Fitbit Sense vs Apple Watch SE – Which Should You Buy?

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Without mincing words, Fitbit Sense and Apple Watch SE are perhaps some of the hottest smartwatches on the market right now. One common thing between these two is that both the Sense and Watch SE are fitness-oriented and well equipped to track your activities and help you manage your fitness goals. However, there are lots of discrepancies that differentiates one from the other, while Fitbit Sense is compatible with both Android and iOS devices, Apple Watch SE is only compatible with only iOS devices just like every other Apple smartwatch. This comparison graph compares Fitbit Sense vs Apple Watch SE on the basis of design, battery life, health and fitness tracking, media, and price to help you make a more informed decision.

Fitbit Sense vs Apple Watch SE Specifications Comparison

 
 
Product Info

Fitbit Sense Full Specifications, Features and Price

Apple Watch SE (40mm) (GPS) Specifications

Apple Watch SE (40mm) (GPS) Specifications, Features and Price

Price $329.95 $279.95 -
ABOUT DEVICE ABOUT DEVICE ABOUT DEVICE
Device name Fitbit Sense (40mm), (GPS), Apple Watch SE
Device type Fitness/Sport smartwatch Fitness/Sport smartwatch
Gender Unisex Unisex
Predecessor
Successor
Models
Date released September, 2020 September, 2020
DISPLAY DISPLAY DISPLAY
Display size 1.58 inches 1.57 inches
Display type AMOLED 1000nit, OLED
Resolution 336 x 336 pixel 324 x 394 pixels
Pixel density
Customizable watchface Yes Yes
Input type 1 Haptic button, Touchscreen 1 Physical button, Digital crown, Touchscreen
Always-On Yes No
BODY BODY BODY
Shape Rectangular Square
Case material Aluminum Aluminum
Strap material Silicone Silicone
Bezel material Stainless steel Bezeless, Sapphire glass
Strap size 140 – 180mm (small), 180 -220mm (big) 24mm
Color Gold, Graphite Blue, Gold, Gray, Red, Silver
Screen protection Corning Gorilla Glass Sapphire glass
Dimension 40.5 x 40.5 x 12.4 mm 40 x 34 x 10.4 mm
Weight 30.68g
Waterproof rating Yes, 5ATM Yes, 5ATM
Swim-proof Yes, recommended Yes
Durability test
CONNECTIVITY CONNECTIVITY CONNECTIVITY
Bluetooth calling No Yes
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 4GB 32GB
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 Yes GLONASS, GPS
Accelerometer Yes Yes
HRM Yes Yes
Gyroscope Yes
Pulse Ox. Yes No
Altimeter Yes Yes
Barometer Yes
Compass No Yes
ECG Yes No
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 No
Blood Pressure No No
Stress Yes Yes
ECG tracking Yes No
Fall detection No No
Menstrual cycle Yes Yes
VO2 Max Yes Yes
Onscreen workout Yes No
Preloaded sport modes 20 Yes
BATTERY BATTERY BATTERY
Battery type non-removable Lithium-polymer Non-removable Li-ion battery
Battery capacity
Battery life Regular: 6 days, Standby: 8 days+ Regular: up to 18hrs
Charging type Magnetic charger Charging dock
Charging duration 30mins – 1hr 1-2 hours
Solar power No No
PLATFORM PLATFORM PLATFORM
Operating system Fitbit OS WatchOS 7
Chipset Apple S5 64bit
CPU Dual core
GPU
MISC MISC MISC
Companion app Fitbit App Apple Watch App
Compatibility Android, iOS iOS 12.0+
Payment system Fitbit Pay Apple Pay
Customizable strap Yes 24mm, Yes
Voice Assistant Yes, Alexa, Yes, Google Assistant Yes, Siri
Find my phone Yes Yes
Box content Charger, Fitbit Sense, Manual, Straps Apple Watch SE, Charger, Manual, Straps
Price $329.95 $279.95

