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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: 4 out of 5 stars

    Accurate and convenient

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    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: 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: 4 out of 5 stars

    good activity monitor

    Posted
    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: 4 out of 5 stars

    More than a basic counter, less than a smart watch

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    EBrown
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    This is a good fitness tracker if you want something to do basic step and sleep tracking. The main reason I got the Alta was for sleep tracking since I couldn't wear my Apple watch while it charged at night. The Alta battery lasts for about 5 days. It does try to automatically log some activities, but doesn't always guess the right activity. The Alta is bulkier than the Jawbone Up 2 or 3, but adds in a small OLED screen that can show the time, current step count, text messages, etc. If it weren't for the poor durability I experienced with the Up 2, I would not have tried the Alta. The other advantage of FitBit's among all other fitness trackers is the wider user base. This makes it more likely that you will have friends to get into step competitions with. It may sound silly, but it's a great motivator to get up and take a short walk each day to beat your friend's step count. The main downside with FitBit is that its app doesn't sync with Apple Health, which allows synchronization of health data across many apps. FitBit also does integrate well with many other apps which have better running and activity tracking classification.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Good Basic Activity Tracker

    Posted
    Nessa
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    I had a Jawbone UP before I bought this fitbit. While I prefer the Jawbone band options, I think most of the offerings are the same or similar enough that it was an easy transition. I do like some of the features on the fitbit that I did not know were part of the tracker until after I had been wearing it for a day or so, like the notifications for text messages and phone calls. While I do not need to be connected to my phone 24/7 like many, I have found that the text notifications have been a nice feature as I can glance at my wrist to see if it is important enough to read the whole thing now or wait until later. Also, I work from home and I can be sedentary for longer than I realise. I love the reminder to get up and at least get in 250 step before the end of the hour. It is a bit clunkier than the Jawbone and not as low profile, which is a small drawback for me. However, I am satisfied over all with this purchase and I would recommend it to someone who wants an activity tracker without all the whistles and bells that won't break the bank.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Excellent Fit Tracker!

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    Cali710
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    I was weary to get a product that had not yet been released and reviewed but so far this band has lived up to everything I expected. I love having a silent alarm in the morning that wakes me and not my partner. The android app makes it easy to track EVERYTHING! The only reason I give this band a 4 star review instead of 5 is because it was a little difficult to set up and I had to play with it a bit before I could get it to connect it to my phone. There is also no guide for set up. I had to search the fitbit website for each separate detail in order to set up notifications for my phone, silent alarms, and how to get it connected to my phone. A quick start guide would have been nice.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Helps my daughter be more active

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    olympicmom
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    We have bought a lot of Fitbits. My 9-year-old daughter's needed to be replaced, so we got her this one. It works great. She is able to set her step goal and watch herself achieve it over the course of the day. When she is a little short of it, she takes an extra walk, so it is helping her move more. The only thing we don't like about it is the lack of a buckle on the wristband. Snapping it closed is a little tricky, and it is not as secure. Also, the band did start discoloring a little on the edges shortly after we got it. Be aware this model does not have a heart rate monitor, which was fine for our daughter. I myself have the Alta HR, which has the heart rate monitor and a buckle on the wristband.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Fantastic device

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    AlSharpTongue
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    I purchased this tracker for my fiancé to replace her Fitbit Charge that she had for a little over a year. The Charge had its perks but was problematic with the band as it fell apart quite often (she went through 3 trackers until she just gave up). Figuring the new design would be a welcome change, she absolutely loves the Fitbit Alta. She has had zero issues so far and is drawn to its simplistic design. Although it would have been even better if it were water resistant at the least, she feels this tracker will do what it was built to do for a long time. The device has a pretty decent battery life and the new charging cable is a pleasant upgrade to the sometimes-annoying connector from the previous versions. The new "Move" alert is pretty cool, ensuring she gets mobile especially since she works in an office setting. As of now, I feel it's rated fairly at 4 stars, but only time will tell if this tracker is worth more or less.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    An Upgrade From My Flex

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    Bababooey
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    I received my new stylish Alta for Mother's Day and I'm really liking it so far. I still have a functioning Fitbit Flex, but this Alta looks much nicer and I'm loving some of the extra features. I've never been a watch wearer, but I can flick my wrist and the time and date pop up. I've learned to rely on it already. The Alta seems to count steps pretty accurately, just not when pushing a stroller or cart, but that's the same as any Fitbit. I love receiving my text and phone alerts. Very convenient when I'm chasing my one year olds to decide whether I need to answer my phone or not. Do not submerse in water. Even for a second. I accidentally did and had to dry it out in rice for days and reboot it. The Flex definitely handles water better. This won't read your heart rate or flights of stairs like the Charge. But I really like the size, look and function of the Alta.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Good for tracking movement, generally

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    JR01
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    I have had this Fitbit for about a month. I have a desk job and while sometimes I get annoyed with the reminders to move my butt (you can turn them off or specify when they happen); I have been encouraged to move more. I am watching my calorie in/outtake and this really helps with that. It also tracks moderate to intense workout times. I have it set up to remind to go to bed and vibrate to wake me up. When the time changed, the reminders did not--even though the time on the device changed (the reminders came at 9:30 instead of 10:30). I reset it and it doesn't wake me up anhour early anymore, but that go to bed reminder is still wonky. Lastly, a few times it's said I walked when I know I didn't. Since it's on your wrist, if you move it or roll around in an office chair, you will wrack up phantom step--not a lot, though. If you have a target (10,000 is default), just be aware.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Good Pedometer

