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The month of September has witnessed quite a handful of new smartwatches released at the IFA 2019 holding in Berlin, Germany. Three of those are the Garmin Venu, Fitbit Versa 2 and Apple watch series 5 from three of the biggest names in the smartwatch industry. One thing for sure I’ve noticed is that the new smartwatches are more fitness-focused with productivity also receiving significant attention.

In this post, we’re comparing the specs and features of the Garmin Venu vs Fitbit Versa 2 vs Apple watch series 5 – which of these three is right for you? Let’s find out.

Garmin Venu vs Fitbit Versa 2 vs Apple watch series 5 Specs Compared

 Garmin VenuFitbit Versa 2Apple Watch Series 5
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EDITOR'S RATING

Design:
4.6 out of 5 stars (4.6 / 5)
Battery:
3.8 out of 5 stars (3.8 / 5)
Fitness tracking:
4.7 out of 5 stars (4.7 / 5)
Features:
4.2 out of 5 stars (4.2 / 5)
Price:
4.3 out of 5 stars (4.3 / 5)
Average:
4.3 out of 5 stars (4.3 / 5)
Design:
4.6 out of 5 stars (4.6 / 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:
4.7 out of 5 stars (4.7 / 5)
Battery:
3 out of 5 stars (3.0 / 5)
Fitness tracking:
4.8 out of 5 stars (4.8 / 5)
Features:
4.8 out of 5 stars (4.8 / 5)
Price:
4 out of 5 stars (4.0 / 5)
Average:
4.3 out of 5 stars (4.3 / 5)

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ABOUT DEVICE

Device nameGarmin VenuFitbit Versa 2Apple Watch Series 5
Device typeSport/Fitness smartwatchSport/Fitness smartwatchSport/Fitness smartwatch
PredessesorGarmin Vivoactive 3 MusicFitbit VersaApple Watch Series 4
Successor------
Released dateSeptember, 2019September, 2019September, 2019
Ideal forUnisexUnisexUnisex

DISPLAY

Display typeTransflective memory-in-display (MIP)AMOLEDLTPO OLED
Display size1.2 inch 1.4 inch 1.78 inches (44mm)
1.57 inches (40mm)
Screen resolution390 x 390 pixels--448 x 368 pixels (44mm)
324 x 394 pixels (40mm)
Density------
Input typeTouchscreen plus 2 physical buttonTouchscreen and 1 buttonTouchscreen,
1 button plus
digital crown

BODY

ShapeCircularRectangular/curvedRectangular/curved
Dimension43.2 x 43.2 x 12.4 mm40 x 40 x 11 mm44 x 38 x 10.7 mm (44mm)
40 x 38 x 10.7 mm (40mm)

Weight46.3 grams --36.1 g (non-LTE)
47.8 g (LTE)
(44mm)

30.1 g (non-LTE)
36.7 g (LTE)
(40mm)
Casing materialFiber-reinforced polymer with polymer rear coverAluminumStainless steel
Aluminum
Titanium
Strap/band materialSiliconeSilicone
Leather
(special edition)
Elastomer
Bezel MaterialStainless steel--Ceramics
Strap size20mm140 - 180 mm (small)
180 - 220 mm (large)
125 - 210mm
Screen protectionCorning Gorilla glass 3Corning Gorilla glass 3Sapphire crystal glass
Water resistant/ProtectionYes, 5ATMYes, 5ATMYes, IP68, 5ATM
Swim-proofYes, recommendedYes, recommendedYes, recommended
Color(s)Gold/black
Rose gold/tan
Silver/dark gray
Black/black
Smoke Woven/Mist Grey
(special edition)
Carbon/black
Bordeaux/copper rose
Navy/copper rose
Petal/copper rose
Stone/mist grey
Black, silver, gold

MEMORY

RAM----0.768GB
Internal storage4GBAbout 4GB32GB
Memory card slot------

CONNECTIVITY

BluetoothBluetooth smart v4.2 LE, ANT+Bluetooth smart v4.2 LE, ANT+Bluetooth v5.0
Wi-FiYesYesYes
NFCYesYesYes
GPSGPS/GLONASS/GalileoNo, (connected GPS)A-GPS/GLONASS/GALILEO/QZSS

