Updated: Oct 10, 2020
One positive thing to come out of lockdown is that I've decided to try and lead a healthier lifestyle. After being nominated on Instagram to do a 5K run and not being able to make it past the end of my road, I figured something had to be done. To encourage myself to get active, drink more water and eat a little healthier, I treated myself to a Fitbit Versa 2 (in rose gold and pink, of course.)
I've had the watch for about a month now and overall I love it! I may not have become the mega ripped athlete I first envisaged but I do feel like its made a positive impact on my daily life. Like everything though, it has its pros and cons. So here is my honest review for if you're thinking about getting one yourself.
The best thing about Fitbit is undoubtably the price. Compared to other smartwatches on the market, for example the 'Apple Watch Series 5' priced at £399.00, the Fitbit is an affordable investment in your health. At £199.99 the watch has all the features you could possibly need, especially if you're new to the game like me. The features I find most useful are the step counter and activity tracker. With a daily goal of 10,000 steps, the Fitbit really encourages you to keep moving. Better yet is the hourly reminder to walk around if you haven't done enough. All too often I get caught up in work or binge watching Netflix and I find my bum hasn't moved off the sofa in hours. With a Fitbit you're practically bullied (in the best possible sense) into staying active throughout the day. If/when you finally hit that 10,000 mark, the watch throws a little party on your wrist with firework visuals and vibrations (woo you go girl!)
The activity tracker allows you to set weekly exercise goals and brings up reminders when you try to ignore them (cheeky.) Whilst you are exercising, the watch measures your heart rate and the amount of calories you burn, giving you a daily, weekly and monthly report. This helps to track your progress and decide what the best forms of exercise are to achieve your goal. There's lots to choose from including running, cycling, weights and swimming-as the watch is waterproof. My Fitbit Versa 2 also came with a free three month trial of 'Fitbit Premium'. This gives you loads of videos to workout to, ranging in difficulty from easy to hard. So far it's been a nice addition to have but once the free trial is up I won't be renewing my subscription. Not when there are thousands of free workout videos on Youtube to pick from.
My favourite feature of all is the sleep tracker. Wear it to bed and the watch will register your time asleep, how much of that sleep is deep and REM and how restless you are. It then gives you a score out of 100. With a goal to get 8 hours a night, getting sleep scores has helped me keep a healthy sleeping pattern throughout lockdown. The Fitbit's alarm feature can also detect when it is best to wake you up. For example, if you set your alarm for 7:00am, the watch will wake you anytime between 6:45am and 7:15am. This all depends on where you are in your sleep cycle (light, deep or REM.) I'm a crappy morning person so I've found waking up with this alarm so much easier!
So, what are the negatives? Perhaps the worst thing about the Fitbit Versa 2 (and all the other Fitbit models) is that they're not iOS compatible. This means that you can receive calls, messages and notifications via bluetooth but you are unable to answer them through the watch. However, if you have an android this won't be a problem.
If you're looking for a smart watch that can replace your phone, then a Fitbit is probably not for you.
The Fitbit's primary focus is fitness and works mostly through the Fitbit app on your phone. I'd therefore argue that the watch isn't as 'smart' as its competitors. Calorie consumption, weight loss and your water log all have to be entered and updated through the mobile app. To add to the problem, the app can be a little slow at times and what I can only describe as 'clunky'. Similarly, downloading apps onto your watch has to be done through your phone.
Other minor inconveniences include paying extra money for certain watch faces (something I refuse to do) and Fitbit pay for contactless payments. Sadly, the only UK banks compatible with Fitbit pay are Santander, Starling Bank, Danske Bank and Revolut. This is a real shame but hopefully something they'll rectify soon.
Although it must be nice to have an iOS compatible watch, I am still very happy with my Fitbit. I'd argue that the sleek design, adjustable watch strap and bright display look very similar to the apple watch. Also the battery life of the thing is a gift from above! Mine often lasts 5 whole days without being charged. Incredible!
Are you sold or do you need a little more convincing? Let me know what you think!