Fitbit Versa Review: An Affordable Smartwatch

The ultimate Fitbit versa smartwatch review. Check out the features, pros, and cons of the Fitbit Versa Smartwatch.

Without giving it a serious thought, getting a smartwatch may seem redundant. However, this is not the case. Acquiring a smartwatch has many benefits.

Some of the benefits include; checking your notifications without removing your phone from your pocket or bag, picking a call using your phone, tracking your fitness routines, access to music, it offers security and you can use it for either traveling or navigation.

Fitbit Versa design

One of the most sought after smartwatches in the market currently is the Fitbit versa. We are going to explore its features and give you valid reasons why you should buy it.

Why we like it:

  • A fashionable accessory
  • Battery life up to 4 days
  • Just need an hour to fully charge
  • light and comfortable to wear
  • Can use to track different activities
  • You can access your favorite playlist through the smartwatch

Why we hate it:

  • No NFC
  • No in-built GPS
  • Cannot respond to texts or calls.

Fitbit Versa

The Fitbit versa was introduced by a health tech firm located in San Francisco. The company released the Fitbit Ionic then later released the Fitbit Versa.

Fitbit has broadened its scope from being an exclusive fitness and health tracking gadget to a complete smartwatch. The features of the Fitbit versa are listed below.

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Design

The Fitbit looks like the apple watch. Their oblique edges make it look much better than the apple watch. It has a square screen and a 45 degree shaped edge. It has a 1.34-inch display. The display is big enough for clarity, but not too big for a female's wrist.

Fitbit versa features

It is thin and sleek to allow you to wear other accessories. It has a beveled edge. The lower edge has the words Fitbit engraved on it.

The smartwatch has an aluminum case.  It makes the smartwatch light. The watch design allows it to lie flat on your wrist. It makes it comfortable to wear. The watchband straps are made from leather with a bit of perforated charcoal. They do not take up a lot of space.

The straps are easy to fasten. They offer a wonderful grip during your workout sessions. They are easily interchangeable. Different straps are made from different materials including metal, fabric, or silicon.

The color options available include; black aluminum with a black band, gold aluminum with a navy band, and gold with a punk band.

The smartwatch is water-resistant to depths of up to 50 meters.


Display

The 1.34-inch screen is made from corning gorilla glass 3. The corning gorilla glass 3 is scratch resistant. It does not break easily and can withstand pressure.

It has a high-resolution touchscreen. The screen radiates light of about 1000 nits. A nit is a standard unit for measuring the brightness or luminance of a screen display.

There is an improvement in touch response in the Fitbit versa compared to the Fitbit iconic. The commands are more fluid.


Operating System

The Fitbit versa uses the Fitbit operating system. It is compatible with devices running on Android 7.0 or higher. It is also compatible with devices running on Apple IOS 12.2 or higher.

Fitbit decided to ditch operating systems like apple watch Os and android's Google wear. They built their operating system from scratch.

They did this to enhance battery life, to allow cross-platform compatibility, and to customize their interface.


Battery Life

Its battery can last for days when in use. You can track your run, listen to your music, and follow your workout tutorials, and still, the battery lasts four days.

The smartwatch comes with a charger. The charger seems to be bigger than the watch itself.


Hardware

The Fitbit versa has sensors. It makes use of the application programming interface. Some of the sensors used in the Fitbit Versa smartwatch include;

  • Accelerometer

It measures the device’s acceleration.

  • Heart Rate Sensor

It measures your heart rate. The unit used to measure heart rate is beats per minute.

  • Barometer

The barometer sensor measures the atmospheric pressure.

  • Orientation Sensor

It measures the orientation of your device relative to 90 degrees.

  • Gyroscope

It measures your device’s angular velocity.

  • Microphone

The Fitbit versa 2 has a microphone. It enables you to call or respond to a text using voice. However, Fitbit versa does not have one.


Software

Fitbit versa software

  • Recco Rescue Technology

It has a rescue reflector technology to show rescuers where you are. The strap is durable. It can stay on during extreme activities.

  • Bluetooth

Bluetooth allows you to connect to your phone. You can also link the smartwatch to your headphones to listen to your favorite music as you work out.

  • Apps

You can access your apps directly from your watch with a simple touch.

  • On-Screen Workouts

Workouts can play and coach you during your workout sessions.

  • Notifications

The smartwatch is connected to your phone. You can receive notifications without removing your phone from your pocket or bag.

  • Wireless

You can sync your watch to a computer, IOS, or Android device.

  • Dashboard

The dashboard helps you to keep track of your activities.

  • Music

You can control your playlist from your smartwatch. You can also link it to your Deezer or Spotify playlist.

  • Fitness

The Fitbit Versa tracks the number of steps you take, your heart rate for 24 hours, the quality of your sleep, and calories burned. It shows time spent in different stages of sleep.


Performance

Fitbit versa performance

  • No GPS

The Fitbit Versa does not have an in-built GPS. You can get connected to GPS through your phone. Therefore, you need to carry your phone whenever you want to use the watch.

  • Always on Display Mode

The Fitbit versa display is always on. You can turn it off for a little discretion. It uses OLED display technology.

The AMOLED technology is an upgrade of the OLED display. An OLED display utilizes organic compounds to form a thin electroluminescent material.

  • Memory

It has a total capacity of 4 GB. The available space for both storage and RAM is 2.5 GB.

  • Screen Resolution

The Fitbit versa has a screen resolution of 348 by 250 pixels. The display has a luminance of 1000 nits.


Accessories

The Fitbit versa has new accessories to fit different activities.

  • Classic Bands

The bands are stain-resistant, waterproof, and comfortable. They are available in black, blue, gold, and olive colors.

  • Sport

The smartwatch has a sporty look. They are comfortable. They are perforated to make it breathable.

  • Fashion

The leather straps have perforated charcoal to add elegance to your look. The watch fits any type of style you choose.


Comparison

The Fitbit Versa and the Fitbit versa 2 have some similarities. However, some properties were improved to make Fitbit Versa 2 a proper smartwatch. Below are some of the similarities and differences;

SpecificationsFitbit VersaFitbit Versa 2
DisplayLCDAMOLED display
BatteryFour days of battery lifeFive days of battery life
Screen size1.34 inches1.34 inches
MicrophoneNo microphoneHas a microphone
PaymentFitbit pay on limited editionsFitbit pay on all versions
Smart assistantNo assistantHas Alexa
Always-on displayNo, always onAlways on

Conclusion

The Fitbit versa has all the right features for your health and fitness needs. It can track your fitness levels and your sleep patterns.

Its performance is excellent. Its battery can stay for four days after charging it for just an hour. All other aspects of the smartwatch-like memory, display, hi-resolution, and operating system support the functions of the Fitbit versa.

It has a few drawbacks. It has no microphone and GPS. The always-on display can be annoying. It is a relatively cheaper smartwatch. You can achieve a lot with it on your wrist.

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