Samsung Galaxy Watch Active vs Galaxy watch active 2 – Samsung apparently wasn’t done with Galaxy Watch Active that was released barely 6 months ago. It now has a successor in the Galaxy watch active 2 – An attractive and charming timepiece that fits for any occasion. Although, the many accolades already showered on the Galaxy watch Active 2 doesn’t go without mentioning the guys in the inner department.
The Galaxy watch active 2 has LTE capabilities unlike its predecessor. Other new features are, improved fitness tracking, more apps like Youtube and other apps for access to social engagement, more customization and has ECG sensor that can help you detect atrial fibrillation. Head-to-head, we’re comparing the Samsung Galaxy Watch Active 1 vs 2 specs and features so you know the differences.
Samsung Galaxy Watch Active vs Galaxy watch active 2 Specifications Compared
|Samsung Galaxy Watch Active||Samsung Galaxy Watch Active 2 (44mm)|
|Device name||Samsung Galaxy Watch Active||Samsung Galaxy Watch Active 2 (44mm)|
|Device type||Classic/Fitness smartwatch||Classic/Fitness smartwatch|
|Predessesor||__||Samsung Galaxy Watch Active|
|Successor||Samsung Galaxy Watch Active 2||--|
|Released date||March, 2019||September, 2019|
|Ideal for||Women (Also a great choice for men)||Unisex|
|Display type||Super AMOLED|
|Display size||1.1 inch||1.4 inches (44mm)|
|Display resolution||360 x 360 pixels||360 x 360 pixels|
|Pixel density||463 ppi||--|
2 physical buttons
2 physical buttons
Digital rotating bezel
|Customizable watch face||Yes||Yes|
|Dimension||39.5 x 39.5 x 10.5 mm||44 x 44 x 10.9mm (44mm)|
|Weight||23 grams (without straps)||30 grams |
(aluminum, without straps)
|Casing material||Stainless steel/glass reinforced with polycarbonate||Aluminum|
|Strap/band material||Silicone (leather straps also available)||Fluoroelastomer|
|Interchangeable band||Yes, 20mm||Yes, 20mm|
|Screen protection||Corning Gorilla glass 4||Corning Gorilla glass DX+|
|Water resistant/Protection||Yes, IP68, 5ATM|
|Yes, IP68, 5ATM|
|Swim-proof||Yes, recommended||Yes, recommended|
|Color(s)||Black, silver, rose-gold and green||Cloud-silver |
|Memory card slot||No||No|
|Bluetooth||Bluetooth smart v4.2 LE||Bluetooth smart v5.0 LE|
|Payment system||Samsung pay||Samsung pay|
|Heart rate monitoring||Yes||Yes|
|Menstrual cycle tracking||No||No|
|Under-water heart rate tracking||No||No|
|On-screen workout modes||No||No|
|ECG Tracking||No||Yes, (Not Approved)|
|Preloaded sport modes||Yes||Yes|
|Operating system (OS)||Tizen OS 4.0||Tizen OS 4.0|
|Chipset||Exynos 9110||Exynos 9110|
|CPU||Dual core 1.15GHz||Dual core 1.15GHz|
|Type of battery||Non-removable Li-ion battery||Non-removable Li-ion battery|
|Battery life||Standby :5 days+,|
Mixed usage: 2 days+
|Standby :5 days+,|
Mixed usage: 2 days+
|Charging type||WPC based wireless charging||WPC based wireless charging|
|Charging time||About 1-2 hours||About 1-2 hours|
|Battery saver mode||Yes||Yes|
|Compatibility||Android 5.0+ & RAM 1.5GB+|
iPhone 5+ and iOS 9.0+
|Android 5.0+ & RAM 1.5GB+|
iPhone 5+ and iOS 9.0+
|Companion app||Samsung Gear app||Samsung Gear app|
|Samsung Galaxy Watch Active||Samsung Galaxy Watch Active 2|
|Small and large straps||Small and large straps|
|Wireless charger||Wireless charger|
|Quick start guide||Quick start guide|
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Samsung Galaxy Watch Active 1 vs Galaxy Watch Active 2 – What’s the Difference?
