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Fitbit Versa 2 Smartwatch Review

Updated on March 19, 2020
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Jennifer Wilber is a teacher and writer. She is also a fitness enthusiast who enjoys yoga, and has an interest in health and wellness.

A Review of the Fitbit Versa 2
A Review of the Fitbit Versa 2 | Source

Introduction to the Fitbit Versa 2

The Fitbit Versa 2 is the latest Smartwatch from the popular fitness wearable maker Fitbit. This device combines the features of a standard activity tracker or step counter with those of a high-tech smartwatch. This smartwatch is designed primarily with people who are interested in tracking fitness metrics in mind, but also includes a variety of other productivity features that you would expect from a smartwatch. This device works with both Apple and Android phones, giving users more flexibility than competing devices, such as the Apple Watch. For only $199, the Fitbit Versa 2 is an excellent value for those looking for a smartwatch or fitness tracker.

Exercise, Fitness, and Health Tracking Features

Step Counter

The step counter feature keeps track of your daily steps, just like any standard pedometer. Your daily goal is customizable within the Fitbit app and the device will congratulate you each day when you hit your goal. Depending on which clock face you choose, you may be able to see a visual representation of your daily steps every time you look at the watch. I use one of the virtual pet faces offered by Fitbit, in which you must walk to feed treats to your virtual cat or dog. This keeps me motivated to complete my step goal so my cat, Luna, doesn’t get sad.

In addition to your overall daily step goal, the device will also remind you to move if you haven’t taken at least 250 steps during the hour for the specific hours you set from the app. I find this feature very useful in preventing me from sitting for too long.

Exercise Shortcuts

As a fitness tracker, the Fitbit Versa 2 is excellent for tracking a wide variety of exercise activities. Before beginning exercise, it is easy to set the Fitbit to track the specific activity from the exercise shortcuts. You can choose up to 7 different activities to include in the shortcuts, with others accessible from the full menu.

For outdoor workouts, such as walking, running, and bicycling, the Fitbit Versa 2 can connect to your phone’s GPS to give you more accurate information about your workout, including pace, distance, and a map showing your path. Certain types of exercise can also be detected and tracked automatically.

Heart Rate Sensor

The Versa 2 has a built-in heart rate sensor that can track your heart rate 24/7. The heart rate sensor allows the device to give you information about your resting heart rate and more accurate information about your workouts. This feature can help to give you better insight into your overall health.

I’m not sure if this sensor is completely accurate, especially since I noticed it gave me data that was supposedly detected during periods of time when I wasn’t wearing my Versa 2 a couple times, however. It is useful for tracking trends in your heart rate over time, but if you have any actual medical concerns regarding your heart rate, I wouldn’t rely on this device.

Sleep Tracking

The Fitbit Versa 2 can track your sleep patterns if you wear it to bed. It can detect how deeply you sleep, how long you stay in each sleep phase, and how many times you wake up throughout the night. It uses this information, along with your resting heart rate, to assign you a sleep score each night in the Fitbit app. This can give you insights into how much rest you are actually getting each night.

Water Intake Tracking

You can also track your daily water intake directly from the watch if you are trying to drink 8 glasses/64 ounces per day. Food and calories must be tracked from the Fitbit phone app, however.

The Fitbit Versa 2 (with a 3rd party slim band).
The Fitbit Versa 2 (with a 3rd party slim band). | Source

Additional Smartwatch Features

Phone Alerts

This watch can receive alerts from your phone, as long as your phone is nearby. These alerts include phone calls, text messages, and any apps that you choose. With Android phones, you can send quick replies to text messages via the watch, but this feature isn’t available for iPhone users.

Alexa Voice Assistant

A limited version of Amazon’s Alexa is built into the Fitbit Versa 2. You can ask to do things such as check the weather or control your smart home devices via the built-in microphone. This device lacks a speaker, however, so her responses are text-only.

Music Control

There are several options for listening to music with this watch. As mentioned previously, there is no speaker built into the watch, so you will need to use Bluetooth headphones or a speaker. This watch allows you to store music on the device itself, or stream from Spotify. You can also control music stored on your phone via the watch.

I’ve only tried to use the watch to listen to music from my phone. The controls were too limited, so I found it easier to just use my phone directly.

Other Features

Some other useful features built into this watch include the calendar, which syncs from your phone calendar, weather, wallet, and alarms. Other watch apps are available to download as well, using the Fitbit phone app, to customize the functionality of your watch. Some apps are free, while others are paid. Some of the paid apps have overly complicated ways of paying the developers for them, so I haven’t bothered with any paid apps.

The Fitbit Versa 2 charging.
The Fitbit Versa 2 charging. | Source

The Hardware

The Fitbit Versa 2 features an aluminum body with a high-res color screen made from Corning® Gorilla® Glass 3.

This watch is water-resistance up to 50 meters, meaning you can wear it while swimming or showering. Some users have reported issues while using it while swimming in the ocean, likely due to the saltwater, but it seems to be able to withstand use in a swimming pool just fine. I have used it in a swimming pool for a couple hours at a time with no problems, though I do take it off in the shower since I’m not sure if the high temperatures or steam could cause issues (Fitbit claims that it is okay to wear in the shower).

Fitbit claims that this device gets 6+ days of batter life per charge, though I have found that I usually have to charge it every 4 days or so.

A screenshot of the Fitbit app for iPhone.
A screenshot of the Fitbit app for iPhone.

The Fitbit App

From the Fitbit App, you can see detailed stats about your workouts, sleep, heart rate, and other health and fitness data, as well as set your own personalized fitness goals. You can also log your daily calories from food in the app to help you reach your fitness goals. For women, menstruation and fertility data can also be tracked in the app.

The Fitbit app is also where you control the settings for your Fitbit device and its apps.

It should be noted that there is a premium version of the app which offers more features, including custom workouts, but it requires a monthly subscription (a free trial is available). I haven’t used the premium version, and I find the free features to be enough for me right now.

Fitbit Versa 2 with 3rd-party screen-protector cover. The clock face is "My Cat Luna."
Fitbit Versa 2 with 3rd-party screen-protector cover. The clock face is "My Cat Luna." | Source

Fitbit Versa 2 Accessories

There are a number of accessories available for the Fitbit Versa 2, both from Fitbit and from third-party companies. I find the third-party bands I’ve tried to be just as good as the band that came with the device. I prefer the thinner bands I bought on Amazon to the thicker one from Fitbit, but that’s just my preference.

I also use third-party face plate screen protectors to keep the screen safe and aluminum body safe. These are available in a variety of different colors and are inexpensive from several sellers on websites like Amazon. I recommend these if you are worried about scratches, or simply want to change the look of your watch. I also tried a glass screen protector, but it didn’t fit quite right and just kept sliding off the screen.

Overall Impression

The Fitbit Versa 2 is an excellent smartwatch/fitness tracker hybrid for the price. It would be better if it didn’t require having your phone nearby to access so many of the features, but this isn’t a deal breaker since I normally carry my phone with me anyway. Since getting this device, I have been more motivated to exercise every day and watch what I eat. The phone alerts are nice, since I don’t always notice them on my phone right away. Overall, this is an excellent watch with all of the features that I wanted in a smartwatch.

© 2020 Jennifer Wilber

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      Rachelle Williams 

      7 weeks ago from Tempe, AZ

      I absolutely love my Fitbit Versa, I actually got the Fitbit Versa Lite, and it has been such a motivator for me to get up and exercise!

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