surprised, but hey, a guy can hope. And maybe if I put the Alta in my pocket it will do the same ... The device is pretty comfortable to wear. I do occasionally catch it on stuff, but I assume that will reduce with time as I become more used to having it on. I've had no problems with the clasp, either fastening or having it come off unexpectedly. Step counting seems to be pretty accurate, and the reminders to get up an move every hour are pretty good since I sit at a desk all day. The sleep tracking is not perfect, but it is interesting and I expect it to help me zero in on the right amount of sleep for me in a more quantitative method. I'm still experimenting with other features on the unit and in the app. In in the end, this seems to be a good tracker, and most of my disappointment with it are due to my ignorance of which features I really wanted, so I'll use it for a while before deciding whether to get something different.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Excellent motivator

    Posted
    Nact
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    This is my first exercise gadget and it’s working! My family and I can have a little friendly competition to see who completes the most steps. But I’ve found that I’m much more competitive against myself, trying to beat step count or miles or how many days of the week I engage in at least 15 minutes of exercise at a time. I LOVE the hourly prompt that reminds me to get up 10 min before the end of the hour if I haven’t completed 250 steps that hour. I have a desk job and can get very task focused so the reminder forces me to stop working for a couple of minutes and move. I also love the positive reinforcement when I’ve reached my goal. You have the ability to set your own targets but you’re strongly motivated to increase them in order to beat them. For someone who’s very active it may not be as helpful but for anyone looking for motivation to start a healthy lifestyle I highly recommend. I have the Alta without the HR. My mother likes being able to see her heart rate but I’m satisfied without it. I can tell when my heart rate is elevated and that’s sufficient for me. The HR model does provide more details about your sleep pattern but this one provides sufficient info for me. It’s unobtrusive on the wrist and comfortable. It also has a subtle vibration alarm if you want to set it. I also LOVE that I can receive texts and notification of a phone call (you can turn that off if the long text conversations start to bug you. It can get a little annoying to feel the constant vibration on your wrist lol.) Battery life is excellent and lasts pretty much the whole week.

    I would 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

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Lovely nice/slim profile option

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    Jenn
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    I have owned a Fitbit Surge (wayyy too big), Fitbit Charge HR (totally solid, still a little bigger than I'd like, and currently being lent to my sister to get her hooked) before my purchase of the Alta. I knew when I first saw them advertised that I'd want one based upon looks alone. It is very important to not e that this little tracker really IS lovely and stylish. To some that WILL matter - especially to those that may not need the HR info (I never used mine), or altimeter. I love the new 250 step reminders per hour (that you can set/customize) - it actually is a great feature that does encourage you to move a bit more. That is really the only new item that isn't on the Surge or Charge HR. As I said there is no GPS option, no bluetooth music control, no altimeter (floor climbing tracker), and no HR monitor. I haven't tested the notifications for texts or calls feature - I tend to keep that off as I have my phone with me most of the time and have no desire to be bombarded OR drain the battery. OH the battery on this thing is AMAZING. Minimum 5 days - sometimes 6-7. It's great. My only real con is that the tap feature can be hit or miss. The quick view, like with the Charge HR can be hit or miss. But, I chalk those up to small annoyances. I'm looking forward to getting another band to switch out when the impulse hits, but as I write this I've only used the teal color. NOTE about the Large size. I used the Large size on the Charge Hr and this Fitbit Alta. It seems to me with the slimmer profile that it is possible I could have used the small size and still been fine. I've only 2 holes showing with the Large after wrapping it all of the way around - so much to spare! I hope that makes sense.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Best fitness tracker yet

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    BsMom
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    Stylish and accurate, many band change options. I asked for Fit Bit Alta as a Birthday present. I've had 3 other Fit Bit trackers, the One, and 2 other HR's. All of them worked great and did what I wanted but, the sleeve for the One ripped over time, and I ended up just throwing it in my pocket; and I don't know if I was getting credit for all my steps and workouts. I really liked my HR's, they told me my heart rate but, unless you are a real fitness buff, that's something you don't necessarily watch. My new Fit Bit Alta, is my favorite. It tells me everything I want, and the new items added are a battery status and a static activity tracker. I like The battery status because with the other Fit Bits, you didn't necessarily know how much power you had left without syncing with your phone or computer. So a lot of times, I ran out of juice in the middle of the day. The static activity tracker will tell you how many minutes you where actively engaged during the day, and not just steps. With the other Fit Bits, you had to log into your account and add extra activities you did during the day to get credit. Now, the best Alta feature of all is the ability to switch bands. I now have other colored bands to match what I'm wearing, and I've purchased a black and a brown leather band for casual wear, and gold and a silver bangle bracelet which allows me to dress my Alta up for business and going out to dinner. Great job with the Fit Bit Alta you guys! I can't rave about it enough and I get all kinds of compliments on my different bands. Thank You.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    Good Product - Bad Charger Design

