Fitbit Versa 2 initial review: Alexa, what's the new Fitbit smartwatch like?

Henrietta Brewer
August 29, 2019

Fitbit Premium is a paid subscription service in the Fitbit app that uses your unique data to deliver Fitbit's most personalized experience yet, with actionable guidance and coaching to help you achieve your health and fitness goals. The courses are accompanied by workout plans, relaxation tools, recipe suggestions, and tips and tricks as well as "thousands of dynamic video and audio workouts". That's an additional day over the Fitbit Versa which was rated to last four days. The new program rolls out in September and will cost $9.99 per month or $79.99 per year. There will be some launch offers for Premium with all Fitbit users eligible for a one-week free trial.

Alongside the Versa 2 smartwatch, Fitbit announced a subscription-based fitness and health service that it calls Fitbit Premium. It could very well be the smartwatch to buy. The device gets battery backup of up to 5 days. However, if the Apple Watch does not interest you or if its too expensive, the Fitbit Versa 2 is definitely worth a look.

There are a few additions to the Versa 2 in terms of features though, including Sleep Score, which is in beta on current Fitbit HR devices, offering users a score between 1 and 100 based on three factors: time asleep, deep and REM sleep and restoration. This smartwatch functionality will actually launch on all Fitbit smartwatches with a future software update. After linking your Alexa profile, you can get basic search results, control smart home devices, manage timers, and more.

Fitbit Versa 2 smartwatch announced pricing starts $200
Fitbit Versa 2 smartwatch

Fitbit last month cut its 2019 revenue forecast, blaming disappointing sales of Versa Lite smartwatches, a cheaper version that lacked features such as the ability to store music. A connection with your smartphone is required for the Alexa functionality to work. As before, it's a smartwatch that looks like an Apple Watch, but at a much lower price. The smartwatch comes with on-device microphone enabling built-in Alexa support and spotify app.

The Versa 2 will be available on 15 September for $199.95 in black with a carbon case, petal with a copper rose aluminum cae, and stone with a grey mist case.

The Versa, which was Fitbit's first very affordable and not absolutely disgusting foray into smartwatches, was a lot cheaper than the Apple Watch, with exceptional battery life and a far better fitness tracking experience.

I tested out the Fibit Aria 2 WiFi scale a couple of years ago, but it was a bit of a tough sale at $129.95.

Besides a new watch and new service, Fitbit also introduced a new smart scale.

The Aria Air connects via Bluetooth to your phone and syncs to the Fitbit app to measure and track your weight. There, they can be combined with other tracked data.

Eventually, in Premium, you'll be able to create custom challenges by setting your own timeframes and specific goals like calories to burn or hours of sleep to hit.

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