If you are in the market for a new Smartwatch or fitness brand or smart wearables one of the first names that might come to mind is Fitbit. That is no coincidence though when they are one of the first companies to dive into the world of wearables with their fitness and sleep tracking band more than 5 years ago. That was Genesis for wearables – it kick-started a whole revolution for the wearables market. It was suddenly cool to be active with a Fitbit. It became a lifestyle statement.
Fast forward to today and the wearables market has countless of players and competitors. There’s a large variety of Smartwatch out there too that does whatever a regular Fitbit fitness tracker does, only they do more than just that. To answer to those then Fitbit launches the Versa Smartwatch in Malaysia today.
So, the Versa Smartwatch – Fitbit’s solution to the countless Android Wear, Tizen, and Apple Watches out there. The Brand’s second gambit to making the best Smartwatch there is, after the ionic. It looks the part too with their funky straps and metal body.
It is the lightest Smartwatch to hit the market currently. It is supposed to be one of the most comfortable Fitbit watch too apparently. The lightness is contributed by the ultra-thin aluminium case that is anodized for added durability and enhanced aesthetics. The square-ish display might have that fruity brand look but that is not exactly a bad thing. It looks good while being practical showing all the needed information on the display that goes up to 1,000 nits in brightness.
Like plenty of the Fitbits out there there is a tonne of personalisation option for this Smartwatch. Fitbit will offer a bunch of different straps that is segregated into Classic, Horween Leather, Stainless Steel, Designer Collection, and Fitbit Versa Special Edition categories. The customisation does not stop there. There is the Fitbit App Gallery that is filled with over 550 apps and watchfaces.
Let us be honest though; personalisation is great but the most important here is what is in the Smartwatch. Under the skin is a brand new Fitbit OS 2.0, and no it is not based on Android Wear. The Fitbit 2.0 on the Versa is made to be the most personalised Fitbit OS ever. It learns its users and predicts the user. The watch then presents whatever data that users usually look at on a daily basis quicker and smarter.
Of course as a Fitbit you still get the brilliant and accurate real-time heart rate tracking. It still tracks your sleep too should you wear it overnight. On top of those you have Fitbit Coach, 15 distinct Exercise Modes, GPS connectivity, swim tracking (water resistant up to 50m), plus automatic activity and exercise tracking.
Like any other Smartwatch out there the Fitbit Versa does plenty more than just tell you your accumulated steps, what your heart rate is, and time. Connected to your smartphone, the watch will notify you as your phone gets new notifications. On top of that you can quickly reply on the Fitbit as well with the preset replies or one customised reply (Android only for now).
Unlike most of its competitors the Fitbit Versa also plays music without it being connected to a smartphone. All you need is a Bluetooth earphone or headphone, connect it to the Versa, then play music – simple as that. How? The Versa can store up to more than 300 music files in the watch itself. Either that, or play from the Deezer app that is built-in to the Smartwatch.
When you go for a run as well you want to be as light as you can be. You do not want to carry something like a smartphone or a wallet just for them to jiggle around in your pocket, spoiling your run momentum. That is why Fitbit Versa comes with Fitbit Pay so that you can leave your hefty wallet at home. Currently the Fitbit Pay platform is supported by 40 banks worldwide with more coming on board in the year 2018.
Then there is the female health tracker built into the Fitbit Versa. The built-in tracker helps women keep track of their menstrual cycle and all its phases. The data collected from the Versa is also personalised and tailored to each user thanks to Fitbit 2.0. Which also means the Versa can predict cycles for users over time to make it more and more accurate. On top of that there is also the Fitbit communities for female health.
Alongside the Fitbit Versa the wearables outfit also launched the Fitbit Ace. The Fitbit Ace is designed for kids so it is lighter and lasts longer on a single charge (up to 5 days battery life). The blue and purple colour option Fitbit for kids are also designed to encourage kids to get up and get active. The Fitbit app for the Ace includes multiple goal setting programs and reward programs to encourage your kids to stay active. For parents, they can keep track of their kids activities and sleep time.
The Fitbit Versa in Black Aluminium and Black strap combination retails at MYR990. The Fitbit Versa Special Edition goes at MYR1,120 while the extra accessories
Source: Fitbit Malaysia
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