Will the Fitbit Versa make you trade in your Apple Watch?

Wednesday, 14 Mar, 2018

Interestingly the feature is available on a more expensive Fitbit Versa special edition and overseas version of the device.

The new tracker looks and acts like the Fitbit Alta, but in a smaller format for smaller wrists.

Fitbit sees the Versa's design as the basis of a new design language it can use for future devices. The Versa does have a connected Global Positioning System feature, though, meaning you can map outdoor activities when you're bringing your smartphone along for the ride.

It's not a new concept, but having this easily available in the Fitbit app may help you understand fluctuations in your health and exercise regime better.

The Versa's unveiling comes just after Apple surpassed Fitbit in the wearables market. The company's new "smartwatch for all" also takes things a step further with the addition women's health tracking, which adds menstrual cycle logging to the device's healthcare tracking.

Arguably, the Versa's most interesting capability is what Fitbit calls female health tracking. "From its attractive design to its personalized guidance, Versa will help empower you to take action, make the most of every moment, and reach your goals".

Swimproof design that lets you take your Fitbit in the pool or shower.

From Left to Right: FitBit Versa, FitBit Ace, FitBit Ionic: adidas Edition.

You can get even more granular details in the Fitbit app, which will also feature educational content on menstrual cycles, ovulation, fertility, and more. And you can track your symptoms while you're at it, too.

Fitness trackers have come an extremely long way over the years.

Plus it's a touch cheaper than the Ionic, which is important when a lot of Fitbit devices are generally priced higher than the competition because of the well-known brand name. You can delete and edit these workspaces as you'd like, and all of this is done right through your web browser.

The tracker and service are launching sometime in Q2 2018. Some of these are functions that you didn't know you needed, but once you experience them, you won't be able to envision your life without them. That's changing with the Versa. Android users will get a new text message feature that allows them to send quick replies from their watches.

"The nuances of the menstrual cycle have not been as widely studied across populations as have other areas in healthcare", Fitbit adviser Dr. Katharine White says in the accompanying press release.

Fitbit Versa tracks workouts and moreThe Fitbit Versa still mainly functions as an exercise monitor with 24/7 heart-rate tracking, as well as daily and weekly health and fitness stats, and historical activity.

There's also space on the watch for up to 300 songs if you upload the actual files, or you can use a partnership with Deezer to put the songs onto your watch, but you'll need to be subscribed to use that.

Fitbit Pay is only available on one model in the USA, and you'll have to pay extra for it. Better yet, there's also a "Special Edition" which costs $229 and has an NFC chip for Fitbit Pay. As with any Fitbit product, the Versa also includes a robust array of fitness options. According to the company's research, in the USA, two out of every three children are inactive every day, with screen time with devices like tablets and smartphones contributing greatly to the country's childhood obesity problem.