Garmin Venu Sq vs Fitbit Versa 4

Garmin Venu Sq and Fitbit Versa 4 cost the same amount of money. Versa 4 was released in September 2022 while the first-generation Venu Sq was released in September 2020.

We look at both watches for a comparative study below.

Main differences

  • Fitbit Versa 4 has an AMOLED display while the Venu Sq uses a LCD or Liquid Crystal Display screen. Versa 4, therefore, has a better display resolution.
  • Venu Sq supports GPS, GLONASS, and Galileo networks. Fitbit Versa 4 supports GPS and GLONASS networks only.
  • Venu Sq offers ANT+ and Bluetooth wireless connectivity. Versa 4 only supports Bluetooth connectivity. Wi-Fi is unavailable on Venu Sq and Versa 4.
  • Venu Sq and Versa 4 lack music feature. However, you can get a Venu Sq Music edition smartwatch if you are keen on the music feature on the Venu Sq watch.
  • Versa 4 has an in-built speaker and microphone that allows you to make calls or answer calls directly from the watch. Venu Sq does not have an in-built speaker or mic.
  • Venu Sq comes with an incident detection feature while the Versa 4 lacks fall or incident detection capabilities.
  • Venu Sq has two tactile buttons on the watch’s right side for running through the menu items and functionality. Fitbit Versa 4 has a side button on the left side of the watch. Venu Sq buttons are robust and sturdy.

We look at the features and differences of both watches below.

Fitbit Versa 4 smartwatch

Display specifications

Fitbit Versa 4 has better display technology and display performance. Versa 4 has an AMOLED display while the Venu Sq uses a LCD or Liquid Crystal Display screen.

Due to the AMOLED display, Versa 4 also supports the Always-on-display or the AOD feature.

Venu Sq uses the third-generation Corning Gorilla Glass. It is one of the best display lenses for wearables. The display lens information for Versa 4 is not available.

Apart from this, the display of the Versa 4 is bigger and wider than the display of the Venu Sq smartwatch.

The display specifications of Venu Sq and Versa 4 are compared in a side-by-side comparison below.

Display specificationsGarmin Venu SqFitbit Versa 4
Display lensCorning Gorilla Glass 3No information
Display shapeBox or SquareBox or Square
Display typeLCDAMOLED
Display size1.3″ or 33 mm1.58″ or 40 mm
Display resolution240 x 240 pixels336 x 336 pixels
TouchscreenYesYes
Color displayYesYes
Always-on-displayYesYes
Ambient light sensorYesYes

Fitbit Versa 4 has better display technology and resolution than the Venu Sq smartwatch. Versa 4 screen is bigger than the display screen of Venu Sq.

Physical Specifications

Most hardware specifications of Garmin Venu Sq and Fitbit Versa 4 converge. However, the essential difference lies in the availability of an in-built speaker and microphone in Fitbit Versa 4.

A full list of hardware or physical specifications of Venu Sq and Versa 4 is shared below.

Physical specificationsGarmin Venu Sq Fitbit Versa 4
iOS compatibleiOS 15 and higher versionsiOS 15 and higher versions
Android compatibleAndroid 7 and higher versionsAndroid 9 and higher versions
Watch size40.6 x 37.0 x 11.5 mm40 x 41 x 11mm
Watch weight37.6 g40 g
Thickness11.5 mm11 mm
Band size20 mmSmall and Large bands
Band materialSiliconeSilicone
Watch bodyFiber-enforced polymerPolymer
BezelAluminumAluminum
NFC or Contactless PaymentsGarmin PayFitbit Pay and Google Wallet
Water resistance5 ATM or 50 Meters5 ATM or 50 Meters
Device storage200 hours or 8 days of activity data7 days of activity data
SpeakerNoYes
MicrophoneNoYes

The in-built speaker and microphone in Fitbit Versa 4 allow you to handle calls directly from the watch. You can make calls or answer calls directly from the Versa 4 smartwatch.

Venu Sq lacks speaker and microphone in the watch.

GPS

Fitbit Versa 4 supports GPS and GLONASS networks only. Venu Sq, however, supports GPS, GLONASS, and Galileo networks.

Garmin watches and Venu Sq does have a reliable GPS performance. GPS data and performance are also very accurate.

Galileo GPS network is owned and operated by the European Space Agency. Galileo satellite network provides exceptional GPS connectivity in Europe.

This is where Garmin trumps Fitbit. Fitbit Versa 4 lacks Galileo connectivity. So, Versa 4 GPS performance in Europe may not be as good as the GPS performance of Garmin Venu Sq.

