>What exactly is a smart watch?
Is it something that's super hooked in and deeply connected to your phone?
Or is it something more like a fitness tracker, with some basic functions and notifications, that's meant to be more like a laid-back watch?
Fitbit has a new smart watch called the Versa that's less expensive than Apple Watch.
Has a longer battery life.
You can swim with it and it also gets notifications.
I've been wearing it in San Francisco For about a week as I've been on vacation, and it worked.
So how's it been working?
The nice thing about the Versa is that notifications come in, kinda like the old Pebble watch, if you wore that.
You can check them but you can't answer to them.
You could do quick responses if you've got an Android phone.
The rest of it is really by checking time, checking fitness stats, starting workouts.
Music is kind of a pain.
It's got a music remote that connects your phone.
But if you want to put music on your watch, you got to side load it from your computer which is not great.
Or you use Pandora or Deezer.
I don't know who uses those.
Now it also has some things I really like.
I love the fact that it vibrates to wake me up on a smart alarm, so I can set it, go to sleep and it's got that.
Sleep tracking which is something that I actually use to remind myself how little sleep I'm getting.
The other thing I really like is it's got three buttons on it which are customizable.
So its buttons plus a pretty responsive touch screen.
Meaning that you can customize for quick starts And that gives you access to all the basic controls you kinda need.
One thing this doesn't have is any ability to answer phone calls.
So it doesn't have a speaker phone.
And this model does not have contact-less payments.
You can pay up for about $30 more to get a special edition that does.
But be forewarned, Fitbit Pay does not support a heck of a lot of banks, including my credit card.
The other thing this doesn't have is any sort of voice assistant, so if you want to do any voice setting of timers, forget about it.
There's no microphone on this thing.
Fitbit Versa also doesn't have GPS.
It connects with your phone to do connected GPS tracking, but on its own, it doesn't do any GPS.
You're going to have to get the Fitbit Ionic or the Apple Watch does that too on the Series 3. Fitbit claims four days of battery life on the Versa.
But after three days of solid use it's already almost out of battery.
So I'd say it's a little more like three days battery life, not four.
It's a lower key watch.
So again, this is not as stepped up in features as a lot of high end smart watches.
But with its ability to run apps It have watch faces.
And do a bit more than your average Fitbit.
And the fact that it's waterproof, something that a lot of Fitbits' don't have.
I really like it's overall feature set.
I think that it's the best Fitbit that's out there.
And $200 it's not too expensive.
If you like the design and you like the way that feels, I recommend going for it.
But stay tune because we're going to do a lot more work out testing with.
Including comparisons against the Apple Watch.
Fitbit does just enough to be an everyday good watch for me.