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Fitbit Versa 4: first assessment: Sense lite?

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BERLIN (Pocket-lint) – Fitbit has launched a series of new fitness-tracking products ahead of the hectic holiday season, updating its tiny Inspire wristband as well as its two watches: Versa and Sense . In this essay, we focus on the first.

Both devices are very similar to each other, offering many identical features in a virtually identical design. So what exactly does the Versa 4 have to offer? Should you buy it or choose the more expensive Sense 2? We tested it to find out what exactly the Versa 4 offers.

Our quick review

For those looking for a watch that offers a range of fitness and wellness tracking features, works with any smartphone, and offers conveniences like wrist payments and voice calls, you can’t. can’t really go wrong with the Fitbit Versa 4.

It might be a bit basic compared to the Apple Watch, Samsung Galaxy Watch 5 or Garmin’s top models, but it’s got all the features you’ve come to expect from a watch. market-leading fitness. In the near future, it will even allow payments to be made through Google’s Wallet service, which is supported by many banks in many regions.

Sure, you’re missing the ECG and a few other advanced tracking features (like stress management) offered by the Sense 2’s more advanced sensors, but you’ve got all the basics and more. , all for a reasonable price.

Fitbit Versa 4: first assessment: Sense lite?

For

  • Light and comfortable
  • Many custom strap options
  • Not too expensive
Versus

  • Some features are locked behind the premium paywall
  • The sensors are not as advanced as those of Sense 2.

Design

  • Water resistance to 50m
  • Four color choices
  • Interchangeable straps

As we mentioned in our Sense 2 review, the Versa’s design is virtually identical to its more expensive sibling. In fact, if you don’t look at the makeup of the sensors on the underside, you’d be hard-pressed to tell which is which. Indeed, visually, this array of sensors is really the only significant differentiator.

This means the Versa 4 has the classic shape of a Fitbit watch. It’s a basically square case, but with curves on the sides, rounded edges and rounded corners. This softens what would otherwise be a very straight-lined device if there were only right angles and flat edges.

Pocket-lintFitbit Versa 4 8 Hardware Photo

Even the glass that covers the screen and the glossy underside are curved and rounded to seamlessly blend into the design of the case, which not only gives it that soft and harmless aesthetic, but also makes it comfortable to use and wear.

There’s only one button on this model, located on the left side of the case, and it’s a real clickable button, not the touch panel that Fitbit has experimented with before (with results mixed).

As an added bonus, it is also highly water resistant and can survive depths of up to 50 meters. So whether you’re working out and sweating profusely, running outdoors in the pouring rain, or swimming in a lake or pool, your Fitbit will hold up just fine.

Like its other models, Fitbit’s new Versa comes by default with a simple and elegant silicone band, available in several colors. However, you can replace this strap with other options. Fitbit offers classic-looking leather bands, vegan leather options, and a hook-and-loop type nylon band. So whatever cut or look you’re after, you should be able to get it.

Screen, performance and features

  • Square color screen
  • Autonomy of more than 6 days
  • Fitbit Pay (Google Wallet coming soon)
  • Smartphone notifications on your wrist

Again, like the Sense 2, the Versa 4 features a square color display on the front and, rather than adopting its parent company’s Wear OS platform, it has retained Fitbit’s own user interface. That means it’s primarily focused on fitness and health tracking, without putting as much emphasis on interactive smartwatch elements like downloadable apps.


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Pocket-lintFitbit Versa 4 7 Hardware Photo

The end result – as we’ve seen with the Sense 2 – is better battery life. You get more than six days of use from a fully charged Versa 4 battery, even while receiving regular smartphone notifications and tracking workouts and activities.

Fitbit’s latest Versa also brings the convenience of contactless payments to the wrist. At launch, these payments will be made through Fitbit’s own payment system, Fitbit Pay, but a future software update will also add support for Google Wallet, paving the way for more banks and card companies.

Fitness and health tracking

  • Measurement of heart rate, SpO2 and respiration
  • sleep tracking
  • Activity tracking with GPS

Although it lacks some of the more advanced tracking features, like the Sense 2’s ECG feature, the Versa 4’s features are largely the same. You get all the usual 24/7 activity and health tracking options, including heart rate, breathing, stress level and sleep, making this a pretty device. holistic.

Pocket-lintFitbit Versa 4 6 Hardware Photo

When it collects all this data, it presents it in an easy to understand way in the app and can also show you your “daily readiness score”. This particular metric is similar to Garmin’s “Body Battery” feature, which basically measures the intensity of your previous day’s activities, your level of rest and recovery to determine if your body is ready for a new session.

So you can tailor your training program to make sure you’re not overdoing it and giving your muscles and cardiovascular system enough time to repair and recover.

But it’s not just about your fitness and performance, the latest Fitbit watches also keep tabs on your daily health and rest. It has an optimal alarm time feature that detects what sleep cycle or stage you’re in, so you wake up refreshed, rather than stuffy and tired.

You can also use the watch to perform breathing and mindfulness exercises, with the aim of improving your mental well-being and helping you de-stress.

To recap

For those looking for a wearable that offers a range of fitness and wellness tracking features, works with any smartphone, and offers conveniences like wrist payments and voice calls, you can’t. you can’t really go wrong with the Fitbit Versa 4.

Written by Cam Bunton. Edited by Britta O’Boyle.