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Garmin Forerunner 245 vs Fibit Versa 2 vs Fossil Gen 4 Sport Compared

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The Fitbit Versa 2 is the latest addition to the Versa family as it succeeds the Versa. It looks very attractive and comes with Amazon Alexa and is also well equipped to track your active life. So also is the Forerunner 245 – a low budget GPS fitness smartwatch and the Gen 4 – another decent smartwatch from Fossil powered by the Snapdragon 3100 chip. We compare the Garmin Forerunner 245 vs Fitbit Versa 2 vs Fossil Gen 4 Sport specs and features so you know what’s different.

Garmin Forerunner 245 vs Fitbit Versa 2 vs Fossil Gen 4 Sport Specs Compared

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EDITOR'S RATING

Design:
4 out of 5 stars (4.0 / 5)
Battery:
4.1 out of 5 stars (4.1 / 5)
Fitness tracking:
4.7 out of 5 stars (4.7 / 5)
Features:
3.5 out of 5 stars (3.5 / 5)
Price:
3.9 out of 5 stars (3.9 / 5)
Average:
4 out of 5 stars (4.0 / 5)
Design:
4.7 out of 5 stars (4.7 / 5)
Battery:
4.2 out of 5 stars (4.2 / 5)
Fitness tracking:
4.5 out of 5 stars (4.5 / 5)
Features:
4.2 out of 5 stars (4.2 / 5)
Price:
4.3 out of 5 stars (4.3 / 5)
Average:
4.4 out of 5 stars (4.4 / 5)
Design:
4.5 out of 5 stars (4.5 / 5)
Battery:
3 out of 5 stars (3.0 / 5)
Fitness tracking:
4.2 out of 5 stars (4.2 / 5)
Features:
4.3 out of 5 stars (4.3 / 5)
Price:
3.6 out of 5 stars (3.6 / 5)
Average:
3.9 out of 5 stars (3.9 / 5)

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ABOUT DEVICE

Device nameGarmin Forerunner 245 MusicFitbit Versa 2Fossil Gen 4 Sport (43mm) Smartwatch
Device typeSporty/Fitness smartwatchSporty/Fitness smartwatchSporty/Fitness smartwatch
PredessesorGarmin Forerunner 235Fitbit VersaFossil Gen 3 Sport Smartwatch
Successor----
Released dateApril, 2019September, 2019November, 2018
Ideal forUnisexUnisexWomen (Also a great choice for men)

DISPLAY

Display typeTransflective memory-in-display (MIP)AMOLEDAMOLED
Display size1.2 inches 1.4 inches 1.3 inch (43mm)
1.2 inch (41mm)
Screen resolution240 x 240 pixels--390 x 390 pixel
Density------
Input type5 Physical buttons (not touchscreen)Touchscreen and 1 buttonTouchscreen plus 3 physical buttons (1 digital crown and 2 pushable- programmable buttons)

BODY

ShapeCircularRectangular/curvedCircular
Dimension42.3 x 42.3 x 12.2 mm40 x 40 x 11 mm43 x 43 x 12 mm (43mm)
41 x 41 x 12 mm (41mm)
Weight38.5 grams ----
Casing materialThermoplastic polymerAluminumAluminum/Nylon
Strap/band materialSiliconeSilicone
Leather
(special edition)
Silicone
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, whiteSmoke Woven/Mist Grey
(special edition)
Carbon/black
Bordeaux/copper rose
Navy/copper rose
Petal/copper rose
Stone/mist grey
Black, gray, red, pink, green and blue

MEMORY

RAM----0.5GB
Internal storage200 hours of activity data/up to 500 music tracksStores over 300 music tracks4GB
Memory card slot------

CONNECTIVITY

BluetoothBluetooth smart v4.2 LE, ANT+Bluetooth smart v4.0 LEBluetooth 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
MicrophoneNoYesYes
CameraNoNoNo

SENSORS

Accelerometer YesYesYes
Altimeter--YesYes
Heart rate monitor (HRM)YesYesYes
Barometer----Yes
Gyroscope ----Yes
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
GPU------

BATTERY

Type of batteryNon-removable Li-ion batteryNon-removable lithium polymerNon-removable Li-ion battery
Battery capacity ----350mAh
Battery lifeSmartwatch Mode: Up to 7 days
GPS mode with music: Up to 6 hours
GPS mode without music: Up to 24 hours
Standby :10 days+ , Mixed usage: 5 days+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 commandNoYesYes

BOX CONTENTS

Garmin Forerunner 245 MusicFitbit Versa 2Fossil 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 $350About $200
$230 (special edition)
$250

What’s the Difference?

