Battle Royale (with Cheese): Fitbit Sense Vs Oura Ring

Which wearable should you wear?

Joshua Beck
28 min readApr 20, 2021

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Ok, this is going to be an odd one.

Normally, when I do a Battle Royale, I tend to pit like against like; computer vs computer, phone vs phone, headphones vs… you get the idea.

But today, my comparison is going to feature two devices that couldn’t be more different from one another. And yet, they overlap in what they set out to do.

I’ve been wearing smartwatches for years; I started with a Pebble, then proceeded to jump around between Apple Watches, Fitbits, Fossils, and a Galaxy Watch Active 2. As the big geek that I am, smartwatches always felt like they belonged in my wheelhouse; after growing up with characters like Max Smart, Carmen Cortez, Penny Gadget, and the Power Rangers, I had always longed for a watch that did more than just tell the time.

But for me, smartwatches have always come with some “side effects”. Fitbits and silicone straps tend to give me a rash. Apple Watches cause a lot of distractions. And sometimes, wearing a watch is just uncomfortable, especially while sleeping (for me, sleep tracking is one of the most important things I can track). Plus, I hate wearables that I have to charge daily in order to get that sleep tracking. And honestly, I love watches and I have several laying around the house that I really like, but I don’t ever wear them because these smartwatches have taken their place (and I’m not going to be like Kevin O’Leary and wear two watches).

Enter the Oura Ring. This thing has been on my radar for quite some time; I’ve loved the look of the thing, and I’ve loved the idea of having a discrete object on me that is doing something more for me than being fashionable. For the longest time, I avoided getting one for two reasons: I don’t really like to wear rings, and they are expensive. But when I was eagerly shopping for Fitbit’s newest wearable, the Sense, I realized that I would be paying the same amount for either one- if the cost wasn’t a problem with the Sense, why should it be for the Oura?

My aversion to wearing rings, on the other hand, is one that has come into sharp relief recently. Last year, I got married, and try as I might I just haven’t gotten used to wearing a ring. Now, since we…

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Joshua Beck

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