Fitbit Charge 4 vs Versa 3 Comparison Review

Fitbit Charge 4 vs Versa 3

The Versa 3 is the latest smartwatch from Fitbit, it was released alongside the Inspire 2. It succeeds the Versa 2 and comes with new features such as a loudspeaker and inbuilt GPS. The Charge 4 which was released a few months back is a fitness smartband with inbuilt GPS and features every other fitness tracking feature present in Versa 3 except for the inability to count floors, lacks SpO2 blood oxygen tracking, and onscreen workout coach, but a cheaper alternative. Which should you buy between Fitbit Charge 4 vs Versa 3? Compare the features of these two head-to-head to find out which is a better buy for you.

Fitbit Charge 4 vs Versa 3 Specifications Comparison

 Fitbit Versa 3Fitbit Charge 4
fitbit Versa 3 full specs comparison

ABOUT DEVICE

Device nameFitbit Versa 3Fitbit Charge 4
Device typeSport/Fitness smartwatchSport/Fitness smartwatch
PredecessorFitbit Versa 2Fitbit Charge 3
SuccessorNoneN/A
Date ReleasedSeptember, 2020March, 2020
GenderUnisexUnisex

WHERE TO BUY

DISPLAY

Display size1.58 inches1.57 inch
Display typeAMOLEDOLED (monochrome)
Display resolution336 x 336 pixel__
Pixel density----
Display always-onYesNo
Input typeTouchscreen
Touchkey
Touchscreen

BODY

ShapeRectangular/curvedRectangular/curved
Casing materialAluminumResin
Strap materialSiliconeElastomer
Bezel MaterialAluminumResin
Weight--27 g
Color(s)Midnight blue/gold
Pink/gold
Black
Rosewood
Black
Storm blue/black
Dimension40.5 x 40.5 x 12.4 mm35.8 x 22.7 x 12.5 mm
Strap size140 - 180 mm (small)
180 - 220 mm (large)
140 - 180 mm (small)
180 - 220 mm (large)
Screen protectionCorning Gorilla glassHardened glass
Durability test
Waterproof ratingYes, 5ATMYes, 5ATM

CLOCK FEATURES

Time/DateYesYes
AlarmYesYes
StopwatchYesYes

MEMORY

RAM----
Internal storageAbout 4GB__
Memory card slotNo__

MEDIA

Audiomp3/mp4No
MicrophoneYesNo
LoudspeakerYesNo
CameraNoNo
Music streamingYesNo

CONNECTIVITY

BluetoothBluetooth v5.0Bluetooth v4.0 LE
NFCYesYes
Wi-FiYesNo
Bluetooth callingNoNo

NOTIFICATIONS

Calls alertYesYes
SMS alertYesYes
Email alertYesYes
ReminderYesYes

CELLULAR CONNECTIVITY

Network TechnologyNoNo
SIMNoNo

FITNESS TRACKING

StepsYesYes
DistanceYesYes
CaloriesYesYes
Floors climbedYesYes
Sleep trackingYesYes
Heart rate monitoringYesYes
VO2 Max.YesYes
StressYesYes
Swim trackingYesYes
Menstrual cycle trackingYesYes
Blood pressureNoNo
ECG TrackingNoNo
Blood oxygenYesYes
Preloaded sport modesYes, 20Yes, 20+

PLATFORM

Operating systemFitbit OSFitbit OS
CPU----
GPU----
Chipset----

SENSORS

GPSYesYes
AccelerometerYesYes
Gyroscope Yes__
Heart rate sensorYesYes
BarometerYesYes
CompassNoNo
Pulse Ox.YesYes
AltimeterYes__
ECGNoNo
ThermometerNoNo
Ambient lightYesNo

OTHER FUNCTIONS

Interchangeable straps YesYes
Custom watch faceYesYes
Voice AssistantYesNo
Compatibility Android, IOS

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Android 7.0+
iOS 12.2+
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Payment systemFitbit PayFitbit Pay
Companion appFitbit AppFitbit App

BATTERY

Battery typeNon-removable lithium polymerNon-removable lithium polymer
Battery capacity --_
Est. battery lifeMixed usage: up to 6 days+Standby: 10 day+
Mixed usage: 7 days
Continuous GPS Tracking: 5 Hrs
Charging modeMagnetic chargingCharging Dock
Charging durationAbout 30mins-1 hoursAbout 1-2 hours

BOX CONTENTS

Fitbit Versa 3Fitbit Charge 4
Large band
Small band
Strap (small and large)
Magnetic charging cableCharger
Quick start guideQuick start guide

Which Should You Buy?

Versa 3 is clearly a better smartwatch than Charge 4 which is rather a smartband than a smartwatch. The Versa 3 features loudspeaker, microphone, and music storage which Charge 4 lacks. It also has Amazon Alexa voice assistant and Google Assitant which enables you to do simple tasks with your voice, it’s a more comprehensive fitness tracker than Charge 4.

Charge 4 is a decent fitness smartband with an inbuilt GPS that allows you to track outdoor activities conveniently without carrying your phone along, it also has a longer battery life than Versa 3 while also being able to track your steps, sleep, heart rate, calories and more.

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

Samsung Galaxy Watch vs Fitbit Sense

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 VersaFitbit Versa 2Fitbit Versa 3
Fitbit Versa specsVersa 2 full specsfitbit Versa 3 full specs comparison

ABOUT DEVICE

Device nameFitbit Versa
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Fitbit Versa 2Fitbit Versa 3
Device typeSporty/Fitness smartwatchSport/Fitness smartwatchSport/Fitness smartwatch
PredecessorNoneFitbit VersaFitbit Versa 2
SuccessorFitbit Versa 2NoneNone
Date ReleasedApril, 2018September, 2019September, 2020
GenderUnisexUnisexUnisex

WHERE TO BUY

DISPLAY

Display size1.34 inch1.4 inch1.58 inches
Display typeTransflective
colored
LCD
AMOLEDAMOLED
Display resolution348 x 250 pixel--336 x 336 pixel
Pixel density------
Display always-onNoYesYes
Input typeTouchscreen and 3 buttonsTouchscreen and 1 buttonTouchscreen
Touchkey

BODY

ShapeRectangular/curvedRectangular/curvedRectangular/curved
Casing materialAluminumAluminumAluminum
Strap materialWoven Polyester (special edition)
Elastomer
ElastomerSilicone
Bezel MaterialAluminumAluminumAluminum
Weight38 grams----
Color(s)Gold, gray, blackCarbon/black
Bordeaux/copper rose
Petal/copper rose
Stone/mist grey
Midnight blue/gold
Pink/gold
Black
Dimension35 x 24.07 x 11.2 mm40 x 40 x 11 mm40.5 x 40.5 x 12.4 mm
Strap size140 - 180 mm (small)
180 - 220 mm (large)
140 - 180 mm (small)
180 - 220 mm (large)
140 - 180 mm (small)
180 - 220 mm (large)
Screen protectionCorning Gorilla glass 3Corning Gorilla glassCorning Gorilla glass
Durability test
Waterproof ratingYes, 5ATMYes, 5ATMYes, 5ATM

CLOCK FEATURES

Time/DateYesYesYes
AlarmYesYesYes
StopwatchYesYesYes

MEMORY

RAM------
Internal storageAbout 4GBAbout 4GBAbout 4GB
Memory card slotNoNoNo

MEDIA

Audiomp3/mp4mp3/mp4mp3/mp4
MicrophoneNoYesYes
LoudspeakerNoNoYes
CameraNoNoNo
Music streamingYesYesYes

CONNECTIVITY

BluetoothBluetooth v4.0 LEBluetooth v4.0 LEBluetooth v5.0
NFCYesYesYes
Wi-FiYesYesYes
Bluetooth callingNoNoNo

NOTIFICATIONS

Calls alertYesYesYes
SMS alertYesYesYes
Email alertYesYesYes
ReminderYesYesYes

CELLULAR CONNECTIVITY

Network TechnologyNoNoNo
SIMNoNoNo

FITNESS TRACKING

StepsYesYesYes
DistanceYesYesYes
CaloriesYesYesYes
Floors climbedYesYesYes
Sleep trackingYesYesYes
Heart rate monitoringYesYesYes
VO2 Max.YesYesYes
StressYesYesYes
Swim trackingYesYesYes
Menstrual cycle trackingYesYesYes
Blood pressureNoNoNo
ECG TrackingNoNoNo
Blood oxygenYesYesYes
Preloaded sport modesYesYesYes, 20

PLATFORM

Operating systemFitbit OSFitbit OSFitbit OS
CPU------
GPU------
Chipset------

SENSORS

GPSNo, (connected GPS)No, (connected GPS)Yes
AccelerometerYesYesYes
Gyroscope ____Yes
Heart rate sensorYesYesYes
BarometerYesYesYes
CompassNoNoNo
Pulse Ox.YesYesYes
Altimeter____Yes
ECGNoNoNo
ThermometerNoNoNo
Ambient lightYesYesYes

OTHER FUNCTIONS

Interchangeable straps YesYesYes
Custom watch faceYesYesYes
Voice AssistantNoYesYes
Compatibility Android, IOS

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Android, IOS

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Android, IOS

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Payment systemFitbit PayFitbit PayFitbit Pay
Companion appFitbit AppFitbit AppFitbit App

BATTERY

Battery typeNon-removable lithium polymerNon-removable lithium polymerNon-removable lithium polymer
Battery capacity 145mAh----
Est. battery lifeMixed usage: up to 5 daysMixed usage: up to 6 daysMixed usage: up to 6 days+
Charging modeUSB based charging dockUSB based charging dockMagnetic charging
Charging durationAbout 1-2 hoursAbout 1-2 hoursAbout 30mins-1 hours

BOX CONTENTS

Fitbit VersaFitbit Versa 2Fitbit Versa 3
Strap (small and large)Classic wristband (both small & large)Large band
Small band
Magnetic charging dockMagnetic charging dockMagnetic charging cable
Quick start guideQuick start guideQuick 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.

