Updated: Oct 12, 2019
Fitbit just released it’s new watch the Versa 2. Aesthetically: Nearly indistinguishable from the Apple Watch Series 4 - and it has a lot of benefits and remarks from the anti-apple crowd. My question is whats the real deal here? Why would you buy one over the other? Lets explore some reasons together.
Here is the bottom line. If you own an android smartphone then I am going to stop you right there... The apple watch is not for you. Most everyone knows this about the Apple watch but if you invest in this purchase, you will be displeased with the results when you power on the Series 4 and it asks to to sync to your iPhone before it even boots it's Watch OS up! Marketing ploy? Yes. Great watch regardless. I say yes, and here is why:
It offers a plethora of integrated widgets on the front, allowing - at a glance - the ability to see a ton of data. It's sleek slim and lightweight design is subtle from previous models. It's 100% waterproof, and allows you to have a standalone GPS and full LTE experience. It also acts as a heart-rate monitor and approved ECG machine, sleep tracker, and it even tells the time! What's not to love about it?
For most people it's the price, but in retrospect the value nearly outweighs the cost. I would like to see it for $100 dollars less though, but that extra $100 comes from what I like to call "Apple Premium" When you buy it you get the exclusive right to say "Yeah it's an Apple product" - Which really gets the Android nerds going
Apple watch also has Numbershare, which basically is an extension of your own phone number. It uses data and shares your phone number, which means you can go for a jog and leave the phone behind, and you wont miss anything. Data rates apply from your carrier that you activated it from (Verizon, AT&T, etc.)
Since the launch of Apple Watch series 5 recently, the Series 4 has decreased in price, and can be financed easily though your cell phone provider over 6-12 months based on the carrier. You can find Apple Watch Series 4 Here.
The Versa 2 has a couple of things going for it: They nailed the look. I mistook these as the Apple watch almost immediately - the dead giveaway was the bezels which don't wrap around as much as the Apple watch. The appeal here is that it has a ton of built in apps you can launch that target a lot of healthy goals in mind. They also claim to have a 5 day + battery - which I am eager to see for myself. They do use the gorilla glass so it's extremely durable and lightweight. It's 100% waterproof and offers a heart-rate monitor, sleep tracker, and and all new Always On Display mode. Unlike the apple watch only customization to a timeout screen time after you turn your wrist. Lets face it though, when do you really look at your watch without moving your wrist anyway? It seems silly but that added feature was definitely a stab at the other smart watch manufacturers not offering such things and still claim to have a crazy good battery. only time will tell! - See what I did there...
Raw Specs: FitBit Versa 2
The Versa 2 starts at $200
Alexa Built in
Optical heart rate monitor
Ambient light sensor
Wi-Fi antenna (802.11 b/g/n)
Relative SpO2 sensor
Raw Specs: Apple Watch Series 4
Starts at $250/$400 for Nike+
Apple dual-core 64-bit S4
1.78 inch, LTPS OLED
Watch OS 5
16 GB internal storage
802.11 b/g/n WiFi, Bluetooth 5.0, and GPS LTE (select models)
32 g-force accelerometer
Optical heart rate
IP68 and 5 ATM dust and water resistant Integrated microphone
Up to 18 hours battery life