Fitbit Inspire HR Fitness Tracker Review
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It all depends on what you are looking for. If all you are after is a smart fitness tracker to track your steps, walks, sleep and overall fitness level, the Fitbit Inspire HR is a no brainer. It not only looks great, but it is also competitively priced. Yes, there are cheaper fitness trackers in the market, but they lack the brilliant Fitbit app and its community.
With the addition now of GPS, it can definitely give running watches a run for their money, within reason. Don’t expect miracles on that front either but for light fitness tracking, it does the job very well. Although the tiny display screen and the overall size are more suitable for recording performance than getting live feedback, you get incredible value for money here. Highly recommended.
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Fitbit Inspire HR, Best-Value Fitbit Fitness Tracker
Make way for the newest Fitbit Inspire HR from Fitbit which is way cheaper than the previous model Fitbit Alta HR. In this price range, the Inspire HR fitness tracker band puts the Fitbit Charge 3 on the verge of defeat. With amazing features at a reasonable cost, what’s not to like about Fitbit Inspire HR?
However, Fitbit seems to be stuck in between a high-end tracker like Apple Watch and a very cheap one like Xiaomi Mi Band 3. Why would we say that? Because the Fitbit Inspire HR is the best example of a well-balanced fitness tracking band perfect for people who want to get the job done with no hassle and complication. It is as simple as that!
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This new Fitbit device is the right blend of classy but not pricey. It’s the closest thing from a smartwatch in a cost-effective way. Although it is not fully featured like Fitbit Charge 3, this one is a great replacement to the stylish and visually appealing Fitbit Alta HR.
The Fitbit Inspire HR has a lot of extra features aside from the usual tracking steps, sleep time, and calorie counts. It includes apps like guided breathing, VO2 max, and female health-tracking, which allows women to record their period, ovulation, and fertility. And the best part is, you can connect your phone to this device to accurately track your running or cycling time through GPS. Whatever your preferences and demands may be, whether it’s about the features or the price, all I can say is that Fitbit Inspire HR has the best of both worlds.
When we talk about the design, there’s nothing special or extravagant about a small plastic tablet-like connected by two silicone straps. It looks cheaper than the Alta since previous designs are made from aluminum. But if you want to amp it up, Fitbit selling straps lets you choose from rubber, leather, or steel at relatively inexpensive rates.
The curvy structure of the device shows elegance and the touchscreen works pretty well. It also has a button on the side that you can press to light up the screen if it fails to detect when you raise your wrist.
One big letdown from testing the Inspire HR is that the whole thing is controlled by touchscreen. If we think about it, it is made for fitness tracking which includes sweat, water, or rain, and having contact with liquid makes the sensitivity of the touchscreen a bit difficult to manage. Not to mention the exclusive charger for Inspire HR that makes finding a replacement a big problem.
If you’re a long-time customer of Fitbit, then you already know how they step up their game when it comes to performance. Perfecting the basics such as keeping track, alerts or notifications, and telling the difference between light, deep, and REM sleep. All apps presented by Fitbit are user-friendly and easy-to-access.
As with all Fitbit fitness trackers, you set your target step count in Fitbit’s app (the default count is 10000 steps which in practical terms it is around five miles walking distance) and the little OLED screen displays for you to see how much you do. It does a great job at keeping track and as all fitbits do, if you have been static for a long time, will buzz to let you know that it is time to get up and go for a walk.
Choosing the best fitness tracker for you really depends on your needs. It’s not necessary to buy an expensive band when you just need the basics like tracking sleep, steps, and overall fitness level. But if you’re up for a smart fitness with look and design that is equally brilliant as the app and community, then the Fitbit Inspire HR is a great match.
For a runner, I think the tiny screen can be hard to deal with. Since it’s too small, multiple data will not fit on the screen which makes it impossible to check your stat every now and then. Even if it’s connected to GPS like the Garmin Forerunner 935, this tracker is not recommended for mid/high intensity-runners.
You can always check out our range of reviewed fitness trackers in case the Fitbit Inspire HR is not quite hat you are looking for.