As the successor to the Fitbit Charge 2, the new fitness tracker features a touchscreen OLED display, smartwatch capabilities, enhanced fitness features, and more.
Here’s everything you need to know about the Fitbit Charge 3. You can check out our Fitbit Charge 3 hands-on for a more in-depth look at the smartwatch.
With the Charge 3, you’re able to receive smartphone app notifications to your device from apps like Facebook, Uber, and more. In the latest Fitbit update, Android users can now send quick replies, by tapping the “reply” option underneath the text message. Quick replies allow users to send up to five custom or pre-populated replies that are 60 characters or fewers. As for iPhone users, Apple has a closed ecosystem so users will only be able to view text messages but won’t be able to send replies. Overall, the Charge 3 is compatible with Android and iOS devices. Windows compatibility is coming soon. You can also now accept or reject calls straight from the device.
The Charge 3 also includes built-in apps like Alarms, Timer, and Weather. In a future update, you’ll have the Fitbit Leaderboard and Calendar available on the device as well. You can access all of your notifications by simply swiping down on the display.
Fitbit says a select number of popular brand apps will also be added to the device in the future. The company is remaining tight-lipped on exactly which ones that’ll be. But in the past, on the Versa and Ionic, we’ve seen apps like Starbucks, Hue Lights, and Strava.
The Charge 3 also includes built-in apps like Alarms, Timer, and Weather. In a future update, you’ll have the Fitbit Leaderboard and Calendar available on the device as well.
If you have the Special Edition Charge 3 (which is now available for purchase), the built-in NFC chip allows you to make contactless payments using Fitbit Pay.
Fitbit says its Charge 3 delivers “the most advanced health and fitness features found on a Fitbit tracker to date.”
For starters, there are goal-based exercise modes — this allows users to choose from over 15 exercise modes like biking, swimming, running, and yoga. You can then set a goal for the number of calories you want to burn or the distance you want to complete. Once you reach your goal, your Charge 3 will vibrate to let you know.
As mentioned before, the Charge 3 is swim-proof. With its new Swim Mode, you can track your duration in real time and then refer to your Fitbit app to check out your laps and pace. It will also recognize the workout via the SmartTrack automatic exercise recognition technology.
The Fitbit Charge 3 includes connected GPS, so you will have to stay tethered to your smartphone in order to track your runs. A new feature on the Charge 3 — that will be available in an update later this fall — is Run Detect, which automatically pauses and stops. So, if you have to stop and wait at a streetlight during your run, the Charge 3 will be able to recognize that and pause the workout. Once you begin running, it starts back up again without having to manually do it. Swiping up on the display of Charge 3 brings you to your personal on-device dashboard. That’s where you can find daily activity stats like the number of calories burned or steps taken. In the latest update, Charge 3 users can also now add weight and exercise tiles to the on-device dashboard as well.
With the Versa, Fitbit introduced its female health tracking feature. With the Fitbit app, women can log their periods, record symptoms, and receive push notifications prior to the predicted period start date. As with the Versa, the Charge 3 will soon allow its users to also add female health tracking to the on-device dashboard in order to easily reference straight from the device.
Fitbit is also launching the beta version of its Sleep Score program. Using the SpO2 sensor and 24/7 PurePlus heart rate tracking, the Charge 3 will help users understand their sleep patterns better. The program will provide users with a score to help give you a better idea of your sleep quality and what factors can affect it. The beta will be available for the Ionic and Versa as well since both devices have the SpO2 sensor. Fitbit says it will test the tracking of breathing disruptions, which includes allergies, asthma, or sleep apnea.