Fitbit Sense 2 vs Sense

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Following on from yesterday’s comparison of the Fitbit Versa 4 vs Versa 3, let’s look at the new Fitbit Sense 2.

The Fitbit Sense 2 is the flagship device from Fitbit; it has all the features the new Versa 4 has and more. This includes the new deeper integration with Google, including Google Wallet and Google Maps. Sadly, these two new Google features are not available at launch, which somewhat limits the appeal.

Fitbit Sense 2 vs Original Fitbit Sense Specification

Fitbit Sense 2Fitbit Sense
Physical size40.5 x 40.5 x 11.2 mm40.48 x 40.48 x 12.35 mm
MaterialAluminium housing paired with silicone bandAluminium housing paired with silicone band
Display typeAMOLEDAMOLED
Display size1.58 inch1.58 inch
Display resolution336 x 336 pixels336 x 336 pixels
Weight40 grams46 grams
ButtonPhysicalHaptic
Sensors3-axis accelerometer
3-axis gyroscope
Multi-path optical heart rate monitor
Electrical sensor to measure skin conductance ()
Altimeter
Ambient light sensor
Vibration motor
Relative SpO2 sensor
skin temperature sensor
NFC
Built-in microphone
3-axis accelerometer
3-axis gyroscope
Multi-path optical heart rate monitor
Multipurpose electrical sensors compatible with EDA Scan app
Altimeter
Ambient light sensor
Vibration motor
Relative SpO2 sensor
skin temperature sensor
NFC
Built-in microphone
Satellite connectivityBuilt-in GPS/GLONASSBuilt-in GPS/GLONASS
Sports modes4020
Water-resistance5 ATM5 ATM
Battery life6+ days. Charge time (0-100%): Two hours. 12 minutes to get one day of battery life.6+ days. Charge time (0-100%): Two hours.
Colour choiceShadow Grey/Graphite, Lunar White, Platinum, Blue Mist/Soft GoldCarbon/Graphite, Lunar White/Soft Gold
Launch price269269
Current Price269189

Fitbit Sense 2 vs Original Fitbit Sense: What is different?

Fitbit Sense 2 Sensor

Similar to the Versa 4, the overall design is basically the same. It is now thinner and a bit lighter, and you have a physical button.

This watch does at least have a new cEDA sensor.

Ironically, the Fitbit Sense 2 lacks on-wrist Bluetooth calls at launch, and it won’t have Google Assistant (I have any idea why). In comparison, the older Fitbit Sense has both of these.

Therefore, as far as features go, the only benefit you have with the Fitbit Sense 2 at launch is the new cEDA sensor.

A cEDA sensor helps identify when your body is experiencing signs of stress so you can reflect on your emotions, take action and go on with your day

Sports modes have been doubled, from 20 to 40. I refuse to accept this as an upgrade as it is just the company adding new sports profiles. I am fairly sure this could be done in a few minutes.

Fitbit Sense 2 vs Original Fitbit Sense Price

Just like the Versa 4, the Fitbit Sense 2 has the same launch price as the previous generation at £269.99. However, the Fitbit Sense was reduced down to £220 and has been further reduced to £200 on Fitbit.

On Amazon, you can get the original Sense for £190.

Overall

I am a bit perplexed as to why Fitbit, which is owned by Google, would release its next-generation watches without the actual new features available yet.

 Yes, the Fitbit Sense 2 has a new cEDA sensor, which I am sure is excellent. But it is bizarre that a Google-owned company can’t get Google Maps and Google Wallet working for launch. Perhaps I shouldn’t be too surprised, considering the way Google so quickly ditches or messes around its popular products (Hangout/Inbox/Google+/News and Weather/Reader and many more).

Overall, the Fitbit Sense 2 is no doubt a good watch. I don’t think there is another watch on the market with the range of sensors this has. It will be an excellent option for people interested in overall health that are don’t view themselves as serious amateur athletes.

However, if you want value for money, just get the previous generation.

Last update on 2024-06-15 / Affiliate links / Images from Amazon Product Advertising API

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3 Comments

  1. Your conclusion was exactly what I feared would happen

    Good for me as I shall get another few years out of my Sense

  2. You sure there’s not another watch on the market with this range of sensors? Doesn’t the apple watch have all this plus afib, fall detection and a compass? Plus one can assume a way faster processor. The sense has cEDA but who knows what that’ll look like. At the very least its got the same number of sensors.

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