5 Best Fitbit Smartwatches 2020 Review

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Are you looking to buy a Fitbit smartwatch, well look no further as this list will show you my top 5 best Fitbit smartwatches. Please note, this is my personal opinion which is a result of my research. The criteria used to adjudge this list are based on design, health tracking features, battery life, price, and user feedback.

Although Apple is the biggest smartwatch maker, Samsung alongside Fitbit still holds a fair share of the smartwatch market. Fitbit makes some of the finest smartwatches and the Fitbit app is very intuitive and makes managing your fitness goals effortless. If you’re a fan of Fitbit and intend to buy a smartwatch from the brand, this post will help you make a perfect choice.

5 Best Fitbit Smartwatches Compared Head-to-Head

  Fitbit Versa 2 Fitbit Ionic Fitbit Charge 4 Fitbit Versa Fitbit Charge 3
Versa 2 full specs fitbit ionic specs Fitbit Versa specs

ABOUT DEVICE

Device name Fitbit Versa 2 Fitbit Ionic Fitbit Charge 4 Fitbit Versa
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Fitbit Charge 3
Device type Sport/Fitness smartwatch Sport/Fitness smartwatch Sport/Fitness smartwatch Sporty/Fitness smartwatch Sporty/Fitness smartwatch
Predecessor Fitbit Versa Fitbit Charge 3 None Fitbit Charge 2
Successor None N/A Fitbit Versa 2 Fitbit Charge 4
Date Released September, 2019 August, 2017 March, 2020 April, 2018 August, 2018
Gender Unisex Unisex Unisex Unisex Unisex

WHERE TO BUY

DISPLAY

Display size 1.4 inch 1.42 inch 1.57 inch 1.34 inch 1.57 inch
Display type AMOLED LCD OLED (monochrome) Transflective
colored
LCD
OLED (monochrome)
Display resolution -- 348 x 250 pixel __ 348 x 250 pixel __
Pixel density -- 306 ppi -- -- --
Display always-on Yes Yes No No No
Input type Touchscreen and 1 button Touchscreen
3 buttons
Touchscreen Touchscreen and 3 buttons Touchscreen

BODY

Shape Rectangular/curved Rectangular/curved Rectangular/curved Rectangular/curved Rectangular/curved
Casing material Aluminum Aerospace-grade aluminium Resin Aluminum Resin
Strap material Elastomer Elastomer Elastomer Woven Polyester (special edition)
Elastomer
Polyester
Bezel Material Aluminum Aluminum Resin Aluminum Resin
Weight -- 30g 27 g 38 grams 30 grams
Color(s) Carbon/black
Bordeaux/copper rose
Petal/copper rose
Stone/mist grey
Charcoal/smoke grey
Blue/burnt orange
Blue-grey/silver
Rosewood
Black
Storm blue/black
Gold, gray, black Black
White
Rose-gold
Dimension 40 x 40 x 11 mm 38 x 45 x 12 mm 35.8 x 22.7 x 12.5 mm 35 x 24.07 x 11.2 mm 38 x 18.3 x 11.8 mm
Strap size 140 - 180 mm (small)
180 - 220 mm (large)
140 - 180 mm (small)
180 - 220 mm (large)
140 - 180 mm (small)
180 - 220 mm (large)
140 - 180 mm (small)
180 - 220 mm (large)
140 - 180 mm (small)
180 - 220 mm (large)
Screen protection Corning Gorilla glass Corning Gorilla glass 3 Hardened glass Corning Gorilla glass 3 Corning Gorilla glass 3
Durability test
Waterproof rating Yes, 5ATM Yes, 5ATM Yes, 5ATM Yes, 5ATM Yes, 5ATM

CLOCK FEATURES

Time/Date Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Alarm Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Stopwatch Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes

MEMORY

RAM -- -- -- -- --
Internal storage About 4GB 4GB (2.5GB available) __ About 4GB __
Memory card slot No No __ No __

MEDIA

Audio mp3/mp4 mp3/mp4 No mp3/mp4 No
Microphone Yes No No No No
Loudspeaker No No No No No
Camera No No No No No
Music streaming Yes Yes No Yes No

CONNECTIVITY

Bluetooth Bluetooth v4.0 LE Bluetooth v4.0 LE Bluetooth v4.0 LE Bluetooth v4.0 LE Bluetooth v4.0 LE
NFC Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes (special edition)
Wi-Fi Yes Yes No Yes No
Bluetooth calling No No No No No

NOTIFICATIONS

Calls alert Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
SMS alert Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Email alert Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Reminder Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes

CELLULAR CONNECTIVITY

Network Technology No No No No No
SIM No No No No No

FITNESS TRACKING

Steps Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Distance Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Calories Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Floors climbed Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Sleep tracking Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Heart rate monitoring Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
VO2 Max. Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Stress Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Swim tracking Yes No Yes Yes Yes
Menstrual cycle tracking Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Blood pressure No No No No No
ECG Tracking No No No No No
Blood oxygen Yes No Yes Yes Yes
Preloaded sport modes Yes Yes Yes, 20+ Yes Yes, 15+

