Garmin Vivoactive 4 vs Fitbit Versa 2 - Which is better?

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Garmin Vivoactive 4 vs Fitbit Versa 2 - Which is better? Both the Fitbit Versa 2 and the Garmin vivoactive 4 are from the year 2019. The Garmin is more expensive. But does the vivoactive 4 offer more??

Comparison table

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Model Garmin vivoactive 4* Fitbit Versa 2*
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HR function 24/7 HR function 24/7 Yes HR function 24/7 Yes
Build in GPS Build in GPS Yes Build in GPS No
Galileo Satellit Galileo Satellit Yes Galileo Satellit No
Touchdisplay Touchdisplay Yes Touchdisplay Yes
Color display Color display Yes Color display Yes
Waterproof up Waterproof up 50 m Waterproof up 50 m
Recording tracks (swimming) Recording tracks (swimming) Yes Recording tracks (swimming) Yes
Battery (up to) Battery (up to) 8 days Battery (up to) 5 days
Music control Music control Yes Music control Yes
Internal music storage Internal music storage 1 Internal music storage 2,5GB
Spotify Spotify Yes Spotify Yes
Deezer Deezer Yes Deezer Yes
Amazon Music Amazon Music Yes Amazon Music No
Voice controll, Alexa Voice controll, Alexa No Voice controll, Alexa Yes
Mobile Payment (NFC) Mobile Payment (NFC) Yes Mobile Payment (NFC) Yes
Mobile payment Mobile payment Garmin Pay Mobile payment Fitbit Pay
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Differences between Garmin vivoactive 4 and Fitibt Versa 2

The Garmin watch and the Fitbit watch have a lot in common. Nevertheless, the vivoactive 4 is not without reason more expensive.


One of the big differences is the GPS. The vivoactive 4 has built-in GPS. With the Versa 2 you have to use the connection to your smartphone. This is called connected GPS. Additionally you get GLONASS and GALILEO with the Garmin vivoactive 4. With Fitbit you have to do without both completely. This gives Garmin a clear lead on GPS.


Both watches have a color touch display. Nevertheless, there are differences. Because Garmin has always attached more importance to function than optics. This is also the case with the Vivoactive 4.

Especially when we evaluate the quality of the display. Although the display of the Garmin vivoactive 4 is by no means bad, the Fitbit Versa 2 is still ahead. The display is sharper and offers better colors and a better backlight.

The Garmin Venu looks different, by the way. With the Venu, Garmin has put more focus on the display for the first time. You can find more about this in comparison of Garmin Venu and vivoactive 4.

In the design the two devices can hardly be compared. The Versa 2 is more fashionable and angular. The Garmin vivoactive 4 is more like a conventional wristwatch. This is where your preference must decide.

Battery life

The battery life of the Garmin vivoactive is up to 8 days ahead of the Versa 2, which lasts up to 6 days. However, the battery life of the vivoactive 4 decreases significantly when GPS is activated. I would just put the Garmin vivoactive in front of the Versa 2.

Voice control, Amazon Alexa

A big difference between the Fitbit Versa and Versa 2 was with the voice control via Amazon Alexa. This also puts the Versa 2 in front compared to the vivoactive 4. There you have no voice control. From my point of view this is not really important, but you should know that. Of course, you can also think quite differently in this point.


Garmin offers you more choice in sports. Fitbit is generally more limited here. In many cases, the type of sport has no effect on tracking.

Guided training directly via the watch is offered by both watches. This is one of the differences between the Garmin vivoactive 3 and 4.

The Garmin also offers special rowing features. This is true for both indoor and outdoor rowers.

Running and ANT+

Garmin clearly trumps when running and leaves the Fitbit Versa 2 in the shade. With the Garmin vivoactive 4 you have the possibility to bind a pulse via ANT+. This offers you a higher accuracy in heart rate measurement. With the Versa 2 you only have to measure your wrist.

Additionally you can use other modules like Stryd and Runscribe with Garmin. This allows you to measure and evaluate your running units even more accurately. The point is of course only relevant for runners. If you are a runner you should also take a look at the Garmin Forerunner series. These are especially optimized for running. You can also take a look at the comparison of the Garmin vivoactive 4 and Forerunner 245.


Let's come to an even more special training: Golf. Garmin has been offering special functions for golf for quite some time now, and many models do. Strokes can be measured and evaluated. This is very special and probably not relevant for most people. Nevertheless, the vivoactive 4 offers you this function. With the Fitbit Versa 2 there is no nearly similar function.

App and Motivation

The app's got Fitbit way ahead of Garmin. The reason for this is that Fitbit concentrates almost exclusively on fitness trackers.

Garmin, on the other hand, is active in the entire outdoor sector. At Garmin, everything is managed in one app - Garmin Connect. This makes the app a bit more complex and thus a bit more cumbersome.

The Fitbit app is very easy to use and has convinced me for a long time. In addition, the motivation is better integrated with Fitbit. Competitions can easily be carried out there. Also the badges of Fitbit are very motivating.

Waterproof and swimming

There's no difference here. But the point is still important. Both watches are waterproof up to 50 meters and can be used for swimming. Both clocks can also count the lanes. But only if you swim in the pool. Both clocks cannot record free swimming.


Both devices can store music. The vivoactive 4 gbit it also only with music. Different than it was the case with the vivoactive 3.

Fitbit offers Deezer and Spotify for streaming. Garmin has Spotify and Amazon Music on board.

Which watch is better for you?

The question which watch is better for you can be answered relatively easily from my point of view.
Garmin definitely trumps in punk sports functions. You can connect a heart rate belt, benefit from built-in GPS and more optimization for use in sports. Disadvantages are the significantly higher price and the slightly worse display. For athletes the Garmin vivoactive 4* is the better choice. The predecessor vivoactive 3* is also a bit cheaper and still good. You can find more about this in the comparison of the Garmin vivoactive 3 and 4.

Fitbit offers you a very simple handling and a very nice app. With Fitbit you also get a little more smart functions. If you just want to lose weight, do some sports or are looking for motivation to move more, then I think the Fitbit Versa 2* is the right choice. Here you also save a lot in price.
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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 im Magazin und Forum.
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