If you are concerned about the reliability and accuracy of GPS data, we will strongly suggest getting a Garmin Venu Sq.

Venu Sq edition of Garmin smarrwatch

Music

Fitbit Versa 4 lacks a music feature. You cannot control smartphone music, use music streaming apps, or store music on Versa 4.

The lack of music features has been a sore point for Versa 4. Fitbit’s forums are full of user complaints about the missing music functionality on the watch.

Venu Sq has limited music functionality.

Venu Sq cannot store music on the smartwatch. However, you can play and control music on the paired smartphone using the Venu Sq interface.

Your watch uses Bluetooth to connect to the paired smartphone. Using the same connectivity, it can play and manage music on the smartphone.

If you wish to store audio content on the smartwatch store, we suggest getting a Venu Sq Music edition. It costs $50 more than the Venu Sq. But it does offer full music functionality.

For its limited music functionality, Venu Sq is preferable over the Versa 4 smartwatch.

Health features

Venu Sq and Versa 4 track heart rate on a continuous basis. Both watches can track breathing rates as well.

Venu Sq does not come with the Health Dashboard or Health Snapshot. So, consolidated health information and analysis is unavailable in Venu Sq.

Versa 4 has a detailed Health Dashboard for Fitbit Premium subscribers only.

Health monitoringGarmin Venu SqFitbit Versa 4
Heart rate monitoringYesYes
Resting Heart rateYesYes
Heart rate variability (HRV)NoYes
Breathing rate monitoringYesYes
Blood Oxygenation monitoringYesYes
Stress monitoringYesYes
Sleep trackingYesYes
Stress scoreYesYes (in Fitbit Premium)
Health DashboardNoYes (in Fitbit Premium)
Temperature readingsYes (tempe sensor needed)No
Blood Glucose TrackingNoYes (in Fitbit Premium)
Women HealthYesYes
Body stress scoresBody BatteryDaily Readiness Score (in Fitbit Premium)

Basic health tracking features are available in Venu Sq and Versa 4. If you choose Fitbit Premium subscription, Versa 4 is able to offer better health tracking metrics than Venu Sq.

Sensors

Versa 4 has an additional sensor to track the altimeter or elevation. Other sensors on both watches perform the same functions as detailed in the table below.

SensorsGarmin Venu SqFitbit Versa 4
AccelerometerYesYes
Barometric altimeterNoYes
CompassYesNo
GyroscopeNoNo
ThermometerYes
(tempe sensor needed
for taking
temperature readings)
No
Heart rate sensorYesYes
Blood Oxygenation sensorYesYes

Wireless Connectivity

Fitbit Versa 4 offers Bluetooth connectivity only. Wi-Fi is not enabled on the device and it does not have ANT+ coverage.

Garmin Venu Sq supports Bluetooth connectivity and ANT+ wireless connectivity. ANT+ connectivity helps in broadcasting heart rate data to the receiver.

Venu Sq and Versa 4 do not support Wi-Fi connectivity. So, you cannot connect to a Wi-Fi network using Venu Sq or Versa 4 smartwatches.

Battery

The battery backup of Venu Sq and Fitbit Versa 4 is almost identical. Both watches offer 6 days of battery life on simple smartwatch modes.

Versa 4 supports fast charging and 12 minutes charging cycle adds a one-day battery backup to the smartwatch.

On GPS mode, a Venu Sq can last for up to 14 hours. Fitbit Versa 4 also drains the battery on the GPS mode.

Battery backup of both watches is 6 days. There is not much of a difference in battery backup and performance of Venu Sq and Versa 4.

Costs

Fitbit Versa 4 and Garmin Venu Sq cost the same amount of money. Both watches are priced at $199.99. However, from time to time, you may be able to get these watches at a discount.

Final verdict

Venu Sq and Versa 4 are decent watches. Venu Sq comes with Garmin’s exceptional customer service and a long period of ownership. The watch does offer decent features for the price it is marketed at.

I prefer Venu Sq over Versa 4 for the following reasons:

  • Galileo network compatibility for improved GPS performance
  • Ability to manage music on the paired smartphone
  • Very comprehensive profiles for running, outdoor recreation, and cycling.
  • Ability to record and monitor performance data for fitness activities and running.

Versa 4 is a relatively newer variant. It has a good set of health tracking features and the in-built speaker and mic are a valuable addition.

I will prefer a Versa 4 over Venu Sq for the following reasons:

  • In-built speaker and microphone
  • Altimeter functionality
  • Better health tracking features if you were to subscribe to the Fitbit Premium program.

You cannot go wrong with either watch. At the end of the day, it all boils down to your own goals and personal liking.

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