Fitbit Versa vs Versa 2 vs Versa 3 – Compare the Differences

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The Versa family has welcomed a new member in Versa 3, its the latest addition to a generation of Fitbit smartwatches, perhaps some of the most popular smartwatches on their product line. The Versa 2 introduced microphone with Amazon Alexa and an AMOLED display, now the Versa 3 welcomes a loudspeaker with inbuilt GPS. In this post, I compare the differences between Fitbit Versa vs Versa 2 vs Versa 3 features. I already own two Fitbit smartwatches, Versa 2 and Versa 3, so this comparison is from my personal experience with these two smartwatches.

Fitbit Versa vs Versa 2 vs Versa 3 Full Specifications Comparison

  Fitbit Versa Fitbit Versa 2 Fitbit Versa 3
Fitbit Versa specs Versa 2 full specs fitbit Versa 3 full specs comparison

ABOUT DEVICE

Device name Fitbit Versa
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Fitbit Versa 2 Fitbit Versa 3
Device type Sporty/Fitness smartwatch Sport/Fitness smartwatch Sport/Fitness smartwatch
Predecessor None Fitbit Versa Fitbit Versa 2
Successor Fitbit Versa 2 None None
Date Released April, 2018 September, 2019 September, 2020
Gender Unisex Unisex Unisex

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DISPLAY

Display size 1.34 inch 1.4 inch 1.58 inches
Display type Transflective
colored
LCD
AMOLED AMOLED
Display resolution 348 x 250 pixel -- 336 x 336 pixel
Pixel density -- -- --
Display always-on No Yes Yes
Input type Touchscreen and 3 buttons Touchscreen and 1 button Touchscreen
Touchkey

BODY

Shape Rectangular/curved Rectangular/curved Rectangular/curved
Casing material Aluminum Aluminum Aluminum
Strap material Woven Polyester (special edition)
Elastomer
Elastomer Silicone
Bezel Material Aluminum Aluminum Aluminum
Weight 38 grams -- --
Color(s) Gold, gray, black Carbon/black
Bordeaux/copper rose
Petal/copper rose
Stone/mist grey
Midnight blue/gold
Pink/gold
Black
Dimension 35 x 24.07 x 11.2 mm 40 x 40 x 11 mm 40.5 x 40.5 x 12.4 mm
Strap size 140 - 180 mm (small)
180 - 220 mm (large)
140 - 180 mm (small)
180 - 220 mm (large)
140 - 180 mm (small)
180 - 220 mm (large)
Screen protection Corning Gorilla glass 3 Corning Gorilla glass Corning Gorilla glass
Durability test
Waterproof rating Yes, 5ATM Yes, 5ATM Yes, 5ATM

CLOCK FEATURES

Time/Date Yes Yes Yes
Alarm Yes Yes Yes
Stopwatch Yes Yes Yes

MEMORY

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

MEDIA

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

CONNECTIVITY

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

NOTIFICATIONS

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

CELLULAR CONNECTIVITY

Network Technology No No No
SIM No No No

FITNESS TRACKING

Steps Yes Yes Yes
Distance Yes Yes Yes
Calories Yes Yes Yes
Floors climbed Yes Yes Yes
Sleep tracking Yes Yes Yes
Heart rate monitoring Yes Yes Yes
VO2 Max. Yes Yes Yes
Stress Yes Yes Yes
Swim tracking Yes Yes Yes
Menstrual cycle tracking Yes Yes Yes
Blood pressure No No No
ECG Tracking No No No
Blood oxygen Yes Yes Yes
Preloaded sport modes Yes Yes Yes, 20

PLATFORM

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

SENSORS

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

OTHER FUNCTIONS

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

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Android, IOS

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Payment system Fitbit Pay Fitbit Pay Fitbit Pay
Companion app Fitbit App Fitbit App Fitbit App

BATTERY

Battery type Non-removable lithium polymer Non-removable lithium polymer Non-removable lithium polymer
Battery capacity 145mAh -- --
Est. battery life Mixed usage: up to 5 days Mixed usage: up to 6 days Mixed usage: up to 6 days+
Charging mode USB based charging dock USB based charging dock Magnetic charging
Charging duration About 1-2 hours About 1-2 hours About 30mins-1 hours

BOX CONTENTS

Fitbit Versa Fitbit Versa 2 Fitbit Versa 3
Strap (small and large) Classic wristband (both small & large) Large band
Small band
Magnetic charging dock Magnetic charging dock Magnetic charging cable
Quick start guide Quick start guide Quick start guide

What’s the Difference?

  1. Going by design, each of the three Fitbit smartwatches is very lightweight and fits nicely on the wrist. Although, Versa 2 and Versa 3 have AMOLED powered display that is more colorful than the LCD display of Versa. Moreover, Versa 2 and Versa have physical buttons which I find more useful than the touch-sensitive button on Versa 3. You need to press it hard to get a response.
  2. In terms of fitness tracking, all three smartwatches can track your sleep, heart rate, calories, steps, distance, and more. Preset sport modes are also available on all three. However, Versa 2 and Versa 3 feature SpO2 blood oxygen that tracks your blood oxygen overnight which Versa lacks. Moreover, Versa 3 features an onscreen workout coach that coach you through as you workout. Although not so many workouts are available, perhaps feature updates will add more workouts.
  3. Versa 3 has inbuilt GPS which Versa 2 and Versa lacks and as such you can track your routes, locations, pace, and more without carrying your phone along. This brings a lot of conveniences which Versa 2 and Versa lacks. You will need to carry your phone along with any of these two if you intend to track outdoor activities.
  4. Both Versa 2 and Versa 3 have a microphone that enables Alexa which comes in handy in helping you do simple tasks with your voice, this isn’t possible with Versa. Moreover, Versa 3 has a loudspeaker that allows you to make and receive calls directly from the watch which you can’t do with the other two.
  5. All three smartwatches have music storage, but it’s quite unfortunate that you can only add music to the Versa 3 through premium services such as Deezer, Spotify, or Pandora. Unlike Versa 2 and Versa where you can easily add music by transferring from your computer.
  6. All three smartwatches have long battery life that allows you to go long from a single charge. However, Versa 3 has the longest battery life. I got 6 days of battery life with Versa 3, while Versa 2 normally gets me about 4-5 days battery life, with Versa, it’s a less than that.

Which Should You Buy?

The Versa 3 is the best smartwatch amongst these three. It has the most features even though I’m not a fan of the touch-sensitive button and the fact that you can’t add your personal music. The Versa 3 has inbuilt GPS which is the only reason why I would recommend it, otherwise, Versa 2 is a cheaper and fantastic alternative.

The Versa which has been discontinued is still a great choice if you’re really tight on budget.

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