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    DarenG
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    Purchased two Alta models. So far we love them with one exception. First the good. The band is small and comfortable and really liked that the Fitbit is compatible with so many smartphone apps that I already had. I also like how it reminds you to move every so often and you can quickly check your progress. It's really is a good simple device if you don't want a full blown smart watch. The biggest flaw and something people should be aware of is the charger design. It has a major flaw. There is a "pinch clip" that keeps the Fitbit on the charging prongs during charging the device. It is SUPER flimsy. Be very careful. You pinch the clamps even with more than a gentle amount of pressure and you will snap one of the clips off. It's a very bad design. I already had to order a replacement for one of the Fitbits. If you search forums you will find them full of people with the same issue. To Fitbit's credit they shipped a a replacement with no hassle. However, they seriously need to fix the design. One other minor complaint is that unless you happen to look at the notifications from your phone within seconds you are out of luck. No way to go back to see the last notification. I wouldn't expect this to store a ton of information like a smart watch but at least the last would be nice. Just a minor thing. Overall if you can be careful with the Fitbit charger I highly recommend the product. However, with such a major flaw I took a star off. If they redesign the charger clip I would easily give it 4 stars.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    good activity monitor

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    Renee
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    I had been thinking about buying an activity monitor for a while but at a recent family reunion after seeing how many of my cousins had them I decided to get my own. I did the research and decided on a Fitbit Alta. For the price, I think this is a good product for measuring my exercise. I like this model because it has a large screen that shows the time, day and date with a turn of your wrist. With a tap it shows my steps, calories expended, time it takes to reach this level and distance I have walked. It also tracks my sleep patterns. Very interesting results. It vibrates when I reach certain levels or when I am inactive it gives encouraging messages. Also, what I really like is that it vibrates and then displays messages and phone calls coming to my smart phone. Cons: hate the strap. I find it very difficult to snap together. I had to use some pliers at first to get the 2 snaps in the holes. It is impossible to read the screen when out in the sun. Also is not water proof. That would be a nice feature. Over all, I am very happy with the Alta. It is comfortable to wear even at night.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Got me off my tush

    Posted
    Janene
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    Pros: --Helps track steps, active minutes, and estimated calories burned. --Compatible with every fitness app I've used or tried. --keeps a charge for a long time --mine is black, and black goes with everything. --includes a clock with date and day display, which can either be vertical or horizontal based on your preferences --Normally I'm quite lazy, but it chews me out if I sit too long and cheers me on when I meet my goals. Cons: --When you turn your arm up to look at the watch, it doesn't always light up, so you have to tap it. Not always convenient when in meetings and you're trying to be discreet while checking the time. --Weirdly, when I'm sleeping the time display lights up every time I twitch. As a light sleeper, who lives in the country where it's very dark, this causes me to wake up. --It is supposed to track your sleep, if you wear it to bed, but since it wakes me up all the time, I can't trust results. --Understandably, it isn't 100% reliable when tracking steps. Some times it doesn't track all my steps, and sometimes I get 200 steps while in my recliner while watching TV. (I, of course, pretend I really was working that hard. --I have an in-between sized wrist. The small was too snug. The large is *almost* too loose.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Fitbit Alta - They got it right this time

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    PBear
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    The FirBit Alta is a sleek, stylish tracker, that integrates will with your mobile devices and FitBit's online service. The Alta tracks steps and sleep automatically. It can also auto-sense activity, though to get additional information (GPS map, distance, etc.) you should initiate activity tracking in your mobile device. It also contains a feature that nags you to get up and move at least 250 steps in every hour during a time period you set. A nice touch is that the Alta has multiple display settings that support showing information of interest in either vertical or horizontal orientations. Additionally, it can show notifications (phone, text, etc.) which I thought might be distracting but has actually quite nice. To be honest, I've taken to wearing this as a replacement for a watch without the complexity/expense of a Smart Watch. This one's a real winner if you ask me. The only down side, the screen seems to scratch/scuff easily so invest in a screen protector before you that the Alta out of the box.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    Cool! Just...

