Fitbit Versa Fitness Smart Watch
Product DescriptionLive your best life with the Fitbit Versa family of health and fitness smartwatches. The Versa Lite Edition includes core fitness and smart features like activity, sleep and heart rate tracking, notifications, apps and 4+ day battery life—plus bold color choices and an easy one button design. Fitbit Versa includes all the features of Lite Edition plus music, on screen workouts, floors climbed and swim lap tracking. Finally, the Versa Special Edition includes all the features of Versa, plus a special woven band and on the go payments with Fitbit Pay.
- Includes all Versa Lite Edition features plus: store and play 300 plus songs, utilize on screen workouts that play on your wrist and coACh you through every move and trACk swim laps and floors climbed
- TrACk your all day ACtivity, 24/7 heart rate, & sleep stages, all with a 4 plus day battery life (varies with use and other fACtors), charge time (0 to 100 percent): two hours. Slim, comfortable design with a lightweight, anodized aluminum watch body
- Use 15 plus exercise modes like run or swim (Fitbit versa is water resistant to 50 meters we do not recommend wearing charge 3 in a hot tub or sauna.) To record workouts and connect to smartphone gps for more precise real time pACe & distance
- ACcess your favorite apps for sports, weather & more and get call, calendar, text, and app alerts. Syncing range - up to 30 feet
- Get call, text, calendar and smartphone app notifications when your phone is nearby. Plus send quick replies on android only. Operating temperature 10 to 60 degree Celsius
- Automatically track select sports & workouts with smarttrack and use female health tracking in the fitbit app to log periods, symptoms and more
- Radio transceiver: bluetooth 4.0. Compatible with iphone, android & windows phones
Top ReviewsNice upgrade from Blaze
by WCQ (5 out of 5 stars)
July 8, 2018
Update after 2 weeks of use:
I've put the Versa through its paces over the past two weeks... 110 miles of walking (235,000 steps) and 400 flights of stairs, plus tested its waterproof claims. Here's what I've found:
- The distance/step tracking is pretty accurate without the GPS, nominally better than the Blaze, but with one exception. It appears to be sensitive to arm movement without walking. For example, I attended a concert and picked up a "mile of walking" just by standing and clapping my hands at the concert. I tested this a couple times. Just sitting and clapping or tapping my knees to music will add steps and distance to the counter. Couldn't find any solution for this other than use the GPS function - connecting it to your phone's GPS - as you exercise, which works well. But now that I know the issue, I can adjust my tracking accordingly. Since I walk with my phone anyway (for security) this is not an issue for me either way.
- Stair/elevation changes track very similarly to the Blaze. My daily outdoor walk route includes some hills and the number of "flights" it tracks never varies by more than one on any given day.
- It is definitely waterproof. In the shower, in the pool for more than an hour, walking in the rain. No problem. You can even read the screen underwater. Haven't tried the ocean yet... that will be next month.
- Without connecting to GPS and only syncing on demand, not constant, I get a good full 5 days of battery life. I find I have no need to have it continuously sync.... if I want to know my progress, it's on the watch anyway with less effort than opening the phone app.
- I have not tested out the music yet, though I've looked at it and the instructions appear pretty straight forward. Since I'm taking my phone with me anyway, I don't need to have the music on the watch. I'm sure I'll try it eventually.
The bottom line for me at this point is that it is everything the Blaze was with a better interface, charging solution, and waterproof.
I've had a Fitbit Blaze for 2 years.... it helped me lose 175 lbs over that time period. I replaced it with this Versa mostly because the Versa is waterproof. Other than being waterproof the only functional upgrades are (1) the ability to store music and play music directly thru Bluetooth, the watch's ability to connect to WiFi (to do OS updates and download music) and (3) the updated operating system that allows third party apps to be installed and used. Otherwise than these it gives me the same functionality as the Blaze.
It is a little smaller and thinner than the Blaze and because, unlike the Blaze you don't pop it out of its frame, the control buttons seem easier to use. The screen display is much brighter too. The Blaze in direct sunlight is unreadable; this one is fine. Screen resolution appears to be much higher too.
Setup was a breeze. Just follow the step by step directions on the app, which needs to be installed on your phone before setup. There are also some fine videos online that will walk you thru the setup too.
I've taken it thru 2 days of activity so far (about 24 hours) and as I write this the battery is 83% charged. Sensors seem a little more sensitive than the Blaze.
Some reviews complain about the apps or the watch faces. I think there are plenty of the latter to choose from and most are free. The one pictured here was free and I liked it because it displays all the tracking on one screen (and with a simple tap on the screen I can change the display color).
All in all I'm happy with the Versa upgrade from the Blaze.
Kudos to Fitbit on the new Versa! This is the fitness focused watch to get at a fair price!
by Kevster5 (5 out of 5 stars)
April 29, 2018
Had the Charge 2 for a while and loved it. Then switched to the latest apple watch at the encouragement of a few friends. While that apple watch was nice for the few months I wore it, I found I was not using a lot of the features in it that may have been why it was double the cost of the Versa. On the apple watch I found the battery would not last more than 36 hours and the phone app was no where near what Fitbit had in terms of activity and sleep tracking as well as just overall display of the many data points.
