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Fitbit's Alta is a fashion-oriented fitness tracker that can receive call and text notifications

Fitbit's Alta is a fashion-oriented fitness tracker that can receive call and text notifications
Fitbit, the world's largest wearable manufacturer by units sold, has just announced its first fashion-oriented fitness tracker. 

Called Fitbit Alta, the new device is already available for pre-order at the price of $129, which is exactly what the company currently asks for the FitBit Charge, a tracker which the Alta appears to replace.

Right off the bat, one of the main differences between the old Fitbit Charge and the new Alta is the design. Like many other Fitbit trackers, the Charge adopts bright colors and rubbery bands for an overall more playful look. In contrast, the Alta also comes with optional leather ($59) and metal ($99) bands. 

Sure, the Fitbit Alta also comes with a few colored plastic band options, but those who want to disguise their fitness tracker into a bracelet can now do so with the Fitbit Charge. 


Another major change that Fitbit Alta brings compared to the Charge is the inclusion of a full OLED touchscreen that users can tap to get information such as the time, the activity progress, and the call alerts. The Charge also came with an OLED panel, but the scrolling was done through a dedicated hardware button. 

While useful, the touchscreen will take a slight toll on the battery life; the Alta is listed with a five-day battery life, a downgrade compared to the Charge's autonomy of seven to ten days on a charge.

Speaking of notifications, the Alta can receive notifications such as text and calendar alerts from a paired iPhone, Windows Phone or Android smartphone. Furthermore, the tracker will also send out Apple Watch-like inactivity alerts, kindly suggesting a step goal to avoid sedentarism.

Another neat upgrade is Fitbit's new smart tracking feature, which the Alta uses to automatically detect when the user has started an exercise. While not earth-shattering, these are notable features that the Charge didn't have.

While the leather and metal band options will surely be appreciated by the fashion crowd, it remains to be seen if the Fitbit Alta will actually be commercially successful with this customer segment. Other fashionable fitness trackers such as the Misfit Ray, several Jawbone models, or the Withings Activite Pop arguably do a better job of passing off as actual accessories than the Fitbit Alta. On the other hand, however, none of these trackers offer digital displays to be used for activity information and notification delivery.

What do you guys think of the new Fitbit Alta?

source: Fitbit

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posted on 03 Feb 2016, 13:10

1. o0Exia0o (Posts: 895; Member since: 01 Feb 2013)


Actually yes I am interested in the Fitbit Alta now that Garmin has F'ed up their Connect app. I have a Garmin Vivosmart that used to link seamlessly to my phone but now Garmin has F*CK3D that up by making it so the app and the Vivosmart wont link if the GPS location on my phone is disabled. WTF GARMIN???? So now to get the Vivosmart to link to my phone I have to toggle the location on and off otherwise I keep getting an annoying pop-up that says that Garmin Connect requires that device location services in order to work. That's B$ that it has worked just fine for the last 6 months only to be told because I don't want location services on all the time that I cant use the device that I paid $135.... Garman can kiss my business good-bye....

posted on 03 Feb 2016, 13:28 1

2. Landon (Posts: 396; Member since: 07 May 2015)


That's s**tty on their part. I have the Fenix 3 and everything works well except that when I have my bluetooth on on my phone, it slows down my wifi connection terribly to the point where I have to turn bluetooth off (causing the Fenix 3 to be disconnected from my phone). I don't think it's a Garmin problem but it's annoying nonetheless.

posted on 03 Feb 2016, 18:19

4. ElixieR (Posts: 44; Member since: 01 May 2013)


I love my Vivosmart as notifications device beside fitness device since i've been using an iphone but sadly the range connection is mediocre. If this is new Fitbit Alta is better i'll def concider it!

posted on 03 Feb 2016, 23:51

7. SuperMaoriBro (Posts: 522; Member since: 23 Jun 2012)


vivosmart owner here, I dont have location turned on and mine connects fine, just did an update last night to, no issues, hopefully it doesn't decide to do what yours is doing cause I'd be annoyed too. I got mine on sale for $80 :)

posted on 03 Feb 2016, 14:34

3. surethom (Posts: 605; Member since: 04 Mar 2009)


Very nice but still fitbit sleep tracker is terrible it just tracks time asleep unlike microsoft &Jawbone UP that tracts light, deep & rem sleep, come on fitbit you are almost there.

posted on 03 Feb 2016, 19:19

6. joevsyou (Posts: 683; Member since: 28 Feb 2015)


it tracks awake, restless, and then sleep. So i assume sleep is good and restless is is your light sleep rolling around

I don't know how they are going to track light, deep and rem?

posted on 03 Feb 2016, 19:15

5. joevsyou (Posts: 683; Member since: 28 Feb 2015)


android users I highly recommend the app () bitticker notifications. This app is $2.40 HOWEVER it's a app that pushes ALL notifications from any app of your choice through, not just text/calls. Also it has a down time mode that you can set a time where it stops pushing them through that way you can sleep in peace.

posted on 04 Feb 2016, 00:00

8. jauling (Posts: 44; Member since: 13 Feb 2015)


Why not e-ink? These single digit day battery life devices really tick me off. My fitbit charge battery is annoying enough!

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