Featured in this comparison are two fine smartwatches, the Apple Watch Series 5 vs Fitbit Versa 2 – Each of these two is fitness-focused and loaded with lots of features that can help improve your productive life. While the Watch 5 is available in two sizes; 40mm and 44mm, the Versa 2 only comes in one size. Moreover, the 40mm and 44mm of the Watch 5 are available in GPS-only and Cellular models. The Watch 5 with a bigger display and more stylish design has more features than the Versa 2. Nonetheless, the Versa 2 also has its strong points which are a longer battery life that lets you go longer, and it’s cheaper.
Apple Watch Series 5 vs Fitbit Versa 2: Specifications Compared
Apple Watch Series 5 (44mm) (GPS) Specifications, Features and Price
Fitbit Versa 2 Specifications, Features and Price
|ABOUT DEVICE||ABOUT DEVICE||ABOUT DEVICE|
|Device name||(Discontinued), (GPS), Apple Watch Series 5||Fitbit Versa 2|
|Device type||Fitness/Sport smartwatch||Fitness/Sport smartwatch|
|Release date||September, 2019||September, 2019|
|Predecessor||Apple Watch Series 4||Fitbit Versa|
|Successor||Apple Watch Series 6||Fitbit Versa 3|
|Versions||Apple Watch Hermès, Apple Watch Nike+||Fitbit Versa 2 Special Edition, Fitbit Versa 2 Standard Edition|
|Dimension||44 x 38 x 10.7 mm||40 x 40 x 12 mm|
|Weight||36.1g (GPS)||40 grams|
|Bezel material||Bezeless, Sapphire glass||Aluminum|
|Strap size||24mm||140 – 180mm (small), 180 -220mm (big)|
|Interchangeable strap||24mm, Yes||Yes|
|Screen protection||Sapphire glass||Corning Gorilla Glass|
|Water resistance||Yes, 5ATM||Yes, 5ATM|
|Color||Gold, Gray, Silver||Black, Bordeaux, Grey, Petal/copper rose, Stone/mist grey|
|Display size||1.78 inch||1.4 inches|
|Display type||1000nit, OLED||AMOLED|
|Display resolution||448 x 368 pixels||—|
|Custom watch face||Yes||Yes|
|Input type||1 Physical button, Digital crown, Touchscreen||1 Physical button, Touchscreen|
|Bluetooth||Bluetooth v5.0||Bluetooth v4.0|
|Wi-Fi||Yes, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n||Yes, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n|
|Memory card slot||No||No|
|CELLULAR CONNECTIVITY||CELLULAR CONNECTIVITY||CELLULAR CONNECTIVITY|
|Third-party apps alert||Yes||Yes|
|Reply to Notifications||-||-|
|Pulse oximeter (SpO2)||No||Yes|
|Other sensors||—||Vibration motor|
|ACTIVITY TRACKING||ACTIVITY TRACKING||ACTIVITY TRACKING|
|Heart rate monitoring||Yes||Yes|
|Sleep tracking||(Third-party app), Yes||Yes|
|Underwater heart rate tracking||No||No|
|Battery type||Non-removable Li-ion battery||non-removable Lithium-polymer|
|Battery life||Regular: up to 18hrs||Regular: 5 days+, Standby: 8 days+|
|Charging type||Charging dock||Charging dock|
|Charging time||1-2 hours||2hrs|
|Chipset||Apple S5 chip (64bits)||—|
|Operating system||WatchOS 6||Fitbit OS|
|Companion app||Apple Watch App||Fitbit App|
|Compatibility||iOS 12.0+||Android, iOS|
|Payment system||Apple Pay||Fitbit Pay|
|Voice command||Yes, Siri||Yes, Alexa|
|Find my phone||Yes||Yes|
|Box content||Apple Watch Series 5, Charger, Manual, Straps||Charger, Fitbit Versa 2, Manual, Straps|
Apple Watch Series 5 vs Fitbit Versa 2: The Differences/Verdict
- The Watch 5 is a more sophisticated smartwatch than the Versa 2. Although both watches have an aluminum frame, the Watch has a more premium sapphire glass covering the screen compared to Corning Gorilla Glass of Versa 2. The Watch 5 also weighs a little less and is slimmer than the Versa 2 which makes it sleeker and more attractive. Moreover, its larger display allows you to see more at a glance.
- The Apple Watch 5 also has a larger storage capacity that completely dwarfs that of the Versa 2, as a result, you get to take more of your favorite tracks with you. The Watch 5 has a massive 32GB storage capacity which far bigger than the 4GB of Versa 2.
- Each of these two is fitness-focused and well equipped to track your active life comprehensively. However, the Versa 2 has in-depth sleep tracking features that track your complete sleep cycle stages, blood oxygen tracking with onscreen workout coach that coaches you through your favorite moves which the Watch 5 lacks (relies on third-party apps to track your sleep).
Note that the blood oxygen measurement feature of Versa 2 isn’t on-demand. The Versa 2 only tracks your blood oxygen overnight when you wear it to sleep. You will need to install and activate a SpO2 watch face on the watch to view your blood oxygen results.
Meanwhile, the Watch 5 features ECG tracking, incidental fall detection as well as and emergency calling features that aren’t present in the Versa 2. Moreover, the Watch 5 has an inbuilt GPS that enables you to track your outdoor activities like routes and locations without carrying your phone. With the Versa 2, you must carry your phone along to track routes and locations.
- The Versa 2 will last up to 5 days or more with mixed usage unlike the Watch 5 with about 18hrs battery life that barely takes you through the day.
Which is Better?The Watch 5 is no doubt a more sophisticated and equipped smartwatch than the Versa 2. It has a better design, bigger display, more storage, and more activity tracking features. It’s a better smartwatch and the best choice for iPhone users.
Meanwhile, the cheaper Versa 2 is an outstanding cheaper alternative that can help you reach more fitness goals as well as keeps you going longer.