The newly released Charge 4 comes with inbuilt GPS, more fitness tracking features, NFC that supports Fitbit Pay and the ability to control music on your phone. The Versa 2 which is slightly priced higher has all these features except inbuilt GPS. This makes the Charge 4 a worthy challenger to the Versa 2, this is why in this post we compare these two to find out the differences and which is a better choice.
Fitbit Charge 4 vs Versa 2 Specs Compared
|Fitbit Charge 4||Fitbit Versa 2|
WHERE TO BUY
|View @ Amazon||View @ Amazon|
|Device name||Fitbit Charge 4||Fitbit Versa 2|
|Device type||Sport/Fitness smartwatch||Sport/Fitness smartwatch|
|Predessesor||Fitbit Charge 3||Fitbit Versa|
|Successor||Fitbit Charge 5||__|
|Released date||March, 2020||September, 2019|
|Display type||OLED (monochrome)||AMOLED|
|Display size||1.57 inch||1.4 inch|
|Display resolution||100 x 160 pixels||--|
|Pixel density||120.2 PPI||--|
|Input type||Touchscreen||Touchscreen and 1 button|
|Customizable watch face||Yes||Yes|
|Dimension||35.8 x 22.7 x 12.5 mm||40 x 40 x 11 mm|
|Strap size||140 - 180 mm (small)|
180 - 220 mm (large)
|140 - 180 mm (small)|
180 - 220 mm (large)
|Screen protection||Hardened Glass||Corning Gorilla glass|
|Water resistant/Protection||Yes, 5ATM||Yes, 5ATM|
|Swim-proof||Yes, recommended||Yes, recommended|
|Internal storage||N/A||About 4GB|
|Memory card slot||No||No|
|Bluetooth||Bluetooth v4.0 LE||Bluetooth v4.0 LE|
|Payment system||Fitbit Pay||Fitbit Pay|
|GPS||Yes||No, (connected GPS)|
|Text response||Yes (Android only)||Yes|
|Heart rate monitoring||Yes||Yes|
|Menstrual cycle tracking||Yes||Yes|
|Under-water heart rate tracking||No||No|
|On-screen workout modes||No||Yes|
|Preloaded sport modes||Yes, 20+||Yes|
|Heart rate monitor (HRM)||Yes||Yes|
|Thermometer||No (uses existing sensors)||No|
|Operating system (OS)||Fitbit OS||Fitbit OS|
|Type of battery||Non-removable lithium polymer||Non-removable lithium polymer|
|Battery life||Standby: 10 day+|
Mixed usage: 7 days
Continuous GPS Tracking: 5 Hrs
|Mixed usage: up to 6 days|
|Charging type||Charging Dock||USB based charging dock|
|Charging time||About 1-2 hours||About 1-2 hours|
|Battery saver mode||No||Yes|
Check your device compatibility
|Android, IOS |
Check supported devices
|Companion app||Fitbit App||Fitbit App|
|Fitbit Charge 4||Fitbit Versa 2|
|Strap (small and large)||Strap (small and large)|
|Charger||Magnetic charging dock|
|Quick start guide||Quick start guide|
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|Official Site||Official Site|
Fitbit Charge 4 vs Versa 2 Features Compared
- Activity Tracking
- Battery Life
Both the versa 2 and Charge 4 look decent and stylish too. Each of these two is sleek and elegant – attributes of a perfect wearable and fitness tracker. However, the Versa 2 has a more sophisticated design than the Charge 4. While the Versa 2 has a more durable aluminum case, the Charge 4 has a plastic resin case. Moreover, while Corning Gorilla Glass mounts the screen of the Versa 2, a hardened glass protects the Charge 4 screen. However, the Versa 2 at 11mm thick is slimmer than the Charge 4 which makes it sleeker. Although, Charge 4 weighs a little less than the Versa.
A look at the display, while full-color AMOLED powers the display of the Versa 2, monochrome OLED is for the Charge 4. Thus, the Charge 4 is easier to read outdoors, but the Versa 2 display is richer, more interactive and with ambient light available, it can also be read easily outdoors.
So, from the design section, each of these two has got a nice design, but Versa 2 certainly has the upper hand.
Each of these two features the very best of Fitbit fitness tracking technology and as such can track a whole lot of activities which include,
– Track your heart rate continuously including resting heart rate and heart rate zones which gives you a clear picture of your intensity during training.
– Track calories all day.
– Track your complete sleep cycle which includes REM, deep and light, and time spent in each.
– Track floors climbed.
– Automatic exercise recognition with over 20+ preloaded workout modes to choose from.
– For women, log the menstrual cycle and monitor changes.
– Track your blood oxygen saturation via the SpO2 sensor.
– Sedentary reminders that monitors how active you’ve been and reminds you to move.
– Track your swimming activities which includes SWOLF.
– (new) Active Zone Minutes allows you to set a target heart rate which the device will alert you when your heart rate reaches the preset goal.
– Track your VO2 Max and overall fitness level.
– Guided breathing sessions can help you resolve stress.
The difference though, is that Charge 4 now has inbuilt GPS just like the ionic which allows you to track outdoor activities such as routes, distance, real-time pace and locations without carrying your phone along. But with the Versa 2, you’ll need to carry your phone along.
– However, the Versa 2 features an onscreen workout that coaches you through your favorite moves (subscription-based). The Charge 4 lacks this feature.
The Versa 2 has got significant onboard storage capacity that allows you to store your favorite track on this device which isn’t possible with the Charge 4. Moreover, Versa 2 with a microphone that supports Amazon Alexa voice assistant features. There’s also Wi-Fi in the Versa 2 which the Charge 4 lacks, this offers more ways to stay connected with your phone beyond Bluetooth.
