At a look, the Fitbit Versa 4 appears like an eye-catching upgrade to the Versa 3. A lovely, physical switch changes the uncomfortable capacitive groove on an instance that’s both thinner and also lighter. Regrettably, underneath the surface area is an additional tale. Rather than updating the individual experience, Fitbit went down important smartwatch attributes that makes the Versa 4 even more of a downgrade than an amazing follow-up.

Since it initially introduced, we regularly advertised the Fitbit Versa 3 as the very best Fitbit tool for a lot of customers, and also, for much better or even worse, that still might hold true. The Fitbit Versa 4 brings some updates to the line, yet it likewise goes down vital attributes that made the previous version such an eye-catching buy. With various other smartwatch firms remaining to increase bench every year, can Google-owned Fitbit maintain? Figure out in this Fitbit Versa 4 evaluation.

Regarding this Fitbit Versa 4 evaluation: I checked the Fitbit Versa 4 over a duration of 5 days. It got on firmware 61.20001.169.418 and also attached to my Samsung Galaxy A51 throughout the screening duration. The device was supplied to Android Authority by Fitbit for this evaluation.

What you require to learn about the Fitbit Versa 4

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  • Fitbit Versa 4: $ 229/ ₤ 199/ EUR229

The Fitbit Versa 4 introduced on August 23, 2022 along with the Fitbit Feeling 2. Both of Fitbit’s 2022 smartwatches load significant layout modifies along with some considerable modifications to their inner attributes. As in the past, the Feeling 2 continues to be the highest-end Fitbit offered while the Versa 4 supplies a pared-down experience for much less. Nonetheless, if you agree to discard the more expensive line’s innovative wellness sensing units (for electrocardiogram, electrodermal task, and also skin temperature level analyses), the affordable Versa 4 has plenty to provide. It’s likewise a much less costly alternative than the Google Pixel Watch, which tranposes some, yet not all, of Fitbit’s attributes right into an Use OS smartwatch.

With a lighter, thinner instance and also the enhancement of a crowd-pleasing physical switch (lastly!), the Versa 4 is a lot more comfy and also straightforward than ever before. It likewise flaunts an updated cpu and also a revitalized Fitbit OS. The upgraded software application includes a pseudo-Wear OS visual, plus 20 added workouts for higher physical fitness monitoring variety.

At its core, the Versa line still uses the exact same standard task monitoring, consisting of accessibility to Fitbit’s reputable buddy application. The Fitbit Versa 4 tracks customers’ actions, SpO2, heart price, VO2 Max, Energetic Area Minutes, and also menstruations, plus uses integrated general practitioners for tape-recording outside courses. The Versa 4 likewise auto-tracks particular workouts so you never ever miss out on a stat (consisting of strolling, running, elliptical exerciser, outside cycling, and also swimming). Overnight, the Versa 4 will certainly count your Zs and also assess your remainder through Fitbit’s durable rest monitoring collection.

A Fitbit Versa 4 hangs in front of a gray surface, displaying the device's sensors.

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On the smartwatch front, the Versa 4 sustains Fitbit Pay along with Amazon.com Alexa voice communications, plus phone call and also message notices. Customers can also obtain call precisely their wrists making use of the Versa 4’s integrated microphone and also audio speaker. Furthermore, both Google Maps and also Google Pocketbook are slated to be contributed to the wearable in the future, though Google Aide assistance is notably lacking.

The Fitbit Versa 4 is a pared-down variation of the Feeling 2, with less wellness sensing units yet lots of physical fitness monitoring devices.

As constantly, customers will certainly obtain one of the most out of their Fitbit tool with Fitbit Costs. The leading advantages of the registration solution consist of much deeper rest understandings and also a Daily Preparedness Rating. Therefore, the Versa 4 features 6 cost-free months of Fitbit Costs for brand-new and also existing participants.

You can acquire a Versa 4 from Fitbit.com, the Google Shop, and also several various other third-party sellers. Out of package, customers can select a graphite instance with a black band, a platinum instance with a Falls blue band, or a Copper Rose instance with a band in Pink Sand or Beetroot Juice.

What’s excellent?

A Fitbit Versa 4 displays a user's daily activity stats.

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To its credit report, the Fitbit Versa 4 obtains a whole lot right. The upgraded layout includes a 15% lighter watch instance that’s plenty comfy for all-day wear. The brand-new develop is likewise substantially thinner, and also, according to Fitbit, reduces the tool’s center of mass for a much more all-natural fit. That’s all without giving up a solitary millimeter of the intense, vivid AMOLED screen customers are made use of to on this schedule. Still a trusted touchscreen with an optional always-on setting, the Versa 4’s screen executed well on warm runs, in my dull attic room, and also in every illumination circumstance in between.

