So you want to get into the fitness tracker scene, and Fitbit seems to be a great starting point. It is! There are also a number of models to choose from, so choosing the right model can be confusing.
The good news is that choosing the right model is due to a few key characteristics. As with most things, each updated model adds only a few things above the underlying, so you can draw your line in the sand and continue from there. But first, you need to decide if you want something from Fitbit's Smartwatch line or fitness tracker line.
What you get from each Fitbit
Before we look at the differences between all smartwatches and fitness trackers, we should probably talk about what you get with every Fitbit device ̵
- Step Tracking
- Burnt Calories
- Basic Sleep Tracking
- Silent Alarms
- Tracking Female Health
- Automatic Motion Memory  Counting the Hourly Activity
- Mirrored Notifications (from your phone)
If you're just looking for these features, the $ 70 Inspire is for you. That said, choices can get pretty confusing – for example, the Inspire provides basic sleep tracking, but Inspire HR, which monitors heart rate, provides much more advanced sleep metrics.
But that's just an example. Let's break down all the tips, right?
What is the difference between a smartwatch and a fitness tracker?
Ah, I'm so glad you asked! Fitbit's smartwatches and fitness trackers summarize the key difference in one word: Apps . In short, the company's smartwatches support apps that the fitness trackers do not support. Simple, right?
Well, not so fast.
This is the main difference – but not the only difference . From then on, it will be a bit blurry as the high-end fitness trackers like the Charge 2 cover many of the same features (and sometimes more ) as the low-end smartwatches like the Versa Lite. For example, batch 3 supports swim tracking, which the Versa Lite does not support. We will discuss these detailed comparisons later.
If app support is important to you, you should at least start with the Smartwatch family – that's Versa, Versa Lite, and Ionic. Well, that means you have to keep your expectations in check. There are not many apps for the platform at the moment. So do not expect to get into the full area of the Smartwatch with any of the Fitbit offerings. If you're looking for the full-featured smartwatch, you're better off with an Apple Watch or Samsung Gear.
Remember, Fitbits are first fitness trackers and then smartwatches, no matter how the company classifies them. Also note that all Fitbits have a notification mirror so you can see notifications from your phone on your wrist. So if that's the most important smartwatch feature you're looking for, you'll get it, no matter which tracker you choose!
Looking for a smartwatch? Here's your choice
Fitbit currently offers two smartwatch models: the Ionic and the Versa. Within these models, however, the Versa has three different versions: Standard Edition, Special Edition and Lite Edition. As you might expect, each of them has functions that separate them. I'm only interested in fast and dirty lists. Here's the short list:
- Ionic, $ 250 : This was Fitbit's first smartwatch and is still the company's flagship. It is also the most expensive. When it comes to it, there are only two things that set it apart from Versa: It has built-in GPS (for tracking without a phone) and Adidas training sessions on the screen. Woo.
- Versa Standard Edition, $ 200: This is the "regular" version of Versa. It has nearly identical features to the Ionic – except for the above-mentioned integrated support for GPS and Adidas training (it however, gives screen training via Fitbit Coach). As long as you are not married to the idea of not running your phone or adoring the idea of Adidas training on the screen, there is no reason to buy the Ion over the Versa.
- Versa Special Edition, $ 230: This model is exactly like the Versa, but also includes NFC for use with Fitbit Pay (a feature the Ionic also offers). If you like the idea of paying with your watch, this may be right for you. At only $ 20 cheaper than the Ionic, however, it's worth taking a look at both models to see which one appeals to your taste. Man, that's such a strange sentence.
- Versa Lite, $ 160: This is the company's affordable Versa, and it removes some of the more redundant features to cut costs. You'll be missing out on floor climbing, swim tracking, on-screen training and music storage for local playback, but that's been it already. If you do not need or want one of these features, you can save a little money on an excellent watch.
So you can choose between the different smartwatch categories Fitbit breaks down the last, with little things that make a difference. For the most part, I recommend the Versa or Versa Lite to most users (depending, of course, on their needs), with the Versa Special Edition finding a place in the heart of contactless payment lovers.
The Ionic has an appealing design to most (including me), and I find that most users prefer the more subtle Versa style. The good news is that you get the same classy look with everything in the Versa range (of course, relatively speaking).
Cool, so what about fitness trackers?
As I said earlier all Fitbits are fitness trackers – the smartwatches just have more smartwatch capabilities, like apps. There are (more or less) four options for choosing the fitness tracker: Batch 3, Batch 3 Special Edition, Inspire HR and Inspire. Breakdown time!
- Lot 3, $ 150: As previously mentioned, Charge 3 is the flagship of Fitbit's $ 150. They're only $ 10 cheaper than the company's entry-level smartwatch and they must ask themselves what's so special about Charge 3. First of all, it has climbed the "floors" feature that Versa and Iconic also have, what could be important to some? Otherwise, you get a float tracking and, um, that's it. So the ground thing and swimming lane. Yes. It is also smaller and narrower, which can be a good selling point for the tiny wrists among you.
- Batch 3 Special Edition, $ 170: Same as Charge 3, but includes NFC for Fitbit Pay. If you'd like to receive contactless payments from your watch without losing 230 US dollars on the Versa Special Edition, this type may be for you. 😘
- Inspire HR, 100 USD: The Inspire HR is slightly thinner and slimmer than Charge 3, but has the same characteristics almost . It lacks climbed floors (which I still can not figure out if anyone really wants it), quick responses to notifications and Fitbit Pay. That was it's.
- Inspire, $ 70: The heart rate in "Inspire HR" means heart rate . I bet you can already guess what this version is missing. (Spoiler: It's the heart rate monitor.) That's why you do not get advanced sleep data (one of my favorite dates on Versa), no guided breathing exercises, no swimming data, no exercise modes, or no cardio fitness level. There is also a lack of pace / distance tracking. It can not even use the phone's built-in GPS, as it does with some other Fitbit trackers. This is by far the easiest tracker Fitbit has (well, for adults anyway).
- Ace 2 (for Kids), $ 70: This is Fitbits Tracker, which was developed specifically for children, but we have included it here for the sake of completeness. It's a very simple fitness tracker with step tracking, basic sleep tracking, motion reminders and call notifications. These are the only functions available. But you know, it's for kids. It probably does not need a lot of bells and whistles!
So let's go – all Fitbit fitness trackers. If you are not interested in apps for your wrist, then one of these trackers is the way to go. Batch 3 offers the best features of the bundle, but can be considered expensive at $ 150- $ 170. The best ratio between features and price is probably the Inspire HR, as it offers a lot of what you get with the more expensive Charge 3, but for a price of $ 100. Including the heart rate sensor is worth the extra $ 30 and – the extra features you get from tracking your heart rate make the HR model a smart upgrade. The value for advanced sleep tracking metrics can not be overstated for anyone who wants to become healthier.
After all, they are all great.
In the end, it's up to you to decide which one suits your lifestyle better, but I'll say that Fitbit does some great stuff. If you want to be in better shape and take better care of yourself, this is an excellent way – my Versa has given me far more insight into my health than I could have gotten (even from the Apple Watch).
Advanced sleep tracking is one of my favorite features. I therefore definitely recommend choosing a model that supports this. You'll be surprised how restless you really are at night and how that affects your daily performance!
But I digress. I hope this guide has helped make a sound purchasing decision. Have fun with your new Fitbit!