The Charge 4, according to Fitbit, will last about 7 days with continuous heart rate tracking and about 5 hours with continuous GPS tracking. This is a little longer than the Versa 2 with about 5 days or more.
Fitbit Charge 4 vs Versa 2 – The Difference
|Features||Charge 4||Versa 2|
Just glance to see what you need during workouts or when your hands are full. (will require frequent charging)
Automatically sync to most popular iOS and Android devices to show your stats, trends and progress on your Fitbit dashboard.
|Amazon Alexa Voice Assistant|
Check the weather, set timers, control your smart home devices, and more, powered by Amazon Alexa. Amazon Alexa not available in all countries
|Google Voice Assistant|
Check the weather, set timers, control your smart home devices, and more, powered by Google Voice.
Store and play 300+ songs on your smartwatch—plus download your favorite Pandora stations or Deezer playlists. Paid subscriptions required. Pandora is US only.
Use your credit and debit cards to make secure purchases anywhere that accepts tap-and-pay.See participating banks
See call, text, or calendar notifications on screen & get push notifications from smartphone apps.
|Connect With Wireless Headphones|
Listen to your favorite tunes without the wires.
|Connect and Control Music on Spotify|
Control your music, songs, and browse recent playlists and podcasts all from your wrist. Works with phone nearby; Spotify Premium subscription required. Not available in all countries.
Use the sleep mode to mute smartphone notifications and stop your screen from turning on at night.
|Do Not Disturb Mode|
Use do not disturb mode when you want to mute call, text, calendar, and app notifications during the day.
|Access Apps On Watch|
Access your favorite apps for fitness, sports, news, travel, transit, and more with a simple tap.
|Loudspeaker and Microphone|
Has a loudspeaker that allows you to play music aloud and as well make and receive calls via Bluetooth connection to the phone.
(can't make calls)
|Real-Time Using Built In GPS|
See your real-time pace and distance without a phone, then get a map of your route in the Fitbit app.
|Real-Time Using Phone GPS|
See your real-time pace and distance by connecting to your phone's GPS, then get a map of your route in the Fitbit app.
|Workout Intensity Map|
After outdoor exercise, check your workout intensity map in the Fitbit app to see your heart rate zones throughout your route.
|Active Zone Minutes|
Feel a buzz when you reach your target heart rate zones during exercise and celebrate when you earn extra minutes outside of workouts.
Calculates active minutes through metabolic equivalents (METs). This metric, which factors in your body mass, is used to estimate exercise intensity.
Stay on track toward your goals with personalized reminders that remind you to stay active, get hydrated, stick to a sleep schedule and more.
|SmartTrack Exercise Recognition|
Automatically record select exercises like running, biking and more & see detailed workout information in the Fitbit app.
|20 Preset Workout Modes|
Choose from 20+ exercise modes like run, bike, swim, yoga and more, set a goal, and get real-time stats during your workouts.
Water-resistant up to 50M, so you can wear your tracker or smartwatch in the shower, pool, and beyond.
|Onscreen Workout Coach|
Get personalized on-screen workouts that play on your wrist, coach you through each move and adapt based on your feedback.
See how long you've been active throughout the day and get reminders to fit in a few extra steps when you've been sitting a bit too long.
|See Your Heart Rate Zones|
Use your personalized fat burn, cardio, and peak heart rate zones to optimize your effort during workouts.
|EDA Scan App|
The on-wrist EDA Scan app detects electrodermal activity—which may indicate your body’s response to stress—and reveals a graph in the Fitbit app to illuminate it.
Monitors your heart rate and can help you detect irregular heart rhythms which can lead to AFib is left untreated
|Cardio Fitness Score (VO2 Max.)|
Get a better understanding of your fitness level and see how you can improve over time with a personalized Cardio Fitness Score.
|Complete Sleep Tracking|
See your time spent in light, deep and REM sleep stages and get sleep insights to help you improve. https://www.fitbit.com/us/technology
|Female Health Tracking|
Know your body on a deeper level using your tracker or smartwatch with the Fitbit app to follow your cycle, record symptoms and more.
|Guided Breathing Session|
Find moments of calm throughout your day with personalized breathing sessions based on your heart rate.
Allows you to see how well your blood utilizes oxygen.
|24/7 Heart Rate Tracking|
Use 24/7 heart rate to better track calorie burn, see your resting heart rate trends and get real-time guidance to optimize your workouts.
|Resting Heart Rate|
Wear your tracker or smartwatch all day and night to record your resting heart rate and track heart rate over time.
|24/7 Activity Tracking|
Track steps, distance, calories burned, active minutes, hourly activity, and stationary time.
Counts floors climbed
Based on your heart rate, time asleep and restlessness, this personalized score helps you better understand your sleep quality each night.
Understand your rest with automatic sleep tracking and silent alarms on your wrist & bedtime reminders and helpful tips in the app.
|All Day Calorie Burn|
Better understand the total number of calories you burn—all day and during workouts—to manage your weight and stay on track toward your goals.
|Battery Life||7 days||6 days|
Clearly, each of this two is an outstanding smartwatch (I think the Charge 4 qualifies as one). Top-notch fitness tracking features, decent design and impressive long battery life.
However, Versa 2, although it lacks inbuilt GPS, has more features that makes it a more comprehensive smartwatch. It features music storage, allows you to add third-party apps, microphone, better display, and on-screen work-out coach, it’s clearly a better smartwatch.
On the flip side, the Charge 4 priced a bit lower is a worthy alternative.
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