The Versa 4 remains to use the exact same resilient band products as the Versa 3. The band I checked was soft to the touch yet stood well to sweat and also seawater. Like a lot of rubber sporting activity bands, it was likewise simple to tidy after an especially dirty endeavor right into my storage area. When it comes to the colorways, I put on the Copper Rose and also Beetroot Juice combination for this evaluation. While it isn’t a design I would certainly have directly picked, I really discovered the tones and also saturation healthy (plus, I enjoy beetroot juice and also took the name as an indication to stockpile).

A profile angle of the Fitbit Versa 4 highlights the device's new physical button.

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The top noteworthy enhancement to the Versa 4’s develop is the restitution of a physical switch. Any individual that updated from a Versa 2 to a Versa 3 will certainly bear in mind the disruptive elimination of the line’s solitary switch. Customers rather were entrusted to emulate a picky capacitive groove that was, at best, challenging, and also, at worst, ineffective. The Versa 4 restores the substantial with a solitary switch for enhanced communication.

The Versa 4’s controls are straightforward and also user-friendly many thanks to straightforward motions and also the return of a physical switch.

Functionally, the switch offers the exact same basic function it constantly has of supplementing the tool’s touchscreen for individual communication. From your watch display, a brief press will certainly open your application collection, with one of the most lately made use of applications provided initially. From any type of various other display, a brief press will certainly return your tool to the watch face. You can personalize a lengthy press to open up a certain application, begin a task, or release your voice aide. A fast dual press opens up a faster way display to accessibility Alexa, fast setups, notices, or Fitbit Pay. Past the switch, you can swipe to get to fast setups or swipe as much as examine your notices. Ultimately, swiping left or right will certainly scroll with your floor tiles.

A Fitbit Versa 4 displays a user's sleep score and step count.

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All-in-all, navigating is really straightforward. You can reposition your floor tiles to handle the order they show up or to include or remove any type of you’re not making use of. Similarly, within the Fitbit Today application, you can reorder your statistics to maintain concerns on top. You can likewise conceal a stat if you merely do not require to see it on your wrist. For instance, I such as having my Rest Rating, Actions, and also Energetic Area Minutes in the direction of the top, while I do not care as much concerning floorings climbed up.

Obviously, every one of this touching, swiping, and also scrolling is significantly enhanced by the Versa 4’s updated cpu. Throughout my screening, the Versa 4 really felt snappier and also a lot more receptive than the Versa 3. Applications opened up swiftly and also scrolling was smooth throughout the board. There aren’t, regrettably, as several applications or floor tiles to browse, yet I’ll speak a lot more concerning that when we reach the not so excellent things.

You will certainly still discover lots of variety in the Fitbit application, where the Clocks tab residences thousands of watch deals with up for grabs. These variety from analog to imaginative, holiday-themed to fitness-focused, and also every little thing in between. I discovered one with a Pikachu Tamagotchi ambiance that will certainly send you right into a 90s tailspin.

A Galaxy A51 displays the Fitbit App including a user's sleep and stress data.

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Rest monitoring likewise continues to be an emphasize of the Versa 4. Fitbit’s collection for monitoring and also examining over night information is among the very best offered. Like various other Fitbit gadgets, the Versa 4 tracks customers’ rest phases along with complete bedtime. Throughout the evaluation, it properly taped my going to beds and also wake-up times and also supplied Rest Ratings that jived with just how I really felt each early morning.

The Versa 4 likewise uses Anxiety Monitoring ratings, though the tool does not assess electrodermal task for indicators of tension like the Feeling schedule. Rather, the Versa 4 offers a rating based upon customers’ heart price information, heart price irregularity, rest information, and also exercise. I normally obtained ratings in the 60s with decreases mirroring inadequate physical effort equilibrium (workout vs remainder), which appeared precise.

With a Fitbit Costs subscription, the Versa 4 deals additional evaluation for both rest and also tension information. Rating failures and also Fitbit’s Rest Account program are all worth taking a look at while the tool’s cost-free costs test lasts.

A Fitbit Versa 4 rests on a desk along side its proprietary charger.

