Fitbit Versa Review: Right balance between fitness & smartwatch

Fitbit Versa Review: Right balance between fitness & smartwatch


Fitbit has a brand new
wearable on the market called a Versa. Is it a smartwatch? Is it for fitness? Who should buy it, and does
it work with Windows 10? All that and more in my full review. Stay tuned. (upbeat music) (gentle chiming) So here it is, the Fitbit Versa. Let’s give a quick tour of the device. As you can see it’s very thin. It’s also very light,
coming in around 30 grams. Now compared to an Apple watch, it’s about the third of the weight of an Apple watch, and let me tell you that makes a huge difference if you’re wearing this everyday, especially if you go to the gym. Coming around to the side here, you can see here you have
the main power button. And you have two other
buttons on the side. This is a familiar design for Fitbit, they’ve been using it on
their last few devices. And you have a really nice display here, specifically it’s 300 by 300. And that’s actually a square resolution, and it’s the first time
they’re actually using that. And we compare it to the Fitbit Ionic, which came out last
year, that’s actually a 348 by 250 resolution,
so it’s more rectangle as opposed to square. That also means you get
more pixel density here on a Versa, and it totally
shows when you’re using it. The display is very good
and gets very bright. Now, this device also does
all sorts of cool things. For instance, it has the heart rate beater on there to give you all day measurement on your heart 24/7, including sleep data. And you have the charger on the back here, and we’ll show that in
a few minutes as well. And there are plenty of third-party bands available for Fitbit,
and that’s one of the big things I like is that
they have a large ecosystem and do a lot of work
with different partners. Having said that, I’m not a
huge fan of this mechanism now for changing the bands. It works, it’s a little pin,
and it pops right in there and you can hear it kinda
clicks and you’re good to go. Not too bad, it takes
maybe a minute or two to change, but it’s a little bit finicky, especially when compared to the Ionic, which just has a simple button release and just clicks back in. Way easier. I wish they’d kept that
along with the Versa, but they didn’t. So I wanna talk a little
bit here about lineage here before I go into deeper features here regarding this device. The Versa, some people have thought of as more of a sequel to the Ionic, which came out last year. You can go read my full review
of that on Windows Central. Having said that, it’s
more a sequel to the Blade, which I’ve also used
extensively for a long time. I said the Ionic is more
related to the Surge, that came out a number
of years ago, as well. The main dividing line here: This has standalone GPS, these do not, these are what’s called
connected GPS, so they rely on your phone to figure
out where they are. Does that matter for you? Well, it really depends,
do you run outside or not? I never do, folks, I just
don’t run a lot at all. I do use this, though, for bike riding. In that case, I always
have my phone with me, and these devices are very good for that. So what can you do with the Versa? Well it is kind of a smart watch, or at least has some
smart watch-like features. First of all, the main
feature is gonna be exercise. So you do have the ability to store up to seven different exercises that you use frequently,
and it’s just quick access, tap on it, and you can go. Now you can see it’s trying to connect to my phone for the GPS. If, however, you don’t want to use GPS, you can actually turn
that off in the settings, for that specific exercise. Other features include repeating
alarms, music, weather. And you can install a lot
of different apps too, including Pandora, you have
a wallet, Deezer, Starbucks, Yelp, and others. Now when it comes to music
it’s really interesting, you can have up to around 300
songs stored on the device. Now, installing music on
this is a little clunky. I felt like I was installing
music on a pre-iPod day, so you’ve gotta do it through a PC, that’ll take around 30
to 40 minutes to install all your music, but it’s
not a bad experience. Once it’s on there, you
can stream to your favorite Bluetooth headset while in the
gym for a totally hands-free experience, and it’s a very
liberating one as well. If, however, you don’t
want to use your own local music, you can also
do Pandora so long as you subscribe to their
program, and you can download the last three or four
channels that you can subscribe to, or you
can pick specific ones that you want to add to
the device, and then just stream music using that. And new to Fitbit OS 2.0
as support for Deezer, which if you’re in the United States, you’ve probably never heard of, but they’re very big in Europe. You can think of them as
another Spotify-like service, a lot of people like using them. You do need a subscription, of course, to use it here, but it’s
nice to have options. Still no support for
Spotify on this device yet but perhaps that’ll come later on. When it comes to charging the Versa, you do get this really nice stand that’s included in the box. It is USB. And Fitbit always changes the connectors on how they use these devices. It’s a little bit annoying if you collect all of them, like I do. But this actually is
one of the best stands I’ve seen from them. First of all, it’s an actual stand. If you’ve seen the Ionic, it’s just a plug that basically just
connects to the back of it, it’s magnetic, and it’s
not a very good experience. This instead, you squeeze the bottom, it opens up, and you drop in the device, and now it starts charging. Really nice, permanent
stand that even has a little bit of a bottom here so it
doesn’t slide around too much. So one of the reasons
I’m such a fan of Fitbit is they’ve been a big
supporter of Windows 10. In fact, they’ve been there since day one. This is the Windows 10 app. It also runs on Windows 10 mobile, HoloLens, and including Xbox, as well. And it allows you to sync up everything to the device through
Bluetooth on your PC, and it’s a very convenient experience. Now of course you can do this
on Android and iOS, as well, but it’s nice to be able to sync across all those devices
and be able to check in on your stats whenever you want to. As you can see here, I
have my full footsteps, I have my resting heart rate, my weight, how did I sleep, and all
