Fitbit announced several new devices at its spring launch event, including a Lite Edition of its Versa smartwatch. The new smartwatch knocks £50 off the standard Versa's price tag, coming in at a penny shy of £150, and it has been designed to target a "youthful" audience with two fabulous new colour options.
With a similar design, a few less features and a more accessible price point, is the Fitbit Versa Lite Edition the smartwatch to buy? Here are our first impressions.
Design and display
- One-button operation
- Interchangeable straps
- Colour touchscreen
The Fitbit Versa Lite Edition offers an almost identical design to the current Versa smartwatch, though it loses the two buttons on the right hand side of the aluminium casing, opting for one-button operation, like the Inspire and Charge trackers.
Aside from the button changes though, the Versa Lite Edition comes in the same lovely small package with great curves as the standard Versa. It's a neat design, especially for those with smaller wrists that want a smartwatch that is softer in approach than the angular design of the Fitbit Ionic.
The Lite Edition model of the Versa comes in a range of new colour options too, two of which have colour matched aluminium casings and silicone straps, making for a more fun design overall. For those that don't want the burst of colour the Mulberry and Marina Blue options offer, there are two silver aluminium casing models with different colour straps instead, offering a more subtle approach.
As with the standard Versa, the Versa Lite Edition offers the option to change the straps for a different look and there are plenty of options from classic silicone straps to stainless steel metal accessories. Changing straps is pretty easy too, though more fiddly than the likes of the Apple Watch.
In terms of display, the Fitbit Versa Lite Edition has a colourful touchscreen display, just like the standard Versa. It's a square display, despite the casing offering rounded edges, but it's nice and bright and the Versa Lite Edition continues to offer those lovely detailed photos for activity screens.
On the underside of the display, there are the charging pins for topping the Versa Lite Edition's battery up, along with a heart rate monitor. The Versa Lite Edition comes with a silicone strap as standard, which is fastened via a buckle mechanism, just like the standard Versa. As we mentioned though, there are plenty of extra straps available to buy if you want to change up the look.
- Activity and sleep tracking
- 24/7 HR monitoring
The Fitbit Versa Lite Edition offers many of the same features as the standard Versa, though it misses out on a couple. The Lite Edition model remains swimproof and it will track swimming but unlike the standard Versa, you won't be able to see lengths on your wrist while you are swimming. Instead, you'll need to head into the Fitbit app after you've finished your swim to see the data.
The Lite Edition model also loses music capabilities and it doesn't support on-screen workouts either. It also ditches the altimeter in a somewhat strange omission. That means the Fitbit Versa Lite Edition won't be able to track floors climbed so if this is a metric you want from your device, the Lite Edition model might not be right for you.
Aside from those missing features though, the Versa Lite Edition offers the same as the standard Versa. That means you'll get all-day activity and sleep tracking, PurePulse 24/7 heart rate tracking, connected GPS, female health tracking and goal-based exercise modes.
The Versa Lite Edition will also offer VO2 Max, along with guided breathing sessions, Fitbit's SmartTrack Automatic Exercise Tracking and smart notifications from your smartphone. Android users will also be able to use the Quick Reply function.
Sadly, just like the standard model of the Versa, there is no Fitbit Pay on the Versa Lite Edition - this feature is reserved for the Versa Special Edition model.
Performance and battery life
- Four-day battery life
- Dedicated charging module
The Versa Lite Edition claims to offer a four-day battery life, which is the same as the standard Versa offers. We found the standard Versa only managed around three days, though that is still better than the Apple Watch, the smaller model of which will only offer two days maximum.
Charging takes place via a dedicated module, which is fairly bulky and a little fiddly. It also means another cable to carry around with you.
We weren't able to test the performance of the Fitbit Versa Lite Edition during our small amount of time with it but we will be sure to out it through its paces during our full review.
- Fitbit app
- iOS and Android
In terms of software, the Fitbit Versa Lite Edition connects to the Fitbit app as other Fitbit devices do. The app is available for iOS and Android devices and it is one of the best platforms out there in terms of ease of use.
The Fitbit app presents information in a simple to digest format, offering all the daily stats you might want. For more detailed workout information, there are dedicated sports devices that offer better breakdowns but on the whole, Fitbit is great at what is does.
Within the Fitbit app, it's also possible to change clock faces and download apps for the Versa Lite Edition, offering another level of customisation. You can read our Fitbit tips and tricks for more detail on the Fitbit app and what it offers.
The Fitbit Versa Lite Edition brings the same lovely design as the Versa, but at a cheaper price point and in some great new colours. We love the Mulberry purple colour - it is fabulous.
You miss out on a couple of features compared to the standard Versa, but the Lite Edition is still waterproof and it still offers some great functions, including 24/7 heart rate tracking, connected GPS, VO2 Max and automatic exercise recognition, as well as Fitbit's great sleep tracking.
Is it the smartwatch to buy? We will let you know when we review it in full, but at £150, it certainly seems to be worth consideration.