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Last yet never the very least, the Fitbit Versa 4 deals wonderful battery life. Among our most significant dissatisfactions with the Fitbit-enhanced Google Pixel Watch was that it was extremely based on its battery charger to make it through greater than a solitary day (at ideal). The Fitbit Versa 4 aims to declare our confidence in the business’s wearables with cases of six-plus days of routine usage in between fees. I had not been able to get to fairly that throughout my examinations, yet I was likewise pressing the Versa 4 to its endurance limitation. Despite having all the setups allowed (consisting of always-on screen), I quickly tackled 4 days prior to the initial fee.

The Versa 4 quickly outpaces the Fitbit-powered Pixel See on battery life.

When you do require to connect in, according to Fitbit, billing the Versa 4 needs to take one to 2 hrs. This is an extremely nonspecific variety, yet my experience had to do with 90 mins. It likewise just takes a quarter of a hr to bill sufficient for a complete day of usage, which is wonderful for completing quickly. The Versa 4 ships with an exclusive billing cable television, though it’s likewise suitable with the Versa 3’s billing cable television if you have that a person handy.

What’s not so excellent?

A Fitbit Versa 4 on a user's wrist displays a blank screen.

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The Fitbit Versa 4 is a traditional instance of not understanding what you have up until it’s gone. The most significant drawback of the Versa 4 is the doubtful lack of attributes we considered given on the Versa 3.

Among the oddest instances of this is the elimination of Wi-Fi assistance. According to Fitbit, the Versa 4 has the equipment essential to accessibility Wi-Fi, it’s simply that the business has actually picked not to make it obtainable. While you can still sync your Versa 4 to your phone through Bluetooth, Wi-Fi normally makes upgrading much quicker. In the past, it likewise permitted customers to include songs to their Fitbit smartwatch, which brings us to an additional desertion.

The Versa 4 declines essential attributes from the previous generation consisting of Wi-Fi and also third-party application assistance.

The Fitbit Versa 4 no more uses any type of assistance for paying attention to songs or managing playback, offline or otherwise. Though I had not been one to save a lots of neighborhood songs data on my Versa 3, I did constantly contend the very least one future’s well worth of jams on deck. More frequently, I utilized my watch to regulate songs playback while streaming playlists from Spotify. The total elimination of any type of songs experience or controls from a smartwatch line is a strange and also unsatisfactory action backwards.

A user reviews the Versa 4 App list on their paired phone.

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Regrettably, it is simply the initial of several. Opening up the Fitbit application is the fastest method to see what else is missing out on. The Fitbit Versa 4 just uses 9 pre-installed applications and also, at the time of this writing, no chance to include any type of added ones from third-party designers. Gone are the days of spending for your Starbucks with your benefits account or calling an Uber from your watch.

The applications offered on the Versa 4 are restricted to the following: Alarm systems, Workout, Locate my Phone, Alerts, Loosen Up, Setups, SpO2, Timers, and also Weather condition. With so couple of devices aboard, it likewise complies with that the Versa 4 does not provide a lot in the method of floor tiles. These are restricted to Core Statistics, Workout, Heart Price, Key Objective, Rest, Timers, and also Weather condition.

While Fitbit’s application shop was never ever much to compose house concerning, it did function sufficient essential devices to complete your smartwatch experience. It likewise left the door available to additional advancement in the future. On the Versa 4, you’re entrusted to a significantly streamlined tool kit and also the unclear assurance of Google Maps and also Google Pocketbook “coming quickly.” These Google applications will certainly aid submit the Versa 4, yet it’s a disappointment not to see them onboard from the beginning.

A Fitbit Versa 4 Alexa displays Amazon Alexa on screen.

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Similarly, it’s confusing to see Google Aide eliminated from the Versa 3, taking into consideration Google possesses Fitbit. Google Aide was a significant marketing factor of the Versa 3 and also is a very strange function to eliminate from the business’s very own product. While both Google Maps and also Google Pocketbook are provided as upcoming attributes on the Fitbit web site, Google Aide is not noted for future combination. Taking into consideration Fitbit formerly informed us it has no strategies to bring Aide to the similarly-anemic Feeling 2, it appears not likely the less expensive watch will certainly be enhanced with Google’s electronic buddy either.

Greater than anything, this appears like an approximate relocate to divide the Versa 4 from the Google Pixel Watch in regards to function collection. I thought of asking Amazon.com Alexa where her other robotic went yet chose not to muddy the waters.

One more strange software application adjustment is that you currently need to utilize your combined phone to transform your watch face. While the Versa 3 permitted customers to transform watch deals with on the tool itself, it appears Fitbit handicapped this function on the most recent version.

A user begins an outdoor workout on their Fitbit Versa 4.

