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Fitbit Surge fitness watch early hands-on review

James A. Martin | Dec. 11, 2014 apps reviewer James A. Martin got his hands on an early release version of Fitbit's upcoming Surge 'fitness super watch,' which is expected in early 2015.

Surge is the biggest (and bulkiest) Fitbit wearable, and I initially found its size off-putting. I'm also skeptical of Fitbit's claim that the battery lasts "up to seven days." After a single day of heavy use, my battery was already half drained.

So, is Surge for you? I say go for it if you fit all of these four conditions: 1) you are firmly ensconced in the Fitbit ecosystem; 2) you're an athlete in training or trying to up his or her game; 3) you're not particularly anxious for a smartwatch from Apple or its competitors; and 4) you want to see as much real-time activity data on your wrist as possible. Otherwise, consider the Charge, which is available now, Charge HR, or another fitness tracker/smartwatch. (You can see 21 of the latest and greatest models here.)

Overall, I'm glad I jumped on the opportunity to be a Surge, but as mentioned earlier, I wonder if I'll still feel that way when the Apple Watch comes out. Time will tell.


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