Fitbit Versa Smartwatch Offers Health Features Galore. When Fitbit announced its Ionic smartwatch at the tail end of 2017, the company said it planned to make more watches shortly and the first is already here under the name Fitbit Versa.
The Versa shares a lot with the Fitbit Ionic from last year, and while the design is a touch smaller, there are fewer features and the price is slightly lower, it looks to be a reliable addition to the Fitbit family.
The Versa price point and feature set look to make it a suitable replacement for the Fitbit Blaze. That means if you were holding out for the long-rumored Fitbit Blaze 2 you might want to take a look at this watch from the company instead of as we may never get one under that name.
Below we’ve broken down everything you need to know about the Fitbit Versa.
Product: Fitbit Versa Smartwatch
Warranty: 1 year (defects in materials and quality under regular use) to the original purchaser
My rating: 8/10
Fitbit Versa Design and Display
Unlike some previous Fitbit products, this comes with a full metal unibody design that feels premium but is much smaller on the wrist than the Ionic. It’s slimmer and lighter than the Ionic or the Blaze. It’s perfect for smaller wrists.
You’ve got the color options of grey or pink for the body of the actual watch. As for straps, you’ve got a huge selection of options. There’s a wide variety of colors for each with materials of silicone, metal chain link, metal bands, Horween leather and more all up for grabs.
On the front, there’s a touchscreen display for navigating the Fitbit OS, with some thick bezels around the side. Below the screen, there’s the Fitbit logo, but we don’t currently have any information on the screen technology or resolution.
The Versa is waterproof up to 50 meters, so you’ll be able to wear this in the shower or swimming without worrying about flooding the internals.
On the left-hand edge, there’s a power button, and there are two other hardware buttons on the right-hand side of the watch for navigating through menus if you don’t want to use the screen.
4+ Day Battery Life
A day lasts 24 hours. So should your watch. With a multi-day battery life of 4+ days, Fitbit Versa tracks your morning, night & everything in between (varies with use & other factors). And with a super-light case, it is slim, casual and comfortable enough to wear all day and night.
Fitbit Versa fitness features
As this is a new smartwatch from Fitbit — a brand known for health and fitness wearables – you should probably only consider buying this if you’re interested in fitness features.
There’s your typical step tracking here, but now you’ll be able to see your last seven days of activity directly on the watch itself, so you can make sure you’re keeping up with your target.
On the rear, there’s a PurePulse heart rate scanner that works 24/7, even when you’re sleeping. Plus there’s sleep tracking tech here that uses the company’s recent Sleep Stages tracking service.
That will tell you how much time you spend in REM and other stats about your sleep as well as provide feedback to help you improve your night’s sleep.
Fitbit Coach is also here to give you workouts you can perform at home, plus there’s a feature that allows you to monitor your cardio fitness level.
If you want to take this in the pool, you’ll be able to as it’s waterproof and comes with tracking for swimming.
Runners may be disappointed to learn there’s no GPS built into the Fitbit Versa. Instead, it features Connected GPS, so you’ll need to take your phone out on your run with you to be able to track your location.
Fitbit is also bringing female health tracking features to its app and the Versa watch. Specifically, you’ll be able to enter details about your menstrual cycle so you can keep an eye on how it impacts your health and wellness directly in the Fitbit app.
It’s not a groundbreaking innovation, but giving you dynamic cycle predictions allows you to log your symptoms quickly and mark when you’re likely to be less active.
Fitbit Versa Other Features
It’s not all about fitness on the Fitbit Versa. The Versa is a smartwatch too, so it comes with a vast variety of other smartwatch features including notifications from a variety of apps.
Fitbit also plans to allow you to use quick replies to apps including Messenger and WhatsApp. Right now we don’t know exactly when this feature will arrive, but it’ll be debuting on Android in the coming months, and is likely to come to iOS sometime after that.
Much like the Ionic, the Versa is running Fitbit OS, which gives you access to the App Gallery created by the company. That means there’s a variety of Fitbit-made apps to download for your watch and there are even some third-party options such as Strava and Starbucks.
More are set to debut on the Fitbit App Gallery in the coming months too, plus it gives you access to a vast variety of clock faces, so you can further personalize your watch with relatively little effort.
If you want to listen to music when you’re on the go, you’ll be able to upload up to 300 tracks onto the Fitbit Versa.
If you don’t own music though, you’ll be able to connect up a Deezer account to get streamed music on your wrist, but it looks like you’ll have to download playlists or your FLOW to the watch before you start running as there’s no 4G connection here.
Fitbit Versa Special Edition
Fitbit Pay is also working here so if you connect up your bank account to your watch you’ll be able to buy a bottle of water or a treat when you’re out for your run, using a contactless terminal. Make payments without your wallet using a built-in NFC chip (availability at fitbit.com/fitbit-pay/banks).
Special edition watches also include a stylish woven band and an additional black classic band to quickly swap out for workouts.
Final Thoughts on the Fitbit Versa Smartwatch
The Fitbit Versa is an all-day companion that helps you live your best life. This lightweight, swim-proof smartwatch empowers you to reach health and fitness goals with 24/7 heart rate, actionable insights, personalized guidance, on-screen workouts and more. Run your day with notifications, quick replies (Android only), apps, phone-free music — all with 4+ day battery life (varies with use and other factors). Plus, wear it your way with fresh accessories and clock faces. If you’re into fitness wearables the Fitbit Versa deserves your consideration.
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