Fitbit unveiled their newest wearable, named Surge, as a superwatch. This watch is part GPS, part smartwatch and also an activity tracker. Among these features, it can also display text messages or calls from your personal smartphone and can track your runs and daily activities, such as all-day heart-rate tracking and estimate calorie burn throughout the day. In comparison with Basis Peak or Microsoft Band, Fitbit Surge is more expensive. It costs 250 dollars.
When it comes to Surge’s design, many people believe that is not very attractive. This is a common problem for several wearables that include GPS, for example Polar M400 and Garmin Forerunner 15. Microsoft Band and Sony Smartwatch 3 are an exception from this point of view. Surge is about in the middle, because is not very bulky but it’s not as attractive as the Smartwatch 3. A disadvantage is the non-replaceable band. Fitbit Surge can be found in three band sizes: small, large and extra-large. For more help, the buyer can access the Fitbit’s handy online guide that can teach him how to find the perfect size for his hand.
Surge has a 1.26-inch grayscale touchscreen that is always on, unlike other models from Fitbit, which require a double tap on the screen or pressing a button to wake the device. The watch feels very comfortable on the hand and it very convenient for running, working or walking. On the watch are located two rapidly flashing green lights, which are the optical heart-rate sensors. The green light illuminates the user’s capillaries and the sensor that is located in the middle measures the frequency of the blood. The sensor is on 24 hours a day, but it can be disabled from the settings menu if the users pleases.
Fitbit declared that the Surge is “sweat, rain and splash proof.” This means that it can be worn in the rain, while washing the dishes or when working out. Moreover, the Fitbit’s website confirms that this smartwatch was tested up to 5 ATM, a pressure equivalent to almost 50 meters. It seems enough for the user to wear it even under the shower.