Fitbit Versa vs. Apple Watch: Which smartwatch is best for sports? -


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Tuesday, 17 April 2018

Fitbit Versa vs. Apple Watch: Which smartwatch is best for sports?

Fitbit recently acquired Pebble, a company that has the merit of initiating the world of smartwatches in which now the Apple Watch is the absolute king . With this purchase, Fitbit made sure to get the operating system and continue to grow and eventually go betting on watches to the detriment of the activity wristbands.

And his new weapon to try to counteract the power of the Apple Watch has been immediate : today goes on sale Fitbit Versa, a smartwatch that looks a lot like the Pebble and that this time, it could do a lot of damage to Apple's smart watch by its design, features and price .

If you are considering buying a smartwatch, surely you ask yourself this question: Fitbit Versa or Apple Watch? Apple Watch or Fitbit Versa? Which is better? Why this price difference? And we can not forget that the Versa costs 200 euros for the 369 of the most basic model of Apple Watch 3 .

Fitbit Versa vs. Apple Watch: Which is better?

Both the Versa and the Apple Watch have a square sphere , much better for integrating menus and text on the screen. Both smartwatches have a screen with a brightness of a thousand nits, which allows viewing the screen in conditions as varied as the interior or exterior.

And now the differences come in this aspect: the Apple Watch can be chosen in versions of 38 and 42 millimeters, which translate into 1.5 and 1.65 inches respectively. For its part, the Fitbit Versa only has 1.34 inches, that is, it is a unisex model. In summary, the resolution is higher in the Apple Watch, but in contrast, Fitbit's design is softer and more refined .

While the Fitbit Versa has 3 buttons, the Apple Watch solves everything with the elegant and versatile digital crown and a side button . Of course, both are tactile and also support a 50 meter dive.
Fitbit Versa Apple Watch 3 (38 mm)
screen 1.34 inches LCD 1.5 inches AMOLED
Pixel density 300 × 300 pixels 340 × 272 pixels
Compatibility Android and iOS iOS
Storage 4GB 8GB (16GB model LTE)
Sensors Accelerometer, gyroscope, heart sensor, altimeter, ambient light sensor, Sp02 sensor Accelerometer, gyroscope, heart sensor, GPS, altimeter, ambient light sensor
Connectivity Wi-Fi 802.11b / g / n; Bluetooth 4.0, NFC Wi-Fi 802.11b / g / n; Bluetooth 4.2, NFC, optional LTE connectivity
Battery 4 days of autonomy 2 days
Colors and straps Black, pink gold and graphite. Interchangeable belts Aluminum, steel, ceramics of various colors. Interchangeable belts
Starting price 199.95 euros From 369 euros
Technical specifications and sensors

The main difference between Versa and Apple Watch in terms of its use for sport is GPS , which in the case of Fitbit will require you to carry your phone on top to monitor distance and location. The same thing does not happen with the Apple Watch, which has it integrated, being the optional LTE so that if you want it, you can make calls without the iPhone.

Of course, in both watches you can store your music library and use them to listen to music with bluetooth headphones.

Both watches include accelerometer, heart rate monitor and altimeter, which in the Apple Watch was adopted in the third generation. But in addition the Versa has an SpO2 sensor that also measures the oxygen level in blood.

Taking into account that we are talking about Fitbit, the importance of sport and lifestyle is key , that's why you will find the activity and dream registry with a spectacular interface of the style that we can see in Apple Activity.

Of course, remember that Apple does not have sleep control by default . By the way, once you start exercising, the Fitbit smartwatch will start up without the need to touch anything. Another interesting feature is that if you are a woman, you can monitor your menstrual cycle.

Functionality and applications

This is where we find more differences. Apple has a few smartwatches behind them and that shows in the wide range of apps you can find for your operating system . At the moment, the number of apps available on Fitbit OS is limited, but it will be a matter of time to expand. As it could not be less, the Apple Watch is perfectly understood with the rest of the Apple ecosystem, so if you have an iPhone, the optimization is perfect.

In addition to having more apps, these are best handled from the Apple Watch . And you can send messages and answer them from your wrist with the Apple Watch. In the case of Versa, response options are restricted to predefined messages. In addition, the Apple Watch has a microphone, something that allows to dictate messages and of course, make and receive calls.
Battery autonomy

In this aspect Fitbit takes the colors to the Apple Watch . And while Versa guarantees more than 4 days of autonomy, the Apple Watch 3 hardly lasts two. Speaking of a device that has been born to carry 24 hours a day to control everything, this is a very important differential factor.


I'm not going to cheat you, Fitbit Versa is probably the best smartwatch in terms of value for money . It is not perfect, and the absence of apps or having a less refined operating system plays against it. And if you are an Apple user, you will know that in your ecosystem there is a series of added intangibles that make everything easier: nothing will integrate better with Apple Music, AirPods or iPhone than Apple Watch

But the Versa costs almost half, its battery lasts twice as long and comes with a series of sensors to control sports activity as accurately or more than the Apple Watch. Although its use to replace the phone is more limited, Fitbit Versa will have to talk .

Everything could be summarized in that if between your needs the control of your activity prevails , Fitbit is the best option. If on the other hand, you prefer a smarwatch that replaces your phone , Apple Watch wins the battle. 

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