Fitbit Charge 3 vs Versa Which is the best fitness tracker

first_img Aug 31 • Best places to sell your used electronics in 2019 Now playing: Watch this: Color touchscreen 9:27 Yes Fitbit Charge 3 vs. Versa Fitbit Charge 3 See It Abt Electronics $159 Yes Yes Yes Yes $169 Battery life Up to 50m CNET may get a commission from retail offers. Monochrome touchscreen See it $199 Sep 1 • iPhone 11, Apple Watch 5 and more: The final rumors Fitbit Fitness Apple Yes No Review • Fitbit Versa review: Giving Apple Watch a run for its money Fitbit Charge 3: See it at AmazonFitbit Versa: See it at AmazonCharge 3 is sleek, but Versa is more like an actual watchThe Charge 3 looks similar to many of Fitbit’s previous trackers. It’s a thin band with a physical button on the side.Both have touchscreens, although the Charge 3 has a monochrome display compared to the Versa’s color LCD. You can swipe across from the sides of the display to access fitness tracking features or settings. To go back, press the side of the Charge 3. The Versa has three physical buttons that let you go back, start or stop activities, and make selections.You can change the watch faces on both in the Fitbit app. But the Charge 3 has fewer watch faces to choose from than the Versa, which has plenty of third-party options.Change the straps with this toggle on the Versa (left) and button on the Charge 3 (right). Angela Lang/CNET I found it hard to see the display on the Charge 3 in direct sunlight, regardless of the brightness setting selected (you can choose between auto or normal brightness). For me, the Versa was easier to see outdoors and you get an extra brightness setting to choose from.To change up the look of your Fitbit, each offers interchangeable straps. The Charge 3 has quick release buttons at the back, while the Versa uses a small metal bar that you have to toggle to change the strap. It’s a lot easier to swap the straps out on the Charge 3 than it is the Versa, especially if you’re looking for a quick change.Each display is coated in Gorilla Glass 3 to protect against scratches and bumps.Winner: Tie, depending on which size you preferFitness tracking features are similar on bothBoth Fitbits have an optical heart rate sensor, sleep tracking, female health tracking and water resistance to 50 meters. Neither has GPS built-in. Instead, they use connected GPS. So if you want to track your route, pace and elevation during an outdoor workout, you’ll need to take your phone with you.img-0172-2Check out your previous workouts from the Fitbit app. You can also tap into each one to see a breakdown of heart rate zones and calories. Tracking a run will also show a breakdown of your average pace. Screenshot by Lexy Savvides/CNET They both have automatic workout detection, and you can set goal-based exercises to get a notification once you pass a set distance, time or calorie goal.The Charge 3 lets you put six different workout shortcuts on the exercise screen, while the Versa gives you space for seven shortcuts. You can choose from 19 workout types from the Fitbit app (run, hike, walk, swim, bike, spinning, pilates, interval workout, golf, elliptical, weights, workout, treadmill, stairclimber, yoga, tennis, kickboxing, circuit training, martial arts, bootcamp). Both give you reminders to move, prompting you to complete a number of steps an hour to “win”.I found the fabric and plastic Fitbit straps fairly comfortable to work out with during a run or sweaty Pilates session.Thanks to its larger screen, the Versa gives you more metrics from your workout once you complete your exercise routine. It’s also the only one that lets you go back and view your past few workouts from the watch face, rather than diving into the Fitbit app itself.The Versa has lots of third-party apps available (which we’ll cover in the next section) which makes it easier if you prefer to track your workout in a different app. During workouts, I found the Charge 3 often gave a higher reading on my heart rate than the Versa. During an outdoor run, it said my maximum heart rate was over 200 beats per minute. From using previous heart rate trackers and smartwatches (and comparing with the Versa), running at the same intensity on the same route never gave me a max heart rate over 190.The Versa comes with the Coach app. A bit like a personal trainer on your wrist, it runs you through a sequence of moves with quick visual cues on the screen. It’s a nice extra if you want to squeeze in a quick workout. For similar workouts on the Charge 3, you’ll need to use the Fitbit Coach app on your phone.Fitbit metrics don’t sync to Apple Health, so keep this in mind if you are an iOS user who likes to consolidate data in one app.Winner: VersaBoth have smartwatch features, but the Versa does moreIt’s easy to get notifications mirrored from your phone on each Fitbit, and they both work with iOS and Android. That being said, you’ll only be able to respond to notifications if it’s tied to Android. You can customize quick responses to messages from the Fitbit app.Fitbit Pay is a mobile wallet that lets you tap to pay with NFC at compatible terminals. It’s only available if you buy the special edition of both (which does come at a premium).fitbit-charge-versa-4 Angela Lang/CNET The Versa is the only one that can store music. It has space for around 300 songs, but the process to get those tunes onto the watch is cumbersome. You need to download a desktop app then make sure the Versa and your computer are on the same Wi-Fi network to start the transfer.If you prefer a streaming service, the only two options available are Pandora and Deezer, as long as you have a subscription. There is a third-party Spotify app available, but it is only to control playback from your phone.There are also many more third-party apps available on the Versa than there were when it first launched. Here’s a list of some of our favorites. The Charge 3 doesn’t have third-party apps at the time of writing.As the Versa was released in April 2018, a new edition of the watch potentially called Fitbit Versa 2 may be around the corner. We don’t have any insider information, but we’d love to see on-board GPS and Fitbit Pay integrated into the new version.Winner: VersaBattery life is stellar on the Charge 3There’s no contest here. You’ll get around six to seven full days on the Charge 3 before you need to juice it up, while the Versa gives you around four full days. Each has a proprietary clip-in charger. If you’re coming from the Charge 2, the cable for the Charge 3 is different.Winner: Charge 3What about price?At the time of writing, the Charge 3 costs $150 for the regular edition and $20 more gets you the special edition with Fitbit Pay and extra bands. The Versa is $200 and the special edition, also with Fitbit Pay, costs $30 more. Since the Versa was released almost a year ago, it has been discounted several times to a price that’s pretty comparable to the Charge 3 (the cheapest we’ve seen it in the past is $90).So comparing the Charge 3 and the Versa on price isn’t always straightforward, as you can get them for around the same price at certain times of the year.Winner: TieWhich is the best Fitbit for me?If you want Fitbit’s top of the line fitness tracker with a heart rate monitor and without too many bells and whistles, get the Charge 3. The battery will last you a long time and you’ll get notifications mirrored from your phone.If you’re looking for a smartwatch with a big screen, more robust fitness tracking on the watch itself, and the added bonus of a personal trainer on your wrist, get the Versa. No Fitbit Charge 3 vs. Fitbit Versa: How to choose reading • Fitbit Charge 3 vs. Versa: Which is the best fitness tracker? 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