After the basic Blaze and the angular Ionic, Fitbit has finally got the smartwatch formula right. The new Fitbit Versa works well, looks good, and is comfortable to wear for extended periods of time, though it’s not without its problems. Here’s our hands-on experience of using the wearable.
Perhaps most importantly when compared with previous smartwatches from the brand, the Fitbit Versa comes in an Apple Watch-esque design that manages to be lightweight and elegantly simple. It’s not a watch that you’re going to be embarrassed to have on your wrist, or one that’s going to hinder you on a jog or even during a soccer match.
The 1.34-inch touchscreen is bright and clear, and while the software is basic – and notifications aren’t handled particularly well – it does all the essential tasks well. Fitness stats, the time, and the date are all easy to read at a glance. This is where Fitbit needed to get it right this time around, because we know its devices can do all the health and fitness tracking duties well enough. With a simple form factor and a respectable choice of watch strap colors and materials to choose from, all that tracking tech is finally in a Fitbit smartwatch that looks good. The black silicone strap we used has a traditional watch-style clasp that’s easy to open and close, and it’s light and comfortable enough that we hardly noticed it was there. Like the Ionic, it’s also waterproof to 50 meters (164 ft), so you can take it in the pool with you.