Fitness trackers have been popular for years. Over time they have grown to include more advanced features. Fitbit, one of the market pioneers, has an impressive lineup of fitness trackers. However, since Google bought Fitbit for over $2 billion in 2019, they have been working on their smartwatch with extensive Fitbit integration. The result is the Pixel Watch, designed to compete with big names in the smartwatch industry like Apple and Samsung.
Recently, Google and Fitbit released their latest devices, the Pixel Watch and the Versa 4. In today’s article, we’ll explore their features, specs, differences, and pros and cons. Ultimately, we’ll tell you which device is better and worth buying. Let’s get into it!
Fitbit Versa 4 Vs. Google Pixel Watch: Side-by-Side Comparison
|Fitbit Versa 4
|Google Pixel Watch
|Stainless Steel, Glass front Gorilla Glass 5
|Graphite black, Waterfall Blue, Pink sand/copper rose, and Beet Juice / Copper Rose Aluminum
|Matte black, Polished silver Champagne gold
|Color AMOLED touchscreen, Corning Gorilla Glass 3
|AMOLED, Corning Gorilla Glass 5
|300 x 300 pixels
|450 x 450 pixels
|Android 9+, iOS 14.0+
|Android Wear OS 3.5
|Yes, IP Certified IP67
|Yes, IP Certified IP68
|Li-po battery 162mAh
|Li-Ion 294 mAh
|USB Charging, 30min+ charging time
|USB Charging, 1-2 hours charging time
|Small 140 – 180mm Large 180 -220mm
|Small 130-175 mm Large 165-210 mm
|Yes, Alexa, Google Assistant
|Accelerometer, Vibration motor, Altimeter, Ambient light, Barometer, pulse oximeter (SpO2)
|Accelerometer, Gyro, Altimeter, Compass, Multipurpose electrical sensor, Ambient light sensor
|Android 9+, iOS 14.0+
- 1.69-inch screen
- Health metrics dashboard
- Water resistant up to 50 meters
- Daily Stress Management Score
- Includes a 6-month Premium membership
Why Buy a Smartwatch?
Smartwatches have become increasingly popular in the past few years, mainly because of how much more connected to our technology they allow us to be in everyday life. In one place you can send a text message, stream music, and track your heartbeat while running, all without having to take your phone out of your pocket.
Beyond connecting more easily to your digital life, smartwatches are easily synched to home smart devices such as lights and thermostats. Turning on your living room lights or cooling down your house can be done before you even enter the house.
Smartwatches also offer many users with disabilities more access to smart technology. They are an easy way to track health information, can be used through voice control or simple tapping, and have modifications for visual accessibility.
Fitbit Versa 4 Vs. Google Pixel Watch: What’s the Difference?
At first glance, both devices look like your typical smartwatch. The biggest difference is probably the shape. However, when you start using either, the core difference becomes obvious. Fitbit Versa 4 is more of a health and fitness tracker, while the Google Pixel watch is a smartwatch that can track various health and fitness activities.
Fitbit has always stuck with a square-faced design, going back to the earliest Versa models. Just like the Versa 3, the Fitbit Versa 4 rocks a stylish bezel and frame made of aluminum. Wrapping it all together are sleek silicon straps and a plain plastic back.
One notable improvement over the previous generation Versa is the power button. While many Versa 3 users complained of the capacitive button being difficult to use, the Versa 4 has solved this issue completely. The solution? They brought back the classic stand-out button.
In the same vein, the Pixel Watch is a sleek and lightweight smartwatch with one key design change: a rounded face. Just like you would find on any classic wristwatch, the round shape is a bolder choice on new tech like this. As a result, it’s a more attention-grabbing design than the Fitbit Versa.
The Google Pixel Watch has a pretty small 1.2” screen and a huge bezel, making this 41mm watch look even smaller. Like the Fitbit Versa 4, the Pixel Watch also has a color AMOLED touchscreen and corning Gorilla Glass 3 screen. It has a resolution of 450 x 450 pixels giving it a colorful outlook.
On the other hand, the Fitbit Versa 4 has a 1.58” OLED screen with a 336 x 336 resolution. Because both watches use AMOLED screens, they are also easier to use when bright outside.
Many users reported lag and overall choppiness when navigating the interface on previous generations of the Fitbit Versa. However, the improvements with the latest generation have pleased most critics. Despite this, Google’s Pixel Watch still comes out ahead.
The latest Pixel Watch accomplishes all the same tasks as the Fitbit, with a noticeable difference in performance. Thanks to its Exynos 9110 System-on-Chip architecture, and 32GB of eMMC flash storage, you can enjoy an overall faster experience compared to the Versa 4.
The Pixel Watch is a super compact device with a relatively small battery. Even with the small size, it still delivers decent battery performance. Google claims the battery can last up to 24 hours, but the truth is, your actual battery life will vary depending on usage. If you’re using the watch to track your activities for the entire day, you’ll find the battery drains faster than you would like. Luckily, charging up your Pixel is a breeze since it comes with a USB Type C charger, and can be fully charged in a little over an hour.
If you read Fitbit’s official claims, you’ll see that the Versa 4 has a “6-day battery life.” However, the proof is in actual user experiences. Many users say the actual battery life you can expect from this device is around a day. On closer inspection, it appears that the maximum battery life is only reachable with all of the device’s smart features and tracking capabilities completely disabled.
