Fitbit Versa Reviews: Solid Smartwatch Option at $200 Unlikely to Lure Away Apple Watch Owners

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  1. MacRumors macrumors bot


    Apr 12, 2001

    Nearly two weeks after Fitbit first announced the Fitbit Versa, reviews for the new smartwatch have now emerged online today. Many of the reviewers agreed on the following points: the Versa is a step above last year's Fitbit Ionic, trading off GPS and NFC is worth it for the $200 price tag, and Fitbit still hasn't launched a device that could properly challenge the Apple Watch's dominance.

    The Verge started off by pointing out that text message notifications on the Versa are clunky for iOS users, especially because "there's no way to respond to them" from the watch. Android users will have a "quick replies" feature updated in May, and because of this and other factors The Verge ultimately explained that the Fitbit Versa could appeal to "everyone other than those hardcore Apple users."

    Image by Vjeran Pavic via The Verge

    Engadget said that while the Versa looks like a "slightly wider Apple Watch," it's also the "best-looking Fitbit yet." To get the Versa to its $200 price point, Fitbit removed some features from the standard version of the smartwatch, like GPS and NFC, but Engadget said that this price drop is what could help the company "reach a bigger audience" in the future.
    In its review, Ars Technica called Fitbit's fitness app the "best health and fitness program for any wearable," thanks to its flexibility to adapt to both workout novices and experts. The site liked how the $39.99/year Fitbit Coach service integrated with Versa, although the wearable experience is still lacking in comparison to the mobile app.

    Image by Valentina Palladino via Ars Technica

    As a quick tidbit, most of today's reviews mentioned that the process of swapping out bands on the Fitbit Versa is far more difficult when compared to Apple Watch. A few also commented that the Versa's bezels are sometimes noticeable in certain lighting situations, with The Verge further pointing out that Fitbit "had enough space to cram the word "fitbit" onto the watchface, a questionable design choice."

    More opinions on the Fitbit Versa can be found online at the following websites: Wareable, TechCrunch, CNET, Tom's Guide, Gizmodo, and PCMag.

    Article Link: Fitbit Versa Reviews: Solid Smartwatch Option at $200 Unlikely to Lure Away Apple Watch Owners
  2. scrapesleon macrumors 6502a


    Mar 30, 2017
    Doesn’t seem like much to lure anyone away other than the price
  3. FightTheFuture macrumors 65816


    Oct 19, 2003
    that town east of ann arbor
    Luring away Apple Watch users on iPhone could be tricky and I don't think the cost is the issue. Macy's discounted the Series 1 to $150 yesterday. Target and Best Buy consistently have sales at $189.

    I wouldn't be surprised if Series 1 begins at $200 when the Series 4 is released this fall.
  4. otrfan84128 macrumors newbie

    Feb 6, 2007
    Considering the cavalier attitude Fitbit has displayed about ongoing support of their products on macOS, I wouldn't take one of these if they gave them away. Have you ever dealt with their support? Have you ever tried to get a software update that is compatible with the latest macOS? Forget Fitbit, they will soon pass into history (ask Pebble owners, too).
  5. Abazigal macrumors G4


    Jul 18, 2011
  6. dannyyankou macrumors G3


    Mar 2, 2012
    Scarsdale, NY
    Even quick replies doesn't sound appealing, they have to be pre-set and you can't customize them mid conversation.
  7. Raketemensch macrumors member


    May 17, 2013
    Oh, Fitbit, please just start producing Pebble watches and marketing them properly. All the hard work's been done already.
  8. mtneer macrumors 68030


    Sep 15, 2012
    FitBit needs to work on their product quality and customer support. I had a ChargeHR that fell apart at the band after 6 months. When I called in to request a warranty replacement, they accused me of buying from a "non-authorized" store and refused to entertain warranty. Now, how the hell is the customer supposed to keep track of what is an authorized store and what is not? I bought an Apple Watch 2 & have no intention of looking back at FitBit everafter.
  9. Shalev macrumors member


    Jul 18, 2015
    i just cant understand why would anyone consider this from the start...?

    same as earphones, home speaker, routers, tablets and laptops... the ecosystem and the products so complete that adding those 3rd party devices just get in the way
  10. Ds6778 macrumors 6502a


    Sep 9, 2016
    Purely anecdotal, but most of the people I see with fitbits are people who are semi-interested in fitness tracking, and dont want to spend more then $100-150 on it.
  11. GrumpyMom macrumors 604


    Sep 11, 2014
    Goodness that thing is hideous. It’s like someone stomped on an Apple Watch. As an Android phone user (and an iPhone user on my main phone line) I can’t say that would lure me away even from my two year old Samsung watches.