Garmin Forerunner 245 vs Fitbit Versa 2 vs Fossil Gen 4 Sport Features Compared

  1. Garmin Forerunner 245 vs Fitbit Versa 2 vs Fossil Gen 4 Sport: Design

  2. The Forerunner 245 and Gen 4 sport are moderately sized and compact, although the Versa 2 is smaller and as such a more compact wear that should look nice on smaller wrist. The Versa 2 is also quite slimmer than both the Forerunner 245 and Gen 4 sport which makes it sleeker and a more attractive wear.

    As per display, the Versa 2 has a slight bigger display size than the other two which allows you see more at a glance despite having the smallest case size.

    And while transflective LCD display powers the display of the Forerunner 245, AMOLED is in charge on the Versa 2 and Gen 4 sport. The AMOLED display is more attractive and lively than the TFT of the Forerunner 245, although the TFT LCD is easier to read outdoors.

    The Forerunner 245 doesn’t support touchscreen which is on the Versa 2 and Gen sport, this can make the later two quite easier to navigate, although might misbehave when water touches on the screen.

    Overall, these three look nice and decent enough, even though the Versa 2 has the most stylish and a more decent looking smartwatch.

  3. Garmin Forerunner 245 vs Fitbit Versa 2 vs Fossil Gen 4 Sport: Media

  4. Each of these three has 4GB storage capacity that allows you to take your music with you. However, the Forerunner 245 lacks microphone that’s present on both the Versa 2 and Gen 4 sport. As a result, these later two allow you use the voice assistant feature.

    Although, while Amazon Alexa is supported on the Versa 2, Google Assistant works it out on the Gen 4 sport. There’s still a debate on which is better between Alexa and Google assistant. Both are outstanding in their respective ways, but the Google Assistant seems to be a better platform.

  5. Garmin Forerunner 245 vs Fitbit Versa 2 vs Fossil Gen 4 Sport: Fitness Tracking

  6. It’s pertinent to state that each of these three is fitness-focused and well equipped to track your active life. However, the Versa 2 and Forerunner 245 are more comprehensive fitness trackers having more features than you’ll get from the Gen 4 sport.

    The Versa 2 offers 15 preloaded sport modes, and allows you select and auto track your preferred activities. Also available on the Versa 2 is the onscreen workout that coaches you through your moves, including complete sleep cycle tracking and guided breathing sessions that can help return you back to calm. One of the new additions to the Versa 2 is a premium workout coach that offers plans to help you stay fit. You’ll have to subscribe to get this feature.

    The Forerunner 245 being a GPS smartwatch is a great choice for runners and the best choice for tracking outdoor activities. It has inbuilt GPS which the Versa 2 lacks with features that can help improve your running training. There’s the recovery feature that can help you become more productive without breaking down, including the accidental fall detection that sends your location to a preset emergency contact.

    In other words, these three are nice fitness trackers, but the Versa 2 and Forerunner 245 have features that make these two more comprehensive fitness trackers than the Gen 4 sport with the Versa 2 being a better choice for indoor activity tracking and the Forerunner 245 a better choice for tracking outdoor activities.

  7. Garmin Forerunner 245 vs Fitbit Versa 2 vs Fossil Gen 4 Sport: Battery Life

No doubt each of these three has got a quite impressive battery life that lets you go more than a day on a single charge. However, the Forerunner 245 has a longer battery life than the Versa 2 and even longer than the Gen 4 sport.

The Forerunner 245 on smartwatch mode will last about a week which is very much impressive and a great choice for anyone involved in extreme workout activities. While the Versa 2 with a longer battery life than its predecessor will last up to 5 days which is also very impressive when compared to the average smartwatch with 1-2days of battery life.

The Gen 4 sport won’t last as long as the other two, it expected to last just about a day or more on single usage. But, with the Snapdragon 3100 chip powering this device, it has battery management features that can elongate its battery life up to a week. Although, with the battery saver mode activated, Wear OS features are deactivated.

Garmin Forerunner 245 vs Fitbit Versa 2 vs Fossil Gen 4 Sport: Which is Better?

Clearly, these three are decent smartwatches and each is fitness focused. However, the Versa 2 has the most stylish and premium design that leaves it more attractive and charming appearance.

The Fitbit Versa 2 with a long battery life and loaded with lots of fitness tracking features is the best choice for indoor activity tracking, while the Forerunner 245 with a quite longer battery life, inbuilt GPS with lots of fitness tracking features is the best choice for outdoor activity tracking and also a great choice for pro athletes looking to achieve more fitness goals.

Here’s how they stack up;

FITBIT VERSA 2 The most stylish and a comprehensive fitness tracker with a long battery life. The best choice for indoor activity tracking, and great choice for both men and women.
GARMIN FORERUNNER 245 An outstanding GPS fitness smartwatch with a very impressive long battery life. The best choice for outdoor activity tracking and pro athletes.
FOSSIL GEN 4 SPORT A decent alternative.
Our Pick

The Fitbit Versa 2 has an outstanding aesthetics and a long battery life that lets you go days on a single charge even while being moderately priced. It’s our preferred choice.

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