Alta is one of the best looking budget activity trackers from Fitbit with SmartTrack feature while Fitbit Charge 2 is a serious upgrade to the previous generation. Fitbit started with fitness tracking devices such as Flex and One and became one of the forefront companies in the wearable trackers market.
Alta is one of the most attractive fitness trackers released by Fitbit. It is sleeker than previous models and is intended to hug a smaller wrist more like jewelry than a gadget. Plus you can swap out bands by removing the tracker. Similar to other fitness trackers you’ll get your typical things like sleep monitoring, activity tracking, silent alarms and it has a solid battery life.
The device comes with a touch OLED display and has a bit of a learning curve. The screen does not respond to swiping action but you will need to tap to access various modes. There are also some SmartWatch like notifications such as incoming calls, text alerts and calendar updates. Workouts are tracked by the built-in SmartTrack feature. You also don’t need to press any buttons for it to know when you are sleeping.
Fitbit Charge 2 Overview
Charge 2 is the next iteration of Fitbit’s most popular fitness tracker – Charge HR. The design is sleeker, the display is larger and more vivid, the bands are interchangeable and it uses connected GPS which is a clever idea. It has a built-in continuous heart rate sensor so that you get a better estimate of your calories burned while doing any activity.
With Charge 2 you get move reminders, silent alarm, all day activity tracking, active minutes and auto sleep tracking. You can sync via USB or Bluetooth to access the Fitbit application on most platforms. Charge 2 also features auto recognition of sports so you don’t need to tag them yourself. Smart notifications have improved to include text messages with previews and calendar reminder along with incoming calls.
Similarities between Fitbit Alta and Charge 2
Both devices track activity and sleep. They track major metrics like steps and calories burned.
They synchronize with the Fitbit application through iOS, Android, Windows PC, Windows phone, Mac and Web using Bluetooth.
Both have silent alarms and reminders.
Battery life is around five days for each one of these devices.
None of them are water proof so you should not take them swimming or in the shower.
Both can detect your exercises automatically.
Both detect sleep automatically.
Bands are interchangeable for both trackers.
Both have a tap OLED display.
Both devices can notify you of caller ID, text and calendar events.
Differences between Fitbit Alta and Charge 2
The display on Charge 2 is better and bigger than Fitbit Alta. Users found Charge 2 display easier to read in sunlight than the Alta display.
Fitbit Alta is more slender and it looks more like an accessory than an activity tracker.
Fitbit Charge 2 has guided breathing sessions to provide you relaxation whenever you are stressed.
Charge 2 also has a connected GPS system which uses your Smartphone GPS sensor to track your distance and route.
Charge 2 measures your heart rate continuously without attaching an external HR chest strap.