- James Peckham, TechRadar
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.
- Cherlynn Low, Engadget
The king of fitness wearables learned some valuable lessons from its first smartwatch.
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…”
No questions for the moment.