of that other information. Very good, and you can even track things with your friends, and that’s really the big selling point with the Fitbit is, all your friends are
probably on it as well. It connects up through
Facebook and pulls in their data, and you can do
fun things like challenges. Okay, time for some real talk. So I’ve been using the
Versa now for the last week, I’ve used the Ionic since last summertime, and every other Fitbit since 2012. I really like this Versa. First of all, it’s very
comfortable to wear. It’s very light, it’s one
of the lightest devices they have made so far,
and it’s just a very nice-looking device too. I’ve had more people
excited about the looks of this device and interested in buying it than say, the Ionic,
which was very divisive. A lot of people just absolutely
hate the way it looks, that’s totally fine, but
this is a really good one. Now when it comes to battery life, it’s not as good as the Ionic. The Ionic’s gonna get
you around five days, this is more around three. Now I should put that a
little bit into perspective, too, that it also depends on
how much you’re working out. So if you’re gonna be
working out every day, that’ll be a little bit less. And if you’re also
gonna be streaming music from it, it can be a little bit rough. For instance, a two-hour workout while streaming music the entire time will knock about 25% of battery life off. Overnight, just by sleeping, you’re gonna take around 5% as well. So you can do the math there. It depends on how much you’re
going to be using this. Still, I’m very happy with it. It charges very quickly, too. So, overall, for what it does, it gets very good battery life. Don’t forget, the Apple watch only gets a day and a half on a new one, and that’s not nearly as good. In fact, it doesn’t do any
sleep recognition, either. And that for me is a selling
point here for the Versa. This sleep data is absolutely incredible, and I say that as someone who used to do sleep science and sleep
studies in New York City. Also, there’s very good heart rate stuff. Again, comparing it to
the Ionic, the heart rate here seems to update a
little bit more quickly than the Ionic does. And due to its size and being smaller, it hugs the wrist better;
it gets better data. The Ionic sometimes would
lose contact with me, I would have some issues. I don’t have that as much here. So the next question we have is, is this a smart watch? I get Fitbit is calling it that, and there’s some truth to it. It’s more of a smart watch than, say, the Blaze was last year. There’s a lot of good stuff here. There’s Deezer, there’s
Yelp, they work okay. But if you’re buying this because you want a smart watch first
and fitness is just not really a thing for you,
you probably should get something else, including the Android Wear or maybe an Apple watch
if that’s your thing. If, however, fitness
is your first priority, or you’re looking to get into shape and start something new,
I suggest definitely getting this device. Now, I’m not a huge smart watch person. This does do notifications,
especially on Android, they come in, and you can do it for all sorts of apps. In fact, you can go
through your entire list and pick what app you want
to have notifications from, and they worked very well. Later this spring there’ll be an update that allows users to
respond to notifications, which up until now has been missing from the platform, and that’s
pretty exciting as well. But I wouldn’t buy it just for that. Those are cool little bonuses for me, and it’s nice to have. If you really want that stuff, though, you would probably want
to get something different as this is more of a smart watch second. Having said that, I really
do like the fact that they bought Pebble a few years ago. That community is now coming over, and there are so many
cool watch design faces you can now download for
this device and the Ionic that make it worth it for me. In fact, I’m still
shocked on the Apple watch there are so few faces that are out there compared to what’s available here, and you’ll spend a lot
of time toying around and figuring out what you wanna use, and that’s a cool feature to have. So another thing I wanna talk about is the special edition of the Versa, which costs an extra $30 and has NFC tap to pay and a special nylon band. Is it worth it? Well, that’s going to depend on you have tap to pay systems around you. Believe it or not, I don’t. I live in Massachusetts,
outside of Boston. I have never seen one
of these systems around. In fact, in six months of using the Ionic, I never used tap to pay once, not to mention there’s only some banks that work with Fitbit Pay,
which is their system. Bank of America does, that’s what I use, and I suppose it works. Now, I will say this nylon band, though, is super cool. I love the color of it,
I love the design of it. It worked well even at the gym. It’s very breathable, it’s
very comfortable to use and very light. And more importantly, you
can’t buy this band separately. In that regard, yeah, I
would get this version because I kinda really
like the design of it. And you also get the
regular band with it too, so for an extra $30, probably worth it. Okay, let’s run down the list here. I’m very excited about the Fitbit Versa. I think it’s an excellent purchase. For $200, you’re getting
a lot of device here. First of all, you’re going to get very good battery life. You’ll very get good heart rate data, you’ll get sleep analysis, and you will get exercise things, and you also get a little
bit of smart watch features, which I wouldn’t buy
this for a smart watch, but it’s cool to have. It’s also just a fun device to use and won’t be cumbersome
at all in your lifestyle. There’s also the fact it
works with Windows 10 mobile, Windows 10, iOS, and Android,
so no matter which device you switch to in the future,
this will work with it. So the bottom line is this. If you’re into technology
and you want a cool wearable, and you wanna get into fitness,
I think the Fitbit Versa is the best choice on the market today. So there’s a quick look
at the Fitbit Versa. Now, I have a ton to say on this device, so if you want more information on it, or if you want more videos on it, let me know in comments below. You can also go to Windows Central to read my full review. If you liked this video,
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84 comments

