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Compare the Fitbit Charge 3 to the Fitbit Charge 2

The Fitbit Charge 3 is the successor of the popular activity tracker: the Fitbit Charge 2. At first sight, its appearance is slightly different, but the main differences lie in the new functionalities of the Charge 3. By comparing the 2 activity trackers to each other, you can find out what's new about the Fitbit Charge 3.

In short

Fitbit Charge 2 Fitbit Charge 3
Screen Tap screen Larger and more clear touchscreen
Waterproof IP44 (splashproof) IP67 (waterproof)
Battery life 5 days 7 days
Integrated GPS No, but possible via smartphone No, but possible via smartphone
Answer messages No Yes, with Quick Replies
Interchangeable watch straps Yes Yes

Fitbit Charge 2

  • With integrated heart rate sensor
  • Measures your sleep pattern
  • Counts the number of stairs you climbed
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  • With the integrated heart rate sensor, you can measure your heart rate via your wrist.
  • The tracker measures all of your daily activity.
  • You receive notifications from your smartphone, such as messages and incoming calls.
  • The Fitbit Charge 2 is splash proof, so it's not suitable for swimming.
  • To be able to use GPS, the tracker must be connected to your smartphone.

Fitbit Charge 3

  • With the integrated heart rate sensor, you can measure your heart rate via your wrist.
  • Use Quick Replies to respond to messages.
  • Answer or refuse incoming calls with the tracker.
  • The Fitbit Charge 3 is waterproof and can measure your swimming activity.
  • To be able to use GPS, the tracker must be connected to your smartphone.

Screen and fit

Fitbit Charge 2: tap screen

See the time, date, and one activity on the screen of the Fitbit Charge 2. Use the button on the side or the tap screen to scroll to other activities, such as your steps or stairs. You can choose to let the screen light up when you turn your wrist. This is convenient since you don't have to push the button on the side to see the time or your data. The Charge 2 is made of stainless steel with a silicon strap, and is available in size S or L. This size indicates the length of the strap.

Fitbit Charge 3: larger touchscreen and thinner design

The screen of the Charge 3 is larger and has increased brightness. A nice improvement is the touch screen. While the Charge 2 required you to tap or use the side button, you can swipe through the menu with a small touch with the Charge 3. This improves its user-friendliness. On top of that, the Charge 3 has a better fit for men and women. The material of the casing is made of aluminum, which makes the tracker 20% more light than the Charge 2. The 2 sizes of the strap are included in the box by default.

Functionalities

Measuring daily activities and receiving notifications

The screen of the Charge 2 and the accompanying app give you access to the usual functions of an activity tracker: steps, distance, stairs, sleep, and calories burned. Have you been sitting for too long? The tracker will notify you about it. The new thing about the Charge 2 was the integrated heart rate sensor, which measures your heart rate via your wrist 24/7. When the tracker is connected to your smartphone, you'll also receive notifications of messages and incoming calls. The Charge 2 has a battery life of 3 days.

Answering messages and longer battery life

The biggest improvement of the Charge 3 is the possibility of answering messages. The screen doesn't simply show notifications from calls, messages, or apps such as Whatsapp, Uber, or Facebook. You can now also reply to them with a default answer (Quick Reply). Another improvement is its battery life. Depending on your use, the Charge 3 lasts around 7 days. A disadvantage of the Charge 3 is that it still doesn't have an integrated GPS sensor. You do have the possibility of using the GPS signal via your smartphone.

Waterproofness

Fitbit Charge 2: splash proof

The Fitbit Charge 2 is splash proof. Fitbit doesn't recommend taking a showr with it or taking it swimming. It can resists rain and sweat. Do you wear the Fitbit Charge 2 during a workout? Easily clean the strap with a damp cloth.

Fitbit Charge 3: waterproof and suitable for swimming

The Fitbit Charge 3 is waterproof up to 50 meters. This means you can simply wear the activity tracker while showering or swimming. On top of that, the tracker is equipped with a specific swimming mode. This allows you to measure the number of laps, your time, and speed while swimming.

Conclusion

The Fitbit Charge 3 is a worthy successor of the popular Fitbit Charge 2. The Charge 3 measures all of your daily activity and also your workouts, such as swimming, since it's fully waterproof. Unfortunately, the Charge 3 isn't equipped with an integrated GPS sensor yet, but if you carry your phone with you, it uses the signal of your smartphone. On top of that, the Charge 3 has an even slimmer design with a clear, large touchscreen. It also has the possibility of replying to messages without having to grab your phone. This makes this smartwatch a true all-rounder.

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