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CNET First Look
The Fitbit Alta is a winning fitness tracker with solid style appealCNET's Dan Graziano shares his thoughts on Fitbit's newest tracker.
You can usually spot a Fitbit from across the room. But the new Fitbit Alta is different. It's slim, has a nice big display, and you can even swap out the rubber strap with a leather option and a metal one. The Alta does all the basics, it can track your steps, distance, calories burned, active minutes, and your sleep automatically. There's no heart rate sensor like on the Charge HR. And you still can't wear it in the shower. But the Alta can display incoming calls, text messages and calendar alerts from your smartphone. But I found it hard to read text messages which would slowly just scroll across the screen. Speaking of the screen it can be difficult to see outdoors, and after wearing the tracker for only a month. I did notice a small scratch. But one of my favorite features is the new Move alert. The author encourages you to meet a mini step goal of 250 steps each hour. If the goal hasn't been reached ten minutes prior to the top of the hour the band will remind you with a gentle vibration. I find it a lot more motivating than the basic standard notifications on the Apple watch. As for battery life I've been pleasantly surprised. The Alta consistently lasted a full week which is pretty good. Of course one of the benefits of using a fit bit is the app. Here you can view all of your activity data and connect with friends and challenge them to various Competition. The Alta would be my favorite Fitbit, or quite possibility my favorite tracker overall, if it was a bit cheaper. It cost $130, but for $20 more you can get the Charge HR which has a heart rate sensor and the same Caller ID feature as the Alta. The accessory bands also feel over priced. The rubber straps cost $30 while the leather one goes for 60, and the metal one for 100. That would bring the total price of the Alta to $230, which is kinda absurd. For that price you might as well buy an Apple watch or Fitbit Blaze. But for those who want a Fitbit that isn't an eye sore, the Alta is worth a look, especially if you can find it on sale. [MUSIC]