The main difference between the Galaxy Watch Active 2 and its predecessor comes with the presence of LTE, digital bezel, ECG tracking – all now available on the Active 2 which is lacking on the Active.
- Fitness Tracking
- Cellular Connectivity
- Battery Life
The appearance of the Galaxy watch active 2 is much similar to its predecessor. Except that the Active is slightly smaller than the 40mm version of the Active 2, its slightly slimmer, and weighs a bit less than its successor. Although, the difference in sizes between the 40mm Active 2 and its predecessor is quite insignificant.
The 44mm version of the Active 2 with 1.4 inches display will allow you to see more at a glance than you would on the Active.
However, one of the main features introduced on the new Active 2 is the reintroduction of the much loved rotating bezel found on some Samsung smartwatches. But this time instead of the physical bezel, it’s a digital touch-sensitive bezel that makes navigation quite a bliss on the new sets of Galaxy Watch Active 2.
Also, customizing and defining your style is now easier as you can now customize your Galaxy Watch Active 2 watch face to your outfit with the My Style1 color extraction algorithm which is available in the Galaxy Wearable app. You simply take a photo of your outfit, choose from five different color patterns, and your watch face changes in seconds. This feature is however only available on Samsung and Android devices.
The Galaxy Watch Active 2 comes with new social media features that include the introduction of apps like social media viewers that allow you like a post, share, and engage. There’s also Youtube which allows you watch video clips right on the Active 2.
While the Galaxy Watch Active is actually a comprehensive fitness tracker with 39 sport modes preloaded, the new Galaxy Watch Active 2 is however more equipped than its predecessor to track your active life.
It has almost the same sensors as the Active, except that the Heart rate sensor is now more advanced and smarter to give rapid and more accurate readings. Out of the 39 preloaded sport modes on the Active 2, it can auto-detect and track 7 of these activities, unlike its predecessor which can auto-track less than that.
ECG sensor has also been incorporated on the Active 2 – it’s the first in the rich collection of Samsung smartwatches to have this feature. Perhaps a more worthy competitor against the Apple Watch 4 which also has ECG tracking. With ECG you can detect atrial fibrillation – a form of irregular heart rhythm which can be fatal if left undetected and treated.
The Active 2 has 7 running programs that allow you to track your running pace in real-time – A nice deal for pro runners.
The Galaxy Watch Active 2 now has cellular connectivity unlike its predecessor. So, with the Active 2 you can now make and receive calls on the go allowing you to stay connected to all that matters to you with internet connection.
LTE editions are only available in stainless steel version (44mm and 40mm), and Samsung had stated it’ll be available at AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile, US Cellular and Verizon starting September 27, 2019.
Battery life hasn’t changed that much. Although you should expect the LTE edition of the Active 2 to have a shorter battery life than the non-LTE edition. Otherwise, the slight difference in battery capacity doesn’t warrant significant difference in the battery life of these two. Both the Galaxy active 1 and 2 will last just about 2-4 days on regular usage.
Which is Better?
The Galaxy watch active 2 has more features than its predecessor. The stainless steel model of both the 44mm and 40mm versions come with LTE capabilities which makes these two standalone smartwatches and off course more comprehensive.
The aluminum model of both the 44mm and 40mm comes with ECG and overall improved fitness tracking features as well as more access to social media which also makes these two better choices than the Galaxy watch active.
Although, the new Galaxy watch active 2 is quite more expensive than its predecessor. So, if you’re low on budget, the Galaxy watch active is still a fantastic choice, in fact one of the best currently on the market especially now that its been updated with most of the features found in the Active 2
The new Samsung galaxy watch active 2 comes with improved fitness tracking features including ECG tracking that can help you detect atrial fibrillation, gives you more access to social media, LTE capabilities that let stay connected anywhere (stainless steel edition) and is easier now to access with the reintroduction of digital rotating bezel even while being a very attractive and stylish device. The Galaxy watch active 2 is our preferred choice.
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