Can you text on the Fitbit Charge 3?
Best answer: The Fitbit Charge 3 can receive text messages. How you can respond to those messages from the wearable device is limited to the type of smartphone you own.Fitbit: Fitbit Charge 3 (opens in new tab) ($150)Apple: Apple Watch Series 3 (opens in new tab) ($279+)
Say hello to quick replies
The Fitbit Charge 3 offers so-called quick replies to send customized responses to text messages. Currently, however, this feature is only available on wearable devices that are paired to an Android phone running Android 7.0 or later. If your Fitbit Charge 3 is paired with an iPhone, you can only respond to Fitbit app notifications, such as messages, cheers, taunts, and friend requests. Responses require that your smartphone is nearby your Charge 3 fitness device.
Note: These messenging restrictions extend to Fitbit's current lineup of smartwatches too, including the Fitbit Versa and Fitbit Ionic. Also, it's worth noting that you cannot send new text messages from any of these devices.
A Fitbit support document explains the current messaging options available to Charge 3 users based on the type of smartphone they own.
Consider an Apple Watch instead
If you're an iPhone owner and want the option to send and receive full texts from your wearable device, you should consider buying an Apple Watch. This all-in-one wearable solution might be ideal. Though still pricier than a Charge 3, you can get an Apple Watch Series 3 (opens in new tab) for as little as $279. The newer Apple Watch Series 4 (opens in new tab) starts at $399.
Go for it
If texting from your wearable device isn't that important and you're only looking for a fitness tracker (not a smartwatch), the Fitbit Charge 3 is a nearly perfect option. While the device is mostly weak on messaging capabilities (especially for iPhone users), it does include a long list of useful features. Offering up to seven days of battery life between charges, the wearable device includes a 24/7 heart rate monitor, all-day activity tracking, sleep monitoring, and much more.
Time to make your selection
Not everyone wants an expensive smartwatch. If you're one of those people and like what Fitbit products have to offers, go with the Charge 3.
Yes it's a full-featured smartwatch, but the Apple Watch still might be a better solution for you in the long-run, especially if you're an iPhone user.
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Bryan M. Wolfe has written about technology for over a decade on various websites, including TechRadar, AppAdvice, and many more. Before this, he worked in the technology field across different industries, including healthcare and education. He’s currently iMore’s lead on all things Mac and macOS, although he also loves covering iPhone, iPad, and Apple Watch. Bryan enjoys watching his favorite sports teams, traveling, and driving around his teenage daughter to her latest stage show, audition, or school event in his spare time. He also keeps busy walking his black and white cocker spaniel, Izzy, and trying new coffees and liquid grapes.
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