What features is Fitbit missing

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The Fitbit Inspire 2 is reminiscent of cheap fitness trackers from Xiaomi or Amazfit, but costs three times as much. TechStage shows in the test report whether the extra charge is worthwhile.

Design, operation and setup

The Fitbit Inspire 2 doesn't offer any big surprises: the tracker itself comes in the usual narrow rectangular design, the display is slightly rounded and the bracelet is made of black silicone. The whole presentation looks more functional and in some cases almost a bit cheap, especially on the bracelet, the buckle of which is only made of matt plastic.

Fitbit has installed an OLED touch display in the Inspire 2, but it doesn't fill the entire surface of the tracker. Instead, it only takes up about half to two thirds of the top of the case, the rest remains black. The display itself is therefore comparatively small, but still offers enough space for the display. In order to operate the tracker, we have two touch buttons embedded in the housing in addition to the touch display. They worked well in the test. However, we first had to get used to the fact that the watch does not react to touch when the display is switched off, but that we first have to press one of the side buttons.

The display has some weaknesses: the brightness leaves a lot to be desired, especially outdoors. We sometimes had problems recognizing the display even in cloudy weather. In addition, there is no possibility of adapting the display in any way, be it through alternative backgrounds or watch faces, be it through regulating the brightness or the font.

The setup of the Fitbit Inspire 2 worked flawlessly in our test. We pair the tracker with our smartphone as usual after we have created a Fitbit account. In addition, we select the desired language at the first start, whereupon all units of measurement and displays are adjusted accordingly. There were no translation errors.

The Fitbit Inspire 2 offers the known information about health and activity summarized in the Fitbit app in a pleasantly clear manner. We can display steps taken, calories burned, health values, sleep, stress, heart rate, mindfulness exercises, movement and training units in individual diagrams. In addition, women have the option of tracking their periods.

However, the Fitbit Inspire 2 does not support separate features, such as additional apps or a payment function. To do this, we can call up a user manual for the tracker within the app, which once again explains the most important functions of the device.

As a fitness tracker, the Fitbit Inspire 2 focuses on various types of activity that users perform with it. It not only records steps, but also calories burned, minutes of activity, stress level, heart rate and fluid intake. The pedometer worked reliably in our test and only deviated from the values ​​of our control device (Garmin Vivoactive 3 test report) in the slightly single-digit range. The Inspire 2 has no other special functions that other Fitbit devices do not offer.

The Fitbit app prepares the tracked values ​​clearly in detailed diagrams and shows, for example, resting heart rate, heart rate variability and breathing rate in seven-day trends. This enables us to see at a glance whether there are significant and worrying deviations from our standard values. If you like, you can also start a relaxation exercise directly on the tracker and breathe for two or five minutes to reduce stress. The calibration of the tracker for breathing took a relatively long time in the test (around 20 seconds), but the detection then worked flawlessly. The exercise is suitable for a short break, but real relaxation is only possible to a limited extent.

In addition to activity tracking, the Fitbit Inspire 2 also has a separate training function with which we can record our sports units. You can choose from: running, cycling, swimming, treadmill, weight lifting and interval training. The Inspire 2 is clearly aimed at beginners in the tracking area, so we found this selection to be sufficient, even if the competition offers more here.

We tested the Fitbit Inspire 2 running and weight training - with mixed results. The tracker does not have its own GPS, which is why we need our smartphone to record the route. However, the Inspire 2 automatically recognizes our sports units and reliably recorded both running units and walks without us having to activate tracking separately. The app then shows us the individual training units including route map, duration, heart rate, calories and zone minutes.

While the tracker cut a decent figure during running training, it was all the more disappointing during strength training: It obviously suffers from the two main problems that fitness trackers like with strength units. The Inspire 2 is supposed to record individual sentences and repetitions of our exercises, but this only works reasonably and very imprecisely. We couldn't complete a single set of multiple exercises (squats, bench press, deadlift) that counted the reps correctly. The much bigger problem, however, was the heart rate measurement: In our test, it couldn't cope with the typical fluctuations in strength training at all and showed completely excessive values ​​for minutes (120+ instead of around 90). When running, however, the heart rate measurement worked normally.