With the Versa 2, Fitbit proves that less is more. The fitness brand has taken everything that made the first a compelling budget smartwatch, improves on those features, adds a somewhat fiddly voice assistant, and spits out a near-perfect fitness tracker that comes with some smartwatch perks. It’s one of the simplest fitness watches from Fitbit but the shortage of a GPS chip means you’ll get to carry your phone wherever you go.
After the launch of Fitbit’s first smartwatch, the Ionic, the corporate struggled to compete with the likes of the Apple Watch and dedicated running watches from Garmin.
Then, along came the Fitbit Versa and it turned the company’s fortunes around. So, it’s no wonder Fitbit quickly followed that up with a less expensive, more pared-back Versa Lite smartwatch while also refining the first Versa into a much-improved Versa 2.
Fitbit Versa 2 price and release date
Fitbit announced the Versa 2 on August 28 before IFA 2019, where the corporate showed the device off to the general public for the primary time. The Versa 2 is out there to shop for now, and you’ll pick it up from Fitbit’s website or major retailers either in-store or online.
The Fitbit Versa 2 costs £199.99 / $199.95 / AU$329.95, although there’s a Special Edition version that retails for $229.95 / £219.99 / AU$379 and comes with either a Mist Grey or Copper Rose chassis and a premium woven band within the box.
At launch, the worth of the Versa 2 matched that of its predecessor within the US and UK, but it’s a tad higher in Australia and, is roughly on par with the worth of the Apple Watch Series 3 in most regions.
Design and display
When it involves planning, Fibit’s mantra seems to be one among ‘if it isn’t broke, don’t fix it’. The ‘squircle’ design of the Apple Watch and therefore the original Versa seems to possess been embraced by users and Fitbit has carried that on to the Versa 2. initially glance, the new fitness watch does look strikingly almost like its predecessor, but closer inspection reveals a couple of small tweaks giving the Versa 2 a stylish look indeed.
With a depth of 0.47 inches (12mm), it’s only a small bit thicker than the Apple Watch 3, but since the chassis tapers inward toward the guts monitor underneath, it appears slimmer. And, with a screen size of 40mm, it should fit most wrists.
Interface and performance
Visual satisfaction aside, the Versa 2 may be a faster watch than its predecessor, because of a replacement processor under the hood. That’s to not say the first Versa suffered from any lag or performance issues, but if you’ve used it before and upgraded to the Versa 2, you’ll notice a marked difference in operational smoothness. Navigating between pages, launching and shutting apps, and mentioning new health data within the Today pane (accessed by swiping upward on the screen) is quicker than before.
Like all other Fitbit devices, the Versa 2 features a pretty decent battery life. Fitbit claims you’ll get five days with standard use. We managed to push it to only over six days but that was perhaps because we had the screen brightness dimmed to a rock bottom setting.
The addition of Amazon’s voice assistant to the Versa 2 means the wearable should be ready to do tons quite its predecessor. To use a voice assistant on your new watch, though, you’ll first need to download the dedicated Alexa app to your phone and link your Amazon account within the Fitbit app. Despite all that, there are still limits to what Alexa can do for you.
By either long-pressing the side button or swiping down on the screen to mention Alexa (you can’t use a wake word to turn the digital assistant), you’ll determine what the weather’s like in your area, set reminders and timers, start an exercise routine, and even control your smart home setup. you can’t, however, make a call or answer messages.
If you’ve never used the first Versa and are within the marketplace for a replacement affordable smartwatch, then the Versa 2 may be a compelling proposition. Physical tweaks to the planning and a wonderful display make the Versa 2 appear as if a premium wearable that might look good on almost anyone, while the addition of Alexa offers something different to the Fitbit range, albeit it’s not perfectly implemented.