Fitbit announces Versa smartwatch and Ace activity tracker for kids

Fitbit announces Versa smartwatch and Ace activity tracker for kids

Like the Ionic, it has a pretty thick bezel, but it's bright and clear, and the company seems to have smoothed out Fitbit OS since we last tested it.

The Fitbit Versa price is set at $200, which is more affordable than rivals from Apple and Samsung, and pre-orders are open right now on the company's official website. Coming on the heels of its previous Ionic smartwatch, Fitbit aims to make the Versa a more pleasing and versatile product for the masses. It actually resembles an Apple Watch. Do the fitness features make it more attractive than an Android Wear watch? There is also a Versa special edition available for purchase with exclusive woven bands with a rose gold aluminium case or charcoal in a graphite aluminium case. It's worth noting that these will become available across all Fitbit devices, but with a custom experience for Versa and Ionic owners.

"As the wearables category continues to grow, Fitbit Versa fills a critical need in the market by delivering a beautifully designed, full-featured smartwatch that is easy to use at a very competitive price", said James Park, co-founder and CEO of Fitbit.

That said, because Apple has a closed ecosystem, notifications and quick replies-an important feature for most smartwatch users-are only available for Android. That's an omission serious athletes will have to consider. The Fitbit Versa Special Edition will retail for $229.95.

As mentioned, Fitbit wants the Versa to appeal to a wider audience, and part of that audience is female. Oh, and now it can track your menstrual cycle, too.

It's not a groundbreaking innovation, but giving you dynamic cycle predictions allows you to log your symptoms easily and mark when you're likely to be less active.

Fitbit Versa smartwatch brings women's health tracking and a curvier design

What do you all think about Fitbit's Versa? But Fitbit is obviously hoping that you will.

Fitbit has launched its first fitness tracker for children in a bid to help combat child inactivity and rising obesity levels.

Fitbit isn't the first to create kid-friendly options for tracking fitness. Plus, with the new Fitbit family account, parents can control who their kids connect with in the Fitbit app so they can safeguard their kids' privacy and stay on top of their activity. This new update will be available in the Fitbit app come May 2018. This will show a simplified version of the user's health and fitness data.

The Fitbit Versa takes a lot of the design language the company has learnt from the Ionic and transferred it into a smaller watch that those with slimmer wrists will likely appreciate. The redesigned smartwatch is a far cry from the Ionic's angular aesthetic, which I intensely disliked. With the release of the Fitbit Versa on the horizon, can the company compete with the dominance of the Apple Watch Series 3? The navigation is completely different, with three buttons to Apple Watch's button-crown combo.

Fitbit Versa impresses with its design and brought features that most people will surely like. After missing out on the most popular music services, including Apple Music and Spotify, by only offering a Pandora (p) app on its watch past year, Fitbit is adding only one new music app from Deezer, a service mainly popular in Europe, for now. If you're the sort of person who is more interested in lifestyle tracking and spends most of the time working out in the gym, then the lack of Global Positioning System might not worry you. This is a huge deal, because all of those metrics are so deeply intertwined.

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