Featured in today’s comparison chart is Samsung Galaxy Watch 3 vs Fitbit Versa 3 – these are two high-end smartwatches. I have used both smartwatches for over 6 months, and in this review, I’ll be comparing these two head-to-head to help you decide which is right for you. If you’re a fan of Fitbit, you’ll agree with me that the Versa 3 is a really nice smartwatch, so also is the Galaxy Watch 3. What these two have in common include inbuilt GPS, on-wrist calls, loudspeakers, voice assistants, preset sport modes, AMOLED display, and a lot more.
A quick one, the Galaxy Watch 3 is a more sophisticated smartwatch than Versa 3. It has a more durable design, better interface, higher storage and allows you to store your personal music which you can’t do with Versa 3. It also has more fitness tracking features and a better way to manage your notifications compared to Versa 3. The only aspect where Versa 3 is better than Galaxy Watch 3 is that it has longer battery life.
Samsung Galaxy Watch 3 vs Fitbit Versa 3: Specifications Compared
Samsung Galaxy Watch 3 (45mm) Full Smartwatch Specifications, Features and Price
Fitbit Versa 3 Full Specifications, Features and Price
|ABOUT DEVICE||ABOUT DEVICE||ABOUT DEVICE|
|Device name||Samsung Galaxy Watch 3 (45mm) (Bluetooth)||Fitbit Versa 3|
|Device type||Fitness/Classic smartwatch||Fitness/Sport smartwatch|
|Release date||August, 2020||September, 2020|
|Predecessor||Samsung Galaxy Watch||Fitbit Versa 2|
|Versions||Bluetooth, LTE, Titanium||—|
|Dimension||46.2 x 45 x 11.1 mm||40.4 x 40.4 x 12.4 mm|
|Weight||53.8g (excluding straps)||—|
|Case material||Stainless steel||Aluminum|
|Strap material||Leather||Polyester, Silicone|
|Bezel material||Stainless steel||Aluminum|
|Strap size||22 mm||140 – 180mm (small), 180 -220mm (big)|
|Screen protection||Corning Gorilla glass DX+||Corning Gorilla Glass 3|
|Water resistance||Yes, 5ATM||Yes, 5ATM|
|Swim-proof||Yes, recommended||Yes, recommended|
|Color||Mystic black, Mystic silver||Black/black, Midnight blue/gold, Pink/Gold|
|Display size||1.4 inches||1.58 inches|
|Display type||Super AMOLED, Full color||AMOLED|
|Display resolution||360 x 360 pixel||300 x 300 pixels|
|Pixel density||364 ppi||—|
|Custom watch face||Yes||Yes|
|Input type||2 Physical buttons, Physical rotating bezel, Touchscreen||1 Haptic button, Touchscreen|
|Bluetooth||Bluetooth v5.0||Bluetooth v5.0|
|GPS||Galileo, Yes, GPS/GLONASS/BEIDOU||GLONASS, GPS|
|Wi-Fi||Yes, Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac||Yes, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n|
|Memory card slot||No||No|
|CELLULAR CONNECTIVITY||CELLULAR CONNECTIVITY||CELLULAR CONNECTIVITY|
|Third-party apps alert||Yes||Yes|
|Other sensors||—||Vibration motor|
|ACTIVITY TRACKING||ACTIVITY TRACKING||ACTIVITY TRACKING|
|Heart rate monitoring||Yes||Yes|
|Incidental fall detection||Yes||No|
|Battery type||Non-removable Li-ion battery||non-removable Lithium-polymer|
|Battery life||Regular: 2 days+||Regular: 6 Days+|
|Charging type||Charging dock, WPC based wireless charging||USB charging|
|Charging time||1-2 hours||1-2 hours|
|CPU||Dual core 1.15GHz||—|
|Operating system||Tizen 5.5||Fitbit OS|
|Companion app||Samsung Health App||Fitbit App|
|Compatibility||Android 5.0+ & RAM 1.5GB+, iPhone 5+ and iOS 9.0+||Android, iOS|
|Payment system||Samsung Pay||Fitbit Pay|
|Interchangeable strap||22 mm, Yes||Yes|
|Voice command||Yes, Bixby||Yes, Alexa, Yes, Google Assistant|
|Find my phone||Yes||Yes|
|Box content||Charger, Manual, Samsung Galaxy Watch 3, Straps||Charger, Fitbit Versa 3, Manual, Straps|
Don’t have time to read through? Watch the in-depth Samsung Galaxy Watch 3 vs Fitbit Versa 3 comparison.