Fitbit Sense vs Versa 2 vs Versa 3 – Video Comparison

Amazfit Bip S vs Mi Band 5 – Which is Better?

amazfit bip s vs mi band 5 specs

Mi Band 5 is the latest fitness smartband from Xiaomi, it succeeds and packs new improvements in health and fitness tracking, larger display, and improved battery life, while Amazfit Bip S, a variant of the popular Bip comes with inbuilt GPS which isn’t present on Mi Band 5. However, both share a lot in common. This post compares the difference between Mi Band 5 vs Amazfit Bip S to help you make a more informed decision on which is a better smartband/smartwatch. Note that Mi band 5 is a fitness band, while Bip S is a smartwatch.

Amazfit Bip S vs Mi Band 5 Full Specifications Comparison

 Amazfit Bip SMi Band 5
amazfit bip s specsmi band 5 specs

ABOUT DEVICE

Device nameAmazfit Bip SMi Band 5
Device typeSport/Fitness smartwatchFitness smartband
PredecessorN/AMi Band 4
SuccessorN/AN/A
Date ReleasedJanuary, 2020July, 2020
GenderUnisexUnisex

WHERE TO BUY

DISPLAY

Display size1.28 inch1.1 inches
Display typeTransflect LCD (Colored)AMOLED
Display resolution178 x 178 pixels126 x 294 pixels
Pixel density--_
Display always-onYesYes
Input typeTouchscreen,
1 physical button
Touchkey

BODY

ShapeRectangular/curvedRectangular/curved
Casing materialPolycarbonatePolycarbonate
Strap materialSiliconeTPU
Bezel MaterialGlass (bezeless)Polycarbonate
Weight31g11.9 grams
Color(s)Carbon black
Warm pink
Red orange
White
Teal
Orange
Navy blue
Yellow
Black
Mint green
Dimension42 x 35.3 x 11.4mm46.95 x 18.15 x 12.45mm
Strap size20 mm155 - 216mm
Screen protectionCorning Gorilla glass 3Tempered glass
Durability test
Waterproof ratingYes, 5ATMYes, 5ATM

CLOCK FEATURES

Time/DateYesYes
AlarmYesYes
StopwatchYesYes

MEMORY

RAM--512KB
Internal storage--16MB
Memory card slotNoNo

MEDIA

AudioNoNo
MicrophoneNoNo
LoudspeakerNoNo
CameraNoNo
Music streamingNoNo

CONNECTIVITY

BluetoothBluetooth v5.0Bluetooth v5.0
NFCNoNo
Wi-FiNoNo
Bluetooth callingNoNo

NOTIFICATIONS

Calls alertYesYes
SMS alertYesYes
Email alertYesYes
ReminderYesYes

CELLULAR CONNECTIVITY

Network TechnologyNoneNone
SIMNoneNone

FITNESS TRACKING

StepsYesYes
DistanceYesYes
CaloriesYesYes
Floors climbedNoNo
Sleep trackingYesYes
Heart rate monitoringYesYes
VO2 Max.No___
StressNoYes
Swim trackingYesYes
Menstrual cycle trackingNoYes
Blood pressureNoNo
ECG TrackingNoNo
Blood oxygenNoNo
Preloaded sport modesYes, 10Yes, 11

PLATFORM

Operating systemProprietary OSProprietary OS
CPU----
GPU----
Chipset----

SENSORS

GPSYes, GPS/GLONASSNo
AccelerometerYesYes
Gyroscope NoYes
Heart rate sensorYesYes
BarometerNoNo
CompassYesNo
Pulse Ox.NoNo
Altimeter----
ECGNoNo
ThermometerNoNo
Ambient lightYesNo

OTHER FUNCTIONS

Interchangeable straps Yes, 20mmYes, 155 - 216mm
Custom watch faceYesYes
Voice AssistantNoNo
Compatibility Android 5.0+
iOS 10.0+
Android 4.4+
iOS 9.0+
Payment systemNoneAlipay, Union Pay
Companion appMi Fit AppMi Fit App

BATTERY

Battery typeNon-removable Li-ion batteryNon-removable Li-Polymer battery
Battery capacity 200 mAh125mAh
Est. battery lifeStandby: 90days
Mixed Usage: 40 days+
GPS tracking: 20 hrs+
Standby: 3 Weeks+
Mixed usage: 14 days+
Charging mode2-pins POGO pinCharging cradle
Charging durationAbout 2-3 hoursAbout 1-2 hours

BOX CONTENTS

Amazfit Bip SMi Band 5
StrapsStraps
ChargerCharger
Quick start guideQuick start guide

Differences Between Mi Band 5 vs Amazfit Bip S

  • DESIGN
  • Both Amazfit Bip s and Mi band 5 have a sturdy build comprising of a polycarbonate case, while silicone has been used for Bip S straps and TPU for Mi Band 5 which results in a very lightweight design that is very comfortable to wear.

    With AMOLED powering the display of Mi Band 5, it has a more colorful and richer display compared to reflective LCD of Bip S. Both can easily be read easily even under sunlight. Interacting with Mi Band 5 is via a touchkey, while Bip S has touchscreen support. Again, navigation is easy on both devices, but Bip S is easier to navigate with a physical button.

    Both Mi band 5 and Bip S are rated 5ATM (waterproof rating up to 50 meters), so it’s safe to wear any of these to the pool or ocean.

    The bottom line, each of the two devices has got a decent design that makes any of these two very comfortable to wear all day long.

  • ACTIVITY TRACKING
  • Both Mi Band 5 and Bip S are marketed as fitness and health monitoring devices, as a result, any of these two will track your daily activities such as steps, calories, distance, sleep, and continuous heart rate tracking. However, Bip S is equipped with an inbuilt GPS that enables you to track and map your routes. Although, Mi Band 5 can also track outdoor activities by connecting to your phone GPS which you can view from the Mi Fit app.

    Additionally, Mi Band 5 features menstrual cycle tracking, a feature that allows women to log and monitor period cycle. It also features blood oxygen saturation tracking and can also help you monitor stress through a guided breathing session. Bip S lacks these features, and moreover, Mi Band 5 has more preset workout modes.

  • BATTERY LIFE
  • One of the main selling factors for the Bip family is the very long battery life of every smartwatch on the Bip lineup. Although each of these two has a long battery life that makes any of these a great choice for individuals that want to track long durational activities. While Bip S will keep you going for over a month, Mi Band 5 can last up to 20 days and 14 days with continuous tracking.

  • SMART FEATURES
  • The Chinese version of Mi Band 5 has NFC that allows you to make payment with Ali Pay and Union Pay. It also equipped with a MEMS microphone that gives you access to XiaoAI voice assistant. These features are not available yet on the international version of Mi Band 5. Bip S lacks these features.

  • PRICE

Mi Band 5 is far cheaper than Bip S which is in-line with previous Mi Band versions that are also very cheap.

Which Should You Buy?

Any of these two will make a decent choice for tracking and managing your fitness goals and a perfect companion for managing updates on your phone. Both are low priced fitness trackers, priced below $100.

I’ll still choose Amazfit Bip S, it’s got more fitness tracking features and also has very long battery life.

Mi Band 4 vs 5 – Find out the Differences

Mi Band 4 vs 5 compared

Mi Band 5 is now available in China, the UK, and Europe. It’s a decent fitness smartband designed to track your active life and control and manage updates from your phone with a 14 days battery life. The Mi Band 5 succeeds Mi Band 4 that was released last year, it comes with more health tracking features, the display is larger and brighter and the battery life is slightly longer. In this post, I’ll show you the differences between Mi Band 4 vs 5 so you know if the new smartband is worth your money or perhaps an upgrade might be necessary.

