BERLIN— Fitbit’s Sense 2 and Versa 4 smartwatches won’t ship in the US for three weeks, but they’re at IFA.
The premium Sense 2 ($299.95) and the midrange Versa 4 ($229.95) were at the “Fitbit by Google” booth. Based on my brief first impressions, Fitbit’s latest smartwatches appear to offer major design and functionality improvements over the previous generation.
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New features and look
The Sense 2 and Versa 4 look nearly identical, unlike their predecessors. The original Sense had a metal ring around the display, which the Versa 3 lacks. The Sense 2 and Versa 4 have satin case finishes this time.
The pricier Sense 2 has features the Versa 4 lacks. An ECG app, a skin temperature sensor, and a continuous electrodermal activity (cEDA) sensor track all-day stress. If you don’t care about health-tracking features, choose the cheaper Versa 4. It looks and works the same.
Both new models have a tactile mechanical button on the left side of the case, an improvement over the original Sense and Versa 3’s haptic button. Based on both new wearables, responsiveness shouldn’t be an issue. When you press the new mechanical button, the display lights up immediately.
The new mechanical button will improve day-to-day functionality, especially during sweaty workouts. Both new models have shiny buttons to contrast the case.
Fitbit looks to have enhanced both models’ touch-screen responsiveness. The original Sense and Versa 3 screens were sluggish, needing many swipes to respond. I disliked both models’ functionality.
I didn’t experience this issue with the Sense 2 and Versa 4 at IFA—the displays are quite responsive to swipes and presses. With their enhanced speeds, the screens are also brilliant and vibrant like the past generation.
Fitbit’s Sense 2 is 10% slimmer and 15% lighter than its predecessor, with the same 6-day battery life. Real-world design improvements are obvious. Fitbit informed me at IFA that their smartwatches are slimmer than the Apple Watch. It’s impossible to determine which is thicker between the Sense 2 and Apple Watch Series 7. When I assess Apple’s latest models, I’ll take accurate measurements.
I liked the vegan leather Sense and Versa accessory straps at IFA. If you have a Sense or Versa 3, you may use the same bands with the Sense 2 or Versa 4 because they all utilise 24mm straps.
The Fitbit’s Sense 2 and Versa 4 may be pre-ordered and will delivery on September 23. They come with six months of Fitbit Premium (usually $9.99 per month or $79.99 a year), which includes 90-day health metric trend graphs, over 1,000 exercises, and more.
Stay tuned for our comprehensive review, where I’ll test the battery and additional features. Having seen Fitbit’s autumn lineup at IFA, I’m optimistic.