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Samsung Galaxy Watch Active 2 vs Fossil Gen 5 vs Fitbit Versa 2 Compared

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In this comparison, we compare the Samsung Galaxy Watch Active 2 vs Fossil Gen 5 vs Fitbit Versa 2 specs and features, so you know what the differences are, and which of these three is the best choice for you.

The month of September and October have witnessed the release of so many outstanding smartwatches most of which are now topping the chart currently on the market. And three of those are the Galaxy Watch Active 2 that succeeds the Active, so also is the Gen 5 from Fossil powered by the 3100 chip and the Versa 2 which succeeds the award winning Fitbit Versa.

Samsung Galaxy Watch Active 2 vs Fossil Gen 5 vs Fitbit Versa 2 Specs Compared

 Samsung Galaxy Watch Active 2Fossil Gen 5Fitbit Versa 2
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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:
4.6 out of 5 stars (4.6 / 5)
Battery:
3.5 out of 5 stars (3.5 / 5)
Fitness tracking:
4.1 out of 5 stars (4.1 / 5)
Features:
4.4 out of 5 stars (4.4 / 5)
Price:
3.5 out of 5 stars (3.5 / 5)
Average:
4 out of 5 stars (4.0 / 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)

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ABOUT DEVICE

Device nameSamsung Galaxy Watch Active 2Fossil Gen 5 CalyleFitbit Versa 2
Device typeClassic/Standalone smartwatchClassic/Fitness smartwatchSport/Fitness smartwatch
PredessesorSamsung Galaxy Watch ActiveFossil Gen 4 Q Explorist--
Successor----Fitbit Versa
Released dateSeptember, 2019August, 2019September, 2019
Ideal forUnisexMenUnisex

DISPLAY

Display typeSuper AMOLED
Full color,
Always-on-display
AMOLED (Always-on)AMOLED
Display size1.3 inches (44mm)
1.2 inches (40mm)
1.28 inch1.4 inch
Screen resolution360 x 360 pixels416 x 416 pixels--
Density------
Input typeTouchscreen,
2 physical buttons
Digital bezel
Touchscreen plus 3 physical buttonsTouchscreen and 1 button

BODY

ShapeCircularCircularRectangular/curved
Dimension44 x 44 x 10.9mm (44mm)
40 x 40 x 10.9mm (40mm)
44 x 44 x 12 mm40 x 40 x 11 mm
Weight42 grams
(stainless steel 44mm)
37 grams
(stainless steel 40mm)
30 grams
(aluminum 44mm)
26 grams
(aluminum 40mm)
(Without straps)
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Casing materialStainless steel
Aluminum
Stainless steelAluminum
Strap/band materialLeather
(Stainless steel)
Fluoroelastomer
(Aluminum)
Stainless steelSilicone
Leather
(special edition)
Bezel MaterialBezelessStainless steel--
Strap size20mm22mm140 - 180 mm (small)
180 - 220 mm (large)
Screen protectionCorning Gorilla glass DX+Corning Gorilla glassCorning Gorilla glass 3
Water resistant/ProtectionYes, IP68, 5ATM
MIL-STD-810G
Yes, 3ATMYes, 5ATM
Swim-proofYes, recommendedYesYes, recommended
Color(s)Sliver, black, gold
(stainless steel)
Cloud-silver, aqua-black,
pink-gold
(aluminum)
Black silicone/steel
Dark Brown/black steel
Smoke stainless steel
Smoke Woven/Mist Grey
(special edition)
Carbon/black
Bordeaux/copper rose
Navy/copper rose
Petal/copper rose
Stone/mist grey

MEMORY

RAM1.5GB LTE, 0.75GB non-LTE1GB--
Internal storage4GB8GBAbout 4GB
Memory card slot------

CONNECTIVITY

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

CELLULAR TECHNOLOGY

Technology2G/3G/4G
(stainless steel)
NoNo
SIM slotYes, e-SIMNoNo
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
LoudspeakerYesYesNo
MicrophoneYesYesYes
CameraNoNoNo

SENSORS

Accelerometer YesYesYes
Altimeter----Yes
Heart rate monitor (HRM)YesYesYes
BarometerYesYes--
Gyroscope YesYes--
Ambient lightYesYesYes
Other sensorsECG--SpO2, Vibration motor

PLATFORM

Operating system (OS)Tizen OS 4.0Wear OSProprietary OS (Fitbit OS)
ChipsetExynos 9110Qualcomm Snapdragon 3100--
CPUDual core 1.15GHz----
GPU------

BATTERY

Type of batteryNon-removable Li-ion batteryNon-removable Li-ion batteryNon-removable lithium polymer
Battery capacity 340mAh (44mm)
247mAh (40mm)
310mAh--
Battery lifeStandby :5 days+,
Mixed usage: 2 days+
Standby : 4 days+ , Mixed usage: 1 day+Standby :10 days+ , Mixed usage: 5 days+
ChargingWPC based wireless chargingInductive charging magnetUSB based charging dock
Charging timeAbout 1-2 hoursAbout 1-2 hoursAbout 1-2 hours

