Once upon a time I had an Apple Watch but Apple is just as good at breaking things as they are at making them. One day recently, my first generation watch could no longer be updated and therefore it died an instantaneous death leaving me at the height of bootcamp without a wearable. Dramatic right? Well, it was but everything happens for a reason. Eager tog et back to tracking my daily activity and break free from the vicious hold of Apple, I decided to try Fitbit.

What is it?

Fitbit Versa Lite is an impeccably designed fitness tracker disguised as a smartwatch. Its features focus on fitness including an automatic activity tracker, heart rate monitor, GPS and many exercise modes to choose from. Like a smartwatch, Versa Lite displays smartphone notifications and has GPS. It’s also water resistant up to 50m and comes in fun colors.

Product render of Fitbit Versa Lite Edition, 3QTR view, in Mulberry

Here’s what I loved about it…

It looks good. When I opened the box I was immediately impressed by its bold, vivid purple color, formally called mulberry. The silicon watchband and bezel trim are the exact same color giving it a seamless look and feel. The square hi-res touch screen made from Corning Gorilla Glass 3 is bright and large enough to touch and swipe without overpowering my small wrist.

Battery power for days. Fully charged Fitbit Versa Lite lasts for about 3 days before it reaches or falls below 20% charge. At which point, I am warned about the low battery. I’m also pleased with the charging port as it has retractable sides that hold the device in snuggly in place while it’s charging. My strategy is to charge over night and there were many mornings I woke up to a dead Apple Watch because it had somehow slipped off its magnetic charger. With nothing to keep it in place, the slightest movement would cause it to sleep but I don’t have to worry about that with Fitbit.

Less is more. I mostly depend on my wearable for activity and basic health tracking so it’s nice to have a device that focuses almost exclusively on that. It didn’t come with a ton of bloat ware or useless apps. I can get smartphone notifications, stream music and of course, monitor my health and fitness without non-essential features getting in my way.

It works across platforms. I’m not exclusively tied to one smartphone maker. In fact, my daily communication tools include both an iPhone and a Samsung Galaxy Note 8 which both pairs with the Fitbit. It’s comforting to know that whether I’m using an Android device or one that runs iOS, I can connect it to my Fitbit via Bluetooth.

Once upon a time I had an Apple Watch but Apple is just as good at breaking things as they are at making them. One day recently, my first generation watch could no longer be updated and therefore it died an instantaneous death leaving me at the height of bootcamp…

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Fitbit Wins

Fitbit Versa Lite isn't an alternative, it's an bonafide option when it comes to wearables. With a focus on fitness it's for people who want a stylish device that's streamlined for activity tracking.

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