Fitbit Versa 2 review: A solid replacement, but not totally remade

Valentina Palladino

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Fitbit’s very first smartwatch might have been the Ionic, however the business is tossing all of its resources behind the Versa While the Ionic targeted major professional athletes, the initial Versa was more available in style, functions, and rate. That mix won over a great deal of users, a lot so that Fitbit made a a lot more cost effective variation with the Versa Lite

Today the $200 Versa 2 is revamping the initial Versa by bringing some scandal sheet functions to the routine design and consisting of brand new ones– voice commands, Spotify playback control, and so on– that Fitbit likely contributed to stay up to date with the Joneses of the smartwatch world. Fitbit just contributed to the Versa 2– it didn’t eliminate anything that was currently present in the initial Versa. Nevertheless, that does not make it a no-brainer upgrade for delighted OG-Versa owners.

What’s brand-new

Hardware

The Versa 2 keeps that rounded-square case style that the initial Versa had, just now it has a brand-new AMOLED display screen, one side button, and an enhanced processor. The AMOLED panel offers the watch a higher-quality feel and look with much deeper blacks and more dynamic colors. Images must likewise look crisper, and undoubtedly the images utilized in the Workout app appear to have more information than they did in the past. However Fitbit OS does not utilize a lot of pictures, so you’ll mainly delight in the enhanced screen through the os’s color iconography.

The single-button style imitates the Versa Lite and will perhaps be much better fit for a lot of users. Smartwatches with more than one physical button are produced professional athletes who require a more trusted method to manage their wearable when sweat, water, and other deterrents prevent the touchscreen. While the Versa 2 tracks loads of activities, it’s still not as hardcore as something like a.
Garmin Fenix 5 Plus and does not actually require more than one button. That button browses back on the display screen and, when pushed and held, triggers Amazon Alexa (a brand-new function we’ll go over more in a bit) or Fitbit Pay depending upon your personalized choices.

Physical enhancements typically offer us instant, visual complete satisfaction that a gadget has actually been adequately updated, however the brand-new processor inside the Versa 2 is my preferred physical yet undetectable upgrade in this watch. The initial Versa wasn’t slow, however you will right away see the distinction in efficiency and general functional smoothness in the Versa 2. Shifts in between pages are smooth, opening and closing apps takes a 2nd or more less time than in the past, and packing information in the Today control panel is practically immediate.

Fitbit Versa 2 product image

Fitbit Versa 2

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Software Application

The majority of the hardware enhancements work together with brand-new software application functions in the Versa 2. The AMOLED panel supports a brand-new always-on display screen mode, triggered by an icon in the brand-new quick-access menu that’s available by swiping below the top of the display screen.

By default, the Versa 2’s display screen will switch on just when you turn your wrist up, exposing the time and any other glanceable statistics on your watch face. However with always-on display screen mode triggered, the display screen will constantly reveal the time, date, battery level, and 2 little circles revealing actions and workout development for the day.

This screen isn’t the like your picked watch face. Rather, it’s an easier black-and-white watch confront with a digital clock, probably to save battery power as much as possible. This minimalistic appearance rollovers to other activities also, like tracking workout when utilizing the always-on display screen mode. To access the watch’s user interface, you just require to tap on the display screen a couple of times or push the side button.

Fitbit’s choice to alter the style of the watch face while utilizing always-on display screen mode was a wise one since it guarantees that you’re getting as much battery life out of the gadget as possible. Keeping the display screen on all the time utilizes more battery life in basic, so removing that display screen of anything unneeded will assist it last longer. Fitbit declares the Versa 2 will last 2+ days in always-on display screen mode and 5+ days in routine mode. I got 2 days and 2 nights of life with always-on display screen mode and about 4 days and 4 nights of life when utilizing the turn-to-wake display screen function.