Fossil Gen 5 vs Samsung Galaxy Active 2 – What I Think

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The Active 2 from Samsung and Gen 5 from Fossil are two of the best-rated smartwatches on the market. Each of these two has got a great design with nice features to match. So in this post, I compare the Samsung Galaxy Active 2 vs Fossil Gen 5 head-to-head to find out which of these two is a better smartwatch. As you may know, the Active 2 is available in LTE and Bluetooth only, but featured in this comparison is the Active 2 44mm Bluetooth only model.

Fossil Gen 5 vs Samsung Galaxy Active 2: Specifications Compared

  Fossil Gen 5 Samsung Galaxy Watch Active 2 (44mm) (bluetooth only)
fossil gen 5 full specs

ABOUT DEVICE

Device name Fossil Gen 5 Calyle Samsung Galaxy Watch Active 2 (44mm) (Bluetooth only)
Device type Classic/Fitness smartwatch Classic/Fitness smartwatch
Predecessor Fossil Gen 4 Explorist Samsung Galaxy Watch Active
Successor N/A N/A
Date Released August, 2019 September, 2019
Gender Men Unisex

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DISPLAY

Display size 1.28 inch 1.4 inches (44mm)
Display type AMOLED (Always-on) Super AMOLED
Full color
Display resolution 416 x 416 pixels 360 x 360 pixels
Pixel density -- --
Display always-on Yes Yes
Input type Touchscreen plus 3 physical buttons Touchscreen,
2 physical buttons
Digital rotating bezel

BODY

Shape Circular Circular
Casing material Stainless steel Aluminum
Strap material Stainless steel Fluoroelastomer
(Aluminum)
Bezel Material Stainless steel Glass
Weight -- 30 grams
(aluminum, without straps)
Color(s) Black silicone/steel
Dark Brown/black steel
Smoke stainless steel
Cloud-silver
Aqua-black
Pink-gold
(aluminum)
Dimension 44 x 44 x 12 mm 44 x 44 x 10.9mm (44mm)
Strap size 22mm 20mm
Screen protection Corning Gorilla glass Corning Gorilla glass DX+
Durability test MIL-STD-810G
Waterproof rating Yes, 3ATM Yes, IP68, 5ATM
MIL-STD-810G

CLOCK FEATURES

Time/Date Yes Yes
Alarm Yes Yes
Stopwatch Yes Yes

MEMORY

RAM 1GB 0.75GB non-LTE
Internal storage 8GB 4GB
Memory card slot No No

MEDIA

Audio mp3/mp4 mp3/mp4
Microphone Yes Yes
Loudspeaker Yes Yes
Camera No No
Music streaming Yes Yes

CONNECTIVITY

Bluetooth Bluetooth smart v4.2 LE Bluetooth smart v5.0 LE
NFC Yes Yes
Wi-Fi Yes Yes
Bluetooth calling Yes Yes

NOTIFICATIONS

Calls alert Yes Yes
SMS alert Yes Yes
Email alert Yes Yes
Reminder Yes Yes

CELLULAR CONNECTIVITY

Network Technology No No
SIM No No

FITNESS TRACKING

Steps Yes Yes
Distance Yes Yes
Calories Yes Yes
Floors climbed Yes Yes
Sleep tracking Yes Yes
Heart rate monitoring Yes Yes
VO2 Max. Yes Yes
Stress Yes Yes
Swim tracking Yes Yes
Menstrual cycle tracking No No
Blood pressure No Yes
ECG Tracking No Yes
Blood oxygen No No
Preloaded sport modes Yes Yes

PLATFORM

Operating system Wear OS Tizen OS 4.0
CPU -- Dual core 1.15GHz
GPU -- --
Chipset Qualcomm Snapdragon 3100 Exynos 9110

SENSORS

GPS Yes GPS/Glonass/Beidou/Galileo
Accelerometer Yes Yes
Gyroscope Yes Yes
Heart rate sensor Yes Yes
Barometer Yes Yes
Compass No No
Pulse Ox. No No
Altimeter __ --
ECG No Yes
Thermometer No No
Ambient light Yes Yes

OTHER FUNCTIONS

Interchangeable straps Yes, 22mm Yes, 20mm
Custom watch face Yes Yes
Voice Assistant Yes Yes
Compatibility Android 6.0 (excluding Go edition)+
iOS 10.0+
Android 5.0+ & RAM 1.5GB+
iPhone 5+ and iOS 9.0+
Payment system Google pay Samsung pay
Companion app Fossil Q app Samsung Gear app

