Fitbit Versa 2 vs Samsung Galaxy Watch Active 2 vs Garmin Venu Compared

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Right in front of you is the Versa 2, Galaxy Watch Active 2 and Venu – all recent smartwatches from some of the biggest names in the industry. Each of these three has got a remarkable design, lots of features and an impressive long battery life, prices are also very related. Which should you buy? We compare the Fitbit Versa 2 vs Samsung Galaxy Watch Active 2 vs Garmin Venu specs and features, so you know the differences and which is the right choice for you.

Fitbit Versa 2 vs Samsung Galaxy Watch Active 2 vs Garmin Venu Specifications Compared

 
 
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Fitbit smartwatches

Fitbit Versa 2 Specifications, Features and Price

Samsung smartwatches

Samsung Galaxy Watch Active 2 (44mm) (LTE) Full Specifications and Features

Garmin Venu Specs, features and prices

Garmin Venu Specifications, Features and Price

Price $178.95 $237.96 $349.99 $289.99
ABOUT DEVICE ABOUT DEVICE ABOUT DEVICE ABOUT DEVICE
Device name Fitbit Versa 2 (LTE), Samsung Galaxy Watch Active 2 (44mm) Garmin Venu
Device type Fitness/Sport smartwatch Standalone/Fitness smartwatch Fitness/Sport smartwatch
Gender Unisex Unisex Unisex, Women
Release date September, 2019 September, 2019 September, 2019
Predecessor Fitbit Versa Samsung Galaxy Watch Active Garmin Vivoactive 3
Successor
Versions Bluetooth only, LTE
BODY BODY BODY BODY
Dimension 40 x 40 x 12 mm 44 x 44 x 10.9 mm 43.2 x 43.2 x 12.4 mm
Weight 40 grams 30 grams (aluminum), 42 grams (stainless steel) 46.3 grams
Shape Rectangular Circular Circular
Case material Aluminum Aluminum, Stainless steel Fiber-reinforced polymer
Strap material Silicone Fluoroelastomer (Aluminum), Leather (stainless steel) Silicone
Bezel material Aluminum Bezeless Stainless steel
Strap size 140 – 180mm (small), 180 -220mm (big) 20 mm 20 mm
Screen protection Corning Gorilla Glass Corning Gorilla glass DX+ Corning Gorilla Glass 3
Water resistance Yes, 5ATM Yes, 5ATM Yes, 5ATM
Durability test MIL-STD-810G
Swim-proof Yes, recommended Yes, recommended Yes, recommended
Color Black, Bordeaux, Grey, Petal/copper rose, Stone/mist grey Aqua-black, Black, Cloud-silver, Gold, Pink-gold, Silver Black, Gold, Rose-gold
DISPLAY DISPLAY DISPLAY DISPLAY
Display size 1.4 inches 1.3 inches 1.2 inches
Display type AMOLED Super AMOLED, Full color AMOLED
Display resolution 360 x 360 pixel 390 x 390 px
Pixel density
Always on Yes Yes Yes
Custom watch face Yes Yes Yes
Input type 1 Physical button, Touchscreen 2 Physical buttons, Digital rotating bezel, Touchscreen 2 Physical buttons, Touchscreen
CONNECTIVITY CONNECTIVITY CONNECTIVITY CONNECTIVITY
Bluetooth Bluetooth v4.0 Bluetooth v5.0 ANT+, Bluetooth v4.0
Bluetooth calling No Yes No
GPS No Yes, GPS/GLONASS/BEIDOU Galileo, GLONASS, GPS
NFC Yes Yes Yes
Wi-Fi Yes, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n Yes, Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac Yes, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n
MEMORY MEMORY MEMORY MEMORY
RAM 1.5GB
ROM 4GB 4GB 4GB
Memory card slot No No No
CELLULAR CONNECTIVITY CELLULAR CONNECTIVITY CELLULAR CONNECTIVITY CELLULAR CONNECTIVITY
Technology None GSM / HSPA / LTE None
SIM type None Nano-SIM None
Band
NOTIFICATIONS NOTIFICATIONS NOTIFICATIONS NOTIFICATIONS
SMS alert Yes Yes Yes
Calls alert Yes Yes Yes
Email alert Yes Yes Yes
Event reminder Yes Yes Yes
Third-party apps alert Yes Yes Yes
MEDIA MEDIA MEDIA MEDIA
Audio mp3/mp4 mp3/mp4 mp3/mp4
Bluetooth music Yes Yes Yes
Loudspeaker No Yes No
Microphone Yes Yes No
Camera No No No
Radio No No No
SENSORS SENSORS SENSORS SENSORS
Accelerometer Yes Yes Yes
Altimeter Yes Yes Yes
Ambient light Yes Yes Yes
Barometer Yes Yes
Compass No Yes
ECG No Yes No
Gyroscope Yes Yes
HRM Yes Yes Yes
Pulse oximeter Yes No Yes
Thermometer No No Yes
Other sensors Vibration motor
ACTIVITY TRACKING ACTIVITY TRACKING ACTIVITY TRACKING ACTIVITY TRACKING
Blood oxygen Yes Yes Yes
Blood Pressure No Yes No
Calories Yes Yes Yes
Distance Yes Yes Yes
ECG tracking No Yes No
Fitness Level Yes Yes Yes
Heart rate monitoring Yes Yes Yes
Sleep tracking Yes Yes Yes
Steps Yes Yes Yes
Stress Yes Yes Yes
Incidental fall detection No No Yes
Menstrual cycle Yes No Yes
VO2 Max Yes Yes Yes
Swim-tracking Yes Yes Yes
Swim-heart tracking No No Yes
On-screen workout Yes No Yes
Sport modes 15 39 20
BATTERY BATTERY BATTERY BATTERY
Battery type non-removable Lithium-polymer Non-removable Li-ion battery non-removable Lithium-polymer
Battery capacity 340mAh
Battery life Regular: 5 days+, Standby: 8 days+ Regular usage: 3 days+, Standby :5 days+ GPS with music: up to 6hrs, Smartwatch mode: up to 5 days
Charging type Charging dock WPC based wireless charging Charging dock
Charging time 2hrs 1-2 hours 1-2 hours
Solar power No No No
PLATFORM PLATFORM PLATFORM PLATFORM
Chipset Exynos 9110
CPU Dual core 1.15GHz
GPU
Operating system Fitbit OS Tizen OS 4.0 Proprietary OS
MISC MISC MISC MISC
Companion app Fitbit App Samsung Gear app Garmin Connect
Compatibility Android, iOS Android 5.0+ & RAM 1.5GB+, iPhone 5+ and iOS 9.0+ Android 5.0+, iOS 11.0+
Payment system Fitbit Pay Samsung Pay Garmin Pay
Interchangeable strap Yes Yes 20mm, Yes
Voice command Yes, Alexa Yes, Bixby No
Find my phone Yes Yes Yes
Box content Charger, Fitbit Versa 2, Manual, Straps Charger, Manual, Samsung Galaxy Watch Active 2 (44mm), Straps Charger, Garmin Venu, Manual, Straps
Price $178.95 $237.96 $349.99 $289.99

