Fitbit Charge 2 vs Charge 3


Those of you who have been debating whether or not to purchase a fitness tracker might want to reconsider as the Fitbit Charge 3 comes with lots of features that go way beyond being only It offers a lot, but just how much of it is new? The swim-proof build, sleep tracking, and more are all impressive, but how much is brand new? Do you think the Fitbit Charge 2 is worth choosing over this device? It is somewhat subjective to answer the second question, so we have compared their main features in order to assist you in making your decision. Take a look at the video review below before continuing on for that part of the review.


Fitbit Charge 3 vs Fitbit Charge 2 Design and Screen

In both model years of the Fitbit Charge 2, the screen is rectangular and the band is the same width as the body. On the Fitbit Charge 3, that design has been refined and tweaked. A few other things you’ll notice about the Fitbit Charge 3 are that it is thinner, which looks more stylish on your wrist. It is lighter and made from aluminum, as opposed to the Fitbit Charge 2, which has a stainless steel body, which might explain its lighter weight. In terms of screen size, there is a significant difference between Charge 2 and Charge 3, because the Fitbit Charge 3’s display is 40% larger. This new Fitbit has a black-and-white screen, but it has also received a resolution boost. The biggest difference about the screen is that it is a touchscreen, whereas on the Fitbit Charge 2, you can simply tap the screen to switch what it displays. With the Fitbit Charge 3 you can go back a screen or wake up the tracker by pressing a button, but you can rely more on the touchscreen interface this time.


Fitbit Charge 3 vs Fitbit Charge 2 Fitness and Notifications

Fitbit Charge 2 features a heart rate monitor, step and calorie tracking, sleep tracking, multi-sport tracking, so you can actually document your workouts. It can automatically detect exercise, so you will not have to toggle through the settings manually a lot of the time. All of that is offered by the Fitbit Charge 3, but it also adds to and improves on what’s already there. You can swim with it because it is water-resistant up to 50 meters, in contrast to the Fitbit Charge 2, which is just splash-proof. Moreover, sleep tracking has been improved for the Fitbit Charge 3, and updates later this year will include the addition of a Sleep Score.

As well, you can now do more directly from the device, such as setting goals without having to go Fitbit Charge 3 will also have a feature called Female Health, which is going to let women track things like ovulation. In other words, the Charge 3 sounds like a more complete health and fitness device, though it is worth noting that neither of these trackers has GPS functionality. This is done through Connected GPS, which relies on your cell The Fitbit Charge 3 will be able to display notifications from your phone, as well as accept or decline calls, which will be included in a future software update, as will Quick Replies, which lets you reply to text messages or calls with pre-written responses. The Fitbit Charge 2 does not let you interact with notifications at all, so you will have to use your phone to do anything more than read them. There are also versions of the Fitbit Charge 3 that come with Fitbit Pay, enabling you to make contactless payments using the Unfortunately, the Fitbit Charge 2 won’t let you do this.


Fitbit Charge 3 vs Fitbit Charge 2 Battery

The Fitbit Charge 2 is advertised as offering up to five days of battery life, and although we didn’t give it quite that much time in our review, we utilized everything the device had to offer. As Fitbit claims the Fitbit Charge 3 can last up to seven days, you’ll probably notice the battery life will be longer than that of your normal Fitbit. The battery lifespan is likely to be reduced by heavy use, as with the Charge 2, but we expect it will be more long-lasting than its predecessor.


Fitbit Charge 3 vs Fitbit Charge 2 Price and Availability

Pre-orders for the Fitbit Charge 3 are open now and the device will be available in stores early in The standard version is $149.95 / £129.99 / AU$229.95 if you want it. There is also a special edition model that has Fitbit Pay functionality and comes with a white band or a purple band. It A Fitbit Charge 2 is already out and available for $150 / £129.99 / AU$250, but if you shop around you may be able to get it cheaper. Also available is a special edition for $179.95 / £149.99 / AU$289.95 (which has a new design but does not offer Fitbit Pay), though that too is now normally less expensive. At full price then, the Fitbit Charge 2 is very similar to the Fitbit Charge 3 but it can often be quite a bit cheaper in reality, and the price will probably decrease still further once the Charge 3 is available.



Look closer and you find that it’s very different from the Fitbit Charge 2. It has all the same core features as the Fitbit Charge 2, but there are a lot more but it also has a lot more new features and improved features, including swimproofing and an improved battery life. The Fitbit Charge 3 isn’t equipped with GPS, so you’ll need to look elsewhere if you need one – but it could be a good fit for your next fitness tracker – though you might want to wait for our full review to find out for It would be a good choice if you only want the fitness tracker and can find it substantially cheaper. Still, Fitbit Charge 2 remains a decent device as well, so if you don’t need the new features it would be a good choice too.