Apple Watch Series 6 vs Fitbit Sense – Our Review and Comparisons

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While Apple Watch 6 is the most advanced Apple smartwatch, Fitbit Sense is the most advanced Fitbit smartwatch, so which is better between Apple Watch Series 6 vs Fitbit Sense – I would say Watch 6 is outrightly a far better smartwatch than Fitbit Sense. However, Fitbit Sense is a lot cheaper than Watch 6, and it’s also compatible with both iOS and Android devices unlike Watch 6 which is only compatible with iOS devices. Read further as we compare the differences between these two to help you make a more informed decision.

Apple Watch Series 6 vs Fitbit Sense Specifications Comparison

 
 
Product Info
apple watch series 6 (44mm) (GPS) specs

Apple Watch Series 6 (44mm) (GPS) Specifications, Features and Price

Fitbit Sense Full Specifications, Features and Price

Price $414.00 $329.95 $279.95
ABOUT DEVICE ABOUT DEVICE ABOUT DEVICE
Device name (GPS), Apple Watch Series 6 (44mm) Fitbit Sense
Device type Fitness/Sport smartwatch Fitness/Sport smartwatch
Gender Unisex Unisex
Predecessor Apple Watch Series 5
Successor
Models Apple Watch Hermès, Apple Watch Nike+
Date released September, 2020 September, 2020
DISPLAY DISPLAY DISPLAY
Display size 1.78 inch 1.58 inches
Display type 1000nit, OLED AMOLED
Resolution 448 x 368 pixels 336 x 336 pixel
Pixel density
Customizable watchface Yes Yes
Input type 1 Physical button, Digital crown, Touchscreen 1 Haptic button, Touchscreen
Always-On Yes Yes
BODY BODY BODY
Shape Square Rectangular
Case material Aluminum Aluminum
Strap material Silicone Silicone
Bezel material Bezeless, Sapphire glass Stainless steel
Strap size 24mm 140 – 180mm (small), 180 -220mm (big)
Color Blue, Gold, Gray, Red, Silver Gold, Graphite
Screen protection Sapphire glass Corning Gorilla Glass
Dimension 44 x 38 x 10.4 mm 40.5 x 40.5 x 12.4 mm
Weight 36.5g
Waterproof rating Yes, 5ATM Yes, 5ATM
Swim-proof Yes Yes, recommended
Durability test
CONNECTIVITY CONNECTIVITY CONNECTIVITY
Bluetooth calling Yes No
Bluetooth Bluetooth v5.0 Bluetooth v5.0
Wi-Fi Yes, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n Yes, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n
NFC Yes Yes
MEMORY MEMORY MEMORY
RAM 1GB
ROM 32GB 4GB
Memory card slot No No
CELLULAR CELLULAR CONNECTIVITY CELLULAR CONNECTIVITY
Network technology None None
SIM type None None
NOTIFICATIONS NOTIFICATIONS NOTIFICATIONS
SMS alert Yes Yes
Calls alert Yes Yes
Email alert Yes Yes
Event reminder Yes Yes
MEDIA MEDIA MEDIA
Audio mp3/mp4 mp3/mp4
Microphone Yes Yes
Loudspeaker Yes Yes
Bluetooth music Yes Yes
Camera No No
SENSORS SENSORS SENSORS
GPS GLONASS, GPS Yes
Accelerometer Yes Yes
HRM Yes Yes
Gyroscope Yes
Pulse Ox. Yes Yes
Altimeter Yes Yes
Barometer Yes
Compass Yes No
ECG Yes Yes
Thermometer Yes Yes
Ambient light Yes Yes
ACTIVITY TRACKING ACTIVITY TRACKING ACTIVITY TRACKING
Steps Yes Yes
Calories Yes Yes
Distance Yes Yes
Heart rate monitoring Yes Yes
Sleep tracking Yes Yes
Floors climbed Yes Yes
Blood oxygen Yes Yes
Blood Pressure No No
Stress Yes Yes
ECG tracking Yes Yes
Fall detection No No
Menstrual cycle Yes Yes
VO2 Max Yes Yes
Onscreen workout No Yes
Preloaded sport modes Yes 20
BATTERY BATTERY BATTERY
Battery type Non-removable Li-ion battery non-removable Lithium-polymer
Battery capacity
Battery life Regular: up to 18hrs Regular: 6 days, Standby: 8 days+
Charging type Charging dock Magnetic charger
Charging duration 1-2 hours 30mins – 1hr
Solar power No No
PLATFORM PLATFORM PLATFORM
Operating system WatchOS 7 Fitbit OS
Chipset Apple Watch S6 64bits
CPU Dual core
GPU
MISC MISC MISC
Companion app Apple Watch App Fitbit App
Compatibility iOS 12.0+ Android, iOS
Payment system Apple Pay Fitbit Pay
Customizable strap 24mm, Yes Yes
Voice Assistant Yes, Siri Yes, Alexa, Yes, Google Assistant
Find my phone Yes Yes
Box content Apple Watch Series 6, Charger, Manual, Straps Charger, Fitbit Sense, Manual, Straps
Price $414.00 $329.95 $279.95

Which is a Better Smartwatch?

