The Fitbit Sense 2 is finally here, the latest Sense was launched back in 2020, and the now Google-owned company Fitbit took its time to present the new and improved Sense. But it was worth the wait?
Below we give you a full review of the main upgrades and functionalities but at a glance with 6 days of battery life, Google Maps for directions and the renamed Google Wallet for NFC payments the Sense 2 looks like a promising smartwatch.
With an extra focus on stress management and mindfulness, the Sense 2 comes with cEDA reads for all-day body stress response tracking, paired with mindfulness, guided breathing, and other techniques in the Fitbit app that will help you to reduce and manage your stress in a healthy way.
- Better placed, easier-to-use side button
- Simplified user interface
- Continuous electrodermal activity (cEDA) for all-day body stress response tracking
- Over twice the workout activity options (more than 40 to choose from)
- Improved Bluetooth and sync range
- Future features, including Google Wallet and Google Maps with an interactive view and turn-by-turn directions directly on the watch
When it comes to design the New Sense 2 looks similar to its predecessors, predominantly square, but with very rounded corners, sides and edges.
Although if you look closely there’s a button on the site of the watch’s metal casing. This button was last seen on the Versa 2, so it’s a comeback that was long overdue, there were some complaints about the sensors, people said that they were difficult to operate while sweaty.
Other design upgrades are towards comfort, the Sense 2 is 10% thinner and 15% lighter than the previous models, and it’s been engineered to establish a lower center of gravity and sit more flush onto your wrist.
It’s true that now the Sense 2 looks quite similar to the Versa 4 when it comes to design, both smartwatches share the characteristic ‘squircle’ shape and a new thinner profile designed to sit easier on the wrist, and an AMOLED Gorilla Glass 3 screen, 336x336px.
In terms of features, the Sense 2 comes as fully packed as you can spect, so besides the usual steps, GPS, heart rate, and sleep tracking, you will also get high-end features such as SpO2 (for tracking your bloody oxygen saturation), ECG, and even a skin temperature sensor. It’s a fully-fledged health tracker.
It can also track your physical efforts to determine how many calories you’ve burned. It will also monitor your stress and has a library of breathing and mindfulness exercises to help relax and calm your mind. And those are just a couple of the many features and functions designed to help you be conscious of your mental health, as well as your physical wellbeing.
The main feature that comes along with the Sense 2 is the cEDA readings. The EDA reader could already detect signs of stress, but now cEDA readings can prompt Body Response notifications to help you track how you’re feeling more closely.
Driven by three key data indicators: heart rate, heart rate variability (HRV), and skin temperature. the cEDA creates a report and informs both cEDA data and sleep tracking. If your skin temperature varies greatly from your baseline overnight, it could mean something is going on with your health so the Sense will quickly inform you.
Price and release date
The Fitbit Sense 2 costs $299.95 in the US and £269.99 in the UK, with Australia pricing TBC. It’s available to be ordered already. They released on September 29, 2022.
Comes in one size and connectivity configuration, with three color options: black, silver and gold. As a reminder, the original Fitbit Sense cost $329.95 and came only in black or gold at first,
Fitbit claims that the Sense 2 battery life is around six days, and with the always-on display enabled around two to three days.
Having in mind that most smartwatches can last around 2 days with a fully charged battery, the 6 days that the Sense can deliver is quite impressive. During our test using the AOD daily, the Sense 2 lasted 2 days and 20 hours, but without using the Always one Display the smartwatch lasted 6 days and 12 hours.
The Fitbit Sense 2 is one of the most powerful smartwatches on the market, offering high-end features such as Continuous electrodermal activity (cEDA) for all-day body stress response tracking, more than 40 pre-program workout activities, and NFC payments that now include Google Wallet and Google Maps as well.
With an extra input on stress management and mindfulness the Versa 2 comes with the new Body Response sensor that Fitbit claims will offer “all-day stress management.” This considers your heart rate, heart rate variability, skin temperature, and more to determine events or conditions that cause your body stress. Paired with the mindfulness, guided breathing, and other techniques in the Fitbit app the goal is to reduce and manage your stress in a healthy manner.
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