Wearables

Fitbit vs Amazfit: Which Fitness Watch Should You Buy?

Fitbit has been leading the fitness tracker industry for several years now, thanks to their topnotch devices and stellar app support. Relative newcomer Amazfit has made a big splash by offering users some pretty fantastic trackers at attractive budget points. It’s quite timely to pit these two companies on a head-to-head battle right now since they’ve just launched their most recent smartwatches, the Fitbit Versa 2 vs the Amazfit GTR, which just might be the very best they have in their current lineups. Read on to see whose activity tracker we’d recommend if you’re choosing between Fitbit vs Amazfit.

Fitbit Versa 2 vs Amazfit GTR Comparison Chart

ModelFitbit Versa 2Amazfit GTR 47mm
Fitbit Versa 2 Health & Fitness Smartwatch with Heart Rate, Music, Alexa Built-in, Sleep & Swim... Amazfit GTR Aluminium Alloy Smartwatch,All-Day Heart Rate Monitor, Daily Activity Tracker Rate and... 
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Rating
186 Reviews 

15 Reviews 
DisplayOLEDAMOLED
Always-onYesYes
Screen Size1.34″1.39″
Screen Resolution300 x 300 pixels454 x 454 pixels
Weight40 g36 g
VariationsCarbon, Copper Rose, Mist GreyAluminium, Stainless Steel, Titanium
Call & Text AlertsYesYes
Water ResistanceUp to 50 metersUp to 50 meters
Heart Rate MonitorYesYes
PedometerYesYes
Calorie Burn TrackerYesYes
Sleep TrackingYesYes
Swim TrackingYesYes
AltimeterYesYes
CompassNoYes
GPSConnectedBuilt-in
CellularNoNo
Wi-FiYesNo
BluetoothYesYes
NFCYesNo
CompatibilityiOS, Android, WindowsiOS, Android
Battery LifeUp to 5 daysUp to 24 days
Release DateSeptember 2019September 2019

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Design

The Amazfit GTR looks classier and more elegant than the Fitbit Versa 2.

Fitbit Versa 2 vs Amazfit GTR Design
While the Fitbit Versa 2 (left) looks great, the Amazfit GTR (right) features a more traditional watch design.

Those who have been wearing traditional watches for a long time will naturally gravitate towards the round watch face of the Amazfit GTR. It looks just like an analog wristwatch until you examine its purely digital AMOLED display, which by the way looks crisp and vibrant any time of the day. The 1.39-inch screen on the 47 mm model packs a resolution of 454 x 454 pixels, a hefty difference over the Fitbit Versa 2’s 300 x 300, so reading text becomes much easier. Combine this with the different metal finishes available, which includes Aluminum, Stainless Steel, and Titanium, and you’ve got a premium looking smartwatch indeed.

Whether you were a fan or detractor of the original Versa design, you’ll find your opinion unchanged with the Fitbit Versa 2 update. Its square shape and thick bezels remain, though it now sports a much brighter OLED screen. There’s now only a single button on the side, down from the previous three, but there’s no loss in functionality or ease of control. A nice improvement over many previous Fitbit trackers is the always-on option for the display, so you can now simply glance at the device without pressing or swiping anything.

However, the watch faces available are very limited and doesn’t show much aside from the time and current workout stats. Switching faces also requires reinstalling from your phone every time; you can’t save any on the Versa 2 itself. There’s a lot more variety available on the Amazfit GTR, with over 100 watch faces, and counting, to choose from. When viewed in its 326 ppi AMOLED screen, it’s easy to say that the Amazfit GTR gets better marks over the Fitbit Versa 2 in terms of overall design and eye candy factor.

Activity Tracking

The Fitbit Versa 2 has better tracking features and software than the Amazfit GTR.

Fitbit Versa 2 vs Amazfit GTR Activity Tracking
As to be expected, the Fitbit App is better developed and more well-rounded than Amazfit App.

Both smartwatches offer an extensive list of activity tracking features, including a 24/7 heart rate monitor, accelerometer, altimeter, and more, letting you record your daily workouts, calorie burn, cardio levels, etc. You get daily reminders to move as well as vibration alerts if your pace goes over safe limits. You’ll also be able to monitor how much quality sleep you’re getting, though Fitbit has a leg up here with its new Sleep Score feature. Swimming with either tracker is encouraged, since they can withstand up to 50 meters under water.

Where Fitbit still leads is in the software itself. The Fitbit App still remains one of the most feature-rich and intuitive apps to track your health and fitness journey. It’s a significant part of the reason most people will still prefer Fitbit over other competitors. You can compete with other users and set personal benchmarks for any of 15 exercise modes, and receiving achievements for reaching goals and milestones just further motivates you to keep at it. Fitbit has also added female health tracking to the repertoire of the Versa 2, so you can add cycle data to your overall health picture.

