Updated 18 Sep 2018

Fitbit

Alta

Snapshot: The Fitbit Alta is not waterproof and has no GPS. It works with both iOS and Android phones.

Alta
Consumer score
SCORE
Avg price

$169

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Test results

Overall score
58
Fitness functions
?/10
Smart functions
?/10
Ease of use
?/10
Battery
?/10

Good points

  • OK for fitness functions.
  • Somewhat accurate fitness sensors.
  • OK for apps.
  • OK battery.
  • Works with both iOS and Android.

But

  • Just OK for smart functions.
  • Somewhat difficult to use.
  • Just OK features.
  • Is not water resistant.
  • Doesn't have GPS.
  • No heart-rate monitor.

How we test

Overall score is based on:

Fitness functions (25%). Includes sleep tracking and assessments of fitness apps. Also includes Sensor accuracy which assesses the precision of sensors such as heart rate monitors and step counters.

Smart functions (25%). Includes phone functions, social media and voice recognition.

Ease of use (25%). Includes set-up, usability, and build quality.

Battery (15%). Includes battery life and recharge time.

App (5%). Assesses base app on phone.

Features (5%). Assesses available features.

Price is based on a September 2018 survey.

Key data

Model

Avg price
$169
Type
Fitness tracker

More test results (/10)

Apps
5.5
Features
5.1
Sensor accuracy
5.7
Heart rate accuracy
n/a

Brand survey results

Brand reliability (%)
73
Brand satisfaction (%)
51

Specifications

Weight (g)
29
Battery life (tested, hours)
177
Time to fully charge from 0% (mins)
60
Charge gained from 0% in 30 minutes (%)
About 50%

Features

Heart-rate monitor
No
Sleep tracker
Yes
Water resistant
Yes
Can swim with
No
Bluetooth
Yes
NFC
No
GPS
No
Works with iOS
Yes
Works with Android
Yes
Touchscreen
Yes
Clock display
Yes
Text message notification/read/reply
Yes / Yes / No
Make and receive calls
No
Music control
No
Navigation
No
Control phone camera
No

Member reviews