Fitness wearables have come a long way, from basic health-tracking devices with small screens that can track things like steps, to large, brightly colored displays with dozens of sensors, heart rate, sleep, menstrual tracking, and more. For years, names like Fitbit and Garmin have dominated the market when it comes to offering smartwatches and fitness bands at every price point, and some that you can trust.
After Google’s acquisition of Fitbit, Fitbit launched three fitness wearables in India: Fitbit Sense 2, Fitbit Versa 4 and Fitbit Inspire 3. While the first two are smartwatches, the Inspire 3 is a fitness band. The difference between the Fitbit Versa 4 and the Sense 2 is the lack of stress tracking and health features. However, the Sense 2 offers overall well-being and extra features at a higher cost. I’ve used the Fitbit Versa 4 for a few days and here’s what it says in my review:
Fitbit Versa 4 design, looks, display and build
Fitbit claims the new model has been redesigned from the ground up, but at first glance it’s hard to tell the two apart. Like the Versa 3, the new iteration also comes with a classic square display with rounded edges, something that’s done wonders for Fitbit. This is both good and bad, as Fitbit has brought a tried and tested and beloved design to the table again, but without much experimentation. The AMOLED screen is fitted snugly to better hide the bezels.Compared to smartwatches like the Samsung Galaxy Watch 5 and Apple Watch SE, the new Fitbit Versa 4 scores brownie points thanks to its always-on display feature. I’m here.
The Versa 4’s AMOLED screen is bright and crisp, and perfectly sized for my small wrist. It has a 1.58-inch display and supports a wealth of watch faces. However, there are no customizable watch faces provided by Wear OS. The AMOLED display is surrounded by a brushed aluminum case, with buttons on the right side of the smartwatch.
Fitbit doesn’t provide specs for the display, but it’s crisp and bright, even in direct sunlight, and has good viewing angles. The screen lit up with a lift-to-wake gesture and a button press on the side. As mentioned, there’s also the option to turn on always-on display mode, but of course it drains the battery faster.
The Fitbit Versa 4 has been announced in India in four colorways. Black strap with graphite casing, Beet Juice with copper rose casing, Pink Sand strap with copper rose casing and Waterfall Blue strap in platinum. colored casing. I liked the all black variant better than the other three, but the platinum casing waterfall blue is also a classy option.
Fitbit made the Versa 4 aluminium, making it lighter than its predecessor, the Versa 3, but with fewer sensors than the Sense 2. When loosely wrapped around your wrist. The sales package also included small and large straps. The company’s own band is soft and comfortable, but finding a good affordable band for the Versa 4 wasn’t easy. The sales package also included documentation and a magnetic charger for the Fitbit Versa 4. The charger attaches to the bottom of Versa 4 and charges by plugging into a USB Type-A port.
Fitbit Versa 4 features, battery and performance
I have to admit that I am a fan of the Fitbit interface. We are happy with the tweaks the company has introduced to make the interface more like WearOS, the company says all his Fitbit device users will have to have a Google account by 2025. This is because it will be required to perform some functions and set up the device from this year.
I applauded the Versa 4’s always-on display, but with this feature turned on, I ended up saying goodbye to a week of battery life on a single charge. Versa 4 adds the ability to answer or decline calls directly from your smartwatch and read texts received on your paired smartphone (available for both Android and iOS). However, the smartwatch has no typing and should use a preset response if you choose not to answer a call.
The Versa 4’s heart rate sensor isn’t the same upgraded one used in the Sense 2, which is disappointing. The 2 has more sensors than the Versa 4, which pales in comparison. The more expensive Sense 2 has built-in sensors for tracking ECG and EDA monitors.
The Versa 4’s proper rival is the Garmin Venu Sq 2, which allows you to download third-party apps via the Connect IQ Store app. Sadly, the Versa 4 doesn’t have the option to download third-party apps. However, the Venu Sq 2 was launched in India with a starting price of Rs 27,990. That’s more than the price of the Fitbit Versa 4.
I love the Versa 4’s sleep tracking feature. The Fitbit app works the same on both Android and iOS. The company also offers a free six-month Fitbit Premium subscription for him on the Versa 4. This helps track data beyond the basics of health and sleep tracking. The app generates in-depth data on detailed sleep profiles, resting heart rate, breathing rate, blood oxygen saturation, heart rate variability, and more.
The Fitbit Versa 4’s menstrual health tracking feature also deserves a special mention. This helped me understand my estimated fertile window and predict my period. Associated symptoms, blood flow intensity and weight details can be manually recorded in the app for future tracking. You can also manually record your stress management score by choosing from preset moods within the app.
That said, I was shocked that the integrated skin temperature sensor couldn’t detect my skin temperature, and the Fitbit app kept popping up with the message “Wear it for 3 nights or more.”
Fitbit Versa 4 Final Verdict
The Fitbit Versa 4 is priced at Rs 20,499, which is not cheap. Combined with the benefits of the Fitbit app and premium subscription, the fitness enthusiast can truly enjoy the experience his Versa 4 has to offer. Its lightweight, sleek design, exceptional sleep tracking, sleep insights, period tracking and excellent battery life make it a value proposition at this price point.