Samsung Galaxy Watch Active

The lightweight, yet durable Galaxy Watch Active understands the way you work out. With auto workout tracking, you’ll have the power to reach new goals. Plus a suite of apps help you to monitor your stress and sleep while you stay connected.Low Usage : Up to 90 hours

Samsung’s Galaxy Watch Active is the follow-up to its Gear Sport, a stripped-down smartwatch focused on fitness tracking and glanceable notifications. At just $200, it’s much cheaper than the flagship $350 Galaxy Watch and the Apple Watch Series 4. Saving money often means sacrificing features, but the Active doesn’t lose out on much; it’s fast, swim-proof, has built-in GPS, includes a slew of fitness modes, and lasts a long time on a charge. However, it does give up a beloved piece of hardware that’s become a signature of Samsung’s other smartwatches: the rotating bezel. But the Galaxy Watch Active still strikes a very appealing balance for its price. I’d already call it one of the better options for Android users who understand its limitations, which I’ll get into below. The Active’s design is fairly generic. It comes in nicer colors than the black variant I reviewed, but all of them share the same understated style that almost looks like something Pebble would have made. It’s not flashy, but it works. The 20mm bands are easy to replace, as well.
The trade-off for that comfort is a smaller screen, especially compared to the monstrous 46mm Galaxy Watch. The Active has a 40mm case with a significant bezel running around its 1.1-inch OLED display. I wouldn’t call it cramped, per se — content on-screen is perfectly legible, and you can tap where you need without many mistakes — but whereas the latest Apple Watch can sometimes feel like a computer on your wrist, the Galaxy Watch Active doesn’t leave that same impression. Some people might actually prefer that, and Samsung clearly cared more about fit than screen real estate this time around. Speaking of fit, the company includes two sizes of its silicone sport strap in the box; I immediately had to swap for the larger one.

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Tizen OS 4.0 runs very fluidly on the Active, which is powered by the same processor as the Galaxy Watch. From the main watchface, you can swipe down from the top for quick toggles / settings, swipe right to view your notifications, or swipe left to move between any widgets (alarms, calendar, music controls, sleep tracking, etc.) you want fast access to. Hold down on the main screen to switch to another watchface or download more; there are thousands of watchfaces available, which, frankly, seems hopeless to navigate through. But at least you’ve got options.

  • Track your way to real results Automatically detects up to 6 exercises, while tracking up to 39 more, right from your wrist
  • Resolve to rest better; Helps you analyze your sleep patterns and encourages you to wind down to keep you refreshed and at your best; Compatible Devices Samsung Smartphone, Non Samsung Android Smartphone(Android OS 5.0 and above RAM 1.5GB and above), iOS 9.0 and above iPhone 5 and above
  • Sends you real time alerts if ever detecting a high or low heart rate, so you can be more proactive about your heart health
  • Expand your Galaxy; Sync with your phone to stream your playlist, get notifications and more, right on your wrist
  • Thin; Light; Durable A thin, lightweight and durable swim ready design comes in a variety of colors and interchangeable bands
  • Lasts for days Go non stop with a long lasting battery that lasts for days on a single charge.
  • Casing: 40mm
  • Strap: 20mm
  • Dimensions: 39.5mm x 39.5mm x 10.5mm
  • Weight (without strap): 25g
  • Display: 1.1-inch OLED (360 x 360)
  • Processor: Dual-core Exynos 9110 1.15 GHz
  • Storage: 4GB
  • RAM: 750MB
  • Battery: 230mAh
  • OS: Tizen OS 4.0
  • Bluetooth: 4.2
  • NFC: Yes
  • GPS: Yes
  • Water resistance: 5ATM and IP68
  • Ruggedness: MIL-STD-810G
  • Wireless charging: Yes (limited compatibility)
  • Works with Android, iOS

Additional information

Weight 0.96 lbs
Dimensions 1.6 × 1.6 × 0.4 in

NETWORK Technology
No cellular connectivity
LAUNCH Announced 2019, February
Status Available. Released 2019, April
BODY Dimensions 39.5 x 39.5 x 10.5 mm (1.56 x 1.56 x 0.41 in)
Weight 25 g (0.88 oz)
Samsung Pay
50m water resistant (IP68)
Compatible with standard 20mm straps
DISPLAY Type Super AMOLED capacitive touchscreen, 16M colors
Size 1.1 inches, 9.2 cm2 (~58.8% screen-to-body ratio)
Resolution 360 x 360 pixels, 1:1 ratio (~302 ppi density)
Protection Corning Gorilla Glass 3
Always-on display
PLATFORM OS Tizen-based wearable OS 4.0
Chipset Exynos 9110 (10 nm)
CPU Dual-core 1.15 GHz Cortex-A53
GPU Mali-T720
MEMORY Card slot No
Internal 4GB 768MB RAM
SOUND Loudspeaker Yes
3.5mm jack No
COMMS WLAN Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n
Bluetooth 4.2, A2DP, LE
Radio No
FEATURES Sensors Accelerometer, gyro, heart rate, barometer
Natural language commands and dictation
BATTERY Non-removable Li-Ion 230 mAh battery
Charging Qi wireless charging
MISC Colors Silver, Black, Rose Gold, Sea Green


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