Mi Band 4 vs 5 Full Specs Comparison

 Mi Band 4Mi Band 5
mi band 4 specsmi band 5 specs

ABOUT DEVICE

Device nameMi Band 4Mi Band 5
Device typeFitness smartbandFitness smartband
PredecessorMi Band 3Mi Band 4
SuccessorMi Band 5N/A
Date ReleasedJune, 2019July, 2020
GenderUnisexUnisex

WHERE TO BUY

DISPLAY

Display size0.95 inch1.1 inches
Display typeAMOLEDAMOLED
Display resolution240 x 120 pixel126 x 294 pixels
Pixel density__
Display always-onYesYes
Input typeTouchkeyTouchkey

BODY

ShapeRectangular/curvedRectangular/curved
Casing materialPolycarbonatePolycarbonate
Strap materialTPUTPU
Bezel MaterialPolycarbonatePolycarbonate
Weight22.1 grams11.9 grams
Color(s)BlackTeal
Orange
Navy blue
Yellow
Black
Mint green
Dimension21.6 x 21.6 x 10.8 mm46.95 x 18.15 x 12.45mm
Strap size155 - 216mm155 - 216mm
Screen protectionCorning Gorilla glass 3Tempered glass
Durability test
Waterproof ratingYes, 5ATMYes, 5ATM

CLOCK FEATURES

Time/DateYesYes
AlarmYesYes
StopwatchYesYes

MEMORY

RAM512KB512KB
Internal storage16MB16MB
Memory card slotNoNo

MEDIA

AudioNoNo
MicrophoneNoNo
LoudspeakerNoNo
CameraNoNo
Music streamingNoNo

CONNECTIVITY

BluetoothBluetooth v5.0Bluetooth v5.0
NFCNoNo
Wi-FiNoNo
Bluetooth callingNoNo

NOTIFICATIONS

Calls alertYesYes
SMS alertYesYes
Email alertYesYes
ReminderYesYes

CELLULAR CONNECTIVITY

Network TechnologyNoneNone
SIMNoneNone

FITNESS TRACKING

StepsYesYes
DistanceYesYes
CaloriesYesYes
Floors climbedNoNo
Sleep trackingYesYes
Heart rate monitoringYesYes
VO2 Max.No___
StressNoYes
Swim trackingYesYes
Menstrual cycle trackingNoYes
Blood pressureNoNo
ECG TrackingNoNo
Blood oxygenNoNo
Preloaded sport modesYes, 6Yes, 11

PLATFORM

Operating systemProprietary OSProprietary OS
CPU----
GPU----
Chipset----

SENSORS

GPSNoNo
AccelerometerYesYes
Gyroscope YesYes
Heart rate sensorYesYes
BarometerNoNo
CompassNoNo
Pulse Ox.NoNo
Altimeter----
ECGNoNo
ThermometerNoNo
Ambient lightNoNo

OTHER FUNCTIONS

Interchangeable straps 155 - 216mmYes, 155 - 216mm
Custom watch faceYesYes
Voice AssistantNoNo
Compatibility Android 4.4+
iOS 9.0+
Android 4.4+
iOS 9.0+
Payment systemNoneAlipay, Union Pay
Companion appMi Fit AppMi Fit App

BATTERY

Battery typeNon-removable Li-Polymer batteryNon-removable Li-Polymer battery
Battery capacity 135mAh125mAh
Est. battery lifeStandby: 3 Weeks+
Mixed usage: 18 days+
Standby: 3 Weeks+
Mixed usage: 14 days+
Charging modeCharging cradleCharging cradle
Charging durationAbout 1-2 hoursAbout 1-2 hours

BOX CONTENTS

Mi Band 4Mi Band 5
StrapsStraps
ChargerCharger
Quick start guideQuick start guide
  • Design
  • The appearance of both Mi band 4 and 5 looks exactly the same except for slight differences in the display sizes. It’s the same polycarbonate material used for the case of both devices and TPU straps, while the display is covered by anti-scratch glass material, navigation is still via touch key and it’s the same AMOLED display that powers the display of both devices. The difference though is that Mi band 5 has a 1.1 inches display which is slightly bigger than that of Mi Band 4’s 0.95 inches, thanks to it’s slimmer bezel. Mi Band 5 also has a brighter display with a maximum brightness of 450nits compared to 400nits of Mi Band 4.

    Mi Band 5 has also received more preloaded watch faces. It comes with 100+ preloaded themes which include 54 IP themes.

    Both devices are also rated 5ATM which makes it safe to wear any of these to the shower or pool.

  • Health and Fitness Tracking
  • Both Mi Band 4 and 5 will track your daily activities such as sleep, continuous heart rate tracking, steps, calories, sedentary reminders, and can also connect to your phone GPS to enable outdoor activity tracking.
    However, Mi Band 5 now has more health tracking features such as menstrual cycle tracking that allows women log period cycles with an alert function.

    Stress tracking has also been added, Mi band 5 can monitor your stress and will help you reduce stress through a guided breathing session.

    Another new feature is the Personal Activity Intelligence (PAI) vitality index; a new, innovative system that converts your heart rate data into a personalized score that indicates the level of activity required in order to maintain good health.

    There’s also blood oxygen saturation tracking that aids in giving you detailed sleep data. Xiaomi claims sleep tracking accuracy has improved by 40% with the addition of the REM stage and 24/7 sleep tracking. Thus, Mi Band 5 will track your sleep in three stages; deep, light, and REM. Besides being able to track your heart rate continuously, Mi Band 5 can now detect irregular heart rate and will alert you.

    Mi Band 5 also comes with more preset workout modes. It comes with 11 sport modes compared to 6 in Mi Band 4.

  • Battery Life
  • There’s no much difference in the battery life between Mi Band 4 and 5, as both can last up to 20 days on power saving mode, but Mi Band 5 according to Xiaomi can last up to 14 days with continuous tracking.

  • Other Upgrades

There’s NFC in the Chinese version of both devices and support payment through Ali Pay, but Xiaomi has added Union Pay to the list of supported payment options.

Both Mi Band 5 has the ability to unlock your phone and features incoming call and text notification, do not disturb, and more, but Mi Band 5 can now control your phone camera.

Which is Better?

Clearly, Mi Band 5 is a better smartband than Mi Band 4. It has a better display and is loaded with more health tracking features, yet priced about the same as Mi Band 4.

Best Samsung Smartwatches of 2020

best samsung smartwatch

Are you looking to buy a Samsung smartwatch, this post will show you my top 5 best Samsung smartwatches.

Samsung is one of the pioneers in the smartwatch market, they released their first smartwatch, Galaxy Gear in 2013, and has since then expanded their wearable line-up to include a lot more smartwatches and smartbands. So if you’re looking for a Samsung smartwatch that has got a stylish design and can improve your productive life and help you reach more fitness goals, look no further as this post will help you make a perfect choice.

5 Best Samsung Smartwatches Compared

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5 Best Samsung Smartwatches In Details

  1. Samsung Galaxy Watch 3
  2. best samsung smartwatch

    First on this list is Samsung Galaxy Watch 3, it’s the most sophisticated and best Samsung smartwatch. It was recently released in August and succeeds Galaxy Watch which was released in 2018. It’s a lifestyle and health tracking smartwatch packed in one.

    Galaxy Watch 3 is an attractive smartwatch, thanks to it’s stylish and elegant design. It comes in two sizes 45mm and 41mm, both are compact, lightweight, and comfortable to wear. It’s a sturdily built smartwatch made of stainless steel case and genuine leather straps, while Corning Gorilla Glass DX covers the screen. Galaxy Watch 3 is easy to navigate with its touchscreen support, 2 physical buttons, and the physical rotating bezel which is now smoother.

    The AMOLED display is very colorful, interactive, and can easily be read even under sunlight. This watch is rated 5ATM which means it’s waterproof up to 50 meters.

    Galaxy Watch 3 comes with 8GB storage and 1GB RAM that ensures smooth performance. It also has a microphone that enables Bixby voice assistant and a loudspeaker that allows you to make and receive calls by connecting to a compatible smartphone. You can also make a payment from Galaxy Watch 3. This watch will also keep you connected to updates by alerting you when you receive a notification on your phone.

    Galaxy Watch 3 is a comprehensive health tracker, it features the most health tracking features than any other Samsung smartwatch. It will track your steps, calories, sleep, stress, and heart rate. Moreover, it greeted new health tracking features such as blood oxygen tracking that monitors how well your blood absorbs oxygen. Menstrual cycle tracking for women and blood pressure monitoring are also available.

    Galaxy Watch 3 has an ECG sensor that can detect irregular heart rhythm as well as features 40 preloaded workout modes and can auto-track 7 of those.

    The battery life of Galaxy Watch 3 is quite impressive, you can get up to 2 days long battery life with the 45mm model and about 1 day or more with the 41mm model.

    Pros

    • Attractive and sophisticated design.
    • A comprehensive health tracker.
    • A standalone smartwatch.
    • 8GB storage capacity.

