Fitbit Sense Vs Samsung Galaxy Watch 4: All Rounders

Fitbit Sense Vs Samsung Galaxy Watch 4

The world of smart devices doesn't seem to be stopping soon. Every year we are introduced to thousands of products that are not remembered for a long time. Yet it has become a tradition of the sorts to keep going on.

Which begs the question: "WHY?"

I think the answer lies within the success of a fair few who are not only remembered for a long time but utilized with hope in heart and aim in mind. Even when they have successors in the market, overtaking their place, and erasing them slowly. It takes time.

Fitbit Sense and Samsung Galaxy Watch 4 can be said to have their fate written in this manner. Released a few years ago, they have been outpaced and replaced by many, there are still millions of them resting behind the glass shelves.

And we are going to break them out...

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Fitbit Sense
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Fitbit Sense is a solid smartwatch with a good screen, a relatively slim design, two day-plus battery life, and simple smartphone alerts.
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The Fitbit Sense nails the basics. Built-in GPS is finally here, and the heart rate sensor has been improved.

Fitbit Sense is 1.58 inch wide made from the Aluminum body.

Runs on AMOLED Display Fitbit Sense is perfect for Health Tracking.

Fitbit Sense can last 5-6 days on one charge.

Galaxy Watch 4
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The Samsung Galaxy Watch 4’s sharp design, smart software and standout health sensor make for a promising upgrade.
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It has good fitness features, strong battery life and a comfortable design.

Samsung Galaxy Watch 4 is 1.40 inch wide smartwatch with a rounded stainless body.

Running on AMOLED screen Samsung Galaxy Watch 4 is perfect for all round premium expanse.

You can use Galaxy Watch 4 without a charge for 2 days straight

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Fitbit Sense is perfect for health tracking and much more niche usage. Whereas Samsung Galaxy Watch 4 is more inclined to casual usage. Making it a much better prospect for general users.

Fitbit Sense: Good Companion?

I don’t think I need to introduce or inform you about Fitbit’s motto right now. It’s pretty self-explanatory, and titular, even if it’s not technically titular. Either way Fitbit is known for advanced health tracking. It has been tested, recorded, and confirmed by numerous scientific studies that Fitbit trackers are quite accurate.

Hence it is not a surprise for the Fitbit Sense – a flagship entity by Fitbit – to have functions that are just fascinating. For sure, when we would compare it below you would get to see a proper picture. At the moment feel free to root for it.

Released in August of 2020 Fitbit Sense has passed the test of time. Even after the release of the new Sense 2, its popularity has remained unfazed. Even though it’s a tale of time to tell for how long will it last, it is safe to assume right now, that there is time until we hear that tale…

Galaxy Watch 4: All Round Gadget!

Samsung. Samsung. Samsung.

All of us have heard the name Samsung. We have been hearing it for as long as we are hearing things. Do you know Samsung is one of the biggest manufacturers of IoT devices today? Or that the South Korean company also makes trucks!

If you didn’t you are welcome. If you did I’m sure it wouldn’t be a problem for you to imagine the scope and ambition they hold, and how that ambition translates into products like Galaxy Watch 4 to make the lives of people better and brighter.

Yep. Samsung Galaxy Watch 4 is one of the best smartwatches ever made. At least it was to me and I am sure it would be to you too. Released in August of 2020 Galaxy Watch 4 has been available in the market for 3 years now, and while it has seen the birth of its successor Galaxy Watch 5 (and it’s successor Galaxy Watch 6), it still stands tall with its own identity.

Fitbit Sense Vs Galaxy Watch 4: Tale Of Dedication

Before we take into account different aspects of smartwatches to complete the picture. Let’s take a moment to analyze the effect of their manufacturer’s footprint on their products. If you don’t want to read it you can skip to the next part, it is okay.

Fitbit Sense

So Fitbit!

All of us are aware of Fitbit’s mission to design, manufacture, and market world-class fitness trackers. I don’t think it’s anything new. However, are we aware of the influence of their brand ideology on their creations? Have we ever stopped to wonder why is it that Fitbit trackers are deemed accurate and not someone like Spade and Co? Or has it ever passed our mind to wonder why their target market is hyper-focused towards the elderly and those with health risks?

