FitBit Versa 2 – The 9th Bit
So last year I reviewed the FitBit Versa 2, the latest fitness band from the juggernaut of wearable tech. The Versa 2 is a pretty sweet little gadget, and one I’m still wearing about six months after the fact.
So in the interest of keeping things fresh, I thought I’d run down some of why I’m, you know, still using it.
Blood for the Versa 2!
Did you ever look at your watch and think, hey, I wonder if this could tell me my blood oxygen level? Well, search no more! The ability to detect this was always built into the Versa 2 users in January, using the red and infrared sensors on the back of the device, but never activated. Following a recent update, however, we can now all know exactly how oxygenated our red life juice is. It’s like how RoboCop had all that stuff in him that no one knew about until he was fully activated.
My watch is RoboCop. That’s badass.
Typically, your blood oxygen saturation level should be at 95-100%, meaning the blood is carrying as much oxygen as it can. If you stop breathing or have other lung issues, the saturation level goes down. In general, variations should be low and seeing frequent, big variations could be a sign that you may be experiencing breathing disturbances during sleep.
So if you’re noticing dips to like 80%, I dunno, maybe see a doctor.
Don’t make me run, I’m full of chocolate
My FitBit Versa 2 has, for months, been extremely passive aggressive with regard to my health. And yeah, that’s its main purpose, but still. I know I’m sitting still for hours at a time, I work in an office. But the reminders to, you know, get off my chair and wander the building like the Ghost of Christmas Past for a few minutes has noticeably improved my state of mind during the week.
So what I’m saying is, my watch yelling at me to stop being a sloth is pretty handy.
One more thing
OK so this is mostly about existing features, but I also know what’s missing. FitBit has a water tracking feature that it wants me to use to keep score on how much water I’m drinking. It also wants me to do this manually.
Manually. Like a Gods-damn peasant.
Smart bottles exist, and considering how hype the Aria scales are in showing cross device functionality, a FitBit Smart Bottle would clean up. I won’t even charge them for the idea; just make it happen, FitBit. I’m thirsty.
Six months later, the FitBit Versa 2 is still well worth a buy. As a health and fitness tracker, plus as a stylish watch, it’s second to none.