Fitbit Sense vs Apple Watch SE – Features Comparison

Fitbit Sense

Apple Watch SE

Display Size

1.58 inches

1.57 inches 

Dimension

40.5 x 40.5 x 12.4 mm

40 x 34 x 10.4 mm

Case Material

Aluminum

Aluminum

Always-on Display

Yes

No

Bezel

Stainless steel

Aluminum

Microphone

Yes

Yes

Loudspeaker

Yes

Yes

Bluetooth Calling

No (maybe in the future)

Yes

Storage

4GB

32GB

Voice Assistant

Alexa

Siri

Payment

Fitbit Pay

Apple Pay

Inbuilt GPS

Yes

Yes

Menstrual Cycle Tracking

Yes

Yes

Incidental Fall Detection

No

Yes (cellular)

International Emergency Callling

No

Yes (cellular)

Blood Oxygen Tracking

Yes (limited)

No

On-screen Workout

Yes

No

Battery Life with Always-on

6 Day

18 hrs

DESIGN:
Apple Watch SE is available in two sizes; 44mm and 40mm, so obviously the 44mm size is bigger than the Sense, that’s why this comparison is between the 40mm Watch SE and Fitbit Sense. Both are very compact and lightweight which is what a fitness smartwatch should be. Both smartwatches have cases made of aluminum materials which is accompanied by silicone straps.

While AMOLED powers the display of Fitbit Sense, LTPO OLED powers the display of Watch SE, both offer a colorful and easy to read to display. However, Watch SE lacks always-on display mode that is present on Fitbit Sense.

Nevertheless, I personally think Watch SE has a more advanced aesthetics than Fitbit Sense. I don’t fancy the haptic button on Fitbit Sense, it can be frustrating sometimes getting it to work.

HEALTH TRACKING:
Like I mentioned earlier, each of these two is fitness-oriented and well equipped to track your active life comprehensively. Apple added a sleep tracking app to its smartwatches which is also present on Fitbit Sense. Both smartwatches will track your resting heart rate, heart rate zone, and range.

Both smartwatches house an inbuilt GPS that allows you to track outdoor activities, and there are preset sport modes to choose from. Any of these two will also track your steps, count calories and floors climbed.

Fitbit Sense features an ECG app that allows you to take ECG tests directly from your wrist. It can also track your blood oxygen overnight which is displayed through the Fitbit Signature watch face. This is a limited feature as you can’t track your blood oxygen on request. There is also the Fitbit Coach app on Fitbit Sense which features a couple of workout modes, it coaches you through some of your favorite moves and can save you money on subscription.

Meanwhile, Apple Watch SE cellular model features incidental fall detection and international emergency calling that allows you to call emergency contacts almost anywhere in the world.

Nonetheless, both Apple Watch SE and Fitbit Sense are very nice fitness smartwatches, although, Fitbit Sense is a more complete fitness tracker.

MEDIA:
Both smartwatches offer music storage on-device, although Watch SE has a higher 32GB storage capacity compared to 4GB of Fitbit Sense. Moreover, while you can add your personal music to Apple Watch SE, you can’t add personal music to Fitbit Sense. You can only control Spotify playlist, download Deezer playlists, and Pandora stations on Fitbit Sense.

It is worthwhile to note that despite the presence of a microphone and loudspeaker in Fitbit Sense, you can’t make and receive calls directly from the watch. You can only answer calls that must be continued on your connected phone. Meanwhile, Watch SE allows you to make and receive calls directly from the watch.

BATTERY LIFE:
From my experience, Fitbit Sense gave me an average of 4-5 days which a lot longer than Watch SE that is tested to last up to 18 hrs which is very disappointing.

Which is a Better Smartwatch?

Both Fitbit Sense and Watch SE are two fine smartwatches, it a battle between fitness tracking and lifestyle features. Fitbit Sense seems to be a more complete fitness smartwatch with far longer battery life than Watch SE.

Meanwhile, Watch SE which is cheaper, but only compatible with iOS devices, offers Bluetooth calling, more storage capacity, and a more attractive design, yet a comprehensive fitness tracker.

So, Which Should You Buy?
It depends on what matters most to you, longer battery life and more health tracking features, or more features that improve your lifestyle and shorter battery life? It’s up to you.

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Fitbit Sense vs Apple Watch SE – Which Should You Buy?

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