The Best Smartwatch Ever!

I recently got a Fitbit Versa. You can read my last blog post down below to learn more about all that stuff. This is what I think Fitbit is great at:

All Day Activity Tracking: This is how Fitbit got big is Tracking your steps, distance, and Calories burned with their clip trackers (Classic, Ultra, One, Zip etc.) then with the addition of sleep Tracking and wristband with the Flex. The Charge did all that stuff Plus the addition of the screen and then the Charge HR with HR. Later came the Blaze, Surge, Alta, Alta HR, Charge 2, and the Ionic. After that is the Fitbit Versa which is what I am talking about today. The Versa tracks all that stuff. It is a swipe up from your click to view most of your stats. It works great on the versa. 5 Out of 5 for this category.

Exercise & Fitness Tracking: Tracking workouts started with the Surge which had built it GPS. After that the Blaze & Charge 2 followed but it had Connected GPS instead (which uses your phone’s connections to do GPS). The Ionic had GPS. After the Ionic came the Versa. The Versa features Connected GPS. Some of you might complain that the Versa does not have Connected GPS. First of all it keeps the price at $200. The Apple Watch Series 1 does not have it and it is $250. You have to play around $330 for GPS on Apple. Also a good idea to carry your phone for safety reasons. Connected GPS works well, the map was correct, and it is easy to see. Connected GPS works great.

Notifications: The Blaze was the first to feature notifications from apps. The Ionic also had those features. Notifications once again return to the Fitbit Versa. It will buzz you when you get a notification. You can also swipe down to view notifications. Notifications are very useful. You may not be able to reply or use your voice to answer text but I prefer to reply with my phone anyways.

Apps: The Fitbit Ionic was the first to do a true version. Yes the Blaze did have the “Coach” app and some other things when you swipe through on the Blaze. Apps are also on the Versa. They are mainly fitness related. Some apps include: “Weather,” “Starbucks,” “4 Word,” “2048,” “The New York Times,” “Calculator,” “Leaderboard,” and more including the basic apps like “Relax,” “Exercise,” “Stopwatch,” and more. They work well. Yes Watch OS and Wear OS have a lot more but the ones on Watch OS do not work so great (never used Wear OS). Fitbit apps work well.

More things: The Watch faces work well. Also easy to navigate. Does a lot for $200.

It is a great buy. I would recommend it over Wear OS (a.k.a Android Wear) and Watch OS (a.k.a Apple Watch). Also way better price. Go to Fitbit.com or Amazon and get yours today.

Fitbit Versa vs. Apple Watch

For a while my Fitbit Charge 2 band has been falling off. I even replaced the band about a month ago, it fell of less but it still did it. I knew that the Alta or Alta HR would not be good choices because the band works the same way. I have also had the Charge 2 for a while so it was out of warranty! I would lose a lot of features w/ the Flex 2. So I got the Fitbit Versa! Today I will be comparing it to the Apple Watch. I have the Series 2. I will be comparing it to the series 1 & 2. So let’s get started.

All Day Activity Tracking.

Most Clock faces on the versa feature your step count. So you can look at steps w/ a glance. Some faces feature Calories Burned & Heart Rate. To view all stats SWIPE UP from the clock and that will open an app called “Today” which will show your stats for active minutes, hourly move, heart rate, and more! Workouts tracked are at the bottom.

The Apple Watch has an app called “Activity,” in this app you can see your “rings,” steps, & distance. Their are three rings: “Move,” “Exercise,” & “Stand.” “Move” is the Active Calories which is NOT ALWAYS ACCURATE! “Exercise” is like Fitbit’s Active Minutes but you can set a goal it is always 30, on Fitbit it could be 2, 30, 45, 60, 86, and any other number. Fitbit is more accurate on Active Minutes then “Exercise” on Apple Watch because on a day I did not do anything Apple says I closed the ring but Fitbit says I have 0 Minutes. Also apple’s Minutes differ for the SAME walk while Fitbit is always the same if you are walking. The last one is “Stand” which is like Fitbit’s “hourly move.”

In this category Fitbit wins. It had the features first, it is what Fitbit is best at!

