Headquartered in San Francisco, California, Fitbit is an American wearables company that was established in 2017. Fitbit is one of the biggest players in the wearables arena. It primarily produces activity trackers and smartwatches, with Versa 3 being the best overall Fitbit Smartwatch.
When it comes to fitness, monitoring the details of your activities and workouts is a great way to track your progress; and Fitbit offers a line of products that just do the same.
The Fitbit was originally designed as a step counter device, and all Fitbits still offer step tracking features. In addition, these small wrist-worn devices also measure stairs climbed, calories burned, sleep tracking, distance tracking (whether you are walking, running, or cycling), heart rate, resting heart rate, cardio score, and many other nifty features.
And, the company also offers smartwatch trackers, which enable you to receive texts and other notifications for emails, calls, etc. you can also control music stored on the phone or even access photos.
A Fitbit smartwatch with more features is always going to be more expensive than its non-smartwatch counterpart. Plus, the quality of tracking and sensors is much better on high-end Fitbits. Generally, the price range of the product is above $200 approximately, which may differ depending upon where you shop. So, here we are reviewing Fitbit Versa 3.
Fitbit Smartwatch Versa 3: The Review
With integrated GPS and some design tweaks over its predecessor, the Fitbit Versa 3 is an excellent wearable. The Versa 3 is a great option for athletes as it has built-in GPS and provides real-time feedback on your pace and distance, giving you the option of working out without your phone.
It also continues to offer long battery life, a better display than before, and plenty of fitness statistics making it a very attractive and affordable Apple Watch alternative.
However, given that it is the third iteration of the popular Versa line, this Versa 3 is still not up to the mark in a few areas. For example, the redesign of the side button is so frustrating to use. Unlike Versa 2, there is no physical button, instead, there is an indent on the left side of the chassis, now. The indent takes a few attempts to find the exact spot you need to press to bring up apps and sub-menus.
Other than that, the Versa 3 is a beautiful wearable that does a lot of what Fitbit Sense (known best for high-tech features) can do, except for stress tracking and advanced heart monitoring.
Besides that, there are a plethora of fitness tracking features available on Versa 3 in comparison to Versa 2.
Design-wise, the Versa 3 looks nearly identical to Sense, having the same bright, colorful 1.58 -inch, 336 x 336-pixel AMOLED display. However, the display can be unresponsive at times and as a result, you have to swipe several times to get a response.
The Versa 3 is lightweight and comfortable. It measures around 0.49 inches thick and weighs 1.4 ounces approx. with the small band. It comes in three color options- a black chassis with a black band, soft gold aluminum with a midnight blue strap, or soft gold aluminum with a pinkish band.
The Versa 3 charges surprisingly too quickly. As per Fitbit, the watch sports a new fast charging feature that will give you 24 hours of battery life in less than 12 minutes. Once fully charged, it offers a battery life of about 6 days, which is impressive, especially, when compared with the Apple Watch Series 6 and the Samsung Galaxy Watch 3, both of which have a battery life of around 18 hours on a single charge. The battery life results of course differ depending upon your usage and settings. For example, if you have the display set to always-on, the battery life is drained quickly.
As a smartwatch, the Versa 3 functions in the same way as Versa 2. However, many of the better Fitbit apps are paid which means a premium subscription is required to unlock advanced features.
The Versa 3 also works with Amazon Alexa, letting you use your voice to set reminders and control your smart home devices. It also enables you to get answers to questions, and a lot more. For doing this, all you need to do is to set up the Alexa app on your phone and sync your Amazon account.
Fitness and Health Tracking
Fitness and health are the areas where Versa 3 outperforms. Though it doesn’t have as many health tracking features as the Sense does, still there is enough here for the average user, thanks to full-day activity and heart monitoring.
The Versa 3 can be instrumental in detecting disorders like sleep apnea, as it will monitor your blood oxygen level while you sleep, provided you wear the device to the bed.
Pros and Cons Of Versa 3
-Great battery life
-Lightweight and comfortable
-Supports Amazon Alexa, Fitbit Pay
-The SpO2 sensor measures blood oxygen level while sleeping
-Poorly designed side button
-Fitbit Premium subscription is required to unlock advanced features
-Doesn’t offer stress tracking, skin temperature monitoring, ECG app
One question that bothers most of our readers is whether a Fitbit smartwatch worth it? The answer to this question depends upon your need for a wearable. If you need one for keeping a tab on your vitals while exercising, then opt for a fitness tracker. However, if you’re looking for a more convenient way to communicate while your hands are busy, go for a smartwatch.
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