The pandemic has undoubtedly changed how people around the world live. In fact, a study found that the strict lockdown measures implemented across the country brought about significant lifestyle changes, including unhealthy snacking and much less physical activity. Consequently, these issues have led to a reported increase in sedentary habits, weight gain, and anxiety levels.
A year later, and better physical health ranks extremely high among the public’s priorities. That is why many are trying to take steps towards improving their wellness.
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This is what Fitbit had in mind when they developed the Fitbit Charge 5. The next-generation fitness wearable aims to guide users on their personal fitness journeys, while also considering how mentally prepared they are to take on the day.
Design and Display
The Fitbit Charge 5 boasts a new design. It now features a thicker, stainless steel case with curved edges on its gold bezel. Its subtle colors take great inspiration from nature. Although it comes with the standard solid silicone Infinity Band, users can easily swap it for different types, including a breathable sport band and Horween® leather band.
It also comes with a full-color AMOLED screen that is not only 10% bigger, but also twice as bright as the Charge 4’s display. The display changes depending on the current lighting conditions thanks to its ambient light sensor. With its Always-On Display mode, it is easy to track your progress no matter what the light.
True to its commitment towards holistic health, the Charge 5 has a host of new fitness features, with some exclusive to its Fitbit Premium subscribers. Its “Daily Readiness Experience” notification, for example, informs users on what they should prioritize for the day, whether it is exercise or recovery. This recommendation is based on their fitness fatigue, heart rate variability, and recent sleep data. Then they will receive recommended workouts plus a personalized Active Zone Minutes goal for the day. Plus, with its built-in GPS tracker, exercising outside is super easy.
The wearable can check heart rate and blood oxygen with its ECG sensor, too. It also tracks sleep quality and stress levels through changes in the skin’s conductivity.
It has a smart alarm feature, too, that wakes up the user at their optimal sleep stage with quiet vibrations on their wrist.
Beyond promoting health and wellness, Fitbit Charge 5 also promises convenience. Its swipe and tap-based navigation feature allow users to view their Health Metrics dashboard, make contactless payments, and control their smartphones. They can easily change the watch face to suit their needs, as well.
Despite all these features, it has a great battery life, thanks to the printed circuit board (PCB) being used in it. The PCB’s layout is efficiently routed so that the smartwatch and its power supply filter design enable the power to be maximized, allowing the device to last 7 days without needing to be charged. Furthermore, the charging issue found in the Fitbit Versa earlier this year is no longer an issue for recent models like the Charge 5.
The Fitbit Charge 5 is available now for pre-order online and it’s priced at $180, which includes a six-month Fitbit Premium membership for both new and returning customers.