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The Fitbit Sense 2 is a sleeker version of its predecessor with light hardware upgrades. And if it had the kind of smartwatch software features you’d expect from a wearable of this class and price, it’d be very easy to recommend. But due to puzzling design changes, it’s a nerfed version of the original Sense—which makes competitors like the Garmin Venu Sq Music Edition more appealing.
Hybrid smartwatches always live in two worlds. As part of the Fitbit family, the Sense 2 leans toward fitness tracking, with light smartwatch features. You can’t put one on and expect the experience of an Apple Watch.