Fitbit Sense Snap

Because if we’ll do, then it’ll make sense why Fitbit Sense is dedicated to activities related to and relevant to tracking and analysis. Or why it has some features over others. Surely, there can be other explanations as well, I’ll suggest you think about it, and come up with your interpretations.

Because all I can see is: Dedication Towards One Goal.

Samsung Galaxy Watch 4

I just have to repeat one thing here to make my point clear: Samsung Trucks!

It is no wonder Galaxy Watch 4 is labeled an all-around device. It is Samsung’s creation. A company that excels in variety with versatility, and their scope isn’t limited like Fossil’s, they are not confined to certain markets or metrics. They hold mastery in multiple places, and it is not easy or even.

Galaxy Watch 4 Snap

It takes effort to be the odd one out, and for that, we have to respect the hassle. For many people, Samsung Galaxy Watch 4 has two defining aspects its LTE connection and its inability to connect with iPhones. Either way, if you put those in the light of its overall vision, doesn’t it make sense?

Isn’t their versatility justifying the risks they take with their products? Doesn’t it explain why Galaxy Watch 4 can be used as a stand-alone device without any smartphone?

Because if it doesn’t I don’t see anything but Versatility With One Goal.

BODY In Question

Okay, let’s begin with what you have been waiting for!

It’s time to compare the two smart creations against each other, and there is no better place to start than with their first impressions.

Built Quality

In terms of first impressions when you would have them in your hand, I would try to be unbiased and say Galaxy Watch 4 has done a better job. Although Galaxy Watch 4 is indeed much bigger than the likes of Fossil Gen 5 or Garmin Lily, it has a screen size of 1.40 inches, which quite honestly can’t be classified as very small or perfect for petite arms. Its stainless steel bezel with two side buttons just goes perfectly with the retro look Samsung was trying to imitate.

“Retro Look?”

Yep, Galaxy Watch 4 has a round shape with an aura of traditional watches of the 80s. It still has everything you would hope to have in a smartwatch. There is a digital rotating bezel (as a replacement for a mechanical bezel), and you can replace the bands.

“Galaxy Watch 4 sounds cool!”

It is but don’t take Fitbit Sense lightly too, and I mean it literally: Sense weighs 52g. In comparison to Galaxy Watch 4, there isn’t much difference there, but Fitbit Sense is pretty big when it comes to screen size. With a 1.58-inch display screen, I wouldn’t recommend Sense to someone who has very thin arms. It could be bothering. (There are Fitbit you can get for small wrists though).

Body Comparison of Fitbit Sense vs Galaxy Watch 4

Although its weirdly shaped square-shaped face with rounded edges makes it quite similar to Apple Watches. It is still pretty pleasing to look at. For sure Sense is no Michael Kors. It is no Garmin Lily. On its own Fitbit Sense has what it takes to be a modern smartwatch.

Made with an Aluminum frame and dial, it would be hard to ignore Fitbit Sense on your hand!

Display Screen

All of us like to see pretty colors coming to life.

It’s fulfilling and eye candy.

Good for you both Fitbit Sense and Samsung Galaxy Watch 4 can sell that candy!

You have Galaxy Watch 4 that is using AMOLED technology. Capable to put up a stellar show. On the other hand, Fitbit Sense is powering up the visuals with an OLED display. Perfectly able to paint the picture with millions of colors.

However, there lies the difference and it turns the tide.

Display Comparison of Fitbit Sense vs Galaxy Watch 4

Despite the OLED tech, there is no denying Fitbit Sense doesn’t have the charm to be able to outmatch the Galaxy Watch 4 here. Samsung has done a fantastic job with the watch. Which is not a surprise, ever since the Galaxy series has been introduced (and I am not taking into the focus smartwatches right now) Samsung has time and time shown they know how to lit up the display screens. Like I can literally never forget the first time I saw Samsung Galaxy S3. It was a blissful sight.

