Fitbit Versa 2 Health and Fitness Smartwatch
Fitbit has been updating the Versa 2 with new features ever since its launch in 2019. New features like the Smart Alarm and additional always-on watch faces didn’t seem enough for the company, so the latest update brings an oxygen level monitor that monitors blood oxygen levels while you sleep.
After the launch of Fitbit’s first smartwatch, the Ionic, the company struggled to compete with the likes of the Apple Watch and dedicated running watches from Garmin.
Then, along came the Fitbit Versa and it turned the company’s fortunes around. So it’s no wonder Fitbit quickly followed that up with a cheaper, more pared back Versa Lite smartwatch while also refining the original Versa into a much-improved Versa 2.
The Versa 2 is squarely aimed at users keen on fitness rather than those seeking productivity from a wearable, making it an extension of Fitbit’s excellent fitness tracker range, but one that comes with some extra perks.
While health and activity tracking takes center stage, the Versa 2 bridges the gap between phone and wrist by offering message and calendar notifications, ways to control your smart home setup and play music from your phone while on a run or workout session.
Use amazon Alexa built in to get quick news and information, check the weather, set timers and alarms, control your smart home devices and more all through the sound of your voice (third party app may be required; amazon Alexa not available in all countries)
Based on your heart rate, time asleep and restlessness, sleep score helps you better understand your sleep quality each night; also track your time in light, deep and rem sleep stages and get personal insights
Control your Spotify app, download Pandora stations and add deezer playlists plus store and play 300+ songs on your wrist (subscription required; Pandora is us only)
Track heart rate 24/ 7, steps, distance, calories burned, hourly activity, active minutes and floors climbed. Syncing range – up to 6.1 meters
What does show up on my Versa 2 is a graph of Estimated Oxygen Variation. When you bring up the graph showing the sleep stages during a nights sleep, then scroll down past the bars showing the time spent in each stage, you find a graph of the estimated oxygen variation. A low variation is good and shows as a fairly stable green line – probably in the range of 90 percent oxygen saturation and above. A spike to higher variation – which might indicate apnea – shows up as an orange peak.
A couple of nights ago,my wife woke to get me to roll to my side because had been snoring loudly for a while. When I looked at my sleep trace the next day the oxygen variation was low and steady until about a half hour before she woke me, then jumped up and continued rising as an orange line until it suddenly dropped to a normal range – probably when she woke me. Note: I had a sleep study done in February, which confirmed I have episodes of sleep apnea – mainly when I roll onto my back. I am being fitted for a CPAP on Friday,
You do NOT have to activate Alexa when you setup. But it is very cool. I was just driving and I asked Alexa how far to destination. BAM!
Specs say wayer resistant which is different than waterproof. The International Organization of Standardization (ISO) has banned the use of the term “waterproof” to describe watches. No eatch is waterproof and resistant ratings only mean it can withstand that amount of pressure for a short period of time and not frequently. Any Google search will tell you what the ratings mean as far as use. If you want a watch for prolonged swimming or diving, get a 100-200 m resistant watch
I have an iPhone 6s Plus and it she’s who is calling but when you hit answer you have to talk on your phone . I do not get any text notifications and have all my notifications turned on so I’m not very happy with it so far.