Last Updated on May 7, 2021 by Jude Simeone
Fitbit Sense released alongside a lower-end Versa 3 is Fitbit’s most advanced smartwatch, it’s equipped with the most advanced features like ECG, stress, and body temperature measurements. The Sense is very compact and lightweight, and as well as features two voice assistants; Alexa and Google Assistant with a long battery life that keeps you going for about four days. Meanwhile, Apple Watch SE which is a new guy in the Apple smartwatch family and was released alongside the higher-end Apple Watch 6 lacks ECG, blood oxygen tracking, and always-on display, yet a comprehensive fitness smartwatch that is also very lightweight and equipped with lots of fitness tracking features, 32GB high storage capacity and more. Which is better between the Apple Watch SE vs Fitbit Versa 3? We have gathered all the specs and features of these two, this comparison post takes a look at the differences between these two to help you make a more informed buying decision.
Apple Watch SE GPS/Cellular Features
|FEATURES||Apple Watch SE (GPS)||Apple Watch SE (Cellular)|
Brighter than Series 3
Brighter than Series 3
|Share Watch Faces||Yes||Yes|
|Add Widget to Watch Face||Yes||Yes|
Allows you to send emojis as sticker in messages or use it as your watch face.
Allows family members who don't own an iPhone to still enjoy all the features of an Apple Watch by adding and assigning numbers to different Apple Watches which can be managed from a single iPhone.
|Smart Money With Apple Cash||Yes||Yes|
|Find my App|
A feature that lets you know the location of family members.
A feature that guides cyclists by showing direction, suggesting lanes, and more.
Alerts you when you have reached the maximum recommended listening dose for the week, and also allows you to set maximum volume for your headphone.
Guides you to wash your hand for up to 20 seconds recommended by WHO. Also reminds you to wash your hands when you get home.
|Incidental Fall Detection||No||Yes (Cellular)|
|International Emergency Calling|
Allow you to call emergency contacts almost anywhere in the world.
|Blood Oxygen Tracking|
Monitors your blood oxygen to determine how well your blood absorbs oxygen.
Allows you to take an electrocardiogram test on your wrist that's capable of detecting irregular heart rhythm and can help you prevent atrial fibrillations.
Apple introduces a fitness service that features workout plans and coaching from professionals around the world. $9.99/month after the first 3 months.
|Processor||S5 chip dual-core processor and W3 wireless chip|
2x faster than S3
|S5 chip dual-core processor and W3 wireless chip
2x faster than S3
Apple Watch SE Pros
- Premium and lighwight design.
- A sophisticated fitness tracker; incidental fall detection, sleep tracking and more..
- Massive 32GB storage.
- Moderate price for a decent Apple watch.
Apple Watch SE Cons
- 18 hours battery life isn’t so impressive.
- Texting feature isn’t so great.
- It doesn’t show the time spent in different stages of your sleep.
- The volume isn’t so great especially when anwsering call from the watch, you can bearly hear what the other person is saying.
Fitbit Sense Features
|Display||1.58 inches AMOLED|
Just glance to see what you need during workouts or when your hands are full. (will require frequent charging)
Automatically sync to most popular iOS and Android devices to show your stats, trends and progress on your Fitbit dashboard.
|Amazon Alexa Voice Assistant|
Check the weather, set timers, control your smart home devices, and more, powered by Amazon Alexa. Amazon Alexa not available in all countries
|Google Voice Assistant|
Check the weather, set timers, control your smart home devices, and more, powered by Google Voice.
Store and play 300+ songs on your smartwatch—plus download your favorite Pandora stations or Deezer playlists. Paid subscriptions required. Pandora is US only.
Use your credit and debit cards to make secure purchases anywhere that accepts tap-and-pay.See participating banks
See call, text, or calendar notifications on screen & get push notifications from smartphone apps.
|Connect With Wireless Headphones|
Listen to your favorite tunes without the wires.
|Connect and Control Music on Spotify|
Control your music, songs, and browse recent playlists and podcasts all from your wrist. Works with phone nearby; Spotify Premium subscription required. Not available in all countries.
