FitBit Fitness Watch (Inspire HR) Review

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The Fitbit Inspire HR fitness watch is a fantastic choice for those who want a way to track what they’re doing throughout the day. If you are trying to monitor your workouts for healthier living or if you’re trying to get in shape, they have a simple fitness tracker might be a good option for you. It’s going to do all the basics, such as tracking steps, distance traveled, calories burned, sleep, and heart rate.

Best budget-friendly Fitness tracker It’s perfect for most users. Of course, there are higher Tech options on the market and things that are a little bit more expensive that gives you more advanced features. However, for the Average Joe, the Fitbit Inspire HR fitness watch is just dandy.

If you don’t want anything too high-tech and you’re looking for something on a budget, then this product is going to be perfect for you. Customers loved it, it’s comfortable, and it looks great.

Editor's Pros & Cons
Pros

Modern design

Tracks 15 activities

Great battery life

Water-resistant (up to 50m)

Heart rate monitor

Touchscreen OLED screen

Smartphone notifications

Cons

Small screen

Only basic swimming tracking

No altimeter

No reply option for messages

Activities

The Fitbit Inspire HR is the perfect fitness tracker for those who are getting started in the fitness world or those who are new to fitness tracking. They can track up to 15 different activities. Whether you're walking, jogging, biking, or swimming laps the tracker can automatically determine what you're doing and track it for you.

Of course, some of the fancier watches out there or the higher-tech trackers are going to be able to do a lot more for you. However, those can be a little intimidating for those who don't really know what they're doing. Additionally, those are a lot more pricey, so if you're just getting the feel of it, this is going to be the best product for you.

The best part, according to a lot of consumers, is that a has a heart rate monitor. You're going to be able to keep track of did your heart rate so you can stay in the zone that you're aiming for. If you're trying to maintain the cardio level, the fat burn level, or just see what your resting heart rate is, this is going to be able to do that for you.

It's a perfect beginning watch or budget-friendly tracker for those who were looking for something consistent unreliable.

Basic Features

The Fitbit Inspire HR offers a plethora of great features. They mostly provide a lot of basic functions, as it's more for beginners. Yes, there are some more advanced things that you can do with this product. However, it really thrives with the more basic features.

Of course, you're going to get all the usual information that you would get from a fitness tracker. It's going to tell you how many calories you burned, track the activities you participate, as well as monitoring your sleep. This product comes with Fitbit SmartTrack function, which is going to automatically recognize different activities and then record them for you without any additional step on your part. It's nice to know that if you want to go out for a jog, you don't have to set your tracker up before you go oh, you can just get up and move and forget about it.

You're also going to get some of the basic features that you would expect from some lower-grade smartwatches. If you connect to your tracker to your smartphone through Bluetooth connection, you'll be able to get your notifications right to your wrist. It can tell you when you get a new call, text message, or calendar event. However, unlike some of the higher-end watches or trackers, you have limited functionality with it. The watch will only let you see the first 200 characters of a message, and unfortunately, you can't respond to the messages via your tracker. You will have to pull out your phone if you want to send a reply.

Additionally, once you read the message, you won't be able to open it back up on the tracker. It doesn't store any of your notification so once it's gone from your wrist, it's gone. Customers appreciate this option. It'll allow them to see what their messages are and whether they warrant a response before pulling a cell phone out of their pocket or armbands.

Unfortunately for many customers, this product does not have a built-in GPS so you won't be able to track an outdoor run unless you have it synced to your phone. This means you'll have to rely on your smartphone's GPS information to track your route. This isn't a big deal for most customers as they carry their phones with them while they're on the go anyway. However, some consumers would have liked to have seen the GPS built-in.

On the same note, there is no altimeter on this tracker. What this means for you, is that it's not going to track the flights of stairs that you climbed. This is less of deterrence for most customers; it only really affects those whose workouts consist of a lot of stairs climbing.

All in all, customers are content with all the great basic features they have to take advantage of with this product.

Advanced Features

One of the more advanced features that you'll find with the Fitbit Inspire HR, that you won't find on some of the other trackers, is the heart rate monitor. The fact that this device has a heart rate monitor draws a lot of consumers in. It helps give you a more accurate account of your workouts Since it'll let you know what zone your heart was in. Whether you were in the fat-burning zone, cardio zone, or resting zone, it's going to be able to track the number of calories burned in a day more accurately.

Through the use of the Fitbit app, you'll be able to look at a graph of your heart rate throughout the day. This becomes a useful tool for those who are doing any kind of training. It'll give you the information on how long you were in each of the heart rate zones during your workout. If your goal is to spend 30 minutes in the cardio zone, and you can use this feature to help you achieve that goal.

Additionally, if you choose to wear the watch while you're sleeping, it's going to help you have a good idea of what your resting heart rate is. It's another tool that will allow you to track any changes in your heart rate over some time.

The fitness tracker also offers customers a guided breathing mode. This is going to encourage you to take a couple of minutes to pay attention to your breathing. It will guide you through inhaling deeply and then exhaling with the help of a little buzzing on your wrist. A lot of consumers have commented that this is a convenient tool when they're trying to relax a little bit after a hard workout. It gives you a nice break for a couple of minutes where you focus on you and your breathing.

As mentioned above, this tracker will monitor your sleep for you. This is a function that most Fitbit's offer, as well as a lot of other fitness trackers on the market. The small size of this watch, however, makes it great for sleeping in. It doesn't get in the way it doesn't feel like a burden, so most people don't have a problem wearing it to bed. The tracker does a decent job at tracking all the stages of your sleep. Some consumers have even stated that it does a better job than some of the more expensive smartwatches on the market.

