The Fitbit Versa was the game-changer model with a winning mix of wellness features and fashion at a compelling price point. So what does the company do as a follow-up to this successful fitness tracker?
Why, the Versa 2, of course. Fitbit announced that the follow-on product will be launched at $318. The Versa Lite, a lower-cost update to the original, is now available for $208. The question is: Should you?
I think so. I’ve been testing the Versa 2 for more than 2 weeks, and it’s sleek and smart – a worthy follow-up to the Versa, with enough upgrade in both form and function to keep Fitbit in the thick of the smartwatch market.
Here are a few of my favourite features:
My top 3 Fitbit Versa 2 features
Battery life: If you care about tracking your sleep quality as I do, then multi-day battery life is a must. Because you can’t charge the watch overnight – you need to wear it. According to Fitbit APAC Product Marketing Manager, Fern, Singapore is once again among the world’s most sleep deprived countries, ranking third in a study of sleep patterns of Fitbit users worldwide, getting just 7 hours and 5 minutes of shut-eye a night, Singapore came in among the bottom three countries in terms of total sleep, beaten only by India (7 hours 1 minute) and Japan (6 hours 47 minutes).
As Fitbit ‘s longtime user, I owned the original Versa and previously the Ionic, Fitbit’s debut smartwatch – both of which offer fantastic battery life of 3 to 4 days depending on how my activity level. With the Versa 2, it delivers “6-plus” days. With battery life that good, dropping the device onto the charger when you shower each day seems to be enough to keep you from ever having to worry about whether you’ve got enough juice for the next 24 hours.
The new, longer battery life gave Fitbit the confidence to add the option for an always-on watch face. Of course, the always-on display shortens the time between charges. In my testing, the always-on display on the brightest setting lasted more than two days, which means it won’t compromise your sleep tracking.
Fitbit APAC Product Marketing Manager, Fern Nguyen shares that younger Fitbit users aged between 18 and 25 went to bed the latest – 12.33am – and got 7 hours 27 minutes of sleep per night on average, waking up at 8am on average.
Sleep tracking, Fitness, Female Health:
The Versa 2 in this sense doesn’t differ much from the first Versa. With it you get:
- All-day activity (steps, heartrate, distance, calories burned, floors climbed, active minutes, hourly activity)
- 24/7 heartrate tracking
- Automatic workout detection
- 15+ exercise modes
- Reminders to move
- Guided breathing sessions
- Female health tracking
- Sleep tracking and stages
- Cardio fitness level
- On-screen workouts
I especially love how their heart-tracking and exercise modes just fit with my workout style and it just starts tracking once it detects movement. Super smart! While the Versa 2 doesn’t count reps for weightlifting, I do like the on-screen timer, current heartrate, and calories-burned estimation. It’s all I need at the gym.
Your resting heart rate is a number you may not think about very often. But what if I told you it’s one of the most important numbers you should know. Not only can your resting heart rate be used to track your fitness level and target your workouts, but it can also alert you to a variety of potential health issues. So get to know your resting heart rate—and what’s normal for you—through the Fitbit app and then learn how it can help inform your health.
According to Fitbit, a normal resting heart rate for the average adult is 60 to 100 beats per minute (bpm) or 40 to 60 bpm for highly conditioned athletes. If you’re sedentary most of the day, your RHR likely approaches or exceeds the top end of this range. This may be because your heart is less efficient. The good news? By regularly engaging in moderate to vigorous aerobic activities (brisk walking, biking, swimming), you will help your heart become more efficient at pumping blood, plus you might shed a few pounds, all of which will lower your resting heart rate over time. Even modest reductions in resting heart rate can dramatically reduce your risk of cardiovascular disease and add years to your life!
FYI, mine is 43.
The AMOLED Screen: The display on the Versa 2 is stunning. Blacks are genuinely black now, and the myriad of watch faces just pop. While there is still a rather thick bezel because of the black AMOLED effect, the boundary between bezel and screen is nearly invisible. This optical illusion is especially true if you opt for a watch face with a black background.
The curved Gorilla Glass 3 also helps as the edges sweep away, giving a pleasant jewel-like reflection. It is also exceptionally smooth, and my finger glides on it nicely versus some other wearables. It all feels premium.
The always-on-display is interesting. Users are given two styles to choose from – one digital, the other analog. It’s a simple white clock with options to display steps and other data or keep it clean with just the time.
As a fan of the original Versa, all the changes with Versa 2 are welcomed and enjoyable. For those new to Fitbit or coming from an older Ionic or Charge, the new Versa 2 will be a breath of fresh air. It’s fast, feels great, gets excellent battery life, and you are getting the best health tracking on the market.
The Fitbit Versa 2 brings a more refined and improved experience making it an excellent upgrade from the older Fitbits or those new to the Fitbit family. The $318 price is accessible, the display is excellent, and the battery life will run the week. There’s simply no better health and fitness wearable on the market for those new to exercise to those with years of experience.