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Fitbit Versa 3 vs Versa 4: What's the difference?

In the battle of the Versas, the winner might not be what you expect.
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December 16, 2022
A Fitbit Versa 4 displays a user's sleep score and step count.
Kaitlyn Cimino / Android Authority

It’s been nearly two years since the Fitbit Versa 3 launched to our acclaim, offering a suite of helpful health tracking technology and standard smartwatch fare. But the wearable industry has moved on considerably since. Now under Google ownership, Fitbit has unveiled three new devices — the Sense 2, Inspire 3, and our focus of interest, the Versa 4.

In this article, we dig through the changes Fitbit’s bringing to the Versa 4, how it compares to the Versa 3, and which you should ultimately purchase. This is our Fitbit Versa 3 vs Versa 4 comparison.


Fitbit Versa 3 vs Versa 4


Design

You’ll need a fine comb to spot the differences between all four Versa models, and even more so with the Versa 3 and Versa 4. Even though Fitbit claims the Versa 4 is redesigned from the ground up, it shares many aesthetic traits with its predecessors. Both watches include the classic square screen/rounded edges formula established with the original model. Starting with the Versa 3, Fitbit improved the fit of the AMOLED display to disguise the watch’s bezels better. This continues with the Versa 4.

The band mount is the same on both watches, and you can happily interchange Versa 3, Versa 4, Sense, and Sense 2 straps as you like. It’s great for those considering the upgrade to one of the newer watches, but it probably won’t be appreciated by collectors of classic watch straps.

Despite the commonalities between the two Versas, there are some significant improvements on the Versa 4. While Versa 3 dropped the physical button in favor of a divisive capacitive groove, the Versa 4 reintroduces the button and places it higher up on the watch’s body for easier access. Its body is thinner and lighter than the Versa 3, with a lowered center of gravity. Fitbit claims this redesign makes for a more comfortable daily fit, and we agree. This is by far the Versa 4’s best quality.

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Features

A user reviews Activities on the Fitbit Versa 4.
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The Versa 3 was the most significant generational upgrade we’ve seen in the Versa series yet. It brought a larger 1.58-inch AMOLED screen, built-in GPS, a speaker with Bluetooth call and Assistant support, and an upgraded heart rate sensor. This combination, held together by a refreshed Fitbit OS, made for one of the best smartwatches an Android user could get. Although the Versa 4 retains all these features and gets upgraded internals to boot, the biggest apparent changes are on the software front.

The new model further improves Fitbit OS, with Wear OS-influenced “glanceable” tiles. These can be customized to better equip users with the information they need most. Google’s touch can be found in service support, too. Fitbit promises that Google Maps and Google Wallet are coming to the Versa 4 after launch, sometime before the end of 2022. It’s unlikely that the Versa 3 will receive any of these software perks.

Navigating the new version of Fitbit OS is easy as pie. Thanks to the sleeker UI and the return of the physical button, it’s much easier to jump around the Versa 4’s various screens and features. Going hand-in-hand with the sprightlier UI is an improved chipset. Performance of the Versa 4 is a lot slicker than its predecessor. Apps open quickly, while scrolling is much smoother.

Despite these improvements, the Versa 4 is the “dumber” smartwatch of the two. While the Versa 3 packs Google Assistant support, music controls, and third-party app support, they’re all absent on the Versa 4. You won’t find Wi-Fi support either, so updating the Versa 4 will take considerably longer, unfortunately.

For wellness-focused users seeking a reason to upgrade, the Versa 4 debuts with a new sleep profile feature. This feature monitors 10 sleep metrics and tells users what kind of sleeper they are. Users can then make changes to improve their sleep quality with collated information. Importantly, this is locked away behind Fitbit Premium, but like the Versa 3, Versa 4 buyers get six months of Premium on the house. If you don’t opt for premium, standard sleep tracking feature are more refined on the new watch.

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What isn’t so polished is the Versa 4’s heart rate monitor. While the Versa 3’s is reliable, the Versa 4’s is simply not up to scratch. During our tests, the Versa 4 kept dropping off randomly and missed numerous peaks that other devices noticed. GPS performance on the Versa 4 also leaves plenty to be desired. These two critical features inform the core exercise tracking experience and somewhat dull the additional 20 exercise modes on the Versa 4.

As for battery life, the Fitbit Versa 3 quoted a wondrous six-day endurance figure in its marketing material. However, we found it challenging to reach half of that during our review. But Fitbit again claims the Versa 4 will also last six days per charge, which seems accurate mainly based on our tests. Fitbit also claims you can get a full day’s worth of battery from a 12-minute charge, while a full charge should take around 90 minutes.


Price and color options

Fitbit Versa 4 Fitbit Premium
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  • Fitbit Versa 3: $169.95
  • Fitbit Versa 4: $229

Well into its golden years, the Fitbit Versa 3 debuted at $229 but you can now find it for much less than $170. Even for its age, this price and feature set keep it in contention with its contemporaries from other firms and the Versa 4.

Fitbit Versa 3Fitbit Versa 3
Fitbit Versa 3
Decent battery life • Accurate health tracking • Built-in GPS
A watered-down version of the Sense
The Fitbit Versa 3 carries all the smart features you could want on a mid-range smartwatch, including Google Assistant support, voice replies, and reliable health tracking. It's effectively a Fitbit Sense without the pricier specialized sensors.