    Cons

    • Price is on the high side.
  3. Samsung Galaxy Watch Active 2
  4. Galaxy Watch Active 2 is my second best Samsung smartwatch. It’s the closest to Galaxy Watch 3 in terms of features.

    Active 2 which was released in 2019 succeeded Galaxy Active and features a digital rotating bezel instead of a physical rotating bezel on Galaxy Watch. It’s very stylish and has a charming appearance. You can get Active 2 in two sizes; 40mm and 44mm.

    One of the main reasons I like this smartwatch is that it’s very lightweight and compact. It’s very easy to navigate with touchscreen support, the physical buttons, and as well a digital rotating bezel.

    Active 2 packs a lot of fitness tracking features that can track your active life comprehensively and can help you reach more fitness goals. It can track your sleep, heart rate, calories, stress and features 39 preset work-out modes to choose from.

    It can also monitor your blood pressure and features ECG tracking, both features are yet to be approved by the FDA as of the time of this publication.

    Active 2 comes with 4GB storage capacity that lets you store music on this device. You can also stream your favorite tracks with Spotify. You can also access the Bixby voice assistant and it has a loudspeaker that enables you to make and receive from this watch.

    You can get up to 2 days of battery life with the Active 2.

    Pros

    • Lightweight, compact and sophisticated design.
    • A comprehensive health tracker.
    • A standalone smartwatch.

    Cons

    • Not so many apps on Galaxy store.
  5. Samsung Galaxy Watch
  6. Samsung Galaxy Watch. Although released in 2018, Samsung Galaxy Watch is still one of the best Samsung smartwatches and of course one of the best on the market.

    It has a design very similar to the latest Galaxy Watch 3 mentioned earlier. It features a physical rotating bezel that gives it a traditional watch appearance and makes navigation very easy.

    Galaxy watch has a sophisticated and sturdy build that consists of stainless steel case and silicone straps that can be swapped with a compatible 22mm/20mm for the 46mm and 42mm respectively. The display is very attractive and rich in color.

    Performance is also smooth, while it comes with 4GB storage capacity that allows you to store your favorite tracks on the watch. It also has a microphone and loudspeaker that allow you to make and receive calls directly from the watch.

    Although, there’s an LTE model just like the Galaxy Watch 3 and Active 2 that make and receive calls without a smartphone.

    Galaxy Watch is also a comprehensive fitness tracker that can track your daily activities and help you reach more fitness goals.

    One aspect of Galaxy Watch that makes it a popular choice is it’s up to 4 days long battery life.

    Pros

    • Solid and rugged design.
    • A comprehensive health tracker.
    • A standalone smartwatch.

    Cons

    • Quite heavy and bulky
    • Not so many apps on the Galaxy store ecosystem.
  7. Samsung Gear S3
  8. Samsung Gear S3 Frontier is a predecessor to Galaxy Watch that was released in 2016. Although aging, it still holds its own as one of the best smartwatch ever built by Samsung. It’s got the signatory physical rotating bezel in Galaxy Watch and Galaxy Watch 3 which in addition to physical buttons and touchscreen makes navigation easy.

    It has a 1.3 inches AMOLED powered display that’s colorful and easy to read. It’s also sturdy, built with a stainless steel case and silicone straps that don’t attack the skin. There’s the Gear S3 classic that comes with leather straps.

    Gear 3 can track your sleep, heart rate, calories and it features preset work-out modes to choose from. It also has an inbuilt GPS that enables outdoor activity tracking.

    You get 4GB storage capacity on Gear S3 that allows you to take your favorite tracks with you. It also has a microphone and loudspeaker that enables the Bixby voice assistant and allows you to make and receive calls from the watch via Bluetooth connectivity. Although, there’s an LTE model that can make and receive calls independent of a smartphone.

    The battery life of Gear S3 is quite impressive and can get you up to 2-3 days of battery life.

    Pros

    • Durably design.
    • A comprehensive health tracker.
    • A standalone smartwatch.

    Cons

    • Rated IP68.
    • Not so many apps on the Galaxy store ecosystem.
  9. Samsung Galaxy Watch Active
  10. Last, but not the list is Samsung Galaxy Watch Active. It’s the predecessor to Active 2, it has a digital rotating bezel, but lacks a loudspeaker and can’t make calls.

    Yet, Galaxy Active is still one of the best Samsung smartwatches, it’s lightweight, compact, and very comfortable to wear.

    It has a 1.1 inches AMOLED display that’s quite small, but can still be read clearly.

    It also comes with a 4GB storage capacity that allows you to take your favorite tracks with you. And has a microphone that enables Bixby voice assistant. You can also make a payment from this watch.

    Galaxy Active is equipped to track your daily activities such as steps, sleep, heart rate, calories, and stress. It comes inbuilt GPS that enables it to track outdoor activities and as well as features 39 preset workout modes. It has a battery life of about 2 days and will also keep you connected to important updates from your phone.

    Pros

    • Compact and lightweight design.
    • A comprehensive health tracker.

    Cons

    • Lacks loudspeaker.
    • Not a standalone smartwatch.
    • Not so many apps on the Galaxy store ecosystem.

    This is where I draw the curtain, Samsung smartwatches are some of the most popular and best rated on market. In my opinion, the 5 mentioned in this list remain the best you can get from Samsung.

5 Best Fitbit Smartwatches 2020 Review

best fitbit smartwatches

Are you looking to buy a Fitbit smartwatch, well look no further as this list will show you my top 5 best Fitbit smartwatches. Please note, this is my personal opinion which is a result of my research. The criteria used to adjudge this list are based on design, health tracking features, battery life, price, and user feedback.

Although Apple is the biggest smartwatch maker, Samsung alongside Fitbit still holds a fair share of the smartwatch market. Fitbit makes some of the finest smartwatches and the Fitbit app is very intuitive and makes managing your fitness goals effortless. If you’re a fan of Fitbit and intend to buy a smartwatch from the brand, this post will help you make a perfect choice.

5 Best Fitbit Smartwatches Compared Head-to-Head

 Fitbit Versa 2Fitbit IonicFitbit Charge 4Fitbit VersaFitbit Charge 3
Versa 2 full specsfitbit ionic specsFitbit Versa specs

ABOUT DEVICE

Device nameFitbit Versa 2Fitbit IonicFitbit Charge 4Fitbit Versa
(discontinued)
Fitbit Charge 3
Device typeSport/Fitness smartwatchSport/Fitness smartwatchSport/Fitness smartwatchSporty/Fitness smartwatchSporty/Fitness smartwatch
PredecessorFitbit VersaFitbit Charge 3NoneFitbit Charge 2
SuccessorNoneN/AFitbit Versa 2Fitbit Charge 4
Date ReleasedSeptember, 2019August, 2017March, 2020April, 2018August, 2018
GenderUnisexUnisexUnisexUnisexUnisex

WHERE TO BUY

DISPLAY

Display size1.4 inch1.42 inch1.57 inch1.34 inch1.57 inch
Display typeAMOLEDLCDOLED (monochrome)Transflective
colored
LCD
OLED (monochrome)
Display resolution--348 x 250 pixel__348 x 250 pixel__
Pixel density--306 ppi------
Display always-onYesYesNoNoNo
Input typeTouchscreen and 1 buttonTouchscreen
3 buttons
TouchscreenTouchscreen and 3 buttonsTouchscreen

BODY

ShapeRectangular/curvedRectangular/curvedRectangular/curvedRectangular/curvedRectangular/curved
Casing materialAluminumAerospace-grade aluminiumResinAluminumResin
Strap materialElastomerElastomerElastomerWoven Polyester (special edition)
Elastomer
Polyester
Bezel MaterialAluminumAluminumResinAluminumResin
Weight--30g27 g38 grams30 grams
Color(s)Carbon/black
Bordeaux/copper rose
Petal/copper rose
Stone/mist grey
Charcoal/smoke grey
Blue/burnt orange
Blue-grey/silver
Rosewood
Black
Storm blue/black
Gold, gray, blackBlack
White
Rose-gold
Dimension40 x 40 x 11 mm38 x 45 x 12 mm35.8 x 22.7 x 12.5 mm35 x 24.07 x 11.2 mm38 x 18.3 x 11.8 mm
Strap size140 - 180 mm (small)
180 - 220 mm (large)
140 - 180 mm (small)
180 - 220 mm (large)
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 protectionCorning Gorilla glassCorning Gorilla glass 3Hardened glassCorning Gorilla glass 3Corning Gorilla glass 3
Durability test
Waterproof ratingYes, 5ATMYes, 5ATMYes, 5ATMYes, 5ATMYes, 5ATM

CLOCK FEATURES

Time/DateYesYesYesYesYes
AlarmYesYesYesYesYes
StopwatchYesYesYesYesYes

MEMORY

RAM----------
Internal storageAbout 4GB4GB (2.5GB available)__About 4GB__
Memory card slotNoNo__No__

