Fitbit Versa smartwatch brings women's health tracking and a curvier design

Fitbit Versa Smartwatch With Female Health Tracking 4 Day Battery Life Launched Price in India Specifications

With the smaller design, the Versa's is the lightest weight smartwatch made of metal now on the market, Fitbit says. Fitbit gave the device a redesigned dashboard with a simpler way of displaying health and workout data.

The Fitbit Versa resembles an Apple Watch, but that's not a bad thing.

The Versa also brings Fitbit OS 2.0, a much improved version of the operating system that launched on the Ionic. It's a device for serious athletes that don't mind paying a premium price to get the most top-of-the-line features. The watch itself comes in black, silver, and rose gold color options. While dodging balls and jump roping my way to a good sweat, the Versa never got in the way-I barely even noticed it was there.

Versa shares numerous Ionic's features, including an app store, swim-tracking workouts, on-board music storage and 4-day battery life, so you can log sleep as well as steps. If you're an Android user, you can respond to text messages with a pre-populated or customized reply directly from your wrist.

However, to get all of those features into a super-slim package, Fitbit sacrificed Global Positioning System.

The only questionable decision here is the fact that contactless payments are only available on one model in the US, and you'll have to pay extra for it. Fitbit Pay is only available on the Special Edition Versa, which costs $30 more than the standard model without Fitbit Pay. The company is also releasing a $229.95 Versa Special Edition that includes support for Fitbit Pay, its mobile payment service. It also chose to go with what it calls a "squircle" design - yes, really- softening the hard edges of a square with rounded corners to make it feel more inviting.

Fitbit OS 2.0 is also coming with menstrual tracking, which Chase says was one of the most requested features by Fitbit users. Fitbit users who identify as women will see a new tab in the Fitbit app for logging periods and symptoms. Fitbit promises it won't send you an obvious, embarrassing notification about it.

Announced alongside the Fitbit Ace fitness tracker for kids, the £199.99 Versa sports the same PurePulse heart rate and SpO2 sensors you get in the Ionic, but it does so in a much more slender and attractive design.

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Fitbit's line of new products for Spring also includes a fitness tracker for kids called the Fitbit Ace, based in Fitbit's thin, plastic Alta model.

The goal for Fitbit Ace, the company says, is to encourage kids to build habits around being physically active from an early age.

The Fitbit Ace is available for preorder today for $99 on Fitbit's website. By adding female health tracking, Fitbit is not only hoping to appeal to more women, but also to see how menstrual cycles interplay with weight, activity levels, sleep, and nutrition.

When I saw Fitbit CEO James Park wearing the Versa, I did a double take - I thought he was wearing an Apple Watch at first glance.

Fitbit's offering the simulator as a free download for Windows and macOS, and once it's downloaded and installed onto your machine, opening it will show a virtual Ionic. The navigation is completely different, with three buttons to Apple Watch's button-crown combo. I don't like that Fitbit sacrificed Global Positioning System to trim down the watch, though Global Positioning System isn't a must-have for most people.

But in the long run, I think Fitbit's female-focused software features will be more meaningful than the Versa's Apple-inspired design.

According to Fitbit, the cycle predictions should work dynamically with other health information you log into the app. There'll be reminders to log your food intake or take medication, celebrations for hitting goals and milestones, insights into your activity, sleep summaries, social challenges and prompts to take action on your data. This is a huge deal, because all of those metrics are so deeply intertwined.

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