The Ace 3 kids’ fitness tracker was officially launched by Fitbit yesterday. The wearable had been leaked before the debut, so there were few surprises on the big day.
The company has released three generations of activity trackers designed specifically for children. The first was an Alta knockoff, while the second was a more capable device for younger children. The third iteration is now available.
Fitbit is quietly but steadily establishing itself in this market. For a long time, it was solely focused on adult wearables. There’s even talk of a 4G smartwatch for kids on the way. According to reports, it was supposed to arrive by the end of 2020, but the Google acquisition and/or the coronavirus crisis may have caused a delay.
Fitbit Ace 3 vs. Ace 2: Design
Comparison The Fitbit Ace 3 was supposed to be released on March 15th, but it arrived early. Without a doubt, the fact that all of the information was leaked ahead of launch day did not help matters.
The tracker, which is aimed at children aged 6 and up, is quite similar to the second-generation device. It has a hefty appearance and appears to be rather sturdy. The look is a little more streamlined, as shown in the side-by-side comparison below. The edges are curved, and the silicone band appears to cover the solitary actual button on the left.
The Fitbit Ace 3 is the official successor to the Fitbit Ace 2, with a longer battery life and more clock faces.
The third generation device’s dimensions are 1.47 x 1.66 x.5 inches (H x W x D). It measures 1.45 x.63 x.5??, which is only slightly larger than its predecessor’s 1.45 x.63 x.5??. Both gadgets are roughly 70 grams in weight and have interchangeable straps.
On the Ace 3, there is also a touchscreen PMOLED display. You won’t notice much of a difference between this and the earlier device’s grayscale OLED, though it does have the advantage of being less power-hungry. The most noticeable difference is that the Ace 3’s screen is 20% brighter than the Ace 2. If you’ve been hoping for a color display on a Fitbit tracker, you might be in luck when Ace 4 is released.
Fitbit now offers the original Ace tracker for children. Although the company no longer sells it on its website, you can still find it at various retail shops such as Amazon while supplies last. That one differs from the other two in that it is designed for slightly older children and closely resembles the Alta fitness tracker. This site will tell you more about the differences between the first-generation Ace and subsequent devices.
Sensors or other electronic devices
The sensors in Ace 3 and 2 are identical under the hood. An accelerometer and a vibration motor are among the items on the short list. Fitbit’s website also claims that the Ace 3 contains an optical heart rate sensor. This, however, is inactive and there is no way to activate it. It is unclear why the corporation decided to include this. It’s possible that it will look into enabling it in the future through software updates.
Another enhancement is the battery life. The Fitbit Ace 3 may last up to 8 days on a single charge, whereas the Ace 2 only lasts roughly 5 days. This is a huge improvement, as it nearly doubles the time between charges.
Features of the Fitbit Ace 3 vs. the Fitbit Ace 2
When it comes to fitness tracking, these trackers offer the essentials. There’s an on-screen dashboard for tracking activity, including steps, calories burned, and sleep. There are also dedicated activity modes for running, hiking, and cycling on the wearables. There’s a stopwatch and a timer, as well as virtual badges, phone notifications, move reminders, and bedtime reminders and alarms. All of this is in addition to the official suggestion for children to engage in 60 minutes of daily physical activity.
Ace 3 includes a slew of new clock faces, bringing the total number of clock faces to more than 20. This features animated characters like a cat, a bunny, and others. As the students advance toward their daily goal, these change and increase.
What’s the difference between the Fitbit Ace and the Fitbit Ace 2?
A new do-not-disturb mode is also included with the wearable. Aside from that, the combo shares a lot of similarities.
The Android or iOS phone app hasn’t changed either. So there’s still a children’s mode and a parent’s mode. The latter allows children’s access to be customized.Overall, this is an incremental improvement over the previous generation. The key upgrades include improved battery life, a somewhat better display, and new clock faces, including animated ones. According to Fitbit, there are also more accessory band possibilities than previously.
The only variation in price between the two wearables is $10. So, in our opinion, there’s no compelling reason to buy the old device rather than the new one. Especially since we believe Fitbit will phase out the Ace 2 in the near future.
Ace 3 is available for purchase on Amazon. The kids’ wearable is available in two colors: black-red and blue-green. It will have two Minions-themed accessory bands available in a few months for $29.95 each. Ace 2 is also available on Amazon.