The original Fitbit Versa was a nifty fitness tracker and smartwatch hybrid which gained quite a following with its highly attractive price. Thankfully, the follow-up the Fitbit Versa 2, is every bit as good, and it’s upgraded in all the right places. Here’s what you need to know to decide whether to get the standard Versa 2 or go for the Fitbit Versa 2 Special Edition.
Fitbit Versa 2 vs Versa 2 Special Edition Comparison Chart
|Screen Size||1″ x 1″||1″ x 1″|
|Dimensions||1.6″ x 1.6″ x 0.5″||1.6″ x 1.6″ x 0.5″|
|Weight||1.41 oz||1.41 oz|
|Bands||Classic wristband||Jacquard woven band, Classic wristband|
|Call & Text Alerts||Yes||Yes|
|Water Resistance||Up to 50 meters||Up to 50 meters|
|Heart Rate Monitor||Yes||Yes|
|Calorie Burn Tracker||Yes||Yes|
|Female Health Tracking||Yes||Yes|
|Fitbit Premium||Optional||Free 3 month trial|
|Compatibility||iOS, Android, Windows||iOS, Android, Windows|
|Battery Life||6+ days||6+ days|
Not much has changed in the overall design of the
Now, between the standard and Special Edition versions of the Versa 2, there’s practically no visual difference. You get to pick from Carbon, Mist Grey, and Copper Rose for the watch body and select from different Classic band colors which include Black, Stone, Petal, Bordeaux, Emerald, and Blossom. However, the Versa 2 Special Edition includes an additional Smoke or Navy & Pink woven band. This special jacquard woven band offers a more relaxed fit than the silicone of the Classic band.
Aside from the extra band, you’re getting the same Versa 2 device whether you go for the standard or special version. It might be worth it to spend the extra bit just to get the option of changing wrist straps on occasion.
If you’re new to the Fitbit Versa series, you should know that it’s a fitness tracker first and foremost, with just enough smartwatch features to enhance UI experience. It’s designed to be worn at all times too, not just during workouts. While it tracks heart rate, steps taken, calories burned, etc., you also get sleep quality and female health tracking. Both the Versa 2 and the Versa 2 Special Edition have the same activity tracking features.
There are 15+ goal-based exercises that you can choose from, including running, cycling, swimming, and even yoga. Hitting goals triggers an alert to notify you of your success, and you can check your pace at any point during the workout. The Versa 2’s workout screen can be customized so you can choose which metrics gets displayed.
Without built-in GPS, runners will have to take their connected phones to look at route info and track distance. Of course, perhaps the best reason to get a Fitbit is its app. It shows a detailed breakdown of your exercise metrics while being easy to understand, especially compared to the UI of Apple and Samsung’s fitness apps.
A big addition to the
Unlike the original Versa which only included NFC with its Special Edition, both standard and special
Battery Life and Other Features
One of the clear best reasons to get a
Back to the comparison between standard and special Versa 2 editions, the latter comes with a free 3-month trial for Fitbit Premium, which normally costs $10 a month. The subscription service adds a lot of extra value to the fitness tracker, such as enhanced activity and sleep data with guides on improving sleep quality as well as workout and nutrition programs. Fitbit is also developing a personalized coaching tool set to launch this year that can help users with weight loss and health conditions.
Looking at their price tags, choosing the Fitbit Versa 2 Special Edition is essentially the same as paying for the standard version plus three months of Fitbit Premium. You just get the extra jacquard woven band as a nice bonus. Granted, you can only get these special bands this way but you can shop for different designs later on anyway. With Fitbit Premium you can dig deeper into your fitness metrics and hone your workouts and sleep cycles to help you reach your goals.
As such, if you’re not interested in another subscription service, the standard Fitbit Versa 2 is all you need. It has the exact same activity tracking and smartwatch features and you’ll find that the Classic band is more than sufficient to feel comfortable being on your wrist all day.