PLATFORM

Operating system Fitbit OS Fitbit OS Fitbit OS Fitbit OS Fitbit OS
CPU -- -- -- -- --
GPU -- -- -- -- --
Chipset -- -- -- -- --

SENSORS

GPS No, (connected GPS) Yes Yes No, (connected GPS) No, (connected GPS)
Accelerometer Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Gyroscope __ Yes __ __ __
Heart rate sensor Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Barometer Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Compass No No No No No
Pulse Ox. Yes No Yes Yes Yes
Altimeter __ __ __ __ __
ECG No No No No No
Thermometer No No No No No
Ambient light Yes Yes No Yes No

OTHER FUNCTIONS

Interchangeable straps Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Custom watch face Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Voice Assistant Yes No No No No
Compatibility Android, IOS

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Android, IOS

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Android 7.0+
iOS 12.2+
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Payment system Fitbit Pay Fitbit Pay Fitbit Pay Fitbit Pay Fitbit Pay (special edition)
Companion app Fitbit App Fitbit App Fitbit App Fitbit App Fitbit App

BATTERY

Battery type Non-removable lithium polymer Non-removable lithium polymer Non-removable lithium polymer Non-removable lithium polymer Non-removable lithium polymer
Battery capacity -- -- _ 145mAh _
Est. battery life Mixed usage: up to 6 days Mixed usage: up to 5 days Standby: 10 day+
Mixed usage: 7 days
Continuous GPS Tracking: 5 Hrs
Mixed usage: up to 5 days Mixed usage: up to 7 days
Charging mode USB based charging dock USB based charging dock Charging Dock USB based charging dock USB based charging dock
Charging duration About 1-2 hours About 1-2 hours About 1-2 hours About 1-2 hours About 1-2 hours

BOX CONTENTS

Fitbit Versa 2 Fitbit Ionic Fitbit Charge 4 Fitbit Versa Fitbit Charge 3
Classic wristband (both small & large) Strap (small and large) Strap (small and large) Strap (small and large) Strap (small and large)
Magnetic charging dock Magnetic charging dock Charger Magnetic charging dock Magnetic charging dock
Quick start guide Quick start guide Quick start guide Quick start guide Quick start guide

Best Fitbit Smartwatches – More Details

  1. 1. Fitbit Versa 2
  2. best fitbit smartwatch

    Versa 2 is the best Fitbit smartwatch, and also one of the best smartwatches on the market. It’s very lightweight and a sturdy smartwatch made with aluminum case, while the straps are made of elastomer material that’s very comfortable to wear. The display is covered with Corning Gorilla Glass 3 which is resistant to scratch.
    AMOLED powers the 1.40 inches always-on display which is easy to read even under sunlight, thanks to the ambient light sensor that auto regulates the brightness of the display. Navigation is also easy with touch support and a physical button by the side.

    Versa 2 will track your steps, distance, floors climbed, sleep, heart rate, calories, menstrual cycle for women, stress, as well can track your outdoor activities with connected GPS, and it also comes with 20 preset sport modes.
    The Fitbit App is the companion app for Versa 2 just like all other Fitbit smartwatches. It’s intuitive and allows you to see your stats and manage your fitness goals.

    Versa 2 comes in two editions; Standard and Special editions. The difference between these two is that the Special edition comes with additional woven jacquard straps. There’s NFC on both editions which enables payments from this smartwatch through Fitbit Pay.

    Versa 2 also comes with 4GB storage capacity that allows you to store music on the device, and it supports music streaming with Spotify. It has an inbuilt microphone that enables Alexa voice assistant which allows you to perform tasks with your voice.

    Versa 2 also has a long battery life that lasts up to 5 days on average. You can get Versa 2 carbon/black, bordeaux/copper rose, petal/copper rose, and stone/mist grey.

    Pros

    • Very lighweight, sleek and durable design.
    • A comprehensive fitness tracker.
    • Onboard music storage.
    • 4 days+ long battery life.

    Cons

    • Lacks inbuilt GPS.
    • You can recieve calls from this watch.
  3. 2. Fitbit Ionic
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    Second, on my list is Fitbit Ionic, it’s one of the early pioneers on Fitbit line-up. Just like Versa 2, Ionic has a decent and stylish design. It’s lightweight and sturdily built with aluminum for the case, elastomer for the straps and anti-scratch Corning Gorilla Glass 3 covers the display. The 1.42 inches LCD display is also easy to read and navigation is also easy with touch support and 2 physical buttons.

