Review: Samsung's Galaxy Watch Active 2 smartwatch is the best Android smartwatch on the market right now and a series competitor to Apple Watch.
Samsung Galaxy Watch Active 2.
Only half a year after the launch of the original Galaxy Watch Active, Samsung was ready with the successor to give Seri's competition to Huawei's Watch GT 2 and not least Apple Watch Series 5. I've spent the last month with Samsung's new smartwatch, which has convinced me daily about its value.
The Samsung Galaxy Watch Active 2 is similar to its predecessor at first glance, and they also have much to offer, but the successor offers new good and well thought out improvements. Active 2 is not only a watch, but with the larger screen, it is also much easier to operate. The expanded space in the watch case has given way to a larger battery, and the wreath has bold capacitive touch touch, which can be used to navigate around the clock.
Here is our test of Samsung Galaxy Watch Active 2.
Galaxy Watch Active 2: Pros and Cons
- Nice and solid smart watch
- Great screen
- User friendly software
- Good for training
- Always-on display
- 3 days battery life
- Qi wire charging
- Not many apps
- Not cheap
Samsung Galaxy Watch Active 2 is a beautiful smartwatch.
The nicest smartwatch
If you ask me, the Samsung Galaxy Watch Active 2 is the nicest smartwatch on the market. The anchor was too small, Apple's too square and Huawei's a little too sporty and clumsy. Galaxy Watch Active 2 balances on a cutting edge between sporty and classic design that featured all kinds of outfit.
The watch we tested last month is the 44mm version with a black leather strap. The leather strap is bulky and comfortable, and has survived plenty of sweaty workouts without scars – in fact, it has only gotten paler over time. The watch itself weighs 42 grams and the case is made of stainless steel and the screen is protected by Corning Gorilla Glass DX +, but has shaped bold a few smears. The large Super AMOLED screen is also wheat over the watch case, which thus cannot protect against blows and scratches. Easier operation of the watch, leaving the 1.4 inch screen unprotected.
The watch offers a minimalist addition, with only two physical buttons: Menu and back. The amazing rotating wreath from the Galaxy Watch is not completely back, but Samsung has reinvented it in a digital edition. This means that on Watch Active 2 you can touch the wreath, scrolling through the watch's menu.
The Samsung Galaxy Watch Active 2 is charged with the included dongle, but can also be used with a traditional wireless charger as well as reverse cell phone charging.
Reverse wireless charging is slow, but it can even charge the smart watch … whichever comes first. Fortunately for Galaxy Watch Active 2.
Specifications of Galaxy Watch Active 2
|Ml and vgt||44×44 x 10.9 mm
42grams without strap
|Skrm||1.4 inches Super AMOLED
Gorilla Glass DX +
Magnetic charging dock
|RAM / Internal Storage||1.5GB / 4GB|
|software||Tizen Wearable 4.0
One UI 1.5
Optical heart rate monitor
|Indicative price||3,799 kroner|
You can customize the individual shortcuts on the dial.
Samsung One UI on the wrist
Samsung Galaxy Watch Active offers advanced hardware, but the software should not be missed. Samsung Tizen software comes with the One UI1.5 user interface, which provides good synergy between Samsung mobile devices.
The software and its management, in addition to the new digital wreath, are completely identical to the Galaxy Watch Active. This means that you get a really good and beautiful software experience that most people want to be easy to get started with. It is still easiest to get started with the clock if you also have a Samsung smartphone. Here the phone automatically detects the new watch and downloads the necessary apps in the background. On the iPhone, it's also surprisingly simple, just download Samsung Galaxy Watch app and get started. On other Android devices, it is a slightly messier experience where more apps need to be downloaded for the watch to work optimally.
The new larger 1.4-inch screen facilitates operation and makes it a pleasure to navigate and check notifications in Galaxy Watch Active 2. The screen, which is a Super AMOLED 360×360 pixel, is incredibly beautiful to look at and offers lots of light. If you swipe to the right, you come to notifications. If you swipe left, important shortcuts come in the clock, such as GPS-measured training pass, heart rate, timekeeping, alarm etc., where you can also add new shortcuts yourself. One physical button goes to the clock menu and the other goes back. Super simple and intuitive operation. Animations and transitions happen quickly and smoothly, though not quite on par with the Apple Watch.
