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Fibricheck review with Fitbit Versa 2, beat control does not miss a beat

Fibricheck a Fitbit App born in 2016 that measures heart activity through a photoplethysmography process, using the smartphone's camera: recently for the service also compatible with Fitbit smartwatches and just with a Versa 2 that we tried, let's see how it went.

FibriCheck, the review

First step, understand everything

Before talking about the new App on the Versa it is better to take a step back and understand what we had in our hand (or on the wrist): FibriCheck an App in its own right available for iPhone or Android, but a few days ago also present in the Fitbit App Store for Fitbit Versa, Fitbit Versa Lite Edition, Fitbit Versa 2 and Fitbit Ionic models.

Fibricheck review with Fitbit Versa 2The PDF report, generated by the App and then brought to Mac for a more painstaking consultation. But in any case, once the PDF is generated, the iPhone can share it using the preferred service, from WhatsApp to Telegram, via an email box or via the cloud

And precisely with the Fitbit Versa 2 that we carried out this test: we first downloaded the FibriCheck App from the App Store and created the account. Then, from inside the Fitbit App, we downloaded the App to Versa 2 and activated an account for a week.

The process requires a handful of minutes and an internet connection (via 4G is fine, there is little data that is consumed) and readers can still activate the free trial to try it for themselves, after which it will be possible to use the service at a cost of 3.99 euros per month, regardless of the smartwatch or the App.

Fibricheck review with Fitbit Versa 2Your reviewer is fine, don't worry, nice to hear that

The animal beat

On loan from the famous RAF song of the nineties, the detection of the beat through the Versa is really simple: the App recommends to pay more attention to the position of the smartwatch, tightened just over normal (to maximize listening to the beat) and placed two fingers from the beginning of the hand.

Immediately after, just follow the instructions on the display, which basically ask you to remain still, really still, avoiding speaking and breathing normally, for 60 seconds to improve a measurement that is much more accurate than the normal Versa ones.

During the measurement some warnings pass on the Versa screen, for example on the fact that Fibricheck does not measure the presence of heart attacks: at the end the App asks what was the last activity performed and provides the report, which the system sends to the App and website.

The results

The incredibly detailed result, much more than the Fitbit App which, at this point, appears to be much more basic. Although it is not a certified medical device, especially because the measurement takes place on the wrist and not directly near the heart, the system is really well done.

For the results we rely on the native App Fibricheck, which provides a graph of both the progress of all measurements (the system suggests making a couple of them a day) and an in-depth analysis of the single measurement, with a first elementary diagnosis given by the detections cross-referenced with physical data, either a detailed PDF report, which can be sent to your doctor or printed and shown at the first available visit.

Clearly Fibricheck does not replace the general practitioner or cardiologist, for those who perhaps suffer from inherent problems, but can provide valuable help to show a daily average or a trend over time, with interesting data for a certified expert.

Fibricheck review with Fitbit Versa 2Some screenshots of the Fibricheck App on the iPhone

Is it worth it?

Hard to say: according to those who write the price, not even low, if those who buy a Versa smartwatch do it above all for the detection of the heartbeat.

Maybe a sportsman has better tools, but let's think of people of a certain age, who can be taught to detect the not difficult beat (the really simple operation) helped perhaps by a silent alarm clock, or for those suffering from heart-related diseases and needs more careful monitoring.

Fibricheck review with Fitbit Versa 2The web part freely accessible from the browser

Versa or Ionic alone are comfortable, because they automatically provide the basic statistics and the measurement of the beat at rest or at certain times, however the detail is not even comparable.

Finally, the presence of the Fitbit smartwatch compared to the use with the phone lens, on balance, has not shown great discrepancies, but undeniable that via smartwatch it is more comfortable and more independent (but the Fitbit App must be kept open, also in the background).

Fibricheck review with Fitbit Versa 2

An extra service for those who have a Fitbit smartwatch (smartbands like Inspire, Charge are excluded) not at all mandatory but useful and interesting. Users evaluate for themselves the convenience for the subscription or not (€ 3.99 per month), although we all recommend the first day trial, free of charge.

Fibricheck review with Fitbit Versa 2Many will consider it useless, but the assistance section, with several video tutorials on the various functions, becomes key for those unfamiliar with technology

Pro:

Interesting and detailed service One more step for those who use Fitbit The PDF report a great convenience

Versus:

The Fitbit App must be open

Price:

3.99 Euros per month for the service119.99 Euros for Fitbit Versa199.99 Euros for Fitbit Versa 2189.99 Euros for Fitbit Ionic

Fitbit Versa 2 is already available through the official Fitbit website in five colors for the normal edition at 199.99 Euros and in two for the Special Edition at 229.99 Euros (with fabric strap).

Fitbit Versa 2 also available on Amazon.it with exclusive sets (in addition to all the normal equipment). The Versa model remains on the list, without Alexa and with some less functions, but with a design very similar to an even more competitive price.