Fitbit Sense vs Apple Watch Series 5 – Compare Before Buying

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Apple Watch Series 5 which is now succeeded by Watch 6 had ECG tracking which is now available in Fitbit’s latest smartwatch, Fitbit Sense which was released alongside Fitbit Versa 3. Fitbit Sense is a fitness-oriented smartwatch that’s equipped to track your daily activities and it also has other fine features like music storage, a compact, and lightweight design, long battery life, and voice assistant which are almost similar to what you get from the Watch 5. In today’s comparison of the best smartwatches on the market, compare Fitbit Sense vs Apple Watch Series 5 as we try to come to a resolution on which is a better smartwatch to buy and why.

Fitbit Sense vs Apple Watch Series 5 Specifications Comparison

  Fitbit Sense Apple Watch Series 5 (44mm) (GPS)
Fitbit sense full specs compared

ABOUT DEVICE

Device name Fitbit Sense Apple Watch Series 5 (44mm) (GPS)
Device type Sport/Fitness smartwatch Sport/Fitness smartwatch
Predecessor None Apple Watch Series 4
Successor None N/A
Date Released September, 2020 September, 2019
Gender Unisex Unisex

WHERE TO BUY

DISPLAY

Display size 1.58 inches 1.78 inches (44mm)
Display type AMOLED LTPO OLED
Display resolution 336 x 336 pixel 448 x 368 pixels (44mm)
Pixel density -- --
Display always-on Yes Yes
Input type Touchscreen
Touchkey
Touchscreen
1 button plus
Digital Crown with haptic feedback

BODY

Shape Rectangular/curved Rectangular/curved
Casing material Aluminum Aluminum
Strap material Silicone Elastomer
Bezel Material Stainless steel Ceramics
Weight -- 36.1 g (non-LTE)
Color(s) Carbon/graphite
White/gold
Black
Silver
Gold
Dimension 40.5 x 40.5 x 12.4 mm 44 x 38 x 10.7 mm (44mm)
40 x 38 x 10.7 mm (40mm)

Strap size 140 - 180 mm (small)
180 - 220 mm (large)
125 - 210mm
Screen protection Corning Gorilla glass Sapphire crystal glass
Durability test
Waterproof rating Yes, 5ATM Yes, IP68, 5ATM

CLOCK FEATURES

Time/Date Yes Yes
Alarm Yes Yes
Stopwatch Yes Yes

MEMORY

RAM -- 0.768GB
Internal storage About 4GB 32GB
Memory card slot No No

MEDIA

Audio mp3/mp4 mp3/mp4
Microphone Yes Yes
Loudspeaker Yes Yes
Camera No No
Music streaming Yes Yes

CONNECTIVITY

Bluetooth Bluetooth v5.0 Bluetooth v5.0
NFC Yes Yes
Wi-Fi Yes Yes
Bluetooth calling No Yes

NOTIFICATIONS

Calls alert Yes Yes
SMS alert Yes Yes
Email alert Yes Yes
Reminder Yes Yes

CELLULAR CONNECTIVITY

Network Technology No No
SIM No No

FITNESS TRACKING

Steps Yes Yes
Distance Yes Yes
Calories Yes Yes
Floors climbed Yes Yes
Sleep tracking Yes Yes, (App)
Heart rate monitoring Yes Yes
VO2 Max. Yes Yes
Stress Yes Yes
Swim tracking Yes Yes
Menstrual cycle tracking Yes Yes
Blood pressure No No
ECG Tracking Yes Yes
Blood oxygen Yes No
Preloaded sport modes Yes, 20 Yes

PLATFORM

Operating system Fitbit OS WatchOS 6.0
CPU -- Dual core
GPU -- PowerVR
Chipset -- Apple S4, 64bit

SENSORS

GPS Yes A-GPS/GLONASS/GALILEO/QZSS
Accelerometer Yes Yes
Gyroscope Yes Yes
Heart rate sensor Yes Yes
Barometer Yes Yes
Compass No Yes
Pulse Ox. Yes No
Altimeter Yes __
ECG Yes Yes
Thermometer Yes Yes, (App)
Ambient light Yes Yes

OTHER FUNCTIONS

Interchangeable straps Yes Yes
Custom watch face Yes Yes
Voice Assistant Yes Yes
Compatibility Android, IOS

Check supported devices
iPhone 5s+
iOS 12+
Payment system Fitbit Pay Apple Pay
Companion app Fitbit App Apple watch APP

BATTERY

Battery type Non-removable lithium polymer Non-removable Li-ion battery
Battery capacity -- --
Est. battery life Mixed usage: up to 6 days+ Standby:2 days+
Mixed usage: 18 hrs+
Charging mode Magnetic charging Magnetic charging
Charging duration About 30mins-1 hours About 1-2 hours

BOX CONTENTS

Fitbit Sense Apple Watch Series 5 (44mm) (GPS)
Large band
Small band
Straps
Magnetic charging cable Magnetic charging cable + USB adapter
Quick start guide Quick start guide

What are the Differences?

Although each of these two smartwatches has an outstanding design and loaded with lots of features, Apple Watch Series 5 is a more comprehensive smartwatch than Fitbit Sense which is rather more of a fitness tracker. With Apple Watch 5, you can make and receive calls directly from the watch which you can’t do with Fitbit Ssense, you can only answer calls.

Apple Watch 5 also has more storage capacity, a more refined design, more health tracking features like incidental fall detection which Fitbit Sense lacks. However, Apple Watch 5 falls short with its disappointing battery life.

While Fitbit Sense is also a comprehensive fitness tracker with ECG, stress, and body temperature sensors as well as tracks your heart rate, sleep, calories, and more. Moreover, it has a longer battery life than Watch 5, and it’s also cheaper and compatible with both Android and iOS devices.

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