Fitbit's latest smartwatch attempt borrows heavily from Apple Watch design and features

Postado Março 13, 2018

The Versa is extremely slim and, according to Fitbit, it's the company's lightest metal smartwatch in the USA market. It's also £100 cheaper. The Fitbit Versa Special Edition will be available for Rs. 21,999. USA or Australian pricing has yet to be confirmed, so that may be a bit different when we hear from Fitbit. The biggest highlight here is the redesigned look which gets rid of the hard-edged build of the Ionic and opts for a more rounded, square frame which seems reminiscent of the Pebble Time. Fitbit claims it's made the lightest metal smartwatch sold on the USA market, and it's hard not to see some Pebble DNA in here.

There's a 1.34-inch screen which should be bright enough at 1,000 nits.

With a lower price than the Ionic and a much slimmer design, this may be a better smartwatch than Fitbit's first one for a lot of people.

The Ionic was an evolution of the Blaze, incorporating some of the design lines, while bringing it a little closer to the conventional in terms of looks. Becker explained that numerous parts of the design that interact with your skin are curved and made to appear and feel softer. It includes the PurePulse heart rate monitor on the back, alongside a Relative SpO2 sensor - which up until now has been pretty redundant. Fitbit also carries a couple of special edition versions, including charcoal woven/graphite aluminum and lavendar woven/rose gold aluminum.

The Versa also has a variety of bands to choose from beyond the regular silicone option, including leather, steel links, metal mesh and woven. It doesn't have a ton of sensors - step counting, sleep tracking, and keeping track of "active minutes" are the main functions - and it lacks a heart-rate monitor or Global Positioning System (i.e. if you want to track your kid's location, this isn't the tracker you want). The Versa will hold up to 300 songs in its internal memory, so you don't need to take your phone with you when you leave the house. USA users can also listen to Pandora.

When it comes to Fitbit Pay, the company's wearable payment service, the situation is a little. odd. You can store up to 90 apps on the device, which should be a sufficient capacity for most users. You'll be able to log your cycle and record symptoms like headaches and cramps.

Fitbit's latest smartwatch attempt borrows heavily from Apple Watch design and features

It's not a new concept, but having this easily available in the Fitbit app may help you understand fluctuations in your health and exercise regime better.

Fitbit will also start giving users guidance for menstrual cycles, ovulation, fertility and common misconceptions. Fitbit is bright and engaging, a pleasure to use and compatible with a great number of other services too.

The Fitbit Versa is surprisingly light, which might appeal to those who want to use the sleep tracking functions it offers. It's worth noting that these will become available across all Fitbit devices, but with a custom experience for Versa and Ionic owners.

Fitbit's move to a younger market is not the first for a fitness tracker. It promises to track workouts, sleep and overall health; its smartwatch features include displaying notifications, accessing a range of unique apps and, if you have an Android device, allowing you to quickly reply to text messages. Essentially, Fitbit has replicated the smartphone app's dashboard on your wrist. The Fitbit Ace arrives during the second quarter of 2018. But Fitbit hopes its focus on health and fitness - and its lower price point - will be key differentiators.

The Fitbit Versa will available from April 2018, pre-orders are now open priced at £199.99.