Finally, one of the more advanced options that you can take advantage of with this product, that not all trackers can offer you is the fact that its swim proof. The product is water-resistant up to 50m, which means you can wear in the shower or take it swimming with you without having to worry about water damage. That said, something that you should know is that it only has basic swim tracking options. That means you can track the fact that you're swimming, but it's not going to be able to track each of your laps like some of the more advanced watches can do.

Accuracy

We are purchasing a product that's meant to track your fitness you want to make sure that you're getting something that's going to be accurate. After all, what's the point of monitoring your steps if it's giving you an inaccurate number at the end of the day? Thankfully, that isn't a problem that customer experience when it comes to the Fitbit Inspire HR.

The product does a pretty decent job at accurately tracking how many calories you burn during the day, the distance you've traveled, and the steps that you've walked. However, something that consumers mentioned was that it could overrate your workout by about 10%. This isn't usually a problem for most customers; however, if you need one hundred percent accuracy, then you might want to try a different product. For the most part, if you're a casual user or somebody who's trying to lead a more active lifestyle, this watch is going to be just fine for you.

Additionally, there aren't any complaints on the heart rate monitor. It seems to read your heartbeat quite well, giving you a fairly accurate reading. However, if you're going to be doing any high-intensity interval training, you might want to consider a more high-tech option. The watch might not be able to keep up with all the fast switching heart rates that you would experience while doing this kind of work out. Your basic workouts and everyday fitness routines, however, are going to be perfect.

Connectivity

The Fitbit Inspire HR can easily connect over 200 devices. Weather use an Android, and iPhone, or Windows 10 device, you shouldn't have any problems getting this to connect. But using a Bluetooth 4.0 radio transceiver, you do have the option to connect to other devices as well.

Keep in mind, if you want to use your GPS tracking or receives smart notifications from your phone, you do have to connect to your cell phone and have it close by while you're out and about.

Apps

If you were using this product with your smartphone, you're going to want to download the Fitbit app. It's available both on the Apple Store and Google Play Store. The free app allows you to keep track of your food and your water if that's something that you want to do. This can help you get an overall analysis of both your Fitness and your health. Through the app, you can sync the tracker throughout the day, or you can choose to turn off the all-day sync. It is still recommended that you connect your phone to your device at least once a day.

Unlike some of the more advanced trackers or smartwatches, you can't put any apps on this device itself. You don't have many options for playing music, using your own fitness apps, or anything else you might find on some of the higher check devices.

Comfort

Most customers have commented that this product is extremely comfortable to wear. Whether you're wearing it's daily, only to the gym, or even at night while you're sleeping, you're not going to experience much in the way of just comfort. Most customers have mentioned that the band itself feels great on their skin. There haven't been any problems with rashes or discomfort from rubbing.

The slim and lightweight design help make the product an excellent choice for everyday wear. After all, if you weren't comfortable while wearing it, you probably wouldn't.

Style

The Fitbit Inspire HR is one of Fitbit's sleekest and narrowest devices thus far. That said, the face of the tracker still is a little bit thick. The thickness of the watch face doesn't deter most customers, and there are no complaints on the style when it comes to that future.

According to a lot of consumers, this product is one of the most attractive Fitbit trackers on the market. There are a plethora of band options that you can choose from so you can get a more customizable look and style. Customers love that they can personalize their watch to match their style and personality.

When you purchase the device, there are three default color choices. You can pick from black, white, and lilac. Regardless of the color you choose, at least you know that you're going to look great.

Durability

Customers have no real complaints on the durability of this product. It's made out of high-quality products and has an outstanding construction. It also helps that the device is water-resistant up to 50m, so you aren't going to have to deal with any moisture damage. Don't let the small and delicate looking device full you, it's going to be able to live up to all of the abuse you were going to put it through while you are working out.

Battery Life

One thing that customers love about this Fitness tracker is battery life. If you're using it moderately throughout the day, you can get about five days worth of usage before you're going to have to recharge it. Most of this can be attributed to the screen being so small and the black and white in her face.

However, if you want to use all of the features this product has to offer, you're going to reduce the battery life to about three days. This means if you have of your device links to your phone for GPS, I receiving a lot of notifications, and using 24-hour heart rate monitor then you're going to see a reduction in the battery life. This is simply because your device is doing a lot more, and therefore using more battery.

When he does come time to charge the device, it only takes about 2 hours before you'll get a full charge. You do have to use a USB magnetic stand to charge it, which discourages many consumers. Not everybody appreciates the fact that it uses a proprietary charging cord. It makes it harder to replace it if yours becomes damaged or lost. That said, it doesn't deter a lot of consumers, and they are content with the charger that comes with the product.

Bottom Line

If you aren't tech-savvy and you want a simple and basic fitness tracker that can offer you some more advanced features, then you come to the right place. This budget-friendly option is an excellent choice for beginners and those who want something simple.

You can take advantage of all the necessary features you would expect from a fitness tracker. It's going to track steps, calories burned, distance traveled, sleep duration, sleep quality, heart rate. One thing that sets this one apart from the rest, it's water-resistant up to 50m so it can do some basic swim tracking.

Overall it's a fantastic product that most customers love. If you want something affordable and straightforward, then the Fitbit Inspire HR is the right option for you.