Fitbit Versa Review


Last year, Fitbit introduced the Ionic. The company’s first real
smart watch was a bit of a Hail Mary and the result
of a few key acquisitions. It was also too big, too
expensive, and had very little in the way of third-party apps. This year’s Versa is the company’s first mainstream smart watch
and it actually addresses most of the issues with the
first-generation device. From a design perspective, the Versa takes a lot of queues from the Pebble. It’s small and it’s square
and honestly it fits a lot better on my wrist. The UI is the same as on the Ionic. It’s a simple grid with large icons. It’s not a lot to look
at but it also doesn’t get bogged down in design choices. And, like it predecessor,
the watch is built around fitness apps with a number of pre-programmed exercises
and guided visual workouts. The company also added
a number of key apps to the watch’s app store
including The New York Times, Yelp, Uber, Lyft, and Nest. With a few key exceptions,
the Versa maintains most of the Ionic’s features. There’s no onboard GPS
which means it’s not as good as a stand-alone running partner. Fitbit’s mostly done a
good job, scaling back the features that won’t appeal
as much to mainstream users without removing too much of
the onboard functionality; while the more compact, lightweight size makes it even more appealing
for a wider range of users. The company’s also actively
working to court even more users with the addition of
women’s health tracking in the accompanying app. At $199, the Fitbit’s Versa is certainly competitively priced. It’s not the best
smartwatch on the market, that distinction still belongs
to Apple, but it’s definitely a step in the right direction for Fitbit. (upbeat music)

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8 thoughts on “Fitbit Versa Review

  1. Uhm… what… The Versa if anything is an update to the Blaze… so the Ionic is NOT Fitbits only smartwatch… Blaze was fine from a functionality perspective, and I enjoy my blaze… home the versa is a worthy upgrade.

    And as far as Apple watch is concerned… I had one… I hated it… Until they fix the batter duration issues, I'll take something I can charge once a week vs once a day! Smart watch apps don't need to be all that complicated… so having a plethora of useless apps really doesn't appeal to everyone.

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