Use the sleep mode to mute smartphone notifications and stop your screen from turning on at night.
|Do Not Disturb Mode|
Use do not disturb mode when you want to mute call, text, calendar, and app notifications during the day.
|Access Apps On Watch|
Access your favorite apps for fitness, sports, news, travel, transit, and more with a simple tap.
|Loudspeaker and Microphone|
Has a loudspeaker that allows you to play music aloud and as well make and receive calls via Bluetooth connection to the phone.
|Real-Time Using Built In GPS|
See your real-time pace and distance without a phone, then get a map of your route in the Fitbit app.
|Real-Time Using Phone GPS|
See your real-time pace and distance by connecting to your phone's GPS, then get a map of your route in the Fitbit app.
|Workout Intensity Map|
After outdoor exercise, check your workout intensity map in the Fitbit app to see your heart rate zones throughout your route.
|Active Zone Minutes|
Feel a buzz when you reach your target heart rate zones during exercise and celebrate when you earn extra minutes outside of workouts.
Calculates active minutes through metabolic equivalents (METs). This metric, which factors in your body mass, is used to estimate exercise intensity.
Stay on track toward your goals with personalized reminders that remind you to stay active, get hydrated, stick to a sleep schedule and more.
|SmartTrack Exercise Recognition|
Automatically record select exercises like running, biking and more & see detailed workout information in the Fitbit app.
|20 Preset Workout Modes|
Choose from 20+ exercise modes like run, bike, swim, yoga and more, set a goal, and get real-time stats during your workouts.
Water-resistant up to 50M, so you can wear your tracker or smartwatch in the shower, pool, and beyond.
|Onscreen Workout Coach|
Get personalized on-screen workouts that play on your wrist, coach you through each move and adapt based on your feedback.
See how long you've been active throughout the day and get reminders to fit in a few extra steps when you've been sitting a bit too long.
|See Your Heart Rate Zones|
Use your personalized fat burn, cardio, and peak heart rate zones to optimize your effort during workouts.
|EDA Scan App|
The on-wrist EDA Scan app detects electrodermal activity—which may indicate your body’s response to stress—and reveals a graph in the Fitbit app to illuminate it.
Monitors your heart rate and can help you detect irregular heart rhythms which can lead to AFib is left untreated
|Cardio Fitness Score (VO2 Max.)|
Get a better understanding of your fitness level and see how you can improve over time with a personalized Cardio Fitness Score.
|Complete Sleep Tracking|
See your time spent in light, deep and REM sleep stages and get sleep insights to help you improve. https://www.fitbit.com/us/technology
|Female Health Tracking|
Know your body on a deeper level using your tracker or smartwatch with the Fitbit app to follow your cycle, record symptoms and more.
|Guided Breathing Session|
Find moments of calm throughout your day with personalized breathing sessions based on your heart rate.
Allows you to see how well your blood utilizes oxygen.
|24/7 Heart Rate Tracking|
Use 24/7 heart rate to better track calorie burn, see your resting heart rate trends and get real-time guidance to optimize your workouts.
|Resting Heart Rate|
Wear your tracker or smartwatch all day and night to record your resting heart rate and track heart rate over time.
|24/7 Activity Tracking|
Track steps, distance, calories burned, active minutes, hourly activity, and stationary time.
Counts floors climbed
Based on your heart rate, time asleep and restlessness, this personalized score helps you better understand your sleep quality each night.
Understand your rest with automatic sleep tracking and silent alarms on your wrist & bedtime reminders and helpful tips in the app.
|All Day Calorie Burn|
Better understand the total number of calories you burn—all day and during workouts—to manage your weight and stay on track toward your goals.
|Battery Life||6 days+|
Fitbit Sense Pros
- Elegant, sleek and lighweight design.
- Added inbuilt GPS.
- Improved heart rate and temprature tracking.
- Onboard music storage.
- ECG and stress tracking.
- Bluetooth caling with loudspeaker added.
- Long battery life.
- Moderatly priced.
- Screen is bright and crisp
- You can choose between Alexa and Google Assistant.
Fitbit Sense Cons
- You can only install apps from the Fitbit app.
- You can only store only 5 watch faces at any time on the watch.
- You can only add personal music from a desktop computer or laptop.
- Hreat rate tracking isn’t so accurate.
- You can answer calls, but you can’t initiate a call from the watch yet except through Google Assistant.
- SpO2 tracking only works when you sleep.
