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Apple Watch 4 vs Fitbit Versa Best Smartwatch 2018

Apple’s new smartwatch, the Apple Watch Series 4, was introduced on September 12, and the first question many smartwatch users asked is “how does it compare with Fitbit’s second smartwatch, the Versa?”

At first sight, the two smartwatches are almost indistinguishable from each other. Both have square screens, heart rate monitoring, support for third-party apps, and all the standard health and fitness features we’ve come to expect from smartwatches over the years.

ProductBrandNamePrice
AppleApple Watch Series 4Buy on Amazon|$580(Price as of 11/20/2018 17:49 ET)
FitbitFitbit Versa Smart WatchBuy on Amazon|$199(Price as of 11/20/2018 18:50 ET)

But it takes just one glance at their price tags to understand that there are some major differences between these two smartwatches. The Apple Watch Series 4 starts at $400, whereas the Fitbit Versa costs $200. Is the Apple Watch Series 4 really twice as good as the Fitbit Versa? Let’s find out.

Design and Build

The Apple Watch Series 4 comes in 40 mm and 44 mm, and Apple says that both versions have a 30 percent larger screen than before. The Fitbit Versa measures 35 mm, and its screen is nowhere near as large as the screen on the Apple Watch Series 4.

The Fitbit Versa also fall behind the Apple Watch Series 4 in terms of resolution (300 × 300 pixels versus 368 × 448 pixels), but we can’t say the same thing about its brightness. At the highest setting, the Fitbit Versa can output an impressive 1,000 nits, ensuring that it never takes more than a quick glance to see what time it is or how fast is your heart beating.


Apple offers its smartwatch in three aluminum finishes (silver, gold, and space gray), while the Fitbit Versa is now available in black, rose gold, gray, and graphite aluminum. The Apple Watch Series 4 still sports the iconic Digital Crown, which now includes haptic feedback and offers a more mechanical and responsive feel. The Fitbit Versa is controlled using three physical buttons on the sides in combination with the touch-screen.

Performance

Fitbit doesn’t consider the processor used in the Versa to be particularly noteworthy. The smartwatch runs smoothly, never lags, and that’s probably all most Fitbit customers care about. Apple, on the other hand, loves to boast about the processing power of the brand-new S4 processor in the Apple Watch Series 4, claiming that it’s 2 times faster than its predecessor.


What Fitbit does consider noteworthy, however, is the fact that the Fitbit Versa can last up to 4 days on a single charge. The Apple Watch Series 4 is limited to around 18 hours, so you better charge it every night unless you want one less reason to take the stairs instead of the elevator. If you go for the LTE version of the Apple Watch Series 4, expect it to go from “completely charged” to “completely useless” even faster.

Features

Both the Apple Watch Series 4 and the Fitbit Versa can track steps, distance, a variety of exercise, resting heart rate, and elevation. Apple has managed to squeeze in a couple of electrodes into the Digital Crown to help users read their heart’s electrical signals and detect irregular heart rhythms, elevating the Apple Watch Series 4 into the category of serious healthcare devices.

Perhaps the biggest difference between the two smartwatches is that the Apple Watch Series 4 works independently of a smartphone, while the Fitbit Versa doesn’t come with standalone GPS and doesn’t support LTE connectivity. If you enjoy going on phone-free runs, the Apple Watch Series 4 is a much better choice.

Verdict

When you understand that the Apple Watch Series 4 is a stand-alone product, while the Fitbit Versa depends on a smartphone, the massive price difference between the two smartwatches suddenly doesn’t seem so insane. And when you also remember that the Apple Watch Series 4 comes with a highly accurate ECG sensor built in, it becomes clear why it’s the most popular smartwatch on the market today.

ProductBrandNamePrice
AppleApple Watch Series 4Buy on Amazon|$580(Price as of 11/20/2018 17:49 ET)
FitbitFitbit Versa Smart WatchBuy on Amazon|$199(Price as of 11/20/2018 18:50 ET)

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