Tech Friday: A Versa 2 smartwatch and setting up Fitbit Pay

Posted By on September 23, 2022


It has taken me a while, but after updating my Fitbit Versa smartwatch a couple weeks ago, I couldn’t be happier with the “at the time” difficult decision. Once before, my original was replaced under warranty (free) but with the same Versa (1) smartwatch which really did serve me well. Lesson: Watches and gadgets do not last forever … and I sense we’ll Versa2Replacement220824soon be seeing this with battery powered cars too … GULP! 

This go-around, I’m giving Fitbit Pay a try since it is supported on the “new to me” Versa 2 smartwatch – it was not available on the original Fitbit Versa. For the record, having struggled whether to switch to an Apple Watch or not, a watch with 4+ day battery life for half the price won out for now … even though it would be nice to have a watch fully integrated with other Apple devices.


Back to Fitbit Pay

ApplePayScreenShotYears ago I set up ApplePay on my iPhone, but for some odd reason, I only reluctantly used it? Now that readers are more commonplace and since I’m starting to question the logic in carrying a wallet stuffed full of plastic (and heavier metal) cards … it would be nice to use the secure near-field communication (NFC) contactless payment option … not to mention ID theft and plain old pickpocketing or gunpoint theft?

So far so good in setting up a few credit cards (above), although neither a CitiBank or Discover credit card could be added via Fitbit app (checked with Discover – still not supported it seems)? Obviously, just as certain apps are not on Fitbit smartwatches, one has to live with the limitation and appreciate the benefits (ie. 4-day battery life; they claim 6!) of a smartwatch with fewer features and apps. BUT IMHO, for 90% of users, the older Fitbit Versa 2 (their current model is Versa 4 and Sense 2 … among other trackers) is all that most will ever need and regularly use.



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