Fitbit Charge 3 Review And Guide In 2021

Fitbit Charge 3 Review And Guide In 2021

Written by Deepak Bhagat, In Gadgets, Published On
January 27, 2021
Last modified on December 21st, 2021

So, 2019 is here, and moving into better condition is one of the resolutions for the new year. You’ve agreed to remove the fast food, grab a pair of running shoes, and both of them are pumped up to lose the excess pounds. That’s fine, but if you’re going to do it, you might also want to get an activity tracker for yourself! So, here we are discussing the details about Fitbit Charge 3 Review and guide.

Considered to be trendy devices only until a few years back, activity trackers or health trackers have almost become a must these days. Certainly, it is clear that technology itself does not do much until you are prepared to follow a healthy lifestyle, but these wearables certainly help, helping you to control anything from the duration of your sleep to the number of calories you burn each day.

Complete Fitbit Charge 3 Review And Guide In 2021

#1 Fitbit Charge 3 Review –  Display:

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Hidden under a slight arch, the Gorilla Glass 3-protected top panel of the Charge 3 has its appearance – a grayscale OLED screen. It may not seem exciting, but when you look at the pixelated mess of the Charge 2S screen, I can say for sure that the Charge 3S backlit panel is a noticeable improvement. Yes, it is small (although Fitbit says the display in Charge 3 is 40 percent larger than in Charge 2) and yes, there are thicker bezels around, but the increased resolution makes the on-screen elements more clear. Outdoor visibility is also not an issue, and the display is perfectly usable under direct sunlight.

The Fitbit Charge 3’s OLED panel uses touch-enabled and gesture-based navigation. By default, the display shows the time and date (with details such as the number of steps and the heart rate depending on the selected clock face). Swiping from the top reveals all unread notifications (the tracker is connected to the smartphone), swiping from the bottom reveals the progress of your daily goal and a real-time scrollable summary of the tracker’s battery status. Similarly, swiping to the right allows you to access onboard menu items, including goal-based exercise tracking, alarms, and settings. During my time with Charge 3, I enjoyed the on-screen navigation. The menu items are very neat and the trigger buttons (along with the haptic response) make things even easier.

#2 Fitbit Charge 3 Review – Design:

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Although its built-in design is very similar, a closer look suggests that there are more subtle improvements over Charge 3 than the 2016 Charge 2 (which I also reviewed). Made with aerospace-grade aluminum, the tracker module is lightweight and durable. It has a horizontally curved underside and here you will find an optical heart rate sensor (along with a small range of pulsating LEDs), as well as a charging interface with the tracker’s clip-on charger. . The UP module has a trigger button on the left, which can be used to wake up the display and take a step back when navigating the tracker’s menu options.

The Fitbit Charge 3 comes with a diamond-shaped rubberized band (in small and large strap sizes) which I liked on the review run. It is comfortable to wear for a long time (including when you are sleeping) and does not irritate until the skin is very tight. Locating the band strips from the tracker is a walk in the park, often leading to the buttons on the underside. If you do not like the standard band, you can change it to other styles available for purchase from Fitbit (e.g. horny leather, sport, and woven).

#3 Fitbit Charge 3 Review – Battery Life:

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Fitbit Charge 3 reflects notifications from your attached smartphone and can be configured through the app’s settings. In addition to standard tools such as incoming calls and messages, you can also select the third party app for which you want to receive notifications. If you are using an Android smartphone, you can quickly reply to some information directly from the tracker (using pre-configured responses). During my testing, the activity was intended. The mirroring notification tracker needs to be constantly connected to your smartphone via Bluetooth and this will affect the battery life a little.

During the review period, the tracker easily lasted a week in a full bit, supporting the Fitbit claim of seven days of battery life. In fact, if you turn off features like notifications‌ and synchronization throughout the day, battery life will increase to two weeks. The included clip-on USB charger takes about an hour to fully drain the battery, which is great.

#4 Fitbit Charge 3 Review -Fitness Track And App:

Fitbit Charge 3 Review -Fitness Track And App

Being the main activity tracker of Fitbit, Charge 3 is loaded with features. From floor-mounted calories to calories burned, and from heart rate to quality/sleep duration, it can be thought of as a fitness-related metric. And boys does it keep track of them well!

I had Charge 3 on my wrist, which was pretty much the entire review run (about two weeks), and I was amazed at how it tracks everything. In fact, it’s almost 100 percent accurate when it comes to step and sleep tracking. (That is, the Charge 3, like other trackers, often confuses driving / walking as a vehicle). The heart rate sensor incorporates Fitbit’s pure technology and uses the real-time heart rate zone to relax using guided breathing sessions (2/5 minutes long).

The tracker can automatically detect different types of workouts (such as aerobics, sports) and record relevant information. You can choose from a variety of exercises (such as running, bike riding) and set personal goals for them and Charge 3 will track everything and let you know how you did it. If you notice that you have been stationary for too long, the tracker will remind you to take regular breaks and walk a few steps. Due to the completely enclosed structure, the Charge 3 is water-resistant to a depth of 50 meters. Although I did not swim with it, the tracker came out non-stop after being completely submerged in water for a minute.

While all of this is great, I find the lack of integrated GPS a bit tiring. The Fitbit Charge 3 uses the GPS of your (attached) smartphone to map outdoor activities such as running and bike rides. It works well, but if Huami Charge 3 offers a third-party onboard GPS like the Amazfit Bip that costs, I believe you might be in Fitbit as well.

In fact, this data extracted by Charge 3 is only one important aspect of the overall experience. How this data is presented to you is equally (perhaps, even more) important, and this is where the companion Fitbit app comes into play. It logs all fitness-related metrics tracked by wearables and syncs them to your (free) Fitbit account. Of course, you will not be able to start using Charge 3 until you have set it up through the app.


Fitbit says that Charge 3 is their most advanced tracker, and I definitely agree with that statement. It has a truckload of features, from where you can track about every fitness-related metric and battery life is not half as bad. Of course, there are some issues (e.g. onboard GPS, occasional-irregular syncing), but they are not deal-breakers.

However, you can’t ignore the fact that the Fitbit Charge 3 is the equivalent of a mid-range smartphone. In order to spend more money on an activity tracker, you need to be really serious about your personal health goals. If you’re really fitness enthusiasts (and have been for a while), I recommend you fully charge. 3. On the other hand, if you are embarking on your journey to a healthier lifestyle, Fitbit Bit Charge 3 and its laundry list will make a lot of sense to you. If so, you can go for affordable options like Huawei Amazon Fit Bip or Samsung Gear Fit 2 Pro.

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