Fitbit Inspire 3 Review
- Production quality
- Action in everyday life
- Sensor quality and sports performance
- Comfort of use
Fitbit Inspire 3 review in a few sentences
Fitbit Inspire 3 is a smartband for the active part of users, where it will work great. Its sensors are at a very high level, as are the performance and battery life. The only thing that is not impressive is the quality of workmanship, which does not give you a feeling of how much we actually paid for the wristband.
Smartband at the price of a smartwatch? It may seem pricey, but the Fitbit Inspire 3 review may surprise you. Is the Fitbit Inspire 3 comfortable? Does it have a good battery? Does it work fine? This Fitbit Inspire 3 review will provide you with more and more.
- Quality of health sensors
- Very stable connection with the smartphone
- Well-functioning notifications
- Great battery life
- Very good screen
- The backlight does not always work when you raise your hand
- The build quality is not impressive
- In the application, you have to pay a lot for some functions
Set and price
The Fitbit Inspire 3 comes to us in a small box, with an equally compact set. But you don’t need much for a smartband. However, one thing surprised me very much, and it is the charger with a USB-A connector. However, it is not that unusual, but the fact that the other side is not magnetic. The manufacturer decided to use a charger with latches , but due to the good battery, this is not a big problem. In addition to the charger, the set includes a second strap in a different size and some paperwork.
Fitbit Inspire 3 costs USD $98.95 , which makes it more expensive than recently reviewed smartwatches like realme Watch 3 Pro , and Oppo Watch Free.
- AMOLED screen with a resolution of 72 by 128 pixels
- Dimensions: 39.4 x 18.5 x 11.7 millimeters
- Two stripes
- Shorter with a range of 137-193 millimeters
- Longer with a range of 193-221 millimeters
- Water resistant to 50 meters
- Smart wake up
- Three-axis accelerometer
- Optical heart rate sensor
- Blood oxygen sensor
- Up to 10 days battery (up to three days with AoD)
- Charging time 0-100%: two hours
Build quality and build
The Fitbit Inspire 3 is not a top-of-the-range device, but for a smartband it is quite nice. The manufacturer decided to use plastic and glass. Personally, I think that metal would definitely improve the durability of the device and increase the visual value, although it could increase the weight of the device.
On the front, in turn, there is an AMOLED touch screen that supports the Always on Display function with a resolution of 72 by 128 pixels. On the sides of the Fitbit Inspire 3 we find touch panels that can wake the screen . There is matte plastic around them, which is quite easy to scratch . At the bottom, of course, are all the sensors.
The strap is made of good quality rubber, although for the first few days my wrist smelled strange when the Fitbit Inspire 3 was on it. After the review period, the strap has a slight discoloration, so it’s not the strongest part. Most importantly, however, it does not irritate the skin. The manufacturer offers many accessory straps, including some more jewelry ones . The removal mechanism is very quick and hassle-free thanks to the large tabs on the straps. It is a pity, however, that even if colored stripes are available, the same tablet is only available in black.
The Fitbit Inspire 3, when used as the main smart device for a wrist, proved to be great in my case. Even if I wasn’t able to fully test his sports functions, because I lay sick most of the time. Nevertheless, in more mundane applications, it has proved to be flawless . Of these simplest things, the obvious fact is that I just don’t notice him. It is simply on the arm and we do not feel its presence due to its very light weight and dimensions.
The reviewed smartband also has a very good quality connection with the phone . After the initial connection and triggering of the notifications, all of them came smoothly. I was also saved by the option of answering calls with the help of the watch, even if it is impossible to talk with it. In my private phone, the proximity sensor was damaged, so the screen immediately turned black when connected.
The AMOLED screen that comes with the reviewed Fitbit Inspire 3 is simply too small to comfortably view notifications. Most words are carried over to the next line in the middle, which can make them difficult to read while on the move. Its brightness is sufficient to read the time anywhere and in any lighting, but the accelerometer can cause problems here.
It doesn’t always pick up on raising our hand, which can be very annoying when the other hand is busy. In theory, we can use the presence of two touch sensors on the sides of the device, because with the appropriate clasp of the watch, we will be able to catch them with our hand and the back of the hand. I often saved myself with such a solution.
The Fitbit Inspire 3 allows us to do quite a lot from the device itself. Of course, most of the elements are available through the application, which I will come back to. The watch itself, in turn, can give us information about our heart rate, blood oxygenation, or the length of sleep. Of course, there are also basic factors such as the number of steps, the distance we have walked (based on GPS from the phone and calculating the average length of our steps), or the number of hours in which we were active.
