There’s a new top dog in the Fitbit range and it’s the Sense smartwatch. Or health watch, as Fitbit is calling it, because the Sense distinguishes itself from other Fitbits and the competition with sensors that can help you keep tabs on your health, and manage your physical and mental stress levels.
There’s an ECG sensor as there is on the Apple Watch and Samsung Galaxy Watch 3, which will be able to track your heart rhythm and detect irregularities (once the Sense is certified in the UK), plus an EDA (electrodermal activity) sensor that can help track your body’s response to stress. The Sense will also track your skin temperature over time so you can spot any variation that might indicate illness, as well as monitoring your breathing rate and heart rate variability.
These sensors link up with new tools in the Fitbit app, including guided mindfulness sessions, that can help you get better at managing stress. Within the app you’ll also find a new stress management score, where the higher your score out of 100 the better. Please don’t get stressed about this score.
Pictured: Fitbit Sense
The Sense smartwatch also has built-in GPS for more accurate distance and pace tracking during outdoor activities, and Fitbit’s Active Zone Minutes feature, which monitors your progress towards completing 150 active minutes per week in line with World Health Organisation and NHS targets.
The Sense is listed as having six days of battery life, which we expect might come down a little if you’re regularly tracking outdoor activities using the GPS. There’s also a new quick charge feature which promises a day’s worth of battery from just 12 minutes of charging.
Priced at £299.99, the Sense is the most expensive Fitbit, but those who want smartwatch features without those unique sensors should consider the new Versa 3, which will cost £199.99.
Pictured: Fitbit Versa 3
The Versa 3 also has built-in GPS, a much-needed upgrade on the Versa 2, the same battery life and quick charge feature as the Sense, and it will also add the option of Google’s voice assistant to the existing Amazon Alexa integration which was baked into the Versa 2.
Pictured: Fitbit Inspire 2
The final new device Fitbit has launched is the Inspire 2, a more affordable alternative to the popular Charge 4 fitness band. The Inspire 2 will have Active Zone Minutes and offers twice as much battery life as its predecessor, lasting ten days on a single charge. It also has a brighter display and a new touch panel to control it, rather than the buttons on the original Inspire HR.
At £89.99 the Inspire 2 offers great value, especially as you also get a one year trial of Fitbit Premium with the device (the Sense smartwatch comes with six months of Premium). Fitbit is locking some of the more detailed analysis of sleep and stress behind the Premium paywall, along with guided workouts and mindfulness sessions. This is not a welcome trend – you shouldn’t really have to buy a subscription to access data from devices you’ve already spent hundreds of pounds on – but at least you can use the trial to see if Premium is worth it for you before spending £7.99 a month or £79.99 a year on it.
The three new Fitbits are available to pre-order on the Fitbit website now and we’ll have reviews for you of all three new devices as soon as we get our hands on them.
Pre-order the Sense from Fitbit | £299.99