Fitbit Versa 4 vs Samsung Galaxy Watch 5 – Key Differences Explained

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The Versa 4 and Sense 2 are two of the latest smartwatches from Fitbit while Galaxy Watch 5 and Watch 5 Pro are the two latest smartwatches from Samsung. While the Versa 4 is slimmer and welcomes Google Pay, Google maps, and more workout modes, the Galaxy Watch 5 welcomes a temperature sensor and has a stronger sapphire glass screen with a longer battery life. We’ll be taking a look at the differences between the Fitbit Versa 4 and Galaxy Watch 5 to help you determine which is a better smartwatch for you.

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Fitbit Versa 4 vs Samsung Galaxy Watch 5 Full Specifications Compared

 
 
Product Info
Fitbit Versa 4 Full Specifications

Fitbit Versa 4 Full Specifications, Features and Price

Samsung Galaxy Watch 5 (44mm) Full Specifications

Samsung Galaxy Watch 5 (44mm) Full Specifications, Features, Price

Price $198.50 $151.20
ABOUT DEVICE ABOUT DEVICE ABOUT DEVICE
Device name Fitbit Versa 4 Samsung Galaxy Watch 5 (44mm)
Device type Fitness/Sport smartwatch Fitness/Classic smartwatch
Gender Unisex Unisex
Release date September, 2022 August 2022
Predecessor Fitbit Versa 3 Samsung Galaxy Watch 4
Successor
Versions Bluetooth/WiFi only, LTE
BODY BODY BODY
Dimension 40.4 x 40.4 x 11.2 mm 44.4 x 43.3 x 9.8 mm
Weight 37.64g 33.5g (excluding straps)
Shape Square Circular
Case material Aluminum Armor Aluminum
Strap material Silicone Silicone
Bezel material Aluminum Armor Aluminum
Strap size 140 – 180mm (small), 180 -220mm (big) 20 mm
Interchangeable strap Yes 20mm, Yes
Screen protection Corning Gorilla Glass 3 Sapphire glass
Water resistance Yes, 5ATM Yes, 5ATM
Durability test MIL-STD-810G
Swim-proof Yes, recommended Yes, recommended
Color Copper-rose/beet juice band, Copper-rose/pink-sand band, Graphite/black band, Platinum/waterfall blue band Blue, Graphite black, Silver
DISPLAY DISPLAY DISPLAY
Display size 1.58 inches 1.4 inches
Display type AMOLED Super AMOLED, Full color
Display resolution 300 x 300 pixels 450 x 450
Pixel density 268.5 PPI 454.5 PPI
Always on Yes Yes
Custom watch face Yes Yes
Input type 1 Physical button, Touchscreen 2 Physical buttons, Digital rotating bezel, Touchscreen
CONNECTIVITY CONNECTIVITY CONNECTIVITY
Bluetooth Bluetooth v5.0 Bluetooth v5.0
Bluetooth calling Yes Yes
GPS GLONASS, GPS A-GPS/GLONASS/Beidou/Galileo
NFC Yes Yes
Wi-Fi Yes Yes
MEMORY MEMORY MEMORY
RAM 1.5GB
ROM 4GB 16GB
Memory card slot No No
CELLULAR CONNECTIVITY CELLULAR CONNECTIVITY CELLULAR CONNECTIVITY
Technology None None
SIM type None None
Band No
NOTIFICATIONS NOTIFICATIONS NOTIFICATIONS
SMS alert Yes Yes
Calls alert Yes Yes
Email alert Yes Yes
Event reminder Yes Yes
Third-party apps alert Yes Yes
Reply to Notifications - -
MEDIA MEDIA MEDIA
Audio mp3/mp4 mp3/mp4
Bluetooth music Yes
Loudspeaker Yes Yes
Microphone Yes Yes
Camera No No
Radio No No
SENSORS SENSORS SENSORS
Sensor(s) Vibration motor BIA sensor
ACTIVITY TRACKING ACTIVITY TRACKING ACTIVITY TRACKING
Blood oxygen Yes Yes
Blood Pressure No Yes
Calories Yes Yes
Distance Yes Yes
ECG tracking No Yes
Heart rate monitoring Yes Yes
Sleep tracking Yes Yes
Steps Yes Yes
Floors climbed - Yes
Stress Yes Yes
Fall detection No Yes
Menstrual cycle Yes No
VO2 Max Yes Yes
Swim-tracking Yes Yes
Underwater heart rate tracking No
On-screen workout Yes Yes
Sport modes 40 90
BATTERY BATTERY BATTERY
Battery type non-removable Lithium-polymer Non-removable Li-ion battery
Battery capacity 410mAh
Battery life Regular: 6 Days+ Up to 50hrs
Charging type USB charging Charging dock, WPC based wireless charging
Charging time 30min-1hr 30min-1hr
Solar charging No No
PLATFORM PLATFORM PLATFORM
Chipset Exynos W920
CPU 1.18GHz Dual-core (Cortex-A55)
GPU Mali™-G68 MP2
Operating system Fitbit OS Wear OS 3.5
MISC MISC MISC
Companion app Fitbit App Samsung Galaxy Wearable app
Compatibility Android OS 8.0+, iOS 14.0+ Android 6.0+, RAM 1.5GB+
Payment system Fitbit Pay, Google Pay Google Pay, Samsung Pay
Voice command Yes, Alexa Google Assistant, Yes, Bixby
Find my phone Yes Yes
Box content Charger, Fitbit Versa 4, Manual, Straps Charger, Manual, Samsung Galaxy Watch 5, Straps

