The Apple Watch Series 8 appears to one of the most highly sought after deals for Prime Day 2023, but what if I told you that you should consider an alternative? The Series 8 is $279 on Amazon — and that's its discounted price. The Fitbit Sense 2 is $50 cheaper (and has much better battery life.)
Snatch the Fitbit Sense 2 for just $229 on Amazon, which is nearly 25% off its original listing price of $300. Packed with all-day stress detection with cEDA, an ECG app for atrial fibrillation analysis, irregular heart rhythm notifications, spO2, and more, the Fitbit Sense 2 is an excellent Apple Watch alternative for both fitness and health-focused fanatics alike.
Fitbit Sense 2:
$300 $229 @ Amazon
Now $70 off, the Fitbit Sense 2 is an advanced health and fitness smartwatch. It's packed with a built in GPS that accurately tracks your outdoor fitness activities, including running, hiking or biking. It automatically records your exercises and monitors your stats in real-time. Plus, it's water-resistant up to 50 meters, so the FitBit Sense 2 is ideal for swimmers.
Apple Watch Series 8 41mm:
$399 $279 @ Amazon
Save $120 on the Apple Watch Series 8 and get 3 free months of Apple Fitness+ (valued at $30). The Apple Watch Series 8 features a new temperature sensor, Crash Detection, and is more durable than ever. Following the Apple Watch Series 7, the Apple Watch Series 8 is the most advanced Apple smartwatch yet.
Garmin Venu 2S:
The stylish gold bezel on the Garmin Venu sets itself apart from other smartwatches. It is elegant and features advanced health monitoring and all the fitness features you're looking for. The bright and colorful AMOLED 1.3-inch display allows you to monitor your heart rate and oxygen levels and even choose from one of the 650 songs you've downloaded onto your Venu. During this Prime Day deal, save $150 on the Garmin Venu 2S @Amazon.
Price check: Walmart $340
Check out our 3 smartwatches that are a better value than the Apple Watch Series 8 piece. The best alternative to the Apple Watch Series 8, in my opinion, is the Garmin Venu 2S, which is discounted to $249 in a Prime Exclusive Lightning deal.
The next best alternative is definitely the Fitbit Sense 2, which dropped to $229 for Prime Day. Why? The Apple Watch Series 8 is known for not having the best battery life, only delivering a runtime of about a day and a half. The FitBit Sense 2 can last up to six days on a single charge, which means you don't have to worry about charging your smartwatch every night. Even if you forget to juice it up, the Fitbit Sense 2 should still have enough power to be your companion for the day.
Similar to the Apple Watch Series 8, the Fitbit Sense 2 has the following features:
-on-board GPS (great for tracking your outdoor adventures)
-an accelerometer to track your steps
-an oxygen saturation (SpO2) reader
-an FDA-approved ECG sensor for checking atrial fibrillation
-a heart-rate sensor
Like the Apple Watch Series 8, the Fitbit Sense 2 has skin temperature sensors, but they're used differently. Apple's model uses it to keep an eye on the wearer's ovulation and menstrual cycles. The Fitbit Sense 2, on the other hand, uses it to track electrodermal activity.
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Kimberly Gedeon, holding a Master's degree in International Journalism, launched her career as a journalist for MadameNoire's business beat in 2013. She loved translating stuffy stories about the economy, personal finance and investing into digestible, easy-to-understand, entertaining stories for young women of color. During her time on the business beat, she discovered her passion for tech as she dove into articles about tech entrepreneurship, the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) and the latest tablets. After eight years of freelancing, dabbling in a myriad of beats, she's finally found a home at Laptop Mag that accepts her as the crypto-addicted, virtual reality-loving, investing-focused, tech-fascinated nerd she is. Woot!