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The $199 Fitbit Versa Is "the Lightest Metal Smartwatch in the US"

Fitbit Versa brings female health tracking and a much-improved design Fitbit Versa smartwatch brings women's health tracking and a curvier design
Velma Reese | 13 March, 2018, 20:39

And if you compare the Ionic's smart features to other smartwatches on the market, there's no contest-there are better devices out there. Indie smartwatch fans were screwed by the shutdown-their e-ink watches doomed to junk drawers once support lapsed-but there was reason to believe that Pebble, or at least its essence, could one day rise from the dead. It's available now on Amazon and Fitbit.com for $269.95, and comes in three different color options. Additional bands and accessories will range from Rs 2,499 to Rs 8,999.

Fitbit is enriching its interface for viewing health data on the wrist as well. The other new device is the Fitbit Ace, a fitness tracker that's created to inspire kids to stay active.

"As childhood obesity rates continue to rise, it's more important than ever to empower the entire family to embrace a healthy and more active lifestyle", James Park, CEO and cofounder of Fitbit, said in a statement.

Overall, it's an all-around great fitness tracker, especially considering its sub-$150 price point.

It's a bit of a step-up in price, so if you want most of the same features and arguably a better design, you can rest easy spending less on the Versa. But what if you're looking for a device similar to the Alta, but can't go without a heart rate sensor? It will also help remind them to move if they are inactive for too long and help parents track activity and sleep patterns which may be adversely affecting their child's well-being. Apple has always been lauded for their design and aesthetics, so it's no wonder that Fitbit is taking a note out of their playbook with the release of the Fitbit Versa. It also features automatic sleep stages tracking to ensure you're getting a proper night's rest. Fitbit users who identify as women will see a new tab in the Fitbit app for logging periods and symptoms. There will be more to the story, so be sure to stay tuned in for more details. That's because Fitbit gobbled up a portion of Pebble-its IP and engineers-to smarten up its own fitness trackers and compete with Apple.

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But critics have expressed concern about introducing fitness trackers to kids at such a young age.

This Fitbit device isn't flawless, though.

The Fitibit Versa promises 4 days of battery life, the battery takes just two hours to charge fully. "Ionic was just a first step". That is not the only thing Fitbit is banking on though.

Let's look at the smartwatch first: the Fitbit Versa. The Versa will come with standard smartwatch features like all-day heart rate monitoring, smartphone notifications, and an app store. That means you'll be able to view your stats at a glance, as well as get action-based tips and motivational messages based on your personal data.

The device has a 1.34 inch LCD screen, 1000 nits brightness, 4 GB of storage and a 145 mAh battery, and lacks Global Positioning System, which should help it last longer than the Ionic.

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