When the Versa came out I said why not try it, hearing how slim it was and the extended battery life. It was that or go back to my Charge 2 that is also a fantastic tracker. My goal was to get back to the Fitbit app. I love this watch/fitness tracker and know this is going to be a huge hit for Fitbit. The app I love is now back in my life for the detailed activity and sleep tracker and the battery life is nearly as good as my Charge 2. I have gotten five days of battery life on the Fitbit Versa already - this is with a 45 minute workout on each of those five days included. At the end of the five days I was at 28% remaining, telling me I had another day or two of charge remaining. The texts all come through, the watch rings when I get a all on my iPhone, the screen is crystal clear, the watch itself is very slim compared to apple(no bump on the underside), there must be hundreds of clock faces to choose from, and it has all the apps I could think of needing in the watch store (the store is already noticeably growing). This is the fitness tracker\watch to get. Very impressed and kudos to Fitbit for a well thought out fitness focused watch that is a true competitor to the apple watch.
Just a quick comment on the setup of the Versa. I saw a few comments here about how the setup took 30 minutes or so to complete with an update. My comment is so what? I just put my Versa on the charger, used the app to update it, walked away, came back and wha-la - it was done! It hasn't stopped since!
... this for a week now and can't say enough good things about it
by Steve Moose (5 out of 5 stars)
May 1, 2018
Have owned this for a week now and can't say enough good things about it. Fantastic smart watch that is about 80% of an Apple Watch for less than half the price. If you love the Fitbit community and want a waterproof tracker that adds a ton of smart watch features and has great battery like to boot, this is your Fitbit!
by rstrange1029 (1 out of 5 stars)
April 21, 2018
Not impressed. Had it 4 months and it completely stopped syncing to my phone and kept glitching. Asked for my money back and was refused stating they would just send another Versa. That was 2 weeks ago and have still not received it. Battery only lasts 3-4 days vs the Blaze which was about 7-10 days. The versa is honestly nothing special. I've had three different Fitbit's and all have glitched and been replaced. I don't get them wet and don't have a physical job. I take great care of them. But of all the hassle and returns and glitches I could have had a nice Apple Watch. This was my last attempt at trying Fitbit products. It will also be my last.
Looks and feels awesome, data is terribly inaccurate.
by Mike G (1 out of 5 stars)
April 18, 2018
I thought I was upgrading from a Charge 2, however, after a couple days I think I am going back to it.. The Versa looks amazing, and the back is smooth, unlike the Charge, so it wears well. I have not had the setup issues that some of the other reviewers are saying, and my battery life seems to be OK (using about ~27% a day). My biggest complaint, which is of course why I have a Fitbit, is to keep a reasonable accurate count of my steps, to include floors. I enjoy the Sleep information, which by the way, is not working, but at least Fitbit is aware of the issue (if you go to their community page, a message is up top stating they are working on a fix, but have a temporary solution. On the first day I noticed that I have walked up 39 floors, which I thought was odd, because on average I am at about 6-8 floors a day. I searched the community forums, and the Fitbit moderator was saying how, if it is windy or the weather is bad it will affect the accuracy. I find this an extremely stupid response, when this NEVER happened with my Charge 2. Anyway, so I decided to run a test. I work from home usually, and I am on the call several hours a day. I took my Versa off during one my longer calls, and set it on my desk. After the approximately 2 hour call, I looked the Versa told me that I went up 12 floors and took 463 steps...come on! This is ridiculous. Yesterday, I decided to wear both my Versa and Charge 2, the differences were vast to say the least (to include steps, miles, calories, and floors). I am not sure if any real testing was done before this product was released, but unfortunately, this product is garbage as is right now. I plan on keeping it for about another week, just to see if they come out with some updates to fix all of the issues, if not, sending it back, and using my Charge 2.
Update 23 April
After wearing every day, all day, for about a week, nothing is better. I have reset it numerous times, and in fact, starting 2 days ago, it does not even count ANY floors. The sleep function does not work consistently, some nights it works, the others it tells me that I only slept 3 hours. However, as I said in the original review, the watch looks awesome, and fits great. Problem is, I can't keep a device that is supposed to keep track of my activity, just because it looks good. Very sad, but sending it back. I have attached a picture, so you can see the floors. You can tell the exact day I switched from my Charge 2. I went from averaging about 50 floors a week, to 172 floors in 4 days, and now it does not count any floors.
by DR (5 out of 5 stars)
June 22, 2018
My husband loves it...
Light and simple; but that's about the only thing it has going for it.
by Jason H. (2 out of 5 stars)
June 1, 2018
For a smartwatch that markets itself for fitness use, I felt it did so very poorly.
