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Checkpoint: Fitbit Edition

I got the Fitbit Alta for my mother earlier this month and I’ve been very impressed with the fitness band. The Alta may be less capable than my Garmin Vivosmart HR, but it has the essentials while looking stylish and, most importantly, impressive software backing it up.

If I had to do it all over again, I would buy the Fitbit Alta. The Vivosmart HR’s heart rate sensor seemed to have become more inaccurate after the latest 3.40 update. The activity sensor isn’t as accurate as I hoped; it often fails to notice that I’m on a walk and not just moving about. Then there’s the software side of things which missed at least 4 days worth of activity and steps since I’ve started using the band. That’s unacceptable.

Meanwhile, the Fitbit Alta is running laps around Garmin’s Connect software by displaying live step updates.

I continue to chip away at Deus Ex: Mankind Divided but like with the Witcher 3 last year, I’m very tempted to just wait for performance patches or when I pick up the PlayStation 4 Pro later this year. The sluggishness and stutters while wandering through the city of Prague is sad. The performance is adequate while traversing in apartment complexes and other interior spaces but as soon as I’m out in the open, the game struggles to maintain acceptable performance.

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