We all know Fitbit really upped the wearables game with the Ionic, but it’s somehow managed to tap into even more unexplored aspects of health and wellness with the brand new Versa. The recently launched smartwatch — also the brand’s lightest — sees the same simplistic design that’s on the Ionic (and dare we say, Apple Watch), but not without several new smart features that are advanced enough to actually make a difference.
One of these is the female health tracking function — a feature that’s long been neglected despite its effects on fitness. The female body is a mysterious thing, and playing the guessing game every month — especially if you’re a hardcore gym bunny — can be a real distraction.
Used in conjunction with the Fitbit app, women are now able to log their cycles, track ovulation and keep track of patterns. The information will be reflected on the watch so you’re in control no matter where you are and what you’re doing. Fitbit will also be able to learn about the cycle’s impact on overall fitness, and in turn, create updates that will empower women even further.
In continuing the hands-free, phones-free workout experience that Fitbit nailed with the Ionic, a “quick reply” function will also be incorporated in the Versa. Linked to Android mobile devices, users will be able to create and send up to five custom replies to text messages, so you won’t have to fumble with the phone as you sprint the calories away.
Wireless music streaming will still be available thanks to a collaboration with Deezer, allowing you to store and play more than 300 songs via bluetooth earphones or speakers.
Every workout routine is unique, and the Versa caters to this niche by allowing for more personalisation than other fitness wearables in the market. Beyond the dizzying plethora of clock faces are options for essential daily stats and reminders to be placed in plain sight — it’ll be much harder to ignore the 5,000 steps you have left for the day now.
Other highlights include advanced sleep tracking, continuous heart rate monitoring and water resistance to a depth of 50 metres. Need a pat on the back for your hard work? The Versa will “celebrate” milestones and achievements with words of encouragement too. The lightweight and durable anodised aluminium case makes it a cinch to wear virtually anywhere, all day. Yes, that includes the pool, HIIT session, shower, grocery store (contactless payment is enabled on the Versa), and finally, the bed. It’s going to be the only fitness buddy you’ll ever need.