It’s lower than six months since Fitbit first really entered the smartwatch market with the Fitbit Ionic, however the firm is already right here with its second sensible wearable on your wrist.
The all new Fitbit Versa is smaller than the Ionic, however comes with loads of the identical options we liked on that watch, from Fitbit Pay to third-party apps.
Plus it’s a contact cheaper than the Ionic, which is necessary when loads of Fitbit gadgets are typically priced greater than the competitors due to the well-known model title.
Under you may watch our video overview of the Fitbit Versa
Fitbit Versa launch date and worth
You possibly can pre-order the Fitbit Versa from at the moment all over the world, but it surely gained’t be on store cabinets (digital or bodily) till some level in April. Fitbit has but to specify an actual date for the watch’s launch all over the world, however we’ll replace this arms on overview after we hear extra.
As for worth, the Versa is ready to value £199.99 (about $280, AU$350) within the UK, which is less expensive than the Fitbit Ionic, as that began off at £299.95 / $299.95 / AU$449.95. US or Australian pricing has but to be confirmed, so which may be a bit completely different after we hear from Fitbit.
Design and show
The Fitbit Versa takes loads of the design language the corporate has learnt from the Ionic and transferred it right into a smaller watch that these with slimmer wrists will probably recognize.
It sits comfortably on the wrist and isn’t as thick as alternate options such because the Fitbit Blaze, and in contrast to the Ionic, it has rounded edges.
If something, it seems to be someplace inbetween the Apple Watch 3 and a Fitbit Ionic.
Shade selections for the physique are both a light-weight silver or pink, however whereas these choices are restricted you will have plenty of completely different bands to select from.
You could have the selection of silicone (which felt significantly comfy and is by far the best choice if you happen to’re planning to train loads), whereas there’s additionally a wide range of steel and Horween leather-based choices too.
A particular version of the watch additionally comes with woven materials straps and features a plastic strap within the field which you can change to once you need to exit exercising.
If you wish to have that mixture of formal possibility and one thing to work out in, the particular version watch units could also be finest for you.
Fitbit has but to substantiate the precise dimension or specs of the show on the Versa, but it surely’s a smaller one than on the Ionic and reminds us various the display on the Fitbit Blaze.
The decision appeared good and whereas there are thick bezels round it the display appeared responsive in our restricted testing time flicking via apps. After we know extra concerning the specifics of the show we’ll make sure you replace this text.
When you already know the Ionic, you’ll know loads of the health options included right here. There’s no GPS on the watch, so if you wish to observe your location you’ll want to make use of the Linked GPS function and go working together with your cellphone.
Some could discover that irritating, but it surely’s a smart function to lose if you wish to save a bit of cash. Aside from GPS, a lot is identical as on the Ionic.
All the regular step monitoring is included right here, and it’s additionally appropriate to be used within the pool because of a water-proof design. Precisely how this may work within the pool is a bit of unclear, however we’ll take it for a dip after we get one to strive it out.
There is a PurePulse coronary heart fee tracker on the rear, which we’ve discovered works effectively at monitoring your health ranges within the completely different Fitbit modes on earlier merchandise, so we’ve excessive hopes for this one.
Fitbit Coach can also be right here on your house exercises to provide you dynamic actions to do with out even having to depart the home. It additionally comes filled with the Chill out guided respiratory tutorials we’ve seen earlier than.
Sleep monitoring can also be obtainable on the Versa. This guides you on enhance your sleep ranges utilizing Fitbit’s Sleep Levels monitoring, which breaks down your evening’s sleep into simple to devour stats.
One new function on the watch is particularly for ladies to assist in monitoring their menstrual cycle. From later this 12 months the Fitbit app and Versa interface will let you log your menstrual cycle so you may higher perceive fluctuations in your well being alongside your health and sleep.
It’s not a brand new idea, however having this simply obtainable within the Fitbit app could allow you to perceive fluctuations in your well being and train regime higher.
Little is understood concerning the internals of the Fitbit Versa, however thus far in our quick testing time we have discovered it to load apps and sprint between screens speedily.
It runs Fitbit OS, which is proscribed in scope however comes with a wide range of apps via the Fitbit App Gallery. Proper now there’s not an enormous choice on there other than apps and watch faces made by Fitbit, however we’re beginning to see a number of extra large title apps like Strava and Starbucks coming to the platform.
Fitbit hopes extra large title apps will flock to the platform quickly too, so anticipate additional apps and watch faces to look on the gallery sooner or later.
If you wish to make funds when you’re out and about you should use Fitbit Pay and join up your checking account and card for contactless funds.
There’s additionally area on the look ahead to as much as 300 songs if you happen to add the precise recordsdata, or you should use a partnership with Deezer to place the songs onto your watch, however you’ll must be subscribed to make use of that.
Good notifications additionally work on the Fitbit Versa, so that you’ll be capable of obtain messages from a wide range of apps proper via to your wrist.
Within the coming months the thought is you’ll be capable of fast reply to Messenger, textual content, WhatsApp and some different notifications out of your wrist, however this function is simply set to launch for Android gadgets initially.
Fitbit is attempting to adapt it for individuals who have Home windows Cellphone or iPhone gadgets, however the wait could also be a bit of longer for that.
The battery life on the Versa additionally isn’t clear however Fitbit claims it can final over 4 days, which ought to be fairly good contemplating you’ll solely have to recharge it round twice every week.
We’ll put the battery via its paces after we get the Versa on our wrists for the total overview.
With a cheaper price than the Ionic and a a lot slimmer design, this can be a greater smartwatch than Fitbit’s first one for lots of people.
When you’re on the lookout for a smaller smartwatch with a health focus and an inexpensive worth, this feature from Fitbit could be up your road.