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Fitbit Versa 2 vs 3 – Should You Upgrade? My Honest Opinion

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Fitbit Versa 3 is perhaps one of the most talked about smartwatches of 2020, it was released alongside Fitbit Sense and Inspire 2. Versa 3 which lacks ECG, EDA stress monitor, and temperature sensor present on Sense, however, comes with an inbuilt GPS, loudspeaker, and slightly longer battery life with fast charging succeeds Versa 2 that was released last year. The question that pops up most times is which is better? Should you upgrade? Well, this comparison chart of Fitbit Versa 2 vs Versa 3 compares the differences and to help you decide if you should upgrade.

Fitbit Versa 2 vs 3 Specifications Compared

 
 
Product Info
Fitbit smartwatches

Fitbit Versa 2 Specifications, Features and Price

Fitbit Versa 3 Full Specifications

Fitbit Versa 3 Full Specifications, Features and Price

Price $149.03 $229.95 $199.95
ABOUT DEVICE ABOUT DEVICE ABOUT DEVICE
Device name Fitbit Versa 2 Fitbit Versa 3
Device type Fitness/Sport smartwatch Fitness/Sport smartwatch
Gender Unisex Unisex
Release date September, 2019 September, 2020
Predecessor Fitbit Versa Fitbit Versa 2
Successor
Versions
BODY BODY BODY
Dimension 40 x 40 x 12 mm 40.4 x 40.4 x 12.4 mm
Weight 40 grams
Shape Rectangular Square
Case material Aluminum Aluminum
Strap material Silicone Polyester, Silicone
Bezel material Aluminum Aluminum
Strap size 140 – 180mm (small), 180 -220mm (big) 140 – 180mm (small), 180 -220mm (big)
Screen protection Corning Gorilla Glass Corning Gorilla Glass 3
Water resistance Yes, 5ATM Yes, 5ATM
Durability test
Swim-proof Yes, recommended Yes, recommended
Color Black, Bordeaux, Grey, Petal/copper rose, Stone/mist grey Black/black, Midnight blue/gold, Pink/Gold
DISPLAY DISPLAY DISPLAY
Display size 1.4 inches 1.58 inches
Display type AMOLED AMOLED
Display resolution 300 x 300 pixels
Pixel density
Always on Yes Yes
Custom watch face Yes Yes
Input type 1 Physical button, Touchscreen 1 Haptic button, Touchscreen
CONNECTIVITY CONNECTIVITY CONNECTIVITY
Bluetooth Bluetooth v4.0 Bluetooth v5.0
Bluetooth calling No Yes
GPS No GLONASS, GPS
NFC Yes Yes
Wi-Fi Yes, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n Yes, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n
MEMORY MEMORY MEMORY
RAM
ROM 4GB 4GB
Memory card slot No No
CELLULAR CONNECTIVITY CELLULAR CONNECTIVITY CELLULAR CONNECTIVITY
Technology None None
SIM type None None
Band
NOTIFICATIONS NOTIFICATIONS NOTIFICATIONS
SMS alert Yes Yes
Calls alert Yes Yes
Email alert Yes Yes
Event reminder Yes Yes
Third-party apps alert Yes Yes
MEDIA MEDIA MEDIA
Audio mp3/mp4 mp3/mp4
Bluetooth music Yes Yes
Loudspeaker No Yes
Microphone Yes Yes
Camera No No
Radio No No
SENSORS SENSORS SENSORS
Accelerometer Yes Yes
Altimeter Yes Yes
Ambient light Yes Yes
Barometer Yes
Compass No No
ECG No No
Gyroscope Yes
HRM Yes Yes
Pulse oximeter Yes Yes
Thermometer No
Other sensors Vibration motor Vibration motor
ACTIVITY TRACKING ACTIVITY TRACKING ACTIVITY TRACKING
Blood oxygen Yes Yes
Blood Pressure No No
Calories Yes Yes
Distance Yes Yes
ECG tracking No No
Fitness Level Yes Yes
Heart rate monitoring Yes Yes
Sleep tracking Yes Yes
Steps Yes Yes
Stress Yes Yes
Incidental fall detection No No
Menstrual cycle Yes Yes
VO2 Max Yes Yes
Swim-tracking Yes Yes
Swim-heart tracking No No
On-screen workout Yes Yes
Sport modes 15 20+
BATTERY BATTERY BATTERY
Battery type non-removable Lithium-polymer non-removable Lithium-polymer
Battery capacity
Battery life Regular: 5 days+, Standby: 8 days+ Regular: 6 Days+
Charging type Charging dock USB charging
Charging time 2hrs 1-2 hours
Solar power No No
PLATFORM PLATFORM PLATFORM
Chipset
CPU
GPU
Operating system Fitbit OS Fitbit OS
MISC MISC MISC
Companion app Fitbit App Fitbit App
Compatibility Android, iOS Android, iOS
Payment system Fitbit Pay Fitbit Pay
Interchangeable strap Yes Yes
Voice command Yes, Alexa Yes, Alexa, Yes, Google Assistant
Find my phone Yes Yes
Box content Charger, Fitbit Versa 2, Manual, Straps Charger, Fitbit Versa 3, Manual, Straps
Price $149.03 $229.95 $199.95