CELLULAR TECHNOLOGY

TechnologyNoNo2G/3G/4G
SIM slotNoNoe-SIM
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
LoudspeakerNoNoYes
MicrophoneNoYesYes
CameraNoNoNo

SENSORS

Accelerometer YesYesYes
AltimeterYesYesYes
Heart rate monitor (HRM)YesYesYes
BarometerYes--Yes
Gyroscope Yes--Yes
Ambient lightYesYesYes
Other sensorsCompass and Thermometer
Pulse Ox.
SpO2, Vibration motorECG, compass

PLATFORM

Operating system (OS)Proprietary OSProprietary OS (Fitbit OS)WatchOS 6.0
Chipset----Apple S4, 64bit
CPU----Dual core
GPU----PowerVR

BATTERY

Type of batteryNon-removable Li-ion batteryNon-removable lithium polymerNon-removable Li-ion battery
Battery capacity ------
Battery lifeSmartwatch mode: Up to 5 days

GPS mode with music: Up to 6 hours
Standby :10 days+ , Mixed usage: 5 days+Standby :3 days + , Mixed usage: 18hrs+
ChargingUSB charging cableUSB based charging dockMagnetic charging
Charging timeAbout 1-2 hoursAbout 1-2 hoursAbout 1-2 hours

MISC

Payment systemGarmin payFitbit PayApple Pay
Compatibility Android 4.4+ and iOS 8.0+Android, IOS

Check supported devices
iPhone 5s or later with iOS 12 or later
Companion appGarmin connect appFitbit AppApple watch APP
Customizable watch faceYesYesYes
Interchangeable band Yes, 20mmYesYes
Voice commandNoYesYes

BOX CONTENTS

Garmin VenuFitbit Versa 2Apple Watch Series 5 (44mm)
StrapsStrap (small and large)Straps
USB charging cableMagnetic charging dockMagnetic charging cable + USB adapter
Quick start guideQuick start guideQuick start guide

PRICE COMPARED

PriceAbout $400About $200
$230 (special edition)
About $450
(Aluminum)
$790 (stainless steel)
$900 (titanium)

What’s the Difference?

Garmin Venu vs Fitbit Versa 2 vs Apple watch series 5

  1. Garmin Venu vs Fitbit Versa 2 vs Apple watch series 5: Design

  2. Mere looking at these three smartwatches, you’ll agree with me that each of these has got an outstanding design that’s both stylish and elegant. I’ll like to also add that there has been significant improvement in the design of smartwatches over the last two years. Each of these three is sleek and very attractive wear that should make a great companion for any outing.

    However, the Apple watch 5 is no doubt a more beautiful and charming device. Its slimmer and very lightweight while featuring a more premium sapphire crystal glass compared to the Versa 2 and Venu with Corning Gorilla glass.

    Despite having a compact case size, the Apple watch 5 with 1.78 inches display area allows you to see more at a glance compared to the Versa 2 with 1.4 inches and Venu with 1.2 inches display. The Apple watch 5 like its predecessor also feature the infographic watch face that makes it easier to see more complications than you’ll on the Versa 2 or Venu.

    In other words, while each of these three has got an outstanding design, the Apple watch 5 has a more sophisticated design that leaves it with a more attractive and charming appearance.

  3. Garmin Venu vs Fitbit Versa 2 vs Apple watch series 5: Media/Storage

  4. Each of these three has got significant onboard storage capacity that lets you take your music with you. However, the Apple watch 5 with 32GB storage allows you to take more music with you which is about 8-times more that of the Versa 2 or Venu with about 4GB.

    Moreover, the Versa 2 has microphone that supports Amazon Alexa same with the Siri on Apple watch 5. These voice assistant comes handy in carrying out tasks like setting up reminders, and controlling smarthome devices which the Venu lacks.

