A Workout Assistant With a Twist
The $ 329 Fitbit Sense is the biggest and most ambitious smartwatch so far. Yes, much more ambitious than either the Apple Watch or the Samsung Galaxy Watch 3 either. That being mainly because the Sense has not only an ECG reading and heart rate monitor but also the capability to measure skin temperature and electrodermal activity. Those are pretty big tasks for a smartwatch. However, it can be argued that these watches do the basic job they are intended for, and that is monitoring your heart rate and other readings, and since people will need to do other things with the Fitbit Sense, these are all pretty basic functions indeed.
But the real mark of a smartwatch is in the features it has to offer you. And the Fitbit Sense does have a lot going for it, in a number of ways. For instance, you get more than just a fitness application with the Fitbit Sense. Yes, you also get an alarm that reminds you that you’re not exercising and tracking your heart rate and that you should be sleeping.
You also get the smartwatch’s fitness tracking ability integrated directly into it. This means you don’t have to go into the Fitbit console and manually enter the different data points one by one. Every time you enter one, you have to go into the Fitbit console to manually input the corresponding data points. With the Fitbit Sense you can simply do it from the watch’s dashboard like this:
There are other aspects which the smartwatch offers you as well which make it superior to other fitness smartwatch brands. Namely, the Fitbit Sense comes with an interactive menu. When you activate the feature, you can simply move your finger on the virtual touch screen to customize your settings from its highly advanced menu system.
But you will most certainly need to do a bit of manual configuration if you want to configure its settings to suit your needs. It’s only when you do so that you can really take advantage of the fitness tracking abilities of the Fitbit Sense. Once you enable its interactive feature, you’ll find that you are able to track and log your calories burned, distance, and even the speed with which you ran or walked. This is definitely much more than what you could do with say an ordinary wristwatch or an iPhone’s accelerometer.
But here’s where the comparison with other fitness smartwatches ends. Compared to the Fitbit Sense’s version you get almost seventy percent more distance covered per minute, almost ten percent more calories burned per hour, and almost ten percent more steps taken during one minute. Yes, these are impressive numbers, especially when you consider that you could just as easily measure them with a traditional GPS unit.
But don’t let these figures fool you though, as the Fitbit Sense isn’t just a gps smartwatch. Sure, it has many ups like features in it, but it also has a stylish round face that’s always-on display that you can simply glance at for accuracy. The display is also large enough that it’s easy to read even when you’re not running or walking. Finally, the large and always-on display means that it’s always accessible, so you don’t need to carry around another small mobile computing device for GPS wherever you go.
Overall, this innovative and feature-rich new fitness app is really attractive and intuitive, and that’s why it manages to top many of its competitors. The ability to track your progress, make weekly summaries, enable auto-calculating of your calorie intake, record your workout intensity, enter and track your heart rate, and enable two-way communication with your Fitbit Sense smartwatch is truly remarkable. If you’ve been looking for a truly intelligent and feature rich work out tool, the FitbitSense really isn’t anything short of being brilliant!
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