Fitbit Versa

Last updated date: July 3, 2019

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7.8

Fitbit Versa

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We looked at the top Smartwatches and dug through the reviews from some of the most popular review sites. Through this analysis, we've determined the best Smartwatch you should buy.

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Overall Take


In our analysis of 188 expert reviews, the Fitbit Versa placed 19th when we looked at the top 26 products in the category. For the full ranking, see below.

From The Manufacturer

Meet Fitbit Versa - an all-day companion that helps you live your best life. This lightweight, swimproof smartwatch empowers you to reach health and fitness goals with 24/7 heart rate, actionable insights, personalized guidance, on-screen workouts and more. Run your day with notifications, quick replies (android only), apps, phone-free music -- all with 4+ day battery life (varies with use and other factors). Plus, wear it your way with fresh accessories and clock faces.

Expert Reviews

Expert Summarized Score

7.7
12 expert reviews

User Summarized Score

7.9
5,344 user reviews

What experts liked

Excellent battery life. Slick, comfortable design. Lots of tracking options. Swim-proof. Bright, clear screen
- Trusted Reviews
October 20, 2018 | Full review
Sleek, lightweight design. Four-day battery life. Female health-tracking features. Insightful sleep analysis
- Tom's Guide
November 20, 2018 | Full review
Lightweight design. Fitbit’s most customizable wearable. Relatively low price
- Tech Radar
More agreeable design than the Ionic. Packed with features. The price is right
- Wearable
August 9, 2018 | Full review
Flat, lightweight build. Compatible with iOS and Android. Tracks a wide variety of health / fitness stuff. Four-day battery life
- The Verge
March 26, 2018 | Full review
The Fitbit Versa is a prettier, cheaper version of the company’s first true smartwatch, the Ionic. The Versa still boasts four-day battery life and a comprehensive range of health-tracking features, making it a strong fitness-centric smartwatch.
- Engadget
March 26, 2018 | Full review
Unobtrusive and attractive. Affordable. Easy to accessorize and personalize. Accurate sleep, heart rate, and activity monitoring. Lots of useful apps like Relax, Weather, and Timer. Long battery life.
- Wired
April 23, 2018 | Full review
Very accurate for counting steps. Excellent display readability in bright sunlight. Excellent display readability in low light. WiFi connectivity. In our water immersion test it passed the manufacturer's claim of 164 feet for 10 minutes
- Consumer Reports
Fitbit's second attempt at a smart watch is a solid, better looking product which shows that the company is listening to consumer demands.
- Tweak Town
May 30, 2018 | Full review
The Fitbit Versa is a compact, lightweight smartwatch and fitness tracker with an improved interface for easier fitness stat readouts. It’s water-resistant to 50 meters, and works with iOS and Android. Many of the apps and watch faces are useful and fun. Multiday battery life beats the Apple Watch.
- CNET
April 22, 2018 | Full review
Really comfortable • Super light • Very bright screen • Superb fitness tracking • Long battery life
- Mashable
The Versa sits on the fence between being a smartwatch and fitness tracker — that really works for me. It can track steps, calories burned, sleep and heart rate, along with specific workouts and exercises. Its smartwatch features include displaying notifications and access to some third-party apps, like Strava and The New York Times app. The battery life is incredible; it can last up to four days if you wear it constantly, but since I took it off when I slept and showered, it lasted much longer (almost a week). The slim design makes it really comfortable and the all-black design of the model I tested, with the black metal mesh strap, looks pretty pristine in my opinion.
- Gear Patrol
August 8, 2018 | Full review

What experts didn't like

No built-in GPS. Shortage of apps. Passive notifications
- Trusted Reviews
October 20, 2018 | Full review
Small app store. No on-board GPS. Limited actionable notifications
- Tom's Guide
November 20, 2018 | Full review
Rounded design won't suit everyone. Battery life not as good as Ionic. No GPS
- Tech Radar
Fitbit Pay not on all devices. Heart rate inconsistencies. No built-in GPS
- Wearable
August 9, 2018 | Full review
Poor notification support. Swapping bands sucks. No data sharing with Apple Health or Google Fit
- The Verge
March 26, 2018 | Full review
It lacks built-in GPS and NFC payments, but you’ll save $100 if you opt for the new watch over the original.
- Engadget
March 26, 2018 | Full review
Everyone will think it's an Apple Watch. No Spotify. Can't respond to texts, or even read most of them.
- Wired
April 23, 2018 | Full review
No GPS tracking. Short claimed battery life of 4 days. Requires included proprietary charging cable or accessories which can be expensive and time consuming to replace. This base model does not have NFC, so to use Fitbit Pay you have to buy the more expensive Versa Special Edition
- Consumer Reports
But, the gaps in its app gallery are much harder to defend a second time around, and needs to be resolved fast.
- Tweak Town
May 30, 2018 | Full review
Its battery life falls short of other Fitbit fitness trackers. The apps and watch faces aren’t always easy to load. Music transfer to the watch is complicated and limited. There's no on-board GPS and the charger is bulky. Tap-to-pay model costs a bit more in the US.
- CNET
April 22, 2018 | Full review
No built-in GPS • Bands are difficult to swap • Fitbit OS is still weak • NFC costs extra • Takes forever to change watch faces via app
- Mashable
The Versa isn’t as capable a fitness tracker as other smartwatches for the simple fact that it doesn’t have a built-in GPS — if you go for a run or hike or swim without your smartphone, the Versa won’t be able to trace pace or distance as accurately. The only music services that let you download playlists to the Versa are Deezer and Pandora; since I don’t subscribe to either, I’m out of luck. (The Versa does have enough internal storage for mp3 files, so you can upload songs directly from an iTunes library, for example, but that process is kind of a pain and updating playlists can be arduous.) You can only reply to text messages from the smartwatch if you have an Android device. Since I use an iPhone, I couldn’t text from the Versa. The Versa doesn’t have a speaker or microphone, so you can’t answer calls or talk to a virtual assistant.
- Gear Patrol
August 8, 2018 | Full review

