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 245||Fitbit Versa||Fossil Gen 4 Sport|
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|Device name||Garmin Forerunner 245 Music||Fitbit Versa||Fossil Gen 4 Sport (43mm) Smartwatch|
|Device type||Sporty/Fitness smartwatch||Sporty/Fitness smartwatch||Sporty/Fitness smartwatch|
|Predessesor||Garmin Forerunner 235||Fitbit Ionic||Fossil Gen 3 Sport Smartwatch|
|Released date||April, 2019||April, 2018||November, 2018|
|Ideal for||Unisex||Unisex||Women (Also a great choice for men)|
|Display type||Transflective memory-in-display (MIP)||Transflective |
|Display size||1.2 inches||1.34 inch||1.3 inch (43mm)
1.2 inch (41mm)
|Screen resolution||240 x 240 pixels||348 x 250 pixel||390 x 390 pixel|
|Input type||5 Physical buttons (not touchscreen)||Touchscreen and 3 buttons||Touchscreen plus 3 physical buttons (1 digital crown and 2 pushable- programmable buttons)|
|Dimension||42.3 x 42.3 x 12.2 mm||35 x 24.07 x 11.2 mm||43 x 43 x 12 mm (43mm)
41 x 41 x 12 mm (41mm)
|Weight||38.5 grams||38 grams||--|
|Casing material||Thermoplastic polymer||Aluminum||Aluminum/Nylon|
|Bezel Material||Fiber-reinforced polymer||--||Thermomplastic|
|Strap size||20mm||140 - 180 mm (small)|
180 - 220 mm (large)
|Screen protection||Corning Gorilla glass 3||Corning Gorilla glass 3||--|
|Water resistant/Protection||Yes, 5ATM||Yes, 5ATM||Yes, 5ATM|
|Swim-proof||Yes, recommended||Yes, recommended||Yes, recommended|
|Color(s)||Black, aqua, white||Gray, black and rose-gold||Black, gray, red, pink, green and blue|
|Internal storage||200 hours of activity data/up to 500 music tracks||About 2.5GB||4GB|
|Memory card slot||--||--||--|
|Bluetooth||Bluetooth smart v4.2 LE, ANT+||Bluetooth smart v4.2 LE, ANT+||Bluetooth smart v4.2 LE|
|GPS||GPS/GLONASS/Galileo||No, (connected GPS)||Yes|
|Heart rate monitoring||Yes||Yes||Yes|
|Heart rate monitor (HRM)||Yes||Yes||Yes|
|Other sensors||Compass and Pulse Oximeter||SpO2, Vibration motor||--|
|Operating system (OS)||Proprietary OS||Proprietary OS (Fitbit OS)||Wear OS 2.2|
|Chipset||--||--||Qualcomm Snapdragon Wear 3100|
|CPU||--||--||Quad Core A7|
|Type of battery||Non-removable Li-ion battery||Non-removable lithium polymer||Non-removable Li-ion battery|
|Battery life||Smartwatch 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|
|Charging||Charging cradle||USB based charging dock||Inductive charging magnet|
|Charging time||About 1-2 hours||About 1-2 hours||About 1-2 hours|
|Payment system||No||Fitbit Pay||Google Pay|
|Compatibility||Android and iOS||Android, IOS |
Check supported devices
|Android 4.4 (excluding Go edition) or later.
iOS 9.3 or later.
|Companion app||Garmin connect app||Fitbit App||Fossil Q app|
|Customizable watch face||Yes||Yes||Yes|
|Interchangeable band||Yes, 20mm||Yes||Yes, 20mm|
|Garmin Forerunner 245 Music||Fitbit Versa||Fossil Gen 4 Sport|
|Straps||Strap (small and large)||Straps|
|USB charging cable||Magnetic charging dock||Inductive charging magnet|
|Quick start guide||Quick start guide||Quick start guide|
What’s the Difference?
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 Music||A comprehensive GPS smartwatch for outdoor activity tracking with a long battery life. A nice fit for both men and women.|
Although lacks inbuilt GPS, the Versa being an outstanding fitness smartwatch is our preferred choice.