Fitbit Versa 3 vs Huawei Watch GT 2e: Which Is Better

The Fitbit Versa 3 is supposed to create a strange balancing act. It is more expensive than most fitness trackers and has in-house competition with Fitbit Sense.

The Fitbit Versa 3 appears in our sports watches theme world but could just as well run on the fitness trackers (theme world). In fact, we would rather assign them (and the scythe) to sports watches due to their size and price. Fitbit was already part of Google, but you didn’t notice anything about the products or software.

Fitbit has changed the closure compared to its predecessor. There used to be a metal pin; there is now a click mechanism, i.e., older bracelets are not compatible; we really liked the metal bracelet on the Versa 2. In any case, we would advise buyers to use a different bracelet. The supplied silicone bracelet is not very breathable and, with its two loops, is difficult to close. Better is a dedicated sports armband from Fitbit or one with leather or metal.

There is little innovation in the setup. To start the clock, you need the corresponding Fitbit app on your smartphone. If you are logged in there, you can add the clock again. An assistant guides you through the setup of the clock, including setting up Alexa and WiFi. What is new is that in addition to Alexa, the Google Assistant is actually also supported.

The square screen is a bit thick, but it is not too bulky, thanks to its rounded corners. Fitbit uses an OLED display, and that is a good thing. The content, especially when you work with a strong contrast to the black background, looks great. The information can be seen clearly, even in strong light. All in all, a successful design, as we think, may be a bit more massive than the sickle. But the Versa 3 is smaller.

Huawei was not yet (publicly) involved with smartwatches. A few years later they released their first smartwatch. In 2015, Huawei still preferred Wear OS (formerly Android Wear). They moved away from that at the end of 2018 and that was a good move (especially with current politics in mind). 

The Huawei Watch GT 2e, an update of the Watch GT 2 that is already on the market. The Watch GT 2e offers an AMOLED display, 2 weeks battery life, various watch face designs, numerous internal sensors, measurement of the oxygen content of the blood (SpO2), Firstbeat metrics, and support for numerous sports.

The Huawei Watch GT 2e is packaged in a black cardboard box with gold-colored elements. On the front of the box is an image of the smartwatch and on the back is a label with some specifications. The smartwatch is immediately visible when opening the packaging. When removing the first flap, a box with documentation can be found on the right. In the room next to it are the USB-C cable and charging unit.

The biggest difference between the charging unit of the GT 2 Pro and GT 2e is the way in which the smartwatch can be charged. The GT 2 Pro can be placed in any position on the unit and then charging will start automatically. With the Huawei Watch GT 2e, charging is activated by placing it, with the back, on the 2 charging points.

Pros and Cons

Fitbit Versa 3Huawei Watch GT 2e
Google Assistant & Alexa Built-inGorgeous OLED display
Measures blood oxygen level while sleepingAccurate heart-rate tracking
Strong battery lifeDual-mode GPS for activity tracking
Voice assistantsExcellent 10-14 days battery life
Limited appsNo third party applications

General

Fitbit Versa 3Huawei Watch GT 2e
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BrandFitbitHuawei
ModelVersa 3GT 2e
Release dateAug 2020March 2020
CompatibilityAndroid + iOSAndroid + iOS
ColorsPink Clay, Soft Gold Aluminium, MidnightGraphite Black, Lava Red, Mint Green

Technical Specifications

Fitbit Versa 3Huawei Watch GT 2e
Storage4GB Rom4GB Rom
DisplayAMOLEDAMOLED
Touch ScreenYesYes
Screen Resolution300 x 300 pixels454 x 454 pixels
Water ResistantYesYes
ConnectivityBluetoothBluetooth
Sensors– Accelerometer
– Gyro
– Light
– Gps
– Accelerometer
– Gyro
– Heart rate
– Barometer
– Compass
– SpO2
Battery6 days14 days
Wireless ChargingNoYes
Water-ResistantYesYes
Water Resistance Depth50 m50 m
Dimensions40 x 40 x 12.35 mm53 x 46.8 x 10.8 mm
Weight42 g43 g

Fitbit Versa 3

The runtime of the Fitbit Versa 3 is, in reality, around four to five days with a few training sessions, a little less if you use the GPS excessively. The clock is full again in about an hour using the charging adapter supplied. Thanks to a quick charge function, you can charge it for just under 15 minutes over a day.

