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The month of September has witnessed a lot of high profile smartwatches from some of the biggest names in the smartwatch industry. And in this comparison, we’re comparing three premium smartwatches from Apple, Samsung and Fitbit – three of the biggest names in the industry. We compare the Samsung Galaxy Watch Active 2 vs Fitbit Versa 2 vs Apple Watch Series 5 specs and features.

These three succeed the Galaxy Active, Versa and Apple watch series 4 respectively – three outstanding smartwatches that have dominated the top best chart since their respective releases. The new successors are even more outstanding with better design and added features, yet varying differences which we’ll be checking out.

Samsung Galaxy Watch Active 2 vs Fitbit Versa 2 vs Apple Watch Series 5 Specs Compared

 Samsung Galaxy Watch Active 2Fitbit Versa 2Apple Watch Series 5
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EDITOR'S RATING

Design:
4.7 out of 5 stars (4.7 / 5)
Battery:
3.6 out of 5 stars (3.6 / 5)
Fitness tracking:
4.7 out of 5 stars (4.7 / 5)
Features:
4.7 out of 5 stars (4.7 / 5)
Price:
4.5 out of 5 stars (4.5 / 5)
Average:
4.4 out of 5 stars (4.4 / 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:
4.8 out of 5 stars (4.8 / 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 nameSamsung Galaxy Watch Active 2Fitbit Versa 2Apple Watch Series 5
Device typeClassic/Fitness smartwatchSport/Fitness smartwatchSport/Fitness smartwatch
PredessesorSamsung Galaxy Watch ActiveFitbit VersaApple Watch Series 4
Successor------
Released dateSeptember, 2019September, 2019September, 2019
Ideal forUnisexUnisexUnisex

DISPLAY

Display typeSuper AMOLED
Full color,
Always-on-display
AMOLEDLTPO OLED
Display size1.3 inches (44mm)
1.2 inches (40mm)
1.4 inch 1.78 inches (44mm)
1.57 inches (40mm)
Screen resolution360 x 360 pixels--448 x 368 pixels (44mm)
324 x 394 pixels (40mm)
Density------
Input typeTouchscreen,
2 physical buttons
Digital bezel
Touchscreen and 1 buttonTouchscreen,
1 button plus
digital crown

BODY

ShapeCircularRectangular/curvedRectangular/curved
Dimension44 x 44 x 10.9mm (44mm)
40 x 40 x 10.9mm (40mm)
40 x 40 x 11 mm44 x 38 x 10.7 mm (44mm)
40 x 38 x 10.7 mm (40mm)

Weight42 grams
(stainless steel 44mm)
37 grams
(stainless steel 40mm)
30 grams
(aluminum 44mm)
26 grams
(aluminum 40mm)
(Without straps)
--36.1 g (non-LTE)
47.8 g (LTE)
(44mm)

30.1 g (non-LTE)
36.7 g (LTE)
(40mm)
Casing materialStainless steel
Aluminum
AluminumStainless steel
Aluminum
Titanium
Strap/band materialLeather
(Stainless steel)
Fluoroelastomer
(Aluminum)
Silicone
Leather
(special edition)
Elastomer
Bezel Material Ceramics--Ceramics
Strap size20mm140 - 180 mm (small)
180 - 220 mm (large)
125 - 210mm
Screen protectionCorning Gorilla glass DX+Corning Gorilla glass 3Sapphire crystal glass
Water resistant/ProtectionYes, IP68, 5ATM
MIL-STD-810G
Yes, 5ATMYes, IP68, 5ATM
Swim-proofYes, recommendedYes, recommendedYes, recommended
Color(s)Sliver, black, gold
(stainless steel)
Cloud-silver, aqua-black,
pink-gold
(aluminum)
Smoke Woven/Mist Grey
(special edition)
Carbon/black
Bordeaux/copper rose
Navy/copper rose
Petal/copper rose
Stone/mist grey
Black, silver, gold

MEMORY

RAM1.5GB LTE, 0.75GB non-LTE--0.768GB
Internal storage4GBAbout 4GB32GB
Memory card slot------

CONNECTIVITY

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

CELLULAR TECHNOLOGY

Technology2G/3G/4G
(stainless steel)
No2G/3G/4G
SIM slotYes, e-SIMNoe-SIM
BandGSM 850/900/1800
WCDMA B1/2/5
NoNo

