With so many smartwatches out there, it can be difficult making the right decision. Before reading further, you should ask yourself why would you need a Fitbit Versa 2.
Sometimes we tend to buy a product simply due to recent trends or a friend´s suggestion.
Rather than acting impulsively, we believe, that you should make an educated decision. How? By analyzing all the benefits, features, positive and negative aspects. And that’s why we are here.
Enough talking: let’s get started.
Who is Fitbit Versa 2 for
Fitbit Versa 2 is recommended for anyone who wants to monitor with great precision its fitness habits, to improve overall body shape and wellness. Without monitoring our daily health habits, it’s not possible to know if we getting closer to our fitness goal or moving away from it.
Here comes into play Fitbit Versa 2. It can help you track all your daily activities and much much more.
Fitbit Versa 2: a long-term investment!
Just launched and already a huge marketing success. Since its debut last year, Fitbit Aversa 2 made headlines with its astonishing long-lasting battery, the addition of Alexa and the brand new AMOLED display.
Fitbit is becoming every year more competitive in the smartwatch space and has the potential to outperform the new Apple Watch 5.
Compared to Versa, its predecessor, it has a better screen, is faster and has a voice assistant.
Some people might have labeled it a “subscription smartwatch”, which might be true. The fact is that a lot can be done without spending a penny and just using the free applications provided.
It has good compatibility with Android and iOS an excellent battery duration.
It’s lacking GPS Integration, which means that to use the application that requires GPS-positioning, you must carry with you the phone all the time.
It’s can be considered a flaw, but this smartwatch was not meant to replace the phone, rather complement each other.
On the watch, you can see steps, calories, heart rate, and activity minutes and initiate workouts from seven different exercise modes: running, cycling, swimming treadmill running, and weight training, as well as a general exercise tracking option and an interval training mode.
That said, the free version of the app does enough to keep you on the right path. The Fitbit app produces accurate statistics, especially swim tracking ones.
Fitbit Aversa 2 Companion App
The Fitbit app has 3 tabs:
The Today tab features your daily stats (steps, sleep, calories burned, etc.), as well as your resting heart rate, your sleep overview, and much more.
In other words, it can be considered as the home screen.
The Discover tab is kind of the overflow menu — this is where you can add new fitness and health stats to your Today screen, check out premium guided workout programs, and enroll in challenges to compete with your friends.
The Community tab is still by far our favorite part of the Fitbit app. It’s basically a mini social network. You can join groups based on your fitness and health interests, post status updates and images on your workout progress, and even ask for advice from other Fitbit users.
Lots of people require help from their community to stay motivated in their fitness journey, and this is an excellent free way to do just that.
The sleep tracker is one of the best features of the Fitbit Versa 2, that sets it apart from the competition. Apple, for example, doesn’t have it.
Providing a trackable record of your sleeping patterns, it can improve your overall sleeping habits. The device is light and comfortable enough to wear throughout the night. When your Sleep Mode schedule is on, the Versa 2’s display will dim and calls and notifications will be silenced.
On the free version of the Fitbit app, you only see a score, but if you choose to subscribe to Fitbit Premium, you get a complete breakdown of the score, telling you how low your heart rate was below resting while sleeping, how restless you were, percentage of REM, deep and light sleep.
It even gives you a comparison of 30 days’ worth of data if you wanted to see if your sleep pattern has improved or not. Another interesting feature is the monitoring of blood oxygen while you sleep.
When you buy a new Fitbit Versa 2, you get a free 7-days trial of Fitbit Premium (including the sleep tracker). In case you buy the special edition, the Fitbit Premium is extended to 90 days.
No matter what time your alarm is set for, Smart Wake sets off the silent vibrations at the most optimal time in your sleep cycle within a 30-minute duration prior to the chosen alarm. It’s perfect if you wake up earlier than your partner and avoid therefore disturbing him/her.
