The new $ 199 Fitbit Versa.
Two of his three physical side buttons are on his right edge.
The Versa is Fitbit's lightest smartwatch, even with its all-metal design.
Optical heart rate monitor on its underside.
1.34 inches, 300 x 300 display.
Metal, silicone, leather and woven strips are available.
Workouts on the device with Fitbit Coach.
A new Fitbit smartwatch is poised to keep the Ionic company from last year in the range of family appliances. Today, Fitbit has announced the new Versa smartwatch, a slim and lightweight metal wearable that runs on Fitbit OS. The long-time king of fitness equipment knew that he was to develop in the smartwatch category, and he began this evolution last year with the beginnings of the Ionic $ 299 . But the Ionic finally replaced the Fitbit Surge, which was the most high-tech and comprehensive fitness watch of the company at the time. Not everyone needs such a powerful device, and that's where the new Versa comes in – it's a smartwatch that mixes smart features with cool features. Important fitness to reach a wider audience than the ionic.
In the short time that I had with the new Fitbit Versa, I was struck by the light. While Fitbit did not provide the exact weight of the Versa, the company noted that the Versa is its lightest device to date. The Versa is quite comfortable to wear, but it does not feel fragile thanks to its all-rounded metal case. Its case is in black, gray and rose gold, as well as special editions in graphite and rose gold, with two band options instead of one. Like other smartwatches, the Versa is compatible with a number of silicone, leather, woven and metal strips manufactured by Fitbit.
Like the Fitbit Ionic, the Versa has three physical buttons on the sides and a 1.34-inch, 300×300 LCD touchscreen that allows users to navigate through Fitbit OS. The lack of GPS differentiates the Versa from the Ionic because the new device has an optical heart rate monitor, a music storage system, a resistance to the 39, water up to 50 meters and coaching with Fitbit Coach as the first smartwatch of the company. The Versa however has a connected GPS function, which means you can map outdoor activities when you bring your smartphone for the ride.
Versa special editions have Fitbit Pay NFC capabilities in the US, but all Versa models sold in Asia will be able to use Fitbit Pay. The Versa also works with Android, iOS and Windows devices, and its battery can last more than four days on a single charge.
Although Pebble was not mentioned in our briefing, Fitbit certainly took note of Pebble's old designs when developing the Versa. The new smartwatch looks like what a Pebble 2018 device could have been if the company had not been purchased by Fitbit at the end of 2016. I say that as a compliment because , compared to the chunky Ionic, the Versa is much more user-friendly and easier to wear. Fitbit has made the Versa a mass smartwatch, as well as a smartwatch that users of its fitness trackers could update. With its less polarizing design, lack of GPS and its more affordable starting price of $ 199, the Versa definitely has more appeal for the mass than the Ionic.
Menstrual monitoring and other new features
The launch of Versa is Fitbit's new menstrual cycle for users. Starting this summer, the Fitbit app will allow users to track their cycle by entering when they have their period and cycle symptoms, such as headaches and cramps. Over time, Fitbit's software will be able to predict the time of future cycles and give users information on how their cycle can affect other aspects of their lives. That goes with smartwatches like the Versa that tracks daily activity, sleep and heart rate – the data collected by the Versa can help Fitbit software learn more about how your daily habits are affected by your cycle, and vice versa.
New health monitoring of women coming to Fitbit application this summer.
Users can record the symptoms of the period and their entire menstrual cycle.
Fitbit Ace, the new tracker for kids in the business.
It takes Alta's design and makes it smaller with an adjustable band for children's wrists.
It is not known why it took Fitbit so much time to incorporate menstrual cycle monitoring into his application. There are many mobile cycle tracking apps that do not require a portable companion to work because they depend solely on the user who enters information on a daily or weekly basis. Fitbit users will still need to enter data since neither Versa nor Ionic can detect symptoms of the period such as cramps or mood swings.
Currently, none of the larger smartwatches or portable platforms – watchOS, Android Wear, Tizen, or the Garmin OS – allows users to track their cycles natively. The launch of Fitbit's cycle tracking features seems to coincide with the release of the Versa since the company has discovered how to monitor and intelligently analyze biometrics, such as heart rate related to a woman's menstrual cycle. Nevertheless, I am sure that many female users would welcome the opportunity to monitor their cycle and other fitness data in an application much sooner.
In addition to cycling monitoring, the Versa will feature Fitbit's new "Custom Health Center", which is actually a redesigned Today app. It's there that users can see daily health and fitness statistics on their laptops, and Fitbit has added new daily and weekly measurements to the Today app to give users a clearer picture of their progress and their goals. Fitbit OS on the Versa will also provide more personalized alerts, reminders, celebrations and other notifications when users reach their goals, go through milestones and ask for information on their progress. Although small individual enhancements, new features like these contribute to the longevity of Fitbit devices and software, the more a Fitbit device can add value to a user's life, the more likely it is it will stick to the device and Fitbit platform for the long run.
Android users get an added benefit with the Versa in the form of quick responses, which allows them to respond to the text messages of the watch itself. Fitbit can not offer this to iOS users since Apple's system is closed, but Fitbit says it's working on similar features for iOS users. Garmin also offers quick answers for Android users on a number of its wearables including the Vivoactive 3 but similarly, it can not do it for iOS users.
A new tracker for children
But the Versa is not the only new member of the Fitbit family: the $ 99 Fitbit Ace is the company's first children's tracker. Aimed at children ages eight and older, Ace takes the design of the Fitbit Alta and uses specialized software to track children's activity. You can think of Ace as a basic fitness tracker: it monitors daily movements and sleep, sends reminders to move around the wearer's wrist, and has a waterproof design to the shower, all with more five days of autonomy. Parents can monitor their child's activity levels from the Fitbit app, and kids can see their own statistics in a child-friendly page of the app.
"Kid-friendly" in this case means to delete unnecessary data that Fitbit believes that children should not worry about, such as calories and body fat percentage. But kids can see the statistics of their daily activities, the badges achieved by reaching their activity goals and the challenges approved by the parents that they can participate with their friends (who are also approved by their parents).
It was only a matter of time before Fitbit made a tracker for the kids. Garmin already makes some portable clothing to keep up with kids' activity and, as a company that wants to provide health wearables for all, Fitbit needed to develop a tracker like Ace.
Return to Ars for our review Fitbit Versa in the coming weeks. Both Fitbit Versa and Fitbit Ace are available today for pre-orders starting at $ 199 and $ 99, respectively. Both will be widely available in April.
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