Fitbit Versa smartwatch brings women's health tracking and a curvier design

Fitbit Versa smartwatch brings women's health tracking and a curvier design

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The Fitbit Versa (short for "Versatile") comes with almost all the features its bigger sibling, Ionic has but costs only $199. In addition, for those looking to conceive, female health tracking might become a valuable tool to monitor your reproductive health. Gone is the metal framed look, but retained is angular design.

Fitbit's Versa feels much more comfortable on my wrist than the Ionic did.

The Versa is available to preorder now and will ship in April. I used the watch during a brief but intense workout, and I was impressed with its new design.

Priced at $199.95 in band/case combinations of black and black, gray and silver, as well as peach and rose gold, the swim-proof "health and fitness watch" can also be pre-ordered starting today in "Special Editions" pairing a charcoal woven strap with a graphite aluminum body, or a lavender woven/rose gold aluminum flavor. If interested in that, you can learn more here. A huge range of after-purchase accessories is available as well, offering tons of ways to customize the look of the watch, with those ranging in price from $22.95 to $99.95. The watch comes running Fitbit OS 2.0, a new update to Fitbit's smartwatch software, allowing it to run most of the same apps as the Ionic and adding new features, such as replying to messages right from your wrist.

Through the Fitbit app, parents can keep a close eye on their children's progress, activity, and friend requests. As with any Fitbit product, the Versa also includes a robust array of fitness options.

Park pointed to health matters such as diabetes, heart health, sleep disorders, and mental health as areas where Fitbit devices and the data they collect could potentially help medical professionals make diagnoses and treat patients.

Fitbit Versa smartwatch brings women's health tracking and a curvier design
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Fitbit Coach is also here for your home workouts to give you dynamic activities to do without even having to leave the house.

You can set move reminders to tell you to get up from your desk and do something, so that you're not just a sedentary zombie during the day.

According to a new blog post from the company, the Versa is the company's third attempt at a full-on smartwatch, and the company may have finally nailed a good design at a really good price. It automatically tracks steps, active minutes, and sleep, has an estimated five-day battery life, and is safe to wear in the shower. The Versa is much slimmer and more lightweight than my Series 3. This means it's not going to be as accurate at tracking distances and speed for runs, cycling, hiking, swimming or whatever activity you're doing.

That's something of a negative on a £199.99 watch, which might deter runners who want specific details about their activity. You can also find it at Amazon, Best Buy and Target.

As mentioned, Fitbit wants the Versa to appeal to a wider audience, and part of that audience is female. Like the Ionic, it's platform agnostic. That's the end of the social interactions, though - kids won't have access to the greater Fitbit community.

While £199 might sound like a lot for a device without Global Positioning System, you are getting offline music, you're getting mobile payments and you're getting a design that's not too chunky with plenty of options for customisation. All Versa watches in Europe and Asia will come with Fitbit Pay onboard, but in the United States you'll need to get the £229.99 Special Edition Versa to get the feature.

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