Fitbit Versa Lite Review

Fitbit Versa Lite Review
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Looking for a fitness tracker that doesn’t cost $400 but has just what you might need? Here’s the Fitbit Versa Lite smartwatch. At only $160, it’s the most affordable smartwatch you can own right now. Looking identical to its twin, Fitbit Versa, Versa Lite has been stripped down to the basics but still fulfills what it was designed for.

The Good

  • Longer battery life (up to four days)
  • Comfy design
  • Cheaper price
  • Improved software
  • Heart rate tracking
  • Waterproof

The Bad

  • No NFC payment
  • Doesn’t track lap swimming
  • No Wi-Fi
  • No music storage
  • Screen color a bit too much
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Design and Color

The Fitbit Versa Lite sports four strap/watch color combinations, with the blue and pink being the most screaming colors, which to some extent don’t make the watch look and feel like a premium piece compared to the silver version. But this is just an individual preference and many may find the blue or pink band attractive. Versa Lite has one button on its side compared to the original’s three, which is a good thing since it simplifies usage and navigation.

Lite is light, weighing just 38g, is extremely comfortable and you can easily forget that you have a watch on your wrist. The quality of its build is unquestionable and the metal body gives it the impression of a seriously assembled smartwatch. You’ll find the heart rate monitor at the Versa’s protruding bottom to give accurate readings from your wrist. The touchscreen is responsive enough although there are some delays when loading your daily activities, notifications, alarms, or Weather apps. Apart from that, they all function with precision. We must admit, the quality if the strap is top-notch. After using the watch for a whole week without taking it off the wrist, the straps didn’t have any stains on them. Overall, premium looks aside, this is a solid piece worth the price.

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If you’ve used the Fitbit Versa, you’ll notice a few things missing in the Lite edition. First off, is the Fitbit Coach that guides you through workouts. There’s no music storage anymore, so no offline playback (unless you carry your phone with you). Wrist-based payment has also been left out. In addition, it doesn't track swimming or floors climbed. However, there are a lot of great features that you get from the Fitbit Versa Lite fitness tracker. They include heart rate and sleep monitor, tracks steps, calories burned, and female health, such as periods and fertility. It's water resistant, and you can swim with it up to 50 meters below the surface. Battery life is where the Versa Lite shines, with a single charge lasting four, even five days if you don’t work out too often. That puts it at the same level as Galaxy Watch Active. You get customizable exercise modes and automatic activity tracking. As with the original Versa, you still get a superb Today display screen by swiping up and it gives you all the stats you need, without the steps climbed of course.

Software and Compatibility

As is expected of all Fitbits, accuracy is reliable, and the straps can withstand conditions of heavy sweating. The sleep tool is also improved and offers well-laid out graphs that show useful information. Android users can select from a list of five pre-populated responses, but iOS users might have to wait a little longer for the reply feature to be added. Although you can't edit or create your own quick-responses, it's still enough to give you important notifications from texts to WhatsApp to emails. Swipe left or right to scan the different services with ease and you can control your phone’s music via the Versa Lite.

For a beginner, you’ll find virtually everything you need for your workouts, such as diet and how you sleep and train. It even comes with a relaxation feature to help moderate your breathing. Its interface is easy to use and shows four apps per page. This means you may have to do some scrolling to get to your app. But, since it's designed for the average person, its’ highly functional.

To Consider Before Your Purchase

This is a lightweight fitness tracker with all the bells and whistles you can expect from a Fitbit. However, it lacks some features such as GPS, music storage and altimeter for elevation. The Fitbit Versa Lite may not be compatible with all smartphones so you might want to check the list of compatible devices first. Overall, it gives you all the functionalities of a smartwatch for daily use, plus it's really comfortable on your wrist.

Our Notes

The Fitbit Versa Lite offers up to four days of battery life, an impressive heart rate tracker, and automatically tracks your workouts.

What Do They Say on Other Sites

“Great product I love this watch. It helps to be more aware of my daily steps and water intake. The reminders help to get me moving.” (Senora Mosby on Walmart)

“Great! Then it broke June 24, 2018 Color: Charcoal WovenEdition: Special EditionVerified Purchase Love the product, after 2 months I woke up to a black screen and I wouldn't turn on again. Had frustrated experience with support and was required to RMA my watch. It's now a month later, I have no watch, no response.. How can Fitbit track my health when it breaks and the company has no CS policy to keep it's users tracking. I asked for a refund but Fitbit will only support returns if it comes from Fitbit not Amazon. I will sell this when it's returned and won't by another Fitbit.” (Bual on Amazon

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