• Sensors: Altimeter, 3-axis accelerometer & gyroscope, GPS, Optical Heart Rate Monitor, NFC
  • Usage Time: 4+ days
  • Connectivity: Bluetooth 4.0, Wi-Fi
  • Display: 1.34-inch LCD
  • Materials: Stainless steel tracker, elastomer band
  • Dimensions: 24.07 x 24.07 mm
  • Pros:
  • Smaller, fits more wrists
  • Slightly more affordable
  • Cons:
  • Slight connectivity issues
  • No built-in GPS

Versatility Inbound

As teased, the Fitbit Versa is finally in Malaysia. Unlike the previous Fitbit Ionic, the Versa is sleeker and thinner, perfect those with smaller wrists. Speaking of being more feminine, the watch also comes packaged with a unique feature for the female users. It is capable of tracking period cycles, provided that you log it in with the Fitbit app. It will then predict your next cycle and allows you to plan according to your fertility.

That aside, it still functions as a normal smartwatch for all genders as it is not designed just for females. Features introduced with the Ionic include changing watch faces, displaying notifications, alarms, changing your music on your phone, and playing music (via Deezer or storage). In some countries, you can even make payment with your watch via NFC.
You can also store music on the watch, although the process of transferring music to the watch is slightly annoying. Now, if Fitbit included more music apps, such as Spotify that allows offline music play, it will be much better. To play music from the watch, you’ll require a pair of Bluetooth capable earphones. This will allow you to exercise without the need of a phone or even a wallet (when we have local banks authorised).

Throughout our review, we found that the Versa syncs to your smartphone with a little bit more consistency compared to the Ionic, but the Bluetooth connection takes a strange hit. It randomly disconnects every now and then, but luckily by restarting the Versa or your phone’s Bluetooth, the device will reconnect again without much issues.

However, if you wish to accurately track your running route, you will have to bring your phone along. Since the Versa is not equipped with a built-in GPS, it utilises your phone’s GPS to track your running route and so on. By doing so, it enables the Versa to be slightly thinner and last longer. During our test, we did manage to make it last four days before needing a charge, and that is with minimal notifications, tracking and usage.

CHIP CONCLUDE: An improved attempt from Fitbit to create a better smartwatch. It’s filled with more features to improve your health and daily life.

(previously published in issue June 2018)