Top positive review
10 February 2016
Writing this after using Fitbit Surge for 1 month.
• Tracking tool + Watch. Previously I used iPod nano to track steps & calories which I would often forget to carry - this is with me 24x7
• GPS is accurate – takes a while to connect though
• Automatically detects activities
• Heart rate tracking is helpful (though inaccurate sometime when hairs stick due to sweat)
• Can motivate you to do more - climb floors, walk or run
• Nice intuitive graphs and logs that show progress
• Activity logs can be edited
• Sleep tracker is almost accurate – will have to get used to wearing it all time.
• Daily goals (sleep, burnt calories, steps etc.) and option to edit daily goals is a plus.
• Fitbit sends you weekly status reports over email
• You data is stored centrally on servers so whatever device you use to sync with Fitbit will have the required data
• Historical data can help in tracking better
• Can even help you to track how your heart rate varies when you do different activities. Ex: I could see my heartrate being constant while I drive on highways at constant speeds vs increasing/changing when I drive in city.
• Battery lasts for 3 days - doesn't last for 7 days as claimed (even after turning off - notifications, alarms, classic bluetooth, all time sync & quick view + setting heartrate to auto).
• Monochrome & not the best of looks (when you compare with Samsung Gear s2 or similar)
• Touch screen operation is sometimes painful (esp. when your hands are wet with sweat or water)
• Syncing can be a pain and it can take longer sometimes. Whenever I face any sync issue, I shutdown and restart Fitbit Surge which solves the issue.
• This product supports devices with Bluetooth Low Energy support - this wasn't specified in Amazon. I wasn't aware that my Samsung Galaxy S2 would not connect - tried multiple times, scoured Fitbit's site to find that the device is not supported - they have a PDF on their site showing compatible devices.
• Floor counting goes by the height [commercial buildings might have > 10ft of ceiling height] - Fitbit Surge counts floors in increments of 10ft. You might get more floor counts on commercial buildings.
• Few additional steps are added while you are driving or riding a motorcycle - they can be ignored. Good thing is it doesn't affect your calorie count. You can later create and activity for the time / rename the detected activity which is also good.
• Losing your dongle or recharging cable could cost you more as these are expensive and not available readily
• If your watch’s strap gets damaged, there is no alternative to buy another strap! Either Fitbit has to replace the watch or the watch would just be a paper weight.
Happy overall - I believe the tracking is at least 90% accurate. Definitely helps in motivating to do more physical activities.