Fitbit announced two new smartwatches, in the Versa 4 and Sense 2 the Versa 4 sense 2, and one new, more affordable fitness tracker, the Inspire 3. While the Sense 2 and Versa 4 smartwatches lead the line-up for Fitbit is watches and trackers, the Inspire line is getting a refreshed look. The Sense 2 and Versa 4 still deliver fitness tracking and sleep features that were popular in earlier models, along with higher-end features such as Sleep Profile and daily readiness. Both its sibling watches and Fitbit Versa 4 offer Fitbit is new Daily Readiness and Sleep Profile features, though you have to purchase Fitbit Premium.
The Fitbit Versa 4 comes with six months of Fitbit Premium, which gives users access to more extensive fitness tracking and sleep features, along with Fitbit is daily readiness score. All three of these new devices come with six months of Fitbit Premium, which offers deeper insights into your health and fitness progress, plus 1,000 sessions for exercise and mindfulness. Three of the new products include a six-month complimentary Premium subscription, so you can experience Fitbits full capabilities. In 2020, Fitbit announced three new products, and after two years, we are now getting the newest models of the Sense, Versa, and Inspire devices.
The Versa 4 has basically the same upgrades from its predecessor, the Versa 3, that Fitbit introduced with the Sense 2 (above). Fitbit says that the Fitbit Versa 4 is the lighter, thinner version of the Versa range, featuring a thinner device as well as a new, raised band attachment that helps the tracker sit more comfortably on your wrist. The new Fitbit Versa 4 is the most fitness-focused smartwatch in the lineup, coming complete with over 40 workout modes and all of the fitness features you expect from Fitbit. Fitbit announced the new Inspire 3 fitness tracker, which of course, will not come with all of the smartwatch features from the models mentioned above.
The Fitbit Versa 4 has over 40 modes, and the fitness tracker continues to feature built-in GPS, which allows it to monitor pace and distance without your smartphone. If you like Apple Watchs Photos app or its home automation features, the Versa 4 will disappoint you, but for most users looking for fitness and health tracking with some notification triage, Google-owned companies smartwatch is reasonably intelligent.
Fitbit vs Apple and Galaxy
While Apple Watches and Galaxy Watches have surpassed Fitbit in sales, and they no doubt offer more smartwatch features, there is a key benefit to Fitbit that makes it still the best smartwatch for health and fitness tracking. It is been a big week for Fitbit, with it announcing the Fitbit Versa 4, a new version of its mid-range fitness tracker, which is known for its attractive design and solid battery life. The new version of its mid-range fitness tracker, which is known for its attractive design and solid battery life (Fitbit has also revealed Fitbit Inspire 3 and Fitbit Sense 2).
Revealed alongside its watch siblings, the Fitbit Sense 2 and slimmer Fitbit Inspire 3, the Fitbit Versa 4 is packed with features and comes in a new design, reintroducing a tactile button that was first seen on the Fitbit Versa 2. The new Fitbit Sense 2 costs $299 and is available to pre-order today in three colors, while the slightly-separated, more affordable Versa 4 costs $229 and is available for pre-order as well in four colors. The Versa lineup has been the high-end smartwatch lineup from Fitbit for years, but in September 2019, all of that changed when the slimmer Fitbit Inspire 3 arrived alongside Fitbit Sense, a slightly more premium offering boasting a pair of features missing from the Versa lineup. Since the Versas inaugural 2018 debut, two subsequent devices have refined the formula, added more features, and elevated Fitbits smartwatch credentials.
The Versa 4 OS
Each is thinner and smarter than the last, but the new watches all still run on the proprietary Fitbit OS, rather than Googles latest wearable OS from parent company parent company. Fitbit has at least updated the OS on the Versa 4 and Sense 2 to mimic competitors such as Apple Watch a bit closer. We would love to see Fitbit make a more concerted effort to clean up these graphics hitches and productivity flaws in the Fitbit OS, which have adversely affected the first Versa and the Versa 2. Fitbit OS is cleaner and more intuitive than it is been in some time, but still feels laggy while navigating through and opening apps.
We have also got a little more clarity about which operating system those watches will be running, and that will continue to be Fitbit OS rather than Wear OS, except that this will be the new flavour of Fitbit OS, with more Google Smarts thrown in. Fitbit introduced a faux feature gap in 2021 between Versa 2 and the first of its Versa lineup, but by 2022, we expect to see the smarts from Sense trickle down into the next Versa models.
Ranging from $100 to $300, the three new Fitbit watches deliver an extensive array of Health Sense features and new improvements that can help you with everything from improving sleep to identifying stress triggers during your day. Fitbit unveiled its new lineup on Aug. 24, including the newest smartwatches and fitness trackers coming to Canada.