Fitbit Versa

7.9/10 AVG.
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  • Fitbit Versa
  • Fitbit Versa
  • Fitbit Versa
  • 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


Specification

Brand Fitbit
Warranty 24 months

The "1-Minute" Review

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


PCWorld

New look, better price, same limits

from PCWorld

If its predecessor was the wearable that showed that Fitbit had the chops to make it in the smartwatch market, this is the one that you’ll actually probably want to buy.

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If its predecessor was the wearable that showed that Fitbit had the chops to make it in the smartwatch market, this is the one that you’ll actually probably want to buy.

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TrustedReviews

A far more refined product

from TrustedReviews

There’s plenty to like about the Versa, from its generous range of tracking capabilities to its slick design and outstanding battery life, but Fitbit needs to improve its smart capabilities and app selection.

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There’s plenty to like about the Versa, from its generous range of tracking capabilities to its slick design and outstanding battery life, but Fitbit needs to improve its smart capabilities and app selection.

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Expert Reviews

Slick, stylish, but not that smart

from Expert Reviews

Overall, there’s a lot to like about the Fitbit Versa. It looks and feels better than any other smartwatch that I’ve tested under £200, it’s considerably lighter and less bulky than all of its rivals, and then there’s the outstanding battery life.

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Overall, there’s a lot to like about the Fitbit Versa. It looks and feels better than any other smartwatch that I’ve tested under £200, it’s considerably lighter and less bulky than all of its rivals, and then there’s the outstanding battery life.

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Tech Guide

Affordable smartwatch that’s like a personal trainer

from Tech Guide

An impressive entry-level smartwatch that delivers a lot of bang for your buck. With the exercise tracking and apps on board, it's like having a personal trainer on your wrist.

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An impressive entry-level smartwatch that delivers a lot of bang for your buck. With the exercise tracking and apps on board, it's like having a personal trainer on your wrist.

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The Next Web

The first smartwatch I can recommend to most people

from The Next Web

I still think Fitbit would’ve been better off just tacking features onto the late Pebble OS, but the fact remains the Versa is a good-looking smartwatch and excellent fitness tracker at a very reasonable price.

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I still think Fitbit would’ve been better off just tacking features onto the late Pebble OS, but the fact remains the Versa is a good-looking smartwatch and excellent fitness tracker at a very reasonable price.

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Recombu

Feature-packed smartwatch

from Recombu

While the Versa is slightly lacking in performance and some bits can be a little clunky, there’s no denying that the Versa is a seriously slim and feature-packed smartwatch. The only thing we miss is built-in GPS support, but the affordable £199 asking price more than makes up for that.

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While the Versa is slightly lacking in performance and some bits can be a little clunky, there’s no denying that the Versa is a seriously slim and feature-packed smartwatch. The only thing we miss is built-in GPS support, but the affordable £199 asking price more than makes up for that.

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ZDNet

Finally, a smartwatch that can make Fitbit proud

from ZDNet

It's nice to finally have a reliable and affordable alternative that works across multiple platforms. I have zero hesitation in recommending the Versa. Welcome to the smartwatch race, Fitbit. It's about time.

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It's nice to finally have a reliable and affordable alternative that works across multiple platforms. I have zero hesitation in recommending the Versa. Welcome to the smartwatch race, Fitbit. It's about time.

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TechRadar

An affordable alternative to the Ionic

from TechRadar

While its feature set isn’t quite on par with that of its bigger brother the Ionic, the Fitbit Versa feels like the same watch but with a lighter and friendlier design and a much lower price point.

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While its feature set isn’t quite on par with that of its bigger brother the Ionic, the Fitbit Versa feels like the same watch but with a lighter and friendlier design and a much lower price point.

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Mobile Syrup

Fitbit’s best, most accessible smartwatch

from Mobile Syrup

If Fitbit’s only goal with Versa was to make a more affordable smartwatch, then the company succeeded with flying colours. Missing features and all, Versa is the company’s best smartwatch to date, and it comes at a price that makes it so much easier to recommend than the company’s previous smartwatch efforts.

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If Fitbit’s only goal with Versa was to make a more affordable smartwatch, then the company succeeded with flying colours. Missing features and all, Versa is the company’s best smartwatch to date, and it comes at a price that makes it so much easier to recommend than the company’s previous smartwatch efforts.

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Alphr

Cheaper and nearly as good as the Ionic

from Alphr

While all these minor gripes mean it isn’t as slick as the Apple Watch, the Fitbit Versa comes surprisingly close. Keen runners and cyclists will be better served by a watch with GPS inside but the Versa is something you can wear every day without being conscious of the lump of silicon, glass and plastic on your wrist.

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While all these minor gripes mean it isn’t as slick as the Apple Watch, the Fitbit Versa comes surprisingly close. Keen runners and cyclists will be better served by a watch with GPS inside but the Versa is something you can wear every day without being conscious of the lump of silicon, glass and plastic on your wrist.

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