Differences between Fitbit Versa 2 and Apple Watch 5
CompatibilityIf you don't have an iPhone, the question has already been answered at this point. The Apple Watch 5 is only compatible with an iPhone. There is also no detour to connect the Apple Watch to an Android or Windows device. So if you don't have an iPhone, the Fitbit Versa 2* is your choice.
Battery lifeBattery life has always been a problem with the Apple Watch. This has not changed between the Apple Watch 4 and Apple Watch 5. So the battery life is only 18 hours. This is unfortunately very low for a Smartwatch. Thus the Apple Watch 5 does not last a complete day.
The Fitbit Versa 2* performs much better here. The battery life here is up to 5 days. If the always-on display is activated, the battery life drops to 2 days. Nevertheless, the Versa 2 is ahead here.
Always-On-DisplayOne big difference between the Fitbit Versa and Versa 2 is the Always-On display. Because the second generation also has an Always-On-Display. The Apple Watch 5 has that as well, so there is no difference here.
LTE & emergency callThe Apple Watch 5 is available in different versions. There is also a version with LTE. So you can use the Smartwatch even without a connection to your mobile phone. This is interesting for emergency calls, among other things. A function that you only get with the Apple Watch 5. With the Versa 2 there is neither LTE nor an emergency call function.
ECG heart rate monitorThe Apple Watch 5 also stands out from the Fitbit Versa 2 with an ECG heart rate monitor. This allows the watch to detect whether the wearer has gotten into a problematic position. An emergency call can also be made automatically. A practical and life-saving function in an emergency. For the emergency call, however, you need the version with LTE.
CompassThe Apple Wach 5 also stands out with a small additional function. You have a compass built in. The Fitbit Versa 2 does not have that.
Music storageLet's get down to business. Both devices have a built-in music storage. With the Fitbit Versa 2, you have to settle for 2.5 GB here. The Apple Watch 5 has 32 GB built-in here. That is an enormous difference. However, whether this is necessary depends on your needs.
PriceProbably the biggest difference between the two devices is the price. The Fitbit Versa 2 is considerably cheaper. For about 200 Euro you get the Versa 2* (March 2020). The Apple Watch 5* starts at 400 Euro (March 2020) depending on the model. This is an enormous difference.
Which Smartwatch is better for you?Without an iPhone the Fitbit Versa 2* is your choice. With iPhone you can choose. With the Fitbit Versa 2 you get a very good Smartwatch, which offers all necessary functions. The focus here is especially on fitness and motivation to exercise.
The Apple Watch 5 is much more expensive, but offers you a few more features. In addition, you have the possibility to buy a watch with built-in LTE. A big bonus is the good compatibility to the iPhone. Apple is known for the fact that the devices work together without problems and very easily. With the Apple Watch the focus is especially on the smart functions.
If you don't need the smart functions, I recommend the much cheaper Fitbit Versa 2*. Here you also have the advantage of a much better battery. As a good compatible Smartwatch with the iPhone and with a sufficient budget you will make a good catch with the Apple Watch 5*.