In the world of fitness and activity tracking, Fitbit is a very popular company that produces some of the best fitness-oriented tracking devices.
And the best thing about them is not only their quality and reliability of performance but their diversity as well.
Whether you’re focused on just the basics, want more smart features, or have a unique sense of style, you’ll find the device that suits your taste among the available options.
Let’s take a deeper look.
Design and Style
Most Fitbit devices are basically watches that you wear on your wrist all day. But of course, they differ in their style.
If you’re more into the minimalistic style, you should opt for the Charge 3 or the Inspire HR. These have a slim, vertical design that doesn’t employ too many buttons or displays.
On the other hand, if you’re big on touchscreens, big displays, and a more integrated experience from your tracker, you should opt for the Versa 2 or the Ionic.
Make sure that you get the right bracelet size that fits comfortably yet close to your wrist. You can print a snippet here to use it for measurement and comparison.
Screen and Display
The display screen can make or break your fitness tracker experience, so make sure you look thoroughly into those aspects before you decide on a particular Fitbit.
On more basic and affordable Fitbit devices such as the Inspire and Inspire HR, there isn’t much to the display. You get the time, stats of your activity, and that’s about it.
The Charge 3 is also a good option for a minimalistic design, but it has the edge over the former two in terms of versatility. But it still falls short when compared to the more advanced Ionic or Versa 2. It does, by all means, stand out in the fact that it has a touchscreen display, which can sometimes make interactions a little easier.
If you’re looking for more, then you’ll most likely enjoy the Ionic or Versa 2 better.
These have big displays that allow you to interact with different apps, make payments, check messages, play music, and check where you are on the map.
Since they offer more features in general, they also offer more immersive and interactive displays.
But the Versa 2 has the edge over the Ionic as its display is more appealing and is always on to spare you the jerking movements you sometimes have to do to wake your device up.
Activity Tracking and Features
Naturally, this is the most important aspect when it comes to choosing a Fitbit device.
You can either settle for basic functions such as step-counting and calorie tracking –features found on all the available Fitbit devices.
Or you can step it up a notch to get something that also tracks a couple of activities, heart rate, and is equipped with extra sensors such as a barometer. If that sounds good for you, you’d make do with the Charge 3 or Inspire HR.
Although you should know that the Charge 3 is a bit more superior as it packs some smart features such as call and text notifications as well as Fitbit pay.
Finally, if you want to go big and get all the features you can out of your fitness tracker, you should opt for the Versa 2 or the Ionic as they’re the most integrated and feature-packed.
They have apps, various exercise modes, and all the health features available for Fitbit Devices.
You should bear in mind that trackers show calories burnt on average but don’t depend on the actual effort exerted into the activity.
For example, a beach run would definitely burn more calories than running on a treadmill. However, the device would still display the same number for burned calories if the distance covered was the same.
The degree of accuracy of the sensor and data of heart rate monitoring can vary from one device to another, but Fitbit’s devices are among the best at tracking heart rate.
As the heart rate readings get more accurate, the information related to the calories you burn and the sleep you get will be more accurate as well.
These readings also contribute to Fitbit’s unique Cardio Fitness Level feature that is available on all the devices –save for the Inspire and Ace.
As I’ve mentioned above, sleep tracking relies on information from your heart rate monitoring to determine crucial information about your sleep, including how long you’ve slept and how long you’ve spent in each stage: REM, light, and deep.
Finally, this gives you an insight into the overall duration and quality of your sleep.
GPS is a very sought-out feature for cyclists, runners, and hikers.
This feature allows you to track routes, search for new ones, as well as receive data regarding your outdoor activity.
There are two ways that you can use GPS:
Built-in GPS, where your device is already equipped with a GPS capability or linked GPS, where you need to connect to your smartphone to extract GPS data.
Unfortunately, the only Fitbit available with built-in GPS is the Ionic. Otherwise, you can go for a phone-connected GPS on your Versa 2, Charge 3, or Inspire HR.
Waterproof or Water-resistant?
Generally, there are some popular water-resistance or waterproof ratings on the market: 1 ATM, 3 ATM, 5 ATM, and 10 ATM.
The Fitbit devices that do have water-resistance are rated at 5 ATM –which is 165 feet underwater.
And those include the Ionic, Charge 3, Inspire, and Inspire HR. Weirdly enough, The Versa 2 and Lite Edition don’t water-resistance, and consequently, no swim-tracking features.
Battery and Charging
Before you assume that the 4-day or 5-day battery lives on the Ionic and Versa Lite are bad indicators, consider the fact that these come with a lot of features that beat the others. Especially the built-in GPS found on the Ionic.
But if you’re not big on the features anyway, you can go for the Charge 3 as it comes with impressive 7-day battery life or the 6-day one on the Versa 2.
Generally, Fitbit devices are all quite reliable, durable, and fun to use. But to pick one out of the available options, you should first consider the things that you’ll be using it for.
If you’re on a tighter budget and only looking for the basic fitness tracking functions, I’d recommend going for the Inspire HR.
The Charge 3 suits someone who’s also not looking to spend too much on fancy features but still wants to enjoy some advanced options.
Finally, if you’re looking for the most advanced, feature-packed choice and budget isn’t an issue, you should go for the GPS-enabled Ionic.