A group with information about the data


There is no shortage of fitness bracelets and smartwatches now. In fact, you can get a good smartwatch for well under Rs 5,000. But fitness bracelets only start to become life-changing devices when the data they offer becomes actionable or the goals that the user uses. aspires to achieve. When it comes to fitness data, no company has more insight than Fitbit, which now uses that wealth to give new clues to its users.

The Fitbit Charge 5 is a more evolved version of Fitbit’s more popular fitness band. The design now has more curved and softer edges that almost blend into the silicone band. The screen is slightly larger, although it sits inside a glass case with a thick bezel. The screen offers vivid colors that reminded me of the first Samsung Galaxy Gear bands a few years ago. There are no buttons or grooves on the sides of the tracker. Behind you can see the lasers used to detect various aspects of your body.

Besides time, step count, and calorie burn reading on the main screen, with an upward swipe you can dive deeper into other aspects. (Image Source: Indian Express / Nandagopal Rajan)

Using a fitness band should be easy and run in the background. The Fitbit Charge 5 excels in this regard but is capable of producing a lot of data and functionality on the band itself. Of course, there’s the time, steps, calories burned, and heart rate on the main screen itself. But with a swipe up, you can dig deeper into that data or other aspects like sleep time, latest SPO2 readings, and more. A side swipe opens up features like notifications, access to preset workouts, timer ECG, and more.

Via the Fitbit app, you will be able to track your sleep cycles in several stages. (Screen capture: Indian Express / Nandagopal Rajan)

And there is a lot more where the data comes from in the app. For example, you get a breakdown of sleep time with different stages. After wearing the Charge 5 all the time for a fortnight, I have come to the conclusion that on days when I do more than 30 minutes of cardio, I sleep more soundly.

It’s a calculation I did myself, but Fitbit does some calculations for you as well. Like telling me that my late night movie yesterday meant I only got 4.30 hours of sleep, which gives a not-so-good sleep score of 76. With over six hours of sleep, this score is usually in the 80s. For a better score, I will need to work on early retirement, not my cardio.

The Fitbit app’s new Daily Readiness Score determines whether you’re ready to train or prioritize recovery. (Screen capture: Indian Express / Nandagopal Rajan)

This overview is taken to the next level with the latest version of Fitbit software which also gives a readiness score, showing you how fit you are for the day ahead and more workouts. This is an indication of how well the body has recovered overnight. And today, despite my moderate sleep levels, the app says my lower stress levels and very low heart rate variability put my readiness score at 100. So I know it’s the day for push myself a little more on the treadmill. However, this is a premium feature for now – there is free premium access for six months for new Charge 5 customers.

There are such nuggets of data throughout the app. For example, there is a cardio score that interested me because Apple Health put me in the low cardio health category, which I think is due to the fact that I walk indoors most of the time. . But the Charge 5 puts me in the right category and I’m more than happy to take that, although my doctor disagrees.

Fitbit Charge 5 clocks all vital heart rate data to oxygen in the blood, and it even has ECG readings, which is rare in a band this size. (Image Source: Indian Express / Nandagopal Rajan)

What I really liked about the Fitbit Charge 5 is the fact that it logs all the vital data you’re looking for, from heart rate to blood oxygen. It even has ECG readings, which is rare in a band this size. And to top it off, it uses the EDA scan to measure your stress level. As with the latest Fitbit Sense, it’s this comprehensive view of user data that takes the Charge 5 to a different level compared to the competition as well.
Despite the colorful display and bunch of data sensors roaring inside, the Charge 5’s battery lasts about six to seven days on a single charge. But to save battery, the screen should not be in always-on mode. In normal mode, I have found that sometimes it takes more than a tap to wake up.

In my last Fitbit review, some users pointed out that it was nearly impossible to repair the company’s products. Yes, if this is something that concerns you then the problem has not been resolved yet. And like something you wear all the time, the Charge 5 is also more prone to damage than maybe a smartwatch. This is a call you will need to take as a user, but I doubt there are any fitness bands that can be fixed.

The Fitbit Charge 5 is in my books the best fitness band for those who want to learn more than their daily steps and calories burned. The Charge 5 now offers enough information for you to take charge of and improve your life, one step at a time.


Evelyn C. Tobin