Can you play music on the Fitbit Charge 3?
Best answer: No, the Fitbit Charge 3 seems to be a bit anti-music. The device doesn't have a built-in speaker, so you simply can't play music. It also doesn't allow you to connect and play your music via Bluetooth or even control the music being played on your smartphone. If you want to listen to music on your Fitbit, go with the Versa.Full-on smartwatch: Fitbit Versa (opens in new tab) ($200 at Fitbit)Advanced fitness tracker: Fitbit Charge 3 (opens in new tab) ($150 at Fitbit)
Not as smart as a smartwatch
If you're considering a Fitbit Charge 3, it's important to keep in mind that the device is an advanced fitness tracker and not actually a smartwatch. So while the device comes equipped with everything you need to track your fitness stats and even has basic smartwatch functionality (it can receive notifications, for example), it doesn't offer everything a smartwatch does. The Fitbit Charge 3 doesn't allow wearers to make or receive phone calls directly from the device nor does it allow users to play, store, or control music.
Still, it is a solid device for what it is. The Charge 3 boasts a 7-day battery life, a sleek design, and countless trackers to help you better understand how your body works, so you can get healthier. However, if not being able to play music is a deal-breaker for you, the Fitbit Versa might be a better option.
Why the Versa?
If you were considering the Charge 3, it's possible you're already a fan of the Fitbit line, so why not keep it in the family while getting all the features you need?
Unlike the Charge 3, the Fitbit Versa is a smartwatch that offers a number of features not found on the Charge 3, including phone-free music. The Versa allows users to store and play over 300 songs directly from the device, plus the option to download Pandora stations or Deezer playlists. It also has Bluetooth, which allows users to connect and listen to tracks using their favorite compatible headphones. You can even control your music directly on the watch by using the built-in music controls.
The Versa offers everything the Charge 3 does and allows you to store and play your jams during workouts or on the go. If playing music is important to you and you have space in your budget for an extra $50, then you can't go wrong with the Versa.
Close but no cigar
The Fitbit Charge 3 is an excellent fitness tracker but it simply isn't as smart as a smartwatch. The Charge 3 will monitor your heart rate, track your sleep pattern, and even recognize your workouts, but it won't play your favorite playlist.
Stephanie Barnes is a contributor at iMore. She fell in love with technology after building her first PC as a little girl. She later followed that passion to become a front-end/iOS engineer before switching to writing full-time. Stephanie's writing on technology, health and wellness, movies, television, and much more can be found all over the internet, including at HuffPost, HelloGiggles, PopSci, MindBodyGreen, and Business Insider.
At iMore, she covers everything from breaking news to product roundups with the latest and greatest devices, apps, and accessories on the market. Stephanie also writes the occasional how-to guide to help readers get the most out of their Apple's devices and services.
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