  1. Hi Dan, that's Versa work with Windows mobile10? Привет с берега Байкала из России))

  2. best review yet , i am considering one to leave the dead android wear eco system , got moto 360 since late 2015 but i need something with better support ,android watches are forgotten with bad battery life

  3. How many people actually sync to windows 10 and now to their phone, it just seems a lot easier with your phone

  4. You state that this is about a third of the weight of the Apple Watch. I just checked and the aluminum 42mm GPS Series 3 Apple Watch comes in at 32.3 g. So with the Versa at about 30 g then this is not a third of the weight. I also check the stainless steel 42mm Apple Watch comes in at 52.8 mm. Source: https://support.apple.com/kb/SP766?viewlocale=en_IE&locale=en_IE

  5. I'm so disappointed after years of using Fitbit – design of these devices since Pebble is awful. Also platform is so closed that I feel bad that I invited so many people to community and now if somebody wants different device is out.

  6. Deezer is very popular in Brazil too.

    Daniel is handsome 😉 Too bad he's always wearing a lot of clothes. 😆

  7. I like it but not willing to pay more than 100$ for a smart band or smart watch but just because I don't usually wear watches.

  8. Can i control music playing locally on my phone with this? And i'm talking about actual picking by artist etc, not just play/stop and next/previous track functionality.
    If not, what would be a good smartwatch for this purpose?

  9. Blaze charger holds the screen inside a case, pretty hard to screw up honestly. How is that a bad experience?

  10. My Series 2 Apple Watch easily gets 2 days of battery life, including a 1 hour long workout each of those days.

  11. Great review, how's the strength of the vibration notifications? The Ionic vibration intensity was near non-existentstant, even on the strong setting. How is it on the Versa?

  12. You can’t activate the Versa on your Fitbit account unless you remove the Ionic. Why would Fitbit prevent its loyal customers from buying and using its 2 most recent and expensive products simultaneously?

  13. Great review, probably the best, most thorough review on the Versa and I have seen at least half a dozen, pretty solid reviews. I really wish they had Spotify support. I will probably ask for that gray special edition one (I love the band too) for father's day to replace my Blaze. I have a decent face set on my Blaze, but I do wish they had a lot more options. I like that the Versa has so many options. I do wish the band change out on the Versa was a bit better, but it doesn't look awful. When I wore regular watches, I had half a dozen to go between, so I like being able to change things up and change my Blaze band almost daily. The sleep tracking is also important to me, which is why the charge daily smart watches aren't appealing.

  14. Thanks, loved the review. I d love to know what exercising apps you can install ,if you can get HR alerts or running programs ( as ypu can with polar ) Thnaks!

  15. Point of clarification… I easily get 3 days battery on my Apple watch series 3… Almost 4. But, yes no sleep tracking on it.

  16. Great Review, good points.
    Though I wanted to point out youu say it works for every device, yet the Google Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL are still not on their Compatibility List at this time. The only reason I'm holding off on buying this watch is for the possibility of it having issues (either immediately or down the line) with my Pixel 2. It seems hit or miss on those phones with FitBits previous watches.
    I am interested in knowing if, with the purchase of Pebble, this watch is more developer friendly for any possible customization.

  17. Do you know if it can connect to Bluetooth heart rate chest straps for more accurate heart tracking during workouts?

  18. I too am a Blaze owner and it is still working quite well for me. This looks pretty neat but I'm just wondering how much of an upgrade it would be to get the Versa. Seems like it's just watch faces and maybe better heart-rate sensor (and notification actions later) for now? Oh and I believe it is waterproof, that's big for me as a swimmer

  19. Never seen app to pay? MANY terminals accept it. Panera, Trader Joe's. It even works at the mom & pop supermarket near me.

