Fitbit Versa review

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  • 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


Warranty (Months) 24 months
Size
Weight N/A

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


Mirror

A leap forward in fitness trackers

from Mirror

If you are going to buy one fitness wearable this is it. It’s comfortable, tough, stylish and accurate, packed with features some more useful than others. The Versa is easy to use and while a weak smart watch it’s an excellent fitness tracker and if you’re already familiar with Fitbit devices it will seem like a welcome upgrade.

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If you are going to buy one fitness wearable this is it. It’s comfortable, tough, stylish and accurate, packed with features some more useful than others. The Versa is easy to use and while a weak smart watch it’s an excellent fitness tracker and if you’re already familiar with Fitbit devices it will seem like a welcome upgrade.

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AndroidPIT

The affordable Apple Watch alternative

from AndroidPIT

Apart from the absence of GPS, the Fitbit Versa perfectly fulfils its mission. It will attract an audience looking for a complete and affordable wearable. Its design, battery life and companion app prove invaluable and make the Versa a practical connected watch for everyday use.

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Apart from the absence of GPS, the Fitbit Versa perfectly fulfils its mission. It will attract an audience looking for a complete and affordable wearable. Its design, battery life and companion app prove invaluable and make the Versa a practical connected watch for everyday use.

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Gadgets @ Wearables

A great fitness watch at the right price

from Gadgets @ Wearables

When it comes to activity tracking the watch covers all the bases. It captures stats on numerous types of activities including swimming. And you’re able to keep tabs on all this in real-time on the gorgeous hi-res 300 by 300 pixel LCD touchscreen. There is on-board storage for music too, smartp...More

When it comes to activity tracking the watch covers all the bases. It captures stats on numerous types of activities including swimming. And you’re able to keep tabs on all this in real-time on the gorgeous hi-res 300 by 300 pixel LCD touchscreen. There is on-board storage for music too, smartphone notifications, Fitbit pay and third party apps.

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Android Guys

A great option from a trusted brand

from Android Guys

The Fitbit Versa is one of the most impressive smartwatches to date. Outside of disappointing app support, the Versa hits all of the major points while being a supremely excellent fitness tracker and smartwatch, all in the same package.

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The Fitbit Versa is one of the most impressive smartwatches to date. Outside of disappointing app support, the Versa hits all of the major points while being a supremely excellent fitness tracker and smartwatch, all in the same package.

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NDTV

Superb battery life, extremely light

from NDTV

With its second smartwatch, the Versa, Fitbit has improved upon the design. Everyone will be okay with being seen with the Versa on their wrist, which can't be said of the Ionic's edgy design and large trapezoid ends. Plus, the Versa retains everything good about the Ionic (save for the in-built...More

With its second smartwatch, the Versa, Fitbit has improved upon the design. Everyone will be okay with being seen with the Versa on their wrist, which can't be said of the Ionic's edgy design and large trapezoid ends. Plus, the Versa retains everything good about the Ionic (save for the in-built GPS), including full waterproofing and a battery that lasts nearly a full workweek.

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TechGearLab

This glorified fitness tracker still has a ways to go to becoming the smartwatch for the masses

from TechGearLab

The Versa isn't a bad smartwatch, but struggles to compete with the top offerings from Samsung or Apple. It does decently well across the board with its only major drawback being its limited set of smart functions, but this should improve as more and more apps come to the Fitbit app store.

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The Versa isn't a bad smartwatch, but struggles to compete with the top offerings from Samsung or Apple. It does decently well across the board with its only major drawback being its limited set of smart functions, but this should improve as more and more apps come to the Fitbit app store.

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Pocket-lint

Lacks GPS, but loaded with functions

from Pocket-lint

The Fitbit Versa slips into a more affordable middle ground, but in doing so it loses some key sports functionality, while also struggling with truly extended battery endurance.

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The Fitbit Versa slips into a more affordable middle ground, but in doing so it loses some key sports functionality, while also struggling with truly extended battery endurance.

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PhoneArena

Excels at being a user-friendly activity tracker

from PhoneArena

The Fitbit Versa is an accessory I would totally recommend checking out. For $200 you're getting a solid fitness companion that also covers most of the functionality one would expect out of a modern smartwatch.

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The Fitbit Versa is an accessory I would totally recommend checking out. For $200 you're getting a solid fitness companion that also covers most of the functionality one would expect out of a modern smartwatch.

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Coach Mag

A top-notch activity tracking smartwatch that shows some real smarts for once

from Coach Mag

For anyone who’s not taking their fitness really seriously (like, triathlete serious), I think Fitbits are the best choice for activity tracking as well as recording runs and time spent in the gym. And Fitbit’s second stab at a touchscreen smartwatch has taken a big step forward in what else...More

For anyone who’s not taking their fitness really seriously (like, triathlete serious), I think Fitbits are the best choice for activity tracking as well as recording runs and time spent in the gym. And Fitbit’s second stab at a touchscreen smartwatch has taken a big step forward in what else it offers. There’s slick offline integration with music streaming service Deezer and the first high street bank coming onto Fitbit Pay.

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Android Authority

Strikes a good middle ground design between 'smart' and 'fit'

from Android Authority

Anyone looking for a viable smartwatch alternative won’t find the Versa any better than the Gears, the Wear OS watches, or the Apples Watches of the world. In my case, the search for a simpler wearable life doesn’t end with Fitbit’s latest device. This watch just reminds me why I moved on i...More

Anyone looking for a viable smartwatch alternative won’t find the Versa any better than the Gears, the Wear OS watches, or the Apples Watches of the world. In my case, the search for a simpler wearable life doesn’t end with Fitbit’s latest device. This watch just reminds me why I moved on in the first place, after Fitbit got rid the one I had on my wrist already.

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