Fitbit surge is Fitbit’s first sports tracking watch which is very suitable for those who love working out, running and cycling. Fitbit claims the Surge to be the most advance tracker ever. It has built in optical heart rate sensor and GPS.
Unlike the watches that Fitbit released earlier such as Fitbit Flex and Fitbit Zip, the Surge is not merely a traditional activity tracker band. Fitbit Surge is smarter than any fitness tracker. Although Android wearable such as LG G are not so fashionable to wear, but they put the Surge to shame when it comes to aesthetics.
Design, Display and Build Quality:
Fitbit Surge has a rubber straps which comes in black, blue and tangerine which looks very nice and the plus point is that it is both secure and comfortable to wear. But its display is archaic, drab looking 1.25 inch touchscreen that uses greyish blue numbers and alphabets for its different home screens and menus. On the left side of the watch, it has a solitary button to switch between live mode and function screens. On the right side, it has two buttons to use as selection inputs.
However the physical and capacitive control arrangement of the Fitbit Surge works well, there are no issues in the responsiveness of its touchscreen, and it is very easy to navigate through the Surge’s options and features. LCD has backlight so it can be used in low light or dark as well, you can turn this light on and off as per your desire. If you want to change the display face of this watch you will have to choose between four faces. Stupidly the settings on the Surge limit to backlight, turning on and off Bluetooth, switching on or off notifications, heart rate monitoring options and turning the Surge off.
Activity and Sleep Tracking:
Fitbit Surge measures steps, distance travelled, floors climbed, number of calories burned, elevation and active minutes. The stats are synched with the Fitbit application and are also displayed on the Surge’s display. There is also sleep tracking in the surge. It will automatically calculate your zzzzs while you are asleep. A vibration based silent alarm is also provided in the Surge.
The Surge monitors person’s heart rate 24/7, which is a major feature of the wearable. So you can do detailed bpm training with the surge.
Fitbit surge synchronizes to your smartphone through Bluetooth or your computer through wireless dongle if you do not have access to any android or iOS device. The application allows you to record your additional workouts. You can also use the Fitbit app to change some of your Surge’s settings.
When the Surge was announced we were very excited because the company claimed it to be fitness super watch but now the Surge is only 24/4 heart rate monitoring as its USP. Its functions are incredibly basic. However as an everyday activity tracker it is a great tool but the price of $249 would be too much for something like this.