Taking a Look at the Fitbit Versa Smart Watch

Fitbits are one of the most popular smartwatches for sale at the moment, and for good reason. Their stylish appearance and feature packed technology makes them a joy to wear. What about the new Fitbit Versa Smart Watch? Is it all its cracked up to be?

Some of the features of the watch include…

  • Includes all Versa Lite Edition features plus: store and play 300+ songs, utilize on-screen workouts that play on your wrist and coach you through every move and track swim laps and floors climbed
  • Track your all-day activity, 24/7 heart rate, & sleep stages, all with a 4+ day battery life (varies with use and other factors) and a slim, comfortable design with a lightweight, anodized aluminum watch body
  • Use 15+ exercise modes like Run or Swim (Fitbit Versa is water-resistant to 50 meters) to record workouts and connect to smartphone GPS for more precise real-time pace & distance
  • Access your favorite apps for sports, weather & more and get call, calendar, text, and app alerts
  • Get call, text, calendar and smartphone app notifications when your phone is nearby. Plus send quick replies on Android only. Operating temperature -10 to 60 degree celsius
  • Automatically track select sports & workouts with SmartTrack and use female health tracking in the Fitbit app to log periods, symptoms and more
  • Radio transceiver: Bluetooth 4.0

I managed to squeeze four days of use on a charge from the Versa, even with workouts and music playback, which is in line with newer Fitbit devices like the Ionic. That means I’ve been able to track a few nights of sleep, listen to music, see smartphone notifications and work out without needing to recharge the watch.

I don’t like the Versa’s oversize charging cradle, which continues Fitbit’s trend of designing bizarrely shaped proprietary chargers. The charger is larger than the watch itself, which seems unnecessary.

The Versa is clearly the first attempt at the device Fitbit wants to make: a mainstream smartwatch at an affordable price point with a sense of style backed up by Fitbit’s advanced health-tracking platform and well-designed app. There are a few things missing. On-board GPS would make this watch a must-buy for people who are more active than average. The new female health-tracking features, which are a welcome addition, could use more customization and use the rest of the data Fitbit collects to give you more insights.  All in all, it is certainly worth purchasing.

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