When you look at the difference in battery capacity between the two, it starts to make sense. The Google Pixel has nearly double the capacity of the Versa 4. Even still, you can get almost a full day’s charge in 12 minutes and 100% charge in less than an hour, making it just nearly as efficient as the Pixel Watch.
The Pixel Watch is not all that different from other smartwatches on the market, like the Samsung Galaxy or the Apple Watch. Competing against these two tech behemoths is challenging for Google since the other models have been around much longer. Still, the Pixel Watch has some cool smart capabilities.
The Google Assistant is one of the neatest things to see on this watch. We’ve already seen it on things like Google phones and speakers, but having it right there on your wrist is pretty handy. Like Siri on the Apple Watch, you can ask your assistant simple questions or have it perform basic tasks, like checking your texts or starting a timer.
Another cool feature is Google Pay, which lets you tap your watch against the NFC reader of any merchant who accepts it. Don’t take your phone or wallet out of your pocket next time you’re in line at Starbucks–tap your Pixel Watch and be on your way.
Looking at the Versa 4, you get all the basic capabilities. You can count your daily steps, track your vitals, and receive a sleep and weather report. But you’ll run out of things to do before too long, and this is where Fitbit shows its weakness.
You can’t install third-party apps or access WiFi connectivity or a music player. Plus, your Google capabilities are limited. Luckily, the device still has Bluetooth for connecting to your phone, but it remains fairly basic compared to the Pixel.
Both watches can track various activities, including heart rate, sleep, steps, calories, stress, menstrual cycle, VO2 Max, swimming, and on-screen workouts. Fitbit has always been the king of fitness trackers, but since Google acquired them not too long ago, anything you can track on the Fitbit you can do so on Google Pixel. All you have to do to get these capabilities on your Pixel is connect your Fitbit account. Simple enough, right?
Google Pixel Watch and Fitbit Versa 4 differ greatly in Price. The Google Pixel Watch goes for $350, making it pricier than the Fitbit Versa 4 and other smartwatches on the market. If you compare it to a product like the Apple Watch, you realize both devices are nearly head-to-head.
However, the Fitbit Versa 4 is a significant step down from both the Pixel and Apple Watch.
Though it costs $230, the Fitbit Versa 4 has a six-month premium subscription of $80 every year or $9.99 monthly. You might need this subscription service because Fitbit only gives access to basic metrics and has locked the majority of necessary health tools.
- Beautiful circular, domed design with Wear OS
- Convenient activity tracking for fitness enthusiasts
- Track heart rate and learn your sleep activity
- Contactless payments, notifications and directions
- Make calls or respond to text messages
Fitbit Versa 4 Vs. Google Pixel Watch: 6 Must-Know Facts
- Huawei P8 Lite, Huawei P20 Lite, Huawei P9 Lite, and Xiaomi Mi 6 are incompatible with the Fitbit Versa 4.
- Both devices are water-resistant up to 50 meters, meaning you can take them for a stroll in the rain.
- Pixel Watch and Versa 4 both have AMOLED displays.
- You can set up Amazon’s Alexa on the Versa 4 and Pixel Watch.
- Battery life is similar on both devices; each can charge fully in roughly an hour.
- While the Pixel Watch might appear to charge wirelessly with its magnetic charger, it will not work with standard Qi wireless charging, like the Fitbit Versa 4 will.
Fitbit Versa 4 Vs. Google Pixel Watch: Which One Is Better? Which One Should You Use?
Since Google acquired Fitbit, the Pixel Watch has offered the capabilities and tracking features of the famed fitness tracker brand. However, the Versa 4 still makes a good buy if you’re looking for an affordable device.
If you want a basic device for tracking your workouts and daily activities, the Fitbit Versa 4 will do all that without bells and whistles. On the other hand, the Pixel Watch makes a good all-around smartwatch, competing with big names like Samsung and Apple.
Already have a Google Phone? then the Pixel Watch is a no-brainer. You gain access to plenty of handy features and reliable all-day battery life. The only thing to contend with is the higher price tag. But for what you get, it is still a cheaper alternative to the Apple Watch.
Fitbit Versa 4 and Google Pixel in the News
The Fitbit has become one of the most popular names associated with smartwatches when it comes to being health and fitness-forward. The newest model, the Fitbit Versa 4 released in September 2022 and reviews have been mixed amongst users. While it’s heart rate monitor and built-in GPS have some users raving, others criticize the lack of features that doesn’t make it worth the high price tag.
Google has been regularly releasing monthly security patches for the Google Pixel Watch to reinforce users security. As of 2023, Google has also released updates for the smartwatch including do not disturb and bedtime mode.
Fitbit announced the 2023 generation model, the Fitbit Versa 5. However, a release date has yet to be announced. Although rumors circulating the new smartwatch include features like improved battery life, a larger display, and a faster processor.
Google has already announced a sequel model to the Google Pixel smartwatch. The Pixel Watch 2 will hit the shelves sometime around October 2023, the same timeframe as the Google Pixel 8 and Google Pixel 8 Pro. Some rumors surrounding the newest smartwatch include two size options (41mm and 44mm), a stress and temperature sensor, and a better battery life.
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