Fitbit Versa Lite: One of the Best Budget Smartwatches in 2024?

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Versa smartwatches from Fitbit have proven to be among the more well-liked smart wearables available today. Together with the Fitbit Inspire, Charge, and Ionic, Fitbit has demonstrated once more its value in the wearable tech market with the Versa, Versa 2, and Versa Special Edition models.

This is what makes the Versa Lite a smart choice. By creating a slightly less powerful but still appealing version of one of their most popular devices, at an affordable price, it’s designed to captivate budget-conscious consumers. But does it truly deliver value? Let’s delve into it.

Build and Design

Let’s take a look at the design and build of the Versa Lite. It has a pretty minimalist design compared to most smartwatches out there, such as the ones from Samsung and Garmin for example, and you just get this simple rounded square shape which looks a bit like the Apple watch.

You do get the screen upfront which is coated with a layer of Gorilla Glass, and it’s a pretty bright display actually. There’s three levels of brightness and even an auto-brightness mode, and I’ve never really had any trouble viewing the display outdoors.

Now the screen is surrounded by an aluminum chassis, which makes up the main body of the Versa Lite. It feels pretty sturdy in the hand, and I think that it should be safe from light knocks and bumps, although I wouldn’t go dropping it on purpose yet. The straps are made from silicone, although they do seem durable and I feel that they will last me in the long run. Of course, this entire build is waterproof and you should be able to take the watch along when swimming.

Fitbit does provide a secondary strap in the box which is longer so if you’re a lot more comfortable with a longer strap then this will definitely come in handy.

Fitbit App

Of course, you do need to install the Fitbit app on your smartphone first to set up the watch. In fact, when I was recording video for this review I actually got a firmware update for the watch which added a couple of useful features. You do need to connect your phone and watch by turning on the Bluetooth and GPS connectivity.

Let’s take a quick look at the app first. The Fitbit app supports a wide range of Fitbit devices, and it shows you how to use the Versa Lite. There’s a built-in manual within the app that walks you through the different hardware and software features that come with the watch, as well as the app itself.

You can also install apps on the Versa Lite and you’ll see different categorizations of apps through the main Fitbit app. You can install them by downloading them through your smartphone and then by syncing it with the watch.

Aside from apps, there’s also a wide selection of clock designs that you can download from the Fitbit app. A lot of the designs are free, although there are some paid ones. Once downloaded, you can sync your watch and app to install the clock designs on your Versa Lite. The Versa Lite can store up to five different designs and you can switch them from the watch menu.

Use and Operation

Now, using the Fitbit Versa Lite is straightforward and easy. All of the operations are done via the touch screen, and navigating the UI is pretty easy, as you just swipe across the screen to get to the different menus, press the side button to go back to one page, or long-press the button to access your assigned button shortcut. I do have to note that sometimes the UI can appear a bit slow and laggy. I would have preferred smoother animations when navigating the watch menu.

From the screen, you can access your apps, alarms, as well as a list of workouts. Since I stick mostly to light workouts, I use mine a lot more for step counts, heart rate monitoring, and sleep tracking.

So aside from tracking your heart rate, the Fitbit Versa Lite also features a pedometer and sleep tracking functionality. Now, in general, the pedometer is pretty accurate, I’ve used it for walking around and jogging, and while it does work well for the most part, sometimes it can track steps that I haven’t really taken, such as when I’m just sitting around typing on my computer and whatnot. It does come with some reminders to walk every now and then, and it gives you a cool animation when you reach a goal, such as staying active for a certain amount of time.

As for sleep tracking the Versa Lite does come with some impressive sleep data analysis, which you can view in your app. It gives you information such as sleep cycles, the total amount of time you were sleeping, REM, and light sleep, which I find pretty helpful.

Unfortunately, though the Versa Lite doesn’t come with WiFi connectivity or onboard music storage, it can still let you view notifications and control music playback, as long as you keep it connected to your phone via Bluetooth.

As for battery life, the Versa Lite was able to last me on average about 5 days, which is pretty impressive. Additionally, it takes about an hour and a half to fully charge the watch.

Key Features

  Heart rate monitoring
  Sleep tracking
  Steps and activity tracking
  Exercise modes

  Smartphone notifications
  Female health tracking
  Swim-proof design (water-resistant up to 50 meters)


  Affordable price
  Lightweight and comfortable
  Basic fitness and health tracking
  Good battery life

  Customizable watch faces
  Female health tracking
  Smartphone notifications


  Limited features compared to higher-end models
  No built-in GPS
  No floor climbing tracking
  Plastic build

  Limited app ecosystem
  Screen visibility in bright light
  Single button interface

The Bottom Line

So, is the Fitbit Versa Lite worth getting?  Well, if you’re sticking to a budget and just want the basics, the Versa Lite is definitely worth a look.

It’s a streamlined version that gives you all the core features at a more wallet-friendly price, making it a great pick for anyone who wants to keep things efficient and affordable without all the extra bells and whistles.


Frequently Asked Questions: (FAQs)

What is the difference between the Fitbit Versa Lite and the Fitbit Versa?

The main differences lie in the features and price. The Fitbit Versa includes additional features like on-device music storage, on-screen workouts, and floor climbing tracking, which the Versa Lite does not offer. Consequently, the Versa Lite is available at a more affordable price point.

Can I download apps and watch faces on the Fitbit Versa Lite?

Yes, you can personalize your Fitbit Versa Lite by downloading a variety of apps and watch faces from the Fitbit App Gallery. However, the selection may be limited compared to other models.

About the author

Mike Viray

A writer with a fondness for consumer tech, Mike is also a music lover, and an avid gamer as well. He and his wife are big fans of Mario Kart.

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