Garmin Vivoactive 4 vs Fitbit Versa 3 Compare the Differences

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Vivoactive 4 and Versa 3 share a lot in common, both are fitness-focused smartwatches that are designed to track your daily activities, help you manage your notifications, and also have long battery life that lets you go long from a single charge. With any of these two smartwatches, you can monitor your heart rate, sleep, and count the floors you climbed. In this post, I compare the differences between Garmin Vivoactive 4 vs Fitbit Versa 3 on the basis of design, battery life, health tracking, and price to help make a more informed choice.

Garmin Vivoactive 4 vs Fitbit Versa 3 Specifications Comparison

  Garmin Vivoactive 4 Fitbit Versa 3
fitbit Versa 3 full specs comparison

ABOUT DEVICE

Device name Garmin Vivoactive 4 Fitbit Versa 3
Device type Sport/Fitness smartwatch Sport/Fitness smartwatch
Predecessor Garmin Vivoactive 3 Fitbit Versa 2
Successor N/A None
Date Released September, 2019 September, 2020
Gender Unisex Unisex

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DISPLAY

Display size 1.3 inch 1.58 inches
Display type Transflective memory-in-display (MIP) AMOLED
Display resolution 260 x 260 pixels 336 x 336 pixel
Pixel density -- --
Display always-on Yes Yes
Input type Touchscreen plus 2 physical button Touchscreen
Touchkey

BODY

Shape Circular Rectangular/curved
Casing material Fiber-reinforced polymer with polymer rear cover Aluminum
Strap material Silicone Silicone
Bezel Material Stainless steel Aluminum
Weight 50.5 grams --
Color(s) Black/black Midnight blue/gold
Pink/gold
Black
Dimension 45.1 x 45.1 x 12.8 mm 40.5 x 40.5 x 12.4 mm
Strap size 22mm 140 - 180 mm (small)
180 - 220 mm (large)
Screen protection Corning Gorilla glass 3 Corning Gorilla glass
Durability test
Waterproof rating Yes, 5ATM Yes, 5ATM

CLOCK FEATURES

Time/Date Yes Yes
Alarm Yes Yes
Stopwatch Yes Yes

MEMORY

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

MEDIA

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

CONNECTIVITY

Bluetooth Bluetooth smart, ANT+ Bluetooth v5.0
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, 20

PLATFORM

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

SENSORS

GPS GPS/GLONASS/Galileo Yes
Accelerometer Yes Yes
Gyroscope Yes Yes
Heart rate sensor Yes Yes
Barometer Yes Yes
Compass Yes No
Pulse Ox. Yes Yes
Altimeter -- Yes
ECG No No
Thermometer Yes No
Ambient light Yes Yes

OTHER FUNCTIONS

Interchangeable straps Yes, 22mm Yes
Custom watch face Yes Yes
Voice Assistant No Yes
Compatibility Android and iOS
Check if your device is compatible
Android, IOS

Check supported devices
Payment system Garmin pay Fitbit Pay
Companion app Garmin connect IQ store Fitbit App

BATTERY

Battery type Non-removable Li-ion battery Non-removable lithium polymer
Battery capacity -- --
Est. battery life Smartwatch mode: Up to 8 days
GPS mode with music: Up to 6 hours
Mixed usage: up to 6 days+
Charging mode USB charging cable Magnetic charging
Charging duration About 1-2 hours About 30mins-1 hours

BOX CONTENTS

Garmin Vivoactive 4 Fitbit Versa 3
Straps Large band
Small band
USB charging cable Magnetic charging cable
Quick start guide Quick start guide

Which is Better Between Garmin Vivoactive 4 vs Fitbit Versa 3?

  • Design
  • You will agree with me that each of these two smartwatches is a comprehensive fitness tracker with a decent design and long battery life. Both smartwatches are very lightweight and certainly, comfortable to wear. I didn’t have any problem wearing the Versa 3 all day long as it’s very compact. It’s more compact than Vivoactive 4 which is also compact. Although, the circular design of Vivoactive 4 alongside the stainless steel bezel leaves it with a more attractive design than Versa 3.

  • Display
  • The AMOLED display of Versa 3 is more colorful than the LCD display of Vivoactive 4. Both smartwatches allow you to interact with the device through a touchscreen. However, the Versa 3 has a haptic button which I don’t really like because it can be unresponsive sometimes, Meanwhile, Vivoactive 4 has 2 physical buttons that makes accessing the watch easier.
    Fitbit Sense vs Versa 3
    Garmin Vivoactive 4 vs Fitbit Versa 3
    Any of these two will track your sleep in stages and show trends in the respective companion app. Heart rate tracking is also available on these two smartwatches as well as the presence of inbuilt GPS that allows you to track your locations, pace, and distance without carrying your phone along.

    Fitbit Versa 3 features 20 preset sport modes that you can choose from, it’s about the same number of sport modes on Vivoactive 4. And there’s Fitbit Coach that features animated workout modes on Versa 3, so also is Vivoactive 4, this can save you money on a subscription.

    I like the fact that Vivoactive 4 allows you to track your blood oxygen on demand unlike Versa 3 that only tracks your blood oxygen when you sleep. So, it’s safe to say that both smartwatches offer lots of fitness tracking features, but Vivoactive 4 has even more fitness tracking features.

  • Media
  • Any of these two will allow you to store your favorite tracks on the watch, but Vivoactive 4 allows you to store personal music which Versa 3 lacks.

    Versa 3 has a loudspeaker and microphone that allows you to answer calls on the watch which is not possible on Vivoactive 4. Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant are also available on Versa 3 which allows you to do simple tasks with your voice.

  • Notifications
  • I like that you can set up notifications for both Versa 3 and Vivoactive 4, you can also reply notifications on both smartwatches.

  • Battery Life

The battery life of any of these two smartwatches is also very promising, you can get multiple days of battery life. I got about 5 days long battery life which is about the same as Vivoactive 4.

So, which is better?

I will go with Versa 3 because it’s far cheaper than Vivoactive 4, it also has a microphone and a loudspeaker that is not so useful as you can’t make calls or play media files aloud, but allow you answer calls on the watch. There is also a voice assistant on Versa 3 and it also offers a decent long battery life.

However, Vivoactive 4 has a more attractive and durable design as well as equipped with more in-house fitness tracking features.

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