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(Pocket-lint) - Fitbit has been around for years, sitting at the top of its activity tracking class, smugly watching as its competitors hope to raise the same sort of brand awareness. For many, a fitness band is simply called "a Fitbit" - such has been the impact of this company - and it's now been bought by Google, to add to its power.

We've broken down each of the Fitbit trackers, looking at how much each costs, what features it offers and why you might consider buying each one. This list is all about helping you work out which Fitbit will suit you and your lifestyle best.

Quick summary 

The Fitbit Inspire 2 is the cheapest fitness tracker in Fitbit's offering. It offers all-day sleep and activity tracking, smartphone notifications, interchangeable straps and heart rate tracking. There's a touchscreen display, it's swim proof and there's automatic exercise recognition too, as well as Active Zone Minutes, Quick Replies for Android users and a 10-day battery life.

The Fitbit Inspire 3 succeeds the Inspire 2, offering a refined design, whilst adding an SpO2 sensor, high and low heart rate notifications and an Always On Display mode. There's also a colour touchscreen and all the same features as the Inspire 2.

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The Fitbit Luxe is a fashion-focused tracker, offering a premium design and coloured touchscreen, along with all the same features as the Inspire 3, except high and low heart rate notifications. It has stress management but there's only a five day battery life.

The Fitbit Charge 5 has everything the Luxe does, but it adds NFC for Fitbit Pay, built-in GPS, Spotify control and has an ECG app so it's better at accurately tracking workouts as a standalone device. There's a seven day battery life, falling in between the Luxe and Inspire.

The Fitbit Versa 2 moves into smartwatch territory. It offers most of what the Charge 5 has, but it adds apps and built-in Alexa. There's no built-in GPS or ECG app, but the Versa 2 has phone-free music.

The Fitbit Versa 3 is an upgrade to the Versa 2, adding Google Assistant as an option on top of Alexa, a built-in speaker for taking calls, Pure Pulse 2.0 heart rate technology and most importantly, built-in GPS.

The Fitbit Versa 4 offers all the same features as the Versa 3, but it has a refreshed design, whilst also offering Google Maps and Google Wallet support. 

The Fitbit Sense has the same design as the Versa 3 and the same features, but it offers extra sensors, including with an EDA sensor for monitoring stress, the ability to take an ECG and a skin temperature sensor.

The Fitbit Sense 2 is the successor to the Sense with most of the same features, but it has a refreshed design that matches the Versa 4, whilst also offering Google Maps, Google Wallet, and all-day body response tracking for stress.

The Google Pixel Watch is a fully-fledged smartwatch that runs Google's Wear OS platform, but with Fitbit health features. It misses off some features compared to the Sense 2, but it offers more smartwatch functions.

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Fitbit Inspire 2

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The Inspire 2 is the company's entry-level tracker and it succeeds the older Inspire HR and Inspire - offering a more refined design with softer, curvier edges and an inductive button over a physical button.

It has all day activity tracking, advanced sleep tracking with sleep score, exercise modes, female health tracking and smartphone notifications.

There's a 10 day battery life, along with Active Zone Minutes and Quick Replies for Android users. The Inspire 2 comes in Black, Lunar White, Desert Rose colour options.

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Fitbit Inspire 3

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The Fitbit Inspire 3 is the successor to the Inspire 2, offering all the same features but with a couple of extras, as well as a softer design and a colour touchscreen. 

Along with all day activity tracking and advanced sleep tracking, the Inspire 3 offers an SpO2 sensor, high and low heart rate notifications and an Always On display mode. 

Like the Inspire 2, it has a 10-day battery life. There are three colour options of Midnight Zen/Black, Lilac Bliss/Black and Morning Glow/Black.

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Fitbit Luxe

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The Fitbit Luxe is the most stylish of the company's trackers, offering a bracelet design, along with accessories like a link bracelet from a jewellery brand.

It has almost all the same features as the Inspire 3, including a coloured touchscreen, SpO2 sensor for blood oxygen monitoring and a stress management score, but it doesn't have high and low heart rate notifications.

The Fitbit Luxe has a five-day battery life and it comes in Lunar White/Soft Stainless Steel Gold, Black/Graphite Steel, Orchid/Platinum Stainless Steel and Special Edition gorjana Soft Gold Stainless Steel Parker Link Bracelet.

