Fitbit Alta is an fitness tracker that in addition to having the most important functionality for everyday activity tracking has a couple of smart features.
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Pro Informative, large display
For its size, the Alta fitness tracker has a huge display. The display will show steps, distance, calories burned, active minutes and sleep time. You can switch between these by tapping the side of the display (there is no button). The Alta will also vibrate, notifying you of incoming calls, texts, as well as calendar alerts.
Pro Week long battery life
The fitness tracker's battery can last a full week before you need to recharge it - quite a bit longer than most activity trackers.
Pro The slim design makes it lighter and visually appealing
The Alta fitness tracker has a much thinner design, making it less of an eye sore, as well as lighter so it's more comfortable to wear.
Pro Reminds you to move every hour
The Alta will remind you about your move alerts each hour. By default, it suggests 250 steps each hour and it will vibrate 10 minutes before each hour is over to give you enough time to accomplish the micro-step goal.
Pro Many style options
The Alta itself comes in 4 colors: black, teal, purple and plum
While expensive, you can swap out the band. Classic bands cost $30, leather bands cost $60, and stainless steel bands cost $100.
Con No GPS or heart rate monitor
The Alta fitness tracker is designed to be more of a passive tracker for the Average Joe as opposed to a complete activity tracker for enthusiasts. There is no GPS or heart rate monitor, so the stats you get are limited to steps, rough distance traveled, estimated calories burned, active minutes, and sleep tracking.
Con Display is off by default
In order to view information on the display, the fitness tracker must either be double tapped (which can be frustrating to do properly for some), or it is turned on automatically by the appropriate wrist/arm movement for checking the time.
Con Difficult to see the display when outdoors
The display is quite dim which makes it very difficult to read when in bright settings.
Con The device cannot be used on its own
In order to activate the device for usage, it must be paired with a smartphone and/or PC (through USB dongle), and an account must be registered through Fitbit.