Fitbit cut something major from the Inspire 3, and I’m not happy

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Of the three new Fitbits unveiled this week, the Fitbit Inspire 3 is absolutely my favorite from a design standpoint. I love the introduction of the Luxe-style pebble structure for the Inspire 3, even if it means the Luxe is likely to be phased out. The addition of a clip accessory adds versatility to the Inspire 3 unit, allowing it to be separated from the band while still being usable.

However, there’s something I really don’t like about it, and it’s an extension of my biggest issue with Fitbit as a whole. It’s the Fitbit Premium paywall, which I’ve always tolerated even when other devices like Garmin offer their comparable companion app services for free. Fitbit Premium has always been very good, despite a series of recent public relations issues.

In the past, the Fitbit Inspire range was the cheapest way to start using Fitbit’s excellent beginner-friendly services. It wasn’t just because the unit itself was reasonably priced and frequently given away at major events, but the Inspire 3’s predecessor, the Inspire 2, came with a free year of Fitbit Premium, which would normally cost $9.99 / £7.99 / AU$15.49 per month, although you can save a few months by buying an annual subscription.

The Premium service gives Fitbit users access to a variety of features, including your daily readiness score, sleep profile and actionable sleep tips, historical graphs of your activity, heart rate, sleep data sleep, your stress levels, and over 1,000 workouts, recipes, and guides. meditations.

Fitbit Versa 4, Sense 2 and Inspire 3

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It’s a really good service, but since some of the best features of your device are tied to Premium, you’re effectively adding the cost of the subscription to the value of the device.

All Fitbit devices come with a six-month free trial of Premium, but the Fitbit Inspire 2 was unique in offering a year of free service. Combined with the cheapest Fitbit, the bundled subscription made the Inspire 2 a good value package. The Fitbit Inspire 3, on the other hand, only offers six months in line with the rest of the range, which effectively adds an additional $40, £40 or around AU$70 to the cost of the fitness tracker.

When you look at it like this, the Fitbit Inspire 3 stops looking like such a bargain and starts looking a bit overpriced for what it is. Considered the cheapest entry-level tracker to nudge you towards a healthier life in a sustainable way, the materials aren’t top-notch, with the Luxe’s ​​metal pebble casing replaced by plastic, and lacks many features of other Fitbit trackers. like the Lux and the Charge 5. The Garmin Vivosmart 5, which typically sells for around $150, is a one-time payment that includes the free Garmin Connect service.

I love the drastic redesign of the Fitbit Inspire 3, but the lack of value in this package means I’d probably recommend the Garmin or other competitors, even cheap bands, over this smart fitness tracker that keeps you away to its best features, unless you pay a premium. If you’ve never used Garmin Connect before, you can see our five favorite Garmin Connect features here.

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