Updated 18 Sep 2018

Fitbit

Alta HR

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

Alta HR
Consumer score
SCORE
Avg price

$217

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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 to use.
  • OK for apps.
  • OK battery.
  • OK features.
  • Works with both iOS and Android.

But

  • Poor for smart functions.
  • Is not water resistant.
  • Doesn't have GPS.

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
$217
Type
Fitness tracker

More test results (/10)

Apps
6.2
Features
6.1
Sensor accuracy
6.2
Heart rate accuracy
5.9

Brand survey results

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

Specifications

Weight (g)
27
Battery life (tested, hours)
184
Time to fully charge from 0% (mins)
103
Charge gained from 0% in 30 minutes (%)
30%

Features

Heart-rate monitor
Yes
Sleep tracker
Yes
Water resistant
No
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