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Fitbit ‘Sense’ Is Uncannily Accurate When It Comes To Steps, Heart Rate, Floors & GPS.

by Anura Guruge


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After 10K steps.


On Sunday morning I walked 11,001-steps with a Fitbit SENSE & a $900 Garmin Fenix 6 Pro Solar strapped side-by-side on my my left wrist.

The SENSE recorded 11,001 steps, the Fenix 6 10,955 (once corrected for 330+ steps already recorded), i.e., 46-step difference over 11K.

The Fenix 6 tends to be fairly accurate. So, if the SENSE is that close — we are GOOD. I am impressed. You probably can’t get better than that.

HR was pretty much the same. Again, I was impressed. Ditto floors climbed & we are talking 600 feet of elevation change. Fitbit & Garmin registered the same. WOW. GPS was also very close. I have tested dozens of smartwatches over the last 3-years. This was as accurate as I have seen it. In terms of accuracy we are GOOD. Attractive too. Nice bright display. For the price, we have a winner.


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Fitbit ‘Sense’ (From ‘HeartRate Monitors USA’), Attractive, ECG, GPS & Stress Management.

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Side-by-Side with Fitbit ‘Versa 2‘.


Thanks to ‘HRM USA‘ we got a Fitbit ‘Inspire’ today — so we can check it out. When it comes to Fitbit’s my wife is the expert, whereas my speciality & druthers is Garmin.

She has been wearing a Fitbit ‘Versa 2‘ for over a year & loves it. It was kind of hard to get her to part with it so as to try the Inspire.

At first sight, as you can see from the two pictures above, they look very similar. But, I think the Inspire is fractionally smaller & appears to have a fancier, slightly domed screen.

The Inspire, like the Versa 2, has an awesome, eye-pleasing display.

The ECG functionality is built-in, straight out of the box & easy enough to use. You can see the results above.

Very impressed so far. I will keep you posted. I will take it walking with me later this week to check out the step count & GPS.


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Garmin ‘Venu SQ’ Leaked — Already On Sale — At ‘HSN.com’, Ahead Of Announcement.

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Would appear they jumped the gun. That they are only offering grey is another clue that they somehow did NOT wait for Garmin’s announcement. Maybe they were confused given that it was supposed to be announced last week.

Garmin’s announcement of the ‘Venu SQ‘ is said to be towards the end of this month, i.e., September 2020.


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Garmin Delays Announcement Of ‘Venu SQ’ (for Square) — Just Unveils ‘Forerunner 745’!

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The ‘Venu SQ’ was SUPPOSED to be announced September 16, 2020, alongside the ‘Forerunner 745’. Well that did NOT happen. Instead Garmin just announced the latest ‘Forerunner’.

The ‘Venu SQ’ is supposedly delayed until month end (if not longer). Not good. Usually Garmin would have gone ahead & announced & then stated a 6-9 week shipment delay.

Maybe they realized that they have to go back to an AMOLED screen! WOW.


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Garmin’s New ‘Venu SQ’ (for Square) Abandons AMOLED Display & Reverts To LCD; A Shame.

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What set out the Venu from all other Garmins was the bright, beautiful AMOLED display. And yes, AMOLED is a battery hog & that did not sit well with Garmin. Garmin likes to provide longer battery life at the expense of more striking screens. That is a problem.

But, abandoning AMOLED, in late 2020, on this type of watch is a mistake. With its shape it is going after the Fitbit Versa 2 & Apple. The Versa 2 has a great AMOLED display.

To compound matters there is also the new Samsung Watch 3 — with another v. attractive AMOLED display further augmented with a rotating bezel.

The Venu SQ will face stiff competition from these two. I will keep you posted.


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‘Heart Rate Monitors USA’ Again Has The ‘Fitbit Versa 2’ ON SALE. Great Price. Get It.

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I have raved about the Fitbit ‘Versa 2’ — more than once. Prior to the recent arrival of the Fitbit ‘Charge 4’, it was EASILY the BEST Fitbit ever. Now it has to share that title with the ‘Charge 4’ — but the ‘Charge 4’ is a BAND rather than a smartwatch per se.

So, I could say, Fitbit ‘Versa 2’ — Fitbit’s BEST smartwatch EVER.

$148.95 is quite the price. Good discount. Get one.


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‘Fitbit Charge 4’ GPS Maps Overlaid With Heart Rate & Pace — A Definite Winner.

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Normal GPS Map.


This is BRILLIANT.

I like it. Very clever. And now that we have it, it is SO OBVIOUS.

I do NOT think I can get this with my Garmin. I have never seen it on Garmin Connect.

This is GOLD for the serious athlete. Wow.

I am impressed.

One thing I have NOT found with the Fitbit Charge 4 GPS — is an elevation plot. I just have not come across it. You would think it would be easy to find.

GPS on the Fitbit Charge 4 GPS is accurate. I am wearing it next to my $700 Garmin Fenix 6.

This is one heck of a band. Fitbit has done good.

The Versa 2 was a winner. And now this.


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Timex Has A New GPS Smartwatch With 25-Day Battery-Life For $120 — But It Is Butt Ugly!

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Wow. I have not looked at Timex watches since my youth and I have kind of lost track how long ago my youth was!

Timex watches are UGLY. Wow. Real ugly.

This Ironman RS300 GPS, for the price (i.e., $120), has decent specs and the battery life is quite compelling.

But, look at it. It is butt ugly.

I would NOT wear it if I was paid to wear it. Yes, I am very fussy as to what I will wear on my wrist. SMILE.

At the $120 range you are in Fitbit Versa 2 territory and while the Fitbit may lack GPS it looks nice.

So, that is my take. Butt ugly.


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‘Heart Rate Monitors USA’ Still Offering Some Of Their Insane ‘Cyber Monday’ Deals; E.G., ‘Fitbit Versa 2’ For $129.

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Some good deals here — the ‘Versa 2‘ for $129 chief among them. Best Fitbit ever and it was selling at $199 just 3-weeks ago!

They also have the venerable Garmin Fenix 5 at $299.99. That is quite the deal. I hate to think what I paid for my Fenix 5 — albeit nearly 2-years ago.

Still 8-days left before Christmas. HRM USA will get it to you within 2-days. So, you have time.


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‘Fitbit Versa 2’, Best ‘FitBit’ Ever, $129 For ‘Cyber Monday’ @ ‘Heart Rate Monitors USA’ — That Is INSANE.

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That is INSANE. $129 for a FitBit ‘Versa 2’ which was $199 a week ago. A 35% markdown on what is still a new watch and the TOP of Fitbit’s line.

Get IT. Get it. If you are in the market for a smartwatch get this. You will NOT regret it.

I am a Garmin man BUT my wife has been wearing a Versa 2 for 2-months+ and loves it — and she used to wear a Garmin too.

If you are in the U.S., just go to HRM USA. Only place to get Garmin, Fitbit or Polar. 45-day returns, UPGRADE plans and AMAZING service & support.


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