Fitbit Charge 3 is one of the selling Fitness smartband in the US last year, but now there seems to be a challenger from Withings. It’s the Pulse HR which has some glaring similarities with Charge 3. The big question is, can the new Pulse HR unseat Charge 3 as a popular on-demand fitness smartband.
In this article, its Withings Pulse HR vs Fitbit Charge 3, two fantastic choices for a comprehensive activity tracking. This quick comparison in their specs and features will help us unravel which of these two is a better choice.
Withings Pulse HR vs Fitbit Charge 3 – Specifications
|Withings Pulse HR||Fitbit Charge 3|
|Device name||Withings Pulse HR||Fitbit Charge 3|
|Device type||Fitness smartband||Sporty/Fitness smartwatch|
|Predessesor||_||Fitbit Charge 2|
|Successor||_||Fitbit Charge 4|
|Released date||November, 2018||August, 2018|
|Display type||OLED (monochrome)||OLED (monochrome)|
|Display size||1.7 inch||1.57 inch|
|Input type||Single button|
|Customizable watch face||No||Yes|
|Dimension||44.4 x 18.16 x 10.5 mm||38 x 18.3 x 11.8 mm|
|Weight||45 grams||30 grams|
|Casing material||Stainless steel/Polycarbonate||Plastic Resin|
|Strap/band material||Silicone||Polyester (Special edition)|
|Strap size||20mm||140 - 180 mm (small)|
180 - 220 mm (large)
|Interchangeable band||Yes, 20mm||Yes|
|Screen protection||Corning Gorilla Glass||Hardened Glass|
|Water resistant/Protection||Yes, 5ATM||Yes, 5ATM|
|Swim-proof||Yes, recommended||Yes, recommended|
Rose-gold/ blue grey
|Memory card slot||No||__|
|Bluetooth||Bluetooth v4.0 LE||Bluetooth v4.0 LE|
|NFC||No||Yes (special edition)|
|Payment system||None||Fitbit Pay (special edition)|
|GPS||No (connected GPS)||No, (connected GPS)|
|Text response||No||Yes (android only)|
|Heart rate monitoring||Yes||Yes|
|Menstrual cycle tracking||No||Yes|
|Under-water heart rate tracking||No||No|
|On-screen workout modes||No||No|
|Preloaded sport modes||Yes, 30||Yes, 15+|
|Operating system (OS)||_||Fitbit OS|
|Type of battery||Non-removable battery||Non-removable lithium polymer|
|Battery life||Standby: 20 Days+||Mixed usage: up to 7 days|
|Charging type||Mixed usage: 5 Days+||USB based charging dock|
|Charging time||No||About 1-2 hours|
|Battery saver mode||No||No|
|Android, IOS |
Check supported devices
|Companion app||Health Mate App||Fitbit App|
|Withings Pulse HR||Fitbit Charge 3|
|Straps||Strap (small and large)|
|Charger||Magnetic charging dock|
|Quick start guide||Quick start guide|
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Withings Pulse HR vs Fitbit Charge 3 Features Compared
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- Display and Design
- Battery Life
- Fitness Tracking Features
If you were going to buy a fitness smartband, you probably would go for something sleek and flexible that’s easy to wear and at the same time looks elegant and stylish. In this regard both the Pulse HR and Charge 3 got fantastic designs, however, the charge 3 looks more advanced. You could actually wear it beyond sporting activities for other events and it will look great.
Looking at the display, its same monochromic OLED on both devices which is easy to view outdoors, however, while Charge 3 has touchscreen support, the Pulse HR isn’t.
The Pulse HR is bigger and slimmer than the Charge 3. It also features stronger body materials than Charge 3 and in addition, it has a bigger screen size, however, Charge 3 weighs less than the Pulse HR which is a familiar characteristic of fitness smartbands, but overall these two are nowhere near bulky or being too heavy.
Overall, Charge 3 killed it with a more stylish and advanced design, it looks more premium than the Pulse HR. Perhaps this is one main reason it has become the most sort after smartband.
With any of these smartbands you will get over 4 days of battery life from a single charge. This is great for a smartband especially if you were to partake in an extreme workout session or traveling out. However, the Pulse HR has a far longer battery life than the Charge 3. It will last over 15 days on regular usage from a single charge. It’s the sort of battery life you get with the likes of MI Band 3 and Amazfit Bip. This is massive and if you wanted something that lets you go longer on a single charge then you should get yourself the Pulse HR.
Fitness tracking is the main bone of contention between these two, although you shouldn’t have any doubt over the activity tracking capabilities of any of these two because you will be getting a complete fitness tracking experience with any of the two smartbands, there are minor differences.
Both devices offer complete sleep cycle tracking, heart rate zone analysis, steps, and calorie tracking. However, with Pulse HR you get 30 sport modes to choose from while Charge 3 gives you 15 sport modes to choose from, but in terms of more fitness tracking features and accuracy, go for Fitbit Charge 3. Although when you choose a sport mode on the Pulse HR it seems to do a pretty nice job at accurately tracking your activities.
On the other hand, the Fitbit app for viewing tracked fitness metrics is far more advanced than the Health Mate app on Pulse HR. It has more features that makes it more interactive and stems in a competition that encourages you to achieve more goals. Although, one thing I like about the Health mate app is its simplicity and the way you can view all tracked metrics at a glance. It’s a nice companion app, but the Fitbit app is better.
Which Should You Buy?
Surprisingly these two cost same price, $130, but if you were to buy the Pulse HR from Withings. It would be a great choice because you get to have more sporting activities to choose from plus it’s stronger and has far longer battery life.
However, Fitbit Charge 3 is no doubt a better choice, even though you get fewer sport modes to choose from. Its more flexible and looks more stylish than the Pulse HR and in addition, it has NFC inside which supports Fitbit Pay a contactless payment system that lets you make payments on the go. Plus the Fitbit Charge 3 high fitness tracking accuracy. So you will be getting more from Charge 3.
Here is a summary;
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|FITBIT CHARGE 3||Best value for money, more stylish and more features.|
|WITHINGS PULSE HR||Fantastic choice, longer battery life and more sport modes to choose from.|
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