Fitbit Versa 3 vs Garmin Venu – Which is Better?

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Last Updated on October 24, 2020 by Jude Simeone

Fitbit Versa 3 is one of the latest smartwatches from Fitbit, it succeeds the Versa 2 and comes with new additions like a loudspeaker and inbuilt GPS. It shares a lot of similarities in common with Garmin Venu as per fitness tracking, display, long battery life, and music storage. Each of these two will track your daily activities and help you manage notifications. Compare the differences between Fitbit Versa 3 vs Garmin Venu to find out which is a better smartwatch for you.

Fitbit Versa 3 vs Garmin Venu Full Specifications Compared

 Fitbit Versa 3Garmin Venu
Fitbit Versa 3 full specsgarmin venu specs

EDITOR'S RATING

Design:
4.7 out of 5 stars (4.7 / 5)
Battery:
4.3 out of 5 stars (4.3 / 5)
Fitness tracking:
4.7 out of 5 stars (4.7 / 5)
Features:
4.3 out of 5 stars (4.3 / 5)
Price:
4.5 out of 5 stars (4.5 / 5)
Average:
4.5 out of 5 stars (4.5 / 5)
Design:
4.6 out of 5 stars (4.6 / 5)
Battery:
3.8 out of 5 stars (3.8 / 5)
Fitness tracking:
4.5 out of 5 stars (4.5 / 5)
Features:
4.2 out of 5 stars (4.2 / 5)
Price:
4.3 out of 5 stars (4.3 / 5)
Average:
4.3 out of 5 stars (4.3 / 5)

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ABOUT DEVICE

Device nameFitbit Versa 3Garmin Venu
Device typeSport/Fitness smartwatchSport/Fitness smartwatch
PredessesorFitbit Versa 2Garmin Vivoactive 3 Music
Successor__--
Released dateSeptember, 2020September, 2019
Ideal forUnisexUnisex

DISPLAY

Display typeAMOLEDAMOLED
Display size1.58 inches1.2 inch
Display resolution336 x 336 pixel390 x 390 pixels
Pixel density----
Input typeTouchscreenTouchscreen plus 2 physical button
Always-onYesYes

BODY

ShapeSquare/curvedCircular
Dimension40.5 x 40.5 x 12.4 mm43.2 x 43.2 x 12.4 mm
Weight--46.3 grams
Casing materialAluminumFiber-reinforced polymer with polymer rear cover
Strap/band materialSiliconeSilicone
Bezel MaterialAluminumStainless steel
Strap size140 - 180 mm (small)
180 - 220 mm (large)
20mm
Screen protectionCorning Gorilla Glass 3Corning Gorilla glass 3
Water resistant/ProtectionYes, 5ATMYes, 5ATM
Swim-proofYes, recommendedYes, recommended
Color(s)Pink clay/soft gold
Midnight/soft gold
Black
Gold/black
Rose gold/tan
Silver/dark gray
Black/black

MEMORY

RAM----
Internal storageAbout 4GB4GB
Memory card slotNoNo

CONNECTIVITY

BluetoothBluetooth v5.0 LEBluetooth smart v4.2 LE, ANT+
Bluetooth callingYesNo
Wi-FiYesYes
NFCYesYes
GPSGPS/GLONASSGPS/GLONASS/Galileo

CELLULAR TECHNOLOGY

TechnologyNoNo
SIMNoNo
BandNoNo

NOTIFICATIONS

Email alertYesYes
SMS alertYesYes
Calls alertYesYes
Event reminderYesYes
WeatherYesYes
Third-party appsYesYes

FITNESS TRACKING

Sleep apneaNoNo
Sleep trackingYesYes
StepsYesYes
Floors climbedYesYes
Heart rate monitoringYesYes
CaloriesYesYes
DistanceYesYes
StressYesYes
VO2 Max.YesYes
Blood oxygenYesYes
Blood pressureNoNo
Menstrual cycle trackingYesYes
Swim trackingYesYes
Under-water heart rate trackingNoYes
Preloaded mapsNoNo
On-screen workout modesYesYes
Triathlon mode__Yes
ECG TrackingNoNo
Preloaded sport modesYesYes
Safety trackingNoYes

MEDIA

Audiomp3/mp4mp3/mp4
Music streamingYesYes
Bluetooth musicYesYes
RadioNoNo
LoudspeakerYesNo
MicrophoneYesNo
CameraNoNo

SENSORS

AccelerometerYesYes
Barometer/AltimeterYesYes
Heart rate monitor (HRM)YesYes
CompassNoYes
Gyroscope YesYes
Ambient lightYesYes
Pulse OximeterYesYes
ECGNoNo
ThermometerYesYes
Other sensors__--

PLATFORM

Operating system (OS)Fitbit OSProprietary OS
Chipset----
CPU----
GPU----

BATTERY

Type of batteryNon-removable lithium polymerNon-removable Li-ion battery
Battery capacity ----
Battery lifeMixed usage: up to 6 days+Smartwatch mode: Up to 5 days

GPS mode with music: Up to 6 hours
Charging typeUSB based charging dockUSB charging cable
Charging timeAbout 1-2 hoursAbout 1-2 hours
Battery saver modeYesYes
Solar powerNoNo
Rapid chargingYesNo

CLOCK FEATURES

Time/DateYesYes
StopwatchYesYes
AlarmYesYes

OTHER FUNCTIONS

Control camera_Yes
Music controlYesYes
Find phoneYesYes
Text responseYesYes

MISC

Payment systemFitbit PayGarmin pay
Compatibility Android, IOS

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Android and iOS
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Companion appFitbit AppGarmin connect IQ store
Customizable watch faceYesYes
Interchangeable band YesYes, 20mm
Voice commandYesNo

BOX CONTENTS

Fitbit Versa 3Garmin Venu
Strap (small and large)Straps
Charging cableUSB charging cable
Quick start guideQuick start guide
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Which is Better?

I go with Garmin Venu, I think it’s a more comprehensive activity tracker featuring more fitness tracking features and also has a more decent design than Versa 3. The downside is that you can’t answer calls nor do you get access to voice assistant as it lacks both a microphone and loudspeaker.

On the other hand, Versa 3 has a microphone and loudspeaker which allows you to answer calls that you must continue on your phone. You can’t make and answer calls directly on Versa 3, and you can’t add your personal music. You can only download from Pandora, Deezer, and control Spotify playlists. However, Versa 3 is a lot cheaper than Venu, yet offers lots of fitness tracking features and also has long battery life.

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