Apple Watch SE vs Fitbit Sense – Specifications Compared
|Fitbit Sense||Apple Watch SE (44mm) (GPS)|
WHERE TO BUY
|Device name||Fitbit Sense||Apple Watch SE (44mm) (GPS)|
|Device type||Sport/Fitness smartwatch||Sport/Fitness smartwatch|
|Predessesor||Fitbit Versa 2||__|
|Released date||September, 2020||September, 2020|
|Display type||AMOLED||LTPO OLED|
|Display size||1.58 inches||1.78 inches (44mm)|
|Display resolution||336 x 336 pixel||448 x 368 pixels (44mm)|
1 button plus
Digital Crown with haptic feedback
|Dimension||40.5 x 40.5 x 12.4 mm||44 x 38 x 10.4 mm|
|Strap/band material||Silicone||Solo loop
(Silicone and Polyester)
|Bezel Material||Stainless steel||Ceramics|
|Strap size||140 - 180 mm (small)|
180 - 220 mm (large)
|125 - 210mm|
|Screen protection||Corning Gorilla Glass 3||Sapphire crystal glass|
|Water resistant/Protection||Yes, 5ATM||Yes, IP68, 5ATM|
|Swim-proof||Yes, recommended||Yes, recommended|
Lunar white/soft gold
|Internal storage||About 4GB||32GB|
|Memory card slot||No||No|
|Bluetooth||Bluetooth v5.0 LE||Bluetooth v5.0|
|Heart rate monitoring||Yes||Yes|
|Menstrual cycle tracking||Yes||Yes|
|Under-water heart rate tracking||No||__|
|On-screen workout modes||Yes||No|
|Preloaded sport modes||Yes||Yes|
|Heart rate monitor (HRM)||Yes||Yes|
|Operating system (OS)||Fitbit OS||WatchOS 7|
|Chipset||--||Apple S5, 64bit|
|Type of battery||Non-removable lithium polymer||Non-removable Li-ion battery|
|Battery life||Mixed usage: up to 6 days+||Mixed usage: 18 hrs|
|Charging type||USB based charging dock||Magnetic charging|
|Charging time||About 1-2 hours||About 1-2 hours|
|Battery saver mode||Yes||Yes|
|Payment system||Fitbit Pay||Apple Pay|
|Compatibility||Android, IOS |
Check supported devices
|Companion app||Fitbit App||Apple watch APP|
|Customizable watch face||Yes||Yes|
|Fitbit Sense||Apple Watch SE (44mm)|
|Strap (small and large)||Straps|
|Charging cable||Magnetic charging cable + USB adapter|
|Quick start guide||Quick start guide|
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|Official Site||Official Site|
Which is Better?
Going by the design, fitness tracking features, media, and other features, it’s obvious each of these two is a fine smartwatch that’s very lightweight and comfortable ensuring you can wear any of these two all day long if you so wish. Each of these two is also a comprehensive fitness smartwatch that can help you stay fit and reach more fitness goals. And when you consider the presence of both a loudspeaker and microphone, each of these two will allow you to make and receive calls directly from the watch.
However, if you’re more interested in more fitness tracking features, Sense is a more comprehensive fitness smartwatch. It features ECG, body temperature, stress, and blood oxygen tracking which Watch SE lacks. Although, the SpO2 measurement feature of Sense isn’t a complete one, as you only get your blood oxygen levels when you sleep and wake up with the watch. Nevertheless, it’s good to note that this feature is at least present in the Sense.
Fitbit Sense also features an always-on display which Watch SE lacks, and it has longer battery life. You can expect to get up to 4 days at least with Sense compared to Watch SE which lasts barely a day.
On the flip side, Watch SE offers you 32GB of storage which is far more than 4GB of Sense. It also allows you to type and reply to notifications received unlike Sense that only allows you to use your voice, preset replies, or emojis to reply. Furthermore, Watch SE features SOS emergency, fall detection, and international emergency calling that allows you to call emergency contacts almost anywhere in the world. Although, you will need the Cellular model of Watch SE to have access to international emergency calling.
While Fitbit Sense is a more comprehensive fitness smartwatch with the presence of ECG, stress, blood oxygen tracking, and more, Watch SE is a more comprehensive lifestyle smartwatch. Interestingly enough, both smartwatches are priced about the same.
I go with Fitbit Sense, it has a longer battery life and is a more comprehensive fitness tracker.
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