  5. Garmin Venu vs Fitbit Versa 2 vs Apple watch series 5: Cellular Connectivity

  6. There’s also a cellular edition of the Apple watch 5 which allows you to initiate and receive calls directly from this device. Thus, makes it a standalone smartwatch and a more comprehensive device than the Venu and Versa 2 that lack this feature.

    Although, you can reply to text messages with the Versa 2 and Venu, but only supported on Android devices.

  7. Garmin Venu vs Fitbit Versa 2 vs Apple watch series 5: Fitness Tracking

  8. Like I’d stated earlier, activity tracking and overall health monitoring have received the most attention with the latest smartwatches. And no doubt, each these three is fitness-focused and well equipped to track your active life.

    On a general note, each of these three will track your steps, distance, calories, heart rate, sleep and stress. Also notable and common among these three is the menstrual cycle tracking that lets you log your period which can help you monitor changes.

    The Versa 2 comes preloaded with 15 workout modes, while also featuring onscreen workout that can coach you through your favorite moves (subscription based). It features SmartTrack which auto tracks selected workout modes, as well personalized reminders that reminds you to stay active or get a rest. Pulse ox sensor is also available in the Versa 2 which tracks your blood oxygen level and can help you get better insightful sleep monitoring data.

    The Versa 2 however lacks inbuilt GPS which is present on the Venu and Apple watch 5 which makes these two better choices for outdoor activity tracking.

    While the Venu features 20 preloaded workout modes with hydration tracking that can help you stay hydrated, as well as pulse ox sensor which is also available to track how well your body absorbs oxygen. It also features the body battery energy monitor that gauges how fit you’re for the next training, including incident detection feature that comes handy in helping you get required help when a fall has occurred. The Venu also has inbuilt GPS that the Versa 2 lacks which makes it a better choice for outdoor activity tracking that lets you see your pace in real time.

    The Venu also features animated workout that guides you through your favorite moves.

    The Apple watch 5 feature ECG tracking, it lets you take instant ECG test simply by placing your finger on the digital crown, and can help you detect atrial fibrillation – a form of irregular heart rhythm. Also available is incidental fall detection just like the Venu, as well as very use full apps for diabetic patients and for those of us that are very curious about the food we eat, and even more apps. The Apple watch 5 uses the activity ring to remind you to move, sit, or exercise.

  9. Garmin Venu vs Fitbit Versa 2 vs Apple watch series 5: Battery Life

The Venu and Versa 2 both have a very impressive battery life that keeps you going for days which is longer than the Apple watch 5’s 18hrs battery life. Perhaps the price to pay for the 1.78 inches display. The Apple watch 5 has the least battery life that last just about a day, while the Venu or Versa 2 will last just about 5 days which is quite impressive. Thus, makes these two great choices for fitness enthusiasts involved in extreme workout activities.

Garmin Venu Smartwatch mode: Up to 5 days
GPS mode with music: Up to 6 hours
Fitbit Versa 2 Standby :10 days+
Mixed usage: 5 days+
Apple Watch 5 Standby :3 days +
Mixed usage: 18hrs+
Garmin Venu vs Fitbit Versa 2 vs Apple watch series 5: Which is Better?

Obviously, these three are outstanding smartwatches. Each of these has got a decent appearance with features that defines a comprehensive smartwatch. However, the Apple watch 5 has the most distinguishing design, and is also a more comprehensive smartwatch with cellular support and in-depth activity tracking features. It’s the best choice for iPhone owners as it’s not compatible with android devices.

The Versa 2 being quite cheaper than the Venu is a better smartwatch for indoor activity tracking, it’s a comprehensive fitness tracker and has a long battery life just like the Venu, but has microphone that support Amazon Alexa voice assistant which comes handy in setting up reminders, alarms and controlling smart home devices.

While the Venu with inbuilt GPS is a better choice for outdoor activity tracking, even while having a long battery life and loaded with fitness tracking features that makes this watch a comprehensive fitness tracker.

Our Pick

We go with the Versa 2. It’s far more cheaper, yet a comprehensive fitness tracker with a very impressive long battery life.

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