Tech Review: Fitbit Charge 4 vs Versa 2

As a fitness enthusiast, former athlete and gym owner, I am often asked by people from all walks of life which smartwatch do I prefer. 

I can only speak in what works for me, but usually, I speak to the everyday fitness person, the Fitbit seems to have my vote. The Apple Watch has too many non-essentials for my liking and the other smartwatches just don’t quite suit my style. Either too flashy, poor charging capabilities or too expensive. I have in my possession both the Versa 2 and the Charge 4, both great watches in their own right, but not for everybody. So here I go, I will give a little analysis of each. Here are the numbers that we have:

Fitbit Charge vs Versa comparison

Versa 2Charge 4
Size40 x 40 x 12 mm35.8 x 22.7 x 12.5mm
Swap strapsYesYes
Screen size1.4 inch AMOLED1-inch monochrome
Active minsYes (Active Zone Minutes later)Active Zone Minutes
GPSVia smartphone onlyBuilt-in
Heart rate/SpO2Yes/YesYes/Yes
VO2 MaxYesYes
App storeYesNo
Workout trackingYesYes
Battery life5 days7 days
WaterproofYes – 50 metresYes – 50 metres
Swim trackingYesYes
Music on boardYes (500 MP3s)No

In terms of size, the Chase 4 is lighter and looks better in terms of sleekness and wearability. The Versa is a tad bulkier, and you know if you are wearing it. Both of the watches can track a range of sports but when it comes to outdoor activities, the Charge has a slightly larger range of activities of what it can do. 

Fitbit Charge 4 via

The Versa has the advantage over the Charge of being able to give you guided workouts, with the larger screen allowing more information and also a much better user experience. I found the Charge 4 harder to navigate and the buttons more difficult to function in high performance moments. 

Fitbit Versa 2

The Charge 4 is slightly better when it comes to notifications from the phone and google calendar, and has come in handy in many instances with this. Even with the small screen, it has performed better than the Versa in this regard. The Versa 2 can hold music, whereas the charge cannot hold the same amount. In saying this, the process to transfer music is not an easy one and can be smoother for future generations. 

Battery Life of Versa

The Charge 4 has a significantly better battery life than the Versa due to the size, colour and frequency of information. I have to charge up my Versa every 4 days and the Charge 4 at least every 5 days. 

Sleep with the Fitbit

The Versa reigns supreme in this zone with great tracking of sleep quality, length and helps identify patterns in sleep trends. The Charge 4 tracks sleep well, but not to the same quality.

Which Fitbit is better?

I have been able to wear both of these watches for extensive periods of time and for me there is only one clear winner. The Versa 2 is the superior watch. Everything from fashion, wearability, functions, the Versa 2 is probably my favourite watch to wear. The Charge 4 is light, looks sleek but for me lacks the same benefits as the Versa 2.

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