On the plus side, the watch is very light and simple to use. it's screen, while a bit small, is clear, detailed, and faster than most WearOS devices. It's gesture activations are simple and work almost flawlessly. The vibration notifications from the smartphone were strong and easy to setup.
On the down side, putting the physical activation button on the right side of the watch meant that I was constantly hitting it by bending my wrist or using my workout gloves; which would interrupt whatever monitoring I was trying to do. That was annoying and happened a lot.
Heart rate monitoring was also very poor.
I ran the Fitbit Versa in a side-by-side test with a Ticwatch-S WearOS-2 device to check the accuracy against my Rhythm+ chest strap. While I know that NO smartwatch is going to be as accurate as a chest strap; I do expect a "fitness watch" to be close.
For starters, the delay in capturing heart-rate is 15-20 seconds from start of the app. During exercise, there is a large variation in the accuracy of the measurements (5-8% skew) and if you sweat, the measurements are skewed even further. I would have expected this to be a step above what you get with WearOS devices simply because this is Fitbit's bread-and-butter (and there should be a lot less processing in a Fitbit OS); but alas, my experience was that it didn't offer anything that a 3rd party android app wouldn't get you.
The complete lack of robust Fitbit heart rate apps that can do continuous monitoring and logging was disappointing. There are none that can connect to an external app via Bluetooth to log your RRs and HRs (most Wear OS 2 watches have this capability).
In fact, there is a dearth of apps in their marketplace at all. For the price, I would have expected a lot more watch faces, fitness monitoring capabilities, and sleep tracking. Even the sleep tracking was pretty poor.
If I were Fitbit, I'd re-engineer the HR monitoring part of this to make it more robust by using dual, raised LEDs and make it more sweat resistant. I'd also love to see them get something that is FDA certified as a medical device...Apple and Google will have watches that will have this later in 2018/2019 and will be required if they want to do any health-monitoring that is legitimate as opposed to "entertainment purposes only".
In the end, I sent the watch back and stuck with the Ticwatch-S (it's $50 more, but you get a complete android smartwatch for the price).
Don't use for swimming!
by anamaria (2 out of 5 stars)
September 7, 2018
Love Fitbit, I've had almost all of them, and was extremely excited to find I could swim laps with this one. I swim twice a week; but the day after the return date ended (1 month and 1 day) the screen became completely pixelated, the screen then went completely black. Fitbit is amazing, so I will be receiving a replacement for it in about a week. My real problem now is I still need it for swimming since that's why I bought it. I will continue swimming since I can't get a refund, and will update here in about a month. The discussion groups on the Fitbit site have a lot of complaints about water damage so beware. And Fitbit does state that this device is for swimming.
Broke 1st time in water - poor customer service
by Hannah (1 out of 5 stars)
June 3, 2018
First let me state that I am a big fitbit fan. I have been using the charge HR for years and my only complaint is that it was not waterproof. I was thrilled when the Versa came as I regularly walk on the beach and then go in the water. I bought the Versa prior to a 2 week island vacation. I even upgraded my pandora subscription so I can use the Versa to listen to music when I am walking where there is no internet service. I used the Versa for a month and was very happy with it. I was able to use the pandora app and the tracking (both steps and sleep) was very accurate. I then went on vacation and literally the first time I used it in water it died. I ended up spending over an hour with customer service online to determine it was actually broken. Through the app they were able to see it was fully charged when it synced in the morning and then a couple of hours later it was dead. At this point I expected them to send me a new one. No, I had to make a video with the case number and show them with it plugged in and then push all the buttons to show it was truly broken. Because service on the island is not good, it was a pain to get them the video file (not their fault). Finally, I got them the video. So now they should be able to send me a new one. No, now they want me to mail them back the unit and within 5-10 business days they will let me know what they will do. Since I will be on vacation for over 2 weeks, I will not be able to send it until I get home. Then waiting another 10 business was days to find out what they will do. You've got to be kidding. Why have me send a video if that was not enough proof that it is broken. Needless to say I am extremely disappointed I the fact that the unit did not work in water but even more by how hard they are making it for me to get a new one. At this point I will be trying to get my money back and go to an Apple Watch. Fitbit you have lost customer that has bought 6 different fitbit a for family members who will now be converting to Apple.
Returning it, Very disappointed
by Troy D. Young (1 out of 5 stars)
September 24, 2018
First let me preface this with the face that I worked in IT for 25 years at all levels. I'm a power user of devices and applications, but also am the CEO of a fair sized company--bottom line is that I'm not stupid.
Problem #1 - The unit counts steps while I'm riding a motorcycle on pretty smooth roads and streets . Each day it added about 3000 steps on a 20-30 minute ride from work to my home. Others are complaining of the same issue.
Problem #2 - I went out of town this weekend and forgot the charger so it died. After recharging, it would not sync back up to the app on my phone. My phone is a OnePlus 5T and is one of the best on the market. Best phone I've ever had by a mile.
For $200 this thing should have worked much better. Pretty ridiculous.
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