MEDIA

Audiomp3/mp4mp3/mp4Nomp3/mp4No
MicrophoneYesNoNoNoNo
LoudspeakerNoNoNoNoNo
CameraNoNoNoNoNo
Music streamingYesYesNoYesNo

CONNECTIVITY

BluetoothBluetooth v4.0 LEBluetooth v4.0 LEBluetooth v4.0 LEBluetooth v4.0 LEBluetooth v4.0 LE
NFCYesYesYesYesYes (special edition)
Wi-FiYesYesNoYesNo
Bluetooth callingNoNoNoNoNo

NOTIFICATIONS

Calls alertYesYesYesYesYes
SMS alertYesYesYesYesYes
Email alertYesYesYesYesYes
ReminderYesYesYesYesYes

CELLULAR CONNECTIVITY

Network TechnologyNoNoNoNoNo
SIMNoNoNoNoNo

FITNESS TRACKING

StepsYesYesYesYesYes
DistanceYesYesYesYesYes
CaloriesYesYesYesYesYes
Floors climbedYesYesYesYesYes
Sleep trackingYesYesYesYesYes
Heart rate monitoringYesYesYesYesYes
VO2 Max.YesYesYesYesYes
StressYesYesYesYesYes
Swim trackingYesNoYesYesYes
Menstrual cycle trackingYesYesYesYesYes
Blood pressureNoNoNoNoNo
ECG TrackingNoNoNoNoNo
Blood oxygenYesNoYesYesYes
Preloaded sport modesYesYesYes, 20+YesYes, 15+

PLATFORM

Operating systemFitbit OSFitbit OSFitbit OSFitbit OSFitbit OS
CPU----------
GPU----------
Chipset----------

SENSORS

GPSNo, (connected GPS)YesYesNo, (connected GPS)No, (connected GPS)
AccelerometerYesYesYesYesYes
Gyroscope __Yes______
Heart rate sensorYesYesYesYesYes
BarometerYesYesYesYesYes
CompassNoNoNoNoNo
Pulse Ox.YesNoYesYesYes
Altimeter__________
ECGNoNoNoNoNo
ThermometerNoNoNoNoNo
Ambient lightYesYesNoYesNo

OTHER FUNCTIONS

Interchangeable straps YesYesYesYesYes
Custom watch faceYesYesYesYesYes
Voice AssistantYesNoNoNoNo
Compatibility Android, IOS

Check supported devices
Android, IOS

Check supported devices
Android 7.0+
iOS 12.2+
Check your device compatibility
Android, IOS

Check supported devices
Android, IOS

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Payment systemFitbit PayFitbit PayFitbit PayFitbit PayFitbit Pay (special edition)
Companion appFitbit AppFitbit AppFitbit AppFitbit AppFitbit App

BATTERY

Battery typeNon-removable lithium polymerNon-removable lithium polymerNon-removable lithium polymerNon-removable lithium polymerNon-removable lithium polymer
Battery capacity ----_145mAh_
Est. battery lifeMixed usage: up to 6 daysMixed usage: up to 5 daysStandby: 10 day+
Mixed usage: 7 days
Continuous GPS Tracking: 5 Hrs
Mixed usage: up to 5 daysMixed usage: up to 7 days
Charging modeUSB based charging dockUSB based charging dockCharging DockUSB based charging dockUSB based charging dock
Charging durationAbout 1-2 hoursAbout 1-2 hoursAbout 1-2 hoursAbout 1-2 hoursAbout 1-2 hours

BOX CONTENTS

Fitbit Versa 2Fitbit IonicFitbit Charge 4Fitbit VersaFitbit Charge 3
Classic wristband (both small & large)Strap (small and large)Strap (small and large)Strap (small and large)Strap (small and large)
Magnetic charging dockMagnetic charging dockChargerMagnetic charging dockMagnetic charging dock
Quick start guideQuick start guideQuick start guideQuick start guideQuick start guide

Best Fitbit Smartwatches – More Details

  1. 1. Fitbit Versa 2
  2. best fitbit smartwatch

    Versa 2 is the best Fitbit smartwatch, and also one of the best smartwatches on the market. It’s very lightweight and a sturdy smartwatch made with aluminum case, while the straps are made of elastomer material that’s very comfortable to wear. The display is covered with Corning Gorilla Glass 3 which is resistant to scratch.
    AMOLED powers the 1.40 inches always-on display which is easy to read even under sunlight, thanks to the ambient light sensor that auto regulates the brightness of the display. Navigation is also easy with touch support and a physical button by the side.

    Versa 2 will track your steps, distance, floors climbed, sleep, heart rate, calories, menstrual cycle for women, stress, as well can track your outdoor activities with connected GPS, and it also comes with 20 preset sport modes.
    The Fitbit App is the companion app for Versa 2 just like all other Fitbit smartwatches. It’s intuitive and allows you to see your stats and manage your fitness goals.

    Versa 2 comes in two editions; Standard and Special editions. The difference between these two is that the Special edition comes with additional woven jacquard straps. There’s NFC on both editions which enables payments from this smartwatch through Fitbit Pay.

    Versa 2 also comes with 4GB storage capacity that allows you to store music on the device, and it supports music streaming with Spotify. It has an inbuilt microphone that enables Alexa voice assistant which allows you to perform tasks with your voice.

    Versa 2 also has a long battery life that lasts up to 5 days on average. You can get Versa 2 carbon/black, bordeaux/copper rose, petal/copper rose, and stone/mist grey.

    Pros

    • Very lighweight, sleek and durable design.
    • A comprehensive fitness tracker.
    • Onboard music storage.
    • 4 days+ long battery life.

    Cons

    • Lacks inbuilt GPS.
    • You can recieve calls from this watch.
  3. 2. Fitbit Ionic
  4. best fitbit smartwatches

    Second, on my list is Fitbit Ionic, it’s one of the early pioneers on Fitbit line-up. Just like Versa 2, Ionic has a decent and stylish design. It’s lightweight and sturdily built with aluminum for the case, elastomer for the straps and anti-scratch Corning Gorilla Glass 3 covers the display. The 1.42 inches LCD display is also easy to read and navigation is also easy with touch support and 2 physical buttons.

    Ionic comes with inbuilt GPS which Versa 2 lacks, as a result, allows you to track outdoor activities without your phone. It’ll also track your sleep, heart rate, calories, steps, stress, menstrual cycle, floors climbed, blood oxygen saturation, and stress. And it comes with 20 preset workout modes to choose from.

    Like Versa 2, Ionic also has 4GB of storage that allows you to store your favorite tracks on the watch and also support music streaming from services such as Spotify.

    Ionic has NFC inbuilt which enables Fitbit Pay, this allows you to make payment directly from the watch.
    It’ll also alert you when you receive a notification on your phone, while it’s long battery life will keep you track and connected for about 4 days.

    Pros

    • Very lighweight, sleek and durable design.
    • A comprehensive fitness tracker.
    • Has inbuilt GPS.
    • Onboard music storage.
    • 4 days+ long battery life.

    Cons

    • Lacks microphone and loudspeaker.
    • You can’t make or recieve calls from this watch.
  5. Fitbit Charge 4
  6. Charge 4 which was recently released and succeeds in Charge 3 is another fine choice from Fitbit. It looks more like a smartband than a smartwatch. It has almost similar tracking features as Versa 2, but lacks music storage, an ambient light sensor that auto regulates the brightness of the display, lacks on-screen workout coach and can’t floors climbed.

    Yet, Charge 4 is still one of the most popular and best-rated smartbands on the market. It’s a decent choice if you’re looking to track your daily activities and stay connected to all that matters to you.

    Charge 4 is available in two editions; Standard and Special edition. The difference is that the Special edition comes with additional woven polyester straps. NFC is available on both editions and this allows you to make a payment from the device with Fitbit Pay.

    The resin case and elastomer straps make it very lightweight and comfortable to wear.
    It has an inbuilt GPS that allows you to track and map your runs and other outdoor activities that can be viewed from the Fitbit App. It also features tracking for complete sleep cycle, heart rate, stress, menstrual cycle, blood oxygen saturation, and 20 preset sport modes.

    Charge 4 has a slightly longer battery life than Versa 2 and Ionic, thanks to its monochrome 1.57 inches LCD display that’s also easy to read. You can get up to 6 days long battery life on mixed usage.

    Pros

    • Very lighweight, sleek and durable design.
    • A comprehensive fitness tracker.
    • Has inbuilt GPS
    • 7 days long battery life.

    Cons

    • Can’t count floors.
    • Lacks onboard music storage.
    • You can recieve calls from this watch.
  7. Fitbit Versa
  8. Although has been discontinued, Fitbit Versa which preceded Versa 2 is one of the best-rated smartwatches on the market. It is a decent smartwatch with a lightweight and durable design. Versa has an LCD display compared to AMOLED of Versa 2, it also lacks voice assistant and has a smaller 1.34-inch display protected by Corning Gorilla Glass 3.