Huawei Watch GT 2e

The smartwatch will last for 7 days with Bluetooth, a heart rate monitor, display that is always on (Always-on-Display / AOD). When AOD is switched off, it is possible to bridge 14 days on 1 battery charge. Huawei’s claim, in which they say that the smartwatch can last up to 14 days, is certainly correct.

Activity Monitoring

Fitbit Versa 3Huawei Watch GT 2e
Step counterYesYes
Calories burnedYesYes
Distance travelledYesYes
Raised floorsNoNo
Sleep monitoringYesYes
Measuring stress levelsNoNo
Date & Time DisplayYesYes
Alarm ClockYesYes
Heart rate measurementYesYes
Calorie intakeNoYes
Hydration levelsNoNo
Other Watch Functions– Goal Setting
– Reminder
– Social Integration
– Stopwatch
– Real-time coaching
– Call Receive
– Music Control
– Responds to Notifications

Fitbit Versa 3

The sleep tracking is great. The watch is easy to wear at night, and it measures the various phases of sleep clearly and transparently. With the excellent app, you can see which phases you go through and when. Fitbit also gives tips on when to go to bed, and a do not disturb mode is also included. The integrated alarm clock has an intelligent function that is supposed to wake the sleeper if he wakes up anyway.

Like its predecessor, the Fitbit Versa 3 can be optionally available as a virtual credit card. In practice, this works very easily – as long as you use an account with a corresponding bank. Then you have to define a PIN. With this, you can activate the payment function. In practice, it works quickly and reliably; we have successfully paid with the watch several times. Incidentally, Fitbit offers its own prepaid Visa card topped up and used for Fitbit Pay.

Huawei Watch GT 2e

This watch does not have its own WiFi adapter, NFC, or SIM card input, but there is the possibility of saving music locally and saving your route with the GPS route. One can use the watch partly independently, but it is not intended to do that for days. If the smartwatch is no longer linked for a time, the time will no longer run correctly.

  • Oxygen saturation / SpO2 (VO2Max): SpO2 is not measured continuously, but you have to switch it on manually. You have to let your arm lie still for about 1 minute, after which you will receive the values. This is between 90-100 for a healthy person.
  • Heart rate sensor (TruSeen 3.5): This keeps track of your heart rate throughout the day and can send a signal at a preset value. If that happens, it is important to determine whether it is because of intensive exercise or whether it has a medical cause. In that case, it is wise to consult a specialist.
  • Stress level (TruRelax): With the smartwatch, you can keep track of your stress level. We don’t know exactly what the trigger for that is, but presumably, movement, sleep, and heart rate monitor stress. You may be able to reduce stress through breathing exercises in the watch.
  • Sleep monitoring (TruSleep 2.0): It is possible to monitor your sleep rhythm by wearing a watch at night. With this, you can see, among other things, whether you are sleeping enough and how often you may wake up.
  • Alarm clock: It is possible to set an alarm clock via the smartwatch. If you set an alarm clock via the phone, it is also possible to switch off or snooze the alarm via the smartwatch.

 

Smart Features

Fitbit Versa 3Huawei Watch GT 2e
Smartphone notificationsYesYes
Wireless paymentsNoNo
Music storage and playbackYesYes
Streaming servicesNoNo
Virtual AssistantYesNo
MeteorologyWeather forecastWeather forecast

Fitbit Versa 3

The watch can always be connected to the smartphone, and incoming messages or calls are then shown on display. Thanks to a microphone and speakers, you can even make calls over the clock. That works okay, but the quality varies depending on the volume and the type of ambient noise.

Huawei Watch GT 2e

The notifications are easy to read from the AMOLED screen, but newer notifications can quickly overshadow them. In general, you can only see the latest messages from a conversation or email. Reading a message completely is not pleasant on these types of smartwatches. That’s because you first have to go to the main menu, and from there, you slide from the bottom to the top. Only plain text is shown, and no emoticons.

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