Still a great fitness tracker.
Fitbit already is already synonymous with fitness. Its line of fitness trackers is one of the best in the market, where in the past few years we also saw expand to smartwatches. Aside from the third generation Versa, Fitbit has also released the Sense, a new top-of-the-line smartwatch that brings everything we love from their entire product line.
We weren’t huge fans of the Fitbit Ionic when it was first launched, but over the years the company has gradually refined the design of its smartwatches that is evident with the Fitbit Sense. The smartwatch is made from aluminum and stainless steel and feels sturdier that looks good on the wrist. There’s an inductive button on the side similar to the found on the Fitbit Charge 4 released earlier this year that acts as a home button. The Sense also has a 1.58-inch AMOLED screen in a ‘squircle’ shape reminiscent of the icons you’d find in Samsung One UI. The screen has great viewing angles and is also very visible in sunlight.
The Sense is of course the top-end smartwatch in the Fitbit line and includes an Electrodermal activity (EDA) sensor, an ECG sensor, and a skin temperature sensor. The EDA sensor uses small electrical charges to see how your body’s sweat level reacts, the results in turn can tell the Sense of your stress levels. ECG on the other gives you an overview of your heart’s rhythm, which can also inform you if it detects abnormalities like atrial fibrillation (AFib). ECG needs approvals before it can be used on a consumer device, which is why it isn’t available when I was testing the Sense. The skin temperature is a welcome feature, considering the current times where monitoring one’s body temperature can indicate if something serious is happening to your body.
The rest of the usual smartwatch features are still available on the Sense, including sleep tracking, heart rate sensor, and the SpO2 sensor. The SpO2 is only accessible through the SpO2 Signature watch face that you would need to install through the Fitbit app, and it was there that I found out that the feature is unfortunately still not available here in the UAE.
I used the Sense on my daily 5 km runs around my neighborhood, and it managed to effectively track my steps, distance, and heart rate and log it conveniently on the Fitbit app (which you would need to use any Fitbit device). The Sense also utilizes Active Zone Minutes first introduced on the Charge 4. This a new way to calculate your goals using your age and resting heart rate so it can give you a more personalized measurement and according to how intense your workout is.
Sleep tracking is still one of my favorite Fitbit features. It can give you an overview of the different levels of sleep that you go through, and will also give a sleep score that you can use as a basis on how to improve it.
Navigating the Fitbit software on the Sense is an easier affair compared to previous devices, but it is still not as smooth as other smartwatches. Still, the gestures are intuitive, where swiping right, left, up, and down will take you to different menu functions.
The Sense is still a smartwatch, so you can get alerts on the watch whenever you get a message or receiver a call. I mostly turn it off, since I don’t want multiple notifications going off at the same time. The Sense also supports Fitbit Pay and now supports major banks here in the UAE.
If you’re serious about your fitness goals, you can also take advantage of Fitbit Premium, a subscription service that gives you access to dozens of customized workouts along with a deeper analysis of your health data. Fitbit Premium is available for 40 AED per month or 330 AED per year. First-time Premium users can also take advantage of a free 6-month trial.
Fitbit claims 6-days of battery life on the Sense, which matches the same experience I had while using it for a couple of weeks. I managed to get this battery life by using the device without using GPS but even so, I still managed to get a good 3-4 days on the Sense with normal usage, which is really great. In case you run out of juice, the Sense also supports fast charging with its new magnetic charger.
Retailing for 1,399 AED, Fitbit delivers all the goods with the Sense, even if some of them aren’t yet available. It’s an impressive fitness tracker, and the new sensors offer some insightful data that’s actually useful.
+ Incredibly long battery life
+ Premium design
+ Great fitness tracking
We Didn’t Like:
– Google Assistant and ECG not supported at launch
Final Rating: 4/5