The Fitbit Versa 3 addresses our main complaint about the Versa smartwatch line. If you want to leave your phone at home, the Versa 3 now has proof for product safety GPS to measure the speed and range of your walks, runs, bike rides, or hikes in real-time, earning it the top spot in our list of the best Fitbits.
While it is a significant improvement over the Versa 2, as is the larger and absolutely stunning display. However, there are still a few flaws in the Versa 3 that keep it from being one of the finest wearables on the market.
The Versa 3 is a strong contender for the title of best fitness tracker on the market. Specifically, given its low price and extensive fitness tracking capabilities, which include a SpO2 sensor for monitoring blood oxygen levels while sleeping. However, the Fitbit Premium barrier conceals a wealth of important information. As well, the redesign of the side pushbutton has made it difficult to operate.
Rather than a physical button such as the Versa 2. The Fitbit Versa 3 now features an indentation on the left side of the bezel that looks like the Fitbit Charge 3’s inductive button. Unfortunately, Versa 3’s implementation isn’t as good. Also, it takes very few tries to figure out where to tap to bring up applications and sub-menus.
At a virtual meeting in August 2020, Fitbit give the news about the Versa 3, as well as the Sense, and also the Fitbit Inspire 2. The following day, it shot up for pre-order, and by late September, it was shipping. Fitbit’s Versa 3 is now available for purchase directly from the company as well as via major stores around the world.
Intriguingly, both the Versa 2 and the Fitbit Versa 3 are available at £199 in the United Kingdom. The Versa 3 is more expensive than its predecessor in the United States and Australia, costing $229 and $399, respectively. The Fitbit Sense, which costs $329 / £299, has overtaken the Versa 3 as the flagship, and the Fitbit Sense is now the middle child.
However, unlike the Versa 2, which had an extra-costly Special Edition version, the Versa 3 is accessible in just three primary colors: two soft gold casings with Pink Gold and Midnight Blue straps, and a black casing with a black band.
The Fitbit Versa 3 appears to be identical to its predecessors at first glance, but a closer examination shows a few design improvements that create the entire device a bit sleeker. In truth, the Versa 3 looks quite exquisite thanks to a modification in the hue of the metal casing. The ‘soft gold’ case is moderate, but the Versa 3’s broad appeal may be held with a black case.
The diameter of the screen, not the color of the chassis, is the most significant design difference. In comparison to the Versa 2, the screen is now a larger 40mm AMOLED panel with a better resolution of 336 by 336 pixels. Even at its ‘dark’ setting, it’s a bright, crisp, and also a very clear screen that looks absolutely great from almost every viewing angle. However, the bezels are still rather thick, comparable to the Fitbit Versa 2.
Using the screen to navigate through menus and apps is also a breeze — the screen never lags during the testing session, and scrolling to drag up different tasks works astonishingly well.
Another design change, or rather the lack whatsoever, is the side button, which is likely our main frustration with the Fitbit Versa 3. Instead of a physical button, the wristwatch has a sensitive indent on the left side. When hit appropriately, it sends a small vibration to signal that it has permission to be active. Because it’s underneath the chassis lip, you’ll have to touch it, and locating the exact area to press isn’t easy. A tiny mic and speaker are available on the right side of the watch case, allowing you to take calls.
Fitbit has also improved the strap mechanism. This is similar to that of the Fitbit Sense, and experts believe it is superior to that of the Versa 2. The clasp has a system to unlock, and the system is by pulling slightly down on a little button that acts as a latch. It provides the watch with a considerably more minimalist appearance and makes swapping out the watch’s default athletic strap a breeze.
This silicone band is also distinct from the one available with the Versa 2 basic edition. Because it doesn’t have a buckle, Fitbit calls this new version the “Infinity Band”; it’s the same one that comes with the Sense.
The charger is another significant difference here between Versa 2 as well as the new version. Rather than the older packet USB charger, there’s a compact magnetic dock that swiftly recharges the battery. Your smartphone will go from 64 percent to 100 percent in less than 15 minutes.
The Fitbit Versa 3 is water-resistant resistant to 50m/164ft, much like its predecessor, so you can use it in the shower or go swimming with it on your wrist. It can even withstand a dive in seawater. However, Fitbit advises against using it in a hot tub or sauna.
Fitbit’s battery life is also another area where it excels, vastly outperforming Apple and Samsung. The Fitbit Versa 3 delivers up to 6 days of battery life on a full charge, similar to the Versa. Also, when the display is cast to standard luminance and the GPS is active only 2-3 times per week. However, the further you get the GPS, the faster the battery drains; after 30 minutes of GPS use, the battery fell by about 8%.
Keeping the screen on all the time, on the other hand, depletes the battery quickly, leaving you only 2 days on a single charge. You’ll have to recharge the battery every day if you use the GPS with the always-on display.
When the Versa 3’s battery runs out, it’s thankfully fairly easy to recharge it. As previously stated, a 15-minute charge on the newest USB charger results in a 36 percent increase in power.
Although you can’t make calls straight from your watch, you can decide whether to accept or decline incoming calls if you pair it with an android or iPhone (8.0+) phone. You can reject but not accept calls on your watch if your smartphone is operating on an older version of Android OS.
The Fitbit Versa 3 counts heart rate, steps, calories burned, floors climbed, Active Zone Minutes, and distance traveled throughout the day. It tracks your daily activity and can give you reminders to get moving in 10 minutes even before an hour if you haven’t taken 250 steps yet.
The Fitbit Versa 3 is an amazing wearable with internal GPS and some design improvements. However, like its predecessor, it’s more of an activity tracker than a wristwatch, with only a few productivity apps.
The Fitbit Versa 3 is an amazing wearable with internal GPS and some design improvements. However, like its predecessor, it’s more of a fitness tracker than a wristwatch, with only a few productivity apps. What you do get is long battery life, a better screen than ever before, and a slew of fitness metrics. Making this an appealing and inexpensive Apple Watch rival. Given that this is the third edition of Fitbit’s famous Versa series, it’s a little frustrating that the company is still missing the target in several areas.
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