Should You Buy The Latest Fitbit Versa 2?
A month ago, Fitbit unveiled its latest Versa 2 model in Bangkok, and we got our hands on one to test its features. Retailing for about 8,490 baht, we break down the most premium offering of the leader of fitness-tracking watches to come to a conclusion about whether or not the Versa 2 is worth the spend.
In terms of appearances, the Fitbit Versa 2 is just as sleek, modern and versatile as any top-level smartwatch in the market, which renders it a bit neutral in terms of merit. If you were wearing the Apple Watch Series 5, for instance, we probably couldn't tell the difference. Comparing it to the first Versa, the differences are also minute—notably just the reduction of three side buttons to one. Nevertheless, the Versa 2 doesn't distract from style and is quite comfortable on the wrist, accomplishing the basic criteria of wearability. The new Versa also introduces an always-on AMOLED display, something Fitbit wearers have been asking for, without draining the battery.
The battery life of the Versa 2 is one of the most impressive things about the watch. In the month that we've had to toy around with our Versa 2, we've only had to charge it a handful of times (three) and mostly out of caution rather than necessity. The Versa 2 literally lasts for days—supposedly over six—without charge and charges up so quickly, it really won't miss much of your daily activities.
We tested the Fitbit on two phones, an iPhone X and a Huawei P30, and there's definitely something to note loudly here: compatibility is not universal yet. Connectivity will make or break your Fitbit experience. In this case, we found that the Versa 2 connects with the iPhone seamlessly, while the Huawei P30 struggles. If you have the right phone for the Versa 2, it will serve you as promised. If you don't, don't count on it to give you accurate readings or for all of the apps to work. The best way to check compatibility is to check Fitbit's list of exact phone models that will work for the Versa 2.
Usability & Technology
Like the general appearance of the watch, the user interface is up to standard in terms of sleekness. Nothing is distracting or over-complicated, and it's easy to find what you're looking for. The Versa 2 is also faster than its predecessor, offering a smoother scrolling experience. One disappointment techies may find, however, is that GPS is still not built into the watch, meaning it's still highly reliant on the phone being around at all times. The integration of Amazon's Alexa in the Versa 2 may make up for that short-coming. Yes, you can now do voice-command on Fitbit and not just voice-reply to text messages.
A lot of devices these days have some form of a built-in health tracking system, whether it's a step or calorie counter. But when it comes to serious and holistic health tracking for the purpose of self-improvement, Fitbit is still the best because it makes the correlation between fitness and sleep. In addition to its high-quality measurements of heart rate, steps, calorie burn and general activeness, Fitbit has recently upgraded their sleep tracking programme, introducing the Sleep Score, a number which sums up the quality of your sleep. The device, of course, also shows you why your sleep was rated relatively poor (below 80) or substantial (above 80). Fitbit has also announced with the Versa 2 unveil that they will be rolling out ascription based service next year—Fitbit Premium—which will offer a more sophisticated analysis of your biometrics as well as fitness and sleep programmes or guides.
If you've yet to own a Fitbit and are keen on tracking your biometrics for better health and, most importantly, you've got a compatible smartphone, the Versa 2 is definitely the leading product in the market to start with. If you have an earlier version of Fitbit, particularly the Versa 1, consider the importance of the improved speed and battery life and the integration of Alexa in the Versa 2.
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