It’s packed with features, looks and feels attractive, and costs much less than the iOSonly Apple Watch. Fitbit also offers the even less expensive (though still quite appealing) Versa Lite, and now the original is getting its first major update in the form of the Versa 2. It includes everything we love about the original and adds an AMOLED screen with an always-on option, includes a microphone with Amazon Alexa, and makes Fitbit Pay a standard feature (and not just limited to the Special Edition model), all while keeping its price of $199.95. The Versa 2 is easily our new favorite Android-compatible smartwatch, as well as our Editors’ Choice.
DESIGN AND STYLE
The Versa 2 is slightly more rounded than the Versa, with an AMOLED face that curves smoothly into the aluminum case instead of the original’s flat face and angular edges. The underside is similarly curved, giving the smartwatch a slightly thicker but smoother and friendlier profile. The optical heart rate sensor and charging contacts are almost identical to those of the original Versa’s, though the four charging points are now located near the top rather than the bottom of the back of the watch case.
The right edge of the Versa 2 shows the biggest physical change from its predecessor. The two command buttons are replaced by a pinhole microphone for using Amazon Alexa directly on the watch. Your tastes may vary, but I find this a welcome change; I rarely use the two buttons on the right edge of the original Versa, and when I lean on my hand or bend my wrist back, the buttons sometimes trigger an activity mode when I don’t want them to. The single menu button on the left edge and the touch screen are enough direct controls.
You have your choice of colors and wrist straps for the Versa 2. The standard Versa 2 is available in a dark-gray body with a black silicone strap, a light-gray body with a light-gray silicone strap, or a rose-copper body with a pink, burgundy, or dark-green silicone strap. For $30 more, you can get the Special Edition Versa 2 ($229.95) in a light-gray body with a dark-gray woven strap or a copper-rose body with a navy-blue woven strap (an extra silicone strap is included as well).
Since Fitbit Pay is now standard on the Versa 2 (for the original Versa, it was included only on the Special Edition), the woven strap is the only significant difference between the standard and Special Edition models. A three-month trial membership of Fitbit Premium is also included with the Special Edition.
The Versa 2 uses the same wristband mount as the Versa, so you have a wide range of accessory straps to choose from if the included ones aren’t to your liking. They come in a variety of materials, including silicone, woven fabric, leather, suede, and steel, often with a choice of colors. The least expensive straps are silicone at $29.95, and the priciest tapered steel band is $99.95.
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