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Apple Watch Series 8 VS Fitbit Sense 2: features, differences and prices

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The Apple Watch is a device that has gradually been focusing on health without neglecting its “smart” functions, having one of the best application stores for this type of device, regular software updates and many interesting features. But in the field of health is not the onlyand an example is the Fitbit Sense 2, which we compared with the Apple Watch Series 8.

Features Apple Watch Series 8 and Fitbit Sense 2

specs

Apple WatchSeries 8

Fitbit Sense 2

Dimensions

41 x 35 x 10.7mm and 32 grams (41mm); 45 x 38 x 10.7mm and 38.8 grams (45mm)

40.5 x 40.5 x 12.3mm; 37.64 grams

Screen

1.69-inch Retina LTPO OLED with 1000 nits brightness and AOD (41mm); 1.9-inch Retina LTPO OLED with 1000 nits brightness and AOD (45mm)

1.6-inch touch OLED with 336 x 336 pixel resolution and AOD

Chip

dual core apple s8

RAM | Storage

1GB | 32GB eMMC 5.1

    – | Saves all movement data for seven days, minute by minute. Saves the daily totals for the last 30 days. Stores heart rate data at one second intervals during exercise monitoring and five seconds at all other times

connectivity

Dual-core 802.11 b/g/n Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 5.3, GPS, NFC and LTE/4G option

Bluetooth 5.0, Wifi (disabled, cannot be turned on), NFC Chip, Integrated GPS + GLONASS

sensors

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Accelerometer, gyroscope, heart rate (3rd generation), barometer, always-on altimeter, compass, SpO2, VO2Max, ECG, and body temperature

Optical heart rate sensor cEDA, ECG, EDA, SpO2, Altimeter, 3-axis accelerometer, Skin temperature sensor, Ambient light sensor

Drums

282mAh (41mm); 309 mAh (45 mm) – around 18 hours with mixed use of sport and daily life. Fast charge

Up to 6 days, fast charge

Price

From 499 euros

€299.95

Apple Watch Series 8 (GPS, 41mm) Star White Aluminum Case Smartwatch - Star White Sport Band - One Size.  Training monitor, Water resistance

Apple Watch Series 8 (GPS, 41mm) Star White Aluminum Case Smartwatch – Star White Sport Band – One Size. Training monitor, Water resistance

Fitbit Sense 2, Lunar White/Platinum Smartwatch, Unisex-Adult, One Size

Fitbit Sense 2, Lunar White/Platinum Smartwatch, Unisex-Adult, One Size

  • Design– Both Apple Watch Series 8 and Fitbit Sense 2 no major design changes compared to previous generations. Both watches are similar in shape, with the Apple Watch being somewhat more square and the Fitbit Sense 2 being rectangular.

  • Screen: Apple’s proposal is available in two screen sizes: 1.69 inches or 1.9 inches. The technology of the panels is LTPO OLED and they reach a maximum brightness of one thousand nits, in addition to having the AOD function. It is of very good quality, with vibrant colors and high resolution. The Fitbit Sense 2 is committed to a 1.6-inch OLED panel, also high-resolution and AOD, with no other size configurations.

  • Chip, RAM and storage: While Apple specifies that the Apple Watch Series 8 has the dual-core S8 chip along with 1 GB of RAM and 32 GB of internal storage for applications, music, podcasts and audiobooks, Google does not provide details about its chip, RAM and storage, but yes can save all movement data for a week, minute by minuteas well as the daily total data for the last 30 days.

  • connectivity: The Fitbit Sense 2 connects to the smartphone via Bluetooth 5.0 and has an NFC chip for mobile payments, as well as GPS to record training routes. And although it also has Wi-Fi, it comes disabled. For its part, the Apple Watch Series 8 has dual-band Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 5.3, GPS, NFC and option to purchase a 4G compatible model (pay extra) to make calls or stream music without requiring your iPhone to be nearby.

  • sensors: One of the novelties of the Apple Watch Series 8 is the body temperature sensor, something that was available on some Fitbit models. This model also incorporates accelerometer, gyroscope, very accurate heart rate, barometer, always-on altimeter, compass, SpO2, VO2max and ECG. The Fitbit Sense 2 has a cEDA, ECG, EDA, SpO2 heart rate sensor, altimeter, three-axis accelerometer, skin temperature sensor, and ambient light sensor.

