Fitbit Sense 2 and Versa 4 are the latest smartwatch releases from Fitbit. Both watches have been recently unveiled by Fitbit in August 2022. There are not too many significant points of difference between the Sense 2 and Versa 4. We look at the main features of both watches below.
How is Sense 2 better than Versa 4?
Sense 2 is priced at $299.99 and Versa 4 is priced at #229.99. What makes Sense 2 better than Versa 4?
Sense 2 and Versa 4 match each other is almost all the core features. But, Sense 2 has a marginally better set of features for health and heart tracking than the Versa 4 smartwatch. These differences are listed below for a ready reckoner:
Sense 2 is a rich health tracking watch. It has an ECG app that helps in taking on-demand ECG readings that can be shared with a medical professionals. This also enables detection of irregular heart rhythm or Atrial Fibrillation (AFib) on Sense 2 smartwatch.
Additionally, Sense 2 had added sensors for incremental health tracking and stress management.
Sense 2 has also added a temperature sensor for taking skin-based temperature readings. There is a cEDA (Continuous electrodermal activity) sensor that has been added to the watch for monitoring stress levels and help you fight fatigue. The EDA scan app helps in taking mindful sessions for relaxation and bringing stress levels down.
Apart from these health tracking features, Sense 2 and Versa 4 match feature for feature.
For an incremental expense of $70, the ECG app on Sense 2 is a valuable addition. Skin-based temperature readings are practical too.
What features are common between Sense 2 and Versa 4 smartwatches?
Most features on Sense 2 and Versa 4 are identical. This includes the basic features and functionality of both watches. We list all these features in a quick reference table.
|Features||Fitbit Sense 2||Fitbit Versa 4|
|Irregular Heart Rhythm||Yes||Yes|
|Heart Rate Monitoring||Yes||Yes|
|Water Rating||50 m (equivalent to 5 ATM)||50 m (equivalent to 5 ATM)|
|Blood Oxygen Tracking||Yes||Yes|
|Blood Glucose Tracking||Yes||Yes|
|Daily Readiness Score||Yes||Yes|
|Stress Management Score||Yes||Yes|
|Stress Response Tracking||Yes||No|
|Battery Life||6 Days||6 Days|
|Display Resolution||336 X 336 pixels||336 X 336 pixels|
|Thickness||12.35 mm||12.35 mm|
|Weight||46 g||40 g|
It may worth repeating the main features that are common across Versa 4 and Sense 2 in a brief discussion that follows below.
Both watches have water resistance of 50 meters. This makes the watches suitable for shallow water swimming or pool swimming for brief periods of time. Versa 4 and Sense 2 are not suitable for scuba diving or high speed water sports.
Most heart and health tracking features on Sense 2 and Versa 4 are identical. In terms of display, both watches have AMOLED display with a similar display resolution and pixel density. The screen size is identical.
One of the more notable omissions from Sense 2 and Versa 4 is the lack of Google Wallet. Fitbit has confirmed that Google Wallet will be integrated with Sense 2 and Versa 4 soon. Similar to Google Wallet, Fitbit is working on adding Google Maps to the Sense 2 and Versa 4 watches soon. For the remains Google apps, there is no clarity about future integration with Sense 2 and Versa 4.
Fall detection and LTE connectivity continue to be missed on Sense 2 and Versa 4. Fitbit, has however, confirmed that it is working on adding the fall detection feature on Sense 2 in the next few months. Interestingly, Google Pixel watches have fall detection and LTE connectivity options available.
Battery life is decent for both Sense 2 and Versa 4. On full charge, battery can last for up to 6 days on Sense 2 and Versa 4. Both watches support fast charging and 10 minutes of charging adds a day’s worth battery life. Full charge takes close to 2 hours.
One of the best ways to compare the Fitbit Sense 2 and Fitbit Versa 4 has to be through a short video. The video below captures all the important differentiators and points of the Fitbit Sense and Fitbit Versa 4 smartwatches.
Fitbit Sense 2 over Fitbit Versa 4 is a wise decision if you want to use the ECG app and manage stress tracking. For everything else, Versa 4 works similar to the Fitbit Sense 2.
Having said that, Fitbit’s best smartwatch is Fitbit Sense 2. It has all the features that are part of the Fitbit ecosystem and operating system. The price difference between two watch models is not too significant to cause any heartburn.
Our vote goes to the Sense 2.
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Helen Kurt is a geeky nerd who loves to cover the wearables space. She has over 5 years of experience in the smartwatch domain. You can reach her on email at [email protected].