Fitbit Versa 2

Fitbit Versa 2

After weeks of extensive testing and putting the Versa through its paces, today, we’re reviewing the Fitbit Versa 2. With its beautiful and attractive design, there is more to it than meets the eye.

Battery Life
One of the biggest gripes with smartphones and watches, in general, is their poor battery life. Bigger AMOLED touch screens display and fancy user interfaces usually translate to higher battery usage in addition to daily user interactions and notifications. If you love wearing smartwatches and care about every single metric that they provide, a day of battery life is inadequate. Fitbit’s claim is 6+ days of battery life. In my use case, the Versa 2 on an average usage lasts between 3-4 days and this is while doing a 5-day one-hour workout. Keep in mind that I also have my phone notifications enabled and have a watch face with an always-on display.
The longer battery life allows the device to be used all day long without sacrificing certain metrics such as sleeping and activity tracking, and so forth. I usually charge mine while working every 3-4 days which is the most efficient time, especially that I’m already idle.

Alexa, phone, and music integration
The built-in Alexa feature is a great add-on and something new to the Fitbit line up. If you’re currently invested in Amazon and Alexa devices and lives within its ecosystem, this can be handy. Without having to talk directly to nearby devices, Alexa can be enabled with a press of a button. It’s a nice and welcomed feature.

Versa 2 also allows for music to be downloaded from Pandora or Spotify in addition to music controls which provides convenience and access away from the phone. The built-in storage allows for 300 songs to be downloaded for offline music playback.

One useful feature is the ability to text voice and reply to text messages right from the watch. There’s a slew of apps such as weather, Spotify, flight tracker among others that can be installed as well.

Health tracking
In addition to the steps tracking, calorie tracking, hourly activity monitoring, heart rate monitoring and floors climbed, the Versa 2 app also supports logging daily meals, water intake, and menstrual health tracking (for women). If you’re paying for a premium membership, there’s also guided programs within the app such as getting more sleep, run training among others to help you achieve your fitness goals. For example, if you want to get into a habit of restful sleeping, it will recommend multiple habits in order to achieve that goal. Once a goal has been set, a notification will be set up to facilitate the various reminders to keep you on track. While the watch tracks your sleeping score, the premium membership unlocks sleep analysis which breaks down the data and gives you more insights.

The workout tracking is possibly the most useful feature for me since it calculates the calories burnt and heart rate in real time. The watch indicates the zone (heart rate level) at which you are performing and pushes you to keep it within that targeted zone for a much effective work out session.

App and look
If you’ve spent enough time with other fitness trackers out in the market, you’ll appreciate Fitbit’s polished app interface. The data is well laid out and presented. As with many smartwatches in the market, Fitbit has a huge marketplace for clock faces and can be customized to your preference and needs. The various metrics can be tailored to which ones are more important to you. Fitbit has accessories and there are third-party vendors that sell wrist bands that can easily be changed according to your style and mood. Whether you want the classic look, a holiday-themed face, or a family photo on your wrist, there is something for everyone.

If you’re a premium member, there are fitness videos, meditation music, challenges, and programs to keep you motivated right within the app itself.

Unfortunately, the Versa 2 doesn’t have a built-in GPS, which means that it still needs to rely on your phone to keep track of your location. I also find replacing the wrist bands to be a hassle and can be time-consuming especially in a time crunch. The proprietary charger can also be problematic but this is not entirely specific to Versa 2 as other smartwatches are on a similar boat. This might be a non-issue but having multiple chargers to support all your devices especially when traveling can be cumbersome.

Compared to the Samsung Galaxy 2 and the newer Fitbit devices such as Sense and Versa 3 including the Apple Watch Series 6, Versa 2 is affordable and is worth purchasing at $180. The premium membership is $10 which is optional and can be added at any time to unlock additional features previously mentioned. If you’re a new premium member, the watch also comes with 3 free months trial to determine if it’s worth paying for.

The watch looks solid and has a premium feel to it not to mention the AMOLED display which is beautiful and bright. The biggest selling point for Versa 2 or Fitbit in general though is the user base and social aspect of it. Fitbit has built a strong community and friends base which allows for competition and additional encouragement among peers. You can discover and join groups that have a goal that is similar to yours as well as invite friends and family to make it fun and competitive.

Fitbit is also fitness-centric which is something that they’ve been perfecting for years starting with their software and mobile apps. The data is fairly accurate, has options for customizability, a polished app, and great battery life. It’s an amazing smartwatch but not without its shortcomings.

Let us know in the comments which fitness tracker or smartwatch are you using.

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Dennis Rongo
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Software Engineer with a passion for technology and fitness.

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