Fitbit brought us the wearable fitness tracker and led the market from the off. While competitors have caught up and in some cases, overtaken Fitbit, it is still the brand we go to first. So what are the newest Fitbit out right now?
You have several options for 2019 Fitbits. You have the Fitbit Charge 3, Inspire HR, Versa, Flex 2, Versa Lite, Ionic, Inspire, Alta HR and Blaze. All offer something different and are ideal in different situations. As the Fitbit Inspire and Versa are the newest, I’ll feature those and as the Charge 3 is regarded as the current best Fitbit available, I’ll cover that too.
Fitbit Inspire HR
The Fitbit Inspire HR is one of the newest Fitbits out right now. It has one of the best designs of any wearable and looks and feels great. A robust but comfortable strap and small light body makes this a very easy tracker to wear. With a screen, HR monitor, activity tracker, GPS, five day battery life and waterproof build, this is definitely one of the best fitness trackers on the market.
This is a female-centric design but that shouldn’t stop anyone buying one if the design works. It’s a slim fit and packs Sleep Stages, HRM, SmartTrack sensors and notifications into a fairly small package. The sleep tracking function complements the fitness tracking and provides a rounded tracking and analysis tool for anyone who wants to get out more or wants to track what they do more accurately.
With around five days of battery life depending on how you use it, this is a wearable that won’t tie you to a wall socket. That makes it well worth considering.
The Fitbit Versa is a smart watch and not just a fitness tracker. That is reflected in the price but doesn’t take it out of reach. The design is very slick, keeping the same theme as other Fitbits but making it slightly wider to house the extra hardware and display a smart watch needs.
The Versa is built on the Ionic and made it smaller and lighter. It’s a slim smartwatch that doesn’t weigh much at all. It is very easy to wear with a comfortable strap and smooth case and it sits very close to the wrist.
The Versa has a screen, HRM, activity tracker, swim tracker and the usual exercise apps. The screen is bright, clear, crisp and works very well indeed. The rounded design is neat but won’t work for everyone but there is no doubting the quality of the display. The omission of GPS may bother some but you can link it to your phone for location tracking if you want. Otherwise, the Inspire and Charge 3 both have GPS units.
Fitbit Charge 3
The Fitbit Charge 3 is not the newest as it was released in late 2018, but it is regarded as the best. With a decent screen, heart rate tracker, activity tracker, GPS, a 4-5 day battery life and a great design, it’s definitely one to consider if you swim or go near the water as it is waterproof too. There is also a Special Edition model with is compatible with Fitbit Pay.
As well as fitness tracking, the Fitbit Charge 3 is also adept at sleep tracking. It has a Sleep Stages and Sleep Insights app that looks at your breathing, sleep habits and can track the quality of your sleep as well as your exercise. With its SpO2 sensor, you get realistic readings of your rest and recuperation making this a very rounded fitness tracker.
The hardware, design, apps and features are all a step up from the Charge 2 but at the same price at most retailers. That alone makes this worth checking out.
What Fitbit do you buy?
Each of these three Fitbits has slightly different uses and target audiences. All of the devices in the current range differ slightly but these are the newest Fitbit around right now.
The Fitbit Inspire HR may have a feminine design but that doesn’t mean a man couldn’t wear it. It is small, light and full of features. It’s well-priced too so is worth considering. The Fitbit Versa combines exercise tracking with some basic smartwatch features. This is no Apple Watch but then is priced at a third of an Apple Watch. As a tracker it is well designed and has everything you need bar GPS tracking.
The Fitbit Charge 3 is slightly older than the Inspire and Versa but is still the top dog. It is well designed, fits snugly on the wrist, can track everything you do night or day. I personally think the Charge 3 is the clear winner here considering it is priced competitively against the other two.