Fitbit Versa 3 vs Samsung Galaxy Watch Active 2 – Which is Better?

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The Versa 3 is one of the latest smartwatches from Fitbit, it was released alongside Fitbit Sense and Inspire 2, and comes with new additions such as a loudspeaker, up to 6 days long battery life, inbuilt GPS, and fast charging technology. This makes it a worthy competitor to Samsung’s Active 2 which was released last year but still runs on the latest Tizen OS. I have used both the Versa 3 and Active 2 and in this post, I will compare these two to help you decide which a better smartwatch for you.

Fitbit Versa 3 vs Samsung Galaxy Watch Active 2 Specifications Comparison

  Fitbit Versa 3 Samsung Galaxy Watch Active 2 (44mm) (bluetooth only)
fitbit Versa 3 full specs comparison

ABOUT DEVICE

Device name Fitbit Versa 3 Samsung Galaxy Watch Active 2 (44mm) (Bluetooth only)
Device type Sport/Fitness smartwatch Classic/Fitness smartwatch
Predecessor Fitbit Versa 2 Samsung Galaxy Watch Active
Successor None N/A
Date Released September, 2020 September, 2019
Gender Unisex Unisex

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DISPLAY

Display size 1.58 inches 1.4 inches (44mm)
Display type AMOLED Super AMOLED
Full color
Display resolution 336 x 336 pixel 360 x 360 pixels
Pixel density -- --
Display always-on Yes Yes
Input type Touchscreen
Touchkey
Touchscreen,
2 physical buttons
Digital rotating bezel

BODY

Shape Rectangular/curved Circular
Casing material Aluminum Aluminum
Strap material Silicone Fluoroelastomer
(Aluminum)
Bezel Material Aluminum Glass
Weight -- 30 grams
(aluminum, without straps)
Color(s) Midnight blue/gold
Pink/gold
Black
Cloud-silver
Aqua-black
Pink-gold
(aluminum)
Dimension 40.5 x 40.5 x 12.4 mm 44 x 44 x 10.9mm (44mm)
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 Yes Yes
Camera No No
Music streaming Yes Yes

CONNECTIVITY

Bluetooth Bluetooth v5.0 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 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, 20 Yes

PLATFORM

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

SENSORS

GPS Yes GPS/Glonass/Beidou/Galileo
Accelerometer Yes Yes
Gyroscope Yes Yes
Heart rate sensor Yes Yes
Barometer Yes Yes
Compass No No
Pulse Ox. Yes No
Altimeter Yes --
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 -- 340mAh
Est. battery life Mixed usage: up to 6 days+ Standby :5 days+,
Mixed usage: 2 days+
Charging mode Magnetic charging WPC based wireless charging
Charging duration About 30mins-1 hours About 1-2 hours

BOX CONTENTS

Fitbit Versa 3 Samsung Galaxy Watch Active 2
Large band
Small band
Small and large straps
Magnetic charging cable Wireless charger
Quick start guide Quick start guide

Fitbit Versa 3 vs Samsung Galaxy Watch Active 2: Which is Better?

I like the fact that both Versa 3 and Active 2 can track all the basics such as my steps, distance, heart rate, calories, help me manage stress, floors climbed, and more. Each of these two also has an inbuilt GPS that allows me to track my routes and locations when I workout outdoors. Both Active 2 and Versa 3 will also allow you to log and track menstrual cycle for women. I also like the fact that each of these two has preloaded sport modes.

However, I can confidently tell you that Active 2 is a more complete smartwatch than Versa 3. It has a richer interface that allows you to install watch faces and apps directly from the watch unlike Versa 3 that will require you to use the Fitbit app to do any of these.

Both smartwatches offer music storage, but you can only download Pandora stations, download Deezer playlist, and control Spotify playlist on phone with Versa 3 unlike Active 2 that allows you to easily add your personal music as well as gives you access to all the other premium music services.

Both smartwatches feature preloaded sport modes, but Active 2 has 39 compared to 20 of Versa 3. Active 2 also features ECG and blood pressure monitoring which Versa 3 lacks.

It’s also easier to navigate Active 2 via touchscreen, digital rotating bezel, and two physical buttons unlike Versa 3 that only features a touchscreen and a haptic touch-sensitive button that I find very annoying.

The only aspect where Versa 3 wins over Active 2 is battery life. While Active 2 gave me about 2 days on average, Versa 3 lasted up to 6 days on average.

VERDICT: Active 2 is a more complete smartwatch than Versa 3 which at best is more of a fitness tracker than a smartwatch. So, if you’re looking to choose between these two, Active 2 is clearly a better smartwatch, while Versa 3 shines with it’s longer battery life.

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