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Fitbit Charge 2

The new Fitbit Charge 2 is here: is it Fitbit's best fitness band?

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Fitbit Charge 2

Charge 2 replaces the Charge HR, our favorite Fitbit. It costs the same: $150, or £130/AU$250.

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Fitbit Charge 2

The Charge 2 has a larger display to fit multiple readings at once: steps and heart rate, for instance, plus time.

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Fitbit Charge 2

Its new design is a lot like Fitbit Alta released earlier this year, but a bit bigger.

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Fitbit Charge 2

Always-on heart rate works the way it did before.

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Fitbit Charge 2

Charge 2 now comes in different designs and has swappable straps.

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Fitbit Charge 2

The main display is tap-controlled, and the side button activates workouts and changes modes.

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Fitbit Charge 2

Fitbit Flex 2 and Charge 2, side by side. Flex 2, also just announced, is smaller and waterproof but lacks a display or heart rate.

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Fitbit Charge 2

Just like before, Charge 2 tracks steps, sleep, stairs climbed, estimated calorie burn, heart rate, and distance. It also automatically tracks activities, and has a stopwatch mode included.

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Fitbit Charge 2

The strap has a standard watch buckle, which makes it easier to attach. It comes in two sizes.

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Fitbit Charge 2

Charge 2 isn't waterproof. And it doesn't have onboard GPS. Battery life lasts for 5 days.

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Fitbit Charge 2

Now, you can also see resting heart rate.

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Fitbit Charge 2

There are several exercise modes to pick, or you can tag an activity later on.

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Fitbit Charge 2

Introducing, Relax mode: Charge 2 has a 2 or 5-minute timed breathing mode to encourage mindful meditation and breathing control.

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Fitbit Charge 2

Inhaling and exhaling in Relax, which shows your estimated respiration based on heart rate.

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Fitbit Charge 2

If you time your breathing well, it sparkles.

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Fitbit Charge 2

Cardio Fitness is a new wrinkle to the Fitbit app's heart rate calculations. It estimates fitness based on VO2 Max-based measurements.

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Fitbit Charge 2

To increase the Cardio Fitness measurement accuracy, Fitbit recommends running for 10 minutes with connected phone GPS assistance. Charge 2 maps runs when paired with a phone, just like the Blaze does.

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Fitbit Charge 2

Fitbit's also updated its app with some features, too: Adventures, which tracks your steps against a map of Yosemite National Park trails, aims to make your step goals more exciting.

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Fitbit Charge 2

Adventures will get NYC Marathon trails later this year.

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Fitbit Charge 2

The virtual map I followed as I did my daily walking.

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Fitbit Charge 2

Charge 2 has yet another new Fitbit charge dongle. It clips on like a chip clip.

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Fitbit Charge 2

At least it stays in place.

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Fitbit Charge 2

Swapping bands is easy. Fitbit will sell rubber and leather bands for Charge 2.

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Fitbit Charge 2

Charge 2 feels good, and less bulky than the Blaze. And it does most of the same things.

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Fitbit Charge 2

Raising my wrist shows the time automatically, and it's helpful to see more at-a-glance info.

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Fitbit Charge 2

So far, so good.

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