Fitbit announces Versa smartwatch and Ace activity tracker for kids

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Fitbit announces Versa smartwatch and Ace activity tracker for kids

The battery back is the thing that attracted me towards this watch. Menstrual tracking will also make its way to the Ionic in Spring 2018 - and is only available to Fitbit users who identify as female.

The Versa will support Fitbit Pay, and the company says that its contactless payment system is now supported by 32 banks in 14 countries, with more arriving. Where the Ionic has built-in Global Positioning System, the Versa has "connected Global Positioning System", which means that it tracks distance only when paired with a smartphone. But at $300, it was almost the price of an Apple Watch with fewer capabilities.

Fitbit is also targeting women with the Versa. It will be sold in black with a black aluminum case, gray with a silver aluminum case, and peach with a rose gold aluminum case. Plus, Fitbit is partnering with the Council of Fashion Designers of America to fund emerging label PH5, which will offer knitware bands and accessories for Versa. The lightweight metal watch comes with the Fitbit OS 2.0 with a new dashboard to track health and fitness, including functions such as heart rate tracking, onscreen workouts, and automatic sleep stages. That's an omission serious athletes will have to consider. The $229.95 Special Edition is made special by the inclusion of an NFC chip too for Fitbit Pay functionality. Instead of the rugged look and sharp corners of the Ionic, the Versa is a smaller, more lightweight watch with elegant curves and a few new features that both men and women will appreciate.

The watch itself is about more than just the new software it brings. Essentially, Fitbit has replicated the smartphone app's dashboard on your wrist. Another new feature is targeted specifically at women and this is the ability to track your periods.

What's to like about the Versa, you ask?

This isn't the first wearable that is designed for kids.

The Ace can be pre-ordered beginning today, and it will retail for $99.95.

What do you all think about Fitbit's Versa?

Along with these features the Versa also includes a new female tracking feature which allows females to track their menstrual cycle and see how it relates to their overall health stats such as activity, sleep, weight and nutrition. But Fitbit is obviously hoping that you will.

The Fitbit Ace, on the other hand, is a fitness wearable meant to help kids get into the habit of staying in shape and active through gamified activities and rewards. A new family Fitbit account accompanies the Ace, offering parental control features to keep the kids safe while using the device.

The Fitbit Ace is available for presale today on Fitbit.com for $129.95 and will be available in store at Fitbit.com and selected Australian retailers in Q2 of this year.

Fitbit is probably the company that suffered the most from Apple's entry into the smartwatch market with the Apple Watch.

Fitbit unveiled its second smartwatch – the Versa. The navigation is completely different, with three buttons to Apple Watch's button-crown combo.

That said, because Apple has a closed ecosystem, notifications and quick replies-an important feature for most smartwatch users-are only available for Android. Series 1: Which Apple Watch is right for you? Fitbit says the Ace's data collection processes are created to be COPPA-compliant so all that data pertaining to your child remains safe. This is a huge deal, because all of those metrics are so deeply intertwined. It's available for pre-order on the Fitbit site.

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