7 things you need to know about Fitbit's new Versa smartwatch

Fitbit Versa brings female health tracking and a much-improved design

7 things you need to know about Fitbit's new Versa smartwatch

That's an omission serious athletes will have to consider. There's also a special-edition Versa model priced at $229.95, which includes NFC and Fitbit Pay capabilities in the US and comes with an exclusive style, featuring woven bands in either lavender or charcoal coloration with either a rose gold aluminum or graphite aluminum case. I don't make payments from my wrist all that often, but for some buyers, the $30 premium for the special edition may be worth it. The Versa provides access to Fitbit's growing library of apps.

Announced by Fitbit today, the Versa is described as an "intuitive" smartwatch for communication and health and fitness.

Fitbit knows the Ionic isn't the most accessible smartwatch on the market.




There's also a host of smartwatch features onboard, such as smartphone notifications, Deezer music streaming, Fitbit Pay contactless payment, apps, and downloadable clock faces. The biggest addition is something called the Fitbit Dashboard: swipe up from the bottom of the Versa and you'll see your activity, heart rate, tips and tricks, guidance, weekly and daily health and fitness stats and exercise summaries.

It'll let you log your menstrual cycle data, recording symptoms like headaches and cramp.

"Most technology products aren't designed with women in mind first", Chase said. Fitbit OS now plays nice with Deezer, so you can download offline playlists from the streaming service and pair Bluetooth headphones for a phone-free experience (provided you don't want Global Positioning System as mentioned). Your Fitbit watch will also show your fertile window in your Today dashboard if you so choose. The Versa is extremely slim and, according to Fitbit, it's the company's lightest metal smartwatch in the USA market. But Fitbit is obviously hoping that you will. Although Fitbit made its name by manufacturing fitness trackers, the company has been pushing towards smartwatches in an attempt to grow its appeal and gain market share. The Fitbit Ace is basically an adapted version of the Fitbit Alta, with a smaller, adjustable band to fit tinier wrists and a revised software to remove data that may not be as relevant to younger users, such as calories burned. The Ace is available to preorder now in blue or purple and will ship in the second quarter of this year. The range of bands available also looks to be trying to take on the Apple Watch in the fashion stakes. The redesigned smartwatch is a far cry from the Ionic's angular aesthetic, which I intensely disliked. Kids will also be limited to just 10 watchfaces they can use to customize their fitness bands, compared to the hundreds available from third-party developers for Fitbit Ionic and Versa. The navigation is completely different, with three buttons to Apple Watch's button-crown combo. A number of companies, including Garmin, already offer up wearables aimed at motivating kids to get up and move, so it's honestly a bit surprising that it took Fitbit this long to embrace the trend, especially given the fact that it really didn't have to do much to tweak an existing product here. In upcoming updates, the Fitbit will support functionality that allows women to track their menstrual cycles - a feature that many use a separate dedicated app for. This is a huge deal, because all of those metrics are so deeply intertwined.

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