Fitbit Alta is a customizable fitness tracker designed to fit your personal style. It’s the latest fitness tracker from Fitbit and it’s set to release mid-March 2016. Here’s what you need to know about the newest wearable and what differs this device from the others.
Fitbit Alta (available for pre-order on Amazon for $129.95) made it’s debut at NYFW with a collaboration with Public School. Fitbit’s website mentions collaborations with Tory Burch (they have collaborated in the past) as well. The above photo is one of the accessory concepts. In addition to the collaborations, Fitbit Alta bands will also be available in a metal band ($99.95) and with a leather band ($59.95). The classic band is available in black, purple, blue and teal (extras available for $29.95). This was one of my wish lists – more Fitbit accessories!
Fitbit Alta vs Fitbit Charge
What makes Fitbit Alta different than the Fitbit Charge? I purchased the Charge, so of course the first thing I thought when I saw this – OF COURSE THEY COME OUT WITH A NEW VERSION! Honestly, I love the look of the new Alta but let’s look at the two wearables side-by-side to help you decide which one you should buy or if you should upgrade.
The Alta offers a thinner profile, more accessories, move reminder notifications, water resistant and call/text notifications. The call and text notifications let you see call & text notifications and calendar alerts on display. The Charge does give you Caller ID, but not text and calendar alerts.
Alta does not offer a heart rate monitor option, Charge does have a Charge HR tracker that will monitor your heart rate.
One of the big stand outs that shocked me – the Charge has a 7-10 day battery life and the Alta has a 5-day battery life. I really was hoping this would last longer.
Both products offer a 1-year warranty.
Let’s look at what tech is involved with this new fitness tracker, what makes it work, what does it do, is it water resistant, battery life and more.
Sensors & Components
- 3-axis accelerometer
- Vibration motor
- OLED tap display
Battery and Power
We recommend charging Alta every few days to ensure you are always tracking.
- Battery life: lasts up to 5 days
- Battery type: Lithium-polymer
- Charge time: One to two hours
- Radio transceiver: Bluetooth 4.0
- Tracks 5 days of detailed motion data – minute by minute.
- Tracks daily totals for past 30 days
Is This Fitbit Water Resistance?
Alta is sweat, rain and splash proof, but is not swim proof. We recommend taking it off before showering, as it’s best for your skin if the band stays dry and clean.
How Do I Care for the Fitbit Alta?
If your Alta gets wet or if you sweat in it, remove and completely dry the band before putting it back on. Give your wrist a rest by taking the band off every now and then, and regularly clean your band and wrist. Learn more.
What Materials Is it Made On?
The classic Alta wristband is made of a flexible, durable elastomer material similar to that used in many sports watches, and includes a surgical-grade stainless steel clasp.
Let’s Talk Syncing
The Fitbit Alta syncs automatically and wirelessly to computers and 200+ leading iOS, Android and Windows devices using Bluetooth 4.0.
- Syncing range: 20 feet
- Notifications: Text and call via Bluetooth 4.0
- Syncing to computers requires Internet connection and USB port
- Syncing to mobile devices requires Bluetooth and Internet connection
- Syncs with Windows Vista and later, Mac OS X 10.6 and up, iPhone 4S and later, iPad 3 gen. and later, and leading Android and Windows devices
I know the reason that I bought my Charge was to get my butt in motion. I have a desk job that requires a lot of sitting in front of a computer screen. While I am a mom to 4 kids that I am constantly chasing around, surprisingly that alone doesn’t let me hit my 10,000 steps. I have to put a conscience effort into watching my steps, making sure I am keeping in motion. If you are contemplating getting a Fitbit for the fitness reason, do it. Whether it’s the Charge, Alta or another version of the product – if you put effort into it – this device WILL help you keep on track and keep you moving.