In this comparison chart, we compare the Samsung Galaxy Watch Active 2 vs Garmin Vivoactive 4 specs and features – Which is Better? These two are some of the very best smartwatches right now on the market, while the Active 2 that succeeds the Active comes in a stylish design with cellular connectivity and ECG tracking featured, the Vivoactive 4 succeeds the Vivoactive 3, and comes with onscreen animated workouts, better design, longer battery life with swimming wrist-based heart rate tracking, incidental fall detection and Pulse Ox. all present.
We compare the specs and features of these two, so you know the differences and which is right choice for you.
Samsung Galaxy Watch Active 2 vs Garmin Vivoactive 4 Specifications Compared
|Samsung Galaxy Watch Active 2 (44mm)||Garmin Venu|
|Device name||Samsung Galaxy Watch Active 2 (44mm)|
|Device type||Classic/Fitness smartwatch||Sport/Fitness smartwatch|
|Predessesor||Samsung Galaxy Watch Active||Garmin Vivoactive 3 Music|
|Successor||--||Garmin Venu 2|
|Released date||September, 2019||September, 2019|
|Display type||Super AMOLED|
|Display size||1.4 inches (44mm)||1.2 inch|
|Display resolution||360 x 360 pixels||390 x 390 pixels|
2 physical buttons
Digital rotating bezel
|Touchscreen plus 2 physical button|
|Customizable watch face||Yes||Yes|
|Dimension||44 x 44 x 10.9mm (44mm)||43.2 x 43.2 x 12.4 mm|
|Weight||30 grams |
(aluminum, without straps)
|Casing material||Aluminum||Fiber-reinforced polymer with polymer rear cover|
|Bezel Material||Aluminum||Stainless steel|
|Interchangeable band||Yes, 20mm||Yes, 20mm|
|Screen protection||Corning Gorilla glass DX+||Corning Gorilla glass 3|
|Water resistant/Protection||Yes, IP68, 5ATM|
|Swim-proof||Yes, recommended||Yes, recommended|
|Memory card slot||No||No|
|Bluetooth||Bluetooth smart v5.0 LE||Bluetooth smart v4.2 LE, ANT+|
|Payment system||Samsung pay||Garmin pay|
|Heart rate monitoring||Yes||Yes|
|Menstrual cycle tracking||No||Yes|
|Under-water heart rate tracking||No||Yes|
|On-screen workout modes||No||Yes|
|ECG Tracking||Yes, (Not Approved)||No|
|Preloaded sport modes||Yes||Yes|
|Operating system (OS)||Tizen OS 4.0||Proprietary OS|
|CPU||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+
|Smartwatch mode: Up to 5 days|
GPS mode with music: Up to 6 hours
|Charging type||WPC based wireless charging||USB charging cable|
|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 and iOS|
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|Companion app||Samsung Gear app||Garmin connect IQ|
|Samsung Galaxy Watch Active 2||Garmin Venu|
|Small and large straps||Straps|
|Wireless charger||USB charging cable|
|Quick start guide||Quick start guide|
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|Official Site||Official Site|
Samsung Galaxy Watch Active 2 vs Garmin Vivoactive 4 Features Compared
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- Cellular Connectivity
- Fitness Tracking
- Battery Life
Each of these two watches has got a remarkable design that leaves a decent appearance, but mere looking at the duo, it’s quite obvious the Active 2 has got a more sophisticated design than the Vivoactive 4. The 10.9mm Active 2 is slimmer than the 12.4mm Vivoactive 4 which makes it sleeker, it also has a bigger display which allows you see more at a glance compared to the 1.2 inch Vivoactive 4.
Moreover, the Active 2 which is available in aluminum and stainless steel case material looks more stylish and classier than the Vivoactive 4 reinforced-fiber case, but the latter weighs slightly less than the Active 2 which makes it more comfortable wear all day long.
Beyond that, the AMOLED powered display of the Active 2 offers a more intriguing and interactive display than the MIP transflective LCD display of Vivoactive 4. Although, it’s easier to read the display of the Vivoactive 4 outdoors than you would with the Active 2.
Samsung reintroduced the rotating bezel after leaving it out with the Active, but this time a digital rotating bezel in addition to the touchscreen support and two buttons which no doubt makes the Active 2 very easy to navigate.
The Active 2 features loudspeaker and microphone which isn’t present on the Vivoactive 4. This enables you play your media files anywhere with the loudspeaker which also adds more productivity to Bixby voice assistant, while the microphone enables voice command features and also supports the cellular connectivity features of the Active 2.
The Active 2 (stainless steel version) feature cellular functions that allow you make and receive calls directly from this watch which makes it a standalone smartwatch. This feature isn’t present on the Vivoactive 4. And that makes the Active 2 a more comprehensive smartwatch.
Each of these two is fitness focused which is line with the respective manufactures intent, any of these watches will track your complete sleep cycle, heart rate, calories, steps, distance, stress management with preloaded sport modes, and in addition to the inbuilt GPS that enables outdoor activity tracking.
The Active feature 39 preloaded sport modes and is able to auto-track 7, it also features ECG tracking – a feature that can help you detect irregular heart rhythms.
However, the Vivoactive 4 is a quite more comprehensive activity tracker than the Active 2 as it features animated onscreen workout that coach you through your favorite moves (saves you money on subscription). In addition, for women, it allows you to log your menstrual cycle.
Hydration tracking that tracks your water intake also features, as well as incidental fall detection that discreetly calls preset emergency contact when a fall has occurred (watch must be connected to the phone), respiration tracking that gauge how well you’re breathing. It also supports wrist-based heart rate tracking while swimming (a great choice for Pro swimmers) and features Pulse Ox. sensor that enables blood oxygen tracking which comes helpful in giving more detailed sleep tracking data and also beneficial for climbers.
While the Active should last an average of about 2 days or more with regular usage, the Vivoactive 4 has been tested to last 8 days on mixed usage which makes it a better choice if you’re into extreme workout activities.
So Which is Better?
No doubt, each of these two is an outstanding smartwatch going by design, fitness tracking features, other features and long battery life. However, the Active 2 being a standalone smartwatch and having a more remarkable design is a more comprehensive smartwatch that should increase productivity significantly.
On the other hand, the Vivoactive 4 with more fitness tracking features and a longer battery life is a better choice if you’re serious about taking your fitness goals to a whole new level. It has the features of a true comprehensive activity tracker that makes it an ideal choice for Pros, and from users experience, it’s a more accurate tracker than the Active 2.
I go with the Active 2 – it’s a more comprehensive smartwatch with a classier and sleeker design while also having a quite impressive battery life. It’s our preferred choice.
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