Why The New Fitbit Versa Is So Tempting

Last week, Fitbit announced the Fitbit Versa, the company’s newest smart/fitness watch. While this is not the first smart watch Fitbit has released, I think this is the first one that stands a chance against the Apple Watch.

I was very shocked to hear that Fitbit is releasing another smart watch since they just released the Ionic, last October. The Ionic did not get much praise and in my opinion, looked horrendous.

If you remember the Pebble smart watch, before Fitbit acquired them in 2016, the Versa will look extremely familiar. This is a good thing. While I never owned a Pebble, it always seemed so simple, to the point, long lasting and easy to use. Looking at the Versa, I think this will be in the same boat.

Women’s Health

Women will find a new feature that is a first for a smart watch. This watch will track a women’s menstrual cycle.  Fitbit says that it will “log your period, record symptoms & compare your cycle against other health stats like sleep, activity and weight.” I think that this is fantastic and will be a huge selling point. That is until Apple does the same thing later this year, I’m sure.


I’ve used Fitbit’s for years. I have had the Fitbit Flex, Charge and Flex 2. All are great products but far from smart watches. Since then, I have been using the Apple Watch and haven’t looked back.  I really like the Fitbit software on the iPhone so that is an advantage going forward with any Fitbit product. My entire family, for the most part, has a Fitbit of some form. The challenges and competitions you can do within the app is a lot of fun and motivating. That is something the Apple Watch is lacking and can make a huge difference.

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The software on the watch itself is something I have no experience with. Now, they have Fitbit Lab apps that are built specifically for the Fitbit. Hopefully they run a lot better than most apps on the Apple Watch.


From the reports, the Fitbit Versa will be a little bit smaller than the 38 mm Apple Watch.  Fitbit also says that this will be a lightweight device. The Apple Watch is a pretty heavy device on your wrist so a lighter and smaller watch will be welcomed.

Price and Availability

The Versa will be out later this year and cost $199.95 and $229.95 for a special edition, that comes with a woven band.

Closing Thoughts

I am very surprised that this product caught my attention so much. When they released the Ionic, there was no temptation. My Apple Watch works fine for what I use it for but to have a smart watch that lasts 4+ days? Now that is something I could get on board with.

Are you in the market for a smart watch? Do you think the new Fitbit Versa is something you will plan on buying? Let me know on twitter or in the comments!

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My Favorite Apple Podcasts

I have been a fan of podcasts for close to eight years now. They are great for road trips or if you spend a good bit of your day in a vehicle or in a quiet office. The only downside to listening to so many podcasts is that I don’t have as much time to catch up on the latest music. But that is a decision you can make on your own. If you have never looked into podcasts, I recommend browsing the Apple Podcast app for different topics you might be interested in.

Today, I am going to list my favorite Apple podcasts.

The Talk Show with John Gruber

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John Gruber is the also the creator of one of my favorite sources for all things Apple, daringfireball.net. I love the detail that Gruber puts into this shows. You can count on his shows lasting around 2 to 2 and a half hours. No matter the length, Gruber and friends make the time worth while. Click here to download The Talk Show with John Gruber.

The Rebound

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We go from long form with The Talk Show, to a shorter podcast by Lex Friedman, John Moltz and Dan Moren who discuss the latest Apple news that has developed the previous week. This podcast comes in around 30-35 minutes. There are a lot of podcasts that I wish were shorter. This is one that I wish was around an hour. These guys are funny and never hold back when it comes to their opinions on the latest news. Click here to download The Rebound.

MacBreak Weekly

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Leo Laporte and his network over at Twit.tv, is what got me hooked on podcasts years ago. They have shows about nearly every tech topic but the one that I look forward to the most is MacBreak Weekly. Usually Laporte is joined by Alex Lindsay, Rene Ritchie and Andy Ihnatko. Sometimes other guests join in but this is a great roundtable of Apple talk from people who have been in the industry for quite some time. Click here to download MacBreak Weekly.

The iMore Show

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If you are an Apple fan, surely you’ve heard of the site iMore.com. Rene Ritchie steers the ship over there offering tips, tricks and news of everything Apple. If their site is something that interests you, so will The iMore Show. I like The iMore Show a lot because Serenity Caldwell, Lori Gil, Mikah Sargent and Georgia Dow are all very down to earth and offer more than just news. They offer tons of helpful hints in the Apple world. Click here to download The iMore Show.

Wild Card – A Slab of Glass

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This last one is what I am calling a wild card because as of today, it is unreleased. Recently, I have stumbled across the website Tablet Habit created by Jeff Perry. He writes about living an iPad-first lifestyle and it is very intriguing. Him and YouTuber, Christopher Lawley, are teaming up to talk about the iPad on a brand new show called, A Slab of Glass, and I think they are going to have a great show on their hands. The first episode releases 3/18. Click here to download A Slab of Glass.

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Review: mophie wireless charging base

As I have mentioned in previous posts, the new iPhone 8, 8 Plus and X are capable of charging wirelessly.

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This is a welcomed feature to iOS users because Android phones have been able to do this for years.

This wireless charging base from mophie, is one of two wireless chargers that Apple recommends. The other is the Belkin BOOST UP Wireless Charging Pad. Not only does Apple recommend these but they are also two of the few chargers that wireless charge your iPhone faster than the normal wall charger that comes in the iPhone box. Your tiny charging brick, that comes packaged with your phone, charges at a maximum of 5 watts. With mophie’s wireless charging base it will max out at 7.5 watts. That is definitely a plus over using any other wireless chargers on the market.

It does what it’s supposed to do. I won’t argue with that, one bit. It is very convenient to throw it down on the pad and not have to fiddle with cables.

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It’s not perfect though.

In order to get your phone charging, it has to sit on the pad at the correct angle. It will not charge if it is too far to the side.  My fiancé and I have run into this multiple times and have woken up with near depleted batteries. You will run into this with any wireless charger you come across but it is still something I wish I didn’t have to worry about when paying $60 for a charger. Maybe within the next couple of years we will have true wireless charging, through the air.

My only other gripe is if you want to charge your phone while using it,  good luck. Unless you hover over the device, while it is sitting on the charger, you will not be able to use your phone and charge it at the same time. And that is a little too inconvenient for me.


mophie did it right when it comes to wireless charging. It charges fast and is extremely easy. But for $60, you will have to make the decision if the price is worth the simplicity of wireless charging.

Me? I will definitely keep it around the house for those times when I don’t even have to think about charging. It will be a convenient gadget to have laying around to use as needed.

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