Fitbit Charge Unboxing

The new Fitbit Charge has hit the streets and is ready for action. It was announced along with the Charge HR and Surge, both of which will be available for purchase in a few more weeks. The Charge is essentially a revamped Fitbit Force, so anyone that had (or still has) one should be very familiar with the Charge. We'll give it a full review soon after we play with it for a bit — but for now — let's unbox it!

The Charge brings along the standard Fitbit features like step counts, calories burned, steps climbed, and active minutes. It also grabs some data while you're sleeping, so you can scope out your total sleep time, times awakened, and even set a vibrating alarm to wake you up.

You can view all of your stats on the built-in OLED screen right on the device, or you can check things out in the companion app on your smartphone. The Charge even has caller ID so you'll be able to see who is calling you when your device is connected to your phone.

Hit the video and check out our unboxing — and stay tuned for more on the Charge as we put it to the test!


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  • Save the money and buy an apple watch for a little bit more with much more to offer. Sent from the iMore App
  • A little bit more? It's about four times as expensive.
  • Cool gadget, but unfortunately does not fulfill all of "my" criteria. I am unhappy that there is no health kit integration, isn't it?
    How mich does the charge cost? Sent from the iMore App
  • You can connect the FitBit website and app to MyFitnessPal. That, in turn, sends it's data to the Apple Health app. So yes, it will reach that but through a third party. Regarding the Charge, so far seems good. A little lesser build quality than the Force as the Force was nickel on the underside while the charge is just plastic.
  • These things are pointless to iPhone users now. Almost any of the more successful competitors are a better bet.
  • It looks very similar to the new balance body trainer. Sent from the iMore App
  • I am still using my Fitbit One .. But I am going to stop using it soon. I really want integration with Health Kit. I will not purchasing any device from Fitbit w/o this integration. I'm moving on.
  • It's going to be difficult passing up the Charge HR and/or the Surge since the other smart watches out there are about a year away for what I need.