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Fitbit Inspire 3 review: Tiny but capable

Fitbit Inspire 3 review: Tiny but capable

Fitbit Inspire 3

The Fitbit Inspire 3 monitors your essential health and fitness metrics, and easily lasts over a week without charging. It's comfortable to wear to sleep because of its small size. But this also means that the screen, while bright, feels relatively tiny. You'll also have to pay for a Fitbit Premium subscription to unlock its full potential. In short, the Inspire 3 is a good entry-level fitness tracker, but it may not be for everyone.

Quick specs

  • Colour AMOLED screen
  • Size: 39.37mm x 18.6mm x 11.75mm, 17.69g
  • Up to 10-day battery life
  • Available in three colours

The Inspire 3 gets a colour AMOLED screen upgrade over its predecessor. But the actual usable display is small compared to some other fitness trackers. Fitbit doesn't actually list the size or resolution of this touchscreen on its website, but I measured it at 18mm x 10mm. In comparison, the display of the Xiaomi Smart Band 7 measured around 39mm x 18mm. Because of its size, this screen shows a limited amount of information. Tapping the display to navigate its interface can be finicky, too. Mitigating this somewhat are two haptic buttons at the sides that turns on the screen, or brings you back to the default clock face when pinched.

FItbit Inspire 3
Credit: Vincent Chang/Can Buy or Not

You can track the usual health and fitness metrics, such as heart rate, blood oxygen levels, and steps, with the Inspire 3. It can also warn you if your heart rhythm seems irregular. There's also sleep and stress tracking. But you can get more comprehensive data analysis with Fitbit Premium. This subscription service unlocks more software features, notably the Daily Readiness score. Daily Readiness is based on your historical data (sleep, activity, and heart rate data), and tells you if you should prioritise recovery (low readiness) or push yourself further (high readiness). I find it pretty helpful, and not something found in entry-level fitness trackers. Fitbit Premium also has more advanced sleep analytics, as well as extras like workout videos and mindfulness sessions. You'll get a 6-month trial of Fitbit Premium with the Inspire 3, but after that, it's S$13 a month or S$108 a year.

FItbit Inspire 3
You can detach the straps and use it with a clip accessory (not shown) to attach the Inspire 3 to your shirt or belt. Credit: Vincent Chang/Can Buy or Not

As an entry-level fitness tracker, the Inspire 3 lacks the more advanced features found in higher-end models and smartwatches. You get an alarm, and a stopwatch. That's about it. There's no voice assistant, or NFC support (for mobile payments). You can't upload songs to the Inspire 3 to play during your workout. And while you can receive notifications, you cannot craft a reply to a WhatsApp message, for example, though there are a few preset responses. But the biggest limitation is the lack of a built-in GPS. The Inspire 3 has to connect to your smartphone to track your runs. The common exercise modes (running, cycling, swimming) are included, and the fitness tracker will automatically record some of them.

Compared to smartwatches, the Fitbit Inspire 3 has excellent battery stamina. It's rated at around 10 days, but I can usually eke out more with my less active lifestyle. The battery stamina, along with its size, are reasons to get this fitness tracker over bulkier, and more expensive smartwatches. However, the Inspire 3 (S$148 usually, S$118 when on sale) isn't as affordable as competitors like the Xiaomi Smart Band 7 (S$69). If you like what Fitbit Premium offers, then the Inspire 3 may be a good choice. Else, there are cheaper alternatives that have comparable features, and more likely than not, come with a larger screen. The Inspire 3 is available now on Lazada, Shopee, and Amazon SG.

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Verdict



CAN BUY

Good fitness tracker with great battery life.

Buy it at Shopee
Available at Lazada
Available at Amazon SG

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