Using My Fitbit Sense
Inside the box for my Fitbit Sense, I found:
- The Fitbit Sense bracelet
- A charging cable
- A 6-month Premium membership trial
From there, I was given a set of instructions on how to set up the device and download the free Fitbit app to use in tandem with the device. I made sure I put the Fitbit Sense on its respective magnetic dock for a full charge. In the meantime, I downloaded the Fitbit app and set up my Premium trial account.
Installation was just as simple as the other Fitbit models I've tested. Once my Fitbit Sense was fully charged on the magnetic dock, I took it out and placed it on my workstation table. Since I had already downloaded the Fitbit app on my iPhone, it took less time to install and go over the device.
From there, I went into the Fitbit app and clicked on the top left corner of the home screen and clicked on my profile/name. I clicked on “Set Up Device” and added Sense to the list of new devices. Once my iPhone was connected to my Fitbit, the Bluetooth connection was established. I was then prompted to either purchase or decline a Fitbit Protection Plan.
The remaining steps and process was similar to the earlier Fitbit I tested, the Fitbit Charge 5. After I followed the instructions for the remaining installation steps, I was ready to use my device.
I could really see myself using Fitbit Sense on a daily basis. With smart health tools like their skin temperature sensor to over 20 fun exercise modes with real-time stats, the Fitbit Sense is like your personal health and fitness coach. The device is so lightweight and comfortable that I often didn’t even realize I was wearing the Fitbit over my wrist.
I was also impressed that the device is water-resistant—up to 50 meters. So, if I were to drop it in the shower or go swimming, it would still be intact while tracking my movement progress. I appreciated the fact that it took me just 12 minutes to get a full charge for over six days, which is quite impressive.
Along with health and fitness smart features, I liked how this particular device lets you take calls without reaching for your phone when connected to Bluetooth. What’s more, I was able to fold my laundry and enjoy a light yoga session with some soft music playing in the background once I downloaded my Pandora and Spotify apps to my Fitbit Sense.
Keeping track of my sleep cycle was a breeze; I was able to get personalized insights on my REM sleep and obtain a daily Sleep Score through the Fitbit app and on my wrist. The only downside is that in order to get an accurate reading, you’ll have to wear the Fitbit Sense over your wrist every night. This might be uncomfortable for older adults who don’t like to wear a large smartwatch every night. Still, I appreciated the unique features because it helped me figure out how to get better sleep and recognize any patterns that disrupted my sleep.
What’s more, the Fitbit Sense also came equipped with All-Day Daily Tracking. I was able to track the progress I made in relation to the number of steps I climbed getting to work or going for a walk around the park with a friend. It showed the number of calories I burned and whether I was meeting my goals for the day. Overall, I appreciated the user-friendly features of the Fitbit Sense, and especially the built-in voice assistant feature to avoid pulling out my smartphone every time I wanted to see a text alert or check my appointments.
For seniors who want contactless payment options, answer calls through their wrist, or simply want a smart device to help them track the number of steps they’re taking per day — the Fitbit Sense is a great option.