    Just like Versa 2, Versa will count floors climbed, track your calories, complete sleep cycle, heart rate, stress, blood oxygen with 15 preset work-out modes to choose from. It also can track your outdoor activities by connecting to your phone GPS.

    There’s NFC in Versa that enables Fitbit Pay which allows you to make a payment from this device, while the battery life is impressive at 4 days on average.

    Pros

    • Very lighweight, sleek and durable design.
    • A comprehensive fitness tracker.
    • Onboard music storage.
    • 3 days+ long battery life.

    Cons

    • Lacks inbuilt GPS.
    • You can recieve calls from this watch.
    • Lacks microphone.
  9. Fitbit Charge 3

Last on my list is Fitbit Charge 3 the predecessor to Charge 4. It lacks inbuilt GPS, music storage, do not disturb mode, and can’t control music on Spotify. However, Charge 3 remains a decent choice for keeping a tab on your active life and can help you reach more fitness goals.

It has a sturdy, decent, and stylish lightweight design. The case is made of resin, straps are made from elastomer and the monochrome OLED 1.57 inches display is protected by anti-scratch glass material. Like other Fitbit smartwatches, this smartband will track your daily activities such as sleep, heart rate, calories, stress, steps, blood oxygen and can connect to your phone GPS to enable tracking for your outdoor activities which can be viewed from the Fitbit App.

The battery life is also very impressive just like Charge 4. From experience, Charge 3 lasts up to 5-6 days on average.

Charge 3 comes in two editions; Special and Standard edition. The difference between these two is that the Special edition which is priced a bit higher comes with additional woven straps and has NFC that enables Fitbit Pay.

Pros

  • Very lighweight, sleek and durable design.
  • A comprehensive fitness tracker.
  • 7 days long battery life.

Cons

  • Can’t count floors.
  • Lacks inbuilt GPS.
  • Lacks onboard music storage.
  • You can recieve calls from this watch.

Conclusion

Fitbit smartwatches remain some of the best on the market, and these lots could be a wise investment that can improve your productive life and help you stay fit.

Fitbit Charge 4 vs Inspire HR – Which is Better?

In this post, I’ll be comparing Fitbit Charge 4 vs Inspire HR. This is an interesting comparison simply because both smartbands have so many features in common with Charge 4 priced higher as a result of having more features than Inspire HR. As you may know, Charge 4 is the successor to Charge 3 and it did come with some new features like inbuilt GPS, Spotify music control, the new Active minutes, and NFC that supports Fitbit Pay. Compare the differences between these two to help decide which is right for you.

Fitbit Charge 4 vs Inspire HR Specifications Compared

 Fitbit Charge 4Fitbit Inspire HR

ABOUT DEVICE

Device nameFitbit Charge 4Fitbit Inspire HR
Device typeSport/Fitness smartwatchFitness Smartband
PredecessorFitbit Charge 3N/A
SuccessorN/AN/A
Date ReleasedMarch, 2020March, 2019
GenderUnisexUnisex

WHERE TO BUY

DISPLAY

Display size1.57 inch~ 1.4 inch
Display typeOLED (monochrome)grayscale OLED
Display resolution____
Pixel density----
Display always-onNoNo
Input typeTouchscreenTouchscreen

BODY

ShapeRectangular/curvedRectangular/curved
Casing materialResinAluminum
Strap materialElastomerSilicone
Bezel MaterialResin__
Weight27 g__
Color(s)Rosewood
Black
Storm blue/black
Lilac
Black
White/black
Dimension35.8 x 22.7 x 12.5 mm__
Strap size140 - 180 mm (small)
180 - 220 mm (large)
__
Screen protectionHardened glass__
Durability test
Waterproof ratingYes, 5ATMYes, 5ATM

CLOCK FEATURES

Time/DateYesYes
AlarmYesYes
StopwatchYesYes

MEMORY

RAM----
Internal storage____
Memory card slot____

MEDIA

AudioNoNo
MicrophoneNoNo
LoudspeakerNoNo
CameraNoNo
Music streamingNoNo

CONNECTIVITY

BluetoothBluetooth v4.0 LEBluetooth v4.0 LE
NFCYesNo
Wi-FiNoNo
Bluetooth callingNoNo

NOTIFICATIONS

Calls alertYesYes
SMS alertYesYes
Email alertYesYes
ReminderYesYes

CELLULAR CONNECTIVITY

Network TechnologyNoNo
SIMNoNo

FITNESS TRACKING

StepsYesYes
DistanceYesYes
CaloriesYesYes
Floors climbedYesNo
Sleep trackingYesYes
Heart rate monitoringYesYes
VO2 Max.YesYes
StressYesYes
Swim trackingYesYes
Menstrual cycle trackingYesYes
Blood pressureNoNo
ECG TrackingNoNo
Blood oxygenYesNo
Preloaded sport modesYes, 20+Yes, 15+

PLATFORM

Operating systemFitbit OSFitbit OS
CPU----
GPU----
Chipset----

SENSORS

GPSYesNo, (connected GPS)
AccelerometerYesYes
Gyroscope __No
Heart rate sensorYesYes
BarometerYesNo
CompassNoNo
Pulse Ox.YesNo
Altimeter____
ECGNoNo
ThermometerNoNo
Ambient lightNoNo

OTHER FUNCTIONS

Interchangeable straps YesYes
Custom watch faceYesYes
Voice AssistantNoNo
Compatibility Android 7.0+
iOS 12.2+
Check your device compatibility
Android, IOS

Check supported devices
Payment systemFitbit PayNo
Companion appFitbit AppFitbit App

BATTERY

Battery typeNon-removable lithium polymerNon-removable lithium polymer
Battery capacity __
Est. battery lifeStandby: 10 day+
Mixed usage: 7 days
Continuous GPS Tracking: 5 Hrs
Mixed usage: up to 5 days
Charging modeCharging DockUSB based charging dock
Charging durationAbout 1-2 hoursAbout 1-2 hours

BOX CONTENTS

Fitbit Charge 4Fitbit Inspire HR
Strap (small and large)Straps
ChargerMagnetic charging dock
Quick start guideQuick start guide
  1. Design
  2. Both Inspire HR and Charge 4 spot a decent design that is lightweight, sleek, and comfortable to wear. Greyscale OLED powers the display on both devices which can be easily read. The body of both devices is also made with the plastic material while the straps are made from elastomer. Each of these two is also rated 5ATM which means waterproof up to 50 meters. Thus, it’s safe to wear any of these two to the shower or pool. In other words, I can say the design of both devices look good.

  3. Fitness Tracking
  4. Fitness tracking is where both devices differ even though similarities are more. Both Charge 4 and Inspire HR will track your steps, distance, sleep in three stages: (REM, deep and light), continuous heart rate, stress management through guided breathing session, menstrual cycle tracking with 20 preloaded sport modes.

    The difference though is the presence of inbuilt GPS in Charge 4 which Inspire HR lacks. Thus, with Charge 4, you can track outdoor activities without your phone, but you’ll need to carry your phone along if you’re to map your run with Inspire HR. You can then see a map of your run from the Fitbit App.

    Another feature present in Charge 4 is Active minutes which allows you to set a target heart rate and the device will alert you when the preset target is reached. The Charge 4 will also count floors climbed, a feature Inspire HR lacks.

    The bottom line, Charge 4 is a more comprehensive fitness tracker.

  5. Battery Life
  6. Fitbit Charge 4 has a longer battery life than Inspire HR. Users claimed that Charge 4 lasted an average of 5-6 days as against 4 days of Inspire HR. Please note that the actual battery life will vary by users.

  7. Smart Features

There are also some smart features present on Charge 4 which Inspire HR lacks. Although, each of these two will alert you when you receive a notification on your phone, but Charge 4 features the sleep mode that allows you mute notification while sleeping and do not disturb mode that allows you to mute notification during the day. Charge 4 also comes NFC that enables Fitbit Pay, a feature that allows you to make a payment from the device.

Which Should You Buy?

The bottom line, Charge 4 is better than Inspire HR. It has more fitness tracking and smart features and as a result, you’ll have to pay more for it.

However, Inspire HR is still a great choice. The only difference is that you’ll have to carry your phone along when tracking outdoor activities, it can’t count floors you climb and there’s no NFC, yet I think it’s still a wise investment for the price.

Prices

Fitbit Inspire vs Inspire HR – Which Should You Buy?

Fitbit Inspire vs Inspire HR

Inspire and Inspire HR are two decent low price and lightweight fitness trackers from Fitbit. These two have the same design and about the same battery life, but the Inspire HR is a higher-end version of the two smartbands. Inspire HR comes with a heart rate monitor and works with your phone GPS to enable GPS tracking which the Inspire lacks. As a result, Inspire HR has more fitness tracking features than Inspire. In this post, I compare the differences between Fitbit Inspire vs Inspire HR to help you decide which is worth investing in.