Winner: Fitbit

Tracking Workouts

On the Versa you can track many different workouts. You can have up to six on the watch at a time. I have Walk, Bike, Swim, Run, Workout, & Yoga. The Versa does not have GPS. Which some people won’t buy it for that reason. The price would cost more for GPS and the battery life would not be as good. The $300 Ionic has GPS if you want that. Connected GPS connects to your phone to track outdoor workouts. It is always good to have your phone w/ you in case of emergencies. Connected GPS is just as accurate and it uses less battery. Your workouts are saved in the Fitbit app. You CAN also track swims

Keep in mind you can only have one Fitbit smartwatch paired at a time. You can have a smartwatch and fitness band (as many bands as you want) paired (Charge 2, Alta HR, Flex 2, etc).

On the Apple Watch you can have more workouts. The Apple Watch Series 2 & 3 have built in GPS. The series 1 & the original/Series 0 Do NOT have built in GPS. The series 2 is discounted. The series 3 is over $300. The series 1 is $250. So no gps keeps the price down.

Winner: Draw

Notifications

The Fitbit versa is a smartwatch so it features notifications that come through on your phone. Go to the Fitbit app to turn on notifications for ONLY the apps you want. The bands (Charge 2, Alta, Alta HR etc.) Have Call & Text notifications (maybe calendar) but not the other apps like the versa. If they are important get the versa. I find the notifications handy. For Android users, Quick text replies will be coming soon. No quick replies on iOS thanks to Apple’s closed system .Fitbit does not put notifications first because they have always focused on fitness which is a good thing. Also people who buy the watch for notifications would not look at Fitbit. Not priority but works well.

The Apple Watch does do a better job on notifications. I do not have any on here because I have been wearing the amazing Versa. The Apple Watch will tap you when something comes through. You can reply to text by “Scribbling,” talking to it, or a quick reply. However if you get messages from other apps you can NoT reply to them. Apple does that well.

Winner: Apple Watch

Apps

The Fitbit Versa is a smartwatch so it features apps. You can check the weather (useful). You can even check how you are doing in the 7 day leaderboard against your friends. “Relax” is Fitbit’s app for focusing on breathing. It first appeared on the Charge 2 then Apple came out w/ it on the Series 1 & 2. Their are several fitness apps on the Versa. Their is a simple calculator app. The New York Times is on the Versa (would not use). You can also get Starbucks. Pandora & Deezer Music (paid only) are available. More fitness apps are available. I would not get a Watch for apps. If you are going to Fitbit is not for you. Especially if you don’t want fitness apps. There are a couple games on versa btw.

The Apple Watch does have a lot of apps. From fitness to news to games to remotes. If you are getting a watch for apps the Apple Watch is for you.

Winner: Apple Watch

Social Features & Motivation.

Screenshot: Fitbit app.

Fitbit has challenges and adventure races. You can compete with your friends. You get “Trophies” for winning. The goal Day is a fun challenge to hit your goal. If you hit your goal you get a “Trophy.” Goal day can be solo or w/ Friends. Adventure races are challenges that you race to be the first to the finish line. Solo adventures are ones that you do (don’t know much about those). Challenges are really fun on Fitbit.

The bit also has the seven day steps. Currently (April 18th) I am in 6. You can see where you rank among friends. You can see that right on the watch w/ the Fitbit versa & Ionic. This is what motivates you on Fitbit and also hitting 10k!

Screenshot: Apple Activity App

On the Apple Watch you can share stats w/ friends but no 7 day or challenges :(. The Apple Watch motivates you to close your rings like Fitbit motivates you to hit your goal.

Sleep Tracking & Battery Life

Fitbit does sleep Tracking! Also REM! Apple only does it on third party apps. It drains a lot of battery life. The Apple Watch battery life is 18 hours Versa 4 Days +.

Winner: Fitbit Versa

Overall.

The Fitbit versa is $200. It has a lot of fitness features + weather, notifications, & more. It is the mass appeal smartwatch Fitbit is saying it is. If you want GPS it is $300 which is the Ionic. Also Fitbit versa has WAY better battery life than the Apple Watch and so does the Ionic.

The Apple Watch Series 1 is $250 (and it does less) no swim tracking and not the fun social features of Fitbit. So the Fitbit versa is a better choice. Also Apple Watch only supports iOS while Fitbit supports Windows, Android, & iOS! The series 3 is over $300 (more than the Ionic). Also battery life is weak on all Apple watches.

