Fitbit Alta or Alta HR

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Fitbit Alta or Alta HR
Price: $64.99 - 74.99
Shipping Options:: $5 Standard OR $10 Two-Day OR $20 One-Day
Shipping Estimates: Ships in 1-2 business days (Tuesday, Jul 25 to Wednesday, Jul 26) + transit
Condition: Refurbished


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It’s unfortunate that there isn’t further detail about who is refurbishing them, and what goes into that process.

Debating between the Alta HR or the Garmin Vivosmart 3. They both have similar features though the Garmin claims to be swim-proof if I ever go that direction. OTOH Garmin uses ANT+ for syncing heart rate to devices and my phone isn’t compatible.

So if anyone has experience with both, which would you recommend?

Well there is this comparison if it helps:

I credit FitBit with telling me important things like I need to sleep more often, and to get off my butt once an hour. It’s actually useful in meetings since when my wrist vibrates I can pretend like I have a phone call.

The Alta HR is sold out already? :thinking::disappointed_relieved:

I got the email and then jumped on it…and its gone :frowning:

How many Alta HRs were available, like 2?? I was going to buy a couple for gifts. Anyway, I have the Alta HR and I love it. Like the previous comment, I like that it reminds me to get up and move every hour. I think what I like the best is the sleep tracker, which has made me realize how horrible my sleep quality is, so working on making it better.

Note, these are not covered by any warranty from Fitbit.

We need a west coast woot!

I can’t blame people for snatching up great deals, but it sucks to get the email and immediately click the link and the thing is always gone.

Yes, I mean the HR version.

After major accuracy issues with the Fitbit One and the typical wristband problems with the Charge, I had pretty much given up on the company, but the Alta’s features intrigued me, so when Woot had refurbs a while back, I picked one up. Six months later, I still love it. The reminders to get up and move are great, and I appreciate the phone and text notifications, since my phone is often in my bag where I can’t hear it.

I also like the look of it much better than any previous model. The small size works well for my tiny wrists (I’m not an especially small person, but I have tiny little-girl wrists), and I got a great looking steel band from the mothership for about $5.

It’s no more accurate than any other Fitbit, but unlike some I’ve owned, it stays accurate relative to itself, which is all that really matters to me. Wish I’d jumped on the Alta HR earlier–I’d have happily upgraded.

my wife thinks she wants one of these, but she does not have a cell phone nor want one.

Will these sync with and function with just an ipad? or would we be wasting our time/money?

Can anyone comment on the accuracy on these? Looking specifically for accuracy while pushing a stroller, grocery cart, or lawn mower.

Yup. Same. Too bad :-/ I was going to jump on the Alta HR, my wife wants one really bad, and this saves a bunch of money.

Yes. It’s the exact same app for any iOS device, or android. The original Fitbit Charge HR used to come with a USB adapter so it could wirelessly sync with a PC also.

Buying an alta is buying an expensive pedometer, and it sucks the HR is out of stock ALREADY :frowning:

From the specs:

  • Syncing range: Up to 30’
  • Syncing requires Bluetooth LE and Internet connection. Windows 10 computers that do not have Bluetooth LE will need a wireless sync dongle in order to sync.
  • Syncs with Mac OS X 10.6 and up, iPhone 4S and later, iPad 3 gen. and later, Android 4.3 and later, and Windows 10 devices.

So no, you don’t need a phone. …and yes, it can sync with an iPad too. :slight_smile:

The woots begin at 11pm on the west coast, 1am east coast. I can typically stay awake until 11pm, but 1am - although I’m usually awake am not always “with it”. I’d say you have the better circumstance, personally!

My Fitbit Alta certainly does sync with my iPad - sometimes more easily than with my Android phone. Really you just need a bluetooth enabled device capable of supporting the app to take advantage of these features. It’s nice that syncing allows you to see progress over time but the Alta display has plenty of info for that day’s worth of activity - steps, miles, minutes of activity it noticed, etc.

It can also easily sync with a PC via the provided USB dongle so you have options even if you don’t have a smart phone but, of course, the bluetooth option is best for convenience.

Yep, for all we know, Timmy, the 13 year old kid down the street is refurbishing these in his parents garage.

Can someone give a brief summary of the basic differences between the regular and the HR…? In other words, what did I miss? Is it essentially the heart rate monitoring (HR)?