Published: Wed, March 14, 2018
Hi-Tech | By Cory Rios

Fitbit Launches More Affordable Smart Watch and Tracker

Fitbit Launches More Affordable Smart Watch and Tracker

The Fitbit Versa (short for "Versatile") comes with almost all the features its bigger sibling, Ionic has but costs only $199.

The sleek Versa is a lot easier on the eyes than the boxy Ionic, and feels nice and light on the wrist. Fitbit's Deezer partnership is going global, while users in the United States also get Pandora (sorry, Europe).

It has a five day battery life and is now available to pre-order in blue or purple, priced at £79.99. That is not the only thing Fitbit is banking on though.

The company is also debuting its new female health tracking where female users can track their menstrual cycle and view holistic health data.

Wearable technology giant Fitbit announced today that it is producing a product for children as young as eight years old to help fight America's childhood obesity epidemic. "Fitbit's solution offers more than just a way to track activity - it helps instill healthy habits from an early age, making it fun and rewarding to move more and empowers parents to make health and fitness a family affair".

They'll also be able to connect with others in a community section. In terms of software, the experience is slightly different from what's available on Fitbit's other trackers. Most standard fitness trackers nowadays can track your steps taken, distance traveled, how ... And despite more than 550 apps, the Fitbit App Gallery is playing catch up there.

Fitbit Versa shares many features with its predecessor.

It has 15+ Exercise Modes to track your excercises and check stats in real time.

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It runs Fitbit OS, which is limited in scope but comes with a variety of apps through the Fitbit App Gallery.

Fitbit OS 2.0 is a big step in the right direction, and it's only going to get better over time. That's changing with the Versa. This feature will expand to other messaging apps in the future too.

In a press release by Fitbit, it says the tracking feature enables menstrual cycle logging and recording of symptoms such as headaches, acne and cramps.

In addition to 24/7 heart rate tracking and in-depth sleep monitoring, the "modern" and relatively stylish Fitbit Versa also supports menstrual cycle supervision, confirming its status as the company's most female-friendly product yet. First, there's the Fitbit Versa, a $199 smartwatch that can do nearly everything that the Ionic, Fitbit's $299 smartwatch that was released this past October, can do.

Luckily you won't have to pay an arm and a leg for this device. The watch itself is available in traditional colors: grey, black, and rose gold. Fitbit also carries a couple of special edition versions, including charcoal woven/graphite aluminum and lavendar woven/rose gold aluminum. The watch comes in one size only but ships with small and large bands in the box.

At $200, the Fitbit Versa undercuts the Apple Watch Series 1 by $50, which is exactly what Fitbit needed to do to get this on more people's wrists.

The Fitbit Versa wants to be a true smartwatch and that means that it will sync up with all of your devices - iOS, Android and even Windows.

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