As I mentioned before, the Fitbit Sense “invites” the user to put it on immediately and use it all the time, whether it’s time to exercise or when it’s time to sleep. Two factors contribute to this: its design and multiple functions, including those that seek the well-being of people.
As for its appearance, you first feel that it is the latest generation watch. The manufacturer continues with a square design for the watch’s body —like other models—with a stainless steel dial and a tempered glass screen with Gorilla Glass 3 resistance.
the Fitbit Sense
The “infinity design” straps are soft to the touch, which is also a factor in wanting to wear the smartwatch throughout the day and even sleep with it. There are charcoal black and ivory white versions.
Finally, about its exterior design, the equipment incorporates a button on its left side that vibrates when pressed and allows different actions, depending on the number of times or the time it is packed.
One press: activate the screen or return to the main interface. A longer touch: Opens Alexa, although it can be customized to run another function. Two quick taps: displays four favorite apps (you can choose these in the watch settings).
Navigation around the clock is quite intuitive. When you are on the main screen, any gesture – sideways or up or down – triggers an action, from the notifications you have active to the application that allows you to record physical activity.
Likewise, the information displayed on display is clear enough for the user to decide whether to modify a screen or activate or deactivate any of the multiple tools offered by the smartwatch.
User holding the Fitbit Sense
Regarding the application used to communicate the wearable and the smartphone, it offers additional options such as activating Alexa or Spotify, changing the design or watch face, managing notifications, setting alerts to move, and blocking the smartwatch. In general terms, the app is a great complement.
All this contributes to the user finding an easy-to-use and intuitive gadget they will want to take with them to record their physical activity and control their music or measure their response to stress, which leads to the next section.
The good news with the Fitbit Sense — which provides six days of battery life — is that it’s a watch that’s a good fit for everyone. That is, it can be the starting point for those looking to start with a more active lifestyle or the perfect equipment for those experienced in physical activity.
I fall into the first group. He was physically active outdoors, especially on weekends; however, with the pandemic, that was interrupted. Now that I’m trying to regain some condition indoors, the Fitbit smartwatch is good support.
The gadget records 20 exercise modes: martial arts, walking, treadmill, cycling, running, elliptical, golf, stair treadmill, swimming, weights, pilates, hiking, and yoga.
I like to work out, so I Train mode, and the device starts tracking my activity, from time to calories burned. In any case, the wearable records other data, such as steps, distance, and heart rate.
The other great section of the watch has to do with well-being. For this, according to Fitbit, the EDA scanner was integrated to detect the user’s electrodermal activity —the changes in the level of sweat on the skin—to know their stress response. From the smartwatch, it is possible to run the fast scanner, which only requires 120 seconds to analyze this type of activity.
Fitbit Sense on a raised surface
For longer mindfulness sessions compatible with the EDA scanner, you need to open the Fitbit mobile app and start them from there. Although those available at the moment are in English, it is not difficult to follow them if you have a basic knowledge of the language.
In the tests, I tried to do one every third day for 11 minutes. At the end of each session, I did feel more relaxed—I must admit—because the emphasis was on slow, deep breathing.
Also, it is noteworthy that I mustn’t pay for the Fitbit Premium subscription to access more advanced options related to the user’s well-being. Of course, the firm ensures that Sense comes with a six-month free trial for this service.
In general, the manufacturer’s wearable does offer a balance between a sports watch and a stress monitor, which becomes essential now that the days of confinement are a constant.
The Fitbit Sense does represent a step forward in smartwatches or at least concerning what is presented by the brand that is already a benchmark in the wearables segment. Any user will find an answer to their physical activity needs in this gadget, regardless of whether they are very basic or advanced.
Yes, indeed, it is not among the cheapest smart watches. Still, for 330 dollars, people will have a device that will become a good companion in physical activity and, when necessary, to take a break and breath sincerely.