  • Drums: One of the weaknesses of the Apple Watch is its autonomy, which Apple estimates at around 18 hours with a mixed use of sport and daily life (translates to about a day and a half), and it has fast charging. The Fitbit, according to the brand, lasts up to six days and also has fast charging. However, there is a rather differential point in this section: the software.

  • Software: Apple Watch Series 8 is a “smart” watch, with app store to download a multitude of apps and expand their functions, as well as full integration with the iPhone, from which you can make calls, receive notifications, answer messages, etc. The Fitbit Sense 2 is very simple in this section, with very few and very simple apps, as well as receiving notifications, but it lacks many of the functions of the Apple Watch, and is limited to being more of an activity monitor.

  • Price: here another of the most differential points, and it is that the Apple Watch Series 8 starts at 499 euros, reaching 949 euros in the most elegant configurations. The Fitbit Sense is priced at 299.95 euros.

Apple Watch Series 8 VS Fitbit Sense 2, which one to buy?

Fitbit Sense 2

Although the Fitbit Sense 2 falls into the category of smart watch, It’s not as complete a “smart” watch as the Apple Watch Series 8, since it does not have all its functions and possibilities. This in turn means that Apple’s proposal cannot achieve autonomy like that of the Fitbit, and not having to recharge it daily is a very positive point for some people.

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The Fitbit Sense 2 is a device that puts “smart” capabilities aside and focuses on health and fitness. However, To get the most out of it, you must subscribe to Fitbit Premium (79.99 euros per year or 8.99 euros per month), a subscription that allows access to the Daily Recovery Level, in-depth analysis of sleep quality, personalized advice to reduce stress and audio and video training designed by Fitbit.

The Apple Watch Series 8 does not require subscriptions, unless you want to access Apple Fitness + workouts. But it only supports iPhone, while Fitbit Sense 2 works with iOS and Android, which makes it more versatile. So it depends on what you are looking for: a smartwatch with health and sports functions or an activity tracker with some “smart” functions that is compatible with iPhone and Android.

Apple Watch Series 8 (GPS, 41mm) Star White Aluminum Case Smartwatch - Star White Sport Band - One Size.  Training monitor, Water resistance

Apple Watch Series 8 (GPS, 41mm) Star White Aluminum Case Smartwatch – Star White Sport Band – One Size. Training monitor, Water resistance

Fitbit Sense 2, Lunar White/Platinum Smartwatch, Unisex-Adult, One Size

Fitbit Sense 2, Lunar White/Platinum Smartwatch, Unisex-Adult, One Size

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Seven little-known shortcuts for the iPhone, but essential in my day to day

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The Shortcuts app is that app on our iPhone —also iPad and Mac— that we never open it until some specific shortcut makes us see its usefulness and then we use it every day too. There are many times that I have seen this story up close and with that in mind today I have compiled seven little-known shortcuts that are essential in my day to day.

I generally try to keep my shortcuts to a minimum, to avoid having to dig through too many options once I’m in the app or on an item’s share sheet, but I use the ones I have very regularly. Some, in fact, are shortcuts of shortcuts, bringing together options with a menu to choose from. In any case, without getting ahead of events, let’s start at the beginning.

An app that always adapts to our needs

The shortcut that I use the most in my day to day is the one that ChatGPT brings to Siri, which we already talked about in another article. A shortcut that allows us talk to OpenAI artificial intelligence using Sirithat is, by voice, and at the same time being able to write directly, just a touch away on the iPhone, iPad, Mac or Apple Watch.

My second favorite shortcut is very simple, but really useful. I call it SafariWatch and it allows me browse the internet from the Apple Watch very comfortably. It is true that we can open any website that we receive, for example, in a message, directly on the watch, but what I wanted was faster access to specific sites. When I launch SafariWatch, it asks me if I want to use my bookmarks or enter a URL, and I’m automatically on the site I want to see.

