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Fitbit unveils three new activity trackers, one with GPS
Fitbit has had its share of problems as of late, namely allergic reactions to its Force Fitness tracker that led to recalls of the product. This meant the company has spent a great deal of the year without a flagship product, but no longer! Fitbit might be down, but its latest three products hope to prove its far from out of the count.
First up, the Charge is the direct replacement for the Force, providing many of the same features (including the same 7-day battery life, music controls, etc) while adding a few new tricks like automatic sleep tracking and caller-ID functions. The pricing also remains the same as the Force at $129.99, though Fitbit promises the device will not run into the same allergy issues its predecessor.
For those looking for a bit more, the Charge HR is $150, taking the same features as the Charge and adding a hear-rate monitor to the mix. Unfortunately this added feature also comes with a small set back: 5-day battery life. Whether that’s enough of an issue to turn you off remains unseen, but that’s still pretty solid battery life nonetheless. At the very top you’ll find the Surge for $250, which is designed with the usual step-counting and sleep tracking (and really everything from the Charge), but adds GPS and a heart rate monitor to the mix.
As for when the Charge, Charge HR and Surge will arrive? The Charge is actually here already, but those interested in the higher-end models will need to wait until early 2015. Fitbit fans interested in the latest generation of Fitbit devices or has their recent issues with the Force caused you to turn to another solution?