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Fitbit unveils a cheaper smartwatch and a tracker for children

Fitbit unveils a cheaper smartwatch and a tracker for children

In addition to that limitation on iPhone users, the Versa and the revamped Fitbit software won't fix all of the problems that held the Ionic back. There's also a special-edition Versa model priced at $229.95, which includes NFC and Fitbit Pay capabilities in the USA and comes with an exclusive style, featuring woven bands in either lavender or charcoal coloration with either a rose gold aluminum or graphite aluminum case. I used the watch during a brief but intense workout, and I was impressed with its new design. If interested in that, you can learn more here. As with any Fitbit product, the Versa also includes a robust array of fitness options. But the Versa watch can also answer texts, download apps, and store music. It will be sold in black with a black aluminum case, gray with a silver aluminum case, and peach with a rose gold aluminum case.

Fitbit is also targeting women with the Versa.

Fitbit says that the Versa is the "lightest metal smartwatch in the USA market", which makes the claimed 4 days of battery life pretty impressive. That's an omission serious athletes will have to consider.

Noticeably missing from the Fitbit Versa is Global Positioning System tracking capabilities, which are nearly a staple at this point in smartwatches. Oh, and now it can track your menstrual cycle, too. You'll be able to take all of that data to your doctor if you notice that your cycles and symptoms swing wildly from month to month.

The next strategy: Put women first-a not-so-common move in tech products.

Fitbit may have killed the Pebble when it bought parts of the company years ago, but it certainly didn't kill its own smartwatch plans.

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The Versa brings with it Fitbit's new Fitbit OS 2.0 featuring a new on-device dashboard which includes your stats at a single glance, personalised fitness guidance (24/7 heart rate tracking, Fitcoach, Connected GPS and more), sleep tracking and insights into that and the ability to adapt to you over time. But Fitbit is obviously hoping that you will. And the Fitbit Ace is the company's first band designed for kids 8 and over.

The release also referenced a study conducted by Fitbit, which concluded that "most parents agree and believe their children are less active than when they were children".

Fitbit says that its aim with the Ace is to inspire kids to build healthy habits and counter decreasing levels of activity in children.

Fitbit Pay is only available on one model in the US, and you'll have to pay extra for it. At $200, it's less pricy than many market rivals, including the Apple Watch and leading Android Wear devices. The chunky and inelegant Ionic was unlikely to appeal to all, so the more attractive design of the Versa will certainly help in this regard. The navigation is completely different, with three buttons to Apple Watch's button-crown combo.

"Fitbit Versa [is] a modern, intuitive smartwatch at an approachable price", reads the blog post. Essentially, Fitbit has replicated the smartphone app's dashboard on your wrist. However, the price cut from the $300 Ionic has led to the loss of some of Fitbit's more fitness-oriented features.

Those are all features also offered by the Apple Watch. This feature could be helpful for parents wanting to keep track of how much sleep their child gets. This is a huge deal, because all of those metrics are so deeply intertwined. Fitbit says rashes can result from wearing the tracker all day, with sweat, water or soap trapped against the skin. Stay tuned for a full review of the device before it launches.


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