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
LoudspeakerYesNoYes
MicrophoneYesYesYes
CameraNoNoNo

SENSORS

Accelerometer YesYesYes
Altimeter--YesYes
Heart rate monitor (HRM)YesYesYes
BarometerYes--Yes
Gyroscope Yes--Yes
Ambient lightYesYesYes
Other sensorsECGSpO2, Vibration motorECG, compass

PLATFORM

Operating system (OS)Tizen OS 4.0Proprietary OS (Fitbit OS)WatchOS 6.0
ChipsetExynos 9110--Apple S4, 64bit
CPUDual core 1.15GHz--Dual core
GPU----PowerVR

BATTERY

Type of batteryNon-removable Li-ion batteryNon-removable lithium polymerNon-removable Li-ion battery
Battery capacity 340mAh (44mm)
247mAh (40mm)
----
Battery lifeStandby :5 days+,
Mixed usage: 2 days+
Standby :10 days+ , Mixed usage: 5 days+Standby :3 days + , Mixed usage: 18hrs+
ChargingWPC based wireless chargingUSB based charging dockMagnetic charging
Charging timeAbout 1-2 hoursAbout 1-2 hoursAbout 1-2 hours

MISC

Payment systemSamsung payFitbit PayApple Pay
Compatibility Android 5.0+ & RAM 1.5GB+
iPhone 5+ and iOS 9.0+
Android, IOS

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

BOX CONTENTS

Samsung Galaxy Watch Active 2Fitbit Versa 2Apple Watch Series 5 (44mm)
Small and large strapsStrap (small and large)Straps
Wireless chargerMagnetic charging dockMagnetic charging cable + USB adapter
Quick start guideQuick start guideQuick start guide

PRICE COMPARED

Price(Aluminum)
(Bluetooth only)
About $300 (44mm)
$280 (40mm)
About $200
$230 (special edition)
About $450
(Aluminum)
$790 (stainless steel)
$900 (titanium)

What’s the Difference?

Samsung Galaxy Watch Active 2 vs Fitbit Versa 2 vs Apple Watch Series 5

  1. Samsung Galaxy Watch Active 2 vs Fitbit Versa 2 vs Apple Watch Series 5: Design

  2. Without mincing words, these are some of the finest smartwatches you’ll find on the market currently. Each of these three has got a sophisticated design that defines an outstanding smartwatch. Which includes lightweight, slim, compact design and polish finish. Each of these three is attractive with a charming appearance that tends to make it presence known.

    However, the Apple watch 5 gives more viewing area than the Versa 2 and even more than the Active 2 with 1.4 inches and 1.3 inches display respectively. And that’s something to cheer about especially while on the go and you need to catch a glance of your watch face.

    Worthy of note, is the Mystyle app that comes with the Active 2 which allows you customize your watch face to match the color of your cloth. It does achieve this by simply allowing you to take a picture of what you’re wearing and in seconds it changes the watch face to match your outfit.

    Going by navigation, the Watch 5 and Active 2 are more advanced than the Versa 2. While Samsung have reintroduced the rotating bezel found on older models, but this time a digital bezel on the Active 2. The digital bezel is iconic and quite innovative, and no doubt makes the Active 2 a very easy to access device. So also is the Watch 5 which features same digital crown with hepatic feedback as seen on the now discontinued Apple Watch 4. The hepatic feedback mechanism offers a click-like feel as you scroll the digital crown which makes it easier to find your favorite features.

    The Versa 2 is only available in the lightweight aluminum material which is great, but the Active 2 is available in aluminum and stainless steel. The stainless steel model supports LTE connectivity and is a more durable material than the aluminum, while also having that classic appearance like traditional watches which is a design the Swiss purists will appreciate.

    So also is the Watch 5 which is available in aluminum, stainless steel, titanium and ceramics. Price goes up in that order.

  3. Garmin Venu vs Fitbit Versa 2 vs Apple watch series 4: Media/Storage

  4. All three devices allow you take your favorite tracks with you which you can listen to on the go, but the Watch 5 allows you to take far more files. The Watch 5 comes with a massive 32GB which is 8x more than the Active 2 and Versa 2 with 4GB each.

    Moreover, the Watch 5 and Active 2 have loudspeaker alongside the microphone built into all three devices. This allows you play your media files anywhere, and makes the voice assistant feature on this two quite more productive.

