As we are getting more focussed on becoming fitter and healthier, smart watches are growing in popularity. Fitbit have always been at the forefront of options and now they have the Fitbit Sense.
It is the most expensive Fitbit they offer so you need to make sure that it is right for you. It follows the trends and is a good looking watch with rounded edges making it comfortable and a square face. To create a more premium it has a stainless steel case and they have introduced a sensitive button on the left-hand side which gives you a quick access to your most frequently used apps. One tap, you get one app with a double press you get four shortcuts displayed – great when you want to access your favourite workouts without having to scroll through menus.
Sharp and bright, the display is covered in Gorilla glass and is really responsive. If you swipe down from any screen it will reveal a shade that contains all your notifications – you can customise these in your Fitbit app. Swipe the right and you get your settings, where you can set your sleep mode, change the screen brightness and anything else you need to do.
You get an Infinity Band strap with the watch, made from soft silicone with no hard buckles or catches making it super comfy so great to wear overnight. It is suggested that when you are working out you wear your watch a little tighter so ensure that you get an accurate heart reading. The bands comes in 2 sizes so check the circumference of your wrist. To keep it clean just using warm soapy water.
As you would expect is comes with a choice of watch faces to choose from which you choose from your Fitbit app where you are able to pick 4 for quick access.
You get up to six days battery life but the more you access the various sensors the lower this will be as will use the always-on screen. Coming with a small USB charger with a square dock which easily attaches to the watch using magnets making it impossible to misalign. Coming with the expected voice controls via Alexa (Google Assist not available yet) and Fitbit pay (subject to your bank being supported). In addition you can receive SMS notifications, calls from your phone plus tell it what to put in a text message with Bluetooth call answering coming.
One of the notable features is the stress monitoring. This is measured by electrodermal activity (EDA) responses. These responses come from your skin and will be affected by sweat – this isn’t monitored just from emotional stress but physical stress from exercise and heat will affect them as well. Running the scan is straight forward – make sure the watch is secure on your wrist, swipe left and select the EDA scan option, placing your other hand over the face for two minutes. This will prompt a gentle vibration to show the scan is starting and again when it is finished. The calmer you are will generate less EDA responses. You will be asked to enter how you are feeling once the scan is completed for example calm, neutral, stresses or even very calm – you can then review the result in your app.
In the app you can access via the Mindfullness section all the results, past scans and calendar which shows your moods and recommended activity to combat any stress. Set goals and prompts and reflect on your results – it is a great addition and tool.
There are more options and tools available for monitoring your wellbeing for sleep, temperature, blood oxygen, menstrual cycle tracking and more. As well as wellbeing there is a whole host of fitness activity from bootcamp, circuit training, golf, hike, interval workout, kickboxing martial arts, pilates, run, spinning, there is something for everyone. Water resistant upto 50m, you can also wear when you go swimming.
This is a great addition to the Fitbit range.
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