Fitbit Versa 3 vs Sense – Which Should You Buy?

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Fitbit Sense and Versa 3 released in 2020 are still two of the best smartwatches. These two are equipped with a loudspeaker, microphone, onboard music storage, Google Assistant and Alexa. Both the Versa 3 and Sense also come with an inbuilt GPS and a slightly longer battery life of up to 6 days with fast charging technology. However, Fitbit Sense comes with ECG, an EDA app for stress monitoring, and a temperature sensor which Versa 3 lacks. Moreover, the Fitbit Sense with a stainless steel bezel is more stylish than the Versa 3. As a result, it cost about $100 more than Versa 3. This post compares the differences between Fitbit Versa 3 vs Sense to find out what separates these two and to help you decide which is a better smartwatch for you.

Fitbit Versa 3 vs Sense: Specifications Compared

 
 
Product Info
Fitbit Versa 3 Full Specifications

Fitbit Versa 3 Full Specifications, Features and Price

Fitbit Sense Full Specifications

Fitbit Sense Full Specifications, Features and Price

Price $160.06 $21,588,215.88
ABOUT DEVICE ABOUT DEVICE ABOUT DEVICE
Device name Fitbit Versa 3 Fitbit Sense
Device type Fitness/Sport smartwatch Fitness/Sport smartwatch
Gender Unisex Unisex
Release date September, 2020 September, 2020
Predecessor Fitbit Versa 2 Fitbit Versa 2
Successor
Versions
BODY BODY BODY
Dimension 40.4 x 40.4 x 12.4 mm 40.4 x 40.4 x 12.4 mm
Weight
Shape Square Square
Case material Aluminum Aluminum
Strap material Polyester, Silicone Polyester, Silicone
Bezel material Aluminum Stainless steel
Strap size 140 – 180mm (small), 180 -220mm (big) 140 – 180mm (small), 180 -220mm (big)
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/black, Blue/gold, Pink/Gold, Thistle/Gold
DISPLAY DISPLAY DISPLAY
Display size 1.58 inches 1.58 inches
Display type AMOLED AMOLED
Display resolution 300 x 300 pixels 300 x 300 pixels
Pixel density
Always on Yes Yes
Custom watch face Yes Yes
Input type 1 Haptic button, Touchscreen 1 Physical button, Touchscreen
CONNECTIVITY CONNECTIVITY CONNECTIVITY
Bluetooth Bluetooth v5.0 Bluetooth v5.0
Bluetooth calling Yes Yes
GPS GLONASS, GPS 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 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 Yes
Compass No No
ECG No Yes
Gyroscope Yes Yes
HRM Yes Yes
Pulse oximeter (SpO2) Yes Yes
Thermometer Yes
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 Yes
Heart rate monitoring Yes Yes
Sleep tracking Yes Yes
Steps Yes Yes
Floors climbed - -
Stress Yes Yes
Incidental fall detection No No
Menstrual cycle Yes Yes
VO2 Max Yes Yes
Swim-tracking Yes Yes
Underwater heart rate tracking No No
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+ Regular: 6 Days+
Charging type USB charging USB charging
Charging time 1-2 hours 1-2 hours
Solar charging 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, Google Assistant Yes, Alexa, Yes, Google Assistant
Find my phone Yes Yes
Box content Charger, Fitbit Versa 3, Manual, Straps Charger, Fitbit Sense, Manual, Straps
Price$160.06$21,588,215.88

Fitbit Versa 3 vs Sense – Features Compared

Design and Display

Fitbit Sense is a more advanced tracker than Versa 3. (Source: Fitbit)

Both Versa 3 and Sense spot the same appearance, in fact, it’s difficult to differentiate between these two by merely looking at them. However, when you take a closer look, you will notice that the Sense has a stainless steel bezel compared to the aluminum bezel of Versa 3. Beyond this, these two have the same size and weight. Both smartwatches have a touch-sensitive screen with a haptic button by the side for easy navigation.

Both Versa 3 and Sense also have the same 1.58 inches display size powered by AMOLED which is rich in colors and also very easy to read. I have worn the Versa 3 severally for outdoor workouts, and I never had any problem reading complications on the screen.

Media, Voice Assistants and On-wrist calls

Both Versa 3 and Sense are equipped with a 4GB storage capacity. This will allow you to store some of your favorite tracks on any of these two. Unfortunately, you can’t add your personal music to the Versa 3 and Sense. This was possible with Versa 2, but only Fitbit can tell why they discarded that feature.

Meanwhile, you can add your Deezer and Pandora playlists to Versa 3 and Sense. And with Spotify, you can only control the music played on your phone.

With the release of both Versa 3 and Sense, Google Assistant was added which in addition to Alexa voice assistant makes it two voice assistants on a smartwatch. However, you can only have one voice assistant active at a time.

Both Versa 3 and Sense are fitted with a microphone and a speaker that enable on-wrist calls. However, while you can receive calls on these two, there is no phone app that lets you start a call. The only way to start a call is via the Google Assistant app. I was able to start a call using the Google Assistant app with my phone nearby.

Fitness Tracking

Both Versa 3 and Sense are well equipped with a heart rate sensor, accelerometer, altimeter and gyroscope. As a result, each of these two will track your heart rate, calories, steps, sleep and outdoor workout activities like routes and location – thanks to the built-in GPS.

However, Fitbit Sense comes with ECG, an EDA stress app, and a temperature biosensor that makes it a more comprehensive health tracker. It has an ECG app that lets you take an ECG test right on the watch which can help detect irregular heart rhythm – a sign of atrial fibrillation, while the EDA Scan app can detect electrodermal activity which may indicate your body’s response to stress and the biosensor app can help you monitor your body temperature. In other words, the Fitbit Sense is a more in-depth health tracker but will cost you about $100 more.

Fitbit Versa 3 vs Sense – Which Should You Buy?


Personally, I’ll go with the Versa 3. I have used the Versa 2 and with the addition of inbuilt GPS and loudspeaker, it’s a great bargain.

On the other hand, if you want more health tracking features, Fitbit Sense is a better choice.

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