MyKronos ZeTime vs. Fitbit Versa - Which Watch?

How do these two very different wrist trackers from MyKronos and Fitbit compare?

These two Android-connected watches while both popular in at least one group, are not often compared.  Finding myself in possession of both of them I decided to share my experiences.

They're both great watches but my overall opinion is that for wearing in a formal setting the ZeTime takes the style edge. For tracking shared health data, then take the Versa hands down.

Official Websites

MyKronoz ZeTime

"The world’s first hybrid smartwatch combining mechanical hands with a round color touchscreen"

https://www.mykronoz.com/eu/en/zetime.html

Fitbit Versa

"A health & fitness smartwatch that lasts 4+ days, has 24/7 heart rate, music, apps, coaching & more."

https://www.fitbit.com/fi/shop/versa

Price & Packaging

€199.90

€199.95

In your hands

ZeTime: Weight & Style

The ZeTime is noticably heavier than the Versa, although not uncomfortably so.

Due to it's solid construction it feels about as heavy as an average dress watch and looks just as good.

Personally I found it's weight a little too heavy for wearing while I sleep, however it's chrome body looks both more impressive than the average 'geeky' smartwatch and less bulky

Fitbit Versa: Weight & Style

Thanks to the Versa's lighter weight I've been able to test out the sleep monitoring function. It's light and small enough that I don't feel bothered by it.

The Versa is by far the best looking watch in the Fitbit range. Its nearest (and slightly more expensive) rival - the Ionic - is bulkier and geekier than the Versa (almost reminding me of older 'calculator watches'). 

Its size is well-balanced enough that it looks fine on either male or female wrists.

ZeTime: Watch Faces

Watch face customization was one of my favourite parts of the ZeTime app.

MyKronos allow you to choose a custom appearance, including a background photo if you wish. You can then add up to 4 widgets to the screen and an optional digital second hand (to compliment the mechanical hands.

Fitbit Versa: Watch Faces

Fitbit watch faces are not generally customizable instead you can choose from a much bigger list in a store, however the majority of my favourite faces were 'premium' offerings which fitbit does not handle.

This means you are required to provide your fitbit credentials and payment information to some potentially untrustowrthy 3rd party sites to use them.

MyKronos were the clear winners here.

MyKronos ZeTime: Heart Tracking

A 24/7 Heart tracker was my main reason for seeking a smartwatch.

The ZeTime tracker offers tracking from 5 minute to 60 minute intervals, with Heart Range alerts for both low and high limits.

Fitbit Versa: Heart Tracking

Fitbit Versa offers heart rate monitoring every 5 seconds during rest, which increases to every second during exercise.

It also allows you to configure heart rate zones, so you can determine when you reach fat burn and cardio heart rates.

The increased frequency of the fitbit makes it the winner for my needs.

ZeTime: Connectivity + Health Data

One unfortunate downfall for the MyKronos device is it only supports 3rd-party integration with Strava.

There is no support for Apple Health, MyFitnessPal, Google Fitness or any other services.

If you are a runner this may be perfectly good enough, but not if you want any additional data. Strava is also supposed to connect with MyFitnessPal to allow the data to be transferred through, but this worked very intermittently for me.

Fitbit Versa: Connectivity + Health Data

The Versa has more direct connectivity options than the ZeTime. It includes Strava in that list, but is not limited to it.

Instead Fitbits downfall is with the food tracking aspect. If you want to monitor calories in vs calories out then you better live in the US, UK or Germany - Food databases for the rest of the world don't exist, leaving you to manually enter every detail.

You can use MyFitnessPal to sync this data instead, but a detailed meal in MyFitnessPal becomes "521 calorie dinner" in Fitbit, once synced.

ZeTime: The Smartwatch

As opposed to setting up the watch face, using the watch and accessing apps and features is really difficult. 

The insensitive touch screen works for some situations, but for most access you need to spin the knob on the side - one direction for notifications (which you cannot respond to) and another to open the menu. The menu can then be swiped but everything is hidden in subcategories.

Quickly starting a timer for example, is very difficult.

Fitbit Versa: The Smartwatch

The Fitbit watch interface is much simpler to learn. Swipe down for notifications, sideways for exercises and up for statistics!

The touch screen is also very good, but you are not forced to use it - the watches 3 buttons provide physical access to the on-screen options.

For example a single button press can silence a preset alarm without even switching on the screen.

MyKronos ZeTime: App

The ZeTime offers similar health tracking features to Fitbit, although it is far less featured as MyKronos are much more hardware focused than software.

MyKronos give you quick access to a dahsboard showing your goal progress and tabs for editing those goals and setting alarms.

You can see screenshots in the gallery below.

Fitbit Versa: App

On top of the (better designed) health tracking dashboard Fitbit offer tabs for Challenges - against friends or just your own limits - and Guidance where you can watch video tutorials.

A third tab lets you connect friends and shows everyones step counts.

See the gallery for more.

App Gallery

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