Fitbit Versa 4 vs Galaxy Watch 5 Review

Design

Over the years manufacturers have tried to outdo each other with the most compact design. Of course, the smaller the case the more comfortable the watch will be to wear. In this regard, both the Versa 4 and Galaxy Watch 5 are very compact and also lightweight. None of these will weigh you down. You have got two watches you can wear all day long without feeling any need to remove it.

Moreover, both watches are also very durable. I have used the Versa 3 and Galaxy Watch 4 Classic, so I can attest to the quality of watches from these two brands.

Both the Versa 4 and Galaxy Watch 5 have an aluminum build paired with a silicone band. Both watches are also rated 5ATM, which means it’s very safe to wear any of these to the shower or while swimming.

However, the Galaxy Watch 5 is a slimmer smartwatch and it also has a stronger and highly-scratch-resistant sapphire glass screen. I really think it’s a more premium smartwatch.

Although Fitbit’s improved operating system results in a refined interface for the Versa 4 and Sense 2, the Samsung one UI 4.5 interface for the Galaxy Watch 5 is more sophisticated. It offers more features.

Overall, each of these two has an outstanding and durable design, but the Galaxy Watch 5 has a better design and a more sophisticated user interface.

Display

Versa 4 has an AMOLED display while super AMOLED powers the display of Galaxy Watch 5. Both displays are very colorful, however, the supper AMOLED of Galaxy Watch 5 is more advanced and consumes less power, and is brighter than AMOLED. You get two physical buttons on Galaxy Watch 5 alongside a touch-sensitive display. Meanwhile, you get a physical button on Versa 4 and a touchscreen display.

The Versa 4 has 1.58 inches display while Galaxy Watch 5 has a 1.4 inches display. So in terms of display, the Galaxy Watch 5 has a more colorful display.

Health Tracking

The Versa 4 and Galaxy Watch 5 are both fitness-focused. These two are equipped with sensors that enable tracking for all the basics like steps, calories, sleep, floors climbed, heart rate, blood oxygen, VO2 max, and stress.

However, the Galaxy Watch 5 features blood pressure and ECG measurements which are not present on the Versa 4 but the Sense 2 features ECG measurements.

Similarly, the Galaxy Watch 5 Will monitor your stress 24/7 but the Versa 4 will only help you manage stress via a breathing app. There is a dedicated temperature sensor in the Galaxy Watch 5 which will allow you to measure your skin temperature. Meanwhile, the Versa 4 leverages on an existing sensor to monitor your skin temperature variation. The Galaxy Watch 5 also has more workout modes. It features 90 workout modes compared to 40 on the Versa 4.

