Fitbit has grown its lineup of health trackers and smartwatches over time to supply just a little of one thing for everybody, and its Versa 3 is more likely to hit the candy spot for most individuals.
That’s due to a really enticing value level of round $179.95/£169.99, in addition to an enormous array of sensors that make it a super first smartwatch or health tracker. Certain, the Cost 5 is smaller (try our Fitbit Cost 5 evaluate to seek out out extra), however the 1.58”/4cm show makes the Versa 3 way more readable for absolutely anything.
Software program: Fitbit OS
Compatibility: iOs and Android
Battery life: Six days approx
Show: 1.58″ (AMOLED)
Water resistance: 5 ATM
Coronary heart fee monitor: Sure
Sleep monitoring: Sure
Plus, if you happen to’re much less within the stress monitoring setup on the Fitbit Sense then it’s a hefty chunk cheaper for roughly the identical function set.
The Versa 3 can monitor your coronary heart fee, temperature, blood oxygen stage, and naturally, your steps, energy burned, and lots extra, all at half the worth of an Apple Watch Collection 7. In truth, you may put these financial savings towards Fitbit Premium membership, which may make an enormous distinction to your health planning and objectives.
However, the Versa falls sufferer to the principle shortcoming we’ve had with different gadgets supplied by Fitbit, specifically offline music playback being absent except you’re on Deezer or Pandora.
Does it do sufficient to earn a spot in our round-up of the finest Fitbits? This is what we made from it, after a number of weeks of testing.
Worth and launch date
- Launched Sep 2020
- Prices $179.95/ £169.99
The Fitbit Sense was launched in September 2020. It retails for and $179.95 within the US and £169.99 within the UK, however will be discovered for rather less. It comes with a six-month free trial of Fitbit Premium, which we’ll cowl on this evaluate.
Design and show
- Straightforward-to-read 1.58″ AMOLED display
- No bodily buttons – solely touch-sensitive controls
In the event you’re coming to the Versa 3 from the Versa 2, you can be shocked at how acquainted a lot of the design is. Each look virtually an identical, with a rounded sq. design that the producer additionally carried over to the Fitbit Sense.
That’s no unhealthy factor, nonetheless. The design stays low profile, which is spectacular given the sheer variety of sensors buried beneath its 1.58-inch display – which, by the way in which, affords the next decision than the Versa 2.
By way of shade you’ll be capable of select from Tender Gold aluminum (as per our evaluate), or black aluminum. That will sound restricted, however keep in mind you may customise your strap shade, too, and there are longer straps included within the field.
Bands can come in several supplies and colours, however the fundamental choice included is an “infinity band” which is basically analogous to Apple’s “sport band”. It’s snug (we needed to go for a bigger choice) and when you modify it it’s snug sufficient to put on all day and evening.
As with the Sense, there aren’t any bodily buttons. As an alternative there’s a touch-sensitive button that may name Alexa, with a double-tap citing 4 shortcuts for chosen actions or information so that you can peruse.
Fitbit could have begun with its slimline shows, however the sq. panel right here reveals way more data at a look – be that your steps, heart-rate, or notifications out of your linked cellphone.
It’s AMOLED, too, which affords higher distinction than LCD shows discovered on some health trackers, making it simpler to learn in direct daylight.
- Stress monitoring and SpO2 monitor
- Day by day Readiness Rating accessible
The specification sheets for the Versa 3 and the Sense are, maybe surprisingly, virtually an identical. That implies that virtually all the pieces from Fitbit’s costlier mannequin is right here on the mid-range mannequin, together with waterproofing and the spectacular six day battery life.
Downloading the Fitbit app in your iPhone or Android gadget offers you entry to Alexa (there’s no native assist for Siri, and it seems Google Assistant is barely accessible on the Sense), and allow Fitbit pay through the Versa 3’s NFC chip.
By way of sensors, there’s a good quantity to absorb. Fitbit Versa 3 can monitor your day by day exercise, together with exercises triggered manually or by computerized detection. Whether or not you’re operating, strolling, mountain climbing, swimming, biking or in any other case transferring, you’ll be tracked for energy burned, distance travelled, and lots extra.
There’s an SpO2 sensor, too, enabling you to trace blood oxygen ranges when you’re asleep, in addition to the chance to trace your menstrual cycle.
