Fitbit Versa 2 vs Samsung Galaxy Active 2 – Which is Better?

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The Galaxy Watch Active 2 and Versa 2 are some of the best-rated smartwatches on the market, each of these two features a decent compact design, onboard music storage, fitness-focused, and some long battery life. In this post, I compare the Samsung Galaxy Watch Active 2 vs Fitbit Versa 2 to find out which is a better smartwatch between these two outstanding smartwatches. Mind you, the Active 2 is available in two sizes; 44 and 40mm, and both are available in LTE and Bluetooth only with the later having an aluminum case. However, this comparison is between the Active 2 40mm Bluetooth and Versa 2.

Fitbit Versa 2 vs Samsung Galaxy Active 2: Spec Comparison

  Fitbit Versa 2 Samsung Galaxy Watch Active 2 (40mm) (Bluetooth only)
Versa 2 full specs

ABOUT DEVICE

Device name Fitbit Versa 2 Samsung Galaxy Watch Active 2 (40mm) (Bluetooth only)
Device type Sport/Fitness smartwatch Classic/Fitness smartwatch
Predecessor Fitbit Versa Samsung Galaxy Watch Active
Successor None N/A
Date Released September, 2019 September, 2019
Gender Unisex Unisex

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DISPLAY

Display size 1.4 inch 1.2 inches (40mm)
Display type AMOLED Super AMOLED
Full color
Display resolution -- 360 x 360 pixels
Pixel density -- --
Display always-on Yes Yes
Input type Touchscreen and 1 button Touchscreen,
2 physical buttons
Digital rotating bezel

BODY

Shape Rectangular/curved Circular
Casing material Aluminum Aluminum
Strap material Elastomer Fluoroelastomer
(Aluminum)
Bezel Material Aluminum Glass
Weight -- 26 grams
(aluminum, without straps)
Color(s) Carbon/black
Bordeaux/copper rose
Petal/copper rose
Stone/mist grey
Cloud-silver, aqua-black,
pink-gold
(aluminum)
Dimension 40 x 40 x 11 mm 40 x 40 x 10.9mm (40mm)
Strap size 140 - 180 mm (small)
180 - 220 mm (large)
20mm
Screen protection Corning Gorilla glass Corning Gorilla glass DX+
Durability test MIL-STD-810G
Waterproof rating Yes, 5ATM Yes, IP68, 5ATM
MIL-STD-810G

CLOCK FEATURES

Time/Date Yes Yes
Alarm Yes Yes
Stopwatch Yes Yes

MEMORY

RAM -- 0.75GB non-LTE
Internal storage About 4GB 4GB
Memory card slot No No

MEDIA

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

CONNECTIVITY

Bluetooth Bluetooth v4.0 LE Bluetooth smart v5.0 LE
NFC Yes Yes
Wi-Fi Yes Yes
Bluetooth calling No Yes

NOTIFICATIONS

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

CELLULAR CONNECTIVITY

Network Technology No No
SIM 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 No
Blood pressure No Yes
ECG Tracking No Yes
Blood oxygen Yes No
Preloaded sport modes Yes Yes

PLATFORM

Operating system Fitbit OS Tizen OS 4.0
CPU -- Dual core 1.15GHz
GPU -- --
Chipset -- Exynos 9110

SENSORS

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

OTHER FUNCTIONS

Interchangeable straps Yes Yes, 20mm
Custom watch face Yes Yes
Voice Assistant Yes Yes
Compatibility Android, IOS

Check supported devices
Android 5.0+ & RAM 1.5GB+
iPhone 5+ and iOS 9.0+
Payment system Fitbit Pay Samsung pay
Companion app Fitbit App Samsung Gear app

BATTERY

Battery type Non-removable lithium polymer Non-removable Li-ion battery
Battery capacity -- 247mAh (40mm)
Est. battery life Mixed usage: up to 6 days Standby :5 days+,
Mixed usage: 2 days+
Charging mode USB based charging dock WPC based wireless charging
Charging duration About 1-2 hours About 1-2 hours

BOX CONTENTS

Fitbit Versa 2 Samsung Galaxy Watch Active 2 (40mm)
Classic wristband (both small & large) Small and large straps
Magnetic charging dock Wireless charger
Quick start guide Quick start guide

Fitbit Versa 2 vs Samsung Galaxy Active 2: The Differences

Fitbit Versa 2

Galaxy Active 2

Display

1.4 inches

1.2 inches (40mm)

Rotating Bezel

No

Digital rotating

Dimension

40 x 40 x 11mm

44 x 44 x 10.9mm

Weight

40g

27g

Glass

Corning Gorilla Glass 3

Corning Gorilla Glass DX+

Voice assistant

Alexa

Bixby

Loudspeaker

No

Yes

Bluetooth calling

No

Yes

Battery life

5 days+

2 days+

Blood pressure

No

Yes

ECG tracking

No

Yes

Menstrual cycle

Yes

No

Pulse Ox.

Yes

No

Preloaded sports

20+

39+

Editor's Rating
  • DESIGN
  • One common thing about these two watches apart from fitness tracking is the compact and lightweight design that makes each of these an easy wear on the wrist.

    The display on both smartwatches looks very colorful and vivid. Although both are powered by AMOLED, I personally think Active 2 is more colorful.

    Apart from the touchscreen support and 2 physical buttons used for navigation on both smartwatches, the Active 2’s digital rotating bezel adds more navigation option that makes it easier to navigate. There are also more watch faces to choose from on the Active 2 compared to Versa 2.

  • FITNESS TRACKING
  • Next, is the fitness tracking features, as I said earlier, each of these two is a fitness-focused smartwatch, perhaps some of the best fitness trackers as far as wearable technology is concerned.

    Each of these two will track your steps, calories, heart rate, distance, sleep, and floors climbed. I can’t really tell which is more accurate, but the video below compares the heart rate accuracy of both smartwatches.

    The Versa 2 features menstrual cycle as well as blood oxygen tracking which are not present on the Active 2. On the other hand, the Active 2 features ECG and blood pressure monitoring which were recently cleared in South Korea.

    Beyond this, the Active 2 has far more preloaded workout modes to choose from than the Versa 2 which allows you to have a maximum of 7 workout modes on the watch at any given time.

  • MEDIA
  • Both Active 2 and Versa 2 come with a microphone that enables Bixby and Alexa voice assistant features respectively. I personally think Alexa is more sophisticated than Bixby. Moreover, Active 2 also has a loudspeaker which isn’t present on the Versa 2. You can also make and receive a call from Active 2 as well as play music aloud.

  • BATTERY LIFE

As per battery life, the Versa 2 floors the Active 2 with a longer battery life of up to 5 days or more compared to 2days+ of the Active 2.

Which is Better?

Although each of these two is an outstanding smartwatch with compact and elegant design, fitness-focused, lots of features, and long battery life, I’ll go with Active 2. It’s simply a more sophisticated smartwatch than the Versa 2.

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