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Apple Watch Series 6 vs Fitbit Versa 2 (2020): Choosing The Best Smartwatch

Today’s smartwatches double as fitness trackers, making them an almost indispensable accessory in your daily routines. If leaks and reports are to be believed, then the Apple Watch Series 6 will continue to build on these expanding functions of wearable smart tech. But based on its rumored features, how will Apple’s highly-anticipated smartwatch compare to other hybrid trackers, like the Fitbit Versa 2, for example?

Apple Watch Series 6 vs Fitbit Versa 2 Comparison Chart

ModelApple Watch Series 6Fitbit Versa 2
Coming SoonFitbit Versa 2 Health and Fitness Smartwatch with Heart Rate, Music, Alexa Built-In, Sleep and Swim...
PriceStarting at $399Check Price on Amazon
Dimensionsn/a40 mm x 40 mm x 12 mm
Weightn/a1.3 oz
DisplaymicroLED*AMOLED
SpeakersYes*No
Screen Sizen/a1.4 in.
Colorsn/a5 classic, 2 special edition
Call & Text AlertsYes*Yes
Heart Rate Monitorn/aYes
Pedometern/aYes
Altimetern/aYes
Calorie Burn Trackern/aYes
Sleep Trackingn/aYes
Swim Trackingn/aYes
GPSn/aConnected
Cellularn/aNo
Battery Lifen/a5+ days
Water Resistantn/aUp to 50 meters
Release Date20202019

Design

The Apple Watch Series 6 is expected to have premium-grade hardware with a variety of custom-strap options. For its price point, the Fitbit Versa 2 also sports a subtle and sophisticated look. 

The Apple Watch Series 6 might ditch the digital crown, as seen on the Watch 5 (left), for a touch-sensitive edge. On the right, the Fitbit Versa 2 in classic Petal.

Although its half the rumored price of the Apple Watch Series 6, the Fitbit Versa 2’s overall build quality feels premium. Its subtle, lightweight design sports an AMOLED display that’s encased in aluminum for a sturdy yet sophisticated look. The hi-res color touchscreen also delivers amplified brightness that keeps the display legible even under bright sunlight. It’s certainly an upgrade to the original Fitbit Versa.

Based on leaks, the Apple Watch Series 6 is going for upgrades, too. Reports suggest the Cupertino-based tech giant is looking to use a microLED display instead of the current OLED Retina. The microLED is believed to be more power-efficient, something Apple smartwatches really need to boost their battery life.

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With the Versa 2, Fitbit went for less is more, ditching all but one of three physical buttons. Looking at the patents filed by Apple, the upcoming Watch 6 might be getting rid of its distinctive physical dial too. Reports suggest the digital crown’s functionality may be replaced with optical sensors that support touch and gesture recognition instead.

There are also talks the iconic screen shape of the Apple Watch may be given up in favor of a circular form, although as weeks pass, it’s becoming more unlikely. What could be reasonably expected is that Apple’s latest wearable will still have easy-to-replace straps compared to the cumbersome quick release straps of the Versa 2. You’ll also probably get more options in terms of premium strap-design with the Apple Watch, even though Fitbit offers quite the variety too.

Activity Tracking

The Apple Watch Series 6 may follow the Versa 2 with the addition of blood oxygen monitoring features and a native sleep-tracking app.

The Fitbit Versa 2, like the current Apple Watches, are capable of auto detecting certain activities like running or cycling.

Reports indicate that Apple remains keen on taking the health and fitness of its users seriously, while also expanding to include some long-delayed functionality. Based on leaks, the Apple Watch Series 6 will probably introduce the line’s first native sleep-tracking app. If true, it’s a welcome addition to the plethora of features in the Apple Watch’s Activity and Workout apps. Interestingly, Fitbit has had this feature for a while across most of its devices, and not just the Versa 2.

Building on the introduction of the ECG app way back with the Apple Watch 4, leaks also suggest the upcoming model may be capable of blood oxygen monitoring. It will be an interesting addition, although definitely not groundbreaking, considering the Fitbit Versa 2 already has an SpO2 monitor. It’s not yet confirmed how this app will work in the Watch 6 but from what we know from the Versa 2, it’s a technology that can track blood oxygen saturation levels even while you’re sleeping.