We can set reminders as to the number of steps or water to be drunk. Basically, the watch requires us to make 250 steps in nine hours from 7 to 18. In theory it is simple, but in practice it is difficult to make a set. The Fitbit Inspire 3 smartband, which is the hero of this review, also allows us many training and sports functions.
The sensors are more accurate than we would like
The smartband from Google , the Fitbit Inspire 3, is packed with sensors, most of which are even too accurate. Let’s start with the steps. The photos show the counter showing 29 steps, which is impossible because the watch spent the whole night connected to the charger. He was also able to inform me that in the last hour I took only 78 steps out of the suggested 250.
The problem is that during this time I was able to stay in bed or get up from my desk. The Fitbit Inspire 3 did very well at counting steps, however, once I was actually walking. Regardless of whether I was carrying something in my hands or keeping my hands in my pockets, the number of steps always corresponded to what I calculated on the given sections.
Another overzealous element is sleep research. More precisely, moments when I was allegedly awake. My sleep is extremely hard and I am practically unaware in the middle of the night. The Fitbit Inspire 3 claimed, however, that instead of eight hours of sleep, I only slept 7 because I was awake for a total of one hour. Personally, this seems like an exaggeration to me, I would rather remember waking up for fifteen minutes in the middle of the night.
The fact is, after all, many of us wake up at night for a few moments and then go to sleep right away. In my case, I believe that the watch was recording when the cat was running around me, which could make my watch arm move. I am also pained by the fact that full sleep analysis is available behind the paywall. We get a six-month subscription with the watch, but in the following months we will have to pay a lot of money for the service.
One element that works better in the Fitbit Inspire 3 than anywhere else I’ve used is the Smart Wake Up feature. We set the alarm clock to, say, 7:30, and the watch will wake us up from 7 to 7:30 at the most convenient moment. And it actually works. Despite the shorter sleep time, I woke up more well rested and did not want to sleep for another 15 minutes, which happens to me on a regular basis, using a conventional alarm. Considering I had a hard time getting up for a specific hour, this is one factor that could make me buy a Fitbit Inspire 3 for myself.
The calories burned counter, on the other hand, works quite realistically, and I like the fact that it also counts calories burned by the functioning of the body. We are not dealing here with counting only calories with the help of activity. I am surprised, however, that the sick day was about 2700 kcal, and the day when I took six thousand steps was almost 3400 kcal. Most of the watches from other companies suggest that a similar activity is around 400 calories burned, not as much as 700.
The heart rate monitor on the Fitbit Inspire 3 works very well. The reviewed smartband does not even have to adhere tightly for the measurement to be carried out correctly, which is a very big advantage. Personally, I really don’t like when the watch has to be fastened so tightly that after taking it off I can count the number of eyelets on the strap.
I wore the Fitbit quite loosely, so the comfort was at a very good level and the results were very realistic. The situation is similar with SpO2, i.e. the level of blood oxygenation. The watch does not have to stick perfectly to the hand for all information to be correct. The measurement of the SpO2 and heart rate itself is most reliable, I had no problems with the alleged sudden jumps or drops.
Application and paywall
The app that is available for use with the Fitbit Inspire 3 works very well, but some features are paid. And that’s part of the basic functions, which makes absolutely no sense, especially considering the price of the device itself. Of course, the free functions include heart rate, calories burned, number of steps and so on.
However, we have to pay for access to accurate sleep measurements, where scores are counted separately, for readiness to exercise, and exercise videos. For active people, the lack of these activities will certainly be disturbing. When buying a Fitbit device, however, we get a six-month subscription for the price of the device, and the next options are $ 9.99 per month or $ 79.99 per year.
In the application, in both options, however, we have access to all our data collected by the watch, which must be connected to the application once a week to synchronize the data. We can change dials, target number of steps or hours of activity, and of course choose notifications to appear on the dial of our smartband.
Fitbit tells us that the Fitbit Inspire 3 should last for 10 days of battery life, or three days with the Always on Display feature turned on. Personally, I decided not to use the AoD function, but only continuous heart rate measurement, SpO2, notifications and alarms. This resulted in the smartband being fully discharged after twelve days, which was more than assumed by the manufacturer. This is a very good result, although I had the impression that the device stuck around 50% and it stayed that way for three days, which did not change much in the end.
Fitbit Inspire 3 review – summary
The Fitbit Inspire 3 is a very overzealous smartband that sometimes wants to say more than it can, and sometimes is just more accurate than our mind because we don’t need to be aware of waking up at night. The whole thing works very smoothly and nicely, and the available application is convenient to use, although some elements are additionally payable.
The Fitbit Inspire 3 combines a good quality of workmanship, great access to accessories, as well as great Bluetooth and very good everyday performance, which will work not only among sports enthusiasts, but also ordinary users who want to have a device with a good battery.