Fitbit Versa 2 vs Garmin Venu – Which is a Better Smartwatch?

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Fitbit Versa 2 and the Venu from Garmin are two of the best rated and most popular smartwatches on the market obviously for many reasons which from what I found out has to do with the outstanding designs, robust performance, comprehensive fitness tracking, and long battery life. These two have few things in commons which include comprehensive fitness tracking, rich AMOLED display, and long battery life. In this post, I compare the differences between the Versa 2 vs Venu to help you decide which is a better smartwatch.

Fitbit Versa 2 vs Garmin Venu: Specifications

  Fitbit Versa 2 Garmin Venu
Versa 2 full specs Garmin Venu specs

ABOUT DEVICE

Device name Fitbit Versa 2 Garmin Venu
Device type Sport/Fitness smartwatch Sport/Fitness smartwatch
Predecessor Fitbit Versa Garmin Vivoactive 3
Successor None N
Date Released September, 2019 September, 2019
Gender Unisex Unisex

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DISPLAY

Display size 1.4 inch 1.2 inch
Display type AMOLED AMOLED
Display resolution -- 390 x 390 pixels
Pixel density -- --
Display always-on Yes Yes
Input type Touchscreen and 1 button Touchscreen plus 2 physical button

BODY

Shape Rectangular/curved Circular
Casing material Aluminum Fiber-reinforced polymer with polymer rear cover
Strap material Elastomer Silicone
Bezel Material Aluminum Stainless steel
Weight -- 46.3 grams
Color(s) Carbon/black
Bordeaux/copper rose
Petal/copper rose
Stone/mist grey
Gold/black
Rose gold/tan
Silver/dark gray
Black/black
Dimension 40 x 40 x 11 mm 43.2 x 43.2 x 12.4 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 Bluetooth smart v4.2 LE, ANT+
NFC Yes Yes
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 Yes
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 __ Yes
Heart rate sensor Yes Yes
Barometer Yes Yes
Compass No Yes
Pulse Ox. Yes Yes
Altimeter __ --
ECG No No
Thermometer No Yes
Ambient light Yes Yes

OTHER FUNCTIONS

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

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Payment system Fitbit Pay Garmin pay
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 5 days

GPS mode with music: Up to 6 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 Venu
Classic wristband (both small & large) Straps
Magnetic charging dock USB charging cable
Quick start guide Quick start guide

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