Fitbit needs you to know that now, greater than ever, it makes a mannequin that may match your style. The Alta is the favored health tracker firm’s newest try to achieve the final remaining few holdouts who have not been offered on its earlier efforts, just like the Fitbit Cost HR and Fitbit Surge.
[Replace: Since this evaluate was written we have seen the discharge of the Cost 2, Flex 2, the Ionic smartwatch in addition to the Alta HR that’s similar to this health tracker however comes with coronary heart price monitoring tech packed in as nicely. Earlier than you resolve the Alta is for you, we advocate checking our Alta HR evaluate too.]
What units the Alta aside from the fleet of Fitbits? Its appears, primarily. It is a transfer ahead for the corporate, however not achieved with out trying again on its previous. The Alta is a refined iteration of the older Fitbit Zip and Fitbit One, every of which home a modular, thus detachable, sensor.
Clearly influenced by the massive influence that extra stylish wearables are making within the tech and trend scenes, Fitbit’s Alta would possibly appear to be a “me too” health tracker on the floor. However can it stand by itself?
Nicely, certain. This health tracker nails the look and it has the pretty dependable Fitbit app to fall again on, as nicely. Out of the field, it provides correct step monitoring, tremendous sturdy battery life and simple train and exercise monitoring.
Like most wearables, you’re the one in command of how a lot you wring out of the monitoring expertise. In the case of Fitbit’s Alta, you possibly can intently hold watch on every motion, second of relaxation, and each day weight, then set objectives to enhance upon every. However, you do not have to.
The Alta scales properly to each entry-level and extra hardcore customers, with a dead-simple person interface (no buttons, simply contact) and unbelievable battery life. SmartTrack, the brand new automated train recognition characteristic, saves a visit to the telephone to queue a exercise. It is also customizable (at a further value,) so even the fashionistas can monitor in fashion.
Fitbit Alta worth and launch date
On the draw back of issues, it is a restricted expertise, particularly when in comparison with some earlier Fitbit fashions. Gone is the center price monitoring discovered within the Cost HR and the GPS perform of the Surge. However, contemplating the Alta’s extra inexpensive worth launch worth of $129 (£99, AU$199), it is clear that its existence is not meant to cannibalize what Fitbit’s different fashions have going for them.
The value has additionally dropped because the Alta was first launched, and we have seen it as little as $70/£70. Sadly the worth does not appear to have dropped a lot in Australia although.
The unique Alta got here out in February 2016, but it surely was quickly usurped by the Fitbit Alta HR that got here out a little bit over a yr later. At first we thought Fitbit would cease stocking the Alta in favor of the Alta HR, however each are nonetheless on sale by the producer’s web site and a wide range of third-party web sites.
Within the small module, Fitbit included an oblong OLED show that places up a no-frills, bi-colored visible presentation.
The Alta –regardless of its fancy appears– is a reasonably primary tracker, and the show is a mirrored image of that, however nonetheless supplies easy-to-read, bite-sized snippets of data. It could be a limitation of the tech, however the Fitbit app conceals this wearable’s weak point with a minimalistic person interface.
To activate the Alta from standby mode, faucet the display twice or simply flip your wrist such as you would to verify a watch. Both command will push the time and date, wrapped in any one of many few vertical or horizontally-oriented watch faces you have chosen within the Fitbit companion app.
From right here, faucet as soon as to flip the web page and present one other metric, like energy burned. There are 4 pages in complete to navigate by till you cycle again once more to the time and date. In my expertise, you must make a really concerted “tap” motion to get any type of response from the Alta. Even then, I discovered it laborious to reliably get outcomes switching between pages.