Fitbit Inspire review

Fitbit Inspire review
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Last Updated on by Daniel Lawrence

The Fitbit Inspire fitness tracker is a very interesting and sleek device that aims to help you keep track of your daily fitness goals. It is available in black or white, and it features a customizable wristband, as well as an app that will help you to track your fitness, sleep, and nutrition. 

It comes with a number of built-in features, such as the ability to monitor your calories burned, as well as a heart rate monitor, a smartwatch, a pedometer, a smart alarm clock, a smart compass, and more. This gadget is a very useful and practical tool that will help you achieve your fitness goals, and will help you track your sleep patterns.

Design and display

Fitbit Inspire review

  • Touchscreen OLED display
  • Adjustable straps
  • The slim and slender style

Fitbit Inspire offers a very similar design to the slightly more expensive and more capable Fitbit Inspire HR. At first glance, it is hard to tell the two apart, other than the colors.

Despite sacrificing a heart-rate monitor for its slimmer profile, the Inspire is more comfortable to wear than the Inspire HR.

Because it lacks an HR monitor, it doesn’t need to be worn as tightly as the Inspire HR, and the lightweight plastic design makes it barely noticeable when worn.

Compared to the Charge 3 and Alta trackers, the Charge 2 has a plastic build that makes it appear less premium. Unlike the Alta and Alta HR, the Inspire is waterproof (but does not track swim activity) – which is awesome if you end up getting soaked or jumping in a pool while wearing it.

The Inspire HR comes with a curved OLED display that offers something extra. Our review of the Sangria model showed its display to have an all-over pink tint that matches the color scheme. Although it may not be to everyone’s taste, we like it for being a little different. People who aren’t into pink text can opt for the black variant with a standard display.

However, the display only occupies 50 percent of the screen’s space, leaving large bezels at the top and bottom. Though we would have liked a bigger display to make better use of the space, the display delivers ample brightness even when outdoors, and the text is crisp.

The touchscreen is also responsive, and there is a single button on the left for waking up the screen, putting it to sleep, returning to the main screen, and accessing settings.

As with the Inspire HR, the Inspire has a plastic body that tapers in towards the wrist and interchangeable straps with a spring pin system. There is also a leather option and a metal option for a smarter look.

Standard on the Inspire is a silicone strap, though, unlike the Inspire HR, it’s secured with a pin and loop mechanism (similar to the Alta and Alta HR), which is more difficult to adjust and less secure than the buckle. Although we had no issues with the Inspire unfastening, we prefer the buckle for peace of mind.

Features

fitness tracker

  • Waterproof to 50m (but no swim tracking)
  • Steps, distance, and calorie tracking
  • Smartphone alerts
  • Sleep tracking

Although it looks very similar to the Inspire HR, the Fitbit Inspire only offers a fraction of its features.

Inspire offers all-day activity- and sleep tracking, as well as female health tracking, and Fitbit’s SmartTrack feature lets you recognize exercise automatically – but that’s about it.

The steps taken, calories burned, distance traveled, and active minutes counted in the activity tracking, while the time awake, time asleep, and time restless in the sleep tracking. While Inspire doesn’t have advanced sleep stages, it does have exercise modes, so you cannot force the Inspire to record a bike workout, for example.

The Inspire HR offers these features for just £20 more, including GPS, heart rate monitoring, guided breathing sessions, and Cardio Fitness Level. Even though the Inspire is waterproof to 50 meters, swim tracking isn’t offered.

However, despite its pretty basic activity tracking features, the Inspire offers smartphone notifications, moving reminders, timers, and alarms – so there are a few useful features.

Performance and battery life

  • Five-day battery life
  • Special charger

Fitness trackers like the Fitbit Inspire are simple. As long as you manage your expectations, it’s a great device, delivering good performance in all the features it offers, even if there are fewer than we’d like to see.

On the Inspire, step counting and distance traveled are comparable to the Apple Watch Series 4, which is not bad considering it costs four times as much as the Apple Watch. Furthermore, calories burned are underestimated on the Inspire – but this is to be expected since the Apple Watch has a heart-rate monitor and the Inspire does not.

Inspire’s automatic exercise recognition works well, and its smartphone notifications work in the same way as Inspire HR’s. Fitbit’s app allows you to toggle notifications on or off for each app when a notification comes in from a specific app, such as Facebook or WhatsApp.

Battery performance is also good on the Inspire, offering the full promised five days without needing a top-up. Charging takes place via a special magnetic dock so there’s no Micro-USB or USB Type-C convenience here, as usual with Fitbit, but it’s by no means as fiddly as the Charge 3 and Alta devices with their clip docks.

Software

  • Fitbit app
  • iOS and Android

Fitbit Inspire is compatible with the Fitbit app, which is one of the most user-friendly on the market. It provides information in a clear and concise format that is easy to use and understand.

Inspire is a simple upgrade for existing Fitbit users and it doesn’t lose any features if you’re switching from Alta or Flex 2, except for swim tracking with Flex 2. The only thing you’ll need to do is set up the new device, and all your past data will still be accessible.

If you’re new to Fitbit, the setup is super simple, and you’ll be up and running in no time. Data is displayed in the main dashboard section of the app and tapping on each metric offers a little more insight.

In this section, we won’t go into more detail about Fitbit’s software, but you can find more information about getting started and getting the most out of your Fitbit in our Fitbit tips and tricks section.

Pros Cons
Smartphone notifications No swim-tracking despite waterproofing
Fitbit software platform is great Lack of features compared to competitors
Waterproof to 50m
Lightweight and comfortable to wear
Slim and subtle design

Verdict

Fitbit Inspire is a slim, stylish, waterproof activity tracker that offers a wide range of features and offers various accessories to customize the look.

Its biggest problem is that Inspire HR offers significantly more features for only a little more money. While Inspire offers basic tracking and basic sleep tracking, the £70 RRP is rather pricey for what is essentially a pretty pedometer. Thanks to deals, this gap is a little wider and more affordable.