Ace is Fitbit's new kid-focused fitness tracker

Fitbit's mass appeal smartwatch is here

Fitbit's mass appeal smartwatch is here

The Versa has numerous same core functions as Fitbit's first full-featured smartwatch, the Ionic: fitness tracking, wrist-based heart-rate detection, guided on-screen workouts, and an automatic recognition system that knows when you've begun exercising without the need to press Start.

Last summer, Fitbit waded into new territory with its debut smartwatch, the Ionic. Plus, it arrives at a lower price point - just under $200.

Designed specifically for kids ages 8 and up, the FitBit Ace helps children achieve the World Health Organization-recommended 60 minutes of daily physical activity a day for children ages 7 to 17.

Fitbit says that its aim with the Ace is to inspire kids to build healthy habits and counter decreasing levels of activity in children. It intends to encourage children to stay active. One downside of buying the Versa instead of the Ionic is that it theoretically lasts one day lesser (4 days vs 5 days).

With the latter, users can access medical expertise via "judgement-free content developed with Fitbit advisors Katharine White, MD, MPH, assistant professor of obstetrics and gynecology at Boston University, and Larry Tiglao, MD, an obstetrician-gynecologist at Stanford Healthcare's Los Olivos Women's Medical Group in Los Gatos, CA".

Fitbit Versa looks a lot like an Apple Watch - though it's a bit smaller - and is less fitness-focused than the watch Fitbit debuted past year, called Fitbit Ionic.

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With the new Versa, to reach the lower price point Fitbit dumped a few features, most significantly onboard Global Positioning System tracking.

On the feature side, the Versa has 24/7 heart-rate tracking, quick replies to text messages (though only on Android), offline music storage and Fitbit's own version of Apple Pay, creatively dubbed Fitbit Pay. The idea here is that kids are indoors and sitting near screens more than ever before; an activity tracker is a great way to gamify activity for kids and help parents monitor how much time their child spends moving around versus sitting around. You've got Apple dominating with the Apple Watch followed by... It will come with both a small and large standard wristband, but leather, metal, and mesh alternatives can also be purchased starting at $49.95. When the Ace officially launches later in Q2, parents can create family accounts that provide at-a-glance info on all connected Fitbits. For runners it's an easy choice - Ionic is the one you want. The gadget received mixed reviews. That said, Fitbit is providing the option to mix the two for the first time; allowing kids to go half-and-half on the bands. The Fitbit Versa is the company's attempt to recapture the portion of the fitness market they had lost to Apple, and it certainly seems as if they're positioned to do just that. With this new tracker, it will be able to augment that database with even more data. "From its lovely design to its personalized guidance, Versa will help empower you to take action, make the most of every moment, and reach your goals". "We had always planned a portfolio of products".

Some schools have already been using regular Fitbits.

Rates of obesity among children and teenagers have soared 10-fold around the world in the past four decades, a global study found previous year.

Fitbit isn't the only tech company eyeing a younger audience. Melanie Chase says the closed nature of iOS doesn't allow them to offer the same functionality, but that it's looking at workarounds for specific apps like WhatsApp and Facebook Messenger.

The Fitbit Versa also has the technical chops to back up their attractive aesthetic, with a solid list of features that includes heart rate monitoring, 50 meter water resistance, on-board music storage, and compatibility with a huge number of watchfaces and apps - making it one of the most impressive Fitbits to date, and even one of the most fully-featured smartwatches in general.

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