Samsung Gear Sport vs Fitbit Versa vs Fossil Gen 4 Sport Compared

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Featured in this comparison are three lower end and low price smartwatches, yet great quality and some of the very best for comprehensive activity tracking. Compare the Samsung Gear Sport vs Fitbit Versa vs Fossil Gen 4 Sport specs and features, so you know the differences and which is best for you.

Samsung Gear Sport vs Fitbit Versa vs Fossil Gen 4 Sport Specifications Compared

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Device name Samsung Gear Sport (Special edition), Fitbit Versa Fossil Gen 4 Sport (43mm)
Device type Fitness/Sport smartwatch Fitness/Sport smartwatch Fitness/Sport smartwatch
Gender Unisex Unisex Unisex
Release date November, 2017 April, 2018 November, 2018
Predecessor Fossil Gen 3 Sport
Successor Fitbit Versa 2
Versions Fitbit Versa, Fitbit Versa Lite, Fitbit Versa Special Edition
Dimension 42.9 x 44.6 x 11.6 mm 35 x 24.07 x 11.2 mm 43 x 43 x 12 mm
Weight 67 grams 38 grams
Shape Circular Square Circular
Case material Stainless steel Aluminum Aluminum
Strap material Silicone Polyester, Silicone Silicone
Bezel material Stainless steel Aluminum Aluminum
Strap size 20 mm 140 – 180mm (small), 180 -220mm (big) 20 mm
Screen protection Corning Gorilla Glass 3 Corning Gorilla Glass Corning Gorilla Glass
Water resistance Yes, 5ATM Yes, 5ATM Yes, 5ATM
Durability test -
Swim-proof Yes, recommended Yes, recommended Yes
Color Black, Blue Graphite, Rose-gold Black, Blue, Gray
Display size 1.2 inches 1.34 inches 1.2 inches
Display type Super AMOLED, Full color LCD, transflective AMOLED, Full color
Display resolution 360 x 360 pixel 348 x 250 pixel 390 x 390 px
Pixel density 424 ppi
Always on Yes Yes Yes
Custom watch face Yes Yes Yes
Input type 2 Physical buttons, Physical rotating bezel, Touchscreen 3 Physical buttons, Touchscreen 3 Physical buttons, Touchscreen
Bluetooth Yes, Bluetooth v4.2 LE Bluetooth v4.0 Yes, Bluetooth v4.2 LE
Bluetooth calling - - No
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
RAM 0.75GB 512MB
Memory card slot No No No
Technology None None None
SIM type None None None
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
Audio mp3/mp4 mp3/mp4 mp3/mp4
Bluetooth music Yes Yes Yes
Loudspeaker No No No
Microphone No No Yes
Camera No No No
Radio No No No
Accelerometer Yes Yes Yes
Altimeter No Yes Yes
Ambient light Yes Yes Yes
Barometer Yes No
Compass No
ECG No No No
Gyroscope Yes Yes
HRM Yes Yes Yes
Pulse oximeter No Yes No
Thermometer - - No
Other sensors Vibration motor
Blood oxygen No Yes No
Blood Pressure - - 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 No
Menstrual cycle - Yes No
VO2 Max - -
Swim-tracking - - Yes
Swim-heart tracking - - No
On-screen workout - - No
Sport modes 39 15 Yes
Battery type Non-removable Li-ion battery non-removable Lithium-polymer Non-removable Li-ion battery
Battery capacity 300mAh 145mAh
Battery life Regular usage: 3 days+, Standby:10 days+ Regular usage: 3 days+, Standby :5 days+ Regular: 24hrs+
Charging type WPC based wireless charging Charging dock Charging dock
Charging time 1-2 hours 2hrs 1-2 hours
Solar power - - No
Chipset Exynos 3250 Snapdragon 3100
CPU Dual core 1.0GHz
Operating system Tizen 3.0 Fitbit OS Wear OS
Companion app Samsung Gear app Fitbit App Fossil Q App
Compatibility Android 5.0+ & RAM 1.5GB+, iPhone 5+ and iOS 9.0+ Android, iOS Android 6.0+, iOS 10.0+
Payment system Samsung Pay Fitbit Pay Google Pay
Interchangeable strap 20mm, Yes Yes 20mm, Yes
Voice command No No Yes, Google Assistant
Find my phone - - Yes
Box content Charger, Manual, Samsung Gear Sport Charger, Fitbit Versa, Manual, Straps, Woven straps Charger, Fossil Gen 4 Sport, Manual, Straps
Price $180.00 $180.00 $7.99

Samsung Gear Sport vs Fitbit Versa vs Fossil Gen 4 Sport: Which is Better?

DESIGN: All three watches look decent enough, at least to warrant the price tag; stylish and elegant watches. Going beyond that, the Versa and Gen 4 Sport made of aluminum casing are lightweight, weighing slightly less than the Gear Sport which is quite heavy. This makes the Versa and Gen 4 Sport more comfortable wear all day long.

Moreover, the rectangular shape of the Versa sees it having a slight larger display size which means you get to see more at a glance with this device compared to the other two watches. The Versa is also slimmer than the other two which makes it the sleekest.

Although, while the transflective LCD display of the Versa is a lot easier to read outdoors compared to the other two watches with AMOLED, it lacks the rich and highly interactive display that AMOLED offers.
I like the iconic rotating bezel seen on the Gear Sport which no doubt makes it a lot easier to navigate.

While inbuilt GPS is present on the Gear Sport and Gen 4 Sport, the Versa lacks inbuilt GPS. So, you can conveniently track outdoor activities such as routes, location and real time pace with the Gear Sport and Gen 4 Sport, but you’ll need to be connected to your phone GPS to access this features on the Versa. This isn’t a problem though, if you’re into indoor activities, but working out outdoors will be quite inconvenient.

MEDIA:The Gen 4 Sport ships with microphone onboard which isn’t present on the Versa nor Gear Sport. And being a Wear OS smartwatch, this enables voice assistant features powered by Google Assistant .

ACTIVITY TRACKING: All three watches are fitness-focused and well equipped to track your daily activities comprehensively. Each of these is able to track your steps, distance, calories, sleep and heart rate continuously to help you manage your fitness goals effortlessly.

However, the Versa and Gen 4 Sport are able to track floors climbed which am not sure the Gear Sport can. Moreover, the Versa is equipped with SpO2 sensor that tracks your blood oxygen which the other two lacks. This comes handy if you’re climbing as it helps you know when it’s not safe to continue, and also offers a more detailed sleep tracking data.

For women. the Versa also features menstrual cycle logging via the Fitbit App, this can help you monitor changes over time. It features 15 preloaded sport modes which is less than the Gear sport with 39.

In other words, the Versa with more fitness tracking features is the most comprehensive activity tracker and is also highly rated in terms of accuracy.

BATTERY LIFE: With the Versa or Gear Sport you should get two days or more battery life compared to the Gen 4 sport with barely a day battery life. Although, the Gen 4 Sport being powered by the 3100 chip features battery saver modes that will see it last a little longer, about 12hrs+.

VERDICT: No doubt, all three watches are outstanding in their respective ways, but I’ll go with the Versa. It’s a more comprehensive activity tracker, and has the longest battery life.

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