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Fitbit Sense comes in a single size, although the straps come in a variety of lengths (Image: FITBIT • EXPRESS-ZEITUNGEN)

The Fitbit Sense is by far the most ambitious smartwatch the company has ever made. However, this doesn’t automatically make it the most successful. Express.co.uk has been testing the dizzying number of modes and functions for the last few months. Here is everything you need to know about the Fitbit Sense.

Fitbit Sense Review: UK Price and Availability

Fitbit Sense was launched worldwide last fall. The smartwatch is available in a single configuration with two color options – Carbon or Lunar White. The Fitbit Sense started out at £ 299, but that’s down in the months since launch. Fitbit is now selling its Sense smartwatch for £ 269.99, with other retailers like Currys, Argos, Amazon, John Lewis, and others falling to roughly the same price.

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The Sense is available in Carbon (Black) or Lunar White (see picture above). (Image: FITBIT)

Fitbit Sense review: design

Fitbit Sense is easily the best looking smartwatch the company has ever made. Originally known for its sleek and sleek wrist-worn step trackers, Fitbit really got lost when it first introduced smartwatches to its range. The Fitbit Ionic, his first attempt, released in 2017, was a chunky square that looked like a prop from Back To The Future II.

Fortunately, the Fitbit Sense is much more elegant. With its soft edges and beveled case, it looks great on the wrist, whether you’re out in the morning, sitting at your desk, or dressing up for a special occasion. Fitness-oriented wearables like the Fitbit Sense offer the greatest value and insight when they are worn all the time. However, in order to convince people to put a device on their wrist anytime, companies need to make sure their products look good.

And Fitbit absolutely nailed that aspect of the sense.

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Fitbit Sense can be worn all day and all night – not just when exercising (Image: FITBIT)

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Fitbit gets you taking 10,000 steps every day (Image: FITBIT)

It’s also worth noting that it’s a lovely unisex design that is very much appreciated. There has been a certain trend towards designing all smartwatches in the style of bulky Blokey diving watches (yes, this review is for you, Samsung) or chunky male bracelets (like the Fitbit Ionic). So it’s nice to see a design language that works for half of the world’s population as well.

The interaction with the Fitbit Sense takes place predominantly via the 1.58-inch touchscreen. This works well enough and the screen is bright enough that checking your stats in direct sunlight shouldn’t be a problem.

Fitbit also added a small touch-sensitive button on the left side of the case that you can use to get into your most-used apps. A single press opens an app (Amazon’s Alexa voice assistant by default), while a double press displays four shortcuts to other apps. It’s a nifty trick, however. The fact that you always have to tap or swipe the screen means you always have a watch with fingerprints on it.

We would have preferred to see something like the digital crown on the Apple Watch or the rotating bezel on the Samsung Galaxy Watch Active 2, both of which keep the screen smudge-free.

The Sense makes it easy to switch between straps thanks to its quick release buttons (Fitbit thankfully left out the fiddly toggles on previous devices), which is great since the fitness company has a pretty sleek line of leather, woven, and knitted bands. Third party vendors and Etsy sellers have also come up with some fun options that you can use to personalize your shiny new smartwatch for any occasion.

The Fitbit Sense is waterproof up to 50 meters, so you don’t have to immerse this smartwatch in a pool or the sea. And even if you’re not an avid swimmer, it’s comforting to know that a monsoons or forgetting to take your mind off before you shower won’t do any harm to this 299 pound set.

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Fitbit measures your blood oxygen saturation overnight (Image: FITBIT)

Fitbit Sense Review: Features and Smartphone App

When it comes to health tracking features, Fitbit really got it all on point. Of course there is the usual step count, heart rate, calories and sleep tracking … but there is also an electrocardiogram (EKG) test, EDA scans to measure stress, skin temperature tracking and breathing rate.

If you are unsure whether or not you will need all of these health checkups in your daily routine, rest assured that you are not.

It’s undoubtedly impressive that Fitbit has managed to pack so much technology into such a compact gadget that that alone doesn’t justify including all of these features.

Some of the new additions, like the EKG, are really useful. While it’s not something you use every day, it’s comforting to be able to get the test done in the blink of an eye and share the results with your GP if you are concerned about your heart health. Also, being notified of a worryingly low or high heart rate is a great feature. If your heart is beating abnormally, your Fitbit will alert you so you can seek help immediately.

Other features, like Electrodermal Activity (EDA) scans, are pretty useless. Sometimes we struggled to get a reading from the mind. And when it worked, it wasn’t immediately clear what to do with this data.

