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[科技] We Tried Fitbit’s New Charge 2 And It Really Wanted Us To Work Out

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年华离路 发表于 2016-10-1 05:41:50
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Hi! We’re Nicole, products editor, and Stephanie, health tech reporter. For the past month, we’ve been reviewing Fitbit’s Charge 2, the successor to the best-selling Charge HR activity tracker.
                        
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                     Stephanie Lee / BuzzFeed News, Courtesy of Stephanie Lee
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    On the Charge 2, exercise and relaxation aren’t tracked as special, one-off events, but rather, they are as much a part of your routine as steps and sleep. If you’re ready to graduate from a 10,000-steps-per-day program, the Charge 2 might be a good tracker for you.
  In addition to continuous heart-rate tracking, Fitbit’s new wearable, which recently
  became available  worldwide, offers a multi-sport mode (including yoga, spinning, and circuit training), guided breathing sessions, and a personalized “cardio fitness score” that reveals how fit you are (and could be). It also has interchangeable bands and a display that’s four times larger than last year’s Charge HR.
  Is the Charge 2 right for you? Read on!
         Let’s talk about the biggest improvement first: the bands.

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        Nicole Nguyen / BuzzFeed News
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    The Charge 2 has the same sleep, heart rate, and altitude sensors as previous Fitbits and, like the Charge HR, runs on a battery life of up to a week or so. The technology is largely unchanged – but the big game changer are the interchangeable bands.
   Take a quick look at Fitbit’s Facebook page and you’ll find dozens of commenters complaining about torn straps and warped bands . If the band was faulty, the entire Charge HR needed to be thrown out, even if the tracker itself was fine. The Charge 2’s bands, on the other hand, are replaceable. Fitbit’s offering a leather version for $70, along with a classic elastomer band in five different colors for $30.
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   Nicole Nguyen / BuzzFeed News
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           The Charge 2 looks sleeker, but is still pretty chunky.

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    Nicole Nguyen / BuzzFeed News
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    The device is essentially a Charge HR with a larger screen. The Charge 2 is a little bit wider and a little bit thicker than the previous model, but comfortable enough to wear all day (although too cumbersome enough to wear to sleep for Nicole).
  The classic Charge 2 style comes with a silver-accented tracker and the same rubber-y elastomer band as other Fitbits. For $30 more, you can also choose from two new “special edition” Charge 2 options: one with an all-black tracker and a “gunmetal band,” and another that has a rose gold tracker paired with a lavender band. It’s fancy. But it still looks like a fitness tracker.
         Working out with a big display makes a big difference.

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    The Charge HR’s screen, which was about .75cm long, was truly the tiniest screen we had ever used. The Charge 2’s large display makes it easier to, you know, actually see information. When the “raise arm to wake display” feature worked (which was about 70% of the time), being able to look at our current pace, steps, and heart rate while running was particularly useful, so we could actually tell when we were slacking off.
  There are several clock faces you can choose from – and there’s finally room to show calendar notifications and text message previews, in addition to caller ID. But, like the Alta, text messages still get cut off, meaning you have to open your phone anyway.
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           Sports! So many sports!

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    The Charge HR only had one generic “exercise mode.” The Charge 2 has a “multi-sport mode” with NINETEEN options. You can choose from treadmill, yoga, pilates, kickboxing, spinning, circuit training, and much more, right from the tracker. In the app on your phone, you can choose which seven exercise shortcuts appear on the Charge 2, and customize the order in which they appear.
         One cool new mode is “Interval Workout” for workouts with alternating periods of intensity and rest (like this).
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    Nicole Nguyen / BuzzFeed News
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    You can set the move and rest times on the app, plus how many times you want to repeat the interval. When the interval is up, the tracker will buzz and it’ll show “move” or “rest” on the screen. After years of fidgeting with different apps and the built-in timer on the iPhone, the interval workout mode, so far, has been our favorite use of the Fitbit.
         In the Fitbit app’s Exercise section, you strangely can’t filter workouts by type.

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    Nicole Nguyen / BuzzFeed News
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    You can see a chronological list of your workout history, but if, say, you wanted to look at only bike rides from the past month, you wouldn’t be able to do so. Also, you don’t get special sport-specific stats that, for example, auto-track how long you held chair pose when you select yoga mode (it will, however, track the duration and heart rate during your practice). But it does validate activities like yoga or hiking as legitimate exercise. Simply by acknowledging that those activities exist, Fitbit is providing a strong motivational tool for users who prefer alternatives to just running or biking.
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    Other fitness trackers (like Garmin wearables and the Apple Watch) focus on runs, walks, and bike rides, and categorize everything else as “other.” Fitbit is more aware of the different ways people actually exercise (elliptical! tennis! boxing!) and give you the option to categorize your workout as such. This, IMO, is where Fitbit shines.
   The Charge 2 has a tap screen, not a touchscreen, which takes some getting used to.
   Tapping on the larger display is much easier than it was on Fitbit’s Alta, whichwe reviewed earlier this year. Still, the Charge’s interface isn’t very intuitive – initially, at least. The hardware design is very basic (just one button!), which means that there are some trade-offs with ease of use.
  On the one hand, there’s only one button to figure out, but on the other hand, Fitbit needed to program in a lot of different button/tap combos to accommodate all of the Charge 2’s features. If you want to get serious about tracking your workout on the Charge 2, you’re going to need to learn all of them. To select a sport mode, you need to press the side button and then tap to view the different types of exercise. To start the workout, you press and hold the side button. To scroll through real-time stats, you need to tap or press the side button multiple times. When you’re done, press and hold the button again to finish.
  You get the idea. A lot of taps and button pressing.
         Putting the tracker into a specific exercise mode really only affects one thing: what shows up on the display while you’re working out.
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        Nicole Nguyen / BuzzFeed News
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    The screen will always show the duration, plus the information most relevant to that sport. For example, when run, bike, or hike is selected, and your phone is nearby, it’ll show the mileage in big, bold numbers at the top. If your phone isn’t on you, the Charge 2 will estimate that mileage, based on how long your stride is (you need to go on a run with your phone and calibrate your stride first, for this to work). For weight training, it’ll show heart rate.
  Tapping the screen over and over again to see different stats during a workout is pretty frustrating. To avoid fiddling around with the display, we’d recommend just focusing on one metric: current pace for running and heart rate for pretty much everything else.
     This data (your pace and heart rate) matters because it can help you improve your “cardio fitness score.”
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求_Smooth 发表于 2016-10-1 07:30:33
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电商令狐冲 发表于 2016-10-1 10:28:22
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如烟绕梁 发表于 2016-10-1 10:28:22
谢谢年华离路的分享!
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