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The Fitbit Charge 3 seems shockingly light. That’s going to be the first thing that really strikes you about this fitness tracker. You pick it up and it lacks all the heft you’re accustomed to for a device like the Charge 2 or its predecessor. It’s lighter than my Apple Watch too, which is impressive because Fitbit has crammed an awful lot of features into the device while also giving it a redesign that makes it infinitely more attractive than the rest of the Charge line.

Americans who opened the newspaper on 5 January 1961, were greeted with an article by Associated Press science writer John Barbour. He described the futuristic world of the year 2000 and the great medical advances that would be achieved by then. And quite frankly, reading about all of the medical miracles we were supposed to see by now is really bumming me out.

In its heyday, the Fitbit Charge was, for most people, the best wearable you could buy. It was incredibly functional, focused, and attractive enough to only gently scream your fitness aspirations to whoever caught a glimpse of it on your wrist.

That was long ago, before smartwatches got sleeker, slimmer and more capable — before they started making traditional wearables look like pharmacy gadgets.

Dig out your Fitbit tracker, wristband, or smartwatch from whatever drawer it's gathering dust in and strap it back on - we're about to show you some cool tricks you can try to do more with your wearable. From improving device accuracy to exporting your data, here's how to get the most from your Fitbit.

"That's a nice watch," said my colleague, about an hour after I strapped the Fitbit Versa to my person. The new fitness tracker, the company's third pass at a smartwatch you can wear for days at a time, is a welcome update to its butt-ugly predecessor. The $299.95 Versa will more than likely satisfy any fitness enthusiast, casual athlete, or health nut looking for an exercise-centric (and long-lasting) wearable, but the dearth of available apps combined with the closeness in price to other, more capable wearables make it a tough sell for nerds who need more.

I haven't asked for a lot from Fitbit over the years. Really only one thing. I would like another Pebble - a gorgeous smartwatch that lasts for days, has a healthy selection of apps, and isn't sized to fit the wrist of a seven foot tall, 150kg football player. Finally, I think, Fitbit might be giving me what I wanted.

It's a sad fact that we aren't getting any healthier. So it's not really a surprise that Fitbit has created the Ace, a kids' activity tracker that could help parents combat childhood obesity. That said, the idea that parents should be injecting one more gadget into their kids' lives still seems a bit weird.

Activity trackers, whether standalone devices like the Fitbit or as a feature of other wearables like Apple Watch, are a popular health and fitness trend among consumers, and scientists and doctors have increasingly been using activity trackers in their research or to monitor patients away from the office. But a new study published last week in PloS-One suggests - not for the first time - that these devices aren't as reliable as they claim.

Fitbit has entered into an alliance with sports shoe and apparel giant Adidas to create a special edition of their flagship smart watch, the Fitbit Ionic. This comes off the back of a multi-year agreement by the two companies that once led the world in their specific niches before being overrun by new market entrants. The new Fitbit Ionic: Adidas edition is pitched at runners with a fancy sport band that looks a lot like the band Apple bundles with the Nike+ edition of the Apple Watch, as well as a bunch of different training programs and custom watch faces.

You are going to find yourself idling on a fine website like Gizmodo or wandering through some store like Target or Best Buy, and you are going to remember you need to buy a gift for a loved one. You are going to remember, one time, that they said they were feeling unhealthy and wanted a Fitbit. You are going to try to buy them one because the fitness tracker starts at just $80 and that is affordable.

After years of flailing mediocrity, smartwatches have gotten good enough to be mainstream. Two devices released in the last month, the Apple Watch Series 3 and the Fitbit Ionic, are the best we've seen. Not only are they both very, very good at telling time, they're also capable of myriad other things your Rolex or Timex is not. I've worn the wristables for the last two weeks, testing their functions and trying to find and answer to one big question: Which smartwatch is best?

79 trillion steps, 82 million hours of heart rate data, 160 billion hours of exercise and 5 billion nights of sleep tracked. Those are the stats that Fitbit says give it a pretty good idea of what people want in a fitness tracker, and the result of that time and effort is the Ionic. it's the culmination of years of research and design, and it's a big bet for the company. And my first impressions are pretty positive.