Rome was not built in a day. It took the path of gradualism. The same thing can be applied to the Fitbit smartwatches. Being known as one of the best frontline manufacturers of fitness trackers, Fitbit came to captivate its fitness freak consumers with the Fitbit Versa 2 smartwatch. They upgraded the first Fitbit Versa of this line and right the wrongs in their latest addition, Fitbit Versa 2. With the regular activity trackers, the Fitbit Versa 2 is adorned with smart features to ease your boatload of daily activities.
Fitbit Versa 2 Review At A Glance
➕ Durable battery that can last almost 6+ days
➕ Built-in Sleep Tracker with in-depth statistics
➕ Measurement of oxygen saturation in blood
➕ Built-in Alexa for easy voice over maneuver
➕ Heart-rate and Female Health Monitor functions
➕ Available only at $200
➖ No built-in GPS, works while connected with smartphone
➖ Performance of Alexa isn’t satisfactory
➖ Offline Spotify playback isn’t supported
First impressions are always important. And the Haute outlook of the Fitbit versa 2 is proven to be successful with its design and gracefully embraced by the consumers. The squircle design of the watch catches the eyes even across a room. The bold appearance of this watch is similar to its previous version of Fitbit Versa. As Apple Watch has succeeded with the square shaped watch face, it’s common that Fitbit also adopts this design in their long race in the smartwatch bazaar.
The Fitbit Versa 2 has earned tons of accolades with the elegant outlook and aesthetic design of this watch. Though some Apple aficionados may complain the design is not original from Fitbit. However, the watch can easily pass the taste of the customers as they blend their fitness features with the smart brain of the watch. So, on our Fitbit Versa 2 review, we can assure you that no one is going to complain about the squircle design. Rather you’ll earn tons of compliments from your neighborhood.
Fitbit Versa has gone to a height with its marvelling features. But they also need some improvement. And I’m sure a large team is working on them to resolve the issues.
Eagle’s Eye On Hardware: Fitbit Versa 2 Review
Without the assurance of durability, it’ll be unwise to use even a top-notch watch with tons of features. As important as the software, the hardware is equally important for smartwatches. And Fitbit tried their best to provide cutting-edge technology and space-age materials.
The Average Watch Case
Fitbit Versa 2 comes with an aluminum case same as its predecessor. The case looks eye-catching as it adopts the popular squire shape. Aluminum alloy makes the watch very comfortable and lightweight on the wrist. Though not weightless as a feather, during the workout you won’t feel the weight of a Fitbit Versa 2 like the other watches e.g. Ionic which was a bit chunky on the wrist. Aluminum is also resistant to corrosion. The color blends and exquisite finish on this aluminum case appear to be magnificent.
Though the overall watch face looks strikingly similar to its previous version, a closer inspection reveals that the case tweaks and touches the case back that makes it stylish. Though the watch is a bit thicker than the Apple Watch 3 as the depth of the case is 0.47 inches, the tapering chassis towards the heart monitor underneath gives it a slimmer look. And the overall sturdy build and case design are satisfactory and more importantly user-friendly.
As we use it on our training session, the watch should be lighter on the wrist and it’s preferred by everyone. Fitbit could provide another variation of Versa 2 that would be more comfortable on the wrist. I personally think plastic body might do well. Many a famous watch brands used such cases and succeeded. The durability of plastic cases is good and Fitbit can try to bring this variation.
The Dazzling Display
As a watch is a thing to look at, it should be lucrative as well as attractive for users to buy. The legible display should be comfortable to eyes and easy to read just at a glance. And for this, the display should be upgraded to showcase the best resolution. The original Fitbit Versa used the LCD display that’s not satisfactory for the user’s experience. So in the Fitbit Versa 2, they use an AMOLED display that’s better in constraining heat emersion and better as energy-efficient than LCD. As a result, the battery life has increased for a few days for this Versa 2 smartwatch. Moreover, the watch uses Gorilla 3 glass for further protection from any kind of fall over or damages.
And the ambient sensor of the display makes it possible to auto-adjust the brightness assessing and comparing with the environment. However, the user feels comfortable with the watch face during use and the AMOLED display makes it cut the budget for extra battery recharge.
