First of all: I’m not sureis for me. Literally. The $ 150 small screen tracker, now available, is one of several band-like Fitbits for sale at the same time. The Luxe may be better for smaller wrists. Mine are big and hairy. And the Luxe is clearly meant to fit into jewel-like accessories, more like the Fitbit tracker of a long time ago, the Fitbit Flex.
Things have changed a lot since the days of Flex. The Flex was basic and had no screen. The Luxe is a complete package, with heart rate tracking, an OLED color touchscreen, and a five-day battery life. Sounds promising, and if you’re looking for a general Fitbit band that does it all, that is as slim and attractive as possible, this is the solution. But don’t expect it to be easy to control.
Luxury is too minimal for me. There’s just that little touchscreen, no physical buttons. That means all navigation is done by tapping and swiping, which is tiring. The Luxe can do a lot: track workouts, do guided breathing meditations, start timers or a stopwatch, set alarms, check phone notifications. But all of this means swiping and swiping and swiping some more. The absence of a physical back button means that it is sometimes difficult to get back to the main watch screen.
My first pre-production review unit had a really bad touchscreen, but the final production model I tested afterward has been greatly improved. Still, it feels awkward. And to restart the Luxe in case of a problem, you have to press a button on the USB charging dongle (completely proprietary and exclusive to the Luxe) three times. It feels like a magic spell in a bad way.
There are a number of good-looking watch faces (half a dozen or so) that you can download from the Fitbit app, but they look really small on the already small screen. The color display is inserted from the already thin band with some thick bezels. Statistics like heart rate and steps taken feel almost microscopic.
After about five days (before recharging), the band is comfortable and almost invisible to wear. Sleep tracking and heart rate data seem solid, and I appreciate the all-inclusive features. But there are things that have been left out. No Fitbit Pay, no GPS, no elevation tracking, and none of the high-end sensor data or apps that theyou have (and you probably don’t need it).
The Fitbit app is still really good, though with Google’s acquisition of Fitbit (and relying more on a subscription-based premium service for extras you might not need), it’s hard to tell where the Luxe fits and where Fitbit is headed. then. Fitbit has added a quick pairing mode for Android users, and Fitbit’s technology is slowly entering. But is the Luxe a sign of Fitbit’s future or of its past?
The Luxe is best treated as a modern screen version of atracker (remember those?): Use it and forget it, use screen functions only if necessary. For a tracker that you can really control better, I recommend the or the Fitbit Inspire 2, both cost less. And if you’re excited enough about Fitbit’s stylish accessories (leather and metal bands) to want to make this your go-to tracker. But a more in-depth review is coming; for now we are just trying to help you decide if you are curious about the Luxe.
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