Fitbit Inspire vs Inspire HR Specifications

 Fitbit Inspire HRFitbit Inspire

ABOUT DEVICE

Device nameFitbit Inspire HRFitbit Inspire
Device typeFitness SmartbandFitness Smartband
PredecessorN/AN/A
SuccessorN/AN/A
Date ReleasedMarch, 2019March, 2019
GenderUnisexUnisex

WHERE TO BUY

DISPLAY

Display size~ 1.4 inch~ 1.4 inch
Display typegrayscale OLEDOLED (monochrome)
Display resolution____
Pixel density----
Display always-onNoYes
Input typeTouchscreenTouchscreen

BODY

ShapeRectangular/curvedRectangular/curved
Casing materialAluminumAluminum
Strap materialSiliconeElastomer
Bezel Material____
Weight____
Color(s)Lilac
Black
White/black
Black
Sangria
Dimension____
Strap size____
Screen protection____
Durability test
Waterproof ratingYes, 5ATMYes, 5ATM

CLOCK FEATURES

Time/DateYesYes
AlarmYesYes
StopwatchYesYes

MEMORY

RAM----
Internal storage____
Memory card slot____

MEDIA

AudioNoNo
MicrophoneNoNo
LoudspeakerNoNo
CameraNoNo
Music streamingNoNo

CONNECTIVITY

BluetoothBluetooth v4.0 LEBluetooth v4.0 LE
NFCNoNo
Wi-FiNoNo
Bluetooth callingNoNo

NOTIFICATIONS

Calls alertYesYes
SMS alertYesYes
Email alertYesYes
ReminderYesYes

CELLULAR CONNECTIVITY

Network TechnologyNoNo
SIMNoNo

FITNESS TRACKING

StepsYesYes
DistanceYesYes
CaloriesYesNo
Floors climbedNoNo
Sleep trackingYesYes (excuding sleep stages)
Heart rate monitoringYesNo
VO2 Max.YesNo
StressYesNo
Swim trackingYesYes
Menstrual cycle trackingYesYes
Blood pressureNoNo
ECG TrackingNoNo
Blood oxygenNoNo
Preloaded sport modesYes, 15+No

PLATFORM

Operating systemFitbit OSFitbit OS
CPU----
GPU----
Chipset----

SENSORS

GPSNo, (connected GPS)No
AccelerometerYesYes
Gyroscope NoNo
Heart rate sensorYesNo
BarometerNoNo
CompassNoNo
Pulse Ox.NoNo
Altimeter____
ECGNoNo
ThermometerNoNo
Ambient lightNoNo

OTHER FUNCTIONS

Interchangeable straps YesYes
Custom watch faceYesYes
Voice AssistantNoNo
Compatibility Android, IOS

Check supported devices
Android, IOS

Check supported devices
Payment systemNoNo
Companion appFitbit AppFitbit App

BATTERY

Battery typeNon-removable lithium polymerNon-removable lithium polymer
Battery capacity __
Est. battery lifeMixed usage: up to 5 daysMixed usage: up to 5 days
Charging modeUSB based charging dockUSB based charging dock
Charging durationAbout 1-2 hoursAbout 1-2 hours

BOX CONTENTS

Fitbit Inspire HRFitbit Inspire
StrapsStraps
Magnetic charging dockMagnetic charging dock
Quick start guideQuick start guide

Fitbit Inspire vs Inspire HR – Compare The Differences

Inspire´╗┐

Inspire HR

Track Complete Sleep Cycle
Track your sleep in light, deep, and REM sleep stages and get sleep insights to help you improve.

No

Yes
Fitnes Score (VO2 Max.)

No

Yes

Sleep Score
Based on your heart rate, time asleep and restlessness, this personalized score helps you better understand your sleep quality each night.

No

Yes

Guided Breathing Session
Find moments of calm throughout your day with personalized breathing sessions based on your heart rate.

No

Yes

Do Not Disturb
Use do not disturb mode when you want to mute call, text, calendar and app notifications during the day

No

Yes

24/7 Heart Rate Tracking

No

Yes

Resting Heart Rate
Wear your tracker or smartwatch all day and night to record your resting heart rate and track heart rate over time.

No

Yes

Heart Rate Zones
Use your personalized fat burn, cardio, and peak heart rate zones to optimize your effort during workouts.

No

Yes

20+ Preset Workout Modes
Choose from 20+ exercise modes like run, bike, swim, yoga and more, set a goal and get real-time stats during your workouts.

No

Yes

Real-time Pace and Distance

No

Connected GPS

Battery life

5 days

5 days

Editor's Rating

As you can see from the tables above, both smartbands are lightweight, compact and the greyscale OLED display can be read easily even outdoors. Both smartbands are also waterproof up to 50 meters which means you can wear any of these to the pool or shower.

The battery life of both smartbands is about the same, you can get up to 5 days from a single charge.
Both smartbands will also alert you when you receive a notification on your phone. Both Inspire HR and Inspire are able to track your daily activities like steps, distance, calories, menstrual cycle, and sleep.

However, where the difference comes in is that Inspire HR has a heart rate monitor and can connect to your phone GPS to enable outdoor activity tracking. As a result of these, Inspire HR can track your fitness level, complete sleep cycle in REM, light and deep stages, heart rate, as well as track your outdoor activities like locations and routes which you can view from the Fitbit App. All these additional features make Inspire HR a more comprehensive fitness tracker.

This is also the reason for the differences in price. Inspire HR will cost you more to buy.

Which Should You Buy?

While you can use any of the two smartbands to track your daily activities such as steps, distance, sleep, and calories, Inspire HR is a more comprehensive fitness tracker, and by extension a better smartband than Inspire.
Inspire HR is a better bargain and a better buy if your budget covers it, otherwise Inspire is still a decent choice.

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Samsung Galaxy Fit vs Fitbit Inspire HR – Which is Better?

Samsung Galaxy Fit vs Fitbit Inspire HR

Fitbit Inspire HR and Samsung Galaxy Fit have quite a lot in common, both smartbands are very light in weight and are comfortable to wear. Each of these two will track your steps, distance, calories, heart rate, and sleep. Both smartbands also have long battery life that can see you through multiple days. In this post, I compare the specs and features of Fitbit Inspire HR vs Samsung Galaxy Fit to find out the differences.

Samsung Galaxy Fit vs Fitbit Inspire HR – Specifications Compared

 Samsung Galaxy FitFitbit Inspire HR
samsung galaxy fit full specs

ABOUT DEVICE

Device nameSamsung Galaxy Fit
(SM-R370)
Fitbit Inspire HR
Device typeFitness smartbandFitness Smartband
PredecessorN/AN/A
SuccessorN/AN/A
Date ReleasedFebruary, 2019March, 2019
GenderUnisexUnisex

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DISPLAY

Display size0.95 inch~ 1.4 inch
Display typeAMOLEDgrayscale OLED
Display resolution120 x 240 pixel__
Pixel density__--
Display always-onYesNo
Input typeTouchscreen
1 single button
Touchscreen

BODY

ShapeRectangular/curvedRectangular/curved
Casing materialAluminumAluminum
Strap materialSiliconeSilicone
Bezel MaterialAluminum__
Weight23 grams
(without straps)
__
Color(s)Black
White
Lilac
Black
White/black
Dimension?44.6 x 18.3? x 11.2 mm__
Strap size20mm__
Screen protectionCorning Gorilla glass__
Durability test
Waterproof ratingYes, 5ATM
(MIL-STD-810G)
Yes, 5ATM

CLOCK FEATURES

Time/DateYesYes
AlarmYesYes
StopwatchYesYes

MEMORY

RAM2MB--
Internal storage32MB__
Memory card slotNo__

MEDIA

AudioNoNo
MicrophoneNoNo
LoudspeakerNoNo
CameraNoNo
Music streamingNoNo

CONNECTIVITY

BluetoothBluetooth v5.0 LEBluetooth v4.0 LE
NFCYesNo
Wi-FiNoNo
Bluetooth callingNoNo

NOTIFICATIONS

Calls alertYesYes
SMS alertYesYes
Email alertYesYes
ReminderYesYes

CELLULAR CONNECTIVITY

Network TechnologyNoNo
SIMNoNo

FITNESS TRACKING

StepsYesYes
DistanceYesYes
CaloriesYesYes
Floors climbedNoNo
Sleep trackingYesYes
Heart rate monitoringYesYes
VO2 Max.YesYes
StressNoYes
Swim trackingYesYes
Menstrual cycle trackingNoYes
Blood pressureNoNo
ECG TrackingNoNo
Blood oxygenNoNo
Preloaded sport modesYesYes, 15+

PLATFORM

Operating systemFreeRTOSFitbit OS
CPU96MHz--
GPU__--
ChipsetMCU Cortex M33F--

SENSORS

GPSNoNo, (connected GPS)
AccelerometerYesYes
Gyroscope YesNo
Heart rate sensorYesYes
BarometerNoNo
CompassNoNo
Pulse Ox.NoNo
Altimeter--__
ECGNoNo
ThermometerNoNo
Ambient lightNoNo

OTHER FUNCTIONS

Interchangeable straps NoYes
Custom watch faceNoYes
Voice AssistantNoNo
Compatibility Android 5.0+ RAM 1.5GB+
iPhone: iPhone 7+, iOS 10.0+
Android, IOS

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Payment systemSamsung PayNo
Companion appSamsung Gear appFitbit App

BATTERY

Battery typeNon-removable Li-Polymer batteryNon-removable lithium polymer
Battery capacity 120mAh_
Est. battery lifeStandby: 10 days+
Mixed usage: 5 days+
Mixed usage: up to 5 days
Charging modeCharging dockUSB based charging dock
Charging durationAbout 1-2 hoursAbout 1-2 hours

BOX CONTENTS

Samsung Galaxy Fit
(SM-R370)
Fitbit Inspire HR
StrapsStraps
Wireless chargerMagnetic charging dock
Quick start guideQuick start guide

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Fitbit Versa 2 vs Fossil Gen 5 – Which is Better?

