Everyone knows the brand Fitbit by now unless you have been under a stone for the last 10 years. Fitbit now sells a multitude of smartwatches and for a varied degree of applications and sports. Whether you want to just own a smart-looking smartwatch for aesthetics or you a hardcore sports fanatic who requires a high level of sports data tracking there will be a Fitbit for you.
Let us start by identifying the different models of Fitbit then we will discuss them in greater detail
There are other variations of the above models (i.e. Inspire 2 HR, Versa Lite) but I am not going to list every model variation.
Fitbit Versa 3
The Versa 3 is the newest addition to the Fitbit Versa family and there have obviously been previous versions to this current release. Designed for fitness the Versa 3 has a large clear screen with an always-on display. It has 24/7 heart rate tracking with oxygen saturation (SPo2) monitoring. When it comes to sleep tracking either, this is no slouch. It has sleep stages and sleep tracking all synced with the app on your smartphone. Complimentary to the sleep tracking it also has smart wake so you can be sure that you always wake up at the correct time in your sleep stages. With breathing rate tracking and guided breathing sessions to help you to relax this smartwatch surely does quite a lot to help your daily life.
When it comes to activity tracking the Versa 3 has you covered with GPS built-in that allows you to track location via the app and combined with the workout intensity map you can see the areas of improvement that are needed. The all-day activity tracking allows you to check steps, distance, floors climbed, active minutes and calories burned to help you get that bit closer to your goals.
The Versa 3 has some great features that make it a smartwatch and not just a health tracker such as the ability to make and receive calls from your wrist and phone, message and app notifications all to your wrist. Along with Fitbit pay you now don’t even need to take along your wallet or purse to the shops on your next shopping trip.
Now you can also download hundreds of apps to the smartwatch too for fitness, fun and more, from Uber, Spotify and others this surely is a great smartwatch.
With fast charging ability you can charge this watch with enough power for a whole day in just 12 minutes, now that is handly if your running low. The battery life is 6 days anyway so it is better than a lot of smartwatches on the market today.
With the ability to swap all the bands on the watch from the Fitbit website from designer names like Victor Glemaud and Pendleton along with the new quick-release bands there is no limit to the customisation levels. The smartwatch also has hundreds of watch faces to download with the ability to store up to 5 on the watch you can easily switch your look from modern to classy in the blink of an eye.
The Fitbit app tracks all data and allows you to see where you’ve been and how many calories you have burnt. From activity to sleep and nutrition it’s all there. There is the option to set up groups with friends and colleagues and track progress competitively all in the free Fitbit App. If you decide to pay extra you can go Fitbit premium and unlock more personalized insights, health metrics with guidance to act on them and supportive programs to help you build healthy habits.
The Fitbit Sense is the newest Fitbit smartwatch to date (as of writing this) and with new features and a price tag, we hope to show you why. On the Sense, you get all the features on the Versa 3 but additionally, you get stress management tracking and skin temperature sensing.
The Fitbit Sense can track your stress levels and it gives you a score as to how you are handling it that day. An on-wrist EDA scan app detects electrodermal activity, which indicates the body’s response to stress, and displays a graph in the Fitbit App to illuminate it. This gives the Fitbit Sense the ability to log your mood from stressed to calm.
With a compatible ECG app on your wrist, you can assess your heart for atrial fibrillation (a heart rhythm irregularity) and share the results with your doctor. Note- that the ECG app is only available in certain countries.
The Sense can also measure your skin temperature and track this over a time period so you can be aware of trends over time. This may be useful for tracking the onset of the Coronavirus if your smartwatch is monitoring your skin temperature.
Along with 24/7 health-tracking, heart rate zones and breathing rate, high and low heart rate notifications can be displayed. Additionally to the Versa 3, the Sense has menstrual cycle tracking.
With the high and low heart rate variations (the variation of time between each heartbeat) this can show potential signs of stress, illness or fatigue. You can view your nightly average and trends over time in the health metrics dashboard.
Again the tracking has all the features as built-in GPS tracking so you can track activities such as runs and outdoor pursuits on a map in the app. The workout intensity map shows heart rate zones to help you understand where you’ve put in the most effort. This is complemented by the active zone minutes feature to enable you to make every minute count during workouts by buzzing on your wrist when you enter your personalized target heart rate zone.
The Fitbit Sense is water-resistant to 50m so you can use it in the pool or beach or anywhere. Whatever it is that you are doing the Fitbit Sense is there tracking your activity all day long and then you only have to view the app to see results or if you have set targets they will be on the screen.
Whilst sleeping the Sense still keeps on tracking and with sleep stages and sleep score you can see your time in light, deep and REM sleep and get a daily score in the Fitbit app and on your wrist to better understand your sleep quality every night. There is the smart wake feature to ensure that the smartwatch only wakes you up whilst you are in light sleep so you wake up feeling refreshed every day. If you don’t want to be disturbed during sleep you can activate a sleep mode so that you will not be disturbed, which you can set to automatically turn on at set times.