Another shortcut I use a lot is a really simple one. Word Count does exactly that, counting both the words and the characters, with spaces, of the text that is on the clipboard at run time. useful for see if a tweet or toot will fit on your site or if a headline is too long, for example.


ChatGPT in Siri format or as Shortcut on iPhone.

Creating a random and strong password in Safari is very easy, but sometimes we need a password and we are not registering with any specific site. In these cases how do we create a password? Easy with the Password shortcut that with a single execution copies a random password to the clipboard and also saves it in Reminders to prevent us from losing it by copying other elements.

Links is another shortcut that is vital in my day to day. It is quite personal, so I am not going to share it here, but I am going to tell you about its dynamics. It’s about a repository of important links that I have to access regularly. Instead of having to consult a note, for example, I run the shortcut and it presents me with a menu with all the options. A simple tap on the one I need and it’s copied to the clipboard, ready to paste wherever you need it.

Another shortcut that I find really useful deals with place Applesfera watermarks directly on photos which then has to be published. To simplify management as much as possible and make it as compact as possible, it contains the images in Base64 and, before executing the overlay action, decodes them. Then save the resulting images to your desktop, ready to be uploaded to any article.

Finally, my list is completed by a shortcut that we have already talked about in Applesfera. One that allows us to turn Safari into an RSS reader using a shortcut and the reading list. A form of be aware of some publications without having to resort to third-party apps or services and being able to check the news on our iPhone, iPad or Mac very easily.

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Undoubtedly each of us can make this same list and the result will be clearly different. In fact, this is one of the strengths of the Shortcuts app, which adapts to our needs and even evolves with the way we use our devices. An app that enhances any of the ones we already have and that brings our iPhone, iPad, Mac or Apple Watch closer to greater efficiency.

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Apple and Google must ban TikTok according to a US senator

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Michael Bennet, a Democratic US Senator from Colorado, is calling on Apple and Google to ban the TikTok app from the App Store and Play Store respectively. He cites national security reasons.

Banned for TikTok?

The TikTok social network is controlled by the Chinese group ByteDance and it has already been accused of collecting user data and then sharing it with the Chinese government. The company has always denied these accusations, but doubts remain among some politicians, especially in the United States.

So here is US Senator Michael Bennet who wrote a letter to Tim Cook (Apple boss) and Sundar Pichai (Google boss) asking them to ban TikTok, saying that no company subject to the “The dictates of the Chinese Communist Party should not have the power to accumulate so much data on the American people or provide content to nearly a third of our population”. He writes :

TikTok’s vast influence and aggressive data collection pose a specific threat to US national security because of its parent company’s obligations under Chinese law. Article 7 of China’s National Intelligence Law decrees that any organization or citizen must support, assist and cooperate with state intelligence work. Article 14 gives Chinese state security agencies the power to demand cooperation from companies like ByteDance, while Articles 16 and 17 allow intelligence officers to access relevant materials and files and use its communication tools and facilities.

He goes on to cite a June 2022 article revealing that TikTok employees had access to US user data between September 2021 and January 2022. “Everything is seen in China”had indicated an employee of the social network.

In view of the situation, the senator concludes his letter by stating: “Given these serious and growing concerns, I urge you to immediately remove TikTok from your respective app stores”.

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South Korea buries Apple’s iPhone clamping case (Battery Gate)

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The case of the voluntary slowing down of iPhone by Apple (battery gate), which, a few years ago, had earned the Cupertino company several strap lifts from international regulators, is bouncing back once again in South Korea. Against all expectations, the South Korean justice has indeed rejected a class action that pointed to the voluntary clamping of the iPhone in order, according to Apple, to save battery power and avoid an unexpected shutdown of the device. The proceedings initiated in court also argued that this restraint was a form of planned obsolescence whose objective was to encourage the purchase of a new iPhone.

Apple therefore escapes a new trial and possible compensation. The plaintiffs claimed no less than 1.64 million dollars in damages, an amount which would have been to be distributed among 9,800 people (owners or ex-owners of iPhone). Admittedly, the battery gate All the same, it dates back to 2017 – the year in which an iOS update reduced the performance of the iPhone’s processor to avoid unexpected shutdowns – but for those concerned, this does not change much.

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