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Four things you'll love about Fitbit Alta — and two you won't

James A. Martin | June 28, 2016
Alta is the sleekest activity tracker Fitbit has ever made. It's also relatively inexpensive and reminds you to move every hour. However, it lacks some important features, and its display isn't well suited for use in bright settings.

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If you want a Fitbit wearable that tracks your heart rate and the flights of stairs you climb, the company's new Alta ($130) probably isn't for you. But if you'd appreciate a thin, stylish activity tracking wristband, you'll find a friend in Alta.

After spending a couple of weeks wearing Alta, I found four things I love about it, as well as two things that could be improved.

4 things you'll love about Fitbit Alta

1. Alta is the most stylish Fitbit

Alta is Fitbit's sleekest, most attractive device thus far. It still looks like an activity tracker, but Alta's slim profile gives it an upscale, refined appearance. It also feels more comfortable on your wrist than any other Fitbit, in part because of how light it is. If you've been holding out for a more stylish Fitbit, wait no more.

2. Fitbit Alta reminds you to move

Alta's "Reminders to Move" feature, which causes Alta to vibrate when you've been sitting for too long, is unique to Fitbit's product line. The feature is designed to get you to take at least 250 steps each hour, which translates to about two or three minutes of walking. It's an important feature, because health officials suggest that "sitting is the new smoking." (Fitbit recently released data on the age groups that are most sedentary on average, along with the most common periods of inactivity.)

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You can customize the move reminder by selecting start and end times, and days of the week. And if you don't want to be nagged on Sundays you can disable the reminders for that specific day.

Fitbit's Reminders to Move go beyond the Apple Watch's Activity app stand reminders because they're customizable and they encourage you to walk for two to three minutes, instead of just standing for one minute an hour.
The Reminders to Move feature is "coming soon" to Fitbit Blaze and will be available on future Fitbits, according to a company spokesperson, though there are no current plans to add the feature to other existing Fitbit devices.

3. Fitbit Alta battery lasts up to five days

In my tests, Alta's battery lasted at least four days and often five. Its comparatively small screen, and the lack of both heart rate monitoring features and an altimeter no doubt help the wearable keep on running.

4. You can swap Fitbit Alta bands

As with the new Blaze ($200) and older Flex ($100), you can change Alta's look by removing its bands. You have three band types to choose from, including "classic" elastomer ($30), leather ($60), and metal ($100). Designer bands are in the works, too, from Tory Burch and Public School.


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