I recently purchased a Fitbit Surge to see what it was really like. If you quit reading right now the take home message would be this: I like it for some features, but honestly you can get those features for a lot cheaper. In my opinion, the surge isn’t worth the money. Here is my list of the Surge’s pros and cons.
Pros: -Easy to set up and use the Fitbit and the app that goes along with it
-Like being able to read texts as they come in and scroll through previous texts on the watch
-The pedometer, distance, and floors features are useful tools to map movement/activity on a daily basis
-It tracks distances on runs/walks and has a little map on the app so you can see your route
Cons: -when people say its “big”, it’s because it’s HUGE on your wrist and can actually get in the way during certain activities
-it doesn’t sync very well at all, especially with programs such as MyFitnessPal
BUT MY BIGGEST ISSUE with the Surge is:
-it is grossly inaccurate at measuring heart rate during exercise and as a result, it under reports the number of calories burned during workouts. I have been an avid Polar Heart Rate monitor wearer for over 10 years, so I have an idea how many calories I am burning during my workouts. The Surge general reports my calorie burn anywhere from 75-150 calories lower than what I am pretty sure I am actually burning. I feel this is largely due to false heart rate readings during exercise. There are times when I know my heart rate is up in the 140’s-150’s and the Surge is reading my heart rate as less than 110 BPM. Since caloric burn is a direct result of intensity (i.e. heart rate), I know the counts are incorrect. This is extremely frustrating when trying to accurately log calories consumed vs. calories burned.
While it’s been a fun experiment, save your money and buy a Polar, at least until Fitbit figures these issue out.