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    billybestbuyer
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    So, I'm a fit guy who does a lot of weight lifting and running. I'm also a post-grad, who does a lot of typing. With that in mind, I picked up the Alta. It was great! Lightweight, comfortable even when typing, good battery, notifications, etc etc etc. It just a couple of issues: the band was too "open" for me, and the face was really thin. I think it's just my taste. I don't like that the band doesn't really have a mechanism that holds it together, like a "regular" watch. Instead, it's a peg that fits into a hole. Sooner or later, it seems like it's going to wear down, and potentially fall on the watch face and break. On top of that, I didn't feel like I was wearing much, so I don't know that I'd know if it fell off. Finally, it was hard to tap the screen over and over. Sometimes it just didn't turn on unless you tapped in the "right" way. I needed the button of the Charge 2 (which I ended up buying). I just...if you don't mind those things, and are looking for something dainty, the Alta is totally for you. I think after being used to wearing thick wrist watch bands that have clasps, I just couldn't pull it for the price. Again, it's a great fitness tracker, just wasn't for me. I'd recommend, if you don't mind those things I mentioned.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    It's ok, depending on how you want to use it

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    enem156
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    Depending on how you plan to use it, it could be good. As a pedometer, it's good. I've found it to be pretty accurate and I've actually counted my steps just to compare. The watch feature is nice, and I like the way you can change the way the clock looks by including the date or rotating the display. But hey, there's tons of activity trackers that can do this. Where it fails for me is the notifications and the alarm. Most of the problem is that you just can't feel the anemic little vibration it has. My last activity tracker had a great alarm/vibration notification and I had no trouble feeling it or even waking up to it. The Alta's is just too wimpy. It's not able to wake me, so now I have to find an alternative alarm to wake me (and not my wife). The texts and call notifications you just have to be too quick in order to see. They are very brief, and they don't last. If the notifications aren't a real concern for you, then this is a really good tracker. I like that it's water proof in case I get stuck in the rain, or I'm washing my hands. The display is beautiful, very clear. Even small text is legible and sharp. The app is really good and it's social aspects are easy and fun. I'm just disappointed that the notification and alarm vibration are so wimpy.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 1 out of 5 stars

    Ehh.

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    Bri24
    • My Best Buy® MemberMember

    I've had this fitbit for about 7 months now. I like the actual tracker. Its great. Keeps track of my steps, my sleep, and all that. My problem is with the actual app itself. Due to the way they created it, it doesn't go by the operating system that most other apps go by. You have to have a specific phone in order for it to work and use all of the available features. I constantly have to repair it to my phone for it to work. The feature where you can receive text messages and phone calls and have them displayed on the phone doesn't work either. Had I been told by the employee that was helping me choose, I would have picked something else, because why spend the money on it when I can't use all of the features available? When I contacted fitbit for help about this, to see if there was anything that I could do, or if they planned on updating it so that all phones can be used, I was told that it wasn't their problem and that I should get a phone that works with the fitbit. This is what makes me mad the most. I plan on selling it on ebay in order to buy one that works with my phone and I am able to use all of the features that the tracker comes with.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 2 out of 5 stars

    Alta is not as good as it appears

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    JH12321
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    This is my second Fitbit tracker. I switched to Garmin Vivosmart after having a Fitbit One and now to the Fitbit Alta. I was excited to see the Alta when it was launched because I thought it had similar features as the Vivosmart (except waterproof). It is comfortable to wear and light. The functionality of it however is terrible. Sometimes when you tap the screen it won't come on or you have to tap it really hard. When you receive a notification on your phone you have about 1 second to see it on the Alta and you can flip your wrist to come back up, but that is only right after it has buzzed. There are no stored notifications. It does not show an accurate number of steps. It rounds up. I still like the Fitbit app better than the Garmin app, but I would not recommend buying an Alta if you are looking for something even slightly more than a light wrist activity tracker. The extra features on the Alta don't work well enough to be considered.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend