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Fitbit Versa 3 vs Versa 2 (2021): Should You Upgrade?

The latest version of the Versa is here, equipped with key upgrades that are worth a closer look. Most notably, the Fitbit Versa 3 addresses a long-standing issue with the Fitbit Versa 2, which is an onboard GPS. Whether you already have the Versa 2 or are still considering which Versa to get, check out our detailed breakdown of these Fitbit smartwatches to help you decide on your next fitness companion.

Fitbit Versa 3 vs Versa 2 Fitness Smartwatch Comparison Chart

ModelFitbit Versa 3Fitbit Versa 2
 Fitbit Versa 3 - Midnight/Soft Gold AluminumFitbit Versa 2 - Petal/Copper Rose
PriceCheck PriceCheck Price
DisplayAMOLEDAMOLED
Always-onYesYes
Screen Size1.581.39″
Resolution336 x 336 pixels300 x 300 pixels
Pixel Densityn/a304 ppi
Dimensions1.59″ x 1.59″ x 0.49″1.57″ x 1.57″ x 0.48″
Weightn/a1.41 oz
Colors34
Call & Text AlertsYesYes
SpeakerYesNo
Water ResistanceUp to 50 metersUp to 50 meters
Heart Rate MonitorYesYes
PedometerYesYes
AltimeterYesYes
Calorie Burn TrackerYesYes
Sleep TrackingYesYes
Swim TrackingYesYes
Female Health TrackingYesYes
Skin TemperatureYesNo
GPSBuilt-inConnected
Wi-FiYesYes
BluetoothYesYes
NFCYesYes
StorageYesYes
CompatibilityiOS, AndroidiOS, Android
Voice AssistantAmazon Alexa, Google AssistantAmazon Alexa
Battery Life6+ days6+ days
Fast ChargingYesNo

Design

The Fitbit Versa 3 has a larger and higher resolution display than the Versa 2.

There are a few subtle changes that show the evolution of the Fitbit Versa 3 (left) from the Versa 2 (right).

A quick look at these two Versa models make it apparent that the Fitbit made the Versa 3 more rounded and curvier than the Versa 2. The Versa 3 is also very slightly larger and thicker, though it’s going to be pretty difficult to tell. Aside from that, the Versa 3 will also be coming with a new flexible infinity band that Fitbit says is more comfortable whether you’re relaxing or sweating.

While the physical increase in size is minimal, the Versa 3’s display is a substantial expansion over the Versa 2. The Fitbit Versa 3 has a 1.58-inch AMOLED display with 336 x 336 resolution while the Versa 2 has a 1.39-inch screen and a resolution of 300 x 300 pixels. This means the Versa 3 will look sharper and more detailed than its predecessor.

Another subtle change between these Versa watches is the left-hand button. Instead of the Versa 2’s physical button, the Versa 3 has an indented touch-sensitive area similar to that of the Fitbit Charge 4.

Build-wise, both Versa 3 and Versa 2 have the same aluminum casing and are water-resistant up to 50 meters. The Versa 3 is available in black/black, midnight/soft gold and pink clay/soft gold finishes while the Versa 2 comes in black/carbon, stone/mist grey, petal/copper rose and bordeaux/copper rose combinations. Two more Special Edition variants give you exclusive bands for the Versa 2.

Activity Tracking

The Fitbit Versa 3 has improved sensors over the Versa 2.

The Versa 3 (left) has more advanced sensors and new ones than the Versa 2 (right).

Heart rate monitoring is promised to be more accurate and reliable on the Versa 3, as it sports Fitbit’s PurePulse 2.0 technology featuring an advanced multipath optical heart sensor. Moreover, it has a device temperature sensor that can measure skin temperature variation if you have Fitbit Premium.

Fitbit also introduces Active Zone Minutes on the Versa 3, which tracks time spent in cardio, fat burn or peak heart-rate zones. This feature aims to motivate users to reach the 150 active minutes per week recommended by the WHO, giving alerts as reminders and on meeting fitness goals.

Other than those improvements, the Fitbit Versa 3 and Versa 2 share similar sensors to track your calorie burn, distance traveled, etc. They also have menstrual health and sleep tracking, though the Versa 3 includes a new Smart Wake function that sets your alarm to vibrate quietly during a lighter sleep stage so you’ll feel more refreshed upon waking up. In addition, the Versa 3 has a sleep mode setting that you can schedule automatically, muting all notifications and preventing the display from lighting up.

Along with all-day activity tracking, both Versa 2 and 3 come with 20+ goal-based exercise modes that they can track with real-time stats, helping you understand your fitness level and showing how you can improve over time. They also have SmartTrack automatic exercise recognition so you won’t miss recording workouts.

Smart Features

The Fitbit Versa 3 has built-in GPS and better voice control integration than the Versa 2.

You can finally leave your phone at home and still track outdoor runs with the Versa 3.

As already mentioned, the biggest upgrade offered by the Versa 3 is its built-in GPS, which was a long time coming considering competitors have already included it well before the launch of the Versa 2. This alone can make it worth upgrading to, since you won’t need to rely on having your phone with you to map your workouts and check intensity points.

Fitbit is also adding Google Assistant support on the Versa 3 along with Amazon Alexa, making it one of the first fitness smartwatches with these two major voice assistant software. However, the more important upgrade to the Versa 2 is the inclusion of a speaker on the Versa 3.

This lets you get audio responses from Alexa and Google, whereas Alexa only replied with on-screen text on the Versa 2. Moreover, you’ll finally be able to answer phone calls with the Versa 3, though it’s limited to paired Android devices at launch.

Other features such as smartphone notifications, music storage and control, Fitbit Pay, customizable clock faces, and downloadable apps remain similar for both Versa smartwatches.

Battery Life

The Fitbit Versa 3 has a fast charging feature unlike the Versa 2.

Wear the Versa 3 all day and night with its impressive battery capacity.

While overall battery life didn’t see an improvement from Versa 2 to 3, it’s good to know that both Fitbit smartwatches will last up to 6 or so days before running out of juice. Their batteries will drain faster with the always-on display feature as well as continuous GPS use, which on the Versa 3 can cut battery life down to 12 hours.

However, the Versa 3 sees an upgrade in the form of fast charging though an umproved charger. You can plug it in for 12 minutes and get around one day of battery life. It’s a highly useful perk if you forget charging up the device and still remain on schedule for workouts and other activities. Moreover, the Versa 3 will go from 10-80% in roughly 40 minutes while the Versa 2 reaches 100% in 2 hours.

Verdict

The Fitbit Versa 3 is a worthy upgrade over the Versa 2.

Considering that their price difference is only $30, the Fitbit Versa 3 GPS smartwatch is very much worth the extra spend. It addresses the problems most users had with its predecessor, which is primarily GPS availability, and improves on many aspects, including a larger display, more advanced sensors, and faster charging. If you already have a Versa 2, however, it won’t be an instant buy since the older Versa can still perform similarly well and you’re not really missing out on too many features.

If you have neither Versa watches, we’d only recommend going for the Fitbit Versa 2 health and fitness smartwatch if you prefer its design and band choices, as well as when it becomes available with significant discounts.

FAQs

๐Ÿ“Œ What’s the difference between Fitbit Versa 3 and Versa 2?

The Fitbit Versa 3 has a slightly larger display, higher resolution, improved heart rate sensor, and faster charging capabilities than the Versa 2. Moreover, the Versa 3 has a built-in GPS, additional Google Assistant support and a speaker while the Versa 2 has connected GPS, Amazon Alexa only, and lacks a speaker.

๐Ÿ“Œ Does Versa 2 have GPS?

The Fitbit Versa 2 doesn’t have an onboard GPS. Rather, it relies on a paired smartphone for GPS tracking.

๐Ÿ“Œ Can Fitbit Versa 3 play music?

Yes, the Versa 3 can store and play several hours worth of songs and podcasts on the device itself.

๐Ÿ“Œ Which is better Fitbit Versa 3 or Fitbit Versa 2?

The Versa 3 is easily superior to the Versa 2. It has several notable upgrades and improvements such as built-in GPS, improved display, advanced heart sensor, and more.

Last update on 2021-07-19 / Affiliate links / Images from Amazon Product Advertising API

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