  20. Mist the thing like the Ionic, Personal data must be sent to the US, when registering with the community, otherwise no registration. Facebook says hello, and for such a product make advertising, Fitbit is in the verse as little as in the Ionic. Thousands of apps have been promised at the Ionic to date only about 40 and that are mostly for the US music playing is not! You should not let yourself be miscued as a salesman, just because the crap gets money here! Yes and answer the questions? But you can not!

  21. Thanks for the info but at this time the Apple X and Samsung S9 and S9+ don't work with the Versa. Spoke directly to Fitbit and this is what I was told.

  22. I'd still like to see the Microsoft Band 3 but I've been wearing FitBit since and I really like the platform. I might have to look into this device since I still have the pipedream of having a new Windows 10 Mobile one day. My 950XL is honestly just tired.

  23. I would be more interested in this device if it didnt have the heart rate monitor, I just dont see the point of them

  24. If your phone is not on the supported list, will the versa still sync with your phone? Dont really care if notofications dont work. Have a Huawei nova plus bout 3 years old.

  25. I'm a die hard Fitbit user and have been for years.
    It's a very interesting device.
    I'm somewhat torn between the Versa and the Ionic. Have to see and read more reviews before I decide. Leaning more towards the Versa, but we'll see what I decide to get.

  26. Hello from South Africa, I was a huge fan of the Charge 2 HR which I "Donated" to my fiance as she needed it for her Pilates. Her Alta HR did not pick up her Pilates. Since I have been using the Blaze which in my opinion is not in the same league. My question is this, how much difference would I notice between my Blaze and the Versa?

  27. I like my versa but for what it does it should have a lower price point. $300 cad for the special edition. It should do more. For instance allow music transfer from phone/tablet.

  28. Since when did Little Finger (from GoT) start doing reviews? Lol

    On a serious note… ended up with the Ionic over the Versa, but only because I got it on sale for $250

  29. Can this control music/podcasts you're streaming from your phone, like the Watch? Or does it have to be streaming from the Versa?

  30. I could not finish washing your video. I wish people would learn to annunciate properly. Leaving out the "t" in buTTon is horrible.

  31. Thanks for the review. I’ve been sporting the Alta for the past two years. It’s still going strong but I’m contemplating the Versa. I think this is what I’ve been waiting for. Kudos to Fitbit for remembering small wristed people ☺️

  32. I love my versa, especially the new clock face I just set which is “nothing special” you can change basically anything, including the colours 🙂

  33. Please make a comparison with the samsung gear pro fit 2
    Best buy have the samsung at 149$ but I am not sure if is better or the same as the Fitbit versa

  34. I’m getting the exact one you have this weekend!!! So excited. The only reason I’m getting the special edition is for the added band. Yippee!!! 😃😄😁😘😘
    Edit: I’ve had my Versa for a while. It’s very sleek, and I’ve managed to acquire many colored bands!!!!!! Loving it so far!!!!!

  35. Very good review but I’d like to add that a pandora paid subscription is only necessary if you want to load your music ONTO the Ionic but you CAN still stream a free Pandora account THROUGH the Ionic with ease.

  36. Great review! I also reviewed these on my channel! Great Product but i wish it came with built in GPS!

  37. Not mentioned: Likely activation in Q4 2018 of the already-present blood O2 (oxygen) sensor, which could assist in detecting conditions like sleep apnea.

  38. Horrible review. I came here to see your review and check to see if it's the right fitness tracker for my needs. No mention about how accurate the heart rate monitor is during running, hiking, cycling, swimming or weight lifting. Boring and disappointing channel.

  39. Fitbit Charge 3 vs Versa – A Comparison You Need To Check on Techwhiff
    Click here https://www.techwhiff.com/fitbit-charge-3-vs-versa/ to learn more

  40. I've been using with my Lumia830 windowsphone my MS band (black rectangular face with silicon band) but today the screen dropped off the top and the silicon has been wearing off the inside of the strap. looking for a decent replacement that has apps usage, connects to windowsphone and has interchangeable bands. Would prefer more of a band style as opposed to a watch style — this looks good apart from last comment? Any thoughts? Ewan

  41. Awesome video 💕 I’m really happy with how you can change the bands because the clicky thingy broke with my Fitbit charge 2 and that’s also how my aunt lost hers

  42. The fitness focus and lack of smartwatch distractions was one of the things I loved about the MS Band devices

  43. Am I the only one that buys something online and keeps on watching videos on it until It delivers to me ??😂😂😂😂

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