Sports and Fitness January 8, 2022
I have been using the Fitbit Charge 4 for the last year a device I have been very pleased with that has come along with me on every run, although not as many runs as I should have gone on, alas the life of a father with a seven month old. I was very excited to take a look at the Fitbit Charge 5 and upgrade my model.
Upon opening the box of my new Fitbit Charge 5 I am greeted with the device itself linked to a small size band, a spare large band and a charging cable. The device itself is a thing of beauty with its AMOLED screen that is twice as bright as my Charge 4, I love the curved lines of the Gorilla Glass 3 Lens and they have done a really good job on this.
You get on-board GPS for tracking runs without a watch, an EDA (electrodermal activity) sensor for measuring stress responses, contactless payments, sleep tracking, excellent heart rate monitoring, and sleep monitoring – all presented in a neat interface that’s intuitive and simple to use, even if you’ve never owned a Fitbit device before. The Readiness Score feature that wasn’t available at launch is now available, however Fitbit has dropped the Spotify support that allowed you to control playlists through the Charge 4. The lack of music is a shame since the Charge 5 is designed with workouts in mind and for me that was one of the features I loved the most about the Charge 4, I do hope they bring this back with an update.
I found the new infinity band really comfortable and breathable and I can wear this all the time, whereas with the Charge 4 I used to take it off at night as I did find it uncomfortable after a while. I have decided to replace my Charge 4 with the Charge 5, but I am really hoping they will bring back the Spotify support in the next patch update. RRP £169.99
- Sleek new design
- Comfortable band
- On board GPS
- EDA Sensor
- Contactless payments
- Sleep tracking
- Heart rate monitoring
- Sleep monitoring
- Readiness score
- No Spotify controls