The Fitbit Versa 2 was introduced solely a month in the past and already its greatest competitor is making an attempt to take it down. Alongside the Apple Watch Series 5, Apple lower the value of the Series 3 to $199, a near-30 p.c drop over the prior yr’s value. But extra importantly, it means you should buy an Apple Watch for a similar value as Fitbit’s newest smartwatch—99 cents much less if you happen to’re being technical.

Of course, there’s one massive distinction between the 2 wearables: one’s two years outdated. Even although Apple Watch Series 3 might be up to date to the most recent model of watchOS (minus a pair watch faces), the very fact stays that it was made in 2017. So, is an outdated Apple Watch value as a lot as a brand-new Fitbit?

Apple Watch Series 3 vs. Fitbit Versa 2: Design

Unlike wearables from Fossil, LG, Huawei, and just about each Wear OS watch, each the Apple Watch and Fitbit Versa 2 are sq. reasonably than round. The Versa’s 1.34-inch show is considerably smaller than the smaller Apple Watch’s 1.5-inch display and dwarfed by the bigger 1.7-inch one, principally because of the Apple Watch’s barely tall form.

But the place even the 38mm Apple Watch might sound too massive for some wrists, the Fitbit Versa 2 is the closest to one-size-fits-all that I’ve examined. While the bezels across the display are a lot thicker and extra seen than they’re on the Apple Watch, the 2 watches look extraordinarily related from a distance.

And up shut, they don’t look all that totally different, both. There’s no denying the Apple Watch’s weight and craftsmanship make it really feel like extra of a luxurious gadget, however the tapered design of the Versa 2 offers it a slimmer really feel, regardless of being solely barely thinner (11.2mm vs 11.4mm). Colorwise, the 2 watches are very related as effectively, with grey, silver, and gold choices.
Winner: Apple Watch

Apple Watch Series 3 vs. Fitbit Versa 2: Display

The show on the Fitbit Versa 2 has switched from LCD to OLED, bringing it in control with the Apple Watch. It’s additionally centered now, because of the elimination of the Fitbit brand, and from a distance, the 2 watches are just about indistinguishable, with deep, wealthy blacks and crisp, vibrant colours.

The two screens differ probably the most while you’re not actively utilizing them. The Versa 2 has an choice for an always-on show, whereas the Apple Watch Series 3 will fade to black when you decrease your wrist. The always-on choices are restricted to rudimentary clock faces, however they make an enormous distinction in usability. You can see the time at a look with out elevating your wrist or tapping it and ready for the display to gentle up. The new Series 5 Apple Watch has a much bigger display, rounded corners, and an always-on choice, however you’ll have to pay twice as a lot to get it.
Winner: Fitbit Versa 2

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There are much more apps on the Apple Watch Series 3 (left) than there are on the Fitbit Versa 2.

Apple Watch Series 3 vs. Fitbit Versa 2: OS, faces, and apps

Apps are central to each the watchOS and Fitbit OS expertise, however the method may be very totally different. On the Apple Watch, apps are wealthy and interactive, however on the Versa, they’re extraordinarily minimal and sometimes restricted to a single web page or motion.

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