We can now suggest the Fitbit Versa 3 as an excellent purchase because it has finally addressed our main complaint about the Versa line of smartwatches. Depending on pricing, we’ve even placed it first among the Best Fitbits, surpassing the Fitbit Sense. If you decide to leave your phone behind, the Versa 3 now has embedded GPS to measure the speed and distance of your walks, runs, bike rides, or hikes in real-time.

Although that and the larger, charming display are improvements over the Versa 2, there are still a few minor details about the Versa 3 that keep it from being one of the most excellent wearables on the market.

PROS

✅ Attractive design with large, always-on colour display

✅ Integrated GPS

✅ Battery charges quickly and lasts for days

✅ Measures blood oxygen level while sleeping

✅ Supports Amazon Alexa, Fitbit Pay, and Spotify

CONS

❎ Laggy touchscreen

❎ No stress tracking, skin temperature, or ECG sensors

❎ It doesn’t provide high and low heart rate notifications

FITBIT VERSA 3 SPECS

Phone OS CompatibilityAndroid, iOS
Watch OSFitbit OS
ProcessorN/A
Display Size1.59 inches
Display TypeAMOLED
Fitness FeaturesAccelerometer, GPS, Heart Rate Monitor
Estimated Battery Life6 days
Separate App StoreYes
Phone Call CapacityNo
CompatibilityAndroid, iOS
Heart Rate MonitorYes
Sleep TrackerYes
Battery Life6 days

The third-generation Fitbit Versa costs $30 more than its predecessors did at launch ($229.95), but its larger screen, built-in GPS, a SpO2 sensor, and support for the Active Zone Minutes statistic Fitbit introduced in the Charge 4 justify the price hike. While exercising without a phone, the GPS allows you to track your pace and distance in real time, and the SpO2 sensor allows for blood oxygen saturation readings while you sleep, a helpful metric during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Additionally, it maintains the Versa line’s extended battery life, powerful fitness and sleep monitoring capabilities, and practical smartwatch features, making them one of our favourites. Except for a few cutting-edge heart health and stress monitoring capabilities, the Versa 3 effectively offers everything we enjoy about the Fitbit Sense for $100 less. Our Editors’ Choice award for inexpensive smartwatches goes to this model because it offers excellent value for the money, particularly for Android users.

Fitbit Versa 3 Price and availability

Fitbit announced the Versa 3, along with the Sense and the Fitbit Inspire 2, at a virtual conference in August 2020. It went up for pre-order the following day and began shipping by late September. The Versa 3 is currently available to buy directly from Fitbit and major retailers around the world.

Interestingly, in the UK, both the Versa 2 and the Versa 3 are listed for £199. In the US and Australia, though, the Versa 3 carries a higher price tag than its predecessor, retailing for $229 and AU$399 respectively. That makes the Versa 3 the middle child – it’s no longer the flagship, with the Fitbit Since taking over that role and costing a lot more at $329 / £299 / AU$499.

Unlike the Versa 2, which had a more expensive Special Edition version available, the Versa 3 comes in just the standard issue in three different colours – two soft gold cases with a Pink Gold and Midnight Blue strap and a black chassis with a black band.

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