    Amazon’s Alexa is available on the Versa 2, while Samsung’s Bixby and Apple’s Siri are the respective voice assistants on the Active 2 and Watch 5.

    Samsung added social engagement feature to the Active 2. This feature allows you to like and share your favorite social media features, and as well allows you to watch Youtube videos right on the Active 2.

  5. Samsung Galaxy Watch Active 2 vs Fitbit Versa 2 vs Apple Watch Series 5: Cellular Connectivity

  6. Both the Watch 5 and Active 2 have cellular models that support cellular connectivity which isn’t available on the Versa 2. As a result, these are standalone smartwatches that allow you make and receive calls right from these two. So, you can choose to go out without your phone, and still stay connected to all that matters to you.

  7. Samsung Galaxy Watch Active 2 vs Fitbit Versa 2 vs Apple Watch Series 5: Fitness Tracking

  8. From official press statements from tech giants in the smartwatch industry, it’s clear that fitness and wellness tracking is at the front burner, and is mostly likely to remain this way for years to come as fitness awareness continue to surge among the world population. Mind you, these devices shouldn’t take the place of your doctor, you must always seek the doctor’s advice.

    Each of these three builds on its predecessor with additional fitness tracking features. Samsung added swimming to auto tracking in the Active 2, while the Versa 2 features onscreen workout mode that coaches you through your favorite moves (Its subscription based).

    Apple on the other hand, added menstrual cycle tracking that lets you log your period and can help you detect changes. Also new, is the hearing tracking that’ll alert you when the noise is to loud and harmful to your ears, and the newly added compass that adds more insight into your location coordinates.

    Both the Watch 5 and Versa 2 feature menstrual cycle tracking which the Active 2 lacks. The Watch 5 goes ahead to feature incidental fall detection that was introduced to the Watch 4. The Watch 5 detects when a fall has occurred and will send a call to preset emergency contact. It’s even better now with the international emergency calling that lets you call respective emergency contacts almost anywhere in the world.

    ECG tracking is available on the Active 2 and Watch 5 which the Versa 2 lacks. With ECG tracking supported on these two, you can take instant ECG test right from your wrist which can help you detect atrial fibrillation – a form of irregular heart rhythm.

    The Watch 5 and Active 2 have inbuilt GPS which the Versa 2 lacks. This makes these two better choices for tracking outdoor activities and allowing you to see your pace in real-time. Although, you can still access GPS functions on the Versa 2 by connecting to your phone GPS, but this can be quite inconvenient especially while on the go.

    Moreover, while the Active 2 features 39 sport modes out which its able to auto track 7 of these, the Versa 2 features 15 sport modes and allows you to select activities to auto track. The Watch 5 features the activity ring that learns more about you, and is able to tell when its right to move, sit, or exercise. It also features several apps that includes a diabetic app that tracks glucose intake.

    On a general note, each of these three features stress tracking, heart rate monitoring, swim, steps, calories, and more.

  9. Samsung Galaxy Watch Active 2 vs Fitbit Versa 2 vs Apple Watch Series 5: Battery Life

The Versa 2 has the longest battery life which is longer than the Active 2 with about 2-4 days and even longer than the Watch 5 with about 18 hours battery life on regular usage. This off course makes the Versa 2 a better smartwatch for fitness enthusiasts involved in extreme workout activities.

Samsung Galaxy Watch Active 2 vs Fitbit Versa 2 vs Apple Watch Series 5: Which is Better?

Clearly, each of these three is an outstanding smartwatch that’s made of top quality material and beautiful, loaded with features, a comprehensive activity tracker and a fair battery life to back it up.

The Apple watch 5 with the widest display, yet compact, and also the slimmest has the most outstanding design, it also is loaded with features that makes it a comprehensive smartwatch. The Apple watch 5 is the best choice if you own an iPhone.

The Samsung Galaxy Watch Active 2 with digital rotating bezel, slim design and certified MIL-STD-810G is no doubt a premium smartwatch. It’s a more comprehensive and advanced smartwatch than the Versa 2.

The Versa 2 also with an outstanding design, loaded with features, and has the longest battery life, yet far more cheaper than the Active 2 and Watch 5 is a great bargain. It’s a comprehensive activity tracker, and a great choice for indoor activity tracking.

Our Pick

The Samsung Galaxy Watch Active 2 is our preferred choice. It’s a comprehensive smartwatch with an outstanding design, loaded with features, plus a quite impressive battery life.

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