FitBit stepped up it's smart watch game with the versa.
And it's ready to go head to head with the Apple watch.
This is Apple watch series 3 versus the FitBit versa.
Both share a similar square face with rounded edges.
The Versa has three buttons and the Apple Watch has one plus a digital crown.
They both have interchangeable straps, a selection of metal finishes.
And you can choose a variety of watch faces to further customize the look.
So my main priority that I look for in a smart watch is fitness tracker first, and then kinda smart watch the second because that's what I use it for the most obviously to tell time and stuff like that.
But my main feature is the running.
I'm totally the opposite, I am smart watch first, and then fitness features second.
Design wise I definitely noticed the Fit Bit felt a lot more flushed against my wrist.
Than the Apple watch, the Apple watch is much more chunk.
Exactly, that little bulge at the bottom with the sensors kinda starts digging into your skin after a while and almost leaves a little indentation if you wear it too tight.
I thought the Apple watch was pretty confusing in terms of the digital crown, I didn't know when to press it, I didn't know when to turn it or the other button.
What do they do?
Eventually got used to it, but then I put the FitBit on and my goodness, three buttons I had no idea what each of them did.
What kind of did bother me was that the straps are hard to swap out and I do swap them out between running and going to work for example
The Fitbit works with Android or iOS and the Apple Watch is tied to Apple's ecosystem.
Fitbit mirrors the notifications from your phone and you can adjust what shows up from the Fitbit app.
But you can't call on your voice assistant or respond to a text.
Android users will be able to respond to texts with canned responses in a future update.
The Apple Watch lets you do a lot more, especially if you have the LTE version so you can leave your phone at home.
It has basic functionality like making and
taking calls, responding to texts, or even ordering a Lyft.
There are also a lot more third party apps to choose from than the FitBit.
The Apple Watch lets you do mobile payments through Apple Pay.
For payments with the Versa you'll have to get the special edition.
And in the US, this version costs $30 more.
Both are water resistant up to 50 meters, which means you take them for a swim or wear them in the shower.
So when I was wearing the Fitbit, I really did miss the ability to respond to texts, and I also missed just being able to To talk my messages, like to tape them through Siri, I found it's pretty accurate for me most of the time, and my accent is not necessarily that easy to understand.
Especially for voice assistance, if they're set to the US version, but it does a pretty good job.
Now I'm interested to know, because you use English and Spanish?
Yeah, for me the dictation feature wasn't that useful because it
It doesn't know what language to respond in when I'm texting, so often times I would dictate in English and it should start trying to dictate some gibberish in Spanish and vice versa.
So I didn't use the dictation.
I do like the ability to be free from the phone but at the same time I end up spending more time on the little screen.
But I do like the other features of the watch like the
Apple Pay is a big one for me, and also unlocking your Mac with the Apple Watch.
My favorite feature of the Apple Watch that I do miss when I'm wearing the Fit Bit it's so simple but [LAUGH] the Find my iPhone it's huge.
When I'm walking out the door if I can't ring
Ring, my phone, I'm like.
I missed that.
Break watches measure steps, distance, altitude and heart rate.
The apple watch has built in GPS to track distance and track your route.
The fit bit relies on your
Phone's GPS, but if you don't wanna take it with you, the Versa uses steps and stride to calculate distance.
So going into it, I thought I was really gonna miss the GPS tracker on the Fitbit.
It doesn't have one built in, and you have to rely on the phone.
But actually it wasn't as bad as I thought, it's pretty accurate in tracking distance even when I don't take the phone along with me.
But I do like seeing my map and my accomplishment of my route in the Apple watch.
If I am going to go out and exercise, I don't wanna be tethered to a phone at all and so having GPS is such an important feature for me.
I don't like using those first party apps generally to track my runs, my workouts, whatever I'm doing.
I usually use a third party app like Stava just something that I can I kind of track my progress over time.
And I'm competitive I want to see how I compare to other people, and that motivates me even more.
One of the things that I did like a lot about the Fit Bit that the Apple Watch didn't have was the coach app.
As a new mom who doesn't make it to the gym as often as I would like Having the ability to summon a fitness instructor on my wrist, wherever, whenever, for ten minutes was really great.
Cuz having those visuals about how to do an exercise, that was a huge game changer for me.
Both allow you to see a deeper break down of your information over time on the mobile apps.
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The app watch has its stimuli breakdown but it is slit between the watch app, the activity ring app and the health app.
I love the feet beat app.
The fact that it translates the heart rate in info into actual useful information is key for me.
And you can look at the work out and see when you were in cardio zone, or in [UNKNOWN] mode or in your peak.
And so for a run, I want to have reach to my peak.
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Or for Pilates, I wanna stay in the fat burning zone as much as possible.
I really like that as well, and when I went back to the Apple watch and I was trying to find the right data.
There's three apps to choose from.
I'm like, do I look in my activity ring up?
No, it's not there.
Do I look in the health app?
No, do I look in the watch app?
Like where am I supposed to look?
I really wish there was a consolidated way to kinda get all that information and I'm sure that there are lots of other party options as well that you can do that with.
But just the negative way to do it.
So much easier if you could just have that all in one place rather than scatter it over to kind of three different areas and then the watch itself.
You can sync songs to each watch while they charge.
With the Apple Watch, you can only sync music from your Apple Music Library, or stream over LTE, while the fit bit syncing process is more complicated.
You'll need the desktop app and you can only listen to songs, you own.
If that's too much trouble, you can use Deezer or Pandora to sync playlists.
So when I was trying to put music on the Fitbit it took forever and the fact that I had to attach it to a computer was just another pain point rather than pulling across from the app.
So the good thing about the Apple Watch is that yes, you can pull across your own music pretty easily from your phone, but your tied to the Apple music ecosystem which is kind of annoying.
Now, I'm a Spotify subscriber.
Apple, please please please please please, and Spotify, please please please please please, have Some sort of integration because I wanna be able to use my Spotify account.
For you, you don't use [UNKNOWN] that much though.
I don't use it that much so because it's so hard I would use it even less.
The fact that it's so seamless over the Apple Watch, I do have songs on iTunes.
So it was a lot easier to transfer [UNKNOWN] Painstakingly long process on the Fitbit.
So I know that I would probably just load one playlist and then never even touch music again [LAUGH] because it's so hard.
Where the Fitbit really shines is battery life.
After about five days of wearing the Versa all day during workouts, but not listening to music, It still had about a 10% battery life.
The Apple Watch struggles by comparison, especially if you're using battery intensive features like LTE.
If you're just tracking workouts and using it to mirror notifications from your phone you'll probably get about a full day's use, anything extra is a bonus.
the fitbit versa is a great fitness trainer with some smart features that's comfortable and stylish enough to wear all day and it works across android and ios.
But if you have an I-phone and you're looking for a smarter companion.
And it can do much of what you phone does, and it occasionally free you from your phone, the Apple Watch may be a better fit, as long as you don't mind charging it every day.