  1. DESIGN:
  2. Starting with the design, one common aspect is that each of these two smartwatches is very lightweight, compact, and sturdy. So, you can expect a comfortable wear all day long without feeling the need to remove the watch.

    Watch 6 is available in two sizes; 44mm and 40mm, while the 44mm is bigger than Fitbit Sense, its same size as the 40mm. It is good to know that Apple has remained consistent with the slim design that sees the Watch 6 only 10.7mm thick compared to 12mm of Fitbit Sense.

    Looking at the materials used in the making of these two, while Fitbit Sense is only available in aluminum material with a stainless steel bezel and silicone straps, Watch 6 comes in three different materials; aluminum, stainless steel, and titanium case material paired with silicone loop bands.

    As per the display, Watch 6 has a slightly bigger display than Fitbit Sense, both smartwatches have a touch-sensitive screen. Fitbit Sense has a haptic button, while Watch 6 has one physical button and a digital rotating crown with a haptic feedback mechanism that certainly makes it very easy to access.

    Overall, as per design, Watch 6 has a more sophisticated design than Fitbit Sense.

  3. HEALTH TRACKING:
  4. Both Watch 6 and Fitbit Sense are sold and marketed as fitness companions that can help you stay fit and reach more fitness goals. Each of these two tracks all the basics that include complete sleep tracking in stages, track your heart rate and will show your resting and heart rate range. Each of these two will also track your steps, calories, and floors climbed. There are also preset sport modes on both smartwatches which will allow you to choose your favorite sports activities.

    However, Watch 6 is a more comprehensive fitness smartwatch than Fitbit Sense going by the number of activities it can track. Both smartwatches feature blood oxygen tracking, although, the blood oxygen tracking feature on Fitbit Sense is not a complete one as it only tracks your blood oxygen at night and displays your blood oxygen levels via Fitbit’s Signature watch face, meanwhile, Watch 6 allows you to check your blood oxygen levels on request via the blood oxygen app.

    Watch 6 and Fitbit Sense feature ECG tracking which allows you to take ECG test directly from your wrist, this can help you detect irregular heart rhythms which is a common sign of atrial fibrillation. You’ll find a handwashing app on Watch 6 which reminds and guide you through washing your hands, while the “Cue watch face” is Fitbit’s way of reminding and guiding you to washing your hands.

    The Cellular model of Watch 6 features incidental fall detection, international emergency calling that allow you to call emergency contacts almost anywhere in the world.

  5. MEDIA:
  6. You can store your media files on any of these two smartwatches. While Fitbit allows you to download Deezer playlists, Pandora stations, and control Spotify playlists on your phone, Watch 6 has a far bigger storage capacity that allows you to store more of your favorite tracks on the watch. It’s worthy to note that, you can’t add your personal music to Fitbit Sense which is very unfortunate.

    Furthermore, both Watch 6 and Fitbit Sense have loudspeakers and microphones. However, while you can make and receive calls directly from Watch 6, you can’t make and receive calls on Fitbit Sense, you can only reject or answer a call that must continue on your phone. Perhaps in future updates, Fitbit Sense will be able to make and receive calls.

    While Siri allows you to use your voice to do simple tasks, Fitbit Sense features Alexa with Google Assistant to be added in the future.

  7. BATTERY LIFE:
  8. If there is one aspect where Fitbit Sense floors Watch 6, it’s in the battery life aspect. While you can get up to 6 days long battery life with Fitbit Sense, Watch 6 can bearly last a full day which is very disappointing, pointing to the fact that you have to charge it every day to stay connected.

  9. NOTIFICATIONS:
  10. In terms of managing notifications, you can easily manage notifications on any of these two smartwatches. Both smartwatches will allow you to reply to notifications with your voice, emojis, and preset replies. However, Watch 6 offers more ways to stay connected as you can type your reply which isn’t possible with Fitbit Sense.

    So, Which Should You Buy?
    Apple Watch Series 6 is clearly a better smartwatch than Fitbit Sense, it’s a more comprehensive fitness smartwatch with a higher storage capacity and more features, and also has a more sophisticated design.

    Meanwhile, Fitbit Sense which is compatible with both Android and iOS devices is cheaper, yet, an advanced fitness smartwatch with a long battery life that lets you go multiple days from a single charge.

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