Fitbit Versa 2 vs Samsung Galaxy Watch Active 2 vs Garmin Venu: Which is Better?

DESIGN: From all indications, there has been significant improvement in the design of the most recent smartwatches. It’s evident with these three watches, each of these looks beautiful, sleek and classy. But going by thickness size, the Active 2 is slimmer than the other two, and off course makes it the sleekest. Although, the Versa 2 with a rectangular shape has the highest display size which allows you to see slightly more at a glance.

The Active 2 reintroduced the rotating bezel seen on previous Samsung smartwatches, but this time a digital rotating bezel which is quite innovative and no doubt makes it an easier to navigate device than the other two.

CONNECTIVITY: While inbuilt GPS is present on both the Active 2 and Venu, the Versa 2 lacks inbuilt GPS. This makes the former two better choices for tracking outdoor activities, although the Versa 2 when connected to phone GPS will enable GPS functions, but this can be quite inconvenient while walking out outdoors.

CELLULAR CONNECTIVITY:The stainless steel version of the Active 2 ships with e-SIM which supports cellular connectivity. This makes the Active 2 a standalone smartwatch which is capable of making and receiving calls independently from the device. This feature isn’t supported on the Versa 2 nor Venu.

MEDIAThe Venu lacks both microphone and loudspeaker which is present on the Active 2, while the Versa 2 with microphone lacks loudspeaker. As a result, the Versa 2 features Alexa voice assistant which enable you carry out variety of task using just your voice, same with Bixby on the Active 2.

FITNESS TRACKING: There’s has been significant progress in the fitness tracking department, a lot of resources are been channeled into making more comprehensive and accurate activity trackers. This is as seen with the latest releases from the biggest names in the Smartwatch industry.
With that said, each of the three is fitness-focused and better equipped than their respective predecessors to track your active life comprehensively.

Each of these three will track your sleep, heart rate continuously to help you manage the intensity of your training, steps, distance with GPS that enables outdoor activity tracking.

However, the Active 2 has lots of fitness tracking features with the highest preloaded sport modes and is able to auto track 7 of those, and features ECG tracking which can help you detect irregular heart rhythms.

While the Versa 2 features menstrual cycle logging for women, SpO2 sensor that tracks your blood oxygen, tracks floors climbed, and features 15 preloaded sport modes with onscreen workout coach.

On the other hand, the Venu seems like a more comprehensive activity tracker considering the enormous fitness tracking features such as heart rate tracking while swimming, incidental fall detection, hydration tracking and animated onscreen workout coach (saves you money on subscription) which the other two lacks. Pulse Ox that tracks blood oxygen is also available, menstrual cycle logging, floors climbed, as well as features live event sharing via the Garmin connect community with 20 preloaded sport modes.

BATTERY LIFE: The Venu and Versa have been tested to last up to 5 days on mixed usage which is slightly longer than the Active 2 that’s expected to last about 2 days or more.

VERDICTAll three watches are outstanding in their respective ways, while the Versa 2 is cheaper, yet a comprehensive activity tracker with an impressive long battery life, the Venu is the most comprehensive fitness tracker, and the Active 2 being a standalone smartwatch with more features is the most comprehensive.

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