Overall winner: Fitbit Versa

 

P.S. I got a couple Active Minutes on Apple Watch while writing this. Fitbit gave me 0 minutes while writing this. Fitbit is amazing!!!

Fitbit Charge 2 vs Apple Watch Series 2

My two working smart/fitness watches the Charge 2 and the Apple Watch. Well overall we have one obvious winner hear and that is clearly the Apple Watch Series 2. Well if you want to spend less the Charge 2 is a great option. Let’s Compare.

Built in GPS

Charge 2: Connected GPS

Apple Watch Series 2: Yes

Heart RateFitbit Charge 2: Yes

Apple Watch Series 2: Yes

Breathing

Charge 2: Yes

Apple Watch Series 2: Yes + Saved in Apple Health

Both Watches have Steps, Distance, Hourly Move, and more.

Notifications


Apple Watch 2 does an amazing job when it comes to notifications. You can even talk on the phone by using the Apple Watch. You can reply to text. It has FaceBook, Instagram, Snapchat, calendar, and any app that has notifications turned on your iphone they will be turned on your iwatch. Fitbit Charge 2 on the other hand only has the basics Calls, Text, and Calender notification. When it comes to Text and Calender notifications it will show only part of it temping you to get out your phone not putting it away. You can not talk into it or anything like that.

Smart Features

The Apple Watch is the winner. It has apps. If you an app you can go to the App Store and download an app. If it has a Apple Watch app available it should be on there shortly after you get the app. The apps are really handy. You can download apps like Messenger, Skype, Slack, and more messaging apps and message the same way you do on the Apple Messages app. The Messages app is both texting and iMessage. It has the phone app and you can call someone on your watch. It has your (“Favorite”) activity and workout app on there to. It has the music app. It has the remote app to control your Apple TV. It has a lot of apps. A new app on Watch OS is a app called Breath. The Fitbit has not really any just notifications. However it does have the breath feature that the Apple Watch has but it does not save your Breath minutes.

Workout Features


Apple Watch is again the winner. This time Fitbit does really good on this category. The Apple Watch has the Activity app and the workout app. The Apple Watch Series 2 has built in GPS which is the biggest reason I got this watch. The Actitvity app is your daily activity. There are three rings Move, Exersize, and Stand. My favorites are Move and Exersize. At the button it has Steps, Distance, and any workout you did that they. Also you can download 3rd party connected GPS apps for the device (Apple Watch) like Nike. Some apps like Nike if you pair it to your Apple health app it will show up with your workouts in the actitvity app. There is also a breath app where you can breath and a heart rate tracking app where it can track your resting heart rate. The Heart Rate monitor is not always on. Fitbit also does a really good job. It has your steps, heart rate, distance, calories, floors, active minutes, and moving. The Fitbit has connected GPS. It does a decent job. It has breathing where it makes you relax. It also has Smart Track auto workout tracking.

Battery Life


The Charge 2 is finally the winner. It goes up to five days on a single charge. On the other hand the Apple Watch Series 2 only goes UP TO 18 hours of battery life and 4 hours of battery life if doing GPS tracking.

The results.

Winner: Apple Watch Series 2

Apple Watch 2 categories won: 3 of 4

Charge 2 Categories won: 1 of 4.

Either tracker would be a great option. Depends on your price.

P.S. If you are getting the Charge 2 get it on Amazon because you save a buck.

Review and Raiting of: Fitbit Charge 2

My Fitbit Charge HR fell apart (I wear the Fitbit during the school day). My Charge HR’s band cracked and spilt. So I was debating between getting a Fitbit Flex 2, Fitbit One, or the Charge 2. I went head and got the charge 2 because

1. It has great workout features

2. It has a comfortable band.

3.  HR

4. Breathing Exercises

5. Clock, no clasp, on wrist, and Active Minute display

The Charge 2 came and I got the teal. It looked really nice. When I tried it on it was the most comfortable Fitbit I have ever worn (not as comfortable as the Apple Watch 2). I put it on and it has nice features HR, Active Minutes display, breathing, and workouts that are not on basic Fitbits. I will wear it during the school day and while my Apple Watch 2 is charging. I enjoy compenting steps with other people. The Apple Watch Series 2 is my favorite Watch but the Fitbit Charge 2 is my favorite Fitbit.

I would rate it 4 stars.

P.S. I got it from Amazon and you should get it on amazon because you save a buck.