Fitbit Alta, Simple and Sleek

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The Fitbit Alta is one of the latest activity trackers from Fitbit. It is a basic tracker with the functions similar to the Fitbit Flex.

The update this device received was style. The device itself has a small touch screen, and the band is a little sleeker and fashionable than the older FitBit Flex.

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The activity tracking includes:

  • Steps
  • Calories Burned
  • Distance
  • Active Minutes
  • Sleep
  • Phone notifications
  • And the ability to track exercise

 

The device itself has a small touch screen, and the band is a little sleeker and fashionable than the older FitBit Flex.

It does not count floors and it is not waterproof. Fitbit says it is splash proof, but they do not IMG_1327recommend wearing it in the shower.

There are optional bands you can switch out to give your tracker a personal touch. They are on the expensive side. The leather strap is $60 and the metal band which looks like a bracelet will set you back $100. The tracker itself along with a silicone band is $130, so the accessory bands seem out of proportion to the price. But, I am sure they will sell.

This Fitbit Alta looks really nice on the wrist. I have included some pictures of it with my Pandora jewelry. It mixes in well with the bracelet stack if you like that kind of look.

IMG_1325The screen is a little difficult to read, especially with phone notifications. They scroll across the screen, so you have to wait until the scroll begins and then follow along. When I get a phone call, the phone is done ringing  by the time I figure out who it is on the small screen.

It does have a clock, which is a nice feature if you don’t wear a watch. It is supposed to turn on when you turn to look at your wrist, but sometimes I have to be aggressive with my wrist flick in order to get it to turn on.

Some people have complained about the strength of the vibration, feeling it is a little weak. I didn’t experience that, but it may vary from tracker to tracker.

If you are looking for a simple tracker that looks nice, feminine and you don’t need a lot of bells and whistles, the Fitbit Alta is a good choice.

Otherwise, if you want more details, and don’t mind something a little larger, the Garmin Vivosmart HR is worth checking out.

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