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The Fitbit Charge 5 replaces the outstanding Charge 4 fitness tracker in the Google-owned company’s fitness tracking lineup.

It’s smarter and has more capabilities than the attractive Fitbit Luxe, but its fitness tracker form factor puts it behind smartwatches like the Versa 3 and the top-of-the-line Sense.

The Charge 5, on the other hand, combines some of the best features from throughout the Fitbit lineup into a single device, making it a highly enticing option. Is it worth your money? Let’s find out.

 

Fitbit Charge 5 Specs

 

  • Display: AMOLED
  • Screen size: 0.86 X 0.58 inches
  • Resolution: 326 PPI
  • Built-in GPS: Yes
  • Heart rate monitor: Yes
  • SpO2 monitor: Yes
  • ECG monitor: Yes
  • Fitbit pay: Yes
  • On-board music storage: No
  • Weight: 0.98oz
  • Size: 1.4 inches L x 0.89 inches W x 0.44 inches D
  • Battery life: 7 days
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Design

In comparison to its predecessor, the Fitbit Charge 5 has a significantly improved design. It has a softer aesthetic than the Charge 4, with a smooth, curved body and a matte stainless steel finish replacing the angles and plastic of the Charge 4.

The Fitbit Charge 5 features a premium and beautiful finish, similar to the Fitbit Luxe – except it’s larger and the Luxe is glossy rather than matte. You want to wear it on your wrist because it has a slender and modest profile that looks right in place.

There are no buttons; instead, the controls are handled by a color AMOLED always-on touchscreen display. The screen is bright and responsive, though it might, like the Fitbit Luxe, make better use of the available space – it’s not edge-to-edge with minimal bezels like the Apple Watch, for example.

The Charge 5’s standard silicone strap – we got the Graphite/Black – is gorgeous and classy, making it quite pleasant to wear both day and night. The straps are easily interchangeable if you want something a little more sophisticated, and the mechanism is located on the bottom of the body, as is typical of Fitbit devices.

The optical heart rate sensor is likewise located on the underside of the Charge 5’s body, flush with the casing, so it won’t bite into your wrist like it did on previous Charge models. The charging connectors are also there, and the Charge 5 has its own charging cradle, as do all Fitbit devices (the same one as the Fitbit Luxe).

 

Features

The Fitbit Charge 5 comes with all of the standard features that you’d expect from a fitness tracker. Heart rate, sleep, automated exercise monitoring, 20 workout modes, step tracking, distance, and elevation recording are all included.

More importantly, the Charge 5 includes an electrodermal activity app (EDA), which measures your body’s response to stress, as well as SpO2 blood oxygen monitoring, skin temperature tracking, and breathing rate tracking, which is where this tracker shines by combining the best features from other Fitbit devices.

There’s also a built-in GPS for tracking (something the Fitbit Luxe lacks), a Cardio Fitness Level, 50-meter water resistance, NFC for Fitbit Pay, and smartphone notifications. The notifications are confined to presenting information rather than allowing you to do anything with it, but they are still valuable.

However, music control is one function that the Charge 5 lacks. The Charge 4 had Spotify control, but not during workouts, and the Charge 5 does not have it. To some, it won’t make a difference, but it was handy to have and it’s unfortunate to see it gone.

 

Performance

In terms of performance, the Fitbit Charge 5 is unquestionably one of the greatest fitness trackers available. In our opinion, the Charge 5’s sleep tracking is excellent – far better than most – and it keeps up with devices three times its price in terms of heart rate tracking.

During our testing, we wore it alongside the Apple Watch Series 6, and while the flagship Fitbit Sense struggled at higher intensities, the Charge 5 performed admirably. Its readings differed by a few beats per minute from the Watch Series 6, but overall, the two devices are on par, which is excellent.

The Charge 5, like the Fitbit Luxe, can’t quite compete on the smartwatch front, but it does provide comparable numbers at the end of various exercises, such as average heart rate, maximum heart rate, and calories burnt.

We said that the Charge 5 has 20 exercise modes, which seems like a lot, but we wish Fitbit had gone a little farther here. For example, there is no indoor cycling option, which seems like a very normal one to leave out, especially for gym-goers. The Charge 5 falls short when compared to the Apple Watch Series 6, for example.

However, the Charge 5’s battery life is excellent. It claims to last seven days – or five hours if you use GPS nonstop – and it does so with ease. While it’s rare to be able to wear a device all day and measure activity while also lets you wear it to bed each night to track sleep for an entire week, the Charge 5 does just that.

 

Software

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One of the best things about Fitbit gadgets is that they are simple to navigate and utilize. A slide down from the top of the screen brings up settings and Fitbit Pay, while a swipe up from the bottom brings up daily statistics, and a sideways swipe brings up alerts, EDA scan, alarms, and exercise shortcuts.

The AMOLED display provides the essentials, but the Fitbit app is where you’ll find a breakdown of all your numbers and their meaning. Some of the finest features, such as more in-depth sleep information, are only available with Fitbit Premium, although the basics are still available without paying.

The Charge 5 comes with a six-month Premium trial so you can determine if you utilize those features enough to justify the monthly fee. In a separate piece, we go through Fitbit Premium and all it has to offer.

We enjoy utilizing the Fitbit platform in general. The software is incredibly user-friendly, and the data is abundant – but it is presented in an easily digestible way, which is ideal for any user.

 

Conclusion

The Fitbit Charge 5 is a fantastic fitness tracker. We enjoyed the Fitbit Luxe, which was smaller and more fashionable, but the Charge 5 builds on that with features like built-in GPS and Fitbit Pay, as well as introducing some of the best functions from the Fitbit Sense, such as stress management.

The quality design looks great on the wrist and is also quite comfortable to wear, with long battery life. It’s not often that you get a week’s worth of use from an activity tracker, day or night – though this isn’t always the case if you undertake longer GPS activities – but the Charge does.

It’s not perfect, though, as several functions are missing at launch, the smartphone notifications aren’t particularly useful, and the exercise options available should be improved. However, the Charge 5’s fitness tracking, sleep tracking, and heart rate tracking compete with gadgets costing more than twice as much.

The Fitbit Charge 5 isn’t the cheapest Fitbit on the market, but it is, in our opinion, the best of the bunch, with a superb mix of functionality, aesthetics, and battery life.

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