Resistivity Prowess

Okay, I don’t think a lot of people care about it, but I think you should. If you want to prolong the life of your smartwatch/tracker you must be aware of its resistive capacity. Hence the reason: Fitbit Sense and Galaxy Watch 4 are both waterproof, dust-resistant, and sweat resistant.

So you can use them roughly. Although you shouldn’t, it’s an electronic device, and a minor malfunction could lead to a lot of problems.

Resistivity Comparison of Fitbit Sense vs Galaxy Watch 4

There is also Gorilla Glass DX+ protection on the screen by Samsung, and Gorilla Glass 3 by Fitbit for the Sense.

So, it’s kind of a tied situation here!


After using them both it is safe to say Samsung and Fitbit didn’t hold back while developing the features for these two digital watches. While it might sound like I am exaggerating I couldn’t think of a single notable omission of a feature that these two combined don’t put on the table.

You get a taste of everything you would like to expect from a smartwatch: Speed. Activity. Entertainment.

Sensors Sensing Everything?

All of you know what are the sensors and what they do, but did you know Fitbit Sense provides its user with the ability to measure skin temperature? Or that Samsung Galaxy Watch 4 offers a unique analytical tool capable to tell the water and oxygen level in a body.

If you did you would be aware of what these two are capable of and where they sit in the tech world in terms of an innovative style. After all, it is not a common sight to have a smartwatch that has equally competent functionality as its design, more often there is a catch. For sure, it will be here somewhere too, it is not biased to lurk on one side.

Sensors Comparison of Fitbit Sense vs Galaxy Watch 4

Given the magnitude these two are operating, I won’t even go into details about how both of them are capable to record heartbeat, distance, sleeping metric, calories burned, or whatever. For any other smartwatch in the world, it might be impressive for Sense and Galaxy Watch 4 it is expected.

How can I say that with surety? Well…

Fitbit Sense can measure Stress Levels. Galaxy Watch 4 has BIA (Bioelectrical Impedance Analysis) feature to track body composition in real time. Sense uses FDA-approved ECG technology to improve the efficiency to track arterial fibrillation and make sure readings are accurate. While both of them can keep track of your Blood Oxygenation level. Fitbit also has an Active Zone Minutes mode to calculate the time spent during active cardio movement.

If you think it is normal and not something to gush about then you have to think again, because it isn’t and we are witnessing greatness.

Connectivity Ability 

Smartwatches are an essential part of our lives today, much like smartphones. Some might even argue they are more important than phones, after all, there does come a time when we leave our cell phones behind but the watch stays in our arms.

Therefore, I have always felt that smartwatch manufacturers could do better when it comes to raw connectivity. As you would know not many or even the majority of smartwatches don’t have cellular coverage. You can use them to attend calls and texts, but it is not always convenient.

Connection Comparison of Fitbit Sense vs Galaxy Watch 4

Thankfully it isn’t the case here: Samsung Galaxy Watch 4 offers the LTE option to its user. You would have to spend an extra $50 or so to get that model, but I think it’s well worth it, and something Fitbit should have thought about for the Sense.

Because you can use your Galaxy Watch 4 independently of a smartphone. Something Fitbit Sense doesn’t have. Although, there are a few limitations that Galaxy Watch 4 has that Fitbit doesn’t. For example, you can’t connect your Samsung Watch to an iPhone and I don’t know why but there is no way around it.

I guess Samsung still doesn’t like Apple.

Either way, there isn’t much apart from the above-mentioned items that separate them here. Galaxy Watch 4 does tend to work better when paired with Samsung phones, I don’t think it proves anything. Fitbit doesn’t produce smartphones so it turns void. Both of them run on Bluetooth 5, there is NFC to transfer data, and your data is synced to the cloud on a timely basis. Obviously, they have Wi-Fi, and you can use them to locate and ping your phone with considerable ease.

Wits To Out Wits

Let’s start with the most ironic part.

Despite Fitbit being owned by Google, it is Samsung Galaxy Watch 4 that runs on the Google Wear OS, and not Fitbit. Like I genuinely find it hilarious when I think about it. However, since I am not a fan of Wear OS I understand why Fitbit might have done it. It is still pretty ironic.


