The arrival of the Apple Watch SE puts an interesting spin on current smartwatch lineups from competitors such as Fitbit. As the more ‘affordable’ option, the Apple Watch SE competes against other mid-tier models, which for Fitbit is the Versa 3. However, those who have even less budget to work with or simply desire a fitness companion for not too big of a spend will find the Fitbit Versa 2 an even more appealing consideration. Here’s how the Apple Watch SE and
Apple Watch SE vs
Fitbit Versa 2 Fitness Smartwatch Comparison Chart
|Price||Check Price||Check Price|
|Screen Size||1.57″ (40 mm)|
1.78″ (44 mm)
|Resolution||324 x 394 pixels (40 mm)|
368 x 448 pixels (44 mm)
|300 x 300 pixels|
|Dimensions||1.57″ x 1.34″ x 0.42″ (40 mm)|
1.73″ x 1.5″ x 0.42″ (44 mm)
|1.57″ x 1.57″ x 0.48″|
|Call & Text Alerts||Yes||Yes|
|Water Resistance||Up to 50 meters||Up to 50 meters|
|Heart Rate Monitor||Yes||Yes|
|Calorie Burn Tracker||Yes||Yes|
|Female Health Tracking||Yes||Yes|
|Battery Life||18 hours||6+ days|
The Apple Watch SE has a more stylish design than the
Since neither smartwatch has really strayed too far from their roots, the Apple Watch SE and
The Apple Watch SE’s Retina display remains as impressive as ever, and it’s both larger and has a higher resolution than the
One advantage the Fibit Versa 2 has over the Apple Watch SE is an always-on display option. Apple chose to leave out this feature introduced in the Series 5, instead keeping it only on the Series 6. With the always-on option, the
There are new bands launching with the Apple Watch SE: the Solo Loop and Braided Solo Loop. These are stretchable so they can be worn without the need for clasps, like on most Versa 2 bands. Both smartwatches have interchangeable bands so you can change its look to match your outfit, though they’re purchased separately, of course.
With automatic exercise recognition and goal-based workouts, both the Apple Watch SE and
The Apple Watch SE has a few health-related features not found on the Versa 2: fall detection and emergency SOS. Through its accelerometer and gyroscope, the Apple Watch SE can detect if you’ve fallen and can request immediate help from emergency services or your emergency contacts. It works even when you’re travelling overseas so it can come in handy. This can be a big factor in determining which smartwatch is more beneficial for you.
For those who want to push their health and fitness routines as far as they can, Fitbit Premium offers guided programs, personalized coaching, and advanced tools. It lets you get more out of the Versa 2, letting you fine-tune your workout sessions so you can keep challenging yourself. Apple is launching its own subscription service, Fitness+, offering video workouts from expert trainers.
The Apple Watch SE is a more advanced smartwatch than the
While you can customize the Apple Watch SE and
As mentioned, the Apple Watch SE has built-in GPS so it can navigate as a standalone device. In addition, there’s a cellular-enabled model that lets you stay connected even without bringing your iPhone. This comes on top of the Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, and NFC connectivity that the
Other than the standard notifications from apps, calls, and text messages, the Apple Watch SE and
For music, the Apple Watch SE lets you download music, podcasts, and audiobooks from Apple Music while the
The one area where the
It might not be surprising that the Apple Watch SE doesn’t last nearly as long given its more powerful hardware, though it’s still disappointing for those who wish to wear their smartwatch all the time to track all-day activity. You’ll likely need to recharge the Apple Watch SE daily, which can hamper efforts to track sleep quality.
The Apple Watch SE is more powerful while the
Those who already have an iPhone or can save up for the extra cost are highly incentivized to choose the Apple Watch SE. It’s packed with more smart features and emergency health monitoring, and it arguably looks more stylish and premium on your wrist. The GPS+Cellular version provides full connectivity and you can choose from two sizes and any number of bands to customize its look and fit.
However, for sheer value and functionality, the Fitbit Versa 2 is more accessible than ever. It has been largely successful as Fitbit’s flagship smartwatch and despite more advanced models, it delivers big on helping you improve your overall health and fitness. If you have an Android phone, the
Yes, the Apple Watch carries the most essential features of the latest Apple Watch Series 6 while keeping a more affordable price tag. If the Apple Watch Series 6 is a bit too expensive for your budget, the Apple Watch SE is the ideal choice.
Yes, the Apple Watch SE has a water resistance rating of 50 meters, allowing them to be worn for shallow water activities in indoor swimming pools and the ocean.
If you pair an Android smartphone with the
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