The Fitbit Versa is Fitbit's latest outright smartwatch, and it has all the smarts you'd want in a wearable, including quick replies to texts, other phone notifications, the ability to store up to 300 songs, and a lot more. The best part is that it's pressed better than many leading smartwatches. The trade-off is that its app gallery is still lacking just a tad.
The Fitbit Alta HR is Fitbit's tracker with a bit of a fashion focus, with tons of designer bands to choose from, as well as many third-party options. It's Fitbit's slimmest tracker with a heart rate monitor, making it a less clunky option for folks who like to where their tracker anywhere and everywhere.
|Fitbit Alta HR||Fitbit Versa|
|Heart rate monitor||✔||✔|
|Quick replies (Android only)||✔|
|Female health tracking||✔|
|Guided Breathing sessions||✔|
|NFC payments||Only on special edition|
|Personalized on-screen coaching||✔|
The main difference here, and what should ultimately be your deciding factor is whether or not you want a smartwatch. Really take a look at the features and consider whether or not it's prudent for you to spend the additional $70 on the Versa.
Sure, it's cool to have a wearable that lets you respond quickly to texts, view on-screen coaching, and use a pile of apps (exercises apps, services apps like Starbucks, and many, many others). But if you think the novelty will wear off after a couple weeks and you merely want to see when someone messages you or your have a calendar event, then the Alta HR is more than enough.
Fitness and smarts for less
If you'd like smartwatch features along with excellent fitness tracking, grab the Versa.
For a $200 smartwatch, the Fitbit Versa is excellent. If you want great fitness tracking, lots of apps, and a good-looking smartwatch, you'd be hard-pressed to find a better option.
More than enough
While it is expensive, the Aria 2 works flawlessly within the Fitbit ecosystem of trackers.
Fitbit's Wi-Fi syncing is incredibly convenient, and when combined with a tracker, it paints a full picture of your overall health. It may lack certain metrics, but if those don't matter to you, then it's negligible.
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