The additional feature of this watch is the always-on display that’s not commonly seen on the smartwatches. However, the soft vibe of this Fitbit Versa 2 beautifully blends with the dimming always-on display. The feature is switched off by default. You need to go to the settings panel to switch on this feature. With a limited option to customize, you can use the analog and digital watch face. It’ll be easy to take a glance while riding without moving your arms often. They’ve also added a lot of third-party watch faces in their companion app you can choose from. But the customized watch face can drain your battery life to about half. And you need to pay for most of the watch faces.
As people have become more conscious about their fitness and health issues, Fitbit should pay more attention to produce retina-friendly display. It’s not so important as we just need to glance at the dial. But installing night mode and other healthy functions will upgrade its brand’s goodwi
The Battery Life
The problem that smartwatches can never really cope up with is enough lifetime of the battery. All the smartwatch giants try their best to improve the battery but end with little improvement. And for this, many important features can’t be added to the watches as they drain the battery more quickly. Hence, Fitbit showcases its watchmaking excellence.
Fitbit Versa 2 outrun others with their durable battery that can last for almost 6+ days with key features on. If you’re using any battery-draining watch face or apps, you may need to conserve battery by turning some other features off. With the always-on display switched on, the battery won’t last more than 3 days. But if you turn off the always-on feature, the battery life may extend to almost 6 days. It’ll be better if you learn some tricks to reign the power of the battery. Compared to the Apple watch that needs almost everyday recharging, we can confidently say on our Fitbit Versa 2 review that Fitbit has done a great job with the battery.
However, not everyone will be satisfied with the smartwatch battery. I can assure you that you’ll gain significant battery life if you follow the tips above. Fitbit can bring about revolutionary technology to power the watch more efficiently. Maybe they can start green movement by producing eco-friendly battery. It’s badly needed to protect our mother earth. However, using fermion particles on the electronic devices can start a new era soon. Let’s see if Fitbit can adapt the technology into their smartwatches and bring about an expected change.
|Fitbit Versa 2 Review At A Glance|
300 X 300 resolution
Lasts 6+ Days
4GB (2.5GB for music storage)
Aluminum Case & Buckle
Woven Polyester Strap
Sensors and Comonents
Optical Heart Sensor
Ambient light sensor
Relative SpO2 sensor
Android, iOS & Windows
Case Dimension: 40 X 40mm
Soft Part Described In Fitbit Versa 2 Review
The nice thing with Fitbit Versa 2 is that they always show the standard level of any health or fitness issues. If you don’t know the standard, how you can improve your fitness actually. So they give a score based on your daily performance. And you can compare them to improve your health and fitness up ahead. And with the bold step to feature sleep trackers, our Fitbit Versa 2 review can’t get worse, actually.
Track Your Health & Fitness: Fitbit Versa 2 Review
Fitbit is mostly known for its handy fitness tracking features. And with the smartness installed, the Fitbit Versa 2 can be your best buddy in daily life. Most of the people buy this watch for tracking purposes. And the quick chat makes life easier for busy people.
Let’s check out the watch’s soft portion in this Fitbit Versa 2 review.
Does Fitbit Versa 2 Count Steps
Yes, Fitbit Versa 2 counts steps. It’s a common feature in every fitness tracker to count steps. The fitness freaks or the cautious ones always try to hit the 10,000 marks to be satisfied for the days count. If you want to crack the mark every day, you can set hourly goals of 250. Set the alarm at any time and feel the vibration with the urge to continue your walking in the office or on the roads. And every weekend, get the notifications on your mailbox about your overall performance. It includes how many steps you’ve taken, your average steps in the week, how many miles you’ve walked and so more with your steps. And also tons of data regarding your calories burned.
You can even track the data of how many floors you’ve gone through. The accuracy and sensible efficiency of the Fitbit trackers are proven over time. It senses the movement of your body with the 3 axis accelerometer. It always records the time when it’s worn and gives the result if the individual is walking, running fast, or going up. The accuracy can vary depending on the position of the Fitbit Versa 2. The best position is on the wrist when you’re up for jogging.
