Fitbit Alta vs Fitbit Alta HR

One of the best ways to increase your fitness and stay motivated is to keep track of your exercise routine. Fitbit has been dominating the market of activity trackers for quite a while now and has recently launched a new product: the Fitbit Alta HR. The Fitbit Alta as well as the Fitbit Alta HR are very similar to Fitbit’s Flex 2, but offer a more informative display and more functions. We are going to compare both devices to make sure you can make the best buying decision for your personal need.

DESIGN While the Alta has a two-button clasp, the Alta HR stands out due to its watch-like buckle, which gives it the great advantage of not slipping off the wrist as easily as the Alta sometimes does. While the Alta is lightweight, discreet and pretty stylish, the Alta HR, which comes in three different sizes, is a little more noticeable. Both wristbands can be accessorized.

COLOUR RANGE Customers can choose from four different colours when they buy the Fitbit Alta. The device is offered in black, blue, plum and a teal colour. If you decide to buy the Alta HR you can choose between black, blue grey, fuchsia, coral as well as the special edition colours pink and gunmetal.

FEATURES The main difference between Fitbit’s Alta and the Alta HR is the heart rate monitor that comes with the HR. According to Fitbit it’s the world’s slimmest tracker with a heart monitor, using the PurePulse technology that we already know from other Fitbit devices. The Alta HR also comes with an improved version of sleep-monitoring features. Thanks to its accelerometer data and heart rate variability it can estimate pretty accurately how long your light, deep and REM sleep stages are. In contrast, the Fitbit Alta only records your sleep patterns, measures the length of your sleep and notices if you are restless. Neither of the two can measure stairs or height, which means you will have to push yourself to take the hills rather than the flat. Just like Fitbit wristbands in the past, the Alta and Alta HR feature SmartTrack which makes it super easy to record workouts like cycling, hiking or playing football. When it comes to silent alarms to wake you up, notify you about a call, text or calendar notification, both devices are convincing all around.

BATTERY According to Fitbit the Alta is supposed to keep running up to 5 days. The Alta HR has a battery life of 7 days, even though it contains more features.

PRICE The Alta HR starts at a price point of 129,99 pounds while the Alta retails at 99,99 pounds. That difference makes perfect sense if you look at the additional features the HR has to offer.

All in all, it is probably fair to say that the Alta HR comes with a lot more benefits than the Alta does. The heart rate tracker makes the HR much more attractive to anybody who takes his workouts seriously and is trying to lose weight. Still, the HR might be too bulky for you if you prefer a more discreet wristband. The Fitbit Alta will probably appeal more to women, since it also looks more stylish. No matter which device you choose to buy: you can be sure to end up with a high-quality activity tracker.