When the boss sent in the request to review a new Fitbit, I am psyched up for a new heart-rate monitor strap. Then the Fitbit Versa, in its pink and rose gold glory, pop into the review queue. This, according to reports, is a very popular shade; hence why this specific review unit comes in that specific colour. Interestingly, it doesn’t look too out of place on my hand. More importantly, it’s near weightless and, at times, I forgot that there is a wearable on my wrist.
I’m a long-time user of the Fitbit Charge 2 and that, personally, is pretty light device. Even so, it only offers three features: fitness tracking, message and call alerts from the smartphone it connects to, and reminders to keep fit. With the Fitbit Versa, a whole new world of functionality is available. After all, its name is a derivative of versatile. Beyond the health tracker, this literal smartwatch offers progressive user controls and activity recommendations. This includes streaming music from this next-gen wearable and planning out an exercise regime.
It’s More than Pebble
There is more to the Fitbit Versa than its predecessors. As most can quickly surmise, this is direct follow-up from the Pebble acquisition. Indeed, the Fitbit Versa is all about being ready to be on-the-go. For some, this is the ‘What could’ve been’ moment for Pebble. For most, like me, this is the best answer to the smartwatch and wearable debate. There’s still room for growth with this Fitbit – on-demand mobile payments and offering exclusives to the fairer gender. If anything, this is a huge step up.
Verdict: The Fitbit Versa is more than what many will expect of it.
(Text: Led Wayline)