Fitbit is well known in the fitness industry for its long (and impressive) line of wearables and sensors. However, he first tested the waters of the smartwatch with those of last year. launch of the Ionic. Now, Fitbit will soon launch the Versa, which serves to compete with Apple with improved smart features and improved design. The newest Fitbit product is especially attractive to women, both in appearance and functionality.
The Versa is smaller and cheaper than the Ionic, but how does it compare to the world famous Apple Watch? Not only is it the best selling watch in the world, but it is also touted that Series 3 could completely replace your smartphone, although it has not yet succeeded. In our own revision of the Versa, we were impressed, but how does it compare with the popular Apple Watch Series 3? We put the two in a heads-up clash of specifications to find out.
Although the internal specifications of Fitbit Versa are still relatively unknown, our first glimpse revealed fast loading times, and a bit of nervousness lag when scrolling at times, too. In Series 3, Apple debuted with the S3 processor, which promises a 70 percent increase in the performance of the S2 processor found in the previous iteration.
Like the Series 2, Apple Watch Series 3 incorporates a built-in GPS, so you can still start training sessions even out of service range. The Versa allows users to leave their phone at home, but without the built-in GPS, the accuracy of their distance tracking is affected. Also, to get the full Versa experience, it is recommended to bring a smartphone. However, we found that it still works well when we decided to leave our phone at home.
The Apple 3 Series smart watch also comes with an optional SIM card compatibility card and LTE cellular connectivity, something the Versa lacks completely. Although you must pay more to use the phone's cellular connectivity, and currently only supports EE, in the future, Apple Watch Series 3 could completely replace your smartphone with the ability to make and receive calls, send messages, and transmit music without be connected to an iPhone via Bluetooth.
Apple's decision to include a built-in GPS sensor gives your watch a huge advantage.
Since it debuted, the Apple Watch & # 39; s Watch OS4 has placed a great emphasis on fitness tracking For the Fitbit credit, it is probably the best-known brand and synonymous in the physical activity tracking industry, so it is not surprising that Fitbit OS 2.0 is packed with data and fitness capabilities. In terms of smart watch functionality, the Versa lets you view alerts from your smartphone, including text messages, app notifications, phone calls and calendar events, many of which Apple Watch also offers.
However, the only aspect of the Versa We did not like too much the fact that only Android users have the ability to send replies to text messages and messaging applications. As of now, iPhone users can not do the same now, although developers are working to solve this problem.
Given that Fitbit only recently made the Versa available for advance order, it is not surprising that its feature set lacks in comparison to the Apple Watch. Although, despite this, Apple's decision to include a built-in GPS sensor gives your watch a great advantage.
Winner: Apple Watch Series 3
Fitbit, fortunately, made some much needed improvements in the male form formerly blocked from the Ionic. The Versa features curved edges and more aggressive corners, designed specifically to look better on those with thinner wrists, something women will especially appreciate. As we mentioned in our review, from a distance, it is easy to confuse the Versa with the Apple Watch. Regarding its weight, Fitbit claims that it is the lightest metal smart watch in the United States to date, even with its largest size.
Fitbit fortunately made some much needed improvements in the previous male form of the block, the Ionic.
Although currently only available in light silver or pink, Fitbit offers many different bands to customize as you see fit, including the Horween silicone, metal and leather options. There is even a special bonus edition of the watch that comes with its own ribbons of woven material in addition to the standard plastic strap, which facilitates the exchange when you exercise.
The Apple Watch Series 3 has the same shape as its predecessors, with the exception of the 4G LTE color dot in the digital crown. It's a thicker touch than previous models, but when you use it, you'll hardly notice it. The Apple Watch Series 3 is available in gold stainless steel, silver, gray aluminum and black space boxes. There is also an Apple Watch edition of gray ceramic, as well as a new Sport Loop with a wraparound band.
In terms of the screen, both the Fitbit Versa and the Series 3 feature a 1000-nits brightness display, which makes for easy outdoor viewing and vibrant colors. The Apple Watch Series 3 has a slight advantage over the Versa in terms of pixel density, but it is so slight that you will hardly notice it. In terms of buttons, the Versa features three hardware buttons along with its touch screen, while the Apple Watch Series 3 has a sleeker rotating digital crown. Both the Versa and the Apple Watch Series 3 are water resistant to 50 meters.
Although Fitbit definitely made the biggest improvements of the two companies, Apple Watch Series 3 slightly outperforms Fitbit thanks to its advantage in pixel density and more elegant design of the bezel.
Winner: Apple Watch Series 3
While it has been almost neck and neck In terms of specifications and design, when it comes to battery life, the Versa dominates. Fitbit included a 145mAh battery that provides more than four days of battery life, which is almost double what Apple Watch Series 3 can offer. In theory, Apple Watch Series 3 will last up to 18 hours, but Apple provided information with more detailed scenarios. The Apple Watch Series 3 LTE model has approximately three hours of talk time when combined with an iPhone, lasts approximately ten hours during indoor workouts and transmits music for ten hours when paired with an iPhone via Bluetooth.
Although the Versa does not offer built-in GPS or cellular connectivity, in terms of pure battery life, it is clearly superior. It is especially useful for outdoor enthusiasts, for example, if you want to track your fitness on a weekend backpacking trip and do not want to carry a charger.
Winner: Fitbit Versa
Prices and Availability
The Fitbit Versa is currently available for preorder for $ 200 while the Fitbit Versa Special Edition, including compatibility with Fitbit Pay, will be priced at $ 230 on the company's website, with global availability starting in April. The base model Apple Watch Series 3 with GPS costs $ 330, which is a whopping $ 100 more than the Versa special edition of Fitbit. The Apple Watch with GPS and cell phone costs $ 400 and is available on the Apple website or through various retailers. Although the Apple Watch has additional features, built-in GPS and cellular functionality, the competitive and impressive price of Fitbit Versa is hard to ignore.
Winner: Fitbit Versa
winner: Apple Watch Series 3
While We have barely scratched the surface in terms of what Fitbit Versa is capable of. Our first impressions show that the company created a powerful product with intelligent features and a design that clearly rivals the Apple Watch Series 3. Its battery life and its affordable price serves as the icing on the cake, but we can not overcome the lack. of built-in GPS.
In terms of fitness characteristics, we see comparable similarities between the two models, highlighted by the fact that both offer an accelerometer, a heart rate monitor and an altimeter. The Fitbit Versa made an additional point to attract women with a unique monitoring of women's health, which allows women to track their menstrual cycles. However, Apple Watch Series 3 offers many of the same features, as it does not have an official sleep tracker.
Where Apple Watch Series 3 really stands out relates to its applications and functionality. Apple has had more time to build an application library, while Fitbit Versa has only a limited selection currently available. Apple's applications range from productivity to games and purchases, all accessible from the wrist. Over time, this will change, but for now, Apple has a broader smart watch functionality, which allows it to barely beat the Versa.