Fitbit is also pricing the Versa 4 at $229, but it goes on sale far less often than its older sibling. At this price, it still undercuts some major rivals from Samsung, Garmin, and Apple.

Fitbit Versa 4Fitbit Versa 4
Fitbit Versa 4
Comfortable, refined design • Fantastic battery life • Robust sleep and stress tracking
Fitbit's smartwatches feature fantastic battery life and a variety of useful health and fitness tool
An overhauled design and the return of a physical button make the Versa 4 a user-friendly device that's comfortable, light, and attractive. It delivers many of Fitbit's most powerful tools including detailed sleep tracking and an excellent companion app. Most importantly, the Versa 4 offers a more affordable option to those who don't need the added health sensors found on the pricier Sense lineup.

There are no LTE versions of either watch, which remains a curious omission from Fitbit.

As for colorways, the Fitbit Versa 3’s body is available in black or soft gold, while band colors include navy, pink, and black. The Versa 4 has plenty of options, including a graphite case/black band option, a platinum case/Waterfall blue alternative, or a fetching Copper Rose case/Pink Sand or Beet Juice band.

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Specs

Fitbit Versa 3Fitbit Versa 4
Display
Fitbit Versa 3
1.58-inch touchscreen AMOLED
336 x 336 resolution
1,000 nits
Corning Gorilla Glass 3
Fitbit Versa 4
Touchscreen AMOLED
Battery
Fitbit Versa 3
6+ days
Lithium-polymer battery
Charge time: (10-80%): ~40 minutes
Fitbit Versa 4
6+ days
Lithium-polymer battery
Charge time: (0-100%): ~120 minutes
Memory
Fitbit Versa 3
4GB (2.5GB available for music storage)

7 days of motion data, daily totals for past 30 days

HR data at 1-second intervals during exercise, 5-second intervals all other times
Fitbit Versa 4
7 days of motion data, daily totals for past 30 days

HR data at 1-second intervals during exercise, 5-second intervals all other times
Materials
Fitbit Versa 3
Aluminum case

Classic strap: flexible material similar to that used in many sports watches
Fitbit Versa 4
Aluminum case

Classic strap: flexible material similar to that used in many sports watches
Sensors and components
Fitbit Versa 3
Device temperature sensor
Optical heart rate sensor
Built-in GPS + GLONASS
SpO2 sensor
Gyroscope
Altimeter
3-axis accelerometer
Ambient light sensor
Wi-Fi (802.11b/g/n 2.4GHz)
NFC
Vibration motor
Speaker
Microphone
Fitbit Versa 4
Device temperature sensor
Multi-path optical heart rate sensor
Built-in GPS + GLONASS
SpO2 sensor
Altimeter
3-axis accelerometer
Ambient light sensor
Wi-Fi
NFC
Vibration motor
Speaker
Microphone
Water resistance
Fitbit Versa 3
5ATM
Fitbit Versa 4
5ATM
Notifications
Fitbit Versa 3
Call, text, calendar, email, music control, and much more
Fitbit Versa 4
Call, text, calendar, email, music control, and much more
Compatibility
Fitbit Versa 3
Android
iOS
Fitbit Versa 4
Android 10 or newer
iOS 13.3 or newer
Dimensions
Fitbit Versa 3
40.48 x 40.48 x 12.35mm
41-43g

Small strap: 140-180mm
Large strap: 180-221mm
Fitbit Versa 4
38.1 x 38.1 x 11.43mm

Small strap: 140-180mm
Large strap: 180-220mm
Colors
Fitbit Versa 3
Black/Black aluminum, Pink Clay/Soft Gold aluminum, Midnight/Soft Gold aluminum
Fitbit Versa 4
Black/Graphite aluminum, Waterfall Blue/Platinum aluminum, Pink Sand/Copper Rose aluminum, Beet Juice/Copper Rose aluminum

Fitbit Versa 3 vs Versa 4: Which should you buy?

A Fitbit Versa 3 rests on an abstract, colorful background.
Kaitlyn Cimino / Android Authority
Versa 3

Even with the launch of the Fitbit Versa 4, the Versa 3 remains a compelling wearable. We stand by our claim that it’s among the best smartwatches for most people, considering its regular price dips. It may still be. Be aware that the Versa 3 likely won’t get the new software featured on the Versa 4. You’ll also have to make peace with that capacitive button. But if you can live with its quirks, the older Fitbit UI, and fewer exercise modes, there’s no honest-to-goodness reason to upgrade to the Versa 4. It’s still a stellar fitness smartwatch.

New users, take note. The Fitbit Versa 4’s changes should make for a more mature, refined smartwatch experience. The return of a physical button may be reason enough to upgrade for some. Still, that relatively low $229 launch price places the Versa 4 in good stead, especially when viewed alongside its contemporaries. Then there’s the evident influence of Google. If you must have Maps and Wallet on your Fitbit, the Versa 4 is the one. But be well aware of the features it lacks, including Google Assistant support, music controls, and third-party app support.

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Ultimately, the two watches still offer something for each kind of buyer. Owners of the Versa 3 should consider upgrading to the original Sense or Sense 2. New users may want to consider the Versa 4 as the new gateway smartwatch from Fitbit, provided they’re looking for a


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