Fitbit Versa vs Samsung Galaxy Watch vs Garmin Vivoactive 3 Music Compared

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Compare the Fitbit Versa vs Samsung Galaxy Watch (42mm) vs Garmin Vivoactive 3 music specs and features – which is the best choice. These three are some of the best choices for fitness tracking as each is fitness-focused and well equipped to track your active life, while also spotting very stylish and elegant design as well as lots of features and impressive long battery life. Compare to know which is right for you.

Fitbit Versa vs Samsung Galaxy Watch (42mm) vs Garmin Vivoactive 3 Specifications Compared

 
 
Product Info
Fitbit Versa Specifications

Fitbit Versa Specifications, Features and Price

Samsung Galaxy Watch (42mm) Full Specs and prices

Samsung Galaxy Watch (42mm) Full Specifications, Features and Price

Garmin Vivoactive 3 Music Specs

Garmin Vivoactive 3 Music Specifications, Features and Price

Price $169.95 $159.00 $269.90 $216.08
ABOUT DEVICE ABOUT DEVICE ABOUT DEVICE ABOUT DEVICE
Device name Fitbit Versa (42mm), Bluetooth only, Samsung Galaxy Watch Garmin Vivoactive 3 Music
Device type Fitness/Sport smartwatch Fitness/Classic smartwatch Fitness/Sport smartwatch
Gender Unisex Unisex Women
Release date April, 2018 August, 2018 June, 2018
Predecessor Samsung Gear S3 Garmin Vivoactive
Successor Fitbit Versa 2 Garmin Vivoactive 4
Versions Fitbit Versa Lite, Fitbit Versa Special Edition Bluetooth only, LTE/GPS Vivoactive 3, Vivoactive 3 Music, Vivoactive 3 Music (LTE)
BODY BODY BODY BODY
Dimension 35 x 24.07 x 11.2 mm 41.9 x 45.7 x 12.7 mm 43.1 x 43.1 x 13.6 mm
Weight 38 grams 49g (excluding straps) 39 grams
Shape Rectangular Circular Circular
Case material Aluminum Stainless steel Fiber-reinforced polymer
Strap material Polyester, Silicone Leather, Silicone Silicone
Bezel material Ceramics Stainless steel Ceramics
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, Gray, Rose-gold Rose-gold, Silver Black
DISPLAY DISPLAY DISPLAY DISPLAY
Display size 1.34 inches 1.2 inches 1.2 inches
Display type LCD, transflective Super AMOLED, Full color LCD, Memory-in-pixel (MIP), transflective
Display resolution 348 x 250 pixel 360 x 360 pixel 240 x 240 px
Pixel density
Always on Yes Yes Yes
Custom watch face Yes Yes Yes
Input type 3 Physical buttons, Touchscreen 2 Physical buttons, Physical rotating bezel, Touchscreen 1 Physical button, Touchscreen
CONNECTIVITY CONNECTIVITY CONNECTIVITY CONNECTIVITY
Bluetooth Bluetooth v4.0 Yes, Bluetooth v4.2 LE ANT+, Bluetooth v4.0
Bluetooth calling No Yes No
GPS No Galileo, Yes, GPS/GLONASS/BEIDOU Galileo, GLONASS, GPS
NFC Yes Yes Yes
Wi-Fi Yes, Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac Yes, Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac Yes, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n
MEMORY MEMORY MEMORY MEMORY
RAM 0.75GB
ROM 4GB 4GB 4GB
Memory card slot No No No
CELLULAR CONNECTIVITY CELLULAR CONNECTIVITY CELLULAR CONNECTIVITY CELLULAR CONNECTIVITY
Technology None None None
SIM type None None 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 No Yes No
Camera No No No
Radio No No No
SENSORS SENSORS SENSORS SENSORS
Accelerometer Yes Yes Yes
Altimeter Yes No Yes
Ambient light Yes Yes Yes
Barometer Yes Yes
Compass Yes
ECG No No No
Gyroscope Yes
HRM Yes Yes Yes
Pulse oximeter Yes No No
Thermometer No No Yes
Other sensors Vibration motor
ACTIVITY TRACKING ACTIVITY TRACKING ACTIVITY TRACKING ACTIVITY TRACKING
Blood oxygen Yes No
Blood Pressure No No No
Calories Yes Yes Yes
Distance Yes Yes Yes
ECG tracking No No No
Fitness Level 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 No
On-screen workout Yes No No
Sport modes 15 39 15
BATTERY BATTERY BATTERY BATTERY
Battery type non-removable Lithium-polymer Non-removable Li-ion battery non-removable Lithium-polymer
Battery capacity 145mAh 270mAh
Battery life Regular usage: 3 days+, Standby :5 days+ Regular usage: 3 days+, Standby:10 days+ GPS mode with music: Up to 5hrs, GPS mode: up to 13hrs, Smartwatch mode: 7 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, Samsung Health 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 No Yes, Bixby No
Find my phone Yes Yes Yes
Box content Charger, Fitbit Versa, Manual, Straps Charger, Manual, Samsung Galaxy Watch, Straps Charger, Garmin Vivoactive 3 Music, Manual, Straps
Price $169.95 $159.00 $269.90 $216.08

