But during my indoor cycling workouts, which include tons of high-intensity intervals, the Sense seemed to lag about five to six beats per minute under the other devices I used. Fitbit has a trio of new devices, each one aimed at providing you with varying levels of health information and insight. The Fitbit Sense is a new line from the fitness tracking company, and one that attempts to re-align Fitbit as a health brand instead. You’ll be able to read notifications from your phone on the vertical screen, and if you use an Android device, you’ll even be able to reply to messages directly from your wrist. Thanks for your purchase of Fitbit Sense. The new watch promises a boatload of metrics at your fingertips. When my runs were over, there was no surprise with my pace (some other fitness trackers tend to overestimate distance by a tad, which results in some esteem-boosting vanity pacing, but that’s not an issue with the Sense.). CNN News staff is not involved. One thing that wasn’t quite so intuitive, though, was its outdoor workouts settings. SHOP NOW Learn more. Over that seven-day period, I used the Fitbit Sense to track outdoor walks and runs, (virtual) indoor cycling classes, and at-home strength training sessions. The Fitbit Sense is a stylish, thoughtfully designed smartwatch to help you cope with the stress of life in 2020. The 50 steps I counted walking back and forth in my apartment measured 51 on the Sense. During that time, I wore it on my left wrist and kept another fitness tracker I’m testing on the right to serve as comparison. With the Versa 2, Fitbit added support for Amazon’s Alexa smart assistant on the watch. MORE FROM FORBES Fitbit Sense: Sensational New … SHOP NOW Learn more. Our panel of fitness experts helped us determine the criteria to focus on when testing fitness trackers and fitness smartwatches, including measures like accuracy, ease of use, battery life, comfort, style, and other features. A Warner Media Company. The Inspire 2 includes all of the standard features you’ve come to expect from Fitbit. 5:31 PM EDT, Fri August 28, 2020, The Sense will sell for $329.95, the Versa 3 for $229.95 and the Inspire 2 for $99.95, The Inspire 2 is $99.95 and available for preorder right now, With the Versa 2, Fitbit added support for Amazon’s Alexa smart assistant on the watch, The Versa 3 is available to preorder right now for $229.95, It’s available to preorder for $329.95 right now, All three new devices come with some sort of trial to Fitbit Premium, the company’s subscription service that not only unlocks more workouts and fitness tips but deeper insights into what your health data means for you. CNN Sans ™ & © 2016 Cable News Network. (I also used a heart rate forearm band during these workouts, since it pairs with my Peloton app.) The third time’s a charm, right? (I will admit to a slight morning freakout when I noticed a pretty solid dip in my heart rate variability from the night before.). December 02, 2020. Now with the Versa 3, you’ll have the choice between Alexa and Google Assistant, the latter of which will be available in “winter 2020” via a software update. These metrics were a big reason why I was eager to test the watch, but for a health worrier like me, I realized they could be toeing the line into information overload if I wasn’t careful with how I used them. If you own an older Fitbit, discover whether or not it’s worth you upgrading. When I manually measure steps on the Fitbit Sense, it stays accurate with that too. The first time I used it for a run, it defaulted to no GPS (which made my pace and distance way less accurate). Fitbit has just launched three new fitness trackers: the Inspire 2, Versa 3, and the brand-new Fitbit Sense. Along with sleep data, the Sense also tracks a bunch of other health metrics, including heart rate variability (the time between heartbeats, where a higher number may be linked to better health measures), breathing rate, skin temperature (displayed as a deviation from your baseline, which it gathers the first three nights you wear the watch), and oxygen saturation. The Versa 3 is available to preorder right now for $229.95 and will begin shipping late September. In the year of our Lord 2020, its timing couldn't be better. Meet Sense — the advanced health smartwatch that helps you tune in to your body and guides you toward better health. Advertisement. Please return the device to us. While the Sense’s new sensors are its main selling point, the star of the show is a feature that’s been around for a while. For instance, the Sense has a huge listing of exercise shortcuts on its workout screen—including things I’m not really into, like golf, swimming, and martial arts. Today, Fitbit announced new products and features that will help you better manage your health—from groundbreaking stress tracking and management tools on Fitbit Sense, on-device GPS and speaker on Versa 3 and Active Zone Minutes on Inspire 2, plus a streamlined way to view new health metrics,¹ each has so much to offer. We will have to actually put Sense to use to see what information you can view without a premium subscription before we make up our mind on whether or not Fitbit has gone too far. Fitbit debuted the Sense smartwatch, and its most noteworthy features include EKG (still pending FDA approval) and EDA sensors for tracking skin temperature. As the only fitness band included in today’s announcement, it comes with 10-day battery life and an always-on heart rate monitor that can watch your personal heart rate zones for high or low alerts. All Rights Reserved. That emphasis on data and metrics is one main reason I was eager to try Fitbit’s newest flagship smartwatch, the Fitbit Sense. By Christa Sgobb a. Updated For example, you’ll be able to see more stats and a deeper breakdown of your sleep score to help you get more rest. Fitbit has unveiled three new wearables for Fall 2020: the Fitbit Sense, Fitbit Versa 3, and Fitbit Inspire 2. By subscribing, you agree to our privacy policy. Furthermore, Fitbit has added built-in GPS support so you no longer have to have your phone on you at all times. It’s interesting to see your “normal” for these metrics—and to see if you deviate from that in any way—but it’s important to know that this tracking is not intended to be used for medical purposes, as Fitbit’s medical disclaimer states. Here’s the quick run-down of what’s new compared to previous Fitbit smartwatches (this technically would be above the Ionic, but it’s probably more akin to a super-high-end Versa series): Open rating explainer. All rights reserved. Still, I got two solid days of heavy use—which included one GPS-based workout and three non-GPS ones—on a full charge. Full disclosure: I learned this after showering with my device for a week (and my Ionic for about two years), and I didn’t notice any issues. To take a reading, you launch the EDA Scan app and place your palm on the face of the watch. But once we ran a measured road race with our respective watches, it turned out the Ionic was pretty much right on target. Almost every new feature the company added this year is about sensing data or some metric, and ideally making sense of that data (which, in some cases will require a Fitbit Premium subscription). Fitness trackers have come a long way since they simply counted your steps. The Sense measured my heart rate during my walk-runs like a champ—showing steady peaks in the 160s during run intervals, falling down to the 120s during walking recovery (making it right in line with the fitness tracker I wore on my other wrist). Its additional tracking metrics are just a happy bonus—and that’s probably the best way to think of them for right now. The main reason I stuck with my Fitbit Ionic for so long was that it was solid on the distance-accuracy front: When I’d run with friends, their watches would generally have our distance as several hundredths of a mile greater than mine—not a huge deal, but it made our pace look slightly quicker. A brand-new product in Fitbit’s lineup is the Sense. That’s paired with a fast-charging feature that gives you a day of use off of just 12 minutes of charging. ‎11-27-2020 17:28 - last edited on ‎11-29-2020 11:30 by LizzyFitbit. One thing I really appreciated with the Fitbit Sense is that it’s customizable, so the more you use it the easier it becomes to use. The third-generation Versa 3 smartwatch and the Inspire 2 fitness band round out Fitbit’s 2020 holiday lineup. Success! I’ve found the sleep resting heart rate particularly helpful to monitor, since I’ve noticed I tend to spend more time in sleep above my resting heart rate the more stressed I am or the more I go overboard on my workouts without allowing for adequate recovery. Fitbit has a trio of new devices, each one aimed at providing you with varying levels of health information and insight.