Still on the hunt for the ideal smartwatch/fitness-tracker?
It lists for $200, which is what you'll pay just about everywhere right now, but allow me to sneak you in the side door of Deals By Rick: For a limited time, you can get a Fitbit Versa for $149.96 when you sign up for Macy's emails and then apply the 25-percent-off code you receive. Shipping is free, but you may be on the hook for sales tax. Update: I received and successfully tested a code this morning, but now readers are reporting that Macy's is excluding this item. 😡
(Just FYI, it took about 15 minutes for my Macy's email to arrive with the code.)
It gets better: Cashback service Ebates is currently offering a 6-percent rebate on Macy's purchases, which would bring your net cost down to around $141.
I haven't used the Versa myself (nor any Fitbit, surprisingly), but it appears to tick all the boxes I consider important in a wearable: Notifications, water-resistance, a nice selection of watch faces (with more coming all the time) and a battery that's good for more than just a day.
Allow me to turn you over to Scott Stein's. He called the watch "mostly great" and "the best fusion of smartwatch and general fitness tracker under $200," its limitations notwithstanding.
Those limitations include no onboard GPS, no NFC for tap-to-pay (unless you spring for the pricier model) and some complexity in loading watch faces and music.
Interestingly, as I noted yesterday, Walmart still has the Apple Watch Series 1 on sale for $149. Putting these two side-by-side, I'd have a tough time choosing -- but there's little question the Versa is the better choice for Android users. If nothing else, it can accompany you into the lap-swim lane, which the Series 1 can't.
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