Fitbit Versa 2 Review

The Fitbit Versa 2 is a refined version of the older Fitbit Versa 2 and with its newest fitness features and upgraded design, Fitbit Versa 2 is a terrific fitness watch, which comes at an affordable price unlike other smart watches.

Unlike most other smart watches, the Versa 2 isn’t looking to replace your phone but simplify and assist you track your health and fitness, and it does these with great dexterity by bridging the gap between you and your phone.

In this article we’ll be doing a full review of the Fitbit Versa 2, discussing mainly about its design, display, fitness features, and battery life and let you know what makes the Versa 2 stand out from other smart watches. So continue reading to learn more about the Versa 2.

Design and Hardware

The Versa 2 looks like a rip off of the first Apple Watch design, the difference is that it is slightly wider and lacks Apple’s rotating crown. The build quality is solid, lightweight, and well-crafted and feels premium. The included silicone band can be stiff at times and can be quite uncomfortable compared to softer straps used on rival smart watches.

The Versa 2 comes with about 2.5 GB of free storage for music which can be loaded from local files or downloaded from Pandora or Deezer.

The Versa 2 has a thickness of 12mm and is only a tiny bit thicker than the Apple Watch 3, but looks slimmer due to the chassis which hides the heart monitor underneath the smart watch.

Display

The Versa 2 is powered by an AMOLED touchscreen display with a 300 x 300 resolution and Gorilla Glass 3 protection, unlike the LCD display found on the Versa, Even when the display is at dim setting, the resolution screen is sharp and beautiful to look at. It also comes with ambient light sensor, and is capable of adjusting brightness according to your environment.

The Versa 2 also comes with an always-on display, just like the new Apple Watch Series 5, which is convenient if you want to glance at the time and your activity progress.

Although the lift-to-wake function is disabled in the Versa 2. This means if you enabled the always-on display, you’ll have to wake up the Versa 2 by tapping a button or tapping the screen.

Software

In terms of software compatibility the Fitbit is compatible with Android and IPhone smartphones and is monitor your body well-being and fitness through its Smart Track technology.

However the lack of GPS is a deal breaker which means every time you go for walk, run or bike ride, you will have to carry your phone with you in order to be able to access your location information.

Fitbit also offers Premium membership which is $10 a month or $80 annually, where you can get personalized workouts, printable health reports, and overall better guidance to sleep, exercise, and fitness goals.

Features and Alexa.

The Versa 2 comes with some new set of features like the addition of Amazon’s voice assistant meaning the watch can be controlled with your voice and do a lot more than its predecessor. Although you’ll need to have an amazon account before activating Alexa.

You can activate Alexa by either long-pressing the side button or swiping down on the screen, although a voice command would have been cooler. With Alexa you can discover the weather temperature around you, set reminders, start an exercise routine and lots more. However, you cannot make calls or respond to messages.

Then there’s the Fitbit charge 3, a goal based exercise system which would tell you when you have reached a set goal when doing exercises such as running, weight lifting, biking and Yoga.

Also Fitbit recently released Fitbit OS version 4.1.1  for the Versa 2 which helps improve heart rate tracking algorithm and also a new Oxygen variation graph mode which estimates variability in blood oxygen saturation when you’re sleeping. And can be very useful for people with breathing problems

Battery

The 165mAh battery of the Versa 2 is quite manageable. On average, with light to medium use the watch should manage between two and three days.  Given its smart watch functionality, and tracking capabilities. If you don’t make use of the Versa 2 all the time, expect it to last fully through three days.

ProsCons
Affordable priceTo get better insights you have to pay for premium
Intuitive interface with customizationsDesign is similar to early Apple watches
New mode allows to tracks sleeping and breathing issuesAlexa is quite useless
Internal storage for music 

Verdict

Fitbit’s Versa 2 feels like premium smart watch that can be worn by anyone, while its new upgraded fitness features and the addition of Alexa offers something different from the competition, the Versa 2 Apple watch look and lack of in-built GPS would have made this smart watch almost perfect. The Fitbit Versa 2 costs around $200.