You can even monitor stress ranges, though the Versa 3 lacks the Sense’s EDA scan for monitoring stress via physiological means. As an alternative, it affords a questionnaire and tracks your sleep and coronary heart information to construct a stress rating. Whereas it really works off much less information than the Sense, it might nonetheless be helpful for figuring out triggers for stress.
The Sense’s ECG can be lacking, however sleep monitoring is simply as glorious. Fitbit actually is a long way forward of a lot of its rivals, together with Apple, due to its gadgets’ glorious battery life and the way in which you don’t essentially have to even test your sleep information, as a result of it rolls it into your Day by day Readiness Rating (which is a part of Fitbit Premium).
Six months of Fitbit Premium is included within the field, which means you may reap the benefits of guided packages that embody not simply train however sleep and weight loss program. It’s a strong choice that retails for $9.99/£7.99 per thirty days or $79.99/£79.99 per yr as soon as your trial is up.
Top-of-the-line options is, as talked about beforehand, the Day by day Readiness Rating. It helps take a number of the guesswork out of constructing a alternative between train or restoration, and is nice for setting you up for fulfillment whereas additionally adjusting projections if you happen to had a tough evening of sleep, for instance.
Fitbit Premium is on no account a prerequisite, however six months is greater than sufficient time to see if it’s value investing in for you.
- Good GPS monitoring and heart-rate monitoring
- Stable battery efficiency of six days
The Versa 3’s massive benefit over its predecessor the Versa 2 is that (once more, just like the Sense), it features a built-in GPS. Meaning it could actually monitor a run, stroll, cycle, or sack race (okay, we’re kidding with that final one) autonomously without having your iPhone or Android gadget to be with you.
Whereas there have been stories at launch of some wonky monitoring, we’re very happy to say these appear to have been ironed out. We tracked runs alongside an Apple Watch Collection 7 (which prices considerably extra) and located the steps tracked to be virtually an identical, each whereas strolling and operating.
In the case of heart-rate monitoring, the Fitbit tracks effectively each at relaxation and when understanding. The information produced matched that of the Apple Watch, and whereas there’s no ECG, it did notify us when our coronary heart fee dropped decrease than anticipated. In truth, it tell us earlier than the Apple Watch did.
As we talked about earlier within the evaluate, although, you should still wish to carry your cellphone with you anyway. That’s as a result of the Versa 3, just like the Cost 5 and the Sense, affords no choice to obtain music to it except you’re subscribed to Deezer or Pandora.
Meaning Apple Music or Spotify customers, and even these simply desirous to take heed to a podcast or two, are sadly going to wish to take their cellphone out with them for the foreseeable future. It’s an actual disgrace, too, as a result of with out this caveat we’d haven’t any qualms in awarding the Versa 3 5 stars. Music will be such an vital motivator that its absence right here (or a minimum of its restriction to only two providers) feels short-sighted. Fortunately, you may nonetheless skip tracks utilizing the Versa 3’s on-screen controls.
Lastly, a observe on battery life. Each the Versa 3 and the Sense promote six days of battery life, and whereas the costlier Sense’s further vary of sensors meant it hit round 5 to five-and-a-half days in our testing, the Versa 3 made it to 6 days. Relying in your utilization, that could possibly be a giant boon in favor of the Versa 3.
Music woes apart, it’s onerous to not suggest the Fitbit Versa 3 as a normal objective smartwatch and health tracker. It arguably falls extra into the latter camp, with its concentrate on sensors and information and slimmer set of all-purpose apps than one thing like watchOS affords, however for the worth it actually is a superb choice.
Its battery life is phenomenal, its show is vivid and legible, and it affords the GPS missing from its predecessor to take issues to the subsequent stage.
If this isn’t for you
In the event you’re in search of much more information about your physique, notably a stress-tracking EAC or ECG function, the Sense is perhaps for you.
In the event you’re on iPhone, nonetheless, it’s possible you’ll wish to put money into an Apple Watch due to its broader array of apps, Siri integration, and bigger show (a minimum of on the Apple Watch Collection 7). Doing so comes at a steep value, although, and we’d nonetheless suggest the Versa 3 over the not-long-for-this-world Apple Watch Collection 3.