Previously rumored Fitbit Versa 2 has been officially announced and it’s arguably the best smartwatch for Android users; except those versed in Samsung’s eco-system who may prefer the Galaxy Watch Active2. The fact that it has a rectangular display, rather than circular like Samsung’s smartwatches, makes it better in my book. After all, a rectangular screen lets me see more data on a tiny screen.
Speaking of which, the Versa 2 packs an OLED Always-On Display that comes in handy for a quick glance at the time & date, workout progress and battery life. The last mentioned is also impressive — Fitbit promises 5 days on a single charge which, for those who count such things, is a full day more than its predecessor. There is still no built-in GPS so you’ll need to pair your phone to track your runs. Personally, that’s a non-issue for me but I’m sure some people will crave for an integrated GPS. Also new is a faster processor that I guess will deliver even smoother user experience (than the original Versa watch).
The Versa 2 has a single button on the left side that can be programmed to the user’s needs. All this comes packed in an aluminum casing that is water-resistant up to 50 meters, meaning you can take the watch for a swim. Or, you can take it to the store, and use the NFC-enabled Fitbit Pay functionality to (guess) pay for goods and services where this method of payment is supported.
All of the standard tracking modes are available — including running, cycling, yoga as well as new sleep tracking modes. The new Sleep Score function adds a detailed breakdown grade of your sleep patterns based on your heart rate.
The Fitbit Versa 2 can be pre-ordered today and will be available in stores starting September 15. The regular version goes for $199 whereas the special edition with an extra woven strap will go for $229.
Don’t know about you, but this will be my next smartwatch. 😉
Finally, in addition to the new smartwatch, Fitbit also announced the Aria Air – an affordable Bluetooth smart scale.