This week, Fitbit announced the latest additions to its fitness-focused smartwatch lineup with the Fitbit Versa 4 and Fitbit Sense 2. While Apple Watch and Galaxy Watch outshine the once-dominant player in the wearables market and undoubtedly add more smartwatch features There is one key benefit to Fitbit, which makes it still the best smartwatch for health and fitness tracking.
If you’ve researched any of these watches, you may already know the answer, it’s just battery life. The Versa 4 and Sense 2 both offer over six days of battery life according to Fitbit and while we’re yet to review them, last year’s battery life is Fitbit Sense hit that target, so I’m willing to give them the benefit of the doubt. In comparison, the Apple Watch Series 7 and Galaxy Watch 5 just made it to a second day.
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After all, aside from the annoyance of having to charge our phones every day, why is this such a big advantage that you should consider the Versa 4 or Sense 2 over an Apple Watch or Galaxy Watch? These companies all emphasize that health and fitness tracking is the primary goal of their respective smartwatches, and to fulfill that function, the watch must remain on your wrist. There’s no doubt that you’re more likely to end up with a blank Apple Watch or Galaxy Watch on your wrist for a day, weekend, or night because you forgot to charge it or forgot to bring your charger over the weekend. away.
Aside from how ridiculous it feels to lift your wrist to check the time or see if you’ve missed notifications and only see your mirror image staring at you in the blank screen, there’s the data lost, whether that’s steps or sleep tracking. I appreciate the response to the idea that “If you didn’t follow it, did it even happen?” However, if you’re serious about following your health or fitness, there’s some truth to that. Estimating your calorie burn for a day or a specific activity won’t be as accurate, neither will your estimate of how you slept, and if you’re going to tell me you know for sure what your heart rate is over the course of a day. you either Daredevil or you lie.
The latter is of particular interest, Apple likes to talk about its heart rate monitor and its ability to detect instances of abnormally high or low heart rates or the more recent addition of atrial fibrillation (A-fib) detection via ECG. Again, Versa 4 covers all of these areas with the added benefit of being able to check for signs of A-fib while you sleep. These are all measurements that benefit from monitoring you as regularly as possible and the Versa 4 is better suited for that.
Apple and Samsung are both opting for the same solution for extending battery life on their smartwatches with battery saving modes that essentially shut down everything to keep your watch alive for timekeeping and possibly step tracking, but at that point you’ve given up all. alleged advantages of those wearables over the Fitbit.
Smarter than the average fitness tracker
So what’s the other side of the coin? What are you giving up by going over the Apple Watch or Galaxy Watch with the Fitbit Versa 4 or Sense 2? Not as much as you might think.
The latest update to the smartwatches from the Google-owned company brings support for Google Maps for directions and Google Wallet for convenient contactless payments. Fitbit also has a microphone and speaker for making calls via Bluetooth and using voice assistants such as Google Assistant or Alexa. Notifications are also solid, and you can send messages, although for iOS users in particular, it’s much more limited than what’s possible on Apple Watch.
If you love the Photos app on your Apple Watch or the home automation features then you’ll be disappointed by the Versa 4, but for most users looking for health and fitness tracking with a little notification triage, Are the Fitbit watches smart enough?
With the Apple Watch Series 8 almost here Can’t wait to fully test Fitbit’s latest against what Apple reveals. In my Apple Watch 7 vs Fitbit Sense face-off last year, the win for Apple was tipped by the design, which was largely the result of the occasional unresponsiveness of the capacitive button on the side of the Sense. Looks like Fitbit has learned its lesson and a real button is back.
While there have been some rumors about the Apple Watch, the battery life is one I just can’t see cracking. The rugged Series 8 Pro that some say is coming may extend battery life with a larger battery and chassis, but that rules it out for anyone who prefers a smaller watch and I suspect it will last for days. will appear behind the Versa 4 or Sense 2. The same can be said for the Galaxy Watch 5 Pro, which bumps up 2-3 days of battery life instead of just over a day for the Galaxy Watch 5.
All this isn’t to convince you that the Apple Watch and Galaxy Watch aren’t excellent smartwatches, but if you’re buying a smartwatch with health and fitness as your primary goal, it’s worth considering whether you only need one once. a week to charge you would be more likely to use it reliably. The best diet is the one you stick to and the best health and fitness tracker is the one that sticks to your wrist.