Fitbit Luxe Review 

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By June Ramli

I first heard about Fitbit when I was a technology reporter at CRN Australia in 2016.
My colleague had mentioned the watch in passing as he was interested in purchasing it and that was when I first had acquaintance with the brand’s existence.
Fast forward to 2022, I finally manage to get my hands on the special edition of the Fitbit Luxe to be reviewed for this esteemed website.
So, this review would be specially targeted to those who always wanted to purchase a Fitbit but remained on the fence about it till today and not those who have already been acquainted with the brand.
If you ever wanted to try the Fitbit but never got the chance because everyone around you was raving about the Apple Watch, then this is the review for you.

Fitbit Luxe. Image supplied.
Fitbit Luxe. Image supplied.


Well, this is your chance to find out the differences between the two brands and I will try my very best to compare both the brands to the best of my ability.
For one Fitbit is a way harder watch to start off with.
Once you removed the watch out of the box, you will need to do a bit of reading and watch a couple of YouTube tutorials just to get the watch to start.
This is an absolute must if you are a Fitbit newbie like me.
Getting the watch to start was in my experience slightly complicated and it is very unlike the Apple Watch which you get to use almost immediately once you remove it from the box, especially if you have other Apple products that you can pair the smartwatch with.
After you get the Fitbit to start, you will need to download the Fitbit app onto your smartphone. So, if you are one of those people with a basic mobile phone then you can forget about getting the Fitbit as it is pretty much a useless watch without a smartphone at hand.

A short video review on the Fitbit watch by DailyStraits.com editor June Ramli.

Once you have set it up correctly, then you can finally start using the watch, in my case, after setting it up, I proceeded to test it. I found the watch rather overwhelming because it contains a lot of content on its app and there are a lot of things that you can do with it. I must admit that I haven’t tested all the contents on the app.
The ones that I had tested rather extensively were anything and everything to do with all things exercise.
For one the price of this watch is slightly cheaper than the Apple watch but there is a catch, you actually end up paying more with the Fitbit owing to its premium membership which gives you unlimited content and personalized resource within the app that helps you stay active, sleep well, manage stress, and much more. However, I should add that the watch works fine if you don’t wish to purchase the membership as the free resource is enough to keep you going for months on end. But if you really sit down and think, owning a Fitbit is similar to having a bite-sized gym experience and personal trainer in itself.
This is because you have everything from workouts, food intake and even mindfulness all jammed packed inside this wonderful product.
Next, let’s talk about the outlook, like every other smartwatch out there, this watch is no different from the rest of the pack, and has a sleek and minimalist look.
But what is different with the Fitbit Luxe is that it has a “business in the front, party at the back” sort of outlook.
The watch that I received as a review was one that has come out as a special edition, it has a golden bracelet strap that you can interchange with if you’d like to use the watch for a formal occasion like a wedding, or even a hot date at a fancy restaurant.

Fitbit. Image supplied.
Fitbit in Black. Image supplied.


By changing the straps, no one will ever know that you were wearing a Fitbit in the first place.
Next, let’s talk about usage, there are heaps of things that you can do with your Fitbit, with the main one being health and fitness. If you are a health junkie, then this is the watch for you.
The only downside is that it won’t be able to make emergency calls to authorities as the Apple Watch does but it can help you shed some weight, track your sleeping patterns and help you reduce your stress levels from time to time.
In my opinion, the Fitbit is a great addition to have on top of your Apple Watch.
Once you are out for a run, swap the Apple Watch with the Fitbit and use that watch whenever you exercise because I feel that Fitbit comes out far superior to the Apple watch when it comes to all things fitness.
Another one of Fitbit’s pros is that the Fitbit batteries can last for days, between seven to 10 days and when the battery is about to run out you will get an email prompting you to charge the device.
This is unlike the Apple watch, which battery runs out pretty fast and can be a real nuisance for users.

The generic email that Fitbit sends you once your device needs charging. Image supplied.
The generic email that Fitbit sends you once your device needs a battery recharge. Image supplied.

In conclusion, getting the Fitbit is a fantastic purchase for those who are intending to get serious with their fitness as it would help you achieve your fitness goals in no time.
The special edition Fitbit Luxe that I got to review here is priced at AU$299.95 and can be purchased here.

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