Sustaining a high level of fitness and motivation can sometimes be difficult - especially in the Middle Eastern summers - but technology can help, and sometimes in the most surprising ways. For several years, BAZAAR editors Milli Midwood and Elizabeth Kelly have been using a Fitbit to measure their daily workouts, steps and activity, and now, the duo have put the smartwatch’s new latest technology for the past month to see how it compares.
Ahead, an honest review of the FitBit Versa Lite…
Have you owned a FitBit before?
I bought my first FitBit Charge 2 in 2017 and used it religiously, apart from when swimming, as it wasn’t water resistant, which is a change I really wanted to see in newer FitBit models.
What was the biggest difference you noticed between the Versa Lite and your last FitBit?
Before I even turned on the device, I was so impressed with how lightweight it was. I also love the comfortable fit and sleek design aesthetic.
Favourite thing about the Versa Lite?
The battery life and the advanced sleep monitoring system, which is brilliant if you’re interested in keeping an eye on your sleeping activity.
One thing you’d change?
I have to use quite an aggressive range of motion for the screen to light up with my daily stats. It’s supposed to be just a flick of the wrist, but it needs much more than that!
Where have you been wearing it? Everywhere! It’s water resistant up to 50m, so it’s perfect when you’re poolside.
Would you buy it again? 100%!
Have you owned a FitBit before? Yes I lived and died by my Charge 2, but have been ready for a slicker, more dynamic upgrade.
What was the biggest difference you noticed between the Versa Lite and your last FitBit? The strap is so much more durable – I had to replace the sorry little strap on my Charge 2 at least three or four times a year. I love the slim fit as well; it’s a lot less clunky than previous models, so it slides easily under tight shirt cuffs – ideal when you work in the fashion industry and need something that works with different outfits!
Favourite thing about the Versa Lite? The silent vibrating alarm that I use every morning. It’s a far better way to wake up in the morning compared to a violent iPhone sound. It has completely changed the mood I wake up in in the morning.
One thing you’d change? I’m left handed, which means I wear the watch on my right hand, and often when I’m at the gym and using my wrists a lot, the button on the left of my FitBit gets pressed accidentally. I wish they had a left handed-friendly version.
Where have you been wearing it? I always make sure to wear it at work, because it gives you hourly reminders to get up and do a couple of steps.
Would you buy it again? Absolutely.
The FitBit Versa Lite is available for Dhs899