This summer my focus has been on getting in shape and losing weight. One of the things that has helped me the most has been having consistent feedback and “gamified” goals via the Weight Watchers app and my heart rate monitor during Orangetheory Fitness workouts. So when I heard about the new Fitbit Versa, I thought it would be a great way to track my non-gym activity. I’ve been using the tracker for about 3 months now and feel I can finally put together a comprehensive Fitbit Versa review.
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Fitbit Versa Review – the Pros
Looks Like A Watch Not a Fitness Tracker
I love that the Fitbit Versa looks more like a smartwatch than a fitness tracker. It’s not obvious that you’re tracking your daily steps and activity while wearing this on your wrist. Like most watches, you can also change the bands if you’d like to switch out the look.
Long Battery Life
The Fitbit Versa battery lasts about 4 days for me and I wear it pretty much all the time. I’ve become so used to wearing it now I feel like something is missing when I take it off to charge it.
The Versa gives some really interesting insights into your sleep. I had no idea how much time I spent awake each night. While tracking my sleep hasn’t changed my sleeping habits, I do find it interesting to see how much sleep I am actually getting. I’ve always needed a lot of sleep and made it a priority in my life, so I don’t really need to use the tracking for improvement. However, if improving or increasing your sleep is a goal of yours, you’ll find the sleep data helpful.
Since I do love getting so much sleep, I do find it difficult to drag myself out of bed in the morning. I’m loving the alarm feature on the Fitbit Versa. I have it set to vibrate on my wrist at the set time, which is a much more gently and pleasing way to wake up than a blaring alarm. I like that I can set it to week days only so that the alarm doesn’t go off during my precious weekend sleep.
Heart Rate Monitor Tracks Workouts
I’ve been a big fan of Orangetheory Fitness workouts for a couple of years now. But I stuggle with my Orangetheory heart rate monitor working consistently. Luckily, my Fitbit Versa does a great job of tracking my heart rate during the workouts. I still wear my Orangetheory heart rate monitor to show up on the class board, but when it comes to viewing my heart rate data, I rely on my Fitbit Versa.
My Orangethoery splat points are consistent with the time Fitbit categorizes my heart rate as “peak” during the workout.
Those are the things I enjoy about the Versa. Ready to find out the not so good? Here we go.
Fitbit Versa Review – The Cons
Switching Bands Can Be a Pain
I like that Fitbit Versa bands can be switched out depending upon the look you’re going for. I purchased the version with the nice band, but the black rubber version was also included. It wasn’t as easy as I thought it was going to be switching out the bands. I don’t have great dexterity, and the tiny pins on the band were hard to get to cooperate.
Eventually I got it to work, but I haven’t switched the bands back because I know it will be a 10 minute commitment and involve some swearing.
Water Trapped Crud
I have a bad habit of washing my hands with my rings on. Inevitably, water gets trapped under them and eventually makes an itchy, crusty, red and flaky mess on my finger. Because the Fitbit Versa is waterproof (great for swimmers), I haven’t been concerned with removing it when I wash my hands or take a shower. Until I got a big red raw spot of the creepy crud on my wrist. Yuck!
It took 2 days of not wearing the Versa for the redness to go away.
Now I remove it when I shower and make sure both my skin and the watch are totally dry after washing my hands. This may not be an issue for you, but if you also get the water trapped crud issue with other jewelry, you’ll get it with the fitness tracker band, too.
Can’t Reply to Texts
Score one for receiving texts on the Fitbit Versa, but unfortunately, you can’t reply to them. Well, I can’t on my via my Versa and iPhone. Apparently Android users have the option to reply with short, canned messages.
Luckily, I don’t receive many urgent texts, so it’s really a non-issue for me. But it would be a terrific added benefit to be able to reply to texts.
The Fitbit Versa has been a great addition to my new found interest in wellness tracking and health data. While it may not be the perfect solution for everyone, the pros outweigh the cons for me.
What do you think?