Fitbit Versa vs. Fitbit Alta HR: Which should you buy?

The breakdown

The Fitbit Versa is Fitbit's latest outright smartwatch, and it has all the smarts you'd want in a wearable, including quick replies to texts, other phone notifications, the ability to store up to 300 songs, and a lot more. The best part is that it's pressed better than many leading smartwatches. The trade-off is that its app gallery is still lacking just a tad.

The Fitbit Alta HR is Fitbit's tracker with a bit of a fashion focus, with tons of designer bands to choose from, as well as many third-party options. It's Fitbit's slimmest tracker with a heart rate monitor, making it a less clunky option for folks who like to where their tracker anywhere and everywhere.

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Header Cell - Column 0 Fitbit Alta HRFitbit Versa
Step counter
Floors climbedRow 1 - Cell 1
Multisport trackingRow 2 - Cell 1
Heart rate monitor
Sleep tracking
Swim-proofRow 5 - Cell 1
Smartphone notifications
Quick replies (Android only)Row 7 - Cell 1
App galleryRow 8 - Cell 1
Weather updatesRow 9 - Cell 1
Female health trackingRow 10 - Cell 1
Guided Breathing sessionsRow 11 - Cell 1
Connected GPSRow 12 - Cell 1
On-screen workoutsRow 13 - Cell 1
NFC paymentsRow 14 - Cell 1 Only on special edition
Stores musicRow 15 - Cell 1
Designer accessories
Personalized on-screen coachingRow 17 - Cell 1

The main difference here, and what should ultimately be your deciding factor is whether or not you want a smartwatch. Really take a look at the features and consider whether or not it's prudent for you to spend the additional $70 on the Versa.

Sure, it's cool to have a wearable that lets you respond quickly to texts, view on-screen coaching, and use a pile of apps (exercises apps, services apps like Starbucks, and many, many others). But if you think the novelty will wear off after a couple weeks and you merely want to see when someone messages you or your have a calendar event, then the Alta HR is more than enough.

Mick Symons

Mick is a staff writer who's as frugal as they come, so he always does extensive research (much to the exhaustion of his wife) before making a purchase. If it's not worth the price, Mick ain't buying.