Test: Fitbit Luxe is moderately luxurious

Today, the division between smart watches and fitness bracelets like this is a bit fluid. Both varieties can of course show the time and have a lot of other functions, both “smart” and “clock”. The biggest difference is usually the battery life.

I have used Fitbit Luxe around the clock, ie for both sleep measurement and active training sessions and to keep track of how much I move in general. In addition to physical health, Fitbit has also increasingly focused on mental health, stress management and relaxation.

Right ordinary

If we start by looking at the exterior, I have a very hard time seeing why Fitbit Luxe is called just that, because I do not notice anything that distinguishes it from other fitness bracelets, when you think about the look. It was something I thought about already when it was launched and now that I have it in my hand, or rather around the wrist, I do not discover anything that convinces me or changes my perception. It simply looks like almost any other similar device. If you want something more beautiful, more eye-catching, you buy another bracelet, but it is also possible to do with other pedometers. I call it a pedometer, because it is the main area of ​​use anyway. It keeps track of your daily activity, but it lacks gps, so if you go out for a jog or run, you will find that the bracelet does not know where you have been. If, on the other hand, you have the phone with you at the same time, Fitbit can use the phone’s gps, but then the bracelet does not add much because the phone does more or less all the work. In any case, this means that it does not take more battery to take a workout with the bracelet and I usually lose 15 percent battery approximately per day. It therefore takes about a week between charges. Here it is also interesting to mention that you can not turn off Fitbit Luxe. It’s not possible. The only way to get rid of it is to run out of battery, so even if you put the bracelet away, the battery capacity is consumed.

From the Fitbit app in the phone, you can choose from about twenty different looks on the dial and they can also display various detailed information. For example, some show your heart rate, others just time and date. From the home screen, you can swipe up to get your current activity statistics and instead swipe to the side from the dial, you switch between notifications, training, relaxation exercises, alarms and timing. Fitbit promises that the device will also receive a measurement of the blood’s oxygen content, but it is not yet available. This Fitibit’s first activity meter, which also has relaxation functions and in a program with animations that guide me in the small screen, I can, for example, be guided through breathing exercises.

The fact that it is such a small screen of course affects the areas of use, which is noticeable both in the limited number of functions that are available and how those that exist work. Most are therefore basic and have time to do, such as setting alarms and timers. However, it can also be a bit complicated, as it takes place in several steps of swipes and tap on the screen. It works, but a larger screen would make it more user-friendly, simply easier. But then the device would have become more or less a smartwatch instead.

Smart awakening so far unsmart

Most interesting of the features are smart wake-up and notifications from the phone. Smart wake-up allows you to set a time for wake-up and then the clock wakes you up when you sleep the easiest, in an interval then around the time you sat. The idea is good, but when I test, Fitbit fails to signal any alarm at all and this is what Fitbit themselves say is a bug that they are working on fixing.

Notes from the phone appear on the screen, but precisely because the screen is so small, it becomes difficult to benefit enormously from the function, because the line breaks are many and you can not respond to the notes from the wrist. You still have to pick up the phone and do it there.

You can find a lot of the benefits of Fitbit in the app on your phone anyway, this is where, for example, the in-depth analyzes can be seen if you have signed up for Fitbit Premium (six months are included when you buy Luxe, then it costs SEK 99 a month) . Then there are, for example, mindfulness exercises there, something you do not really need the activity meter for.

Not very training friendly

During the training session itself, the bracelet has limited use. For example, when I look at the screen during the bike ride, it says 0 km / h screen, even though I am definitely moving. And during other training, the screen is also so small that even then it is too small to really show the context and all the information you need, which becomes extra clear if you try to read and interact with it while running, cycling or doing something else activity.

Compared to other activity bands, such as Fitbit’s own Charge 4 that we tested, this band lacks GPS and NFC so it cannot be used for Fitbit’s payment service Pay. However, it is still quite expensive and when not even the exterior really breathes lavishly, it is difficult to motivate in front of competing units.


Source: Mobil by www.mobil.se.

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