The Apple Watch Series 5 starts at $400 and has a lot of tools to help track your health and fitness goals. But the Fitbit Versa 2 costs half as much and has many similar features. I’ve been wearing both these watches for a few weeks to determine which one is better at tracking workouts and getting notifications from a phone, and which has the best battery life. Let’s break down the differences between these two watches to see which is right for you.
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A versatile hybrid that’s equal parts smartwatch and fitness tracker, the Versa 2 adds a few improvements over the first version that make it a good option for Apple and Android owners alike. Like the Apple Watch, it too has an always-on display, but the battery will last more than twice as long. Expect at least five days between charges if you don’t have the always-on display active. It also gives you built-in sleep tracking, Alexa support and Spotify control on your wrist. Read the Fitbit Versa 2 hands-on
All-day comfort so you can go from the office to the gym
The Apple Watch comes in two sizes (40mm and 44mm) while the Versa 2 just comes in one size. I have a fairly small wrist and found both of these watches very comfortable to wear all day. With the Versa 2, I hardly had to take it off at all because I could use it to track my sleep.
Want a wide range of finishes and straps to choose from? You’ll find the biggest selection with the Apple Watch. Everything from aluminum and stainless steel to the more expensive ceramic and titanium finishes that cost upward of $800. The Versa 2 has three aluminum color finishes with a variety of straps.
The Versa 2 gets a much nicer color AMOLED display than the first generation Versa and it’s easy to see in bright sunlight when the brightness is turned to max. (The always-on display could be a little brighter for me during outdoor workouts, however.) Notifications and on-screen prompts are clear and legible.
The Apple Watch uses a color LTPO OLED Retina display. It also has Force Touch, so you can press on the screen to register different options.
They’re both water-resistant to 50m so you can use them to track swims and they’ll be fine if subjected to occasional splashes.
Fitbit still makes its straps pretty difficult to swap in and out as they have very small toggles, whereas the Apple Watch is simpler with a button to slide the strap in and out. The charging dock for the Versa 2 is also a pain. Not only is it not backward-compatible with older generations of Fitbit watches like the original Versa, the cord doesn’t tuck underneath the …read more
Source:: Daily times