    Ionic comes with inbuilt GPS which Versa 2 lacks, as a result, allows you to track outdoor activities without your phone. It’ll also track your sleep, heart rate, calories, steps, stress, menstrual cycle, floors climbed, blood oxygen saturation, and stress. And it comes with 20 preset workout modes to choose from.

    Like Versa 2, Ionic also has 4GB of storage that allows you to store your favorite tracks on the watch and also support music streaming from services such as Spotify.

    Ionic has NFC inbuilt which enables Fitbit Pay, this allows you to make payment directly from the watch.
    It’ll also alert you when you receive a notification on your phone, while it’s long battery life will keep you track and connected for about 4 days.

    Pros

    • Very lighweight, sleek and durable design.
    • A comprehensive fitness tracker.
    • Has inbuilt GPS.
    • Onboard music storage.
    • 4 days+ long battery life.

    Cons

    • Lacks microphone and loudspeaker.
    • You can’t make or recieve calls from this watch.
  5. Fitbit Charge 4
  6. Charge 4 which was recently released and succeeds in Charge 3 is another fine choice from Fitbit. It looks more like a smartband than a smartwatch. It has almost similar tracking features as Versa 2, but lacks music storage, an ambient light sensor that auto regulates the brightness of the display, lacks on-screen workout coach and can’t floors climbed.

    Yet, Charge 4 is still one of the most popular and best-rated smartbands on the market. It’s a decent choice if you’re looking to track your daily activities and stay connected to all that matters to you.

    Charge 4 is available in two editions; Standard and Special edition. The difference is that the Special edition comes with additional woven polyester straps. NFC is available on both editions and this allows you to make a payment from the device with Fitbit Pay.

    The resin case and elastomer straps make it very lightweight and comfortable to wear.
    It has an inbuilt GPS that allows you to track and map your runs and other outdoor activities that can be viewed from the Fitbit App. It also features tracking for complete sleep cycle, heart rate, stress, menstrual cycle, blood oxygen saturation, and 20 preset sport modes.

    Charge 4 has a slightly longer battery life than Versa 2 and Ionic, thanks to its monochrome 1.57 inches LCD display that’s also easy to read. You can get up to 6 days long battery life on mixed usage.

    Pros

    • Very lighweight, sleek and durable design.
    • A comprehensive fitness tracker.
    • Has inbuilt GPS
    • 7 days long battery life.

    Cons

    • Can’t count floors.
    • Lacks onboard music storage.
    • You can recieve calls from this watch.
  7. Fitbit Versa
  8. Although has been discontinued, Fitbit Versa which preceded Versa 2 is one of the best-rated smartwatches on the market. It is a decent smartwatch with a lightweight and durable design. Versa has an LCD display compared to AMOLED of Versa 2, it also lacks voice assistant and has a smaller 1.34-inch display protected by Corning Gorilla Glass 3.

    Just like Versa 2, Versa will count floors climbed, track your calories, complete sleep cycle, heart rate, stress, blood oxygen with 15 preset work-out modes to choose from. It also can track your outdoor activities by connecting to your phone GPS.

    There’s NFC in Versa that enables Fitbit Pay which allows you to make a payment from this device, while the battery life is impressive at 4 days on average.

    Pros

    • Very lighweight, sleek and durable design.
    • A comprehensive fitness tracker.
    • Onboard music storage.
    • 3 days+ long battery life.

    Cons

    • Lacks inbuilt GPS.
    • You can recieve calls from this watch.
    • Lacks microphone.
  9. Fitbit Charge 3

Last on my list is Fitbit Charge 3 the predecessor to Charge 4. It lacks inbuilt GPS, music storage, do not disturb mode, and can’t control music on Spotify. However, Charge 3 remains a decent choice for keeping a tab on your active life and can help you reach more fitness goals.

It has a sturdy, decent, and stylish lightweight design. The case is made of resin, straps are made from elastomer and the monochrome OLED 1.57 inches display is protected by anti-scratch glass material. Like other Fitbit smartwatches, this smartband will track your daily activities such as sleep, heart rate, calories, stress, steps, blood oxygen and can connect to your phone GPS to enable tracking for your outdoor activities which can be viewed from the Fitbit App.

The battery life is also very impressive just like Charge 4. From experience, Charge 3 lasts up to 5-6 days on average.

Charge 3 comes in two editions; Special and Standard edition. The difference between these two is that the Special edition which is priced a bit higher comes with additional woven straps and has NFC that enables Fitbit Pay.

Pros

  • Very lighweight, sleek and durable design.
  • A comprehensive fitness tracker.
  • 7 days long battery life.

Cons

  • Can’t count floors.
  • Lacks inbuilt GPS.
  • Lacks onboard music storage.
  • You can recieve calls from this watch.

Conclusion

Fitbit smartwatches remain some of the best on the market, and these lots could be a wise investment that can improve your productive life and help you stay fit.

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