MISC

Payment systemSamsung payGoogle payFitbit Pay
Compatibility Android 5.0+ & RAM 1.5GB+
iPhone 5+ and iOS 9.0+
Android 4.4 (excluding Go edition) or later.
iOS 9.3 or later.
Android, IOS

Check supported devices
Companion appSamsung Gear appFossil Q appFitbit App
Customizable watch faceYesYesYes
Interchangeable band Yes, 20mmYes, 22mmYes
Voice commandYesYesYes

BOX CONTENTS

Samsung Galaxy Watch Active 2Fossil Gen 5Fitbit Versa 2
Small and large strapsStrapsStrap (small and large)
Wireless chargerInductive charging magnetMagnetic charging dock
Quick start guideQuick start guideQuick start guide

PRICE COMPARED

Price(Aluminum)
(Bluetooth only)
About $300 (44mm)
$280 (40mm)
About $300About $200
$230 (special edition)
NOTE: We can’t guarantee that information on this table is 100% correct Read full disclaimer.

What’s the Difference?

Samsung Galaxy Watch Active 2 vs Fossil Gen 5 vs Fitbit Versa 2 Features Compared

  1. Samsung Galaxy Watch Active 2 vs Fossil Gen 5 vs Fitbit Versa 2: Design

  2. No doubt, these three watches are some of the finest you’ll find on the market. Each of these, looks classy and elegant as well. Although, the Active 2 with the least thickness size and innovative digital rotating bezel has a slight more sophisticated design.

  3. Samsung Galaxy Watch Active 2 vs Fossil Gen 5 vs Fitbit Versa 2: Storage/Media

  4. With the Gen 5 Calyle, you get twice the storage capacity of the Versa 2 or Active 2 which means you get to take more of your media files with you. In addition, it also has the highest RAM size which is very crucial for a Wear OS smartwatch, and being powered by the Snapdragon 3100m chip, it sure does improve performance significantly.

    The Versa 2 lacks a loudspeaker which is present on both the Active 2 and Gen 5, this allow you play your media files anywhere, and as well adds more productivity to the respective voice assistant features of these two.

    Moreover, you can initiate and as well take calls with the Gen 5 once its connected to your phone Bluetooth (Android and iOS devices) which adds more convenience when you need it. The Active 2 being a standalone smartwatch will call and as well allow you answer calls directly from the device independently.

  5. Samsung Galaxy Watch Active 2 vs Fossil Gen 5 vs Fitbit Versa 2: Cellular Connectivity

  6. The Active 2 comes in two versions; stainless steel and aluminum, the stainless steel version ships with nano-SIM which supports cellular connectivity, and that makes it a standalone smartwatch that allows you make and answer calls directly from the watch. It keeps you connected even when your phone is not nearby.

    This feature is not available on the Gen 5 nor Versa 2.

  7. Samsung Galaxy Watch Active 2 vs Fossil Gen 5 vs Fitbit Versa 2: Fitness Tracking

  8. Activity tracking is at the core of most of the latest smartwatches, and these three are no exception. Each of these three is well equipped with all the standard sensors you’ll expect to find on a standard smartwatch.

    Fitness tracking features is packaged in different formats, while the Active 2 offers a whooping 39 sport modes with the ability to auto track 7 of those, the Versa 2 features 15 sport modes and more, in addition to onscreen workout that can coach you through some of your favorite moves to help you achieve greater fitness goals, although you’ll have to pay for this feature. A nice alternative that’ll save you some money is the Garmin Vivoactive 4 series that offers onscreen animated sport modes.

  9. Samsung Galaxy Watch Active 2 vs Fossil Gen 5 vs Fitbit Versa 2: Battery Life

Wear OS smartwatches have faced lots of setback with abysmal battery life which is most times attributed to the outdated 2100 chip that powers the vast majority of these watches, but there has been a significant improvement with the release of the Snapdragon 3100 chip which sees the Gen 5 feature custom battery modes that can help you manage the battery life to keep you going for a little longer.

But despite the significant improvement in the battery life of the Gen 5, it still has a shorter battery life compared to the Active 2 with about 2 days battery life and Versa 2 with about 5 days long battery life on mixed usage.

Samsung Galaxy Watch Active 2 vs Fossil Gen 5 vs Fitbit Versa 2: Which is Better?

No doubt, any of these three will make a fantastic choice if you’re looking for a decent smartwatch with modern technology that can help improve your fitness level and overall productivity while also being a perfect match for any occasion.

However, the Active 2 with the most stylish and classy appearance is certainly a more prestigious wear, followed up by the Gen 5 with a classic watch appearance. The Active 2 being a standalone smartwatch is also a more comprehensive device than both the Gen 5 and Versa 2.

On the other hand, the Versa 2 is a slight cheaper smartwatch than both the Gen 5 and Active 2, yet great quality, remarkable decent design and also a comprehensive activity tracker while having a quite impressive long battery life. It’s actually a great choice, if you’re looking for a nice fitness smartwatch, but in terms of design, I’ll go with either the Gen 5 or Active 2.

Our Pick

I’ll go with the Samsung Galaxy Active 2, it’s such a beautiful timepiece with a remarkable design, lots of features and a quite impressive long battery life.

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