In terms of looks, the Fitbit Alta is definitely a keeper. In fact, it’s one of the best-looking fitness bands to-date. However, it does not totally redefine the whole category. If you already own other activity trackers, such as the Jawbone UP2 or the company’s own Fitbit Charge, or even a smartwatch with fitness tracking capabilities such as the Moto 360 Sport, then this one won’t offer a whole lot for you to change devices.
The Fitbit Alta May be Useful, But it Doesn’t Offer a Lot
The Fitbit Alta continues the basic design that the company dons on their wearable tech, and to be quite frank, it works really well. It will wrap around your wrist with the use of a rubberized strap which can be clipped and unclipped due to the use of a clever release mechanism.
Connecting the two parts of the whole device together is a 1.4-inch, 128 x 36-pixel OLED screen. Even though this is not the first Fitbit you may have seen that does sport an actual display, the Alta’s is certainly nicer and a lot easier to read than that of the Fitbit Charge.
When talking about the removable band, it does add a bit more customizabiltiy to the equation. Even though previous Fitbit wearable techs are already available for purchase in varous colors and hues, the ability to switch out the straps for the more fashion-centric fitness individual is always welcome for the Alta.
What impresses most about this particular fitness tracker is its overall simplicity. There are many activity trackers that focus more on fashion than on function, and there are those that would want to act on a whole lot more than just tracking your exercise regimens (and would fail at it). Just like any good fitness tracker, this particular one from Fitbit will be able to keep an eye on the steps you make, the distance, time travelling, and how many calories you’ve burned off. Aside from this, it does present a couple of neat tricks up its sleeve.
To start, the Fitbit Alta will automatically start tracking when it senses a sudden change in movement which would then automatically turn on its workout mode. This feature does exceedingly well as when you start your morning jog, you don’t have to fiddle around with the wearable to get to the right menu as it will automatically do it for you. There’s also automatic sleep tracking on it as well. But when it’s all said and done, it is quite sad that its overall simplicity might also be its ultimate downfall as there are some who would want more on this, even just a tiny bit.