Fitbit Versa 3 vs Samsung Galaxy Watch Active 2 – Which is Better?

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Last Updated on October 29, 2020 by Jude Simeone

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Fitbit Versa 3 was released alongside Fitbit Sense and Inspire 2, while the Sense is a new model that comes with more health tracking features, Versa 3 succeeds Versa 2 and comes with inbuilt GPS and loudspeaker. This makes it a more comprehensive smartwatch than its predecessor and perhaps a worthy competitor to Galaxy Watch Active 2 that was released last year. I have used each of these two smartwatches and I think these two are some of the best on the market right now. In this post, I compare the differences between Samsung Galaxy Watch Active 2 vs Fitbit Versa 3 – which is better and which should you buy? Let’s find out.

Don’t have time to read through, you can watch the video comparison of Active vs Versa 3

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Fitbit Versa 3 vs Samsung Galaxy Watch Active 2 Full Specifications Compared

 Fitbit Versa 3Samsung Galaxy Watch Active 2 (44mm)
Fitbit Versa 3 full specssamsung galaxy watch active 2

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:
4.7 out of 5 stars (4.7 / 5)
Battery:
3.6 out of 5 stars (3.6 / 5)
Fitness tracking:
4.7 out of 5 stars (4.7 / 5)
Features:
4.5 out of 5 stars (4.5 / 5)
Price:
4.5 out of 5 stars (4.5 / 5)
Average:
4.4 out of 5 stars (4.4 / 5)

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ABOUT DEVICE

Device nameFitbit Versa 3Samsung Galaxy Watch Active 2 (44mm)
(Bluetooth)
Device typeSport/Fitness smartwatchClassic/Fitness smartwatch
PredessesorFitbit Versa 2Samsung Galaxy Watch Active
Successor__--
Released dateSeptember, 2020September, 2019
Ideal forUnisexUnisex

DISPLAY

Display typeAMOLEDSuper AMOLED
Full color
Display size1.58 inches1.4 inches (44mm)
Display resolution336 x 336 pixel360 x 360 pixels
Pixel density----
Input typeTouchscreenTouchscreen,
2 physical buttons
Digital rotating bezel
Always-onYesYes

BODY

ShapeSquare/curvedCircular
Dimension40.5 x 40.5 x 12.4 mm44 x 44 x 10.9mm (44mm)
Weight--30 grams
(aluminum, without straps)
Casing materialAluminumAluminum
Strap/band materialSiliconeFluoroelastomer
(Aluminum)
Bezel MaterialAluminumAluminum
Strap size140 - 180 mm (small)
180 - 220 mm (large)
20mm
Screen protectionCorning Gorilla Glass 3Corning Gorilla glass DX+
Water resistant/ProtectionYes, 5ATMYes, IP68, 5ATM
MIL-STD-810G
Swim-proofYes, recommendedYes, recommended
Color(s)Pink clay/soft gold
Midnight/soft gold
Black
Cloud-silver
Aqua-black
Pink-gold
(aluminum)

MEMORY

RAM--0.75GB non-LTE
Internal storageAbout 4GB4GB
Memory card slotNoNo

CONNECTIVITY

BluetoothBluetooth v5.0 LEBluetooth smart v5.0 LE
Bluetooth callingYesYes
Wi-FiYesYes
NFCYesYes
GPSGPS/GLONASSGPS/Glonass/Beidou/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 oxygenYesNo
Blood pressureNoYes
Menstrual cycle trackingYesNo
Swim trackingYesYes
Under-water heart rate trackingNoNo
Preloaded mapsNoYes
On-screen workout modesYesNo
Triathlon mode__Yes
ECG TrackingNoYes, (not Approved)
Preloaded sport modesYesYes
Safety trackingNoYes

MEDIA

Audiomp3/mp4mp3/mp4
Music streamingYesYes
Bluetooth musicYesYes
RadioNoNo
LoudspeakerYesYes
MicrophoneYesYes
CameraNoNo

SENSORS

AccelerometerYesYes
Barometer/AltimeterYesYes
Heart rate monitor (HRM)YesYes
CompassNoNo
Gyroscope YesYes
Ambient lightYesYes
Pulse OximeterYesNo
ECGNoYes
ThermometerYesNo
Other sensors__--

PLATFORM

Operating system (OS)Fitbit OSTizen OS 4.0
Chipset--Exynos 9110
CPU--Dual core 1.15GHz
GPU----

BATTERY

Type of batteryNon-removable lithium polymerNon-removable Li-ion battery
Battery capacity --340mAh
Battery lifeMixed usage: up to 6 days+Standby :5 days+,
Mixed usage: 2 days+
Charging typeUSB based charging dockWPC based wireless charging
Charging timeAbout 1-2 hoursAbout 1-2 hours
Battery saver modeYesYes
Solar powerNoNo
Rapid chargingYes_

CLOCK FEATURES

Time/DateYesYes
StopwatchYesYes
AlarmYesYes

OTHER FUNCTIONS

Control camera_Yes
Music controlYesYes
Find phoneYesYes
Text responseYesYes

MISC

Payment systemFitbit PaySamsung pay
Compatibility Android, IOS

Check supported devices
Android 5.0+ & RAM 1.5GB+
iPhone 5+ and iOS 9.0+
Companion appFitbit AppSamsung Gear app
Customizable watch faceYesYes
Interchangeable band YesYes, 20mm
Voice commandYesYes

BOX CONTENTS

Fitbit Versa 3Samsung Galaxy Watch Active 2
Strap (small and large)Small and large straps
Charging cableWireless charger
Quick start guideQuick start guide
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The Differences?