This watch is a smartwatch because it has some great features that allow it to make and receive calls from your wrist and phone, message and app notifications all to your wrist. Along with Fitbit pay you now don’t even need to take along your wallet or purse to the shops on your next shopping trip.
Now you can also download hundreds of apps to the smartwatch too for fitness, fun and more, from Uber, Spotify and others this surely is a great smartwatch. If you are into music then the smartwatch can control the music and podcasts on Deezer and Pandora and control Spotify from your wrist.
There is a 6-day battery life on this smartwatch and with fast charging, you can boost a day’s worth of charge into the watch in 12 minutes so that may come in handy.
With a polished stainless steel ring and AMOLED display with laser-bonded Corning Gorilla Glass 3, the design of this new Fitbit Sense is exceptional by design. It has a biosensor core that tracks skin temperature, heart rate tracking and battery charging all inside this waterproof hub on the back of the watch.
Comfort and Customisation
With an infinity band strap on the watch, the velvety soft band is so soft and comfortable offering seamless edges and low profile the smartwatch is perfect for searing all day long whatever it is you are doing.
The Sense comes with a free Subscription to Fitbit Premium for 6 months.
The Fitbit Inspire 2 is aesthetically more of a health tracker than a smartwatch but looks can be deceiving. This smartwatch does pack a varied unique set of features. Along with a full 12 months subscription to Fitbit Premium and health, Fitness and Sleep tracking options is great for the price.
The health tracking is centred around the basic functions but that does not mean that it is any less useful. With 24/7 heart rate tracking and resting heart rate displayed you can always keep a track on the ticker. New for the Inspire 2 is a food logging feature. A cool feature where you can log your meals in the app and then compare calories eaten to calories burned as you go for your goals.
The Inspire also has other features like Guided breathing sessions and menstruation tracking too which are described in more detail above.
Here sleep is tracked in the stages of sleep, light, Deep and REM sleep and is displayed so you can see how much quality sleep you have had and compare days. The Fitbit Inspire 2 will allocate a sleep score for you so you can celebrate your great night sleep when you have one. There is also the sleep mode that you can activate so that you are not disturbed by vibrations and notifications to ensure you get a nice sleep.
The Inspire 2 is loaded with features to enable you to track exercise which is great for the price. Steps, distance and calories burned are tracked 24/7 but you can also personalise your stats based on your age and resting heart rate to show if you are in fat burning, cardio or peak zone whilst you work out. There is the active zone minutes feature, where the smartwatch will buzz on your wrist when you get into your personalized target heart rate zone.
The watch is swim-proof and has a swimming tracking feature that tracks how long you have been swimming for. If you are into running or jogging outdoors then you can connect the Inspire 2 to your phone’s GPS to see real-time pace and distance on your wrist which is a nice feature to have.
There are 20 exercise modes to get real-time tracking from or you can let the Inspire 2 use the smart-track feature to automatically detect your activity.
The smartwatch comes with the ability to do all this for up to 10 days between charges which is really good compared to a lot of smartwatches on the market.
Again like the other Fitbit smartwatches, you can customise the watch faces and bands to suit your preference or occasion.
The Inspire 2 is fast to setup when you use the Google fast pair feature to connect to your android device. The smartwatch will notify you of any incoming calls, texts and app notifications as well as any calendar or timers that you have conveniently set.
The Ace 2 and the Charge 4 are considered as Fitness trackers and therefore I will only cover them briefly for the purpose of information for Aroundwatches website.
The Ace 2 is aimed at children 6+ and is considered to make activity tracking and family time more fun.
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- Sleep Tracking
- 1-hour Activity Goal
- Movement Reminders
- Bedtime reminders and alarms
- Call Alerts
- Timers and Stopwatch
- Customisable Faces
- Greyscale Touch-screen
The Fitbit Charge 4 is classed as an advanced fitness tracker. These advanced features include GPS and heart rate monitors to further enhance the workout experience.
- 24/7 Heartrate Tracking
- Workout Intensity Map
- Guided Breathing Sessions
- 7 Day Battery Life
- Resting Heart Rate
- Active Zone Minutes
- Fitbit Pay
- Notifications and Apps
- Sleep Stages and Score
- Heart Rate Zones
- All above are tracked in the Free Fitbit App.
As you can see from the range of Fitbit smartwatches there is one for every person in the household whether it is for your children who require that tracking for peace of mind or yourself who requires that sophisticated look but is interested in the accurate tracking capabilities of a smartwatch that you can trust. The prices are correct at time of going to press but are subject to change. Click the active links for current pricing.
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