UPDATED: Does Fitbit's fitness super watch live up to its billing?

- Sep 19, 2017-

The Fitbit Surge is the company's first true sports tracking wearable aimed at those who love running, cycling and working out.

Fitbit has described the Surge as its “most advanced tracker to date", and with optical heart rate sensing and GPS built-in, it's more than a match for sports watches from likes of Garmin and Polar.

After strapping it on for the original review we've gone back and revisited it with the addition of Fitbit's new cycling mode.

Read on for our full Fitbit Surge review.

Unlike the Fitbit Zip and the Fitbit Flex that came before it, the Surge shuns the traditional activity tracker band form factor and it's definitely more smartwatch than fitness tracker.

However, while the Android Wear brigade are hardly fashionista head-turners (the LG G Watch R and the Asus ZenWatch are semi-stylish rather than stunning) they do somewhat put the Surge to shame when it comes to aesthetics.

 The Fitbit Surge's rubber strap, which comes in black, blue or tangerine looks nice enough and, crucially, is both comfy and secure, but it's hard to look past that dated looking display and the increase in girth from the modules bottom to top end is rather bizarre.

The display is a rather drab looking touchscreen monochrome 1.25-inch LCD number that uses a plethora of greyish blue variants for its different homescreens and menus. There's a solitary button on the left side for switching between the live view mode of your daily stats and the function screens (this also switches from a light on dark to dark on light colour setup) and the two buttons on the right are used as selection inputs.

This physical and capacitive control arrangement works well however; it's easy to navigate around the Surge's options and features without getting lost, and we've had absolutely no issues with touchscreen responsiveness, even in the pouring rain.

The LCD screen has a backlight so it's also usable in low light situations – you can toggle this light on or off, or set it to automatically come on when in use – through the settings menu on the device itself rather than having to use the app.

Stupidly, if you want to change the watch face – there's four to choose from – you do have to use the app, the settings on the device only extend to the backlight, switching notifications on or off, toggling Bluetooth, setting the heart rate monitoring power options and turning the Surge off.

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