As its name suggests, Fitbit Alta now has heart rate sensors. The new Fitbit Alta HR costs around twenty dollars more than the regular Fitbit Alta and is about the same price of the Fitbit Charge 2 which is a whole other wristband.
Slim design and looks exactly like the last year Alta, same tap sensitive screen but one thing that’s different about it on the underside is the strap. The last year’s Alta had a series of holes where you can snap in to close it, while the Alta HR comes with more of a traditional railroad style strap.
The good thing about the Fitbit Alta HR is that it’s one of the more attractive Fitbit’s out there. You can see how people might mistake this for a bracelet, not a clunky activity tracker which is nice. On the downside, it’s one of the more basic Fitbit. I mean it’s not like the kind of fitness band that you would use if you’re going out for an intense exercise. It comes with basic features like track steps, calories burn & distance and does track sleep. So, it’s just your everyday activity tracker.
So, why would Fitbit add heart rate sensors to this tracker? Well, you can check your heart rate throughout the day and also get your resting heart right now if you wear the Fitbit to bed which is considered to be a key baseline metric for your overall heart health.
At sleep part, Fitbit is now doing more advanced sleep tracking not just with the Alta but with a few of its other wristbands as well. So, this means you can use your smartphone and go into the app after you’ve wake up and you can see your different sleep stages in a way that you couldn’t see it before. The app is also giving you insights around your sleep like how you sleep during the week compared to the weekends or how that informs other key metrics in your health.
A few things to know about the Fitbit Alta HR, it does have some automatic exercise recognition technology which means if you go for a brisk walk or an intense run it’s going to pick up on that but you can’t start or stop exercises. It doesn’t have GPS to see real-time run stats like pace and distance, it’s just using an accelerometer. However, it’s cool that the Alta now has heart rate sensors but it’s not like the most innovative new Fitbit which we’ve seen.
So should you buy the Fitbit Alta HR? If you are one of those people who bought the Alta last year, love that activity tracking wristband and you’ve said to yourself this is great but I really need heart rate tracking, then this is for you and you should be really happy. But if you’re looking for more tense exercise tracking, want to stop and start, want to track your runs, your cycling, your swims and all that other stuff this is not for you.
- Get the power of continuous heart rate in Fitbit’s slimmest design yet-all day, during workouts and beyond
- With heart rate, you can better measure calorie burn, and use zones (Fat Burn, Cardio, and Peak) to find the right workout intensity for your goals.
- With sleep stages powered by PurePulse heart rate, automatically track your time spent in light, deep and REM sleep and take steps toward a better night’s rest.
- See how working out more can improve your health by comparing your resting heart rate trends to your activity.
- Automatically track your steps, distance, calories burned and active minutes with up to 7 days of battery life