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The Fitbit Sense is the most advanced fitness and health smartwatch Fitbit has released. Not only does it have the characteristics of its Versa brothers, but it also lands on the market with an EDA sensor to measure our response to stress, a GPS chip, a renewed interface and many functions in the smartphone app. All this, of course, is complemented by the parts of a smartwatch, such as receiving calls, notifications, etc.
It is, in short, a complete watch, although not perfect. It has its pluses and minuses, which is precisely what we will discuss in this analysis. What is the experience with the Fitbit Sense? What does this new Fitbit watch offer, which is by far the most expensive model that the brand has in its product portfolio? Let’s get out of the doubt.
Fitbit Sense Data Sheet
DIMENSIONS AND WEIGHT -40.48 x 40.48 x 12.35mm – 45.9 grams
SCREEN: 1.58-inch AMOLED
Resolution: 336 x 336 pixels Always On
Touch: SENSORS AND COMPONENTS
Multi-path optical heart rate sensor
sensor Ambient light sensor
- Save all the data of your movements for seven days, minute by minute
- Saves the daily total for the last 30 days
- Stores heart rate data at one-second intervals during exercise tracking and five-second breaks at all other times
- Operating temperature: -10 to 45°C
- Maximum operating altitude: 8,535 meters
- iOS 12.2 or higher
- Android 7.0 or higher
- Design: the essence of Fitbit
We Begin By Reviewing The Aesthetic Section
The Fitbit Sense is smaller and slimmer than the Fitbit Versa 2, although both feel similar on the wrist. The watch is finished in polycarbonate on the bottom, although the top bezel will make of metal. This frame has a utility beyond the purely aesthetic; we will have to touch it with our hands when we do an EDA scanner. We’ll talk later about this.
The watch retains the design essence of previous models but has something we’ve only seen on a few of Fitbit’s wristbands so far: a pressure-sensitive button. All Fitbit watches have a physical control on the side that acts as a home button or as an action launcher if we leave it pressed, but in the Sense Fitbit, it discards.
The performance of this integrated button can be improved, especially when compared to how well the previous models work. For example, it takes a bit to get into position, and touch detection isn’t always accurate.
Throughout our tests, it has happened to us several times that the button does not interpret the touch well) or, failing that, it has interpreted it as a long press. However, it does not seem to be a hardware problem but a software problem, so it seems feasible to solve it based on updates.
On the right, we have the microphone and the speaker. A priori, we will use these to interact with Alexa and Google Assistant and answer calls from the clock, but let’s clarify. Alexa will buld in default and works, but you can’t invoke it by saying “Alexa”; you have to use the app or configure Alexa to start when you press and hold the side button. Nor does it give us the answer to our question by voice, something curious considering that the watch has a speaker. Meanwhile, Google Assistant and the function of answering calls will not arrive until the end of the year.
The function of answering calls and invoking Google Assistant will be available at the end of the year. In the lower area, we have the heart rate sensor with its two green LEDs and the SpO2 sensor, a pulse oximeter, with its red and infrared LEDs—the first measures our pulse, and the second will be responsible for measuring oxygen saturation in the blood. We also find the four charging pins because Fitbit has finally abandoned its clamp charger once and for all and has opted for a charging base that, frankly, works better and is more versatile.
Screen: AMOLED “Edge To Edge.”
Having seen the design, let’s talk about the screen. The Fitbit Sense has a 1.58-inch AMOLED screen with a resolution of 336 x 336 pixels. In colour, obviously. It is a larger panel than the Fitbit Versa 2, 1.34 inches, and it is AMOLED, while the previous generation mounted an IPS panel. It is a change appreciated in every way, but above all, for how much it gains visibility in broad daylight.
But beyond the specifications, one of the significant changes is in the design of the screen itself, which is finally no longer square. Instead, Fitbit has rounded the corners of the screen, taking advantage (somewhat) more of the side edges and providing a much more premium aesthetic. The clock is slightly more circular than the Fitbit Versa 2, and the screen perfectly accompanies this renewed design.
That said, Fitbit has revamped the watch interface to make it more complete. Although the app menu remains the same, and we still access it by swiping left, everything else has been revamped. To have a quick look:
Sliding down: we access pending notifications. About the notification system, we will talk now.
Sliding to the right: we access the quick settings panel and the battery percentage, previously above the notification curtain.