Fitbit Versa 2 vs Versa 3 Features Compared

  • DESIGN
  • The Versa 3 has a similar design to Versa 2 in terms of appearance as each of these two is compact and lightweight. Although, the Versa 3 is slightly more curved at the edges than Versa 2. The Versa 3 has a slightly larger display size than Versa 2 eventhough I didn’t notice any difference in display size while using these two.

    AMOLED still powers the display of Versa 3 just like Versa 2, so both have colorful and easy to read display, and touchscreen is supported on both smartwatches. However, while Versa 2 has a physical button, Versa 3 has a haptic button which is claimed to help improve the device resistance to water. I have a problem with the button, it’s oftentimes unresponsive unless pressed really hard.

    You can save up to 5 watch faces on both smartwatches and there are many more options to choose from in the Fitbit app watch face gallery.

    In terms of availability, while the Versa 2 comes in both standard and a special edition that comes with a woven band, Versa 3 is only available in a standard edition.

    Fitbit has also replaced the band of Versa 3 with an infinity band that’s easier to change unlike the pin-style used on other Fitbit smartwatches.

    The interface of Versa 3 is neater than that of Versa 2 in such a way that it’s easier to access information. Double pressing the haptic button of Versa 3 allows you to access 4 of your favorite apps which can be customized from the settings app. Fitbit also added a widget option that consists of weather, relax, food logging, core stats, and advanced stats widgets. This allows you to easily see your activity stats.

  • FITNESS AND HEALTH TRACKING
  • Just like Versa 2, Versa 3 is equipped to track your sleep, steps, heart rate, calories, manage stress, and more. Both smartwatches also feature 20 preset workout modes and can auto-track 6 of these which can be set from the Fitbit app.

    Versa 3 has inbuilt GPS which Versa 2 lacks, and this is the biggest addition as far as I’m concerned. With inbuilt GPS, you can track outdoor activities such as routes, locations, and real-time pace without carrying your phone along. Unlike Versa 2 that requires you to carry your phone along in other to track your routes and more.

    The heart rate sensor of Versa 3 has been improved according to Fitbit. It comes with a multi-path heart rate sensor with an improved algorithm that enables better heart rate tracking. When I compared the heart rate tracking of these two, the figures were just about the same with 1-3 figures slight discrepancies.

    There’s a device temperature sensor on Versa 3 which allows you to log your temperature with a thermometer, the Versa 3 will then monitor temperature changes. Fitbit premium is required to get skin temperature variations over time.

  • MEDIA AND CONNECTIVITY
  • Versa 2 and 3 come with 4GB storage capacity that allows you to store music in any of these two. However, it’s quite unfortunate that you can’t add your personal music to Versa 3 as we did with Versa 2. You can only control Spotify playlists on your phone, download Pandora stations (USA only) and download your Deezer playlist – all of which require a subscription.

    Versa 3 comes with a loudspeaker which I already consider pretty much useless. The loudspeaker on Versa 3 only allows you to answer calls on the watch which you’ll have to continue on your phone. Begs the question, what’s then the need for a loudspeaker that doesn’t allow you to play music aloud, answer calls directly on Watch or hear Alexa speak?

    Talking about Alexa, Versa 3 will have Google Assistant in the future.

  • BATTERY LIFE
  • Fitbit claims the Versa 3 can last 6 days or more, it isn’t far fetched when I tested it. I charged the Versa 3 to full, used it to track outdoor workouts for 30 minutes every day, and I got about 5 days of battery life. It would be longer if I didn’t use GPS. This is longer than Versa 2 which gave me about 5 days on average with mixed usage, 30 minutes of Fitbit Coach every day, wore it to sleep every day, and switched off the always-on display.

