Fitbit has established itself as a manufacturer of stylish fitness-centric wearables that are relatively budget-friendly, whether it’s an activity tracker or a smartwatch. It can blend in with any of your outfits and match up to any activity or sport you can think of. And instead of having you dread the numbers on the scale, it keeps you in check and motivated to stay in tiptop shape by noting your progress. You can think of it as a virtual personal coach that helps focus on boosting your performance as you tailor your own workouts. Right now, you can trim down and cut a few inches off your waist without missing out on up to $45 in savings from Amazon’s sale on Fitbit’s Inspire HR or Versa.
Fitbit’s Inspire HR is wonderfully low-cost and boasts a solid feature set that can meet the needs of budding athletes. It captures Fitbit’s iconic look with rounded edges, a lightweight plastic casing, and two interchangeable silicone straps to fit quite a range of wrist sizes and personalities. It should be easy to find a compatible leather bracelet or metal mesh for that matter. And boasting an undeniably slim build, you might just forget you have it on. You may find its relatively small display quite limiting as it can only deliver one stat at a time but it sure makes up for it with a highly-responsive black and white OLED touchscreen and an intuitive interface. A single-button on the right side brings the Inspire HR to life as much as it helps with navigation. A mere press can take you back to the previous screen or to pause and stop ongoing exercises.
Consistent with most fitness trackers, Fitbit’s Inspire HR tracks your steps, calories, distance, sleep, and activity all day for as long as you have it on. And HR wasn’t just affixed for fun, your heart rate is also monitored and works together with your phone’s GPS to account for pace, distance, and the route you took. Apart from SmartTrack that automatically recognizes your workouts, over 15 goal-based exercise modes can be found on the Inspire HR. If plunging in the pool is what gets your endorphins running, it shouldn’t pose as a problem with water resistance to depths up to 50 meters.
Though it is a fitness tracker in every way, smartphone notifications such as calls, texts, and app alerts should be accessible straight from your wrist with Bluetooth and Wi-Fi connectivity. Notifications on the Inspire HR are limited but you should be able to configure your settings in the accompanying Fitbit App. Moreover, long-term progress tracking, goal-setting, and the ability to connect with friends and family are also possible through the app.
The Fitbit Inspire HR is published to have a battery life that can last up to five days but based on our hands-on review, the slick wearable averaged for three days with medium use. Nonetheless, it is a great bet for those who want to gear up for an active lifestyle without breaking the bank. Get yours now for $79 instead of $100 on Amazon.
If you need something that can more or less function as a miniature smartphone on your wrist, then the Versa smartwatch might be what ticks all the right boxes. It sports a squarish anodized aluminum watch face similar to the Apple Watch and attached to silicone straps that won’t bite into your skin. You’ll be just as able to switch out its straps and experience a breathable and comfortable fit even when worn to bed.
It wouldn’t be one of the best fitness trackers without its impeccable activity tracking with SmartTrack. You can count on the Versa to give you the key metrics specific to more than 15 exercise modes as well as your sleep stages. It is also swim-proof up to 50 meters so getting it wet won’t be an issue but the sauna or the hot tub remains unchartered territory. It is also equipped with a heart rate monitor to determine your cardio fitness level, built-in GPS to account for pace and direction, plus Female Health to record your period cycle.
The Versa runs with Fitbit’s very own operating system (Fitbit OS) to facilitate a fluid interface. With Bluetooth 4.0, you’ll instantly have access to typical smartphone notifications such as calls, texts, emails, app alerts, and download it straight to your watch. iOS, Android, and Windows users alike will be able to spark a connection as it is compatible with over 200 devices and a syncing range of up to 6.1 meters. Android users just get to have a wee bit more advantage with the ability to send quick replies.
The Versa sits in the middle of the more affordable Versa Lite and the premium Versa Special Edition. Iit includes all the features of the Versa Lite: Activity and sleep tracking, 24/7 heart rate, and water resistance to 5ATM. It steps up with the capacity to store and play about 300 songs and follow onscreen workouts. As far as anyone’s concerned, contactless payments with Fitbit Pay is the only function unique to the Versa Special Edition.
The Fitbit Versa is a wearable you sport every day with a battery life that can stretch past four days depending on use. It usually wears a $170 price tag but Amazon’s $36 discount makes it available for just $134.
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