BATTERY

Battery type Non-removable Li-ion battery Non-removable Li-ion battery
Battery capacity 310mAh 340mAh
Est. battery life Standby: 3 days+
Mixed usage: 1 day+
Standby :5 days+,
Mixed usage: 2 days+
Charging mode Inductive charging magnet WPC based wireless charging
Charging duration About 1-2 hours About 1-2 hours

BOX CONTENTS

Fossil Gen 5 Calyle Samsung Galaxy Watch Active 2
Straps Small and large straps
Inductive charging magnet Wireless charger
Quick start guide Quick start guide

Fossil Gen 5 vs Samsung Galaxy Active 2: The Difference

Fossil Gen 5

Galaxy Active 2 

Display

1.28 inches

1.4 inches (44mm)

Rotating Bezel

No

Digital rotating

Dimension

44 x 44 x 12mm

44 x 44 x 10.9mm

Bluetooth Version

v4.2

v5.0

Glass

Corning Gorilla Glass 3

Corning Gorilla Glass DX+

Voice Assistant

Google Assistant

Bixby

Custom Notification

No

Yes

Storage

8GB

4GB

Waterproof Rating

3ATM (30 meters)

5ATM (50 meters)

Battery Life

2 days

2 days+

Blood pressure

No

Yes

ECG Tracking

No

Yes

Sleep Tracking

Third-party app

Comprehensive

Preloaded Sports

Fewer

39+

Editor's Rating
  1. DESIGN
  2. The design of both the Active 2 and Gen 5 looks very stylish, elegant, and classy. But I honestly think that Active 2 is a more stylish and attractive smartwatch with a more sophisticated design.

    Active 2 is a bit slimmer than the Gen 5, it also has a slightly wider display that allows you to see more at a glance. One cannot talk about the Active 2 without mentioning it’s innovative rotating bezel that makes navigation a bliss. I prefer it to the rotating button of the Gen 5, but that’s totally up to you to decide which is best for you.

    The waterproof rating of the Active 2 says 5ATM (waterproof up to 50meters) which is more than that of the Gen 5 with 3ATM rating. So, while I’ll recommend it’s okay to wear Active 2 while swimming, I won’t say the same for the Gen 5.

  3. TIZEN VS WEAR OS
  4. Another thing I like about Active 2 is the far better Tizen OS compared to Wear OS. With the Active 2 you can customize the notification shortcuts, but not on the Gen 5.

    Moreover, you can access notifications from anywhere on the Active 2, but on Gen 5, it’s only from home. You also have easier access to recent apps, but it near impossible to access your recent apps on the Gen 5. How about widget tiles? You can add more widget tiles in Active 2 compared to Gen 5 that’s limited at just 5. What I’m trying to say is that the Tizen OS is a better platform than Wear OS which translates to giving the user a better experience on Active 2 than on Gen 5. Although, with Wear OS you get access to more apps compared to Tizen OS.

  5. MEDIA
  6. The Gen 5 comes with 8GB storage capacity which is twice that of the Active 2. This will allow you take more of your favorite tracks with you. Moreover, I think Google Assistant is a smarter Voice assistant than Bixby.

  7. FITNESS TRACKING
  8. These two watches are advertised as fitness-oriented smartwatches that can track your active life and help you manage your fitness goals. Any of these two will track your steps, heart rate, calories, and other metrics like outdoor activities thanks to the inbuilt GPS on these two smartwatches.

    But then, Active 2 has more fitness tracking features like Blood pressure monitoring and ECG that was recently cleared in South Korea, the Gen 5 lack these features. Moreover, Active 2 has more preloaded sport modes and tracks your sleep comprehensively unlike Gen 5 where you will have to rely on third-party apps to track sleep, it relies on Google Fit which I think is nowhere near the Samsung health app and all the activity tracking features inbuilt into the watch.

  9. BATTERY LIFE

Gen 5 is powered by the Snapdragon 3100 chip which brings or says enables battery saver features that sees it go about 2 days from a single charge. Yet, this is shorter battery life when compared to the Active 2 that’ll keep you going for more than 2 days with light usage.

WHICH IS BETTER?

The Gen 5 is no doubt a fine smartwatch, but I honestly think Active 2 is a better smartwatch. Wear OS didn’t help the Gen 5 when compared to a more sophisticated Tizen OS that leaves Active 2 with a better UX.

Active 2 has a slightly longer battery life, more fitness tracking features, and a sleeker design. For me, it’s a better smartwatch than Gen 5.

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