- DESIGN – Galaxy Watch 3 has a better design and a more attractive smartwatch than Versa 3
- ON-WRIST CALLS – Both smartwatches allow you make and receive calls directly from watch
- VOICE ASSISTANT – Versa 3 supports Google Assistant and Alexa which are far better than Bixby on Galaxy Watch 3
- MUSIC STORAGE – Galaxy Watch 3 has 8GB storage capacity and allows you to store your personal music which isn’t possible with Versa 3 that has only 4GB storage capacity
- STEPS TRACKING ACCURACY – Galaxy Watch 3 was more consistent than Versa 3
- SLEEP TRACKING ACCURACY – Again, Galaxy Watch 3 was more consistent than Versa 3
- HEART RATE TRACKING ACCURACY – Both smartwatches were consistent in tracking my heart rate
- INBUILT GPS ACCURACY – Both smartwatches were accurate in tracking my outdoor activities
- BLOOD OXYGEN TRACKING – Galaxy Watch 3 tracks your heart rate 24/7 unlike Versa 3 that only monitors blood oxygen when you sleep with the watch
- ECG TRACKING – Galaxy Watch 3 features ECG tracking not present on Versa 3
- BLOOD PRESSURE TRACKING – Galaxy Watch 3 features blood pressure monitoring not present on Versa 3
- ON-SCREEN ANIMTAED WORKOUT MODES – Versa 3 features animated workout modes not present on Galaxy Watch 3
- PRESET SPORT MODES – Galaxy Watch 3 features 90 preset sport modes compared to 20 on Versa 3
In terms of design, Galaxy Watch 3 has a better design than Versa 3. I don’t really know what your definition of a nice design is, but going by the material used for both smartwatches, the Galaxy Watch 3 has a stainless steel case accompanied by a leather strap, while Versa 3 has a case made of aluminum accompanied by a silicone strap.
You should also note that the Galaxy Watch 3 comes in two sizes; 41mm and 45mm unlike Veras 3 that is only available in one model and size. Versa 3 weighs less than Galaxy Watch 3, it’s also more compact. In other words, it’s more comfortable to wear.
The display of both smartwatches is powered by AMOLED, this is very colorful and easy to read both indoors and outdoors. I didn’t have any problem reading complications on the screen of any of these two. Navigation is also easy with both smartwatches. While Galaxy Watch 3 features two physical buttons, Versa 3 has a haptic button. Touchscreen is also supported on both smartwatches. However, I really find it easy to access the Galaxy Watch 3 compared to Versa 3.
When you talk about watch faces, you get tonnes of options to choose from on the respective apps; Galaxy Wearable app for Galaxy Watch 3 and Fitbit app for Versa 3. Although, I think the watch faces on the Galaxy store looked more realistic than what you get on the Fitbit app.
Both smartwatches have a microphone and loudspeaker. So, you can make and receive calls directly from any of these two smartwatches. However, Galaxy Watch 3 is a better smartwatch as far as making and receiving calls with any of these two is concerned. It allows you to sync your phone contacts to the watch which makes it easy to make a call. Meanwhile, the Versa 3 will allow you to receive calls, but you can’t initiate a call from the watch. Although, you can make a call from Vesa 3 with Google Assistant.
Voice assistant is one feature that’s readily available on high-end smartwatches. It makes it easy for you to do simple tasks like starting an exercise or setting up an alarm. In that regard, Versa 3 features both Google Assistant and Alexa which gives you more than enough options to use your voice. Google Assistant is more sophisticated as it allows you to start a call or even check the symptoms of diabetes which I couldn’t do with Alexa.
On the other hand, Bixby did well when you do simple tasks like setting up an alarm, but it was far from Google Assistant and Alexa.
Galaxy Watch 3 with 8GB storage capacity has a higher storage capacity than Versa 3 which has only 4GB of storage. You can easily add your personal music to Galaxy Watch 3, but you can’t do that with Versa 3. Versa 3 only allows you to control the Spotify playlist on your phone, you can also download your Deezer playlist and your favorite Pandora stations.
It’s rather unfortunate to see that the Versa 2 allows you to add your personal music but you can’t do that with Versa 3.
