There are two new smartwatches in town. Those watches would be the Amazfit GTS and Fitbit Versa 2. Both watches are priced under $200 USD. However, which watch is actually the one that you should buy? There are many things that people might like and some that people don’t have a need for. Both watches are great gifts for the holidays in case you’re thinking of it and I know for sure that my dad won’t need most of the features on at least one of the watches (wink-wink).
The Fitbit Versa 2 is MUCH BETTER than the Previous Model
When you compare the previous Versa to the new model, it looks very quaint. The new model has a bigger screen, smaller form-factor, an extra DAY of battery life, and a brand new AMOLED display. One of the problems of the new Fitbit Versa, which wasn’t fixed in the previous model, is that it does not have a built-in GPS. Some more expensive watches, such as the Apple Watch, have GPS built-in for phone-free capabilities and interaction. While you can begin your workouts from the watch itself, it is a little bit of a pain to lug around your phone for your “morning run” as an example.
One of the biggest new features with the new Fitbit Versa 2 is that it does include smart capabilities with Amazon’s Alexa voice assistant. This is a great way to get quick information, smart home control, and voice control, on your watch. While the watch does not include a speaker for Alexa, it is great to have the ability to control your thermostat from your workout class without having to pull out your phone.
Overall, I find the Fitbit Versa 2 lineup very enticing, but it is really meant for the people who want to use Alexa or stay with the Fitbit family. While the extra day of battery-life is impressive, it doesn’t make up for the really expensive price of the product.
The Amazfit GTS Fills My Boxes!
While only being priced at a mere $140, compared to the Fitbit Versa 2’s $200, the Amazfit GTS is really all that you would need if you need a simple smart tracker for your health. Not only does it have a bigger display than the Fitbit, but it also has a bigger battery-life of up to a whopping 14 days! Unlike the Fitbit Versa, it DOES include a GPS for the people who don’t want to bring a phone during their workouts. It controls your music and it has a very simple-to-use app. Along with any other Amazfit watch, it does have the capabilities to work with third-party apps if you desire. Apps such as MiFit, made for the MiBand, do have the Amazfit functionality built in. Other apps, such as Notify & Fitness for Amazfit work just fine with the Amazfit brand. Obviously, if you can, I would recommend staying with the official app. But, it does show that you have options for your band.
The Final Verdict
Let’s be real, the watches are great. But, I think that it is safe to say that the Amazfit GTS wins thee award for this comparison. If you want GPS, a bigger screen, and better battery-life, this is your option. I would only recommend the Fitbit Versa 2 for people who want something that is more popular and want to stay with the Fitbit family. Otherwise, the Amazfit GTS is what you should buy.