Fitbit Versa vs Samsung Galaxy Watch (42mm) vs Garmin Vivoactive 3: Which is Better?

DESIGN:The Versa with the smallest case size is the most compact, yet has the widest display that allows you see slightly more at glance – thanks to its rectangular shape. It also weighs slightly less than the other two and the slimmest which makes it very sleek. Although, the Galaxy Watch with a classic appearance and stainless steel case has the most outstanding design. It also features the iconic physical rotating bezel which makes it very easy to navigate.

Moreover, the Galaxy Watch with super AMOLED powered display offers the most interactive display that’s richer and of higher quality compared to the other two with LCD display. Although, the Versa and Vivoactive 3 music will be easier to read outdoors compared to the Galaxy Watch.

CONNECTIVITY: The Versa lacks inbuilt GPS which is present on the Galaxy watch and Vivoactive 3, this enables outdoor activity tracking for routes, real-time pace and locations, and as such makes these two better choices for tracking outdoor activities unlike the Versa which will have to rely on phone GPS to enable GPS functions. This can be quite inconvenient while on the go, but shouldn’t be a problem if you’re into indoor sports.

CELLULAR CONNECTIVITY: The Galaxy Watch is available in Bluetooth only and LTE edition, the LTE edition enables cellular features that allow you make and receive calls directly from this device. This makes it a standalone and a more comprehensive smartwatch. Although, the Versa is able to accept or reject calls which you can continue via a Bluetooth enabled earbud.

MEDIA:Being a standalone smartwatch, the Galaxy watch is equipped with both microphone and loudspeaker which enable voice assistant via Bixby, and as well allow you play media files anywhere.

ACTIVITY TRACKING:Each of these three is fitness-focused and well equipped to track your daily activities comprehensively. Each of these three will track your steps, sleep, heart rate to help you manage your training intensity, sedentary reminder, calories and VO2 Max.

While the Galaxy Watch features 39+ preloaded sport modes and is able to auto track 6 of those, the Versa features 15+ preloaded sport modes, as well as menstrual cycle logging for women, floors climbed and tracks your blood oxygen level.
On the other hand, the Vivoactive 3 features 15 preloded sport modes, Livetrack that allow you connect and share with other members of the Garmin Connect community as well as incidental fall detection that helps you get the needed assistance when a fall has occurred.

BATTERY LIFE:Although each of these three has got an impressive long battery life, the Vivoactive 3 Music tested to last up to 7 days compared to 2-4 days of the other two has the longest battery life, and as a result will keep you going longer on a single charge.

VERDICT:No doubt each of these three is an outstanding smartwatch with remarkable design, great features, fitness-focused with impressive long battery life. However, the Galaxy Watch with a more sophisticated design and being a more comprehensive smartwatch is my preferred choice.

Fitbit Versa vs Samsung Galaxy Watch (42mm) vs Garmin Vivoactive 3: Editor’s Pick