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Garmin Forerunner 245 Music vs Fitbit Versa vs Fossil Gen 4 Sport Compared

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Featured in this comparison, is the newly announced Forerunner 245 Music – A spectacular GPS smartwatch for runners which is joined by the award winning Fitbit Versa – Another outstanding fitness smartwatch and also includes, the Gen 4 Sport – the latest Fitness smartwatch from Fossil and one of the few Snapdragon 3100 smartwatches.

These three share one common feature, which is fitness tracking. Each of these is a nice fitness smartwatch that surely does a great job in helping you stay fit. However, the prices and features are more interesting and that’s where the differences comes in. We compare, the Garmin Forerunner 245 Music vs Fitbit Versa vs Fossil Gen 4 Sport specs and features head-to-head.

Garmin Forerunner 245 Music vs Fitbit Versa vs Fossil Gen 4 Sports Specs Compared

 Garmin Forerunner 245Fitbit VersaFossil Gen 4 Sport
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ABOUT DEVICE

Device nameGarmin Forerunner 245 MusicFitbit VersaFossil Gen 4 Sport (43mm) Smartwatch
Device typeSporty/Fitness smartwatchSporty/Fitness smartwatchSporty/Fitness smartwatch
PredessesorGarmin Forerunner 235Fitbit IonicFossil Gen 3 Sport Smartwatch
Successor----
Released dateApril, 2019April, 2018November, 2018
Ideal forUnisexUnisexWomen (Also a great choice for men)

DISPLAY

Display typeTransflective memory-in-display (MIP)Transflective
colored
LCD
AMOLED
Display size1.2 inches1.34 inch1.3 inch (43mm)
1.2 inch (41mm)
Screen resolution240 x 240 pixels348 x 250 pixel390 x 390 pixel
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Input type5 Physical buttons (not touchscreen)Touchscreen and 3 buttonsTouchscreen plus 3 physical buttons (1 digital crown and 2 pushable- programmable buttons)

BODY

ShapeCircularRectangular/curvedCircular
Dimension42.3 x 42.3 x 12.2 mm35 x 24.07 x 11.2 mm43 x 43 x 12 mm (43mm)
41 x 41 x 12 mm (41mm)
Weight38.5 grams38 grams--
Casing materialThermoplastic polymerAluminumAluminum/Nylon
Strap/band materialSiliconePolyesterSilicone
Bezel MaterialFiber-reinforced polymer--Thermomplastic
Strap size20mm140 - 180 mm (small)
180 - 220 mm (large)
22mm (43mm)
18mm (41mm)
Screen protectionCorning Gorilla glass 3Corning Gorilla glass 3--
Water resistant/ProtectionYes, 5ATMYes, 5ATMYes, 5ATM
Swim-proofYes, recommendedYes, recommendedYes, recommended
Color(s)Black, aqua, whiteGray, black and rose-goldBlack, gray, red, pink, green and blue

MEMORY

RAM----0.5GB
Internal storage200 hours of activity data/up to 500 music tracksAbout 2.5GB4GB
Memory card slot------

CONNECTIVITY

BluetoothBluetooth smart v4.2 LE, ANT+Bluetooth smart v4.2 LE, ANT+Bluetooth smart v4.2 LE
Wi-FiYesYesYes
NFCNoYesYes
GPSGPS/GLONASS/GalileoNo, (connected GPS)Yes

CELLULAR TECHNOLOGY

TechnologyNoNoNo
SIM slotNoNoNo
BandNoNoNo

NOTIFICATIONS

Email alertYesYesYes
SMS alertYesYesYes
Calls alertYesYesYes
Event reminderYesYesYes
Weather forecastYesYesYes
Third-party appsYesYesYes

FITNESS TRACKING

Sleep trackingYesYesYes
Heart rate monitoringYesYesYes
Distance coveredYesYesYes
Steps climbedYesYesYes
CaloriesYesYesYes

MEDIA

Audiomp3/mp4mp3/mp4mp3/mp4
Bluetooth musicYesYesYes
RadioNoNoNo
LoudspeakerNoNoNo
MicrophoneNoNoYes
CameraNoNoNo

SENSORS

AccelerometerYesYesYes
Altimeter--YesYes
Heart rate monitor (HRM)YesYesYes
Barometer----Yes
Gyroscope --YesYes
Ambient light--YesYes
Other sensorsCompass and Pulse OximeterSpO2, Vibration motor--

PLATFORM

Operating system (OS)Proprietary OSProprietary OS (Fitbit OS)Wear OS 2.2
Chipset----Qualcomm Snapdragon Wear 3100
CPU----Quad Core A7
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BATTERY

Type of batteryNon-removable Li-ion batteryNon-removable lithium polymerNon-removable Li-ion battery
Battery capacity --145mAh350mAh
Battery lifeSmartwatch Mode: Up to 7 days
GPS mode with music: Up to 6 hours
GPS mode without music: Up to 24 hours
Standby :4days+ , Mixed usage: 2day+Standby :2 days + , Mixed usage: 18 - 24 hours
ChargingCharging cradleUSB based charging dockInductive charging magnet
Charging timeAbout 1-2 hoursAbout 1-2 hoursAbout 1-2 hours

MISC

Payment systemNoFitbit PayGoogle Pay
Compatibility Android and iOSAndroid, IOS

Check supported devices
Android 4.4 (excluding Go edition) or later.
iOS 9.3 or later.
Companion appGarmin connect appFitbit AppFossil Q app
Customizable watch faceYesYesYes
Interchangeable band Yes, 20mmYesYes, 20mm
Voice commandNoNoYes

BOX CONTENTS

Garmin Forerunner 245 MusicFitbit VersaFossil Gen 4 Sport
StrapsStrap (small and large)Straps
USB charging cableMagnetic charging dockInductive charging magnet
Quick start guideQuick start guideQuick start guide

PRICE COMPARED

PriceAbout $350$200$250

What’s the Difference?