    I take back every negative thought or word I have had about Jony Ive. The man and his team at Apple are geniuses compared to whoever it is at these companies who design these atrocities that they intend for us to wear almost 24x7.

    Is it that hard to design a fitness SmartWatch that is shaped nicely, sized to fit a range of adult wrists, made of attractive and relatively non-irritating materials, with bands that are easy to swap in and out yet stay put when they are supposed to? Oh and don’t stop working or fall apart in under a year.

    Looking at what’s been released for these past several years, apparently it’s almost impossible. Samsung and other manufacturers for the Android market manage to check some of these requirements but only Apple manages to get all of them. I have had an Apple Watch fail on me in under a year but that’s not the norm and at least I could have easily gotten it fixed if I wanted to.

    Since I do own and love two Android phones and have contemplated a complete move to Android when my iPhone 8 Plus is no longer viable, I have been researching my option for smart watches. The reviews and comments have not been very encouraging. And the design and sizes of what would be available to me as a woman with slender wrists is very frustrating and off-putting.
  12. roncron macrumors 6502


    Aug 15, 2011
    I can’t see this latest Fitbit attempt being a great option for most iPhone owners.

    AW series 1 can be found on sale for under $300 and it’s so much more refined and useful. And imo, more fashionable.

    Plus, Fitbit doesn’t integrate with the Apple Health app. (Which pushed me away from buying a high-end Fitbit last year toward an AW.)
  13. FightTheFuture macrumors 65816


    Oct 19, 2003
    that town east of ann arbor
    I think that's part of the problem. FitBit is known for inexpensive fitness trackers - so inexpensive that it isn't a hassle for the buyer to replace it rather than repair it. A company like FitBit doesn't have the infrastructure to service their devices where a major consumer electronics manufacturer does.
  14. dannyyankou macrumors G3


    Mar 2, 2012
    Scarsdale, NY
    They should stick to their strengths then, very few people will pick this over an Apple Watch.

    People who are serious about fitness are more likely to buy a Fitbit charge. I don’t see this appealing to any specific group.
  15. djcerla macrumors 68000


    Apr 23, 2015
  16. BSG75 macrumors regular


    Jul 21, 2015
    I've had a number of FitBit products. They seem to have a maximum life of about 18 months, in some cases even less. Their design is terrible and so is their customer service. They're cheaply made, but the price isn't necessarily cheap.
  17. jkdsteve macrumors member

    Sep 12, 2006
    ...and to think I thought the Apple Watch was ugly when it was first release...this one really takes the biscuit! Maybe this one will grow on me too?
  18. magicschoolbus macrumors 65816


    May 27, 2014
    Love my Fitbit.

    If Apple just made a fitness tracker similar to the Charge HR i'd buy it.
  19. Moorepheus macrumors 6502


    Sep 13, 2012
    Niagara Falls, NY
    I have owned only one, a Fitbit Blaze, which, when I bought my Apple Watch 3, was still working just fine, after 2 years of use. The only issue I have with Fitbit is the lack of integration with Apple Health. That's one reason I bought the AW3. However, I do miss the full sleep feature of the Blaze and from my point of view, works better and is more accurate then any of the Apps available for the AW3, even the ones you have to purchase.
  20. creediddy macrumors regular

    Sep 11, 2014
    The Fitbit Blaze was cheesy. Now this...Just look at the UI. It does not compete with Apple Watch at all. Just another fitness tracker with limited capabilities.
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    nnoble macrumors 6502

    Jun 19, 2011
    My FItbit Blaze did not recover from it’s third full cycle wash in my shirt pocket. It worked just as well there as on my wrist when I wanted to wear a conventional watch. Had I been at home I would have almost certainly replaced it with another FItbit. I could have waited but the quick and easy option in China was an AW3. I hesitated long and hard but i’m delighted. Charging was my biggest concern but in practice it t is turned out to be a non issue given that it only requires a quick charge every third day while i’m having a shower and eating breakfast. Now my only concern is that old habits die hard. I like wearing my Skagen watch and i’ve convinced myself the AW3 will continue to carry out basic functions in my shirt or trouser pocket now and again. The Fitbits do their job well and at a price that suits very many. They are not a ‘cheap AW” - they’re Fitbits and they’re ok.
  22. terrywfoster macrumors 6502

    Jun 15, 2009
    I like this. I bought an Apple Watch and sent it back. My Fitbit Charge 2 does more of what I am looking for than Apple does for me.
  23. tridley68 macrumors 6502a


    Aug 28, 2014
    Why would I pick this over a Apple watch ?
  24. iReality85 macrumors 6502a

    Apr 29, 2008
    Upstate NY
  25. DogHouseDub macrumors 6502


    Sep 19, 2007
    Can someone teach me how to short a stock?

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