This is the new Fitbit Versa, Fitbit’s latest smartwatch sliding in below the Fitbit Ionic at $199.
The packaging is fairly simple and very Fitbit. Once you crack open into the box, you can see the watch at the top and a Quick Start Guide in the bottom. And below that Quick Start Guide, you’ll find an extra black rubber band for larger sized wrists and the charger, which uses a pin-style connector rather than a magnetic type and that’s about it.
The Fitbit Versa is a pretty small and light package. The non-NFC version, it’s comprised of an LCD display touchscreen, built-in accelerator, gyroscope, optical heart rate sensor, altimeter, ambient light sensor, vibration motors, and Wi-Fi and Bluetooth connectivity all built into a tiny package. All of that and a promise of four plus days of battery life sounds pretty bold. The Fitbit Versa is also water-resistant up to 50m, which now opens the Fitbit Versa for swim tracking.
For $200, it seems like a steal when compared to the likes of the Apple Watch. But there are some downsides. For example, the lack of built-in GPS comes to mind. But it does have a few ups on the Apple Watch, such as built-in storage for music. You can store around 300 songs on the Versa and connect Bluetooth headphones directly to it, which would require you to have AirPods and an Apple Music subscription on an Apple Watch series 3 with cellular.
So I’m definitely interested in giving this a run over the next few days, put it into my workout routines and see how it performs.