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If, now, you’re believing, “wow, the Versa 4 has actually been disrobed to a physical fitness tracker,” I have a lot more problem. 2 essential elements of tracking physical fitness, GPS information and also heart price monitoring, likewise confirmed unstable on the Versa 4.

Beginning with the integrated GPS, the watch regularly had a hard time to discover a signal at the start of outside exercises throughout my screening. Once, I waited greater than 10 mins prior to the Versa 4 secured on, and afterwards it immediately hung back off much less than 2 mins right into the run. This is past annoying both as a tester and also as a routine individual. On course, the Versa 4 remained to battle. It stopped working to videotape courses comparable to that of my Apple Watch SE, commonly positioning me a number of meters right into lawns instead of on the road where I ran. Also complete ranges lost.

Heart Rate data shows the Fitbit Versa 4 record inaccurate values during a spin workout.
Heart price information throughout exercises had not been better. The chart over programs one instance of the Versa 4 battling to stay on top of my upper body band along with my Apple Watch Collection 8. Certain it complies with the really basic contour of precise information, yet there are lots of errors, drop-offs, and also missed out on optimals contrasted to both control gadgets.

The Versa 4 often had problem with general practitioner and also heart price monitoring.

Basically, the Versa 4 is a smartwatch that’s been disrobed to a physical fitness tracker that had a hard time to track a number of vital physical fitness metrics. Fitbit has actually constantly been the choice for those thinking about laid-back physical fitness monitoring. I do not anticipate the business to videotape as innovative information as a Garmin watch, for instance. Nonetheless, these disparities are considerable and also definitely call for doubt for any individual thinking about purchasing a Versa 4 only for pinpoint-accurate range and also heart price monitoring.

With the Feeling 2 likewise showcasing incorrect analyses for heart price and also general practitioner monitoring, our hope is that Fitbit will certainly course-correct both gadgets with future software application updates.

Fitbit Versa 4 Fitbit Premium

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Ultimately, Fitbit Costs continues to be a thorn in the Fitbit environment. In order to access a few of the Versa 4’s headlining attributes, customers will certainly require to count on the cost-free six-month subscription used with each acquisition. As soon as that time is up, Daily Preparedness Rating, Rest Account, and also various other innovative attributes will certainly run $10 additional a month.

Registration costs on wearables are debatable, specifically as these items aren’t obtaining any type of less expensive. That claimed, Fitbit Costs is a durable system with additional physical fitness and also health web content, much deeper rest understandings, gamified difficulties, dish ideas, and also a lot more. There’s worth to be had, after that, yet you’ll still require to make tranquility with buying a $200+ tool that has a few of its advanced devices secured behind a paywall.

Fitbit Versa 4 specifications

Fitbit Versa 4

Present

Touchscreen AMOLED

Measurements

38.1 x 38.1 x 11.43 mm

Little band: 140-180mm
Big band: 180-221mm

Water resistance

Water immune to 50m

Compatibility

Android OS 10 or greater
iphone 13.3 or greater

Smart attributes

Google Maps (coming quickly)
Google Pocketbook (coming quickly)
On-wrist Bluetooth phone calls
Alexa integrated in
Fitbit Pay
Locate My Phone
Telephone call, message, schedule, e-mail, songs control, and also application notices

Sensing units and also elements

Red and also infrared sensing units for oxygen saturation (SpO2) tracking
Optical heart price sensing unit
Integrated General Practitioner + GLONASS
Gyroscope
Altimeter
3-axis accelerometer
Ambient light sensing unit
Wi-Fi (802.11 b/g/n 2.4 GHz)
NFC
Resonance electric motor
Audio Speaker
Microphone

Memory

7 days of movement information, everyday overalls for previous thirty day

human resources information at 1-second periods throughout workout, 5-second periods all various other times

Products

Instance: Light Weight Aluminum

Band: Adaptable product comparable to that made use of in several sporting activities watches

Color Styles

Black/graphite instance
Falls Blue/platinum instance
Beetroot Juice/Copper Rose instance
Pink Sand/Copper Rose instance

Battery

Smartwatch setting: 6+ days
Lithium-polymer battery
Fee time: (0-100%): 2 hrs

Fitbit Versa 4 evaluation: The judgment

A user accesses shortcuts by double tapping the button on their device.

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Fitbit’s smartwatch schedule reveals indicators of complication. With the arrival of the Google Pixel Watch, the Feeling and also Versa schedules have actually been apparently propelled right into chaos, shedding attributes that made them so eye-catching in the past in order to raise the standing of their brand-new brother or sister.

