Samsung Galaxy watch active 2: The best Apple watch alternative!
Samsung Galaxy watch active 2: The best Apple watch alternative!


The Samsung Galaxy watch active 2 is Samsung's latest Smart Watch and their follow up to the first Galaxy watch active. We are going to be taking a look at every aspect of the Smart Watch and find out. If it’s worthy of a spot on your wrist.

Samsung Galaxy watch active 2 review and price

let's get started with price the larger 44 millimeter size which I have here starts at $300 and the smaller 40 millimeter size is $280. There are also LTE and stainless-steel options which are more expensive.

But this cheaper aluminum model comes in three colors pink, gold, cloud silver and this aqua black that I have here after eyeing over the device for several days and trying to decipher.

Whether it's blue or black the band is black but the body of the watch is the darkest shade of blue. You can possibly imagine when it comes to the form and fit of the active 2.

I am absolutely loving how compact and lightweight the devices. the provided band has an excellent fit and feel as well all of this minimalistic presentation alongside a fully SPECT watch with a 1.4 inch AMOLED display and minimal bezel around the exterior make this a great-looking watch packed with lots of features.

Samsung Galaxy watch active 2 Specifications


                                               
Samsung Galaxy watch active 2
Samsung Galaxy watch active

 Display size
1.2 inches/1.4 inches
1.1 inches
Body size
40mm: 40 × 40 × 10.9 mm
44mm: 44 × 44 × 10.9 mm
40mm: 39.5 × 39.5 × 10.5 mm
Resolution
360 × 360 pixels
360 × 360 pixels
Touchscreen
40mm: 1.2-inch Super AMOLED display
44mm: 1.4-inch Super AMOLED display
1.1-inch Super AMOLED
Wireless interface
Bluetooth 5.0, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, NFC, LTE
Bluetooth 4.2, Wi-Fi 802.11b/g/n, GPS, NFC
Depth
10.9mm
10.5mm
Accelerometer
Yes
Yes
Gyroscope
Yes
Yes
Ambient light sensor
Yes
Yes
Heart rate sensor
Yes
Yes
Barometer
Yes
Yes
GPS
Yes
Yes
Water-resistant
Yes
Yes
Battery life
247mAh/340mAh
230mAh
Price
From $280
From $200

Samsung Galaxy watch active 2 battery life

Now let's start with battery life with the display always-on and general usage. I'm getting around one day of battery life and without that always on display turned on. I'm getting around two and a half days of battery life in terms of charging times.

You can charge this watch back up to 80% or so after an hour and a half and up to a full 100% after just a bit over two hours now. The always-on display shows your display at a relatively dim setting at all times and then when you raise your watch to look at.

It will turn onto the brightness you have your watch set to it is difficult to see the dim always on display in direct sunlight but anywhere else. You’ll be just fine and with the watch set to maximum brightness.

Samsung Galaxy watch active 2 display dim light

I'm having no issues at all seeing my display in direct sunlight. I am able to see all of my information very well and easily when I'm out on a walk or run now. When it comes to activity tracking this galaxy watch acted to truly lives up to its name.

But before jumping into that activity tracking it is worth mentioning. The watch has onboard storage which lets you save music right to the watch and pair up your earbuds to the watch and leave the big smartphone.

If you have Spotify Premium you're in luck because Spotify is installed on the watch right out of the box and you can begin downloading music for offline listening right away. You can also perform all of your normal music controls such as play pause skip and reverse tracks and change your volume off from the watch.

Samsung Galaxy watch active 2: The best Apple watch alternative!
Samsung Galaxy watch active 2: The best Apple watch alternative!


Samsung Galaxy watch active 2 tracking workout



Now back to that activity tracking there are many ways to jump into a workout whether go into the exercise widget or simply tapping workout right from your home screen. If you have this watch face set up which side note again there are a ton of different watch faces to choose from and customized straight from here.

You can select your workout of choice and get right into it basic stats such as your time distance traveled and heart rate will be monitored and shown to you during your exercise. Now regarding the heart rate monitoring I am happy with the accuracy that the active watch 2 provides.

When testing it side by side with the galaxy note 9s heart rate sensor. I'm usually getting the exact same heart reading on both devices which tells me this watch active 2 is in its own world making up numbers after a workout.

I checked my heart rate as well and got pretty similar results just keep in mind that it's likely that none of these devices provide a 100 percent accuracy to your heart rate and information provided should just be used as a point of reference now.


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