Fitbit's latest smartwatch attempt borrows heavily from Apple Watch design and features


The Fitbit Versa wants to be a true smartwatch and that means that it will sync up with all of your devices - iOS, Android and even Windows.

The Versa has numerous same core functions as Fitbit's first full-featured smartwatch, the Ionic: fitness tracking, wrist-based heart-rate detection, guided on-screen workouts, and an automatic recognition system that knows when you've begun exercising without the need to press Start. "Versa brings consumers the advanced health and fitness features Fitbit is known for, along with broad compatibility across mobile platforms and 4+ days battery life to provide users with a better picture of their overall health, making it stand out from any smartwatch available today".

While these are both clearly cheaper than the Fitbit Ionic, it's worth noting that other manufacturers manage to get Global Positioning System as part of the deal for less money - indeed Fitbit's own discontinued Surge managed it for the same price a couple of years ago.

The Versa is waterproof up to 50 meters, so you'll be able to wear this in the shower or swimming without worrying about flooding the internals.

In the hand, the Versa really is a far more approachable wearable than the Ionic.

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Fitbit is taking another shot at the smartwatch game with their new Versa smartwatch.

As mentioned above, the Fitbit Versa and the Apple Watch Series 3 have many similarities - one of which being the premium design. Bands for the Versa range from $30 to $100 depending on the material and style. For instance, the buttons on the sides and the heart rate sensor underneath.

While many of Pebble's smartwatches were characterised by playful rounded corners and refined edges, the Ionic was considerably more utilitarian in design, with a boxy display and sharp corners. The Fitbit Versa is the company's attempt to recapture the portion of the fitness market they had lost to Apple, and it certainly seems as if they're positioned to do just that. The $229.95 Special Edition is made special by the inclusion of an NFC chip too for Fitbit Pay functionality. The screen itself is considerably improved, sharing similar specifications to the Fitbit Ionic.

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The Versa connects to your smartphone over Bluetooth LE and displays notifications.

We think it's a big improvement over the angular Ionic smartwatch, released a year ago. For the first time, with an update due in May 2018, the Fitbit app will offer female health features such as period tracking. With the smaller design, the Versa's is the lightest weight smartwatch made of metal now on the market, Fitbit says.

Fitbit OS 2.0 is also coming with menstrual tracking, which Chase says was one of the most requested features by Fitbit users. You'll be able to take all of that data to your doctor if you notice that your cycles and symptoms swing wildly from month to month.

Below we've broken down everything you need to know about the Fitbit Versa. You can also use it to download the Pandora stations.

Aside from female health tracking, you can expect Versa to track all of your basic health and fitness stats such as steps, heart rate, and calories.

For starters, the bezel is much thinner around the display. At 11.2mm thick, Fitbit says "it's the lightest all-metal smartwatch you'll find in the US". Last year, Facebook introduced Messenger Kids, a standalone app for kids ages six to 12.

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The Fitbit Versa is up for pre-order right now, is priced at $199.95, and ships in April. It'll also be available from big retail stores like Amazon, Best Buy and Target.