    The Versa 3 has a new style of the charger, a magnetic charger instead of the charging dock of Versa 3 which is easier to fix. The Versa 3 also has fast charging, it took me less than an hour to fully charge the Versa 3 compared to Versa 2 that took 1 hour+

    Fitbit Versa 2 vs Versa 3 at a Glance

     Fitbit IonicFitbit Versa 2Fitbit Versa 3Fitbit SenseFitbit Charge 4
    DESIGN
    ModelStandard EditionStandard edition
    Special edition
    Standard edition onlyStandard edition onlyStandard edition
    Special edition
    Display1.42 inches1.4 inches1.58 inches1.58 inches1.57 inches
    Band TypePin/buckle strapsPin/buckle strapsInfinity strapsInfinity strapsPin/buckle straps
    Available WidgetsYesNoneYes
    Weather
    Core stats
    Advanced stats
    Food logging
    Relax
    Yes
    Weather
    Core stats
    Advanced stats
    Food logging
    Relax
    No
    Favorite Apps ShortcutsYesYes, 3Yes, 4
    Customizable
    Yes, 4
    Customizable
    No
    HEALTH AND ACTIVITY TRACKING
    Inbuilt GPS

    Allows you to track outdoor workout activities without carrying your phone along.
    YesNo
    (Connected GPS)
    YesYesYes
    Heart Rate Sensor

    Tracks you heart rate continuously as well as tracks your resting heart rate, shows heart rate zones and trend.
    YesYesYes, improved multi-path heart rate sensorYes, improved multi-path heart rate sensorYes
    Log Temperature AppNoNoYesYesNo
    Has Altimeter
    Has an altimeter that enables it to count floors climbed.
    YesYesYesYesYes
    Sleep Monitoring
    Tracks your sleep comprehensively in four stages; deep, light, awake, and REM, and also shows your sleep trend overtime.
    YesYesYesYesYes
    Manage Stress
    Has a stress app that can help you manage stress through a guided breathing session.
    YesYesYesYesYes
    Has ECG Sensor
    Has an ECG sensor that allows you to take ECG tests directly from your wrist which can help you detect irregular heart rhythms.
    NoNoNoYesNo
    EDA Stress Sensor
    Has an EDA sensor that monitors your stress level and can help you manage stress.
    NoNoNoYesNo
    Body Temperature Sensor
    Has a body temperature sensor that monitors your body temperature changes.
    NoNoNoYesNo
    Fitbit Coach
    Fitbit Coach animated workout modes that coach you through some of your favorite moves.
    YesYesYesYesNo
    Exercise Shortcuts77202020
    Preset Sport Modes
    Features 20 preset sport modes that allow you to choose from your favorite workout moves.
    YesYesYesYesYes
    MEDIA AND MUSIC STORAGE
    Music Storage Options

    1. Personal music

    2. Control Spotify Playlist

    3. Download Pandora

    4. Download Deezer Playlist

    1. Personal music

    2. Control Spotify Playlist

    3. Download Pandora

    4. Download Deezer Playlist

    1. Control Spotify Playlist

    2. Download Pandora

    3. Download Deezer Playlist

    1. Control Spotify Playlist

    2. Download Pandora

    3. Download Deezer Playlist

    1. Control Spotify Playlist

    Has LoudspeakerNoNoYesYesNo
    Make CallsNoNoNoNoNo
    Answer CallsYesYesYesYesNo
    Voice AssistantsNoAmazon AlexaAmazon Alexa
    Google Assistant
    Amazon Alexa
    Google Assistant
    No
    BATTERY
    Battery Life4 Days+5 Days+6 Days+6 Days+7 Days
    Fast ChargingNoNoYesYesNo
    Charger TypeCharging dockCharging dockMagnetic chargerMagnetic chargerCharging dock

    Which Should You Buy?

    If you need inbuilt GPS to conveniently track your outdoor workout activities, then get Versa 3. Otherwise, save your money and get Versa 2.

    Should You Upgrade?

    Again, if you really need a built-in GPS, then it’s worthwhile to upgrade to Versa 3. Otherwise, the Versa 3 doesn’t offer much that’s worth upgrading.

    VERDICT: The Versa 3 is a fine smartwatch that’s lightweight and compact with inbuilt GPS, slightly longer battery life, and fast charging, but the limited loudspeaker and music storage feature is very disappointing.

    On the other, Versa 2 remains one of my favorite smartwatches, but however, lacks inbuilt GPS which every fitness-focused smartwatch should have.

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