Unlike metrics like resting heart rate and calorie expenditure, it seems pretty easy to track your stress level without the help of a gadget. If you’re feeling stressed out, Fitbit has added some mindfulness exercises to its companion app, but requires a subscription to Fitbit Premium (£ 7.99 per month).

After wearing the Fitbit Sense for a few weeks and trying out all the noticeable new tricks, we soon relied on the same handful of tracking features. The built-in GPS, not available in the cheaper Versa 2, is a great addition as it accurately tracks walks and runs without having to carry your phone in your pocket.

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The Sense is the only device in the Fitbit range that can perform an EKG anywhere (Image: FITBIT)

That being said … you’ll likely be lugging around your phone anyway. And that’s because Fitbit doesn’t have built-in storage for music or podcasts in the Sense. While there is a helpful partnership with Spotify that makes it easy to listen to your playlists from the wrist, it works by piggybacking the mobile internet connection from your phone. So, if you’re at a gym in the basement of a hotel with no wifi, or want to leave your phone on the bedside table for your cash, you have to be content with the sound of your own thoughts. Given that Apple and Samsung are allowing you to track workouts, record GPS data, and listen to music from their wearables. So all you have to do is leave the house with bluetooth headphones, your smartwatch and your house key.

Active Zone Minutes is a very useful metric. By analyzing your resting heart rate and age, Fitbit sends notifications while you exercise to let you know when to take action, such as when to take action. E.g. an acceleration when you are lost your pace. If you want to achieve a specific goal, e.g. For example, if you want to lose a few pounds, make sure you are collecting Active Zone Minutes (AZM). Fitbit Sense wearers earn 1 AZM when they are in the fat burning zone, but get 2 AZM when they are in the peak zone. So it’s worth listening to his advice and pushing yourself.

While the Sense’s hardware is solid, it should be highlighted that one of the reasons you should consider paying a premium for a Fitbit over the sea of ​​copycat wearables on Amazon is because of the app. Yes, the Fitbit companion app for Android and iOS is solid. It presents everything in a nice interface and has some brilliant social features.

If you have friends or relatives with Fitbit devices on your wrists, the fun challenges can be a phenomenal way to motivate you to get off the couch to the gym or to the park. There are lots of beautiful watch faces that you can also add to your Fitbit Sense through the app. You can also add contactless payment methods in the app.

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The straps are easy to unlock and there is a strong range of Fitbit-designed and third-party options (Image: FITBIT)

Fitbit Sense Review: Final Verdict

  • Advantages: Beautiful unisex design, a variety of bracelet options, built-in GPS, a cell phone at the touch of a button on the watch. The Fitbit app is full of challenges and social features
  • Disadvantage: No offline music or podcasts, stress measurements are not particularly useful and expensive

Fitbit Sense is a stylish, beautifully designed smartwatch that looks great on your wrist whether you sweat profusely on a treadmill or during a job interview. The interchangeable bands are easy to use, and due to the popularity of Fitbit, there are numerous third-party options available if you don’t like anything from the official store.

The Fitbit Companion App is the secret weapon for this wearable. It has a user-friendly interface, fun personal challenges, and a selection of competitions for friends and family. Fitbit Premium has a few extra features, but there is more than enough to get your teeth going without paying the £ 7.99 monthly subscription fee.

The Fitbit Sense has a lot to offer. Built-in GPS, EKG, and proactive low and high heart rate alerts are great tools that can really help you keep track of your overall health. Likewise, the coaching around Active Zone Minutes is a practical virtual personal trainer that can really help you to push yourself, which rudimentary pedometers cannot.

However, some of the biggest novelties – like EDA stress tracking and skin temperature sensing – are the most confusing. Plugging this technology into the Fitbit Sense undoubtedly contributed to the higher price tag (the EDA-free Fitbit Versa 3 has similar battery life, GPS, and water resistance, but costs £ 100 less), and unfortunately we retired those features within weeks of wearing the watch.

If you’re looking for a stylish smartwatch that has every bell and whistle Fitbit can muster, the Sense is hands down a must have. Likewise, anyone who knows how to study Oxygen Saturation (SpO2) rates and really invests in tracking their mood and any correlation with the EDA data will be over the moon with the Sense.

However, if you’re just looking for an easy-to-use fitness tracker with great app support, social features, and enough insight to get rid of that lockdown beer belly, it might be worth putting the extra $ 100 in your pocket to look at the Fitbit Versa 3 .

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