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it's good, but.. Night Owls should just skip fitbit products.
May 24, 2018
Picked up the special edition as I have a phone without nfc and decided "what the hell".. So on to the review, pros, cons, etc.
It looks pretty good and isn't as thick as the ionic, gps via phone works fine when it works, altogether it's not a bad product. I am going to list cons before pros as i feel they are more important when choosing a product.
1) Fitbit still hasn't deemed it necessary to provide any relief for night shift workers or night owls. Your day starts at 12:00 am and ends at 11:59 pm; no ifs, ands, or buts. Which means, step reminders can not be set for any hour range that crosses the midnight mark. I used to be a programmer before family health issues drove me to being a healthcare worker full time. It is NOT hard to change the code for time tracking, otherwise every time clock and accounting app out there would screw you. There is absolutely no reason for fitbit not to fix this.
2) Sleep tracking on mine, with the original clock face, different clock face, rebooting it, etc... reliably loses 2 hours at the end of my sleep cycle. If you get up, then go back to bed, you are SOL. I mainly bought this for sleep tracking and step counting.
3) Heart rate tracker... I have a 39.99 smart watch from china that can sit on my wrist and measure heart rate. This fitbit has problems with tattoos. Even when not over the tat, it still loses monitoring occasionally and that may be part of the problem with the sleep tracking.
4) The pedometer works well when it works. When I first got it, i put it on tight but not too tight. I took 100 steps, it counted 7. I loosened it up, tried again, 102... Not bad, better than my china watch. I then wore it all day, worked on a car, and have to wonder if my impact wrench gave it the extra 3000 or so steps that day.
5) Bluetooth.. Is iffy at best.. any app, clock face, etc I load, it errors.. I have to turn it off, on, then manually sync to get it to load. The wifi is great, if it would actually utilize it for anything other than music or firmware, it would probably fix that issue as the regular sync via bluetooth will auto retry... clock faces, etc... not so much.
1) Fits well and is unobtrusive. I now only remove it to charge it or when working in an environment that may damage it.
2) The app really isn't all that bad except for the lack of night owl / nighshift abilities.
3) The open SDK is great, I have played around with it a bit and besides the lack of tutorials on fitbit's website, it is a decent attempt to open up their hardware to developers.
4) The design is refined. It doesn't look like it was just tossed together.. With some work it could probably maintain all features and be the same thickness as a regular watch. With the price paid, that would be nice.
5) I forget i am wearing it... There is something to be said for a watch that feels ok all day... I own a lot of watches, and yes, I consider the versa a watch... Until they iron out some issues... True it is a watch with decent features, but at this point in time, that is all it is.
In closing, I really wanted to give it 5 stars... Especially at a 200+ dollar price point. But I do not feel that I received what I paid for, In the end, it is a very nice watch with a semi-usable app, and not much thought given to how it side-loads apps. Overlooking people with non-standard schedules is pretty much inexcusable these days. The app offering new features like "sleep insights" is all well and good, if the actual hardware would track and sync properly.
I wanted to love it, but at this point, the alta hr seems like a much better deal if you want the app compatibility and such.
And just in case anyone suggests changing the time zone so i can have my activity and step reminders on night shift, or manually logging my sleep... No... Just no... I didn't pay 200+ for a tracker that has half @ssed software that won't perform properly.