Activity Tracking Comparison
When you mention a smartwatch, what comes to mind is activity tracking which is at the center of both Galaxy Watch 3 and Versa 3. Both smartwatches feature lots of activity tracking capabilities which include heart rate tracking, sleep tracking, steps counting, floor climbing, and more that can help you stay active. However, Galaxy Watch 3 is a more comprehensive fitness smartwatch than Versa 3.
I compared the Versa 3 steps tracking accuracy to Galaxy Watch 3 and Huawei Band 4 Pro, I discovered that the Galaxy Watch 3 was more consistent in counting my steps than Versa 3.
Both smartwatches will track your sleep in four stages; deep, REM, awake, and light stages of sleep. I wore both Galaxy Watch 3 and Versa 3 alongside Band 4 Pro to sleep several nights, and I found that Band 4 Pro and Galaxy Watch 3 had very close figures compared to Versa 3 which drifted far away.
I also compared these two to Mi Band 5, I also discovered that the Mi Band 5 and Galaxy Watch 3 were close compared to Versa 3 which again drifted far away.
So, I came to the conclusion that Galaxy Watch 3 was a more consistent sleep tracker than Versa 3.
In terms of heart rate tracking, both Galaxy Watch 3 and Versa 3 come with a sensor at the back which enables any of these two to measure your heart rate. I compared the heart rate tracking accuracy of both smartwatches, and I discovered that both were consistent in tracking my heart rate.]
One feature I really like in the Versa 3 is the built-in GPS that enables it to track your outdoor activities without having to carry your phone along. So, I also compared these two to the Band 4 Pro which also has inbuilt GPS. The result I got showed that both Galaxy Watch 3 and Versa 3 were accurate in tracking my pace, routes, distance, max. and min. heart rate.
Galaxy Watch 3 features blood oxygen measurement that allows you to readily check how well your blood utilizes oxygen unlike Versa 3 which only measures your blood oxygen when you were it to sleep. The Versa 3 like Fitbit Sense will show your blood oxygen through Fitbit’s signature watch face which can be installed from the Fitbit app.
Galaxy Watch 3 features ECG tracking that allows you to easily measure ECG directly from the watch. This is a vital feature that can help you detect irregular heart rhythm. (Remember, always consult your doctor before taking any medical action. Smartwatches are for information purposes only)
You will also find blood pressure feature on Galaxy Watch 3. This allows you to measure your blood pressure directly from the watch. But first, you will have to calibrate the watch with a traditional cuff via the Samsung Health Monitor app. (Remember, always consult your doctor before taking any medical action. Smartwatches are for information purposes only)
Fitbit Versa 3 features onscreen animated workout modes that can coach you through some of your favorite workout moves. This feature isn’t present on Galaxy Watch 3.
Galaxy Watch 3 features 90 preset workout modes compared to only 20 on Versa 3. This means that you get more workout modes to choose from on Galaxy Watch 3 than on Versa 3.
Managing notifications you receive on your phone through a smartwatch is a basic feature you will find on most smartwatches. In this regard, both Galaxy Watch 3 and Versa 3 allow you to easily manage notifications you receive on your phone. Versa 3 allows you to reply to notifications with preset quick replies, your voice, or emojis. However, Galaxy Watch 3 allows you to reply to notifications with your voice, emojis, preset quick replies or you can type the reply directly.
I like that the Galaxy Watch 3 automatically opens a chat window once you receive a message. It also allows you to add as many quick responses as possible unlike Versa 3 that supports a maximum of 5 preset replies.
Battery Life Comparison
I charged both smartwatches to full, set brightness to the maximum with always-on turned off. The result I got showed the Versa 3 lasted four (4) days+ compared to Galaxy Watch 3 which lasted barely two (2) days. So, Versa 3 has a longer battery life than Galaxy Watch 3.
Which is Better?
I own both smartwatches, and in my personal opinion, I will say Galaxy Watch 3 is a better smartwatch than Versa 3. It has a better design, higher storage capacity, more activity-tracking features, and offers better ways to manage notifications than Versa 3.
Galaxy Watch 3 wins! It’s a more sophisticated smartwatch than Versa 3. It offers a lot more features that makes it a more comprehensive smartwatch. However, Versa 3 has a longer battery life and is also cheaper. It’s up to you to decide what interests you the most.