The Versa 2 brings some modest improvements to the original, both inside and out. Here are some highlights:
The screen is now AMOLED, yielding brighter colors and deeper blacks.
The glass cover no longer has a bezel, giving it a smooth, low profile and premium look.
The optical sensor on the bottom is bigger and doesn't protrude from the case, making it more comfortable on the wrist.
The music and exercise buttons are gone. A mic to command Amazon Alexa is in their place. She can do things like set timers, alarms, reply to texts, give you the weather forecast as well as a FEW other useful things.
The processor is faster. Apps load faster and the touch screen is more responsive.
Always on display is now supported.
Screen brightness is now always adaptive, though you can preset the base brightness.
There is a new sleep mode which turns off autowake and notifications during during selected times so your watch doesn't bother you while you sleep. Do not disturb mode will silence calls and notifications during exercise as well.
You can control the Spotify app on your phone from your watch.
Fitbit pay is now standard on all Versa 2 editions.
*The battery is rated for 5+ days. I've been getting a solid 6.5 with always connected, all day sync, 24 hour HR, and at least 3 hours of running.
That being said, the Versa 2 isn't perfect. Fitbit OS is still feature lite, the app store is still rather small and there is still a dearth of useful clock faces. I'd still like to see a screen lock feature, a stride per minute counter and music controls in the exercise app, and a bunch of small. QoL improvements.
If you're like me and mostly want an excellent fitness tracker with a handful of productivity features sprinkled on top, then the Versa 2 is for you, especially if you want a battery life long enough to make use of any of those things. If you care less about fitness and more about controlling your phone from your wrist, then you might want to look at a Galaxy Watch or a Fossil Gen 5, especially if you don't plan on tracking sleep, as you'll need to recharge both at the end of the day. If you have an iPhone I don't know why you're reading this.
Versa2 Health & Fitness Smartwatch SE (NFC), Charcoal - Iron Mist Grey Aluminium