Fitbit Luxe Review

Cramped screen aside, the Luxe behaves like most other basic Fitbit trackers. Though notifications are tedious to read, it’s nice that you can send a quick pre-set reply or emoji from your wrist. The device will also buzz when you’ve been idle too long, or when you’ve achieved your targeted active minutes. When you lift your wrist, the screen wakes up to show you the time .

The Luxe’s display is tiny, measuring just 0.76 inches diagonally, but it’s sharp and bright, with a resolution of 206 by 124. It offers a slight bump in daylight brightness compared with the Charge 4. Yes, it’s a small screen to view notifications, and there’s simply no getting away from the fact it could do with a bigger screen. In fact, the display just needs to inhabit the whole area of glass – that would be plenty.

In this case, it would’ve been Fitbit Pay, something that’s available on its other smartwatch-esque trackers. I personally have relied heavily on mobile payment solutions like Apple Pay and Google Pay, even more when situations arise when I don’t have my phone on me by chance. Fitbit Pay would’ve tremendously added value to the Luxe, but it’s unfortunately absent. The Luxe also comes with menstrual tracking and the option to log blood glucose levels in the Fitbit app.

The Luxe will soon get blood oxygen tracking at night, with results available on-wrist and in the Fitbit app each morning. In fact, this oversight renders the Luxe totally useless for kickboxing, an activity that’s preloaded on the tracker by default. Unless you’re shadow kickboxing—i.e., not using a bag and gloves—then this activity mode will constantly trigger inputs within your gloves as it did for me. Nine out of 10 boxing sessions, the Luxe would screw up my tracking by pausing or canceling the activity altogether. In the game of fitness wearables, it’s hard to give everyone what they want. In the app, you select six out of a total of 20 sports and transfer them to the workout app on the tracker.

She has also written for several newspapers, including The Northern Valley Suburbanite in New Jersey, The Dominion Post in West Virginia, and the Uniontown-Herald Standard in Pennsylvania. She is a graduate of West Virginia University’s Perely Isaac Reed School of Journalism. Fitbit recommends regularly cleaning the band with a soap-free cleanser. I learned this lesson the hard way with the Fitbit Inspire 2, which left a small rash on my wrist when I let it air dry after a sweaty treadmill session and post-workout shower.

Fitbit states 10 days of battery life for the Inspire 2 and 5 for the Luxe. One feature of the Inspire 2 that the Luxe is missing is the Tile technology, which allows you to find the Inspire 2 again if you don’t remember where you last placed it. For those who want to accessorize, there’s a variety of leather and metal bands sold separately. For $200, you can get a special edition Luxe with a silicone band and a gold stainless steel link bracelet band. At a glance, the Fitbit Luxe bears a resemblance to many of the best fitness trackers. But the device detailed in this Fitbit Luxe review introduces elevated, jewelry-inspired elements with a color touchscreen and stainless steel casing with metallic finishes.

By default, you’ll find Walk, Run, Bike, Swim, Treadmill and Workout (a catch-all for almost everything else) here. When you’re exercising, the Luxe will show your calories burned, time elapsed, heart rate and, where relevant, pace or miles covered. That’s far less information than you’ll see at a glance on a bigger screen, but that’s the sacrifice you make for a smaller tracker. You can swipe up to see more things, like a pause button, but that’s about it. The good If you want a more subtle fitness tracker for everyday wear, then the Fitbit Luxe certainly fits the bill. The device may come with a standard band, but there are plenty of non-silicone options from Fitbit, and third-party sellers have already started making the bands for the device.

This made setting the Luxe up and syncing it to my Pixel 4a a breeze. I charged up the Luxe, and a window popped up on all my Pixel review units asking if I wanted to connect to the tracker. I tapped yes and before I knew it, I was going through the welcome pages since I already had the Fitbit app installed. This is much easier than the old method of first opening the app, hitting the Add New Device button and then waiting endlessly for my phone to find the wearable. Swiping up from the main screen shows your daily progress and battery percentage, while dragging down lets you access Settings and enable Do Not Disturb, Sleep or Water Lock modes.

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