Meanwhile, the Sense 2 has a dedicated temperature sensor that enables it to monitor your skin temperature variation 24/7.

Again, the Galaxy Watch 5 has more health-tracking features than the Versa 4.

Media

With the Google Pixel watch announced, it’s now obvious why Fitbit left out vital features from the Versa 4 and Sense 2. There’s no music option on Versa 4 and Sense 2. You can add personal music to Versa 2, but Fitbit removed that feature with the release of Versa 3 and Sense. Now they have also stripped off the music option completely on Versa 4 and Sense 2.

Meanwhile, you have 32GB storage plus 3 months free on YouTube Music with a Google Pixel watch. In other words, the Versa 4 and Sense 2 are strictly focused on fitness tracking.

On the other hand, Galaxy Watch 5 is equipped with 16GB storage capacity, and you can add your personal music, and download playlists from Spotify and YouTube Music.

So in terms of media features, Galaxy Watch 5 completely dwarfs the Versa 4.

Making and Receiving Calls

It was very unfortunate that despite the presence of a speaker and microphone on Versa 3 and Sense 2, you can only answer a call but you can’t make a call. Fitbit has corrected that mistake, and the Versa 4 and Sense 2 can now make and receive calls.

The Galaxy Watch 5 also has a mic and speaker, and it can make and receive calls. It even has a contact app that syncs your phone contact and also allows you to save contacts on the watch. Note that your phone must be nearby to make and recieve calls with Versa 4 and Galaxy Watch 5. Although, with the LTE model of the Galaxy Watch 5 you don’t need your phone to make calls.

Managing Notification

With the Versa 4 and Sense 2, you will be able to receive notifications. You will also be able to reply to notifications. Galaxy Watch 5 takes it a bit further especially with the new QWERTY keyboard that allows you to easily type your replies to a message.

Both watches offer two non-contactless payments. You get Fitbit Pay on Versa 4 and Samsung Pay on Galaxy Watch 5. This is in addition to Google Pay on both watches.

Voice Assistant

Google Assistant was omitted from on Versa 4 and Sense 2 leaving only Alexa. Meanwhile, you get Bixby and Google Assistant on Galaxy Watch 5. From my experience, Google Assistant is more intelligent than Alexa, and Bixby is the least intelligent.

Battery Life

As far as I know, battery life is the only area where the Versa 4 beats the Galaxy Watch 5. You can get up to 6 days long battery life with Versa 4 and up to 50hrs with Galaxy Watch 5.

Versa 4 or Galaxy Watch 5 – Which is Better?

Although Fitbit makes some of the best fitness tracking devices, there’s no debate between Galaxy Watch 5 and Versa 4.
The Galaxy Watch 5 has a better design, more colorful display, more health tracking features, and media features. It’s simply a more comprehensive smartwatch.

On the other hand, the Versa 4 is still one of the best fitness trackers and with up to 6 days of battery life, it will certainly be on a good note for a lot of people.

Fitbit Sense 2 vs Galaxy Watch 5 – The Difference

The Fitbit Sense 2 is very similar to Versa 4. They have the same design, battery life, and all. The only difference is that the Sense 2 features ECG and stress measurement. It also has s dedicated temperature sensor that enables it to monitor your temperature variation.

In other words, the Sense 2 has ECG and stress measurement which are also present in Galaxy Watch 5.

However, the Galaxy Watch 5 is also a better smartwatch than the Sense 2. It features blood pressure and body composition measurement as well as incidental fall detection which are all not present on Sense 2.

And like the Versa 4, Sense 2 lacks a music option and Google Assistant. Galaxy Watch 5 offers different ways to add music to the watch. It also features Google Assistant.

The bottom line, the Galaxy Watch 5 is a better smartwatch than the Sense 2. And Sense 2 is a more advanced activity tracker than Versa 4.