Fitbit Versa 3 vs Samsung Galaxy Watch Active 2 – Which is Better?

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Since it was released last year, Galaxy Watch Active 2 is still one of the best smartwatches in 2020 and will likely stay so even in 2021 as it runs on the same Tizen 5.5 OS which bears the most advanced features. A stiff competitor to the Active 2 is Versa 3 which was recently released alongside Fitbit Sense. Both Active 2 and Versa 3 share a lot of features in common, this includes being equipped with the ability to track many activities and helping you stay connected to important updates you receive on your phone. In this post, I compare Fitbit Versa 3 vs Samsung Galaxy Watch Active 2 to find out which is a better smartwatch and why we think so.

In summary, I think Active 2 is a more comprehensive smartwatch than Versa 3. Although Fitbit is already rolling out new features to Versa 3, it still lags behind Active 2 when it comes to lifestyle and productive features. With Active 2 you can easily add your personal music, it has a better interface, more fitness tracking features, better ways to reply to notifications, and looks more attractive.

Versa 3

Active 2

Display Size

1.58 inches 

1.2 inches (40mm)
1.4 inches (44mm)

Dimension

40 x 40 x 12 mm

40 x 40 x 10.9 mm (40mm)
44 x 44 x 10.9 mm (44mm)

Glass

Case Material

Aluminum

Aluminum (Non-LTE)
Stainless steel (LTE)

Weight

40 grams

26 grams (40mm)
30 grams (44mm)
(aluminum)

Rotating Bezel

No

Physical rotating bezel

Voice Assistant

Alexa
Google Assistant

Bixby

Loudspeaker

Yes

Yes

ECG Tracking

No

Yes

Blood Pressure Tracking

No

Yes

Blood Oxygen Tracking

Yes

No

Menstrual Cycle Tracking

Yes

Yes

Battery Life with Always-on

5 days+

2 days (40mm)
3 days (44mm)

Operating System

Fitbit OS

Meanwhile, Versa 3 has loads of fitness tracking features which I consider to be at par with Active 2, it also has longer battery life.

Fitbit Versa 3 vs Samsung Galaxy Watch Active 2 Full Specifications Compared

 
 
Product Info
fitbit Versa 3 full specs and features

Fitbit Versa 3 Full Specifications, Features and Price

Samsung Galaxy Watch Active 2 (44mm) Full Specifications, Features and Prices

Price $228.95 $269.99 $219.00
ABOUT DEVICE ABOUT DEVICE ABOUT DEVICE
Device name Fitbit Versa 3 Samsung Galaxy Watch Active 2 (44mm)
Device type Fitness/Sport smartwatch Fitness/Classic smartwatch
Gender Unisex Unisex
Predecessor Fitbit Versa 2 Samsung Galaxy Watch Active
Successor
Models Bluetooth only, LTE
Date released September, 2020 September, 2019
DISPLAY DISPLAY DISPLAY
Display size 1.58 inches 1.4 inches
Display type AMOLED Super AMOLED, Full color
Resolution 336 x 336 pixel 360 x 360 pixel
Pixel density
Customizable watchface Yes Yes
Input type 1 Haptic button, Touchscreen 2 Physical buttons, Digital rotating bezel, Touchscreen
Always-On Yes Yes
BODY BODY BODY
Shape Rectangular Circular
Case material Aluminum Aluminum
Strap material Silicone Fluoroelastomer (Aluminum)
Bezel material Aluminum Corning Gorilla Glass DX+
Strap size 140 – 180mm (small), 180 -220mm (big) 20 mm
Color Black, Blue, Pink Aqua-black, Cloud-silver, Pink-gold
Screen protection Corning Gorilla Glass Corning Gorilla glass DX+
Dimension 40.5 x 40.5 x 12.4 mm 44 x 44 x 10.9 mm
Weight 30 grams (aluminum)
Waterproof rating Yes, 5ATM Yes, 5ATM
Swim-proof Yes, recommended Yes, recommended
Durability test MIL-STD-810G
CONNECTIVITY CONNECTIVITY CONNECTIVITY
Bluetooth calling No Yes
Bluetooth Bluetooth v5.0 Bluetooth v5.0
Wi-Fi Yes, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n Yes, Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac
NFC Yes Yes
MEMORY MEMORY MEMORY
RAM 0.75GB
ROM 4GB 4GB
Memory card slot No No
CELLULAR CELLULAR CONNECTIVITY CELLULAR CONNECTIVITY
Network technology None None
SIM type None None
NOTIFICATIONS NOTIFICATIONS NOTIFICATIONS
SMS alert Yes Yes
Calls alert Yes Yes
Email alert Yes Yes
Event reminder Yes Yes
MEDIA MEDIA MEDIA
Audio mp3/mp4 mp3/mp4
Microphone Yes Yes
Loudspeaker Yes Yes
Bluetooth music Yes Yes
Camera No No
SENSORS SENSORS SENSORS
GPS Yes Yes, GPS/GLONASS/BEIDOU
Accelerometer Yes Yes
HRM Yes Yes
Gyroscope Yes
Pulse Ox. Yes No
Altimeter Yes No
Barometer Yes
Compass No
ECG No Yes
Thermometer No No
Ambient light Yes Yes
ACTIVITY TRACKING ACTIVITY TRACKING ACTIVITY TRACKING
Steps Yes Yes
Calories Yes Yes
Distance Yes Yes
Heart rate monitoring Yes Yes
Sleep tracking Yes Yes
Floors climbed Yes Yes
Blood oxygen Yes No
Blood Pressure No Yes
Stress Yes Yes
ECG tracking No Yes
Fall detection No No
Menstrual cycle Yes No
VO2 Max Yes Yes
Onscreen workout Yes No
Preloaded sport modes 20 39
BATTERY BATTERY BATTERY
Battery type non-removable Lithium-polymer Non-removable Li-ion battery
Battery capacity 340mAh
Battery life Regular: 6 days, Standby: 8 days+ Regular usage: 3 days+, Standby :5 days+
Charging type Magnetic charger WPC based wireless charging
Charging duration 30mins – 1hr 1-2 hours
Solar power No No
PLATFORM PLATFORM PLATFORM
Operating system Fitbit OS Tizen OS 4.0
Chipset Exynos 9110
CPU Dual core 1.15GHz
GPU
MISC MISC MISC
Companion app Fitbit App Samsung Gear app
Compatibility Android, iOS Android 5.0+ & RAM 1.5GB+, iPhone 5+ and iOS 9.0+
Payment system Fitbit Pay Samsung Pay
Customizable strap Yes Yes
Voice Assistant Yes, Alexa, Yes, Google Assistant Yes, Bixby
Find my phone Yes Yes
Box content Charger, Fitbit Versa 3, Manual, Straps Charger, Manual, Samsung Galaxy Watch Active 2 (44mm), Straps
Price $228.95 $269.99 $219.00

