I tried the Fitbit thing before. I owned (and still own, however unused) the ChargeHR. This version was fun… at first. I loved the step challenges I had with my friends. I almost never won them (I’m pretty sure some of them cheated) but they kept me motivated to stay active.
However, after awhile I noticed a few annoying issues with the ChargeHR. For one, as you can see in the photo below, it was very difficult to clean. You were supposed to use Cetaphil to clean it but you couldn’t use water. How does that even work? Well you could use water, I suppose but if you did, the plastic on top of the Fitbit would bubble up. I went through two or three before I just quit using it. It also seemed to run out of energy quickly so after a while I thought… what’s the point?
So I quit. For a little while anyway. But then things got reallllly hairy. I started back to school as a non-traditional student, pursuing my Bachelor of Arts in English, and I just didn’t feel that I had time to work out anymore. Well… until I got onto the scale that I had been avoiding all school year, that is. It turns out I had gained more weight than I ever have IN MY LIFE.
Suddenly, getting back into shape became a major priority. I wanted to use my ChargeHR again but there was no going back to that dirty, gross piece of plastic. I didn’t want to pay for the Apple Watch. Just too… much… money. And then I think there are data charges?
But even without data charges
That’s when I found this beauty: The new Fitbit Versa.
See how fancy it is? If it was in a Fitbit beauty contest, it would definitely win. Don’t worry, guys. It comes in black and gray and all of the other boring colors. And if you really want to spruce it up, you can order different bands for it. Mine has a rose gold face frame because rose gold is basically thee metallic of the season.
But on to more important things. What can it do? Well, I for one, love the fitness tracking. You can choose between swimming (yes, you can use it for 50 meters in the pool), cycling, running, strength training or any other workout.
- You can link music on your phone and control what you listen to from your watch.
- You can set alarms.
- YOU CAN RECEIVE TEXT MESSAGES (Obviously, the most important feature).
- They have a fantastic Relax app that helps you wind down when you’re stressed out.
- Easy to clean with a silicone band (unless you get the leather or metallic)
- You can check the weather.
- They have like a billion watch face designs. Really. Like a billion to match your style. Look at all these pretty things!
But really. There are so many apps that you can link to it. The Walgreens app lets you earn points toward purchases, you can stream Pandora, link your Starbucks app, use a calculator, read the New York Times, link your calender and SO MUCH MORE. It’s a great alternative to the Apple Watch and soooooo easy to use. Go buy it. Here I am with my new Fitbit Versa.