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Seems to be same price most places now
Same price or slightly cheaper at £98.38 dependant on colour on Amazon. Free delivery as well if you have prime.
I like fitbit...but...they've just been bought by Google (pending approval) and Google are known to do one of two things when they buy a company - strip it for parts and flog them off or integrate the bits it wants and shutters the rest.

I'd be surprised (if Google gets approval) if in a years time fitbit as we know it still exists.
Edited by: "richh" 12th Jan
I like the style of the Versa but I've had 3/4 Fitbit items and most of them have had faults. Their prices often seem inflated compared with competition.
Hate Hate Hate the fact you have to have an internet connection for the app and watch to function. This is the main reason I recently bought a Huawei GT2. This watch does loads more, lasts up to 2 weeks on one charge and does not need an internet connection.
Edited by: "Tabintab" 12th Jan
Pretty much the going rate for the lite variant of this watch at the moment. Arguably difficult to justify recommending the full fat version of this watch.

Based on my wife's experience, this watch has terrible reliability. We're on our third watch, both previous suffered from battery issues. They simply would not switch on anymore.

Thankfully purchased from John Lewis, so they came with 2 years guarantee. If it wasn't for this, I wouldn't look at this watch twice.

I've previously had a Blaze, with similar issues.

Beware if your planning on running this watch with a Huawei phone too. They have compatibility issues due to the power management in EMUI. There's an app available to work around this issue.
Edited by: "dreamypuma" 12th Jan
Tabintab12/01/2020 17:11

Hate Hate Hate the fact you have to have an internet connection for the …Hate Hate Hate the fact you have to have an internet connection for the app and watch to function. This is the main reason I recently bought a Huawei GT2. This watch does loads more, lasts up to 2 weeks on one charge and does not need an internet connection.


I have a Huawei, unless I'm mistaken Huawei Health app is no less dependant in a Internet connection than the Fitbit app.

That said, I'd take my 10 to 14 day battery life and superior screen over the 3 to 4 days of the fitbit any day

The only reason my wife has persisted with the Fitbit, is it's appearance. Most watches in this price range (with similar function) are basic fitness bands or look quite bulky / masculine.
Edited by: "dreamypuma" 12th Jan
dreamypuma12/01/2020 17:41

Pretty much the going rate for the lite variant of this watch at the …Pretty much the going rate for the lite variant of this watch at the moment. Arguably difficult to justify recommending the full fat version of this watch. Based on my wife's experience, this watch has terrible reliability. We're on our third watch, both previous suffered from battery issues. They simply would not switch on anymore. Thankfully purchased from John Lewis, so they came with 2 years guarantee. If it wasn't for this, I wouldn't look at this watch twice.I've previously had a Blaze, with similar issues. Beware if your planning on running this watch with a Huawei phone too. They have compatibility issues due to the power management in EMUI. There's an app available to work around this issue.


What’s the app work around for this issue? Thanks
Ian_sanchez12/01/2020 19:06

What’s the app work around for this issue? Thanks


Hi,

The apps called Sync Fix for Fitbit. By Czandor. You'll find in on the play store. From memory the download able app is free and will allow a periodic fix. You can pay a small fee (think about £6) for a permanent fix in the app.
dreamypuma12/01/2020 17:57

I have a Huawei, unless I'm mistaken Huawei Health app is no less …I have a Huawei, unless I'm mistaken Huawei Health app is no less dependant in a Internet connection than the Fitbit app.That said, I'd take my 10 to 14 day battery life and superior screen over the 3 to 4 days of the fitbit any dayThe only reason my wife has persisted with the Fitbit, is it's appearance. Most watches in this price range (with similar function) are basic fitness bands or look quite bulky / masculine.


Your mistaken then. I put my phone into Aeroplane mode and it just synced to my GT2, no problem. There have been a lot of updates to the watch and phone app, possibly they fixed this issue?
dreamypuma12/01/2020 20:02

Hi, The apps called Sync Fix for Fitbit. By Czandor. You'll find in on …Hi, The apps called Sync Fix for Fitbit. By Czandor. You'll find in on the play store. From memory the download able app is free and will allow a periodic fix. You can pay a small fee (think about £6) for a permanent fix in the app.


I will try it as I have bought Fitbit for the wife who has Huawei p20 pro. There are lots about issues on forums.
dreamypuma12/01/2020 20:02

Hi, The apps called Sync Fix for Fitbit. By Czandor. You'll find in on …Hi, The apps called Sync Fix for Fitbit. By Czandor. You'll find in on the play store. From memory the download able app is free and will allow a periodic fix. You can pay a small fee (think about £6) for a permanent fix in the app.


So what your saying is that consumers have to pay a developer to permanently fix a Fitbit that Fitbit cant / wont fix? Awesome.
Ian_sanchez12/01/2020 20:07

I will try it as I have bought Fitbit for the wife who has Huawei p20 pro. …I will try it as I have bought Fitbit for the wife who has Huawei p20 pro. There are lots about issues on forums.


I think it's quite a statement, that Fitbit haven't resolved this compatibility issue themselves, but a third party developer.
Tabintab12/01/2020 20:10

So what your saying is that consumers have to pay a developer to …So what your saying is that consumers have to pay a developer to permanently fix a Fitbit that Fitbit cant / wont fix? Awesome.


Exactly. Seems mad. See the Fitbit Forums.
dreamypuma12/01/2020 20:10

I think it's quite a statement, that Fitbit haven't resolved this …I think it's quite a statement, that Fitbit haven't resolved this compatibility issue themselves, but a third party developer.


And the fact google have bought Fitbit apparently maybe also to do with Huawei having issues with usa
Ian_sanchez12/01/2020 20:12

And the fact google have bought Fitbit apparently maybe also to do with …And the fact google have bought Fitbit apparently maybe also to do with Huawei having issues with usa


Not sure about that. Possibly. But given the current appeal of Wear devices, it's a good call.

I had a Fossil Explorer and the battery was dreadful, added to that the clunky nature of the software on a woeful possessor was shocking. Good looking watch though.

Will be interesting what happens with Fitbit, given that they've gone all in with Alexa on the Versa 2.
dreamypuma12/01/2020 20:18

Not sure about that. Possibly. But given the current appeal of Wear …Not sure about that. Possibly. But given the current appeal of Wear devices, it's a good call. I had a Fossil Explorer and the battery was dreadful, added to that the clunky nature of the software on a woeful possessor was shocking. Good looking watch though. Will be interesting what happens with Fitbit, given that they've gone all in with Alexa on the Versa 2.


Yeh google don’t have wearable yet so may be good call. Alexa is interesting though as google would drop that straight away I would’ve thought in favour of their own system.
Ian_sanchez12/01/2020 20:20

Yeh google don’t have wearable yet so may be good call. Alexa is i …Yeh google don’t have wearable yet so may be good call. Alexa is interesting though as google would drop that straight away I would’ve thought in favour of their own system.


Pains me to say it, but Apple would have this in the bag if it wasn't such a closed system.

The watch GT and GT2 are a fantastic alternative. They just need a bit more polish on the app. But in my opinion, they've hit the sweet spot between a smart watch and fitness tracker.

A more female orientated Watch GT would be a great addition too
Edited by: "dreamypuma" 12th Jan
dreamypuma12/01/2020 20:25

Pains me to say it, but Apple would have this in the bag if it wasn't such …Pains me to say it, but Apple would have this in the bag if it wasn't such a closed system. The watch GT and GT2 are a fantastic alternative. They just need a bit more polish on the app. But I. My opinion, they've hit the sweet spot between a smart watch and fitness tracker.


Yeh but gt watch not very many choices for women don’t think?
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