Fitbit Versa 3 vs Galaxy Watch Active 2 Features compared
  • Design
  • Both Versa 3 and Active 2 has got a very compact design. Although, the Active 2 comes in two sizes; 44mm and 40mm, both are compact. The Active 2 at 10.9mm is slightly slimmer than Versa 3 at 12.4mm thick with AMOLED powering the display of both smartwatches. Although Active 2 display is specified 1.4 inches, it has a wider viewing area than Versa 3’s 1.58 inches display.

    active 2 vs versa 3 - appearance and design

    As per navigation, Active 2 offers more ways than Versa 3. You can interact with the Active 2 via the digital rotating bezel, touchscreen support alongside 2 physical buttons. This is more than Versa 3 that offers a touch-sensitive screen and a haptic button which I’m definitely no fan of.

    You get lots of options to install Watch faces on any of these two smartwatches from their respective stores. However, while you can install Watch faces directly and store as many watch faces as possible on Active 2, Versa 3 only allows you to install watch faces from the Fitbit app and you can only store up to 5 watch faces at a time.

    So, as per design, Active 2 looks more premium and decent than Versa 3. It also offers better ways to navigate.

  • Fitness Tracking
  • Each of these two is designed and equipped to track your steps, calories, heart rate, sleep, help you manage stress, count floors, and feature preloaded sport modes. There’s also inbuilt GPS in each of these two that allow you to track your outdoor activities like your distance, routes, real-time pace, and heart rate.

    Both Active 2 and Versa 3 will track your sleep in four stages; REM, light, deep and awake sleep stages. The sleep tracking figures for these two are very close. Both smartwatches also show your sleep trend overtime.

    Active 2 vs Versa 3 – Sleep Tracking

    Each of these two also features menstrual cycle logging, water intake and food intake logging, and more. Both smartwatches also track your SpO2 blood oxygen levels. Talking about Spo2 blood oxygen tracking, Versa 3 only tracks your blood oxygen overnight which it shows through Fitbit’s Signature watch faces, while this feature will come to Active 2 in future updates.

    Versa 3 features Fitbit coach which I find very interesting, it can coach you through some of your favorite moves. A near-similar feature on Active 2 is the running coach that coach as you run.

    However, Active 2 features ECG, blood pressure monitoring, incidental fall detection which Versa 3 lacks. Active 2 also has more preloaded sport modes, 39 vs 20 of Versa 3.

    Active 2 ECG and blood pressure monitoring
    Active 2 ECG tracking

    So, I’ll say Active 2 has more fitness features than Versa 3, although both smartwatches are comprehensive fitness and health trackers that can improve your fitness levels and help you reach more fitness goals.

  • Media and Connectivity
  • Both Active 2 and Versa 3 have music storage features that allow storing of your favorite tracks, but Versa 3 has limited music storage options. While you can add your personal tracks to Active 2, you can’t do that with Versa 3. You are only allowed to control Spotify playlists, download Deezer playlists and Pandora stations. This is very disappointing considering that the Versa 2 allows you to add personal music.

    Each of these two has both a loudspeaker and microphone, however, while you can make and receive calls directly on Active 2, you can only answer calls on Versa 3 which you must continue on the connected phone.

    You can hear Bixby speak to you, but you can’t hear Alexa speak to you on Versa 3.

  • Tizen OS vs Fitbit OS
  • I’ll say both operating systems offer neat UI that allows you to find what you seek effortlessly. However, in terms of features, Tizen OS is a more sophisticated operating system than Fitbit OS.

    For instance, you can install apps and watch faces directly from Active 2 but it’s not possible with Versa 3. After a workout outdoor, you can view routes directly from Active 2, but you can’t do that on Versa 3.

    You get 30 widgets to help you easily reach the information that matters most to you on Active 2 compared to 5 on Versa 3.

  • Notifications
  • Both smartwatches allow you to manage notifications received on your phone. Each of these two offers you three methods to respond to notifications; voice replies, text, and preset replies. However, Active 2 offers more advanced options to manage notifications.

    There is a maximum of 5 quick replies on the Fitbit app which you can customize, but you can’t add more. Meanwhile, Active 2 allows you to add many more quick replies and as well you can customize preset replies. Active 2 also shows you images received as well as chat history which Versa 3 lacks.

  • Battery Life
  • I charged these two simultaneously to full, used both smartwatches to workout outdoor 1hr daily, turned on notifications for the same number of apps with always-on display mode turned off, and Active lasted just about 2 days, while Versa 3 went all the way up to 4 days+. So, Versa 3 has a longer battery than Active 2.

Which is Better?

In my honest opinion and having used each of these two smartwatches, I will say Active 2 is a far more sophisticated smartwatch than Versa 3. It has a more polished design, more fitness tracking features, more ways to enjoy music, and it’s independent, unlike Versa 3 that has limited music storage options and relies on the Fitbit app for many settings.

On the flip side, Versa 3 is still a fine smartwatch with long battery life.

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