Counting steps can sometimes be interpreted as a childish game. You’ve to concentrate on the calorie burn if you want to reduce extra fat. However, I recommend people to fix a target of 10,000 steps a day to complete. It’ll burn a lot of your calories.
Does Fitbit Versa 2 Have Heart Rate Monitor
Hearken To Your Heart: The Fitbit Versa 2 features a heart rate monitor that’s a very useful feature to use in your daily life. And also, it can be your diagnostic tool if you’re well aware of it. The heart rate monitor can track the rhythm of the heart while you’re jogging, straining, or sleeping. You can continuously measure your pulse all day long. Fitbit announces that it’s possible to detect atrial fibrillation with this watch. The ups and downs of heart rate in a normal condition can indicate medical issues of bradycardia (slow heart rate) and tachycardia (fast heart rate).
Fitbit has the potential to diagnose a disease. But of course you’ve to consult a doctor before. Arterial fibrillation can occur at any place of the circulation. So it’s not always possible to detect the change. But the pressure difference is detectable. The data can act as an alarm to your deteriorating health condition.
Does fitbit versa 2 measure oxygen level
Fitbit has also increased the predictability for heart monitoring with its latest addition to measure the oxygen level in blood. You can measure the heart rate during sleep. And with the oxygen level known, you can detect if you’ve any sleep apnea or insomnia. And it can be useful in this corona pandemic as there are many cases where oxygen saturation suddenly falls and causes severe choking of the patient. Though it’s not totally accurate, you can measure the approximate oxygen saturation in the blood. And you can also make decisions whether oxygen flow is needed or not for the patient.
Actually, pulse oximeter is the right and dependable tool to measure oxygen saturation. So it’s better to get an estimation from the Fitbit watch. Then you can consult your doctor. Fitbit can install all the necessary sensors and tools to make the Versa 2 more compatible.
Fitbit Versa 2 Sleep Tracking Review
Improve Quality Of Sleep: It’s a praiseworthy feature Fitbit dares to add in their latest addition to the Fitbit Versa line. Even Apple Watch 5 doesn’t include any built-in sleep tracker apps. Fitbit shows the gut to serve its clients with the opportunity to track sleep. It’s a very important feature in this world full of stress.
The accelerometer sensor and heart rate monitor can detect the quality of your sleep and the process is known as actigraphy. It also shows the different stages of your sleep. If you’re in the light stage or in the deep stage, or in the REM (Rapid Eye Movement- the dream stage of sleep) stage, it can show the data in the chart about how much time you spent in each of the 5 stages of sleep. And based on it, you’ll be provided a sleep score. Compare it with the standard sleep score and assess the quality of your sleep. The sleep score is very much helpful to improve the quality of sleep as it indicates the status of your sleep.
If you subscribe for the Fitbit Premium membership ($9.99 monthly or $79.99 yearly) you can also keep track of your heart rate during sleep and how many times you move and toss and turn around your bed. And with the help of oxygen saturation measurement during sleep, you can detect if apnea is disturbing you or not. It’s very helpful for the primary diagnosis of sleep pattern problems.
Anti-grogginess tool: Another excellent feature we can’t escape in our Fitbit versa 2 review is its magical anti-grogginess tool. It’ll pick the best time to wake you from sleep on a 30 minute window. That means the watch will vibrate when you’re in the lightest stage of sleep. If you set an alarm at 8 am, the watch will vibrate between the time span of 7:30 to 8:00 am. Between the 30 hour window, it’ll pick the lightest stage to wake you up with vibration. As a result, you won’t feel so woozy right after you wake up. But if the sensor doesn’t find the right stage to wake you up, then it’ll then vibrate at 8:00 am, the time you set up before.
The sleep mode will help you to go for a long, deep, and peaceful sleep. When your sleep schedule is on, the watch will dim out and all the text and call notifications will be turned off. It’s a great feature you won’t know until you start to use it.
