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Pros / The Alta has smartwatch and fitness features packed into its small design, which makes it more conducive to hardcore exercise than a heavier watch.

Cons / The battery only lasts for about five days. To extend the battery life, you have to turn off helpful features like Bluetooth and notifications.

 Verdict / Because of its accuracy and simple design, the Fitbit Alta is a great option for all-day fitness tracking.

TopTenREVIEWS - Gold Award - Awarded for excellence in design, usability and feature set
TopTenREVIEWS - Excellence Award - Awarded for excellence in design, usability and feature set

The Fitbit Alta is one of the best fitness trackers for all-day use. It’s slim and lightweight, and the touchscreen is easy to read. It was also one of the most accurate fitness trackers during our tests. The Fitbit Alta easily earns our Top Ten Reviews Gold Award for best fitness tracker because of its design, accuracy and Bluetooth features.

  • Steps Accuracy
  • Rechargeable Battery Life
  • Weight
  1. A higher percentage indicates a more accurate step count.
    More is Better.
  2. 1  Fitbit Alta
    98.0 %
  3. 90.0 %
  4. 93.0 %
  5. Category Average
    91.88 %

Tracking Accuracy

To test the activity trackers in our review, we manually tracked steps, distance, calories burned, active minutes and sleep duration then cross-referenced our data with that collected by the devices. The Alta was surprisingly accurate. On average, it tracked an extra 50 steps for every 2,500 we took, which is fairly accurate when you get into high step counts. For every mile we walked, it tracked 0.98 miles, which is close enough for most non-professional athletes.

Progress Monitoring

Monitoring your progress is one of the hardest parts of fitness. The Fitbit Alta is one of the best activity trackers because it allows you to set custom goals and can calculate goals that are best for your body type, age, etc. The device tracks data about steps taken, calories burned, distance traveled, favorite activities and all sorts of other fitness metrics. It doesn’t have an altimeter, which monitors vertical movement, so you can’t track how many stairs you climb. Those stairs are still counted as steps though. In addition to normal fitness metrics, it tracks your sleep. The Alta lets you know when you fell asleep, when you woke up, and when you tossed and turned.

If you sync your data about once a week, you can monitor your progress over time. From day-to-day or year-to-year, you can see charts of your daily runs or how your resting heart rate fell to a healthier number. The way the Fitbit app is set up is motivating and encourages you to meet your set goals.

Apps & Connectivity

During our extensive fitness tracker testing, the Fitbit app consistently ranked very well. This is mainly because it’s so intuitive, gives you a lot of detail and is highly customizable. Combined with the app, the Fitbit Alta is an excellent tool for keeping track of your day-over-day and week-over-week fitness. However, the Alta is compatible with over 34 non-Fitbit apps in case you already have a favorite for monitoring your calories or workouts, and it is easy to sync data to any of them. This wireless activity tracker can automatically or manually sync your data via Bluetooth to your phone.

Since the Fitbit Alta has a touchscreen, you can view smartwatch notifications for phone calls, texts or calendar reminders. In the app, you can set silent alarms too, which vibrate to let you know when it’s time to get up or its time to take a walk if you’ve been sitting too long.

Battery & Design

The Fitbit Alta only has a five-day battery life, which is shorter than other exercise trackers in our review. You can change settings, such as syncing frequency and smartphone notifications, to extend battery life.

Even though the screen sucks up a lot of battery life, it is totally worth it. You can see all your real-time stats on your wrist without opening the app. The screen is easy to view in full light or complete darkness, and the watch face is customizable.

The Alta doesn’t have any buttons, so tapping the screen in the only way to view and interact with your data. While this is convenient, we found that in most cases it took more than a few tries to tap the screen with just the right amount of pressure to turn it on. The Alta is extremely stylish though – it comes in four colors and is super slim, and its simple design goes from office wear to workout wear quite nicely.

Help & Support

Fitbit covers the Alta with a one-year warranty. Starting when you connect the device to the Fitbit app, the warranty covers anything that goes wrong. During testing, we found it was easy to get answers from Fitbit representatives via live chat, email or phone. You can also find manuals, FAQs and helpful user information on the Fitbit website.

Summary

This fitness tracker wristband is a great choice if you need a fashionable device with lots of customization options. With the app, the Fitbit Alta is hard to beat in customization and data tracking, making it a good choice for setting and keeping all your major fitness goals.

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