Even more exciting is the news that Fitbit is developing a Premium subscription service aimed at helping users with weight loss, diabetes management, and general wellness. Having your own health coach and personal trainer on your wrist sounds really good for those with just a little trouble keeping their fitness routines consistent.

In comparison, the Amazfit App is still hot off the presses, and while it’s fine for basic workout tracking, goal setting, and analyzing your exercise and heart rate history, it lacks refinement in terms of its user interface and also has a few iffy translations. Pairing it with your phone also noticeably drains the phone’s battery much quicker the more tracking features are simultaneously enabled.

Smart Features

The Fitbit Versa 2 has built-in Alexa support, Fitbit Pay, and music storage.

Fitbit Versa 2 vs Amazfit GTR Smart Features
You can now ask Alexa on your wrist with the Fitbit Versa 2.

New to the Fitbit Versa 2 is a mic located on the right side of the device, which lets you talk to Amazon’s Alexa. It’s the first time that Fitbit has introduced voice assistant capabilities in their trackers, and the result is a mixed bag, though. Accessing Alexa requires that you press on the side button, since there’s no instant voice recognition such as those in Echo Dots. It also has no speaker, so you’ll have to read Alexa’s replies on the Versa 2’s screen. Still, it’s nice to have especially if you want to control smart home devices on the go or transcribe your text messages by voice.

Fitbit Pay is now a default feature on the Versa 2, so you can now pay for groceries and other goods with your wristwatch. Wi-Fi is another welcome addition to the connectivity features of the new Versa, but we’re sure more users would’ve liked a built-in GPS instead. The Amazfit GTR makes an excellent case of why it’s a disappointing that Fitbit hasn’t done this yet on their budget-to-midrange line, since the GTR is cheaper and yet houses a GPS+GLONASS chip, with a geomagnetic sensor to add a compass for good measure. These make the GTR a much more attractive option for those who love getting fit in the great outdoors.

This trend continues with the Fitbit Versa 2’s onboard Spotify, which was a big thumbs-up when it was first announced. It turns out that it’s still really just a Spotify Connect feature which lets you control the music on your phone. You can store music in the device itself, roughly 300 or so songs, but you’ll have to subscribe to premium services from Pandora or Deezer.

Compatibility and Battery Life

The Amazfit GTR can last from 40 hours to up to 74 days.

Fitbit Versa 2 vs Amazfit GTR Battery
You get several weeks’ worth of usage on the Amazfit GTR, not days.

Amazfit really wants you to never stop wearing their smartwatches, as they pack a ridiculous amount of battery life compared to almost every other brand. They list the typical usage of the Amazfit GTR to be up to 24 days, with the heart rate monitor left on, some light exercises over the week, and only turning on the display by lifting your wrist up. You can stretch this even further to a jaw-dropping 74 days at its lowest settings. Even at maximum usage with the GPS continuously turned on, you can expect up to 40 hours of use from the GTR before you need to take it off for a recharge.

Comparing it with the Fitbit Versa 2’s measly 5 days of battery life sounds a bit unfair, and is something that may take even Fitbit’s biggest adherents aback. Still, a week-long capacity is nothing to scoff at compared to other more premium smartwatches. It just really pales in this particular comparison.

Both will work with almost all iOS and Android devices, though the Fitbit Versa 2 is a viable option for Windows phone users.

Verdict

The Fitbit Versa 2 is better for more fitness-minded users, while the Amazfit GTR is better for casual use and less intensive training.

With a more robust fitness app that promises even more value and features in the future, the Fitbit Versa 2 is still the much better choice if you’re looking to get really serious in achieving your fitness goals. Its activity tracking features are some of the most comprehensive and accurate you can find today, and its smart features are still an improvement over previous Fitbit trackers. At this price point it’s tough to recommend a better fitness tracker than the Fitbit Versa 2.

Now, if you’re after a fashionable smartwatch first and a fitness tracker second, then the Amazfit GTR clearly looks more appealing. Its elegant design can easily be mistaken for a traditional wristwatch, until you notice that its AMOLED display looks too bright and pretty for any old analog or digital piece. A built-in GPS, compass, and astounding battery life makes it even more compelling to get if you’re keen on going on outdoor adventures, while its activity tracking tools are reliable if unspectacular. Considering that it’s a bit more affordable than the Fitbit Versa 2 and you’ve still got a winner on your hands, er, wrist.

Last update on 2019-12-07 / Affiliate links / Images from Amazon Product Advertising API

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