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Fitbit Versa is just as gorgeous as the Apple Watch, but way cheaper

Fitbit's newest fitness smartwatch goes for a flexible look and lots of bands for $199.

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Scott Stein
I started with CNET reviewing laptops in 2009. Now I explore wearable tech, VR/AR, tablets, gaming and future/emerging trends in our changing world. Other obsessions include magic, immersive theater, puzzles, board games, cooking, improv and the New York Jets. My background includes an MFA in theater which I apply to thinking about immersive experiences of the future.
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The Fitbit Versa is Fitbit's lowest-priced smartwatch. Is it the best Fitbit or the best smartwatch? In many ways, it's the best of both worlds, if you can put up with limitations.

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There are lots of bands and many look sharp. An included rubber band feels good. Horween leather and a metal mesh band are a little tricky to put on.

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Comparing Versa to other watches, from left to right: the Apple Watch Series 3, Fitbit Ionic, the old Pebble Time Steel and the Versa. The Fitbit Versa's the smallest.

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The included charger is bulky, and once again proprietary. 

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The rear heart rate sensor array has an extra SpO2 sensor that could look for oxygen levels in the blood. Fitbit says more features will come using this sensor, including measuring for sleep apnea.

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The metal case is lightweight and pretty thin.

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Versa can run dozens of watch faces and apps from Fitbit's app. Most are free, a few are limited trials with no easy in-app payment system, which gets weird.

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Most watch faces have ways to look at heart rate and other readings instantly.

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Fitbit's app is still one of the best, and works on iOS and Android.

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A look at some of the other color options.

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Click or scroll through to see more images of the excellent Fitbit Versa.

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Stay tuned for more tests, and read our full review.

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