Fitbit’s Versa 3 has most of the fitness tracking features you want with over twice the battery life of the latest Apple Watch

Fitbit Versa 3 with orange band on wrist

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Fitbit’s legacy for offering flexible smartwatch-meets-fitness-trackers continues with the Versa 3. This recent entry in the Versa series comes in at $229 and offers a solid blend of capabilities for the price.

This watch is far from the simple pedometers we started with. With a number of sensors for tracking health and regular activity, the Versa 3 is well equipped for general fitness. Fitbit’s operating system may not be as robust as some of its competitors in the smartwatch space, but there’s still plenty the watch can do, especially with support for both Amazon’s Alexa and Google Assistant onboard. 

The most health conscious users or serious athletes may prefer something with more robust tracking, like the Apple Watch Series 6 or something from Garmin. But, outside of special use cases, the Versa 3 shines as a capable all-arounder.

Design

The Fitbit Versa 3 features the sleek and smoothly curved case design we’ve seen before in the Versa series. The Versa 3 also continues the trend of diminishing hardware buttons — it has none, opting instead for a touch-sensitive area on the left side of the watch case. 

At almost a half-inch thick, the Versa 3 isn’t the thinnest watch, but its curved edges go a long way to help keep it from feeling overly large and snagging on sleeves and pockets too much. The case is built of aluminum and features a subtle antenna line around its circumference. 

The Versa 3 features a 1.58″ AMOLED display that gets plenty bright for use in direct sunlight. It’s also a pleasure to look at, as the pure black pixels of the AMOLED panel help it blend in with the black bezels around the display. It’s a considerable step up from the LCD display on the original Versa. 

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The watch has a mic on each side, and even features a speaker on the right side – the pairing of these allows for phone calls on the watch, though it’s not loud enough for practical use outdoors on busy streets. Flipping it over, you’ll find the array of optical sensors as well as four contacts for the pogo pin charging system. The watch attaches magnetically to its charging base, which looks like it would work in a number of orientations, but only allows the watch to sit in it one way. 

The Versa 3 features a new watch band design and attachment mechanism. The bands attach with a simple latch that’s incredibly easy to open, but I haven’t accidentally unlatched it once in my time with the watch. However, a clicking sound I hear while moving the watch every now and then, and the plastic construction of this mechanism, raise durability concerns compared to a more traditional metal pin connector. The new attachment mechanism also raises the issue of …read more

Source:: Businessinsider – Tech

      

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