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Fitbit Versa 2 vs Versa 3 - What are the differences?

Written by Lucas B | last updated on 26.08.2020 | no comments |
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The Fitbit Versa 3 is the successor to the Fitbit Versa 2 with the release date in September 2020. Of course this immediately raises questions. What is new with the Versa 3? Where are the differences to the Versa 2? Is it worth switching? Let's clarify the questions by comparing the Versa 2 and 3.

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Model Fitbit Versa 2* Fitbit Versa 3*
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HR function 24/7 HR function 24/7 Yes HR function 24/7 Yes
HR type HR type PurePulse HR type PurePulse 2.0
Display available Display available Yes Display available Yes
Color display Color display Yes Color display Yes
Display, length Display, length 40,00 mm Display, length 40,48 mm
Display, width Display, width 40,00 mm Display, width 40,48 mm
Battery (up to) Battery (up to) 5 days Battery (up to) 6 days
Quick charge Quick charge No Quick charge Yes
GPS GPS Connected GPS (smartphone) GPS 1
Build in GPS Build in GPS No Build in GPS Yes
GLONASS GLONASS No GLONASS Yes
Speakers Speakers No Speakers Yes
LTE LTE No LTE No
Quick Replies, Voice Quick Replies, Voice Yes Quick Replies, Voice Yes
Voice controll, Alexa Voice controll, Alexa Yes Voice controll, Alexa Yes
Google Assistent Google Assistent No Google Assistent Yes
Build in NFC Build in NFC Yes Build in NFC Yes
Mobile Payment (NFC) Mobile Payment (NFC) Yes Mobile Payment (NFC) Yes
Mobile payment Mobile payment Fitbit Pay Mobile payment Fitbit Pay
Waterproof / Swimproof Waterproof / Swimproof Yes Waterproof / Swimproof Yes
Waterproof / Swimproof Waterproof / Swimproof Yes, up to 50 meters Waterproof / Swimproof 50 Meter
Music control Music control Yes Music control Yes
Internal music storage Internal music storage 2,5GB Internal music storage 1
Spotify Spotify Yes Spotify Yes
Third-party apps Third-party apps Yes Third-party apps Yes
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Differences between Fitbit Versa 2 and 3

The Versa 2 has not received many upgrades compared to the Versa. Some of the upgrades were also not completely thought through, which has partly changed with the Versa 3*. This especially refers to the voicemail and call functions. But let's take a closer look at the two in comparison.

GPS - Connected vs integrated

After the Fitbit Charge 4* it was already to be expected that the Versa 3 with integrated GPS would also come. This is exactly what happened.

The Versa 2 has only connected GPS. So you can use GPS and record routes only in connection with your smartphone. Sometimes this is quite error-prone.

With the Versa 3 you can now use the GPS without your smartphone. The sensor is built directly into the watch. This gives you a better accuracy and more independence from your smartphone. Fitbit not only uses GPS for accuracy, but also has GLONASS for tracking.

Microphone and loudspeaker

With the Versa 2 there was a microphone to answer directly over the watch with voice messages. The catch was that there was no speaker to listen to voice messages. In my eyes, the system was not completely thought through.

Fitbit has now made improvements to the Versa 3. In addition to the microphone, the Versa 3 also has a built-in speaker. So you can also make phone calls via the clock.

However, it is important to mention that the Versa 3 has no function for a SIM card. So it only works in connection with your smartphone.

Improved pulse sensor

Compared to the Versa 2, the Fitbit Versa 3 has received an upgrade in the pulse sensor. This is the first upgrade in a long time. Instead of PurePulse, the Versa 3 now uses PurePulse 2.0.

Google Assistant and Alexa

The language assistant Alexa from Amazon was delivered as a new feature in the Fitbit Versa 2. Now the Versa 3 also has the Google Assistant service. The reason for this will be Google, which may take over Fitbit.

However, I found Alexa's watch to be somewhat superfluous and I don't consider it an important purchase criterion. But that is only my opinion.

Battery life

The next upgrade is the battery life. With the Versa 2 you get up to 5 days of battery life. The Versa 3 has been upgraded by one day. So you get a battery life of up to 6 days.

Also new on the Versa 3 is the quick charging. This allows the Versa 3 to be charged within 12 minutes for a complete day. In my opinion this is a very practical thing, because it means less gaps in the recording.

Do the Versa 2 wristbands fit the Versa 3?

No. Fitbit Versa 2 wristbands are not compatible with Fitbit Versa 3, but Fitbit Sense wristbands are compatible with Versa 3.

The Versa 2, Versa Lite and Versa wristbands are compatible with each other.

However, there is a wide range of imitation Versa 3 wristbands, so you don't have to buy the relatively expensive wristbands from Fitbit.

Which Fitbit Versa is better?

Fitbit Versa 3 naturally offers you a few more points. However, many things are not. Primarily you get built-in GPS, a slightly longer battery life and a speaker on the watch. The quick charge function is not to be underestimated in my opinion. In 12 minutes the watch is charged for one day. So there are really less gaps in the recording.

A change from the Versa 2 to the Versa 3* is not absolutely necessary in my opinion. It is rather a small luxury. But you get a few little bonuses. If you need GPS, the Versa 3 is your choice. Even if you send a lot of voice messages, you should think about the Fitbit Versa 3*.

The Fitbit Versa 2* is of course the saving tip as it has fallen in price and will continue to fall.
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