The ver­sa­tile Versa

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Fit­bit launched its Versa smart­watch wear­able in SA last week, and it’s one of the best from the com­pany yet, with a con­flu­ence of fea­tures that should en­sure wide ap­peal.

The look of the hard­ware is sim­i­lar to that of the Ap­ple Watch, with rounded cor­ners, a square face and a metal trim. The band is made of com­fort­able, soft plas­tic that is al­most vel­vety to the touch.

The watch runs its own op­er­at­ing sys­tem, called Fit­bit OS 2.0, and you nav­i­gate it us­ing a com­bi­na­tion of three but­tons and touch. Set-up and more gran­u­lar set­tings are han­dled in the app.

It’s com­pat­i­ble with An­droid and IOS. There is a range of faces you can choose from to per­son­alise the in­ter­face.

Fit­bit ob­vi­ously tracks steps as its main met­ric. A con­stant heart-rate mon­i­tor is in­cor­po­rated in the Versa, so it will mea­sure beats per minute through­out the day and night, and it uses your rest­ing rate to help ad­vise on heart health.

The heart-rate mon­i­tor also makes for bet­ter sleep track­ing. You’ll see not just the length of time you were asleep and awake, but also in­di­ca­tors of light and deep sleep and REM cy­cles for more in­sight into the rest you’re get­ting — or, for many of us, not get­ting.

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