For a while my Fitbit Charge 2 band has been falling off. I even replaced the band about a month ago, it fell of less but it still did it. I knew that the Alta or Alta HR would not be good choices because the band works the same way. I have also had the Charge 2 for a while so it was out of warranty! I would lose a lot of features w/ the Flex 2. So I got the Fitbit Versa! Today I will be comparing it to the Apple Watch. I have the Series 2. I will be comparing it to the series 1 & 2. So let’s get started.
All Day Activity Tracking.
Most Clock faces on the versa feature your step count. So you can look at steps w/ a glance. Some faces feature Calories Burned & Heart Rate. To view all stats SWIPE UP from the clock and that will open an app called “Today” which will show your stats for active minutes, hourly move, heart rate, and more! Workouts tracked are at the bottom.
The Apple Watch has an app called “Activity,” in this app you can see your “rings,” steps, & distance. Their are three rings: “Move,” “Exercise,” & “Stand.” “Move” is the Active Calories which is NOT ALWAYS ACCURATE! “Exercise” is like Fitbit’s Active Minutes but you can set a goal it is always 30, on Fitbit it could be 2, 30, 45, 60, 86, and any other number. Fitbit is more accurate on Active Minutes then “Exercise” on Apple Watch because on a day I did not do anything Apple says I closed the ring but Fitbit says I have 0 Minutes. Also apple’s Minutes differ for the SAME walk while Fitbit is always the same if you are walking. The last one is “Stand” which is like Fitbit’s “hourly move.”
In this category Fitbit wins. It had the features first, it is what Fitbit is best at!
On the Versa you can track many different workouts. You can have up to six on the watch at a time. I have Walk, Bike, Swim, Run, Workout, & Yoga. The Versa does not have GPS. Which some people won’t buy it for that reason. The price would cost more for GPS and the battery life would not be as good. The $300 Ionic has GPS if you want that. Connected GPS connects to your phone to track outdoor workouts. It is always good to have your phone w/ you in case of emergencies. Connected GPS is just as accurate and it uses less battery. Your workouts are saved in the Fitbit app. You CAN also track swims
Keep in mind you can only have one Fitbit smartwatch paired at a time. You can have a smartwatch and fitness band (as many bands as you want) paired (Charge 2, Alta HR, Flex 2, etc).
On the Apple Watch you can have more workouts. The Apple Watch Series 2 & 3 have built in GPS. The series 1 & the original/Series 0 Do NOT have built in GPS. The series 2 is discounted. The series 3 is over $300. The series 1 is $250. So no gps keeps the price down.
The Fitbit versa is a smartwatch so it features notifications that come through on your phone. Go to the Fitbit app to turn on notifications for ONLY the apps you want. The bands (Charge 2, Alta, Alta HR etc.) Have Call & Text notifications (maybe calendar) but not the other apps like the versa. If they are important get the versa. I find the notifications handy. For Android users, Quick text replies will be coming soon. No quick replies on iOS thanks to Apple’s closed system .Fitbit does not put notifications first because they have always focused on fitness which is a good thing. Also people who buy the watch for notifications would not look at Fitbit. Not priority but works well.
The Apple Watch does do a better job on notifications. I do not have any on here because I have been wearing the amazing Versa. The Apple Watch will tap you when something comes through. You can reply to text by “Scribbling,” talking to it, or a quick reply. However if you get messages from other apps you can NoT reply to them. Apple does that well.
Winner: Apple Watch
The Fitbit Versa is a smartwatch so it features apps. You can check the weather (useful). You can even check how you are doing in the 7 day leaderboard against your friends. “Relax” is Fitbit’s app for focusing on breathing. It first appeared on the Charge 2 then Apple came out w/ it on the Series 1 & 2. Their are several fitness apps on the Versa. Their is a simple calculator app. The New York Times is on the Versa (would not use). You can also get Starbucks. Pandora & Deezer Music (paid only) are available. More fitness apps are available. I would not get a Watch for apps. If you are going to Fitbit is not for you. Especially if you don’t want fitness apps. There are a couple games on versa btw.
The Apple Watch does have a lot of apps. From fitness to news to games to remotes. If you are getting a watch for apps the Apple Watch is for you.
Winner: Apple Watch
Social Features & Motivation.
Screenshot: Fitbit app.
Fitbit has challenges and adventure races. You can compete with your friends. You get “Trophies” for winning. The goal Day is a fun challenge to hit your goal. If you hit your goal you get a “Trophy.” Goal day can be solo or w/ Friends. Adventure races are challenges that you race to be the first to the finish line. Solo adventures are ones that you do (don’t know much about those). Challenges are really fun on Fitbit.
The bit also has the seven day steps. Currently (April 18th) I am in 6. You can see where you rank among friends. You can see that right on the watch w/ the Fitbit versa & Ionic. This is what motivates you on Fitbit and also hitting 10k!
Screenshot: Apple Activity App
On the Apple Watch you can share stats w/ friends but no 7 day or challenges :(. The Apple Watch motivates you to close your rings like Fitbit motivates you to hit your goal.
Sleep Tracking & Battery Life
Fitbit does sleep Tracking! Also REM! Apple only does it on third party apps. It drains a lot of battery life. The Apple Watch battery life is 18 hours Versa 4 Days +.
Winner: Fitbit Versa
The Fitbit versa is $200. It has a lot of fitness features + weather, notifications, & more. It is the mass appeal smartwatch Fitbit is saying it is. If you want GPS it is $300 which is the Ionic. Also Fitbit versa has WAY better battery life than the Apple Watch and so does the Ionic.
The Apple Watch Series 1 is $250 (and it does less) no swim tracking and not the fun social features of Fitbit. So the Fitbit versa is a better choice. Also Apple Watch only supports iOS while Fitbit supports Windows, Android, & iOS! The series 3 is over $300 (more than the Ionic). Also battery life is weak on all Apple watches.
Overall winner: Fitbit Versa
P.S. I got a couple Active Minutes on Apple Watch while writing this. Fitbit gave me 0 minutes while writing this. Fitbit is amazing!!!