The Fitbit Versa Smartwatch

14 March, 2018, 01:01 | Author: Courtney Reynolds
  • Fitbit Versa brings female health tracking and a much-improved design

We've only known the American fitness tracker veteran was planning to unveil its second-ever smartwatch for a couple of weeks or so, and of course, all the rumors have been proven accurate today. The Fitbit Versa (short for "Versatile") comes with almost all the features its bigger sibling, Ionic has but costs only $199.

But it will take more than a rose gold redesign to convince women to splurge on a smartwatch. As such, Fitbit will be debuting female health tracking in the app. Fitbit told me that 25% of women it surveyed were already using some form of menstrual cycle tracking, and adding the capability to its devices was one of the top five requests from Fitbit's female users.

The Versa also supports a variety of standard Fitbit features, including 24/7 health tracking, the ability to load music directly onto the built-in storage, and automatic sleep detection. The Versa is now available for pre-order on Fitbit's site and with global availability starting in April.

Then theres Ftibit Pay – available on all European Versa watches, but Americans will need to get the pricier Versa Special Edition, which includes an extra NFC chip necessary for Pay to work. Unlike the Ionic, it has no Global Positioning System and loses a day's battery life (four days, rather than five), which doesn't seem like a bad trade off given it's £199.99 compared to the Ionic's £299.99. Series 1: Which Apple Watch is right for you?

Little is known about the internals of the Fitbit Versa, but so far in our short testing time we've found it to load apps and dash between screens speedily. First, there's the Fitbit Versa, a $199 smartwatch that can do nearly everything that the Ionic, Fitbit's $299 smartwatch that was released this past October, can do. You'll get a three-month Deezer trial with the Versa.

Fitbit sees the Versa's design as the basis of a new design language it can use for future devices. It will ship this April. The Special Edition model costs $229.95, but that also gets you a really nice woven band in either charcoal (pictured above) or lavender colors.

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On the front there's a touchscreen display for navigating the Fitbit OS, with some thick bezels around the side.

It's not a groundbreaking innovation, but giving you dynamic cycle predictions allows you to log your symptoms easily and mark when you're likely to be less active.

Sleep tracking is, of course, also back. There's even female-specific health tracking to help women keep tabs on their menstrual cycle. You can also transfer your own music to the Versa much like the Ionic.

Chase said Fitbit wants these reminders and guidance to feel like the company is having a conversation with you about your health and fitness, rather than it nagging you to hit your step goal. Right now there's not a huge selection on there apart from apps and watch faces made by Fitbit, but we're starting to see a few more big name apps like Strava and Starbucks coming to the platform.

The Fitbit Versa actually marks the company's third attempt to make a fully-featured smartwatch, with the previous two releases failing to catch on to the extent that they had hoped.

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