The sensors used in Fitbit Versa 2 are cutting-edge technology. But they can’t be interpreted as the neat process to analyze sleep. To get pinpoint accuracy, you’ve to measure the neuron signals. Naturally wristwatch can’t be placed in the head. That’s a barrier from getting the most accurate data. However, we can expect Fitbit to provide the best technology available right now.
Can Fitbit Track Menstrual Cycle & Fertile Window
It’s another utilitarian feature included in Fitbit Versa 2. You can track your menstrual cycle and predict the probable date of the next cycle. The more consistently you input data about your period, the more accurate will be the prediction. Comparing the previous periods, you can detect any irregularities of your periods. It may indicate pregnancy or excessive physical activity. Using contraceptive pills or other birth control methods may alter your menstrual cycle.
The feature can also predict your next fertile window and the most probable date of ovulation. It’ll ensure you have safe sexual intercourse. Because after a certain period of ovulation, there won’t happen any fertilization. As the ovum will be dispatched through the menstrual bleeding.
Set Goal For Activities
You can set the goal and act accordingly. There are lots of workouts available to choose from. You can choose yoga, biking, swimming, running, or hiking among the 20+ exercise modes. Get real-time statistics and hit your goal. You can also set an alarm to keep you motivated all the time. And you’ll feel the urge to jump for more activities and workouts. You can track your route by the built-in GPS systems.
The Smart Features
As the fitness tracker comes with its smartwatch brain, it provides the opportunity to link your smartphone with the Fitbit Versa 2 watch. And without checking your phone every now and then, you can check out the notifications and finish the important chatting right from your Fitbit Versa 2 smartwatch on your wrist. You’ll know if the Fitbit Versa 2 is worth being a great smartwatch here in our Fitbit Vera 2 review.
Can You Get Notifications On Fitbit Versa 2
The watch features notification systems while linked with your smartwatch. So when you’re connected with your phone nearby, you’ll get real-time notifications right on your watch. The Fitbit Versa 2 supports text, email, calendar, reminders, and so more on the watch. The text messages from WhatsApp and calendar reminders will also be shown on the notification panel. You will also get meeting reminders and app updates on the notification bar. When someone calls you, you’ll also know it from your reliable buddy.
Can You Text On Fitbit Versa 2
If you’re an iPhone user, it’s a big NO for you as the iPhone doesn’t allow text from your watch. But you’ll get notifications from the iPhone. Even you can change the notification settings to enable or disable notifications on a per-app basis. But you can’t directly reply to iMessage, Messenger, Slack, WeChat or WhatsApp.
But you can do all the things on the open source platform, Android. You can directly reply to the messages from your watch using customizable and preset quick replies. You can choose five default quick replies to use instantly or you can customize your replies in the settings.
Now you can reply to the SMS text messages, Twitter, Gmail, Messenger, WhatsApp, and Line as they allow the process for preset replies. But you can’t craft any new responses from the watch. Using Alexa, you can dictate short replies to the messages. Just tap on the notification, press the voice reply button, utter something important, and hit the send button. It’s fun and easy.
Can You Call On Fitbit Versa 2
Unfortunately, you can’t directly talk back to the caller through Fitbit Versa 2. But you can ‘accept’ or ‘decline’ the call. The watch will show you the call notifications that someone is calling on your smartphone. You have the opportunity to decide through the Fitbit Versa 2 smartwatch. If you wear earbuds or a headset while jogging, you need not take your phone out of your pocket. Just accept the call and talk through the microphone of the earbuds. And some people believe that calling from a smartwatch is an exaggeration of the smartwatch features.
The Amazing Amazon Alexa
It’s great that Fitbit Versa 2 features built-in Alexa that you can use as your voice assistant. Through the microphone, you can ask your queries to Alexa. But Alexa will reply with text answers only, not with the voice over. However, you can get weather reports or calendar events by asking Alexa. It can also help you with some simple things like answering from the web, turning on smart home features, and even your daily workout and other detailed statistics.
You can also set a timer like when you’re doing a workout, it’ll be great to set a 30 seconds timer by dictating Alexa. But it’s very slow to respond to your queries. As the process involves Fitbit Versa 2> Smartphone> Amazon Server> Smartphone> Smartwatch this way, it takes a bit of time to respond. Though the accuracy can’t be expected to be 100% effective, Alexa is satisfactory on average.
