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Review: Fitbit Surge

Review: Fitbit Surge

Introduction, design and fitness metrics

Fitbit Surge is the fitness tracker that has so many new features, the start-up company behind it calls it a “superwatch” next to the more normal Fitbit Charge and Fitbit Charge HR.

There’s good reason for that label. The final version I tested has built-in GPS, a heart-rate monitor and real-time workout data, all fan-requested capabilities that raise the price.

It’s certainly a step up from the Fitbit Force that was recalled for causing skin allergies and never saw its promised smartwatch functionality, though a few more rashes have been reported.

At $250 (£200, AU$350), Fitbit Surge reclaims lost territory and squares off against just as pricey fitness trackers, like the Basis Peak, and pricier ones, like the Garmin Forerunner 920XT.

Yes, its specs make it the most powerful Fitbit yet, but is it ahead of this stepped-up competition or gym class-awkward among its brawnier peers? Time to put it through my paces.

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