Fitbit Versa 2 vs Fossil Gen 5

In this post, I’ll be comparing two very attractive and well equipped smartwatches; The Gen 5 Calyle from Fossil and Versa 2 from Fitbit. While the Gen 5 runs on Google’s Wear OS, Versa 2 runs on proprietary Fitbit OS, yet these two smartwatches offer about the same features. i.e, each of these two is designed to track daily activity and help you manage your fitness goals, as well as offers music storage, voice assistant, notifications update and otherwise. The price range differs though, which is why this comparison between Versa 2 vs Gen 5 will help you decide which is a better smartwatch for you.

Fitbit Versa 2 vs Fossil Gen 5 Full Specs Compared

 Fitbit Versa 2Fossil Gen 5
Versa 2 full specsfossil gen 5 full specs

ABOUT DEVICE

Device nameFitbit Versa 2Fossil Gen 5 Calyle
Device typeSport/Fitness smartwatchClassic/Fitness smartwatch
PredecessorFitbit VersaFossil Gen 4 Explorist
SuccessorNoneN/A
Date ReleasedSeptember, 2019August, 2019
GenderUnisexMen

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DISPLAY

Display size1.4 inch1.28 inch
Display typeAMOLEDAMOLED (Always-on)
Display resolution--416 x 416 pixels
Pixel density----
Display always-onYesYes
Input typeTouchscreen and 1 buttonTouchscreen plus 3 physical buttons

BODY

ShapeRectangular/curvedCircular
Casing materialAluminumStainless steel
Strap materialElastomerStainless steel
Bezel MaterialAluminumStainless steel
Weight----
Color(s)Carbon/black
Bordeaux/copper rose
Petal/copper rose
Stone/mist grey
Black silicone/steel
Dark Brown/black steel
Smoke stainless steel
Dimension40 x 40 x 11 mm44 x 44 x 12 mm
Strap size140 - 180 mm (small)
180 - 220 mm (large)
22mm
Screen protectionCorning Gorilla glassCorning Gorilla glass
Durability test
Waterproof ratingYes, 5ATMYes, 3ATM

CLOCK FEATURES

Time/DateYesYes
AlarmYesYes
StopwatchYesYes

MEMORY

RAM--1GB
Internal storageAbout 4GB8GB
Memory card slotNoNo

MEDIA

Audiomp3/mp4mp3/mp4
MicrophoneYesYes
LoudspeakerNoYes
CameraNoNo
Music streamingYesYes

CONNECTIVITY

BluetoothBluetooth v4.0 LEBluetooth smart v4.2 LE
NFCYesYes
Wi-FiYesYes
Bluetooth callingNoYes

NOTIFICATIONS

Calls alertYesYes
SMS alertYesYes
Email alertYesYes
ReminderYesYes

CELLULAR CONNECTIVITY

Network TechnologyNoNo
SIMNoNo

FITNESS TRACKING

StepsYesYes
DistanceYesYes
CaloriesYesYes
Floors climbedYesYes
Sleep trackingYesYes
Heart rate monitoringYesYes
VO2 Max.YesYes
StressYesYes
Swim trackingYesYes
Menstrual cycle trackingYesNo
Blood pressureNoNo
ECG TrackingNoNo
Blood oxygenYesNo
Preloaded sport modesYesYes

PLATFORM

Operating systemFitbit OSWear OS
CPU----
GPU----
Chipset--Qualcomm Snapdragon 3100

SENSORS

GPSNo, (connected GPS)Yes
AccelerometerYesYes
Gyroscope __Yes
Heart rate sensorYesYes
BarometerYesYes
CompassNoNo
Pulse Ox.YesNo
Altimeter____
ECGNoNo
ThermometerNoNo
Ambient lightYesYes

OTHER FUNCTIONS

Interchangeable straps YesYes, 22mm
Custom watch faceYesYes
Voice AssistantYesYes
Compatibility Android, IOS

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Android 6.0 (excluding Go edition)+
iOS 10.0+
Payment systemFitbit PayGoogle pay
Companion appFitbit AppFossil Q app

BATTERY

Battery typeNon-removable lithium polymerNon-removable Li-ion battery
Battery capacity --310mAh
Est. battery lifeMixed usage: up to 6 daysStandby: 3 days+
Mixed usage: 1 day+
Charging modeUSB based charging dockInductive charging magnet
Charging durationAbout 1-2 hoursAbout 1-2 hours

BOX CONTENTS

Fitbit Versa 2Fossil Gen 5 Calyle
Classic wristband (both small & large)Straps
Magnetic charging dockInductive charging magnet
Quick start guideQuick start guide

Fitbit Versa 2 vs Fossil Gen 5: The Differences

  1. DESIGN
  2. Of all the top smartwatches released last year, the Gen 5 and Versa 2 are two of the most attractive. Although, I like the design of Gen 5 more, I thinks it’s more prestigious and attractive than Versa 2. It’s oversized design and stainless steel bezel makes it bold and rugged. However, Versa 2 is a more comfortable smartwatch to wear judging from its lesser weight, more compact size, yet has a larger 1.4 inches display compared to 1.28 inches. AMOLED powers the display on both smartwatches which is vivid and very colorful, both watches also support touchscreen in addition to physical buttons of which Gen 5 has more.

    The straps that come with Versa 2 is made of elastomer (Special edition comes with additional jacquard woven straps) compared to Gen 5 stainless steel straps. Mind you, the Gen 5 straps are also available in leather material. Moreover, you can swap straps on both watches with any compatible straps that are available in different materials.

  3. Both Watches are Water Resistant
  4. Both smartwatches are waterproof with Gen 5 rated 3ATM and Versa 2 rated 5ATM. Versa 2 has a higher waterproof rating of up to 50 meters which makes it a better watch for you if you like to track your swimming activities.

  5. Media and Storage
  6. Both Versa 2 and Gen 5 allow you to store your favorite tracks on the watch, but Gen 5 with 8GB compared to 4GB of Versa 2 will allow you store more of your tracks. Both watches also support streaming with select services like Spotify. In addition, while Google Assistant is on Gen 5, Alexa is the voice assistant on Versa 2. I think these are some of the most intelligent AI programs that can help you do tasks with your voice.

    While a microphone is available on both smartwatches, only Gen 5 comes with a loudspeaker that enables voice calling by connecting to your phone Bluetooth. This feature comes handy in certain situations.

  7. Activity Tracking
  8. Both Versa 2 and Gen 5 are marketed as fitness-focused smartwatches and designed to track your daily activities and help you manage your fitness goals with the respective compatible apps. Google Fit indigenous to Wear OS smartwatches will help you manage your fitness goals on Gen 5, while Fitbit app does the same for Versa 2. Each of these two will track your sleep, heart rate, calories, floors climbed, steps and outdoor activities.

    However, going by the share amount of activity tracking features present on Versa 2 such as stress management, fitness level, menstrual cycle tracking, blood oxygen and onscreen workout coach, I think it’s a more comprehensive fitness tracker than Gen 5 which relies mostly on third-party apps to achieve some of these features.

  9. Fitbit OS vs Wear OS
  10. Both operating systems have something to write home about that tend to meet the need of the average user. Even though Wear OS isn’t there just yet when compared to Tizen OS or the new Watch OS from Apple, I still think it’s a more holistic OS than Fitbit OS which offers limited access to apps.

  11. Battery Life

When Snapdragon 3100 was announced two year ago, it did come with some new features which included battery saver feature for Wear OS smartwatches. This feature allows the Gen 5 to last just about 2 days or even more, and with mixed usage, it’s about a day. This is far less than about 5 days long battery life with Versa 2.

Bottom Line

Versa 2 is a better comprehensive fitness tracker, it’s a better smartwatch for anyone looking for a smartwatch that can track your active life and lets you go longer from a single charge, while Gen 5 has more features that can improve your productive life.

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