The Fruitful Other Features
The Fitbit Versa 2 also comes with boatloads of opportunities to hear music. You can install Spotify and control the playlists of the smartphone. But you can’t download playlists to listen offline. Though Fitbit is trying to develop the features to upgrade its offline listening systems.
The versa 2 offers around 2.5GB storage for music storage. You can upload any local files from your computer. Or you can download music playlists from other apps like Deezer or Pandora.
There are tons of magnificent and minimalist watch faces available. You can also select analog or digital watch faces. For most of the features, you need to pay for the premium membership.
And hence the other news is that Fitbit Pay is available in the Versa 2 smartwatch. So you can pay through your smartwatch. The today tab features all the daily statistics of your daily workout. The steps burned calories and even your tracking of weight changes can be shown here. You can also find the data for sleep quality, heart rate and so more.
You can also find tons of third-party apps that are adorned with lots of features. You can download Strava, Uber, Starbucks, and more essential apps with few omissions.
There’s also a community tab so that you won’t feel lonely and despaired with the watch features. The social sharing system makes the Fitbit users come closer and makes it a part of the emotion. You can ask any questions and you’ll get answers from lots of people who are ready to help you.
Is Fitbit Versa Or Apple Watch Better
As Fitbit releases their watch, it’s obvious to compare them with the most popular Apple Watches that are furiously dominating the smartwatch space for years. Fitbit Versa 2 reviews have become a clash of the two brands unintentionally. The Fitbit Versa 2 throws a challenge to the Apple Watches with its affordable price and magnetic smart features. It’s not deniable that Fitbit lacks some important features that Apple Watch is adorned with.
But if you think about the proportion of available features with the price tag, Fitbit is far ahead of its competitor. You’re making a bang for your bucks with this Fitbit Versa 2 as it’s affordable at almost half of the price of Apple watch. And it costs you lower than the smartwatches from Samsung, Xiaomi, and Huawei. Let’s not hope all the premium features are free of cost. However, if they would add and upgrade a few key features to their Fitbit Versa 2, this version might be a massive hit in the market. With the Fitbit Versa 2 review going on, you’ll also learn about every aspect of drawbacks this utilitarian timepiece can cause.
If you want to enjoy smart features, easy maneuver, faster, and cleaner experiences with smartwatches, the Apple Watch 5 is the best option for you right now. But if you’re groping for the best smartwatch on a budget, then the Fitbit Versa 2 will bring you good luck. Stick to our Fitbit Versa 2 review to learn more.
Is The Fitbit Versa 2 Worth It
There’s a tight competition in the smartwatch space. You can’t dominate only by making affordable products. The Fitbit Versa 2 costs only $200, that’s almost half of the price of Apple Watch 5. And the price is also less than the Samsung Galaxy Watch, Huawei Smartwatches. But some other specifications should be upgraded to compete with the Apple Watch as Apple Watch 3 is also available around $200.
However, as Fitbit is compatible with the widely used Android system, it can be the best choice for Android users. And the low price with all the essential features makes it a great buy for all.
The Final Summations
If you look at the other competitors in the smartwatch space, there are some popular brands that also produce quality smartwatches. If you look at the Apple Watch, it can only be paired with iPhones and costs about 2 times more than the Fitbit Versa 2. Though Fitbit lacks some essential features, they’re trying to develop their watch like Rome and it’ll take some time obviously. And until then, we need to wait. It’s the most affordable of all the renowned smartwatch giants that come with premium features. And with the development and sharpness coming to be offered, Fitbit Versa 2 will be the best buy in the market.
And for now, Fitbit Versa 2 is one of the best smartwatches right now. And among the non-apple smartwatches, the Versa 2 will be a bang for your bucks.
This is our Judgmental Verdict on Fitbit Versa 2 review. And you won’t be disappointed using this elegant watch with a smart brain.
Hopefully, this Fitbit Versa 2 review will help you to unknot your confusion about this watch. If you think it’s not worth buying for any other cause, let us know in the comment section.