Fitbit Versa

7.8/10 AVG.
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  • Fitbit Versa
  • Fitbit Versa
  • Fitbit Versa
  • Fitbit Versa

Fitbit has basically looked to bring the rich feature set as seen in its Ionic smartwatch but bundled in a more everyday 'lifestyle' kind of way.

- James Peckham, TechRadar 


The king of fitness wearables learned some valuable lessons from its first smartwatch.

- Cherlynn Low, Engadget 

Specs / Features


Specification

Brand Fitbit
Warranty 24 months

The "1-Minute" Review

What's good

  • Sleek, small design
  • Lightweight
  • Bright, sharp screen
  • 5ATM Water resistant
  • Excellent battery life

What's bad

  • No GPS or NFC
  • Lack of apps
  • “Smart” watch features very basic

Fitbit might be better known for their step counters and heart rate monitors. But after acquiring Pebble, they released their first “proper” smartwatch -- the Ionic. Now that they’ve had more time to study the market and adjust, they’ve come up with the Versa.
Rather than stick with the blocky design of its predecessor, the Versa sports a smaller, curvier shaper. At a distance, it looks like a smaller Apple Watch. But it’s much smaller, measuring in at 1.55-by-1.48-by-0.4 inches.

It’s just the right size to look natural on men or women’s wrist. Weighing just 38 grams, you’ll barely feel it on your wrist.

It might be small, but the 1.34-inch display packs in a resolution of 300-by-300 pixels, making for a very sharp screen. It’s bright, making it easy to read inside or outside and comes equipped with an ambient light sensor to adjust the brightness for different lighting conditions.

Since it’s meant to be worn at all times, Fitbit also included a 5ATM water resistance rating so you can wear it in the shower or while swimming without worry.

Despite being called a “smart” watch, the Fitbit doesn’t have the brains of an Android Wear or Apple Watch. Most of its interface is focused on fitness.

You can view all stats such as step count, miles covered, calories burned, and heart rate with a couple swipes on the screen. Aside from daily tracking, you can also check out your weekly progress for better insight.

The Versa isn’t a powerhouse, but it performs well enough. With that said, reviewers noticed some stuttering when navigating through the menus.

As it uses its own proprietary OS, it can’t integrate as deeply as Apple Watch or Android Wear OS devices. This means notifications are incredibly basic. In addition, there aren’t a lot of apps available for the Versa, so if you’re hoping for a multimedia device you should look elsewhere.

Perhaps the two biggest features missing are built-in GPS and NFC payments -- though the latter you can tack on for some additional money.

While all of this might turn off techies, for those who simply want a reliable watch that can tell the time and provide workout information, the Versa is a great option. Since it doesn’t have all the bells and whistles of other smartwatches, critics could get a full 4 days of battery life from a single charge.

Overall, experts think the Versa is a perfect smartwatch for those who don’t need advanced smartwatch features. Digital Trends states, “... the Versa gives you plenty of customization options and easily adjusts to your lifestyle.” Android Authority states, “If you need a smartwatch that doesn’t die after just one day, buy the Versa... If you need a stellar fitness tracker, buy the Versa…”

Critic Reviews


Daily Express

Great but watch out for its faults

from Daily Express

We genuinely like the Versa and there’s no question it’s a great way to join the wearable revolution - just watch out for its faults.

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We genuinely like the Versa and there’s no question it’s a great way to join the wearable revolution - just watch out for its faults.

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TechNave

Good value despite the amount of features

The Fitbit Versa is perfect for swimmers and runners who want to own a fitness-focused smartwatch without needing to break the bank. The only drawback I can see with the Versa is that the lack of a GPS component for it's price point may not look very attractive to some customers.

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The Fitbit Versa is perfect for swimmers and runners who want to own a fitness-focused smartwatch without needing to break the bank. The only drawback I can see with the Versa is that the lack of a GPS component for it's price point may not look very attractive to some customers.

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Softpedia

Beauty and performance all-in-one smartwatch

from Softpedia

Fitbit Versa is not a perfect watch, but it’s a much better version than the previous generation. And this is what users should typically desire. Wanting perfection always leads to disappointment but striving to be better it much more achievable.