Answering both notifications and calls also works well on Galaxy Watch Active 2. The sound quality is satisfactory and the microphone picks up my voice well, compared to the ones I talked to during the test period. The watch is equipped with eSIM, but unfortunately no Danish operators support this other than Apple Watch.
Apps are still in short supply
Samsung Galaxy Watch Active 2 offers lots of great features and some great built-in apps, such as Spotify with offline listening. Moving out of the watch's app store, it's hard not to be disappointed. For navigation you can download Here WeGo, which does not deliver a compelling experience. There are no Sonos, Messenger, Google Maps, Gmail, Google Home, Philips Hue or whatever else you use. Well, there are Samsung's own SmartThings, which support some home hardware requirements, and apps from unknown developers that work with Philips Hue, for example. The limited app selection, however, has not been a major shortcoming for me, but it may be for some. It may be nice on Apple Watch to be able to open Messenger or Gmail and scroll through a given message or email, but I can also do it on Galaxy Watch Active 2. What I missed most is being able to start, stop and unscrew up and down phjtalernei home.
Samsung Galaxy Watch Active 2 works with Samsung's own mobiles, other Android phones and iPhones. Samsung's Health app, along with the watch, provides a really good exercise and health experience.
Still a good workout maker
Both Galaxy Watch and Galaxy Watch Active were designed to be really good workouts, and fortunately, it is no different with Active 2.Galaxy Watch Active 2 follows your movements and automatically starts a workout if you are out walking, running or cycling, for example. In general, the automatic registration works well, but I have nevertheless experienced several times when a workout is completed while still breathing and in progress. Galaxy Watch Active 2 can detect a total of 7 different types of exercise automatically. In addition, you can select many more types of manual start training. Together with Samsung's Health app, you get a really good exercise and health experience with Watch Active 2.
The GPS measurement has been fast and accurate, but still not quite up to date with a smartphone. The same can be said about the heart rate monitor which seems credible and has worked smoothly. The optical heart rate monitor has 8 diodes to ensure a reliable and reliable heart rate measurement.
At the same time, the Samsung Galaxy Watch Active 2 is ready for the toughest training with both the US military standard MIL-STD-810G, IP68 and 5ATM wattage.
The enhanced optical heart rate monitor of the Samsung Galaxy Watch Active 2.
Super simple charging
Due to the larger space in Active 2's watch case, a larger battery has been made – actually a third larger than the predecessor's. The longer battery life is noticeable, where I generally achieve 3 days of use with Watch Active 2, for a maximum of two days on Galaxy Active.
When it needs to be recharged, it's significantly easier than its competitors' solutions. The Samsung Galaxy Watch Active 2 uses the wireless Qi standard, which means that the vast majority of wireless chargers work with it. The watch comes in sales with a magnetic wireless charger, which you throw it in and fully charge after a few hours.
It can also be used with mobile phones with reverse wireless charging, but only for convenience, as charging is far too slow for daily use. But in situations where you have to charge without a charger and a nearly flat battery in the watch, reverse wire charging is a rescue. I have used it a few times during the test period, where I really appreciated the function.
Simple wireless charging of watch and smartphone. This is the Samsung Wireless Charger Duo Pad, EP-P5200.
Conclusion: The best all-round smartwatch
The Samsung Galaxy Watch Active 2 is a beautiful, user-friendly and well-executed smartwatch. If you are looking for a smart smartwatch, Watch Active 2 is an obvious bid – if the purse is included. The suggested price starts at DKK 3,599, but is several places at a much more affordable price of just over DKK 2,000.
Galaxy Watch Active 2 offers a delicious combination of quality hardware and intuitive software, with a design that makes it useful for both dinner and workout. For training, it helps with heart rate monitoring, GPS tracking and also helps you if you forgot to start training. The biggest drawback of the watch is the lack of apps, which for me has not been a big problem, but consider if it is for you.
The Samsung Galaxy Watch Active 2 is the best all-round smartwatch on the market that works with both Android and iOS.
Samsung Galaxy Watch Active 2 lands at 5.5 out of 6 stars.