Fitbit has launched three new watches: the Sense 2, Versa 4, and Inspire 3. Each watch has a different purpose, with the Sense 2 being made for managing stress, the Versa 4 for workout tracking, and the entry-level Inspire 3 for generally improving your lifestyle and making healthier choices.
The original Fitbit Sense made quite a stir when it launched in September 2020 thanks to its unusual electrodermal activity (EDA) sensor, which allowed it to check for changes in your skin's electrical conductivity (EDA responses). A higher than typical number of EDA responses suggests increased adrenal activity, which may indicate stress. This is different to the stress monitoring offered by the best Garmin watches, which is based on heart rate variability (HRV).
The Fitbit Sense 2 takes that feature and takes it to the next level. Whereas the original Sense could only track EDA while you were sitting still with your hand on its face, the Sense 2 offers continuous monitoring that checks for stress responses throughout the day so you can recognize the situations that cause them and take appropriate action.
Although its keeps the same rounded square shape, the Sense 2 is also thinner and lighter than its predecessor, and features a physical button that's more convenient for starting and pausing workouts than the touch controls on the original watch.
The Versa 4 is also slimmer than its forebears, and focuses firmly on fitness. It has 40 workout tracking options, which include new options like HIIT, weightlifting, CrossFit, and dance.
If you're a Fitbit Premium subscriber (or you're using the free six-month trial that comes with each new Fitbit watch), you'll also receive a Daily Readiness score that tells you how well rested and prepared you are for the day ahead. This is a feature that was originally introduced with the Fitbit Charge 5 last year.
Finally, we have the slender Fitbit Inspire 3, which sticks to the same shape as the Inspire 2, but provides extra health metrics including bloody oxygen saturation (SpO2) and skin temperature. It also checks for signs of an atrial fibrillation (an irregular heartbeat), which isn't something you'd typically expect to see in an entry-level fitness tracker.
The Fitbit Inspire 3 (opens in new tab) is available to pre-order now for $99.95 / £84.99, the Versa 4 (opens in new tab) for $229.95 / £199.99, and the Sense 2 (opens in new tab) for $299.95 / £269.99. Devices are expected to ship in the fall.
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Cat is the editor of Advnture, She’s been a journalist for 13 years, and was fitness and wellbeing editor on TechRadar before joining the Advnture team in 2022. She’s a UK Athletics qualified run leader, and in her spare time enjoys nothing more than lacing up her shoes and hitting the roads and trails (the muddier, the better).
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