Fitbit Versa 2 vs Garmin Forerunner 245 Music – Which is Better?

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If you are to buy a fitness smartwatch, the Versa 2 and Forerunner 245 Music will most likely make your top choices. These two are some of the best smartwatches for activity tracking with long battery life. For one, these two have many similar features offered in different forms, but the price gap is quite big. This comparison compares the versa 2 vs Vivoactive 4 to determine which is a better smartwatch for you.

Fitbit Versa 2 vs Garmin Forerunner 245 Music Specs Compared

  Fitbit Versa 2 Garmin Forerunner 245 Music
Versa 2 full specs Forerunner 245 music specs

ABOUT DEVICE

Device name Fitbit Versa 2 Garmin Forerunner 245 Music
Device type Sport/Fitness smartwatch Fitness/GPS smartwatch
Predecessor Fitbit Versa Garmin Forerunner 235
Successor None N
Date Released September, 2019 April, 2019
Gender Unisex Unisex

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DISPLAY

Display size 1.4 inch 1.2 inch
Display type AMOLED Transflective memory-in-display (MIP)
Display resolution -- 240 x 240 pixels
Pixel density -- --
Display always-on Yes Yes
Input type Touchscreen and 1 button 5 buttons, (not touchscreen)

BODY

Shape Rectangular/curved Circular
Casing material Aluminum Fiber-reinforced polymer
Strap material Elastomer Silicone
Bezel Material Aluminum Fiber-reinforced polymer
Weight -- 38.5 grams
Color(s) Carbon/black
Bordeaux/copper rose
Petal/copper rose
Stone/mist grey
Black
Aqua
White
Dimension 40 x 40 x 11 mm 42.3 x 42.3 x 12.2 mm
Strap size 140 - 180 mm (small)
180 - 220 mm (large)
20mm
Screen protection Corning Gorilla glass Corning Gorilla Glass 3
Durability test
Waterproof rating Yes, 5ATM Yes, 5ATM

CLOCK FEATURES

Time/Date Yes Yes
Alarm Yes Yes
Stopwatch Yes Yes

MEMORY

RAM -- --
Internal storage About 4GB 4GB
Memory card slot No No

MEDIA

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

CONNECTIVITY

Bluetooth Bluetooth v4.0 LE Yes, and ANT+
NFC Yes No
Wi-Fi Yes Yes
Bluetooth calling No No

NOTIFICATIONS

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

CELLULAR CONNECTIVITY

Network Technology No No
SIM No No

FITNESS TRACKING

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

PLATFORM

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

SENSORS

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

OTHER FUNCTIONS

Interchangeable straps Yes Yes, 20mm
Custom watch face Yes Yes
Voice Assistant Yes No
Compatibility Android, IOS

Check supported devices
Android and iOS
Check if your device is compatible
Payment system Fitbit Pay No
Companion app Fitbit App Garmin connect IQ store

BATTERY

Battery type Non-removable lithium polymer Non-removable Li-ion battery
Battery capacity -- --
Est. battery life Mixed usage: up to 6 days Smartwatch Mode: Up to 7 days
GPS mode with music: Up to 6 hours
GPS mode without music: Up to 24 hours
Charging mode USB based charging dock USB charging cable
Charging duration About 1-2 hours About 1-2 hours

BOX CONTENTS

Fitbit Versa 2 Garmin Forerunner 245
Classic wristband (both small & large) Straps
Magnetic charging dock USB charging cable
Quick start guide Quick start guide
  1. Design
  2. I like the design of both watches, I think each of these two stands out with an outstanding design when you take into consideration the weight, size, sturdiness and attractiveness. From the table above, you’ll notice both watches are lightweight, compact, sturdy materials and attractive.

    However, while a MIP LCD powers the display of Forerunner 245, it’s AMOLED for Versa 2 which is richer in color and more attractive, but both watches can easily be read under sunlight. Versa 2’s 1.4 inches display is slightly bigger than 1.2 inches, obviously because of the square shape. It’s a worrtwhile difference especially for those who can barely read contents on a small display. And for a smartwatch, every added display in a compact size is very important.

    I’ve not used any of these watches yet, so I can’t really say which one offers more watch faces, but both watches from reviews by users offer a fair share of preloaded watch faces that allow you to choose your preferred choice.
    I can say navigation is easy on both watches with touch sensitive screen and physical buttons eventhough Forerunner 245 has 5 physical buttons and not touch sensitive.

    Subsequently, investigating the materials, while Versa 2 has a case made of aluminium, Forerunner 245 has a case made of reinforced fiber polymer with Corning Gorilla Glass 3 covering the display of both smartwatches. These are sturdy materials used for many smartwatches you find on the market even the Apple Watch 5.

    Both watches are also rated 5ATM which makes these two waterproof up to 50 meters. You can wear any of these to the pool or ocean, but only Forerunner 245 will track your heart rate while swimming – a feature that’s also present in Huawei Watch GT 2.

    Overall, the design of both smartwatches looks outstanding, attractive and elegant.

  3. Storage and Media
  4. Both Versa 2 and Forerunner 245 Music come with storage capacity that allows you to take your favorite tracks with you. This is a nice feature that can be a source of motivation especially while working out. There’s a microphone built into Versa 2 which Forerunner 245 lacks, and as a result, Alexa voice assistant is present and allows you to perform tasks and control smarthome things simply with your voice.

  5. Fitness tracking
  6. There’s no doubt that these two are some of the best activity trackers you can buy on the market when you consider the sophisticated fitness tracking technology of both Garmin and Fitbit. Both Versa 2 and Forerunner 245 will track your daily activities such as steps, distance, floors climbed to more advanced metrics like complete sleep tracking, continuous heart rate tracking, menstrual cycle logging, stress management, blood oxygen tracking with preloaded sport modes.

    However, while there’s inbuilt GPS in Forerunner 245, the Versa 2 needs to connect to your phone to enable GPS functions. While this might not seem like a big difference, working out and carrying your phone along can be bring some level of inconvenience a couple of times.

    There are also some activity tracking features I noticed on Forerunner 245, but not present on Versa 2 like incidental fall detection that could help you get help quick when a fall occurs, not to mention features like respiration, hydration and heart rate tracking while swimming. In other words, I think the Forerunner 245 with inbuilt GPS and more activity tracking features is a more comprehensive fitness tracker.

  7. Battery life
  8. It’s worth noting that both Forerunner 245 and Versa 2 have a long battery life that let’s you go multidays from a single charge. However from reviews by users, Forerunner 245 has a longer battery life of about 7 days compared to about 5 days or more of Versa 2. That’s a significant increase in battery life.

  9. Price

The price of Forerunner 245 is almost twice the price of Versa 2, yet both offer about same features.

Which is better?

It’s difficult to say which is a better smartwatch, and like I stated earlier, these two are some of the best smartwatches with very high ratings from users. It all depends on you to decide.

I still will go for the Versa 2 which I recently ordered alongside Galaxy Watch for my reviews which will be posted here.

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