Fitbit Versa vs Versa 2 - Where are the differences?

Written by Lucas B | published on 29.08.2019 | no comments |
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Fitbit Versa vs Versa 2 - Where are the differences? The Fitbit Versa 2 is the successor of the Fitbit Versa, which was a great success. Questions arise, which we clarify in this comparison:
 

Comparison table

Image Fitbit Versa Fitbit Versa 2
Model Fitbit Versa Fitbit Versa 2
Color display Yes Yes
Display, length 36,00 mm 40,00 mm
Display, width 36,00 mm 40,00 mm
Battery (up to) 4 Tage 5 Tage
Charging time 2 Stunde 2 Stunde
Waterproof / Swimproof Yes Yes
Waterproof / Swimproof Yes, up to 50 meters Yes, up to 50 meters
Recording tracks (swimming) Yes Yes
HR function 24/7 Yes Yes
Build in GPS No No
GPS Connected GPS (smartphone) Connected GPS (smartphone)
Verbautes NFC Yes Yes
Mobiles Bezahlen (NFC) Yes Yes
Mobile Payment Fitbit Pay Fitbit Pay
Musiksteuerung Yes Yes
Internal music storage 2,5GB 2,5GB
Spotify No Yes
Deezer Yes Yes
MP3 Yes Yes
Quick replies / answers about the band Yes Yes
Quick Replies, Voice No Yes
Voice controll, Alexa No Yes
Third-party apps Yes Yes
Floors Yes Yes

 

 

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Differences Fitbit Versa and Fitbit Versa 2

Furthermore the Versa 2, like the Versa, remains the larger version of the Fitbit Versa Lite. The Versa Lite continues to be part of the brand's range.

Microphone - Alexa voice control and voice messages

The most exciting and probably the biggest upgrade is the built-in microphone in the Versa 2. The microphone now allows you to use voice control via the clock. But the Versa 2 doesn't have a loudspeaker. Therefore there are no answers to the voice control and voice messages cannot be listened to.

Alexa voice Control

The Alexa voice control will be meanwhile everyone a term. It is a service from Amazon, which allows the control of various actions by voice. In addition the filling of shopping lists, shopping itself or also control of smart devices in the household.

To use this function you need an Amazon account. You don't need an Amazon Echo or Amazon Dot, which are otherwise used for voice control. Many people don't know it, but you could also use Alexa purely via your smartphone.

However, the system has a small disadvantage. To use Alexa with your Fitbit Versa 2, your smartphone must be within range and connected via Bluetooth. The voice commands cannot be processed directly on the clock. That limits the use a little bit.

Reply with voice message

The other point is the voice messages. Even with the Versa and other Fitbit devices, you could send quick responses to messages directly from the clock. Now the system has been expanded and you can also reply by voice message. For many voicemail fans, this is certainly a really nice thing. But keep in mind - You can not listen to voice messages. The Versa 2 has no speaker.

Smart alarm

With the Versa 2 Fitbit finally introduces the intelligent alarm clock. A function that I've wanted for a long time.

Your Fitbit will wake you up within 30 minutes. Within these 30 minutes the perfect moment is waited. The background is based on the sleep phases. There are four of them, which last a total of 30 minutes. So you are no longer awakened in deep sleep, but in your light sleep phase. This helps you to be much more awake throughout the day and to get out of bed better. I have used an app for this so far and can only report extremely good experiences.

Here is another positive news. The function will soon be available on other Fitbit devices. This will also serve owners of the older Fitbit Versa* .

Fitbit Versa 2 and Spotify

Long waited for it and with the Fitbit Versa 2 it is finally officially possible. Spotify can be connected and used with the Versa 2. With the Fitbit Versa this was only possible with Deezer, a service which in my experience is much less common. To use Spotify on Versa 2 you need a premium subscription to Spotify.

In addition, you can still store up to 300 songs directly on the clock. Like the Versa, the Versa 2 has an integrated music memory of 2.5 gigabytes. Deezer is still available.

Battery life

At the point of battery life, it's not quite clear whether Fitbit has added here. In the press release the manufacturer speaks of at least 5 days. In the advertising of at least 4 days. The Versa had indicated here 4 days.

Of course the battery life depends on the use of the watch. The more active you are, the shorter the battery life will be. The training mode also reduces the battery life a lot. The use of connected GPS also has an effect.

Performance and design

Fitbit says to the Versa 2 that the performance has been optimized. The watch should be faster in the condition and run more reliable. The display has been slightly enlarged and the colours improved.

Overall, the Fitbit Versa 2 still looks very similar to the Versa, which makes sense. Finally the Smartwatch still belongs to the Fitbit Versa family.

Similarities - Versa and Versa 2

Let's briefly go into some important points, which are offered by both the Fitbit Versa and the newer Fitbit Versa 2. Of course, this is limited to the relevant things.

Heart rate

Already the Versa had reliable and permanent pulse measurement. This is of course still the case with the Fitbit Versa 2.

GPS

Furthermore the Fitbit Versa 2 has no build in GPS. As with the Versa there is the possibility to use connected GPS. The connection to the smartphone is used and you can record distances in this way.

Waterproof and swimming

Like the Versa, the Versa 2 is waterproof. Also up to 50 meters. This makes the watch also suitable for swimming. The lanes are also recorded. What this looks like you can see in my report about swimming with the Fitbit Charge 3 and Versa.

Should you buy the Fitbit Versa 2?

Let's come to a very interesting question: Is it worth buying the Fitbit Versa 2? From my point of view, the main differences relate to the software. With the Versa 2* you get:
 
  • Alexa voice control
  • Reply with voicemessage
  • Spotify
  • Better performance

The intelligent alarm clock is also an upgrade, but will also be rolled out on the old Versa. So this function doesn't count as an argument.

In my opinion it depends a bit on the price. The Fitbit Versa has already fallen a lot in price. Announced is the Fitbit Versa 2* with almost 200 euros. In the Special Edition with almost 220 Euro. At this time the old Versa is about 40 Euro below the price. That is already something. So if you don't need Spotify or voice control, then the Fitbit Versa* is a good choice for you.

If you want to save a little more there is the Versa Lite* . The device was not so successful. I wouldn't prefer it to Versa myself. You can find more about this in the comparison between Fitbit Versa and Versa Lite.

Is it worth upgrading from Fitbit Versa to Versa 2?

If you already own the Fitbit Versa, you might want to upgrade to the Versa 2* . Basically, the same arguments count here as for a new purchase. If you don't need voice control or Spotify, it doesn't make sense to change. You will also get the intelligent alarm clock on the Versa. With that I would say that an upgrade is hardly worth it.

You shouldn't make this decision dependent on the wristbands. Only the Smartwatch itself is relevant. Also here there are colors on the case. However, the bracelet can also be changed on the Fitbit Versa. This allows you to change the look of the watch a lot. There is also a huge selection of imitation wristbands for the Fitbit Versa, which are also much cheaper. I have already had good experiences with these.
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Lucas ist einer der Betreiber und Entwickler von buffcoach. Obwohl er im Bereich der IT tätig ist, nehmen Sport und Ernährung einen sehr großen Anteil seines Lebens ein. Er trainiert im Bereich des Kraftsports nach Grundlagen von Crosstraining. Sein Ziel ist es stark und fit zu sein. Eine gesunde Ernährung ist damit eng verbunden. Sein Wissen teilt er auf buffcoach.net im Magazin und Forum.
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