You can pay directly with your Fitbit Versa 2 smartwatch. It’s currently available in all models. You have to check with your bank whether it supports Fitbit Pay.
Design and Display
Build quality is better than any knock-off though. It feels solid, lightweight, and well-crafted. The new AMOLED display means less battery consumption and higher refresh rates, in comparison to standard displays.
Another new feature is the AOD (Alway-On-Display), which keeps the screen display always on with your most important information, like the time, agenda, etc.
You can even set the Always-On-Display to turn off at a certain time (like when you’re sleeping).
Moreover, with the Fitbit OS 4.1 update, Fitbit added the lift-to-wake functionality when the AOD is on.
By default, the AOD option is switched off and you will need to go into the watch’s settings pane to change that selection.
The display is 0.47 inches thick (12 mm); it’s only a tad thicker than the Apple Watch 3.
The screen size of 40 mm is comfortable enough to wear.
The original Versa had 3 buttons on the chassis, the new one has only 1.
The ambient light sensor is capable of adjusting brightness according to the environment you’re in.
Interface and Performance
The Fitbit Versa 2 offers hundreds of designs to choose from, which you can find via the Fitbit app.
Let us see now how it works:
You can access the Today pane by swiping upward on the screen.
To access the app launcher, you swipe from right to left, with four app shortcuts listed on each page.
Wipe right from the home screen for apps like exercise, alarm, clock, and third-party apps like Spotify, and pull down from the top for notifications and quick settings.
Swipe down and you get access to notifications.
The all-in-one button on the Versa 2 can be long-pressed to bring up either Alexa (more on voice command integration later) or Fitbit Pay.
Fitbit Pay, then we’d recommend you use the button for contactless payments.
We stressed in any way possible the Fitbit Versa 2 and it wasn’t laggy at all.
Battery: one of the best on the market
The Fitbit Versa 2’s biggest strength is its three-day wearability on a single charge, albeit not much different from last year’s Versa.
Without the Always-On-Display active, we managed to get five-and-a-half full days before needing to charge.
This is on par with the Samsung Galaxy Watch Active, a similarly-priced fitness-focused smartwatch. The Apple Watch can only go through a day and a half, if not two days with light use, and most Wear OS smartwatches last a full day and not much more.
Alexa integration (useless so far)
Alexa does not work properly yet. It needs to be improved.
To activate Alexa, long-press the side button or swipe down on the screen to bring up Alexa (you can’t use a wake word to call on the digital assistant)
To use the voice assistant on your new watch, though, you will first have to download the dedicated Alexa app to your phone and link your Amazon account within the Fitbit app.
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Spotify integration is a new addition for the Versa 2, but it’s limited in two key ways.
First, you must have a premium Spotify subscription to use this. Second, it doesn’t allow playback from the Versa 2, but only controls playback on another device, like your phone or smart speaker.
As such, you won’t be able to just use the Versa 2 to listen to offline Spotify playlists, but you can use other platforms.
A solution is to use Pandora or Deezer since the offer offline playback, as well, with their paid subscription services.
Alternatively, you can download up to about 300 songs (2.5 GB) and listen to them offline.
What users have to say about Fitbit Versa 2:
It’s totally amazing what this watch does. Best item I purchased in a long time. Highly recommended! Very easy to set up!
IP X8 Rating
With water resistance up to 50 meters and solid build quality, the Versa 2 should last you two to three years or more quite easily.
Pros vs Cons
The Fitbit Versa 2 is a budget smartwatch and an excellent alternative to Apple Watch. It has a positively reviewed battery life, which means that you donät need to charge it every single day, unlike with Apple Watch.
On the downside is the lack of GPS monitoring. For some people, no GPS tracking can be a deal-braker. If it’s your case and you’re looking for another fitness watch with a GPS, we would recommend the Garmin Vivoactive 4 or Garmin Venu.
The Versa 2 costs $200, or $230 for one of the two special edition colors, with replacement bands ranging from $30 to $100.
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