Fitbit announce the smartwatch for all, the Fitbit Versa


Kids will also be limited to just 10 watchfaces they can use to customize their fitness bands, compared to the hundreds available from third-party developers for Fitbit Ionic and Versa.

Fitbit on Tuesday unveiled its newest Apple Watch competitor that sells for just $199.99.

The Fitbit Ace looks a lot like the company's Alta tracker, but with a few child-friendly tweaks.

Both watches are a similar size, but the Ionic is noticeably thicker; the Versa has a softer profile, with a back that's more rounded, whereas the Ionic is more angular.

The Fitbit Versa is available for preorder now-along with all related accessories-through the Fitbit website.

Arguably, the Versa's most interesting capability is what Fitbit calls female health tracking. 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.

You've got the color options of grey or pink for the body of the actual watch. "From its lovely design to its personalized guidance, Versa will help empower you to take action, make the most of every moment, and reach your goals". Below the screen there's the Fitbit logo, but we don't now have any information on the screen technology or resolution.

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There's quite a bit to unpack in the Versa, so we've broken it down for you below.

But while there were many familiarities with Pebble's smartwatches of old, most would agree that the overall industrial design of the Ionic wasn't one of them. Fitbit's vice president of product marketing Melanie Chase says the idea is to easily transition kids between their fitness tracker and the adult version, while also helping children feel more mature by using a product that looks and feels grown up.

That will tell you how much time you spend in REM and other stats about your sleep as well as providing feedback to help you improve upon your night's sleep. This feature could be helpful for parents wanting to keep track of how much sleep their child gets.

If you want to take this in the pool, you'll be able to as it's waterproof and comes with tracking for swimming. That said, the fitness band doesn't have a Global Positioning System function; which means that it can not be used to actually track the location of the child. "Female health tracking will empower women with a greater understanding of their menstrual cycles in conjunction with their physical and mental health, as they start to recognize what are normal trends over time versus what could be an issue to share with their doctor".

It'll let you log your menstrual cycle data, recording symptoms like headaches and cramp. Fitbit's designed the Versa to be comfortable for any wearer, irrespective of wrist size. This feature will expand to other messaging apps in the future too. Essentially, Fitbit has replicated the smartphone app's dashboard on your wrist. Right now we don't know exactly when this feature will arrive, but it'll be debuting on Android in the coming months, and is likely to come to iOS sometime after that. Instead, parents add their offspring to their own Fitbit account.

They'll also be able to connect with others in a community section. A variety of major Canadian retailers, including Amazon, Best Buy and SportChek, will carry Ace at launch.

As for battery life, Fitbit estimates the watch should last around four days.