Product Name: Fitbit Versa 2
Overall Rank: 4/5
Price: 199.95 USD (on Amazon.com)
Best Place To Buy: Amazon and Fitbit Online Store
Guarantee: 1 year with Fitbit
Launched in late August of this year, the Fitbit Versa 2 is now available to purchase since a couple of months already. With price tag identical to the previous model, the Versa 2 got great new improvements like 6 days battery life and added features like female tracking or Amazon’s Alexa support. Let’s break down what does this watch bring to the table with this review. Let’s go!
What’s in the Box
Right from the bat you can see that this watch has been ”pimped” compared to his predecessor, the Fitbit Versa. The new model look slick with more smooth rounded edge making it a little more appealing.
Versa 2 Watch
2 sizes wristbands (small and large)
Charger (with dock)
Instructions to download the Fitbit App
Hardware and Design
The watch case shape has been slightly redesigned and looks more smooth. The kind of look like the Apple Watch… Beside that, the watch seems to be very similar to his predecessor.
Unboxing the watch is not ”sexy” like Apple Watch by example but once you wear the watch, you won’t regret it. It is comfortable and looks great on the wrist. With the smooth rounded edges, the Versa 2 looks sharp on the wrist. Feeling classy and discrete in my opinion.
The 300 x 300 Colorful AMOLED display (25.07 mm x 25.07 mm body) is also touchscreen so you can navigate easily through the menus. Something that was already working well on the previous model. This smartwatch also let you display your real-time fitness data all day on the screen. Good for intense users.
Having two sizes of wristbands is a plus even if the design and material looks like the original Versa. What stands out when you have a Fitbit is the possibility of customizing the wristband how you like it. They have a bunch of models that can be purchased as an option.
Many types of optional wristbands are available for the Fitbit Versa 2 (Picture Credits: Fitbit).
Are you a classic type of person or a more sporty one? The world is yours ! Having to tweak the body of the watch with the wristband can be fun. Isn’t? 🙂
The charger for the Fitbit Versa 2 looks exactly the same as the one from the original Versa (and Lite) but seems to different if we look into the Fitbit store. Some users are saying that this new charger is worse than the previous one due to charging instability or cable too short. Does it really matter to me? Not really. You know you need to be ”gentle” with wearable tech !
Charging cable with dock for the Versa 2 (Credits: Fitbit).
It takes up to 2 hours to fully charge the Versa 2 and the battery autonomy has now been boosted to 6 days (compared to 4 days for the Versa). The Lithium-polymer battery will last more than 2 weeks if you use the Versa 2 as a standard watch (no notifications, Bluetooth/Wi-Fi connections or use of fitness features).
Waterproof (50 meters)
The Versa 2 is once again waterproof up to 50 meters of immersion, so no problem if you want to wear it while swimming or taking a shower. Still, Fitbit doesn’t suggest you use the Versa 2 in hot water like in a sauna or hot tub. This could create inside condensation. It did happen to me once!
Always-On Display Mode
This new display mode will allow you to see your workout stats and check the time with just a glance.
Logging your period, record your symptoms and compare your cycle is what any woman needs. Using the Fitbit app you can store and get more insights and suggestions from Fitbit medical team.
No more need of synchronizing data with cable. Everything is done via Bluetooth for faster sharing.
24/7 Heart Rate Tracking
Continuous HR tracking shown over time and with real time HR zones.
This Fitbit feature record automatically every exercise that the watch sense. Exercises like swimming, running or aerobic workouts are recorded and shown using the Fitbit app.
Cardio Fitness Level
Like my TomTom Spark 3 Watch, the cardio fitness level evaluate your fitness level and can tell you how to improve over time.
Sleep Tracking (and Sleep Score)
This feature helps you monitor and check how your sleep is each night in light, deep and REM sleep stages. The app will also help and improve your sleep with some tips.
All Day Activity
Track steps, HR, distance, calories burned, floor climbed, active minutes, hourly activity and stationary time
Ability to see an ongoing workout directly on the watch while you are performing each exercise.
Software and Apps
For the first time the Versa 2 is now compatible with Amazon Alexa support, to be able to control smart devices or ask for the weather or set timers. Thanks to the new built-in microphone.
If you purchase the Special Edition version of the Versa 2 you also get a 3-month trial of Fitbit Premium. The Premium version of the app allows you to have access to guided programs depending on of your needs, advanced insights and sleep tools and dynamic workouts. Premium is available for most of the Fitbit models.
Did you ever though about paying your grocery or a gift with your watch? Well, don’t look further. Fitbit Pay is one of the best technology that give access to your credit and debit cards with your wrist. A great addition since the original Versa didn’t include this feature. Fitbit assures that this method is protected against fraud 100%. To be able to use Fitbit Pay the store need to have the ‘Paypass” symbol.
Music on your wrist
Another new feature on the Versa 2 is the capability to store music data, playlists and podcasts on the watch. Fitbit will get a lot of happy clients with this one. Even if it seems a bit complicated to transfer your files from your PC to your Versa 2, this feature is something great to have. Once you pair your watch with some Bluetooth headphones you are ready to go.
Fitbit app and extra apps
As you may know the Fitbit App is a must to configure your watch and to check your post workout data. In the app you can get some insights about your health, change your watch face and much more. There’re tons of third party apps available for the Versa 2 (like the Versa 1). If you need the weather, it is there. Strava or Spotify? No problem. You can see the list of apps available by clicking here. Note: Some apps may not work with all Fitbit watches.
Pros and Cons
- Amazon’s Alexa Support is now included
- Battery life improved (compared to the Fitbit Versa)
- Waterproof and Lightweight
- Display brightness boosted and durable screen (Gorilla Glass 3)
- Music storage is now available
- More expensive compared to other brands that can offer the same
- No built-in GPS and No WiFi
- Sync is a MUST with Fitbit app for better fitness insights and setup
- Fitbit Pay doesn’t work with all banks. In Canada, it is even worse.
- You need a Spotify and Deezer premium accounts to download music into the watch
To finish let get this one straight, the Fitbit Versa 2 is definitely an upgrade to his predecessor. With is Alexa Support, better battery life and music storage new users will be happy. Still, comparing it to other brands with the same price tag it should deliver more. Why no built-in GPS? To save some battery life? I guess it is part true.
Also, make sure you know some tech stuff since you can’t setup your watch without linking it with a smartphone and Fitbit app. My stepmom has one and I had to configure everything for her (she’s 73 years old!). These things could drop the excitement to acquire a Fitbit. So make sure you make the good choice before purchasing your first Fitbit.
I hope you enjoyed my Fitbit Versa 2 review. Take a moment to drop a comment if you have any questions or if you have any experience with a Fitbit fitness watch.
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Stay active! Have a good one!
Alvaro ”Al” Paez