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Fitbit Charge 5

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The Fitbit Charge 5 is the most capable fitness tracker in the company's portfolio, offering all the same features as the Inspire 3 and Luxe, including all-day activity tracking and advanced sleep tracking, but with a few extras like built-in GPS.

It misses off relax breathing sessions, but it adds an EDA scan app for stress management, ECG app and Fitbit Pay. The high and low heart rate notifications are also back compared to the Luxe.

The battery is rated at 7 days, but this without the GPS - which does have a big impact on the life. It will track GPS activities up to 5 hours, so will cover a lot of events like 5 or 10km runs, but won't cover anything longer - and that will use up a lot of the battery life. There are three colour options of Black, Lunar White/Soft Gold and Steel Blue/Platinum.

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Fitbit Versa 2

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The Fitbit Versa 2 is the first step from fitness tracker to smartwatch in Fitbit's portfolio. It offers a metal body waterproofed to 50m with rounded corners and a domed back, and it comes with interchangeable straps.

Many of the same features as the Charge 5 are on board, including waterproofing, heart rate tracking, sleep stages, swim tracking, elevation data, and NFC for Fitbit Pay but it only offers Connected GPS rather than built-in like the Charge 5 and there is no ECG app or EDA Scan app.

The Versa 2 does have an altimeter though, the ability to install some third party apps, built-in Alexa, music storage, an Always On display mode and Sleep Mode.

The Fitbit Versa 2 comes in three colours of Black/Carbon, Stone/Mist Grey and Petal/Copper Rose.

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Fitbit Versa 3

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The Fitbit Versa 3 succeeds the Versa 2 but it adds some of the main features missing from the 2019 device, along with a refined design. There's a built-in speaker for taking calls, along with built-in GPS and there's also Google Assistant on top of Amazon Alexa.

You'll also find fast charging on the Versa 3, along with all the other features you'd expect from a Fitbit smartwatch including all day activity tracking, sleep tracking and smartphone notifications. There's also Fitbit Pay and high and low heart rate notifications.

The Fitbit Versa 3 comes in three colours: Pink Clay/Soft Gold, Black/Black, Midnight/Soft Gold, Olive/Soft Gold, Thistle/Soft Gold.

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Fitbit Versa 4

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The Fitbit Versa 4 expands further on the Versa 3, offering all the same features but once again refining the design to match that of the Sense 2. 

There are a couple of additional features on board too, including Google Maps, Google Wallet, and up to 40 exercise modes, though it drops Google Assistant and costs a little more than the Versa 3.

The Versa 4 promises a 6-day battery life and is available in four colour options of Black/Graphite, Waterfall Blue/Platinum, Pink Sand/Copper Rose, and Beet Juice/Copper Rose.  

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Fitbit Sense

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The Fitbit Sense offers a similar design to the Versa 3 but has additional features, including an EDA sensor for stress monitoring, the ability to take an ECG and a skin temperature sensor.

There's a built-in speaker, allowing for Bluetooth calls and responses from the voice assistants and there's the Pure Pulse 2.0 heart rate technology too, which can detect high and low heart rate and notify you when you go above or below your normal thresholds. 

The Fitbit Sense has a six-day battery life and comes in two colours of Carbon and Graphite Stainless Steel or Lunar White and Gold Stainless Steel.

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Fitbit Sense 2

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The Fitbit Sense 2 is the successor to the Sense, bringing all the same features, along with a few extras, as well as a more refined design.

There's all-day body-response tracking on board the Sense 2 thanks to a cEDA sensor and there is also support for Google Maps and Google Wallet, though Google Assistant has been ditched.

The Sense 2 offers a six day battery life like its predecessor and it comes in three colour options of Shadow Grey/Graphite, Lunar White/Platinum and Blue Mist/Soft Gold.

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Google Pixel Watch

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The Google Pixel Watch is a fully-fledged smartwatch that runs Google's Wear OS platform, but with Fitbit health features. 

It misses off a few features compared to the Sense 2, like an SpO2 sensor, EDA scan app, skin temperature sensor and on-wrist calls, but there's Google Wallet, Google Maps and Google Assistant.

There's also smart home control and Gmail support, but the Pixel Watch only has a one-day battery and is compatible with Android devices only. It comes in four colours of Charcoal/Polished Silver, Obsidian/Matte Black, Hazel/Champagne Gold and Chalk/Polished Silver.

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Writing by Britta O'Boyle.