I’ve reviewed a bunch of Fitbit devices ever since it launched in South Africa back in 2013. If you want to know the basics of what these devices are capable of, check out my last extensive review on the Charge 2 as I won’t be getting into it all again. If you’re reading this review, by now you should be familiar with the brand and its capabilities.
Quick apology, I was meant to do this sooner but I’ve been traveling quite a bit and things got a bit crazy the last few weeks.
Anyway, this review is going to be a quick bullet point one, so here goes.
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[list_item icon=”arrow-right” icon_color=””]I like what the Fitbit Versa looks like, and yes, it is similar to an Apple Watch and sometimes you make mistaken it for one when you see it.[/list_item]
[list_item icon=”arrow-right” icon_color=””]I think a square-faced smartwatch works better, and the analogue style suits a round face.[/list_item]
[list_item icon=”arrow-right” icon_color=””]When I chose my review unit, I opted for the pink. I regretted it soon after because it’s too pink; just a personal choice.[/list_item]
[list_item icon=”arrow-right” icon_color=””]Sometimes it feels too tight on my wrists, so I adjust it in hopes it doesn’t affect the accuracy. This has more to do with my wrist size.[/list_item]
[list_item icon=”arrow-right” icon_color=””]There are a lot of custom faces you can choose from, instead of the regular Fitbit ones; nice to see third party options.[/list_item]
[list_item icon=”arrow-right” icon_color=””]It has grown into a platform of its own now but I don’t use other apps with it, and have not used the Deezer app. Prefer my existing music services.[/list_item]
[list_item icon=”arrow-right” icon_color=””]The watch does everything you’d expect a Fitbit to do wrt to tracking your movements and workouts, which is a winner for me. I don’t need the extra frills.[/list_item]
[list_item icon=”arrow-right” icon_color=””]An unbeaten feature for me is the 5 day battery life. I can go on quick business trips without packing another charging cable and dock.[/list_item]
[list_item icon=”arrow-right” icon_color=””]The app recently has been updated to support period tracking, if this is something women may find useful. It seems accurate.[/list_item]
[list_item icon=”arrow-right” icon_color=””]Not exactly new, but Fitbit Coach is like having a personal trainer on your wrists, perfect if you want to start a new routine.[/list_item]
[list_item icon=”arrow-right” icon_color=””]There is no GPS functionality on the Versa.[/list_item]
WHO IS IT FOR?
People always ask me if they should get a Fitbit or Apple Watch and considering both look similar, your decision should not be based on looks. If you value thorough tracking of your workouts, and want to be a part of leaderboard to compete with your friends, then Fitbit is the better option. It has a community feel to it and healthy competition is always good, especially if you’re the type who likes this sort of motivation.
If you’re just baked into the Apple ecosystem, then get the Apple Watch. I personally find that there is nothing making me wear my Apple Watch every day, there’s no rewarding aspect to use it for fitness. Everytime I updated or changed phones, I lost all my workout data – those rings showing your movement tracking, and it annoyed me. I know how to save it now but it’s too late, I lost a lot of data. Also I am aware I have a 1st-gen Apple Watch, the battery life is bad now, barely lasts a day.
Battery life, as mentioned above, on the Fitbit is a good 5 days. This works out perfectly for me when I travel on quick trips; I have one less charger to pack and reduce bulk. Also I do love the Fitbit app and the way the data is displayed.
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Welcome to Wired to the Web. My name is Nafisa Akabor and I’m a technology journalist covering business and consumer tech for the last 13 years. I’m passionate about start-ups, smartphones, mobile payments, travel tech and electric cars. I’m usually unashamedly taking food photos (@nafisaeats on IG).