    Posted
    nikkiwalsh
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    I bought this Fitbit for my mom for her birthday. I chose this one because it was the newest style and cheaper than the Charge HR that I have. It works great as a pedometer and I like that it shows your Active Minutes on screen (mine only shows them on the app). However, it is not an HR so there is no heart rate monitor which my mom doesn't seem to mind, but still a downfall. The other thing about this one that I didn't like was how the band secures itself. It uses two balls that fit into holes on the other side and it is a pain in the butt to try and get on by yourself! My Charge HR has a buckle that is infinitely easier to manage. However I am pretty sure you can switch out the bands on this one, so I would suggest buying a new band if you run into the same fastening issues my mom has. I do like the color though and the sleek design.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    I love it but it's not as easy and it's minus some

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    Fitsue
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    I love my Fitbit but it isn't easy to get the info from. It also does not have some of the information my less expensive one had. The man who sold it to me was very nice but wasn't correct with his answers to my questions. I would of purchased a different type. The nerd squad was great but in a hurry and didn't seem to realize that old people need a little extra patience. I left not knowing much about the Fitbit that I purchased. I really love having a Fitbit but your employees need to be more knowledgable about the product they are selling. I don't have 50 words for my review but I can add that the people who worked with me were very nice but didn't give me the correct infirmationorvi would of purchased an easier to use and understand fit bit. Thank you for your time

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Screen Disappoints

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    Katie
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    I was really excited to purchase my first FitBit and I was very happy with it at first. However, after about a day and a half of wearing it, I noticed a pretty significant scratch on the surface of the screen. Are you kidding me?! I can't even recall brushing it up against anything! After I noticed the scratch, I did some research online and found that many other customers complained of the same issues with their other FitBit. I am super disappointed and would warn others of this issue before making their purchase. If the screen scratches that easily, it should come with a protector.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Fitbit Alta is a good fit

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    Virgie

    I purchased the Fitbit Blaze. Yes it had all the bells and whistles. However it was bulky and heavy. Just uncomfortable on the wrist and difficult to remove. I had it 2 1/2 days. It was not very user friendly. On the second day I tried to chang the watch display face and it would not change when it synched. I on line chatted with 2 different people from Fitbit about my problem and they could not resolve it. I ended up doing a total reset. I decided then I did not like the way the Blaze worked. I returned it and got the Alta. Love it. Easier to set up and synch. Much more accurate on steps walking. Only thing it could have added to make it 5 stars would be the heart rate. Fitbit stopped short of 1 function that prevents the Alta from being perfect. But it is close enough to perfect for me.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Handy remind to get up and move

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    Snohocupcake
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    I found my Charge needed to be replaced not so much for the sensor part that still works great but the band was falling apart from use. (had it two years) Since one can't replace the band on the charge I thought it was a perfect time to try a new verison. I purchased the ALTA. The sensor is great to remind you to get up and move during the day. Although I miss the ability to have my alerts from my cell phone for calls go to my fitbit. (kept me from having my phone in my hand all the time) I also miss the counting of stairs throughout my day. I did find I am able to wear other "jewelry with the Alta due to it's slimmer lines. Altough I feel silly wearing two watches sometimes. I would give up the time feature for one of the previous mentioned features and wear a normal watch.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Love the Look and Options....But..

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    bridetobed
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    I like the slender look and the different fashion band options for the Alta. Also the reminder to get up and move after sitting for an hour is nice, we have all got deep into our work and got up with cramps from sitting too long. This Fitbit helps curb that. Very easy to set up, even when i have my other fitbit connected to my devices. It's limitations are activation of the clock face, it takes "quite a few" taps on the face to get the display to come up (quite a few=3 or 4 taps). So far it seems to be getting all my steps although a bit of adjustment when the Alta doesn't count stairs and my charge did. I have yet to be able to hook up the caller Id feature it is suppose to have. Otherwise it's a nice upgrade from the Charge for which there was no replacement bands.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Very nice step tracker

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    DenRen55
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    I received this item as a gift. I had been using a much lower cost step tracker and enjoyed tracking my steps and sleep, but as a lower end unit, there were things that were not as well done as I would have liked. Enter the new FitBit Alta. Since using this item, I really don't have much bad to say about it. This model does not track stairs, or heart rate, but everything else is a homerun. Sleep tracking is automatic, my old unit, you had to turn on sleep tracking, and then turn it back off when you woke up. It also automatically determines when you exercise based on continuous activity. Why it thinks that I'm riding a bike when I mow the lawn, who knows. But overall, this is a great unit. Small size, nice iPhone app, as well as a web page where you can see your stats.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    So far, so good

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    nessmcdo
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    I changed to the fitbit after using the Jawbone for over a year. I really liked the jawbone for size of tracker and small wristband. However, I changed to the fitbit because of the compatibility with other fitness apps and wealth of other options with the fitbit brand. So far, I like how it performs. I like the options that it offers. I do not like the size of the tracker and the bands that you can purchase for use with it. It is a bit bigger and clunkier than the jawbone. It does what I need it to do which is track my movements throughout the day and reminds me to get up from my desk when I've been sitting too long. I just hope it is as durable as I need it to be. I do not want to have to buy another one within 6 months.

    I would recommend this to a friend