Fitbit Versa: Fitness-focused smartwatch
May 2, 2018
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Let’s check out Fitbit’s next smartwatch.

The Fitbit Ionic got high points as a fitness tracker, though we had reservations about its smartwatch features. A couple of months after that, we’re now treated to the Fitbit Versa, a reimagining of their smartwatch line that’s priced lesser than the Ionic.

Upon first glance, you’d think that the Fitbit Versa is an Apple Watch, especially with the black bands. It’s lightweight though, and most of the time you’d hardly recognize that you are wearing it. I’ve worn it for weeks, ditching my Apple Watch and paired it with my iPhone X. Just like the Apple Watch, this is a perfect everyday watch.

I have had reservations about the Fitbit Ionic’s design, but I’m definitely loving the Versa’s design more. There are three buttons on the smartwatch, mostly used for navigating the device. On the front is ‘squircle’ screen where most of the magic happens.

Just like most of Fitbit’s devices, the Versa’s watch bands can also be changed with original and third-party bands. The Versa also pairs using the Fitbit app available for iOS and Android.

The Versa’s main focus is still fitness, and it is evident with the plethora of tracking modes that it supports, this even includes swimming. My favorite is the run detect feature that pauses tracking when you take a rest from running – this is something that I had to do manually on the Apple Watch.

It lacks a GPS though and instead offers something called ‘Connected GPS’ that simply means that it uses your smartphone to get location data. Unfortunately, this means that you would need to carry your smartphone when you go out for a run.

The standard heart rate sensor is also present, and will constantly check your pulse at regular intervals as long as you are wearing it.

Like all its fitness trackers, the Versa easily gave me detailed information about my workout, which is automatically synced with the Fitbit app installed on my smartphone. I also loved the fitness summaries that I have gotten after every workout, giving me a detailed view of my fitness performance. It also effectively tracks sleep, which includes your resting heart rate.

Fitbit’s latest OS 2.0 runs on the Versa (and is also available on the Ionic), and is now more intuitive and faster than what I have experienced on the Ionic. The menus are easy to use and navigate, and you have a plethora of watch faces that you can use.

You also have the option to add music directly to the Versa, though I ended up just using my iPhone for music since I need to bring it anyways to be able to detect GPS.

While the battery for the Versa isn’t as great as the Ionic, I still managed to get about three days’ worth of juice after a single charge. Battery life varies depending on how you use it but on normal usage you’d get 2-3 days from it.

The Versa comes with a proprietary charger that plugs via a standard USB port. It would have been preferable to use a more standard port, but it’s a small nitpick from otherwise a really good fitness oriented smartwatch.

Selling for 899 AED (a special edition is available for 999 AED) The Fitbit Versa doesn’t wow us with its smartwatch features, but instead wins us over with its fitness tracking modes. It’s the perfect alternative to the more expensive Fitbit Ionic.

We Love:

+ Priced lesser than the Ionic

+ Customizable

+ Great fitness tracking features

We Hate:

– Lacks a GPS

– Battery doesn’t last as long as the Ionic

Final Rating: 4/5

by Victor Philip Ortiz
Tech Enthusiast and Movie Buff. Has passion for all things tech - you’ll normally find him tinkering with the latest gadgets and computer peripherals. He is an avid collector of DVDs and Blu-ray discs, and recently discovered his love for gaming.
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