At a look, the aesthetic updates to the Versa line are notable yet not monetarily beneficial. Most individuals will certainly discard a lighter tool if it’s likewise lighter in beneficial attributes. Similarly, a switch is interesting, yet not if there are less devices to browse utilizing it. An absence of Google Aide, Wi-Fi, and also third-party applications changes among our favored smartwatches to little bit greater than an extra-large physical fitness tracker. Nonetheless, when you include the unstable general practitioner and also heart price sensing unit, the Versa 4 does not seem like a fantastic physical fitness tracker either– simply an extremely typical one.

The Versa 4 is a complicated go back as a smartwatch and also just a typical physical fitness tracker.

If your heart is established on an all new Fitbit smartwatch, your best choice is the Google Pixel Watch ($ 349.99 at Amazon.com). It does not load every one of the business’s leading attributes, yet it does provide a lot of them, plus combination with Fitbit’s buddy application. It likewise includes a a lot more extensive smartwatch experience through Put on OS, consisting of accessibility to the Google Play Shop. Simply be prepared to find to terms with awful battery life.

Similarly, the Versa 3 ($ 154.99 at Amazon.com) continues to be a strong choice, specifically currently it can commonly be discovered for sale. The previous-gen watch uses several voice aides, an application shop, Wi-Fi, plus offline paying attention songs assistance. At the same time, the more expensive Fitbit Feeling 2 ($ 299.95 at Amazon.com) includes ECG tracking and also a temperature level sensing unit, yet it’s or else near-identical to the Versa 4 and also deals with a lot of the exact same lessenings. The most recent Feeling version went down essential smartwatch attributes contrasted to its precursor and also choked up in regards to general practitioner and also heart price information.

For the straight-out ideal Put on OS smartwatch near to this rate factor, the Galaxy Watch 5 ($ 279) is the clear fave. Samsung’s smartwatches provide durable third-party application assistance plus sufficient physical fitness and also health-tracking attributes to obtain you begun on a wellness trip. The Galaxy Watch 5’s most significant drawback contrasted to a Fitbit tool is its small battery life on the smaller sized 40mm version, yet on the whole, there’s lots to enjoy concerning Samsung’s watch, specifically if you have a Galaxy phone to access some unique additional attributes.

There are likewise lots of alternatives from Garmin worth taking into consideration for the a lot more fitness-minded. We were really satisfied by this year’s Garmin Venu Sq 2 ($ 249), though we would certainly press customers to spend lavishly for the Songs version. The Venu Sq 2 schedule uses a gorgeous screen, outstanding battery life, and also among one of the most considerable physical fitness monitoring collections on the marketplace. Garmin’s environment is a specifically solid competitor for professional athletes that desire an exact general practitioner and also do not mind going light on wise attributes.

In spite of its iphone compatibility, we would not suggest the Versa 4 for apple iphone customers in all. The Apple Watch SE ($ 249 at Ideal Buy) will just run you $20 even more and also uses among the very best spending plan smartwatch experiences offered. Like the Versa 4, it avoids a couple of innovative wellness sensing units for a cost that’s a complete deal contrasted to the top-tier version, in this instance, the Apple Watch Collection 8 ($ 399).

On The Whole, while we took into consideration the Versa 3 amongst the very best smartwatches offered (and also still do), the barebones Versa 4 is even more of a downgrade than an amazing follow-up.

Fitbit Versa 4

Fitbit Versa 4

Revamped instance • 20 brand-new workout settings • Terrific battery life

Every One Of the Fitbit essentials in a smartwatch.

The Versa 4 uses the most recent technical innovations from Fitbit while fine-tuning the attributes of her precursors, such as with physical fitness monitoring, rest monitoring, and also a lot more. It likewise advises when is the very best time for your body to workout and also difficulties your documents with an everyday preparedness rating.

Leading Fitbit Versa 4 concerns and also solutions

Yes, the Versa 4 works with apples iphone running iphone 13.3 or greater and also Android OS 10 or greater.

Yes! The Versa 4 outfits 24mm exclusive bands making it suitable with Versa 3 bands along with Fitbit Feeling and also Feeling 2 bands.

Fitbit has actually not used any type of information concerning when its leading smartwatches will certainly obtain these guaranteed applications. In the meantime, the attributes are merely classified as “coming quickly.”

Yes. The Fitbit Versa 4 attributes an NFC chip along with Fitbit Pay pre-installed on the tool.

The Fitbit Feeling 2 attributes sensing units suitable with the ECG and also EDA application along with a skin temperature level sensing unit. These are not consisted of with the Versa 4.