Fitbit Charge 3 Review – Best Fitness Tracker to Buy in 2019

Fitbit Charge 3 Price & Release Date Australia

No matter if smartwatches are getting publicized intensively, but there is still plenty to be said when it comes to fitness trackers. The recently launched Fitbit Charge 3 in Australia is indeed a solid upgrade from Fitbit Charge 2. Though it’s not really different in terms of design, a biggest screen with an actual touchscreen response so fast to swipe and taps is a massive improvement.

This is swim-proof and interestingly, offering quite a few fully-baked modes and features which are making it more useful for people who enjoy a variety of exercises.

Very much like Apple, Fitbit is thinking outside basic activity-tracking as well as notifications to give users more insights into their health. It’s a step in that direction – although features related to health aren’t ready for primetime. Let’s find out more in Fitbit Charge 3 Review in Australia below.

Fitbit Charge 3 Release Date

The Fitbit Charge 3 Release Date in Australia isn’t known, for now. However, in other countries, it’s now available from Fitbit itself or so many other 3rd party retailers. The Australian audience normally gets their hands on every gadget after a while and unfortunately, Fitbit Charge 3 is no exception.

The Fitbit Charge 3 in the UK has officially been launched and available now from Fitbit Store and quite a few online retailers such as John Lewis, Argos, Amazon UK, and others. The Fitbit Charge 3 in the US is available as well from Fitbit Store as well as Best Buy, Target and Amazon.com.

Fitbit Charge 3 Price

Price-wise, Fitbit Charge 3 Price in Australia is also undecided but putting an educated guess wouldn’t be wrong. This is most likely to set users back AU$229.5 as it’s available at £129.99 in the UK and at $149.95 in the US.

The Fitbit Charge 3 Special Edition Price in the UK is little higher – £149.99 which after conversion comes to around $169.95 in the US and $269.95 in Australia.

The classic bands are being offered by Fitbit from £19.99/$29.95 and AU$49.95 whereas sports bands set users back £24.99/$29.95/AU$49.95. Besides, one can get their hands on Fitbit Charge 3 Leather Bands as well which start from eye-watering £59.99/$49.95/AU$69.95.

What’s New?

Massive 7 Days Battery Life: With Charge 3, now you can easily sail through almost a week on a single charge – even with routine workouts.

Biggest Screen: The highly responsive screen is now 30% bigger as compared to Charge 2. That makes viewing information a lot easier.

Swim-Tracking Arrives: Interestingly, it’s water-resistant – very much unlike its predecessors. Hence you can track pool workouts.

New Sensor for Sleep Insights: It’s backed by a SpO2 sensor to alert users enrolled in a Fitbit Sleep Score Beta program in case one experiences breathing disturbances.

Connected GPS: This Fitbit Charge 3 now rapidly latches on to your smartphone’s GPS. But built-in antennas would be more convenient.

Fitbit Charge 3 Design and Display

Talking about Fitbit Charge 3 Design first, it’s more curved than Fitbit Charge 2. It’s made of aluminum and also 20% lighter. You could really feel a difference when holding both Charge 2 and Charge 3. The pebble is made of aluminum instead of steel and is very lightweight. The major change is an individual rather than a physical button – marked only by an indentation.

The screen is now 30% bigger and entirely touchscreen instead of only being able to react to taps. This enables users to easily scroll side to side, up and down through more detailed menus.

The Fitbit Charge 3 Display comes in handy. Thanks to 30% biggest screen, now you can read entire messages and notifications without having to follow the side-scrolling text. You can also open numerous apps at the same time.

The predecessor Charge 2 was more of a tap-screen, now it’s much easier to swipe up on the home screen to view all of those metrics and rapidly scroll through them. Well, it doesn’t come with full-color screen – however, animations and texts come in 16 different shades of grey.

Fitbit Charge 3 Specs

  • Dimensions: 38 x 18.3 x 11.8 mm
  • Charging: USB
  • Battery: Up to 7 Days (Lithium-polymer)
  • Water-Resistance: 5 ATM
  • Weight: 29 grams
  • Sensors: Optical Heart Rate Tracker, 3-Axis Accelerometer, Altimeter, SpO2, and Vibration Motor
  • Display: OLED Full Touchscreen, TFT
  • Screen Size: 696 sq. mm
  • Color: Multiple
  • GPS: Connected-GPS
  • Smartphone Notifications: Yes
  • Others: Guided Breathing, Female Health Tracking

The other Fitbit Charge 3 Specifications include massive and impressive battery life, fully waterproof and connected-GPS. Taking a start from battery life, Fitbit has claimed that it can easily run for up to 7 days with light usage on a single charge. That’s an important improvement as it’s a tracker you’re going to want to wear to get the best metrics out of it. Making a comparison, Apple Watch Series 4 hardly makes it through 2 days and so is next to unusable for sleep measurements, isn’t it?

This Charge 3 has now joined Fitbit Flex 2, Versa and Ionic as waterproof up to 50 meters. Hence swimming and showering are no longer an issue and it can record laps and distance in a pool. Also, the total duration of your swim.

Furthermore, it’s a connected-GPS only that means you will be needing to carry your smartphone along if you want to record your route.

Fitbit Charge 3 Mobile App

Obviously, a Mobile App is one of the major benefits of choosing Fitbit as you can go to see more detail about your overall health as well as fitness. Not only this, but it also lets indicates the historical fitness stats you have achieved. The Mobile App is also offering users Adventure Races (for instance, where you can walk or run) and different challenges to have with friends.

The Good

  • 30% biggest screen
  • Gorgeous and lighter design
  • SpO2 sensor’s sleep analysis potential
  • Touchscreen display

The Bad

  • Not an excellent for heart rate
  • No onboard GPS
  • Fitbit App is a little bit confusing
  • Monochrome screen

Should You Buy? The Fitbit Charge 3 is an excellent choice if you are after an activity tracker and do consider yourself a casual exerciser (works out once or twice in a week). However, Fitbit has an extensive range of wearable all aimed at different types of individuals. Therefore, it’s better to do some research before you get your hands on one. For instance, if you aren’t in search of Swim Tracking, you better buy Fitbit Alta HR.

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