Another month, another review. Fitbit surprised me last month by launching the Fitbit Versa — yet another smartwatch — just after they launched the Ionic.
The Fitbit Versa is Fitbit’s lightest smartwatch yet. It comes in two editions. The Special Edition retailing at P15,590 has two colorways: lavender woven band with a rose gold watch case, or charcoal woven band with a graphite watch case. If that pinches your wallet a little too much, the Regular Edition goes for P13,890 in three flavors: black case with a black band, a silver case with a grey band, and a rose gold case with a peach band.
The Special Edition comes with an extra black rubber/plastic wristband, which I found better suited to a more active lifestyle.
And so, I’m going to take you through everything that I saw in this watch: the things that I’ve noted, the things that I loved, and probably things that might need improvement as well. So, watch this!
The Fitbit Versa is more for the person who likes to get their exercise in, but also has a life outside of sports, or exercise. A person who likes exercising, who likes hitting the gym, but probably would also have a lot of use for a smartwatch.
(It’s supposed to be their answer to the Apple Watch, but since I neither own an iPhone or an Apple Watch I can’t really speak as to its competitiveness in this category.)
The Versa and the Ionic work off the same OS, and they’ve undergone a few upgrades since my previous review. This latest update included:
Quick Replies for Android smartphones
Female Health Tracking
On-device Dashboard for easy access to health and fitness data
Deezer music streaming
Fitbit Coach workout app
The main difference between the Versa and the Ionic is that the Ionic had an internal GPS tracker while the Versa needs to connect to your phone to use the phone’s GPS. This is what Fitbit calls Connected GPS, and it’s used this technology
in previous devices like the Charge 2, in my experience.
It’s got a four-day battery life, which is just a hair under the Ionic’s five-day battery life.
The Versa is also not too bulky, which I found the Ionic to be, slightly. I forgave the bulkiness in the Ionic because I compared it to other sports GPS watches, and the Ionic was a sleeker version. But the Versa is like a stylish wristwatch that takes its cue from the Pebble fitness tracker which Fitbit acquired a few years back. And a lot of people who used Pebble back then have commented that the Fitbit Versa has taken that form factor of the Pebble and given it Fitbit’s ecosystem of apps and software.
So, all-in-all, it’s a pretty solid lifestyle fitness watch. I think maybe the biggest issue that I had with this watch was the Connected GPS because, as everyone knows, Connected GPS is not as accurate as dedicated GPS for your watch.
The two times I ran with it outdoors, the watch was able to record the distance, but when you look at the GPS data and the map it doesn’t have the entire shape of the route, or it kind of ends in a weird place so it doesn’t show parts of the run.
Like I said, if you’re a lifestyle athlete, somebody who likes exercising and likes being able to track their workouts but you’re not as obsessive about your data as some of us “feeling professional athlete” types are, then the Versa is just the right watch for you.