Fitbit Versa 2 vs. Apple Watch Series 5: Which should you buy?
Fitbit Versa 2 is an all-around great fitness tracker with a bit of smarts built-in. It looks great, has fantastic battery life, and works with both iPhone and Android (though it's limited on iPhone).
- On-screen workouts.
- 5-day battery life.
- Customizable watch faces.
- Women's health tracker.
- Cross-platform compatible.
- Amazon Alexa support.
- Sleep tracking built-in.
- Less than half the price of the Apple Watch Series 5.
- Limited app store.
- No onboard GPS.
- No replies on iPhone.
Apple Watch Series 5 is the best smartwatch on the market, due in part to the incredible app ecosystem that supports it. You can simplify your wearable activities to just a few notifications or run wild with on-screen games, streaming music, direct phone calls, and more.
- The best smartwatch on the market.
- Robust app ecosystem.
- Make calls from your watch.
- Onboard GPS.
- Lots of workout options.
- Native Apple Music streaming.
- Siri support.
- Fall detection, onboard EKG, and other health features.
- Poor battery life.
- More than twice as expensive as Fitbit Versa 2.
- No built-in sleep tracking.
Though the Apple Watch Series 5 and Fitbit Versa 2 fit into two very different categories — Versa 2 is fitness-focused, and Apple Watch Series 5 is smarts focused — they're more alike than you might realize. Both offer an app ecosystem, solid fitness trackers, notifications, and Bluetooth connections so you can listen to music right from your watch.
The most significant difference between the two is that Fitbit was designed with a focus on fitness and with the bonus of smart technology. At the same time, Apple Watch was created as an all-around smartwatch with the bonus of fitness tracking.
When it comes to the number of features, Apple Watch Series 5 is the clear winner, but not everyone needs all those smarts.
When it comes to deciding whether you want a Fitbit Versa 2 or an Apple Watch Series 5, the main thing you should consider is what you want it for. Though there are a lot of similarities, where Apple Watch Series 5 and Fitbit Versa 2 differ will make all the difference.
Fitbit is fitness first: smart second
The Fitbit Versa 2 has a seriously great battery life for a smartwatch, even with the continuous heart rate monitor, step tracking, sleep tracking, and automatic workout recording. In addition to the improved battery life over the original Versa and Versa Lite, Fitbit added a better OLED screen and pushbutton access to Amazon's Alexa smart voice assistant for simple queries, reminders, and automation.
As far as fitness goes, the Versa 2 has an on-screen workout guide and connectivity to Fitbit Premium, which is a subscription-based personalized training program. Fitbit Premium includes adaptive workout videos, audio coaching, and in-depth analytics and insights covering your sleep, nutrition, fitness, and mindfulness data. Fitbit has always had a robust and easy-to-use app with tons of fitness data, but it's worth noting that this data is all self-contained within the app and is not shared with the Apple Health app.
The Fitbit app store is very limited right now and mostly focuses on either fitness, minimal productivity tools, and a few major brand apps, like Starbucks and Yelp. It does, however, have a lot of room to grow. There may only be a couple hundred right now, but it could reach Apple Watch's 10,000+ mark in the future.
Apple Watch is smarts through-and-through
The Apple Watch has everything you could want from a wearable device: fitness tracking, productivity, lifestyle, and more. You can make and receive calls, send and receive text messages, and even use the walkie-talkie app for quick conversations. Apple Watch supports Siri, which means you can ask it to set an alarm or give you directions, all without needing your iPhone in hand. Siri can send and read texts and emails for you, right from your Apple Watch, answer questions about movies, music, sports, and more, and even search the web.
Apple Watch Series 3 and newer also can stream Apple Music right from your wrist. So even if your iPhone is on the other side of the room, or nowhere near you, if you're on the same Wi-Fi network, you can listen to thousands of songs without having to download anything to your Watch.
The Apple Watch GPS + Cellular lets you use your watch untethered (without your phone) for anything an Apple Watch with an iPhone could do, including sending messages, making calls, getting directions, and more. Perhaps most important of all, the Series 4 and 5 both feature the ability to take on-wrist EKG recordings and can detect if you've fallen and notify emergency responders and close contacts. Series 5 even has international SOS that works without a cellular plan for those emergencies overseas.
|Header Cell - Column 0||Fitbit Versa 2||Apple Watch Series 5|
|Price||From $150||From $400|
|Battery life||5 days||18 hours|
|Weight||38 grams +||30 grams+|
Cellular (not all models)
|Music||download only||streaming Apple Music|
|Onboard workout||Personal trainer||Pre-made routines|
|Sleep tracking||Built-in||Via third-party apps|
|Notifications||same as phone (no reply support on iPhone)||Same as phone|
Stainless Steel (Stainless Steel model)
Space Black (Stainless Steel, Titanium models)
White (Ceramic model)
|App Store||150 +||10,000 +|
When looking at all of the available features between the Apple Watch Series 5 and the Fitbit Versa 2, the first question you should be asking is what do you want your smartwatch to do for you.
Do you want a step tracker, sleep tracker, workout planner, and guide to help you get fit? Do you switch between iPhone and Android? Do you want to have a device with battery life for up to a week? If that describes you, then the Fitbit Versa 2 is your style.
Are you an upwardly mobile, go-getter who needs to stay connected to essential communications? Do you have a busy life that keeps you on the go? Do you prefer a little autonomy from your iPhone? Sound more familiar? Then the Apple Watch Series 5 is more for you.
For the fitness buff
The perfect smartwatch for getting fit
A solid low-cost competitor for the Apple Watch with a heavy focus on fitness. It's limited in its features, but not everyone needs all the things. The app store is minuscule, but the battery life is astounding.
For busy lives
The only smartwatch you need for everything
The Apple Watch Series 5 has everything, but not everyone needs everything. It's perfect if you need to stay connected to your daily life, and you're always on the go. The battery lasts about a day, but that's because there are so many cool things sucking its juice.
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Jeramy is proud to help *Keep Austin Weird* and loves hiking in the hill country of central Texas with a breakfast taco in each hand. When he's not writing about smart home gadgets and wearables, he's defending his relationship with his smart voice assistants to his family. You can follow him on Twitter at @jeramyutgw.