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Okay, let’s be honest. Wearing an activity tracker on your wrist is never going to be particularly fashion forward. But the good news is that Fitbit definitely seem to be moving away from their original big, clunky trackers (that practically screamed ‘look at me, I’m trying to get fit!’), and are coming up with sleeker, subtler designs.

So what do you get when you mix sleep tracking, tap display smart notifications, Fitibt smart tracking technology and a rather swank range of accessory bands? The Fitbit Alta, of course…

 

Still a Fitbit

The Fitbit Alta is currently the slimmest tracker in the range. Think the Flex but a little more streamlined, if that makes sense. Most importantly, it’s more understated than the Charge HR or Blaze, so if you like that sort of thing then you’re onto a winner with the Fitbit Alta. It’s almost stylish!

While the Alta may not look like a Fitbit, it’s still very much a part of the family. I like to think of it as the Khloe Kardashian of the Fitbit range (while also swearing blind I don’t know who the Kardashians are). What I mean by this is that it’s still got all those things we love about Fitbit trackers, and it’s unfortunately still got all those little annoying aspects, too. The Alta still has a pretty incredible OLED display which is arguably one of the best things about the trackers, it uses Bluetooth 4.0 to pop up text and call notifications right there on your wrist, and it’s got a battery life (up to 5 days) that puts smartphones to shame.

However no matter how nice it looks, it’s also still got that frustrating little clasp that adds an extra 15 minutes to your early morning routine! So there’s that.

 

Running with the Big Kids

Fitbit Alta was introduced shortly after the Fitbit Blaze, and the Fitbit Charge HR, both of which are considered to be among some of the best activity trackers on the market right now.

So how does the Alta hold up? Does it do as much as the Charge and the Blaze? Honestly… no. But with an RRP of less than £100, we’ve got to expect that we’re not going to be getting a top-of-the-range product here. You get what you pay for, and honestly we’re not getting too bad a deal here. The Fitbit Alta won’t tell you how many floors you’ve climbed (but come on, it’s not exactly hard to keep track yourself!), and it won’t continuously monitor your heart rate with the standard Alta (for approx. £20 more, there’s the Fitbit Alta HR for that), but otherwise the Alta can pretty much hold its own amongst the ‘big boys’. We’ve still got steps, calories, and distance, active minutes, sleep tracking (slightly more detailed on the Alta HR), notifications, and all that jazz.

 

Keeping up with the Jones’

With the Fitbit Alta, we can clearly see Fitbit desperately trying to keep up by including a ‘tap’ display and wrist rotation – features that are becoming increasingly popular on smartphones. So do they work? Well, they work about as well as they do on smartphones which is…. Ok-ish. Honestly, these features are handy, and they’re great when they work, but unfortunately that’s very intermittent. It’s like these features need to wait for the planets to align. There have been times I’ve given up trying to get the tap display to work and there’s been times when it’s come on instantly from a double tap. There’s been times when I’ve felt very business-like simply flipping my wrist to activate the clock, and other times when I’ve practically had to flail my arms about to get it to work. It’s touch and go, but mainly go.

 

A Bit of (Light) Rain on the Parade

If you’ve been on the edge of your seat waiting for Fitbit to introduce a waterproof activity tracker, then you’re going to be more disappointed than that time you paid out to see Spectre (I know, I know, but it’s no Goldfinger, is it?). Fitbit have been pretty good at regularly introducing new additions to their tracker range, and every time they do there’s always a tiny glimmer of hope that this will be ‘the one’. Not this time, I’m afraid. Like the other Fitbit trackers before it, the Fitbit Alta is ‘water-resistant’, which means it’s not going to pop its clogs if it gets a bit splashed, but it probably won’t survive a dip in the pool.

 

Yay or Nay?

On the whole, the Fitbit Alta is a welcome addition to the Fitbit family. It’s actually pretty accurate which is the most important thing you want from an activity tracker, but it’s also got a lot of other good points that make it a pretty good buy. You can’t argue with its design – it looks great. It’s features aren’t that far off what you get with the more expensive models like the Charge HR and the Blaze, and for the price you really can’t go wrong especially with the introduction of the Fitbit HR which can monitor your heart rate. Fitbit haven’t let themselves down here. They’ve done a pretty decent job.

What’s in the Box

  • Removable Fitbit Alta or Fitbit Alta HR Tracker
  • Classic Wristband (leather and metal wristbands and casings are available separately)
  • Charging Cable
  • Wireless Sync Dongle

Fitbit Alta
Think Fitbit Flex but a little more streamlined and a little bit fancier thanks to its OLED display.
Design71%
Usability80%
Battery Life77%
Features75%
76%Overall Score
Reader Rating: (11 Votes)
44%