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What is the Fitbit Alta? What is the Fitbit Alta HR?

For a long time the leader in the health and fitness wearables market, Fitbit continues to set itself apart from the competition with a combination of style, functionality and a super user-friendly app. Fitbit Alta and Fitbit Alta HR are designed for those who want a great wearable without sacrificing style. With interchangeable bands, Alta has the versatility to suit any outfit and any occasion. But what other great features are packed into it? Here's our guide to what makes Fitbit Alta different from other fitness watches.

Fitbit Alta Functions

First, we'll begin with a breakdown of everything you'll find in both the Alta and Alta HR. Then we'll give you the lowdown on the extras you'll get from the HR version.


The interface of the Alta is designed to be very simple. Minimal information is presented on a screen with no buttons. The screen is not touch sensitive. That being said, it responds to a tap (waking it up, and moving you from screen to screen) and presents the info very clearly. It also doubles up as a watch and you can set the display to landscape or portrait, depending on your preference.

Activity Tracking

This is the key feature of all fitness wearables and the Alta is no exception. The Alta tracks steps, distance traveled, calories burned, active minutes, activity by the hour and stationary time. All of this syncs with the Fitbit app on your smartphone, giving you a user-friendly breakdown of everything you've done through the day. So far, so standard, right? This is where Fitbit take it up a notch.

Motivation to Move

The Alta isn't just logging your activity, it's analyzing it too. Meaning that if it feels you're a bit sluggish today, it's going to tell you! This also works in reverse by congratulating you when you do meet your goals, helping you to feel good about staying on track. Your goals are fully customizable in the app so it's tailored to you and what you want to achieve. Additionally, without needing to even touch a button, the Alta will recognize when you're beginning a workout. The Alta will record this so you can monitor your gym progress as well.


Another great feature of the Alta is that it syncs with your smartphone, giving you notifications. Call, messages and calendar appointments all flash up on your wrist, prompting you to take a look. This means that you'll never miss another important call or message again.

Sleep Tracking

One of the Fitbit Alta's key selling points is its sleep tracking. By wearing your Fitbit while you sleep, you can wake up to an in-depth analysis of your slumber the following morning. It tells you how long you've been asleep, when you've been in deep sleep, restless and when you got up. This can help you spot patterns and issues with your sleep that could be impacting the rest of your life. You can then make the needed adjustments, just from wearing this little piece of kit you'll hardly notice is there. Another feature we like is the vibrating alarm. We all hate been rudely awoken from a deep sleep by the sound of the alarm tone on our phones or an alarm clock. The vibrating alarm is a far more civilized way to come to, if you ask us!

Battery Life

Another great feature of the Fitbit Alta is that it only needs to be charged about once a week. With an advertised battery life of 5 days, and customer reviews testifying to this, it's one less thing to worry about finding a plug for at the end of the day.


The key feature of Fitbit Alta is that it is totally customizable. Apart from replacement bands that come in all the colors of the rainbow, there are stylish leather and stainless steel options that class it up, and make it fit for any occasion. Dress up your Fitbit Alta HR with a designer band - they put the chic into fitness tracking, with a style you could easily wear on a night out.

Fitbit Alta HR - Bonus Features

It's all in the name. HR - standing for Heart Rate, adds an additional heart rate monitor that is checking your pulse constantly. This has several key benefits:

Weight Loss

The heart rate monitor allows you to more accurately gauge how many calories you are burning each day. This makes it easy to get the equation between calories in and calories out right - supporting your weight loss goals.

More Effective Workouts

Your heart rate is a great indicator of how much your workout is taxing you - therefore, how much benefit you are getting from it. Using the monitor while working out will help you to know when to take it up a level for maximum burn, and when to tone it down. You will then be able to review your workouts afterward on the app or online, to work out what your next goal should be.

Monitor Your Resting Heart Rate

Do you ever wonder whether working out is really improving your health? Monitoring your resting heart rate can help you see the fruits of your labor. A lower heart rate is generally a good indicator of good cardiovascular health. By wearing the Alta HR through the day and the night, you'll get an overall picture of where you're at, and what you need to be doing to improve your stats.

Summary: Fitbit Alta and Alta HR

The Alta is a great piece of kit - small, stylish and discreet. The HR version takes its functionality to the next level with heart-rate monitoring that can have a real impact on attaining your health and fitness goals. It may not have all the bells and whistles of an Apple Watch or some other chunkier competitors, but it scores highly in the style stakes. Customizable bands also take the Fitbit Alta and Alta HR to the next level, making it as much a fashion statement as a piece of technology. Check out our awesome range of custom and designer Fitbit Alta bands for any occasion and outfit.
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