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That being said, some features are common with these two wearables. Like the Fitbit Versa 2, the Watch 6 will most likely support and track a number of exercise modes while also auto detecting certain activities. The latest Apple watch is similarly expected to be waterproof up to 50 meters, although some reports suggest the Watch 6 may come with support for more intensive water activities like scuba diving.

Still, fitness is the forte of Fitbit—not just of the Versa 2—especially when it comes to displaying metrics. Most of the tracking features in this watch are also available in other Fitbit devices. And it works well because of the impressive battery life of its wearables, the Versa 2 included.

Smart Features

Based on leaked info, the Apple Watch Series 6 will still have the edge over Fitbit Versa 2 in terms of smart features. 

Apple Watch offers a plethora of fitness, heart-monitoring, and connectivity features. 

The Fitbit Versa 2 is largely a budget smartwatch. While its bread-and-butter remains fitness tracking, the smart features are not as topnotch compared to the Apple Watch. Its voice assistant support, for example, isn’t exactly seamless. Although the Versa 2 has built-in Amazon Alexa, the device itself doesn’t have a speaker, so you’ll need to look at the screen to read the responses from the voice assistant.

In contrast, the Apple Watch Series 6, which will most likely come with a speaker, is expected to build on the successful integration of Siri across Apple devices. This means you can speak to Siri on your watch and also hear Siri answer your questions, just like on the iPhone or iPad.

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Reports also indicate the Apple Watch Series 6 will still arrive in GPS + Cellular models. So unlike the Fitbit Versa 2, you can actually leave your phone behind and answer calls with the Apple Watch instead. Even though the Fitbit Versa 2 can also manage call and text alerts, the lack of a speaker means you’ll have to grab your phone to take a call.

However, the Versa 2 does come with built-in NFC like the Apple Watch, allowing contactless payments in supported establishments. You’ll also get health app integration, although the Versa 2 does not support Google Fit. It’s a bit of a bummer since Google Fit became a standalone app in iOS last year. But it’s a minor issue, considering how comprehensive the Fitbit App already is.

Battery Life

Until the Apple Watch Series 6 is released, the Fitbit Versa 2 still holds the edge in terms of battery life.

Fitbit’s Versa 2 comes with Amazon Alexa Built-In, although you still need your phone to answer calls.

Undoubtedly, the Fitbit Versa 2 will outperform the Apple Watch Series 6 in terms of battery life, even with rumors that Apple will switch to a more power-efficient microLED display. As it stands, the Versa 2 can last six days on a single charge with the alway-on display disabled. Turned on, you’ll still get about two days from Fitbit Versa 2.

In contrast, the Apple Watch 5 delivers up to only 18 hours of battery life, even less if the always-on display is active. Conservative predictions put the Apple Watch Series 6 on the same battery performance as its predecessors. But if the innovations in the leaks do come to fruition, expect some improvements in battery life that should make the watch last longer between charges.

Verdict

Long-time iOS users will gravitate towards the Apple Watch Series 6 while those on a budget will find the Fitbit Versa 2 a capable and affordable fitness companion.

If you’re looking for a budget fitness tracker with the added productivity features of a smartwatch, the Fitbit Versa 2 is the watch for you. At half the predicted price of the upcoming Apple Watch Series 6, the Versa 2 delivers excellent activity tracking capabilities supported by a longer battery life. Plus, it works with both Android and iOS.

On the other hand, the Apple Watch Series 6 will most likely remain compatible only to iOS. For long time iPhone users, it will still be the device to get, especially with the reported new features like sleep-tracking and oxygen monitoring. Those looking for more smart features should also consider the Apple Watch Series 6, especially with the ability to take calls using the watch itself.

We’re excited to see how all of this will add up once the Apple Watch Series 6 is formally launched. Keep checking this page as we update it leading to the Watch 6’s release.

Last update on 2020-08-08 / Affiliate links / Images from Amazon Product Advertising API

Mari Bassig
Mari Bassig

Senior Editor, writer and researcher passionate about gadgets, social media, and music.