Overall Product Rankings

An Overview On Smartwatches

Watches have gone well beyond merely telling the time. You can read incoming texts and emails, monitor your health stats and even make and receive phone calls, all from the device on your wrist. But there’s more than one smartwatch player in town, and the choices can be overwhelming.

Chances are, one of the top deciding factors when choosing a smartwatch is the type of smartphone you own. If you have an iPhone, you’ll find the best compatibility in an Apple product. If, on the other hand, you own an Android-based smartphone, you’ll want to go with an Android-based watch. While most watches can pair with other operating systems, you’ll get the most out of one with the same operating system as your phone.

Then there’s the Fitbit line of fitness trackers. Once merely designed to measure the steps you take each day, these wearables have gotten much more sophisticated over time. Many models have a few of the same features as the iOS- and Android-based watches, offering functions like texting and contactless payment.

Your choice of smartwatch will probably be driven by your needs. If you just need health tracking, for instance, you may not get enough out of the other features to make it worth the extra expense. However, the price variations are minimal — especially if you’re open to an older model rather than needing to have the latest and greatest.

With smartwatches, many features are driven by the available apps. You can play games on many watches, for instance, but you may be limited by the apps that have been created for those versions. Before you buy, make sure the apps you want are available for whichever watch you’re considering.

After searching the app store, you’ll also want to consider the look and feel of each of the watches. Some models have a more traditional watch look, but you may find more bands you like in others. Since the faces of both types of watches are customizable, you’re sure to find a look that works with your own unique tastes.

The Smartwatch Buying Guide

  • You’ll be wearing your watch every day, so appearance is important. Taste plays a big part in this, but some watches have a more basic look. With some models, you can change out the digital watch face to suit your mood — or to match your outfit.
  • Some models build in advanced fitness tracking.
  • If you choose a watch with cellular built-in, you’ll be able to accept and make calls and texts even when you’re away from your phone. You’ll have to pay an additional monthly fee for that, though, in addition to paying more for the watch. To use this phone capability, you’ll need to have a device that’s compatible with the watch you choose.
  • In addition to phone functionality, you’ll also need the right smartphone to take full advantage of the watch’s features. Consider whether the smartwatch can sync with iOS or Android.
  • When you put your smartwatch on, you want it to run on battery power for at least the entire workday. Some watches will run for up to 18 hours on a charge. Some even promise battery life of up to four days, but this will vary depending on use.
  • If you own a smartphone, you’re probably already aware of the apps that are available for your operating system. The same situation will apply to your smartwatch. Some brands offer more apps than others.
  • Since you’re wearing it on your wrist every day, it’s important to find a band that won’t weigh you down. Some watches are as light as 1.12 ounces. Others weigh slightly more, at 2.88 ounces, while still others weigh closer to 5.1 ounces.
  • In addition to weight, it’s also important to consider how much real estate the watch will take up on your wrist. Some watches are available in two sizes, 40 mm and 44 mm, so you can choose the size that works best with your wrist. The display area of other brands is often smaller, totaling only 33 mm, or 1.3 inches.
  • One popular feature of today’s smartwatches is the ability to pay at the register without taking out your wallet. Most watches have payment built-in. You’ll just need to add your credit card before you start shopping.
  • With limited screen space, voice control is essential in a smartwatch. Consider the importance of voice control to you when making your smartwatch decision, as not all are equipped with this functionality.
  • Previously, active smartwatch wearers were disappointed that they couldn’t track their activity while swimming. Newer watch models correct that, but you’ll need to keep an eye on their limits. Some brands are designed to be submerged in up to 1.5 meters for only 30 minutes or less. Others are limited to up to 50 meters with no time constraint.
  • No matter which band you choose, you’ll still have to charge it at least every few days. Some watches use a magnetic charging cable that’s easy to connect. Others use a charging dock that you rest your watch on when you’re ready to charge.
  • Sleep tracking can provide valuable information, and some watches excels in this area. Some watches show how long you slept, as well as how many hours you spent in light, deep and REM sleep.
  • When you’re tracking your heart rate and sleep, you likely don’t want to be without your watch for long. Some watches take up to two hours to charge to 100 percent, while others are just over that at 127 minutes.
  • The band is an important part of the look and feel of your watch. Each smartwatch comes with a similar-looking plain black band. But there’s no shortage of bands available for purchase for each watch type, both from the manufacturer and third-party resellers. Look around at your options before you make a decision.
  • If you plan to stream music from your watch, some brands of watches will make that easier than others.
  • Though smartwatches can range widely in price, you’re sure to find a model that fits your specific needs and your budget.