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Fitbit Versa is not a perfect watch, but it’s a much better version than the previous generation. And this is what users should typically desire. Wanting perfection always leads to disappointment but striving to be better it much more achievable.

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Ausdroid

The Pebble that is now a Fitbit

from Ausdroid

The Fitbit Versa is perfect for those who want a smartwatch that has all the usual fitness functionality while at the same time providing some decent phone-smartwatch functionality. While there are not many apps available for it at this stage I am sure that given the sheer size of their market Fi...More

The Fitbit Versa is perfect for those who want a smartwatch that has all the usual fitness functionality while at the same time providing some decent phone-smartwatch functionality. While there are not many apps available for it at this stage I am sure that given the sheer size of their market Fitbit won’t take long to attract many more app developers to their platform.

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G Style Magazine

Coming for the Apple Watch’s neck

from G Style Magazine

Fitbit may of hit the mark with the Versa. It has just about everything the Ionic has minus NFC and full GPS for a $100 cheaper. Its form factor makes it more appealing to women and even some men that are looking for a simplistic fitness smartwatch that can be worn all the time. Combo this with b...More

Fitbit may of hit the mark with the Versa. It has just about everything the Ionic has minus NFC and full GPS for a $100 cheaper. Its form factor makes it more appealing to women and even some men that are looking for a simplistic fitness smartwatch that can be worn all the time. Combo this with body tracking such as female cycling and sleep patterns and you are getting quite the features.

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DC Rainmaker

Hardly perfect

Overall the Fitbit Versa seems to do a relatively good job at taking the vast majority of the Ionic and simply placing it in a less expensive offering. It lacks the GPS of course, and the base model also lacks Fitbit Pay. But depending on your bank, that may not matter anyway.

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Overall the Fitbit Versa seems to do a relatively good job at taking the vast majority of the Ionic and simply placing it in a less expensive offering. It lacks the GPS of course, and the base model also lacks Fitbit Pay. But depending on your bank, that may not matter anyway.

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Make Use Of

A fitness tracker that can do smart things

from Make Use Of

Fitbit’s Versa is not a smartwatch in the traditional sense, but it is a brilliant iteration of the company’s fitness tracker–and may even be their best device to date.

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Fitbit’s Versa is not a smartwatch in the traditional sense, but it is a brilliant iteration of the company’s fitness tracker–and may even be their best device to date.

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PC & Tech Authority

The ideal smartwatch for casual health-tracking

from PC & Tech Authority

The Fitbit Versa is far from a perfect smartwatch. It doesn't have the apps of an Apple of Google watch or the fitness chops of a Garmin, and there are a few parts of the software that need some spit and polish. But it is still a fine all-round fitness tracker that's a good compromise of features, looks and battery life.

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The Fitbit Versa is far from a perfect smartwatch. It doesn't have the apps of an Apple of Google watch or the fitness chops of a Garmin, and there are a few parts of the software that need some spit and polish. But it is still a fine all-round fitness tracker that's a good compromise of features, looks and battery life.

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Stuff

The ideal smartwatch for casual health-tracking

from Stuff

The Fitbit Versa is far from a perfect smartwatch. It doesn't have the apps of an Apple of Google watch or the fitness chops of a Garmin, and there are a few parts of the software that need some spit and polish. But it is still a fine all-round fitness tracker that's a good compromise of features, looks and battery life.

Read full review

The Fitbit Versa is far from a perfect smartwatch. It doesn't have the apps of an Apple of Google watch or the fitness chops of a Garmin, and there are a few parts of the software that need some spit and polish. But it is still a fine all-round fitness tracker that's a good compromise of features, looks and battery life.

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PCWorld

New look, better price, same limits

from PCWorld

If its predecessor was the wearable that showed that Fitbit had the chops to make it in the smartwatch market, this is the one that you’ll actually probably want to buy.

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If its predecessor was the wearable that showed that Fitbit had the chops to make it in the smartwatch market, this is the one that you’ll actually probably want to buy.

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