Galaxy Watch 4 uses a dual-core Exynos W920 processor. With 1.5 GB RAM and 16GB storage to back it up, I don’t see Fitbit Sense having an edge here. For sure, it has its merit, they are not just here.

Wits Comparison of Fitbit Sense vs Galaxy Watch 4

Sense offers 4 GB storage and a wide catalog of applications developed for Fitbit OS utopia. However, In comparison to Google Play Store which treats Galaxy Watch 4 users you just don’t get many options on the Fitbit model. Two-minute scroll and you would have seen every application available on their store.

A bit embarrassing if you ask me…

Yes, you get pre-installed applications and fitness coaches if you are someone who seeks more than a mobile gym trainer Fitbit Sense just might not be the one for it. Not to mention there is a paid model in place that you have to pay for every month to access some of the advanced metrics we discussed above. Now I don’t know about you but paying $11 or so for a few more numbers to show up, for me it isn’t worth the investment.


It doesn’t matter how intuitive a smartwatch can be, if it is not going to last for long, then it is not truly great. Fortunately, Fitbit and Samsung are quite well aware of the conundrum. Despite the million features defining the ability of their creations, they have kept an eye on battery levels.

For how long have they done is another question…

Lifespan Over Lifetime 

In terms of raw power of the battery, Samsung beats the competition here. Galaxy Watch 4 has 200 mAh for its 40mm and 361 mAh for the Classic 44mm model. Whereas Fitbit Sense runs on a 266 mAh battery.

Lifespan Comparison of Fitbit Sense vs Galaxy Watch 4

Now, it is one thing knowing the numbers and how they stack up against each other. But another to truly understand the significance they hold. Because despite the Fitbit claims for Sense to be able to last for 6 days, in practice, it might just not translate to reality. If your use wouldn’t be sparing, there is a good chance your Fitbit Sense will reach 0% in no less than 3 days.

“That’s not bad…”

It isn’t.

Especially if you consider what Galaxy Watch 4 has to offer. On good days it will last for just 48 hours, and even that is a stretch. As we discussed above if your use would be extensive and intensive, get ready to put it up for charge at the end of each day.

So, yeah, Fitbit Sense wins here…

Charging Time 

Both Fitbit Sense and Galaxy Watch 4 have a charging time of 2 hours. There is not much difference here.

Charging Time Comparison of Fitbit S

You have to give your smartwatch at least 2 hours on its own. It’s not a lot, right? We can live without our smartwatches for 2 hours.

Deep Breathes


Fitbit Sense Vs Galaxy Watch 4: Verdict

Alas, we have reached the end of what was a beautiful journey to decide the better side of the tale. But it is time to make a decision. Which side are we going to remember for what it’s worth?

Fitbit Sense has the upper hand when it comes to health tracking. It can be thought of as a dedicated tracking device meant to provide a streamlined experience to those who need it.

Samsung Galaxy Watch 4 is a versatile addition to anyone’s collection. Its all-around abilities and retro design give it a unique edge when compared to other options in market. Not to forget an LTE experience that makes it more than a smartwatch.

It’s time to answer the question now: Fitbit Sense vs Galaxy Watch 4.


Frequently Asked Questions

It depends on your needs. But objectively, if we have to compare the flagship models from both companies, it would be Samsung smartwatches. They are more beefed up and have better accessibility than their rival partners.

Yes. Fitbit Sense works with all types of phones. Hence it will work with a Samsung phone too. Although, it is a requirement to have at least Android version 7.0 or higher.

Fitbit Sense can be compared to Fitbit Versa 3, Fossil Gen 6, Garmin Vivoactive 4, and Samsung Galaxy Watch 4.

Since Fitbit Versa 3 and Fitbit Sense share many similarities and you can call using Fitbit Versa 3. It is perfectly fine and possible to do the same on the Fitbit Sense.

Ezhan Javed

CMO At Chronoat

“What am I if not the words I write?” is something I’ve asked myself quite often. So, I feel it is my duty being CMO at Chronoat to not only write to inform but inspire.

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