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REVIEWED: The Fitbit Charge 5

Doing what’s best for our body is always a top priority and possibly now, more than ever after long days in lockdown. Fitbit’s most advanced fitness & health tracker, the Fitbit Charge 5 has been released and right now its the most advanced health and fitness tracker yet, helping you keep a pulse on your stress, exercise readiness, heart health and overall well-being – all in a thinner design with a brighter colour touchscreen and a week of battery life.

Ten percent thinner than its predecessor, Charge 5 has an aerodynamic design and is optimised for performance and engineered for a seamless fit. With a new AMOLED colour display, Charge 5 is their first tracker with an always-on display option for added convenience to see your stats or while training.

The display is also two-times brighter than its predecessor making it easy to see your stats on sunny days. You can also switch up your look at any time, choosing from lightweight silicone infinity bands, breathable sport bands, plush nylon hook and loop bands. and hand-crafted premium Horween leather bands. We will say, the look and feel of the Charge 5 on our wrists feels so seamless, no bulky watches – no fuss! The device comes pre-packed with a small and large breathable sport band, which makes the experience so much easier to get it feeling comfy.

Key features of Charge 5 include:

  • Tools to track stress, heart health and sleep, including an EDA Scan app sensor for stress management, ECG assessments for AFib (coming soon), high/low heart rate notifications and sleep insights.
  • A lightweight and low-profile design with a vibrant color touchscreen that is 10% slimmer and 200% brighter than Charge 4.
  • Six-months of Fitbit Premium, which includes access to 500+ workouts, mindfulness and nutrition sessions from new partners like LES MILLS and Calm, and deeper insights into your holistic wellbeing with the Health Metrics dashboard, Stress Management Score and Sleep Score breakdowns.
  • Built-in GPS, 20 exercise modes and Active Zone Minutes to track your activity in real time.
  • Convenient smart features, like smartphone notifications, quick replies from your wrist (for Android users), timers, alarms and contactless payments, and 20+ colorful clock faces, allpowered by 7 days of battery life.

The recommended retail price for Fitbit Charge 5 is R3 999 and accessories from R599. The device will be available this fall at the following retailers: Makro, Cape Union Mart, Incredible Connection,, Hi Online, Dischem, Superbalist. Total Sports, Sportsmans Warehouse, FNB eBucks and FNB connect.

And, with six months of Fitbit Premium included, you’ll get deeper insights, actionable guidance and a range of more than 500 workouts, plus mindfulness and nutritional content to empower you to do what’s best for your body each day!

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