Fitbit Versa 3 vs Garmin Vivoactive 4 – Our Reviews and Comparison

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Featured in this comparison chart are two fine fitness smartwatches, Fitbit Versa 3 vs Garmin Vivoactive 4 – which is a better smartwatch? Compare the design, fitness tracking features, battery life, and more of these two find out the differences. Recall that Versa 3 which was released alongside a more advanced Fitbit Sense, and succeeds Versa 2 comes with an inbuilt GPS (long overdue), loudspeaker, music storage, and longer battery life. On the other hand, Vivoactive 4 which was released last year is one the most advanced Garmin smartwatches which also has an inbuilt GPS, music storage, long battery life, and many more features. The similarity between these two is that both are equipped to track your daily activities to help you stay fit and reach more fitness goals.

Fitbit Versa 3 vs Garmin Vivoactive 4: Specifications Compared

 
 
Product Info
Fitbit Versa 3 Full Specifications

Fitbit Versa 3 Full Specifications, Features and Price

Garmin Vivoactive 4 Specs and prices

Garmin Vivoactive 4 Specifications, Features and Price

Price $229.00 $269.99
ABOUT DEVICE ABOUT DEVICE ABOUT DEVICE
Device name Fitbit Versa 3 Garmin Vivoactive 4
Device type Fitness/Sport smartwatch Fitness/Sport smartwatch
Gender Unisex Unisex
Release date September, 2020 September, 2019
Predecessor Fitbit Versa 2 Garmin Vivoactive 3
Successor
Versions Captain Marvel, First Avengers, Vivoactive 4, Vivoactive 4S
BODY BODY BODY
Dimension 40.4 x 40.4 x 12.4 mm 45.1 x 45.1 x 12.8 mm
Weight 50.5 grams
Shape Square Circular
Case material Aluminum Fiber-reinforced polymer
Strap material Polyester, Silicone Silicone
Bezel material Aluminum Stainless steel
Strap size 140 – 180mm (small), 180 -220mm (big) 22 mm
Screen protection Corning Gorilla Glass 3 Corning Gorilla Glass 3
Water resistance Yes, 5ATM Yes, 5ATM
Durability test
Swim-proof Yes, recommended Yes, recommended
Color Black/black, Midnight blue/gold, Pink/Gold Black, Silver
DISPLAY DISPLAY DISPLAY
Display size 1.58 inches 1.3 inches
Display type AMOLED LCD, Memory-in-pixel (MIP), transflective
Display resolution 300 x 300 pixels 260 x 260 px
Pixel density
Always on Yes Yes
Custom watch face Yes Yes
Input type 1 Haptic button, Touchscreen 2 Physical buttons, Touchscreen
CONNECTIVITY CONNECTIVITY CONNECTIVITY
Bluetooth Bluetooth v5.0 ANT+, Bluetooth v4.0
Bluetooth calling Yes No
GPS GLONASS, GPS Galileo, 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 Yes No
Microphone Yes No
Camera No No
Radio No No
SENSORS SENSORS SENSORS
Accelerometer Yes Yes
Altimeter Yes Yes
Ambient light Yes Yes
Barometer Yes Yes
Compass No Yes
ECG No No
Gyroscope Yes Yes
HRM Yes Yes
Pulse oximeter Yes Yes
Thermometer Yes
Other sensors 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 Yes
Menstrual cycle Yes Yes
VO2 Max Yes Yes
Swim-tracking Yes Yes
Swim-heart tracking No Yes
On-screen workout Yes Yes
Sport modes 20+ 20
BATTERY BATTERY BATTERY
Battery type non-removable Lithium-polymer non-removable Lithium-polymer
Battery capacity
Battery life Regular: 6 Days+ GPS with music: up to 6hrs, Smartwatch mode: up to 8 days
Charging type USB charging Charging dock
Charging time 1-2 hours 1-2 hours
Solar power No No
PLATFORM PLATFORM PLATFORM
Chipset
CPU
GPU
Operating system Fitbit OS Proprietary OS
MISC MISC MISC
Companion app Fitbit App Garmin Connect
Compatibility Android, iOS Android 5.0+, iOS 11.0+
Payment system Fitbit Pay Garmin Pay
Interchangeable strap Yes 22 mm, Yes
Voice command Yes, Alexa, Yes, Google Assistant No
Find my phone Yes Yes
Box content Charger, Fitbit Versa 3, Manual, Straps Charger, Garmin Vivoactive 4, Manual, Straps
Price $229.00 $269.99

Features Comparison

  1. DESIGN
  2. The first difference you spot between these two as far as design is concerned is the difference in appearance. While Versa 3 has a square shape which is custom for Fitbit smartwatches, Vivoactive 4 has a circular shape which leaves it with a classic watch design. Both are sturdily built, but with different materials. Aluminum material has been used for both the case and bezel of Versa 3, while Vivoactive 4 has a case made of reinforced fiber-polymer material paired with a stainless steel bezel which I’d say makes it more attractive than Versa 3. I prefer the two physical buttons on Vivoactive 4 to the haptic touch-sensitive button of Versa 3, both also have touchscreen support which no doubt makes interacting with any of these two easy.

