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Samsung Galaxy Watch Active2 Review

Samsung Galaxy Watch Active 2 Full Specifications

General
BrandSamsung
ModelGalaxy Watch Active 2 4G (44mm)
Release date23rd December 2019
Model NameGalaxy Watch Active 2 4G
Dial ColorCloud Silver, Aqua Black, Pink Gold
Dial ShapeRound
Strap MaterialLeather
TouchscreenYes
Water-ResistantIP68
Water Resistance Depth50
Dial MaterialStainless Steel, Aluminium
Ideal ForUnisex
Dimensions
Width44
Height44
Thickness10.9
Weight (g)30.00
Product details
SensorAccelerometer, Gyrometer, Barometer, Heart Rate Monitor, Ambient Light
Compatible DeviceAndroid 5.0 or higher & RAM 1.5GB above, iOS 9.0 or above
NotificationYes
Charger TypeWireless
Rechargeable BatteryYes
Connectivity features
Call FunctionYes
BluetoothYes
Bluetooth Version5.0
Wi-FiYes
GPSYes
Other Connectivity Features4G
Platform and storage features
Operating SystemTizen based Wearable OS 4.0
Compatible Operating SystemAndroid, iOS
Number of Coresdual-core
RAM768MB
Processor NameExynos 9110
Processor Speed1.15GHz
Internal Memory4GB
Camera and display features
Display Resolution360 x 360
Display Size34mm
Display TypeSuper AMOLED
Scratch ResistantCorning Gorilla Glass DX+
Fitness and watch functions
Step CountYes
Heart Rate MonitorYes
CalendarYes
Alarm ClockYes
Date & Time DisplayYes
Number of Buttons2
Audio and video features
SpeakerYes
MicrophoneYes

SAMSUNG GALAXY WATCH ACTIVE 2 DISPLAY

The new Samsung Galaxy Watch Active2 fulfills our wish. At 1.4 inches, the display is easier to read but still not as good as the one on the Samsung Galaxy Watch 4G. The familiar design of the watch is stylish and you have two options to choose: tough stainless steel or lightweight aluminum. The stainless steel finish is priced at Rs. 31,990 whereas the aluminum variant of the watch is priced at Rs. 25,990. The new Galaxy Watch Active 2 has a 4G variant also, though you can only get it with the steel body, priced at Rs. 35,990.

The 1.4-inch AMOLED display of Galaxy Active 2 is crisp and has good viewing angles. Samsung has kept the screen resolution unchanged which is 360×360 pixels, but we never noticed any pixelation. The Samsung Galaxy Watch Active 2 4G supports auto-brightness so the brightness of the display is adjusted automatically based on ambient light.

The Samsung Galaxy Watch has two buttons on the right side of the dial, while the left side has the speaker. The buttons are raised but offer good feedback when pressed. At the top, there’s a microphone which can be used for taking calls on the watch. Samsung offers a black leather strap in the box, which looks very well with the silver dial. The strap quality is also good and it feels comfortable when worn. The traditional watch clasp is very convenient to use.

At the back, you’ll see the hardware for wireless charging and heart rate tracking sensor. Samsung ships a wireless charger in the box, which clamps onto the back using its magnets.

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SAMSUNG GALAXY WATCH ACTIVE2 FEATURES AND SOFTWARES

Samsung has stuck with the old hardware for the new Galaxy Watch Active 2 like its predecessor Galaxy Watch Active, most notably it’s in-house dual-core Exynos 9110 SoC. This watch is paired with 1.5GB of RAM and 4GB of storage. Samsung Galaxy Watch Active 2 runs on Tizen OS 4.0 with One UI 1.5. Samsung claims that this watch is IP68 rated, which means this watch is water-resistant up to 5ATM. This makes it swim-proof, so you can take a dip inside without worrying about this watch.

The increased size of the watch has helped Samsung to pack in a bigger 340mAh battery. The new Galaxy Watch Active 2 supports Bluetooth 5, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, NFC, and GPS. This watch also has an embedded SIM that lets the watch latch onto 4G networks directly.

Since this watch runs Tizen, it is fully compatible with both Android smartphones as well as iPhones. You’ll have to install the Galaxy Wearable app to pair this watch with the smartphone and set up 4G on it. Talking of another app, the Samsung Health app is required to check details such as the number of steps you’ve taken and the quality of your sleep. Both these apps worked, and we did not face any issues with them, but a single combined app would have been more convenient.

The interface of the Galaxy Watch Active 2 is somewhat similar to what we’ve used on Samsung’s previous wearables, and navigating through it was a breeze. Samsung does offer a lot of features straight out of the box, which is a good thing since there a very limited number of apps for Tizen OS. Sleep tracking and heart rate tracking are on by default and the watch is capable of tracking multiple workouts.

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PERFORMANCE AND BATTERY LIFE

We found the Samsung Galaxy Watch Active 2 to be light and comfortable to use. Swiping right from the home screen on the watch takes you to your notifications. Samsung also offers an always-on display mode which keeps the watch face at all times. The watch buzzes for incoming notifications, and you can reply to the notifications from the watch itself. You can also use speech, handwriting recognition with a finger, or an on-screen number pad to compose replies.

Since this watch has a speaker, you can answer calls on the watch. This works without setting up the e-SIM on the watch. The speaker is loud but you have to hold the watch close to your ear to hear the voice clearly.

The watch latches on to GPS very quickly, and accurately which reflected the route we took on a map. We tested the step counter on this watch by manually counting 1,000 steps as we walked. The Galaxy Watch Active 2 counted 1,008 steps. We have used fitness trackers that were completely accurate, but if you want an accurate idea of the number of steps you’ve taken at the end of each day, the Galaxy Watch Active 2 won’t be horribly off.

Sleep tracking with the Galaxy Watch Active 2 was accurate, and the data in the Samsung Health App showed a proper breakdown of awake time, light sleep, deep sleep, and Rapid Eye Movement sleep. Heart-rate tracking was accurate, and we found the Samsung Galaxy Watch Active 2 to give out readings in the same range as given by Apple Watch Series 4.

BATTERY LIFE

The Samsung Galaxy Active 2 is loaded with a bigger battery than its predecessor, but because of the bigger display, it delivered similar battery life as the old Galaxy Watch Active. Using the smartwatch with notifications, heart-rate tracking, and sleep tracking on, it lasted us for three days. Enabling the always-on display mode dropped the battery life to two days. With the 4G e-SIM enabled and the always-on display turned off the battery is to get about a day and a half worth of use out of this device.

If you want to track workouts using the watch actively, expect the battery life to dip even more. The watch takes about an hour to get to 50 percent, and close to two hours to charge completely.

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I hope my Samsung Galaxy Watch Active2 Review is helpful for you.

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