The Fitbit Versa is the most recent wearable to blur the road between health tracker and full-fledged smartwatch.
If you’re involved in Versa, there’s a superb probability that its earlier smartwatch effort, the Fitbit Ionic, may additionally be of curiosity. The firm’s 2017 mannequin remains to be loads competent and enhancing with software program updates, whereas dropping in value on the similar time.
Thus, it’s going to be robust for some to resolve which is finest to put money into. We’ll be evaluating the brand new versus the outdated when it comes to their design, respective shows, efficiency and worth.
Both the Versa and Ionic are interesting revisions to the Fitbit smartwatch method that originated with the Fitbit Blaze. But on the subject of deciding between the 2, lots of it comes right down to desire.
The Ionic has a decidedly premium look with glass that goes from edge-to-edge. If you go for the Versa, you’ll get a watch with a extra squared-off look, akin to one thing extra just like the Apple Watch, or heck, even the Pebble Time.
When it comes to look at band selection, it seems such as you’ll be suited equally effectively regardless of which selection you make, although the Ionic’s band-changing mechanism appears extra intuitive to us.
The Versa and Ionic each provide shade shows which are loads vibrant and vibrant, and each are surrounded by some hefty bezels.
Since these lean extra on the health tracker aspect of the smartwatch spectrum, they get a little bit of a cross, however it’s price noting for design and display screen lovers.
Each watch options the Fitbit emblem on the underside of their respective shows, although in comparison with the Ionic’s sharp edges, the Versa’s glass-covered entrance boasts a barely curved look. It offers it a little bit of dimension visually, however doesn’t provide any change in performance.
If you hadn’t seen by now that the Versa and Ionic are just about neck-in-neck in all classes thus far, let this be your reminder. But on the subject of efficiency, the Ionic surprisingly edges out the win.
While startlingly related of their providing (each run on Fitbit OS, each provide steady coronary heart fee monitoring and are appropriate with all apps and watch faces made for the platform, together with Fitbit Pay) the Ionic alone has built-in GPS.
If you snag the Versa, GPS monitoring remains to be potential, although you’ll must carry your telephone alongside for the journey as effectively to deal with the monitoring on the brand new Fitbit’s behalf.
This apart, the 2 watches mirror every others capabilities carefully, with the one different variations we find out about being the Ionic’s barely extra long-lasting battery that’s able to final 5 days to the Versa’s marketed longevity of 4 or extra days.
For what the Versa lacks in comparison with the extra sport-focused Ionic, which actually isn’t quite a bit, it appears to be priced accordingly to replicate the variations.
The Fitbit Versa launches in April for $199 (£199, AU$350). If you’re not within the know, the Ionic at present retails at $299 (£299, AU$449).
It’s a little bit of a step-up in value, so if you’d like a lot of the similar options and arguably a greater design, you may relaxation simple spending much less on the Versa. But its sore lack of GPS and a barely smaller battery might be an excessive amount of to surrender for some.
It’s a detailed battle throughout the board for the Versa and Ionic, which is probably going precisely how Fitbit wished it to be. The value hole is a large one to cross for individuals who are on the fence, however it looks as if, barring any want for GPS expertise, the Versa will swimsuit those that wish to avoid wasting cash fairly effectively.