gadget / 30/09/2016

Fitbit Charge 2 in South Africa

The new Fitbit Charge 2 and Flex 2 unveiled a month ago have made their way to South Africa. The Charge 2 is currently on sale, while the Flex 2 will be available mid-October. At the media event in Sandton yesterday, Fitbit South Africa said a whopping 48.7m devices have been sold to date, which appears to be the leader in the fitness tracker/wearable segment.

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The Charge 2 is the updated Charge HR from last year, but now with a bigger display. It also features multi-sport tracking modes, smarter notifications, interchangeable bands (you don’t want to wear the same band you sweat in at the gym on your night out!), continuous heart rate monitoring that makes it easier to track calorie burns and breathing sessions. I’m most excited to try the multi-sport mode as I train twice a week at the gym and it would be great to finally see a breakdown of doing weights. Multi-sport mode works for runs, bikes, weights, and yoga, with detailed summaries available via the app.

I absolutely LOVE the turquoise Charge 2. Fitness trackers don’t need to be boring anymore!

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The Flex 2 on the other hand (haha), has an ultra-sim minimalist design and is swim-proof with automatic swim tracking for laps, distance and calories burned. It is water resistant up to 50m, features Fitbit’s first swim-proof band and the tracker is removable. The Smart Track feature recognises workouts like walks, runs, ride, elliptical, sports, and aerobics. Olympic gold medalist Cameron van der Burgh mentioned how he uses the device to track his swims while training and competing. It also comes in a variety of interchangeable bands, some that may appeal to fashion-forward individuals.

What do you think of these Flex 2 bands?

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The Charge 2 is currently available at the iStore for R2999, and the Flex 2 will come mid-October at R1899.



Nafisa Akabor
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