Differences

  • Design
  • The first notable difference between the Active 2 and Versa 3 is the different shapes; circular and square respectively. Beyond that, both smartwatches also have AMOLED powering the display and when you talk about assessability, both offer touchscreen support and the same waterproof rating of 5ATM. Each of these two is also very compact and lightweight offering a comfortable wearing experince.

    However, digressing further, Despite having touchscreen support and two physical buttons, Active 2 also features a digital rotating bezel which offers very easy navigation. Unlike Versa 3 that only has a haptic button which I find unresponsive oftentimes.

  • Fitness Tracking
  • Earlier I mentioned that each of these two is fitness oriented and are actually marketed by the respective brands as fitness companions. So you can expect any of these two to be able to track your steps, sleep, heart rate, and other metrics. However, Active 2 has more activity tracking features than Versa 3 when you factor in the ECG, blood oxygen tracking, incidental fall detection, and SOS features. Although, Versa 3 can monitor your SpO2 levels which it shows via Fitbit Signature watch faces and the newly added ones. Galaxy Watch 3 has SpO2 level tracking, perhaps Active 2 might get this feature in the future.

    You also get more preset workout modes with Active 2 if that matters much to you. Active 2 offers 90 preset workout modes compared to 20 by Versa 3.

  • Media and Connectivity
  • Music Storage: If you like to listen to music via your watch, you’ll probably like Versa 3 and Active 2. Any of these two will allow you to store and listen to music through the built-in loudspeaker or via headset. However, Versa 3 only allows you to add music via Spotify and Deezer, it doesn’t support adding your personal music for now, and I can’t tell why Fitbit removed this feature as seen on Versa 2 and Ionic. Meanwhile, Active 2 allows you to easily add your personal music from the Galaxy Wearable app. You’ll also find third-party apps from Galaxy Store that allow you to add music through Spotify.

    Bluetooth Calls: Going further, both smartwatches support Bluetooth calls, however, Active 2 features a contact app that allows you to easily make and receive calls from the watch. Meanwhile, for now, you can only answer calls directly on Versa 3.

    Voice Assistant: There are two voice assistants on Versa 3; Alexa and Google Assistant both of which I consider better than Bixby on Active 2. So you get more ways to use your voice to do tasks. Although, you can only choose one at a time and voice rely on Google Assistant is not yet supported.

  • Battery Life
  • If there’s an aspect where the Versa 3 clearly beats Active 2, then it’s based on battery life. I averaged about 4 days or more with it, while Active 2 only lasted for about 2 days maximum. So, if you want to go longer from a single charge, Versa 3 will make a better choice. Although, Samsung built-in lots of battery saver modes to Active 2 which I personally find very helpful.

Which is Better?

Personally, Active 2 is a more comprehensive smartwatch than Versa 3.

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