Fitbit Alta FAQ: Everything you need to know!

Best replacement bands for Fitbit Alta
Best replacement bands for Fitbit Alta

Fitbit's new Alta is arguably the most attractive model in the Fitbit lineup. It has a slim design that fashion-conscious buyers will appreciate without sacrificing the tracker in fitness tracker.

So, what should you know about the Alta to decide whether it is the right fitness tracker for you?

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Does the Alta have a display?

The Alta has a rectangular OLED tap display that can be set to vertical or horizontal orientation in the Fitbit app. Also, there are different clock faces you can choose from — one even has a flower.

Does it track steps?

Of course! It's a Fitbit! In fact, Alta has a three-axis accelerometer and memory that stores five different types of motion statistics. It will also tell you how far you've traveled, how many calories you've burned, and how many active minutes you've earned.

And workouts, too?

Like the Fitbit Charge HR, the Alta comes with SmartTrack, which automatically recognizes certain types of exercises and auto-logs them in the Fitbit app, so that you don't have to worry about it.

  • Walking: Longer than 10 minutes
  • Running: Longer than 10 minutes
  • Outdoor Bike: Longer than 10 minutes
  • Elliptical: Longer than 10 minutes
  • Sport: Longer than 10 minutes
  • Aerobic Workout: Longer than 10 minutes

The Fitbit app gives more details about what each of the categories mean. For example, sport is any high-movement activity such as tennis, basketball, and soccer.

If you know how to use the Fitbit app, you can manage all of your activities and much more.

Is it customizable?

Why, yes it is. You can get different styles — from a supple leather band in either blush pink or graphite, to a shiny stainless steel bracelet. Or you can get the classic herringbone pattern elastomer band in another color.

Does it do notifications?

Alta displays smartphone alerts: calls, texts, and calendar alerts right on your wrist. Just tap the screen to cycle through them. You can manage which notification types you want to see in the Fitbit app.

Does it track sleep?

The Alta has a sleep monitor that tracks how many hours you sleep, how many times you're restless and how many times you wake up. This is quite useful for measuring not only how much sleep you're getting, but the quality of that sleep as well.

How about alarms?

You betcha! Alta comes with alarms, even the silent ones that send a little tingle through your wrist to gently wake you from your (hopefully) pleasant dreams.

Does it remind you to stay active?

The all-new Reminders to Move feature does! It gives you a gentle nudge in the form of a vibration and a message on the screen to get up and walk around. The goal is to get 250 or more steps every hour.

Interestingly, the Alta is the only Fitbit to date that has this function. It's really helpful in pushing you to be more active throughout the day, and important part in health and weight maintenance.

Bottom-line it for me!

The Fitbit Alta is a sweet-looking fitness tracker that gives you form and function all in one nice package.

Seriously, you could wear it all day and carry on wearing it out for a night out on the town. Its bracelet-like design would not look out of place on your wrist at all.

It is also the only Fitbit tracker that comes with the new Reminders to Move feature, a really nice touch for people who want to get healthier.

Want even more information about the Fitbit Alta? Get the latest details and news over here.

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Kathy McGraw

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