Garmin Forerunner 245 Music vs Fitbit Versa vs Fossil Gen 4 Sports Features compared

  1. Garmin Forerunner 245 Music vs Fitbit Versa vs Fossil Gen 4 Sports: Design

  2. Looking at the appearance of these three watches, you’ll agree with me they all look decent enough to at least justify the price tag on each. However, Fossil being a top name in the fashion industry seems to know how to come up with a more stylish design with every new wearable released.

    Although, the Gen 4 Sport doesn’t have that premium design, but certainly is more fashionable and stylish than the Versa or the somewhat odd Forerunner 245.

    In terms of sizes, all three are moderate. The versa is the slimmest and also smaller than the other two which makes it the best choice for women and people with smaller wrist. The Versa and Gen 4 Sport have touchscreen support in addition to physical buttons as against the all button choice on the Forerunner 245.

    As per display, the AMOLED powered display of the Gen 4 Sport offers the most interactive and lively display that’s more satisfying to view while the transflective LCD display of the Versa and 245 ensures they would actually last longer than the Gen 4 sport and are also easily more visible under sunlight as compared to the AMOLED display which is a bit difficult to view outdoors.

    As per body materials, all three devices feature durable materials with the Versa and Gen 4 Sport being lighter than the Forerunner 245 which is also lightweight too.

  3. Garmin Forerunner 245 Music vs Fitbit Versa vs Fossil Gen 4 Sports: Connectivity

  4. Talking about connectivity, the Gen 4 Sport and Versa have NFC support which supports Google Pay and Fitbit Pay on these two respectively. There is no NFC chip in the Forerunner 245, so you won’t be able to make any mobile payment from this device.

  5. Garmin Forerunner 245 Music vs Fitbit Versa vs Fossil Gen 4 Sport: Operating System

  6. While the Forerunner 245 runs on Garmin’s proprietary operating system, same with the Versa running on the Fitbit OS. The Gen 4 Sport being a Wear OS smartwatch runs on the latest updated 2.6 version.

    In terms of features, the Wear OS platform offers you more access to your favorite apps, while Google Assistant and Google Fit have improved a lot, but it isn’t any significantly better than the Fitbit OS or the Garmin OS that actually offers relatively nice features and an improving user experience.

  7. Garmin Forerunner 245 Music vs Fitbit Versa vs Fossil Gen 4 Sports: Media

  8. All three devices come with onboard storage for your downloads. However, the Gen 4 sport has a microphone that’s lacking on both the Versa and Forerunner 245 which enables you to access the much improved Google Assistant that’s smarter and easier to access.

  9. Garmin Forerunner 245 Music vs Fitbit Versa vs Fossil Gen 4 Sports: Activity Tracking

  10. Like mentioned earlier, all three devices are great choices for fitness tracking. Each comes with all the standard sensors, except for the Versa which lacks inbuilt GPS. Although, connects effortlessly to your phone GPS.

    The Versa features quite a number of fitness tracking features that include the female period tracking, VO2 max which makes it the best for indoor activity tracking, while the Forerunner 245 with its long list of fitness tracking features and support for multi GPS system is a great choice for outdoor activity tracking.

    The Gen 4 Sport on the hand also has quite a number of fitness tracking features that includes the ability to track your steps, sleep, calories, while also having inbuilt GPS that makes a great choice for tracking your active life.

  11. Garmin Forerunner 245 Music vs Fitbit Versa vs Fossil Gen 4 Sport: Battery Life

As per battery life, the Forerunner 245 clearly has a longer battery life than the Versa which also has an impressive battery. The Gen 4 Sport on the other hand has the lowest battery life compared to the Versa or Forerunner 245. It’s quite surprising, considering it’s powered by the Snapdragon 3100 chip which was debuted to bring a significant improvement to the battery life of future Wear OS smartwatches.

While the Forerunner 245 has the longest battery life that last about 5-7days on regular usage, the Versa has about 2-3 days of battery life, while the Gen 4 Sport will last about 24 hours on mixed usage.
For long term activity tracking, the Forerunner 245 is certainly the best choice.

Garmin Forerunner 245 Music vs Fitbit Versa vs Fossil Gen 4 Sport: Which is Better?

Clearly, all three devices are really nice choices.

However, the Forerunner 245 being an outstanding GPS smartwatch with a long list of fitness tracking features like the Garmin coach that offers personalized coaching from experts, support for multi satellite system and the longer battery life, is the best choice for long term activity tracking, while also being a great choice for tracking outdoor activities.

The Versa on the other hand, although lacks inbuilt GPS, but has quite a number of fitness tracking features that include the female period monitoring and as well VO2 max feature that’s also present on the 245, and in addition to its fairly long battery life makes it the best choice for indoor activity tracking. It’s also the cheapest.

The Gen 4 Sport is the most fashionable and a more decent looking smartwatch. It’s also a great choice for fitness tracking and if you mind less about the somewhat abysmal battery life, but more interested in features. Then it’s certainly the best choice for you.

Here is a summary;

Fossil Gen 4 Sport The most stylish with more features and also a great choice for fitness tracking. A nice fit for both men and women.
Fitbit Versa An outstanding fitness smartwatch with a fairly long battery life. The best choice for indoor activity tracking and a nice fit for women.
Garmin Forerunner 245 MusicA comprehensive GPS smartwatch for outdoor activity tracking with a long battery life. A nice fit for both men and women.
Our Pick

Although lacks inbuilt GPS, the Versa being an outstanding fitness smartwatch is our preferred choice.

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