Fitbit Versa vs. The $200 competition: Which should you buy?

The Fitbit Versa is one of the best smartwatches you can buy for $200. It has a great design, fantastic fitness/health tracking, outstanding battery life, and a growing selection of apps and smart features. However, if you do a little shopping, you'll see that there's a lot of competition in this price range. If you're looking for some alternatives to the Versa, these are your best picks.

The Galaxy Watch Active does more for the same price

The Fitbit Versa and Galaxy Watch Active share a price tag of exactly $200, and if you ask us, the Galaxy Watch Active is probably a better fit if you value smartwatch features over a more fitness-oriented wearable.

Fitbit got a lot right with the Versa, but it's still lacking a few features that the Galaxy Watch Active brings to the table. This includes things like built-in GPS, an NFC chip for mobile payments, and a microphone that allows you to use your voice to respond to notifications.

Samsung's Tizen operating system is also more powerful than FitbitOS on the Versa, offering better notification management, a smoother interface, and a larger selection of apps and watch faces.

The Versa still reigns supreme when it comes to more in-depth fitness tracking and battery life, however, so deciding between one of these two is not an easy decision.

You can really stretch your dollars with the Amazfit Verge and Versa Lite

If money's a bit tight and you want a wearable that offers a comparable experience to the Versa but costs less, the Amazfit Verge and Versa Lite are also great options.

With the Amazfit Verge, you're actually getting a better experience than the Versa for less money in some regards. The AMOLED display is more vibrant, battery life is slightly better, and it even has a built-in GPS. It's lacking some of the Versa's fit and finish, but for the price, you can't go wrong.

Alternatively, if you know you want the Versa but just can't justify spending $200 on a smartwatch, why not get the Versa Lite? It costs $40 less and delivers about 90% of the experience with a casing that comes in some really fun colorways. It's not as powerful as the Amazfit Verge, but if you want into the Fitbit ecosystem, it's a no-brainer.

Joe Maring

Joe Maring was a Senior Editor for Android Central between 2017 and 2021. You can reach him on Twitter at @JoeMaring1.