Fitbit Versa £199
It’s sad to admit, but counting the steps I take every day actually stops large parts of my life seeming like a meaningless void.
This is because I spend most of my waking hours trudging up and down stairs trying to find objects that my children are too lazy to look for.
Obviously, my children aren’t going to thank me. So I feel pathetically grateful when my watch gives me a thumbs-up for climbing four flights of stairs in search of Chase from Paw Patrol.
The ‘smartwatch’ functions are fairly limited, but it buzzes when you get an email or text, with a pop-up preview on screen
Fitbit’s Versa is the company’s latest stab at a smartwatch – cheaper than the last one, at £200, and smaller, so you feel less of an idiot wearing it in bed to track sleep.
The screen’s still searingly bright, though, so it lights up your bedroom like a halogen torch when you flip your wrist to look at the time.
Hardcore fitness fans should still opt for the pricier Ionic, as this one lacks GPS for mapping runs. But those of us who want to be gently rewarded for going to Sainsbury’s will be more than happy with the Versa.
The ‘smartwatch’ functions are fairly limited, but it buzzes when you get an email or text, with a pop-up preview on screen, which is the main thing you actually use gadgets like Apple Watch for.
There’s now a huge range of downloadable watch faces to try – and the Fitbit app always makes you feel like a superhero, with endless praise for meagre achievements such as walking to the kitchen.
Well, it works for me, anyway.