Fitbit Charge 5 is one of the best products in its category right now – at least we claim it. Now the newly released activity bracelet becomes even more complete with the roll-out of the ECG measurement function that was missing at launch. As of today, you can download an update to your Charge 5 wristband that activates this and then take 30-second measurements directly on your wrist.
After X number of interrupted connection attempts via bluetooth, we finally got the update and made a first measurement by placing the thumb and forefinger on the two side sensors. Apart from a couple of embarrassing language errors (Left which in “left” was translated to “left” when we were to indicate which wrist Charge 5 was on), the measurement went very smoothly.
Fitbit is careful to point out that their ECG measurement should definitely not be used as a substitute for a real medical examination. However, the function can serve as an indication that something is not quite right – the Apple Watch devices are praised, for example, in time and out of time for having saved people’s lives by acting as a first eye opener.
Another previously announced function that comes with today’s update is Dagsform. This is rolled out to Sense, Versa 3, Versa 2, Charge 5, Luxe and Inspire 2 units and helps the user to plan their training based on an analysis of how “ready” the body is for challenges. Activity, heart rate variation and sleep are some of the factors considered here, and the Dagsform function is only available to Premium subscribers.