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)|
|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|
|Date Released||September, 2020||September, 2019|
WHERE TO BUY
|Display size||1.58 inches||1.4 inches (44mm)|
|Display type||AMOLED||Super AMOLED
|Display resolution||336 x 336 pixel||360 x 360 pixels|
2 physical buttons
Digital rotating bezel
(aluminum, without straps)
|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)
|Screen protection||Corning Gorilla glass||Corning Gorilla glass DX+|
|Waterproof rating||Yes, 5ATM||Yes, IP68, 5ATM
|Internal storage||About 4GB||4GB|
|Memory card slot||No||No|
|Bluetooth||Bluetooth v5.0||Bluetooth smart v5.0 LE|
|Heart rate monitoring||Yes||Yes|
|Menstrual cycle tracking||Yes||No|
|Preloaded sport modes||Yes, 20||Yes|
|Operating system||Fitbit OS||Tizen OS 4.0|
|CPU||--||Dual core 1.15GHz|
|Heart rate sensor||Yes||Yes|
|Interchangeable straps||Yes||Yes, 20mm|
|Custom watch face||Yes||Yes|
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 type||Non-removable lithium polymer||Non-removable Li-ion battery|
|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|
|Fitbit Versa 3||Samsung Galaxy Watch Active 2|
|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.