    The screen of both smartwatches has Corning Gorilla Glass 3 protection, and as well-rated 5ATM – this means 50-meter waterproof rating. So it’s safe to wear any of these two while swimming. The strap for both smartwatches is made of silicone material, both are swappable, so you can always change with a compatible size.

    Vivoactive 4 comes in two sizes; 45mm and 40mm, so while the 45mm size is slightly bigger than the 40mm Versa 3, it’s just as compact as the smaller size. Vivoactive 4 is slightly thicker than Versa 3, although not so bulky. Both are also lightweight on average, you shouldn’t have any problem wearing any of these two all day long.

    The display technology also differs, while AMOLED powers the 1.58 inches display of Versa 3, its MIP LCD technology for Vivoactive 4’s 1.3/1.2 inches display. AMOLED is richer in color and as such Versa 3 has a more colorful and interactive display than that of Vivoactive 4.

    In summary, each of these two has a decent design that’s sturdy, compact, and lightweight.

  3. FITNESS TRACKING
  4. With any of these two smartwatches, you can track a whole of activities offered in slightly different ways. Starting from the basics, both smartwatches will track your steps, calories, help you manage stress, track your sleep in stages, and as well track your heart rate. And with inbuilt GPS in each of these two, you can track your outdoor activities like routes, locations, and other related metrics.

    You’ll find a menstrual cycle tracking app on both smartwatches that allow women to log and track period cycle. Each of these two will also allow you to log your water and food intake. Moreover, while there’s the Fitbit Coach which features animated workout modes on Versa 3 that coach you through your favorite sport modes, Garmin also offers animated sport modes on Vivoactive 4.

    You get to choose from 20 preset sport modes on both smartwatches, both also can count floors climbed – thanks to the altimeter.

    However, I think Vivoactive 4 is a more complete fitness smartwatch than Versa 3, it features blood oxygen tracking that monitors your blood oxygen during the day and when you sleep unlike Versa 3 that only tracks your blood oxygen at night when you sleep and then shows you SpO2 levels through Fitbit’s Signature watch face – its not a complete SpO2 tracking feature.

    Moreover, Vivoactive 4 has a safety tracking feature that allows it to automatically send your location to a preset contact during outdoor activity – thanks to its built-in incident detection. Versa 3 lacks safety tracking of any sort.

  5. MEDIA
  6. Both smartwatches come with 4GB storage out of which about 2.5GB is available for storing your favorite tracks. For some reason, I can’t add my personal music to Versa 3 which is possible with Versa 2. I can’t tell if this feature will be available on Versa 3 in the future or not. Meanwhile, you can add your personal music to Vivoactive 4, and it also features Amazon Music, Deezer, and Spotify, while Versa 3 features Deezer, Spotify, and Pandora.

    Versa 3 has a microphone and loudspeaker which are not present on Vivoactive 4. This allows you to use Alexa voice assistant to do simple tasks with your voice, and at some point later in the future, Google Assistant will be added.

    Both smartwatches will allow you to accept or reject calls which must be continued on your connected smartphone. Although, Versa 3 has a loudspeaker that is supposed to allow you to make and receive calls from the watch, but this feature isn’t available yet on Versa 3.

  7. NOTIFICATIONS
  8. Managing notifications you receive on your phone is a basic function that is available in both smartwatches. Any of these two allows you to reply to notifications you receive (Android only). However, while you can reply with emojis, preset texts, and voice on Versa 3, Vivoactive 4 only supports reply with preset texts.

  9. BATTERY LIFE
  10. Like I mentioned earlier, each of these two has a long battery life that allows you to go long from a single charge. I have averaged about 5 days+ with Versa 3 which is slightly behind Vivoactive 4 which can last up to 7 days+.

My Verdict

Although each of these two has got a decent design, long battery life, lots of fitness tracking, and media features. I go with Versa 3, it’s a more complete smartwatch with a microphone and loudspeaker. Meanwhile, as per fitness tracking, Vivoactive 4 is a more comprehensive fitness smartwatch with longer battery life.

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