Samsung Galaxy Watch Active 2 (40mm) Bluetooth vs LTE

Samsung Galaxy Watch Active 2 (40mm) Bluetooth vs LTE – Which Should You Buy?

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The very popular Galaxy Watch Active 2 which succeeds in the Galaxy Active 1 comes in two sizes; 40mm and 44mm, and each of these two sizes is available in LTE and Bluetooth only model. As you may have guessed, the difference in sizes, is Samsung giving users options to choose the size that best fits your wrist. Like I have already recommended in my previous comparison of the Active 2 44mm vs 40mm, the 40mm model is a better choice for women and anyone with a small wrist, while the bigger 44mm model is more suitable wear for men or those with fat wrist. Don’t get me wrong, any of these two can make a fantastic fit for both men and women, but it depends on your wrist size. However, in this post, I’ll be comparing the Galaxy Active 2 (40mm) Bluetooth vs LTE to help you decide which of these two smartwatches will make a better choice for you.

Samsung Galaxy Watch 2 (40mm) Bluetooth vs LTE: Specs Comparison

  Samsung Galaxy Watch Active 2 (40mm) (Bluetooth only) Samsung Galaxy Watch Active 2 (40mm) (LTE)

ABOUT DEVICE

Device name Samsung Galaxy Watch Active 2 (40mm) (Bluetooth only) Samsung Galaxy Watch Active 2 (40mm) (LTE)
Device type Classic/Fitness smartwatch Classic/Fitness/Standalone smartwatch
Predecessor Samsung Galaxy Watch Active Samsung Galaxy Watch Active
Successor N/A N/A
Date Released September, 2019 September, 2019
Gender Unisex Unisex

WHERE TO BUY

DISPLAY

Display size 1.2 inches (40mm) 1.2 inches (40mm)
Display type Super AMOLED
Full color
Super AMOLED
Full color
Display resolution 360 x 360 pixels 360 x 360 pixels
Pixel density -- --
Display always-on Yes Yes
Input type Touchscreen,
2 physical buttons
Digital rotating bezel
Touchscreen,
2 physical buttons
Digital rotating bezel

BODY

Shape Circular Circular
Casing material Aluminum Stainless steel
Strap material Fluoroelastomer
(Aluminum)
Leather
Bezel Material Glass Glass
Weight 26 grams
(aluminum, without straps)
37 grams
(stainless steel, without straps)
Color(s) Cloud-silver, aqua-black,
pink-gold
(aluminum)
Sliver, black, gold
(stainless steel)
Dimension 40 x 40 x 10.9mm (40mm) 40 x 40 x 10.9mm (40mm)
Strap size 20mm 20mm
Screen protection Corning Gorilla glass DX+ Corning Gorilla glass DX+
Durability test MIL-STD-810G MIL-STD-810G
Waterproof rating Yes, IP68, 5ATM
MIL-STD-810G
Yes, IP68, 5ATM

CLOCK FEATURES

Time/Date Yes Yes
Alarm Yes Yes
Stopwatch Yes Yes

MEMORY

RAM 0.75GB non-LTE 1.5GB LTE
Internal storage 4GB 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 v5.0 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 GSM/HSPA/LTE
SIM __ Yes, e-SIM

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 Yes Yes
ECG Tracking Yes Yes
Blood oxygen No No
Preloaded sport modes Yes Yes

PLATFORM

Operating system Tizen OS 4.0 Tizen OS 4.0
CPU Dual core 1.15GHz Dual core 1.15GHz
GPU -- --
Chipset Exynos 9110 Exynos 9110

SENSORS

GPS GPS/Glonass/Beidou/Galileo 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 Yes Yes
Thermometer No No
Ambient light Yes Yes

OTHER FUNCTIONS

Interchangeable straps Yes, 20mm Yes, 20mm
Custom watch face Yes Yes
Voice Assistant 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+
Payment system Samsung pay Samsung pay
Companion app Samsung Gear app Samsung Gear app

BATTERY

Battery type Non-removable Li-ion battery Non-removable Li-ion battery
Battery capacity 247mAh (40mm) 247mAh (40mm)
Est. battery life Standby :5 days+,
Mixed usage: 2 days+
Standby :5 days+,
Mixed usage: 2 days+
Charging mode WPC based wireless charging WPC based wireless charging
Charging duration About 1-2 hours About 1-2 hours

BOX CONTENTS

Samsung Galaxy Watch Active 2 (40mm) Samsung Galaxy Watch Active 2 (40mm)
Small and large straps Small and large straps
Wireless charger Wireless charger
Quick start guide Quick start guide

Samsung Galaxy Watch 2 (40mm) Bluetooth vs LTE: The Differences

  1. Case Material
  2. The first difference between the LTE and Bluetooth model of Active 2 is the case material. While the LTE has a case made of a more durable stainless steel material, the Bluetooth has a case material made of aluminum which is lighter. So if you mind the slight difference in weight, then the Bluetooth model will make a better choice. Moreover, its a more suitable wear if you do lots of sport activities where every difference in weight matters.

  3. Weight
  4. Secondly, as a result of the difference in case materials, the Bluetooth model at 26g weighs a little less than the LTE model, 37g. Although, each of these is still very lightweight when compared to the industry average of 65-80g (including straps).

  5. Straps
  6. The straps also differ, while the Bluetooth model comes with fluoroelastomer straps, the LTE model comes with leather straps which leaves it with a classic, and more classy appearance.

  7. Colors
  8. There is also difference in the available color options, while you can get the LTE models in silver, black and gold colors, the Bluetooth model is available in cloud-silver, aqua-black, and pink-gold colors.

  9. Cellular Connectivity

The main difference between the Bluetooth and LTE model of the Active 2 is the presence of eSIM in the LTE model that enables cellular connectivity up to 4G LTE, a capability the Bluetooth model lacks. This makes the LTE model a standalone smartwatch as it allows you to make and receive calls directly from the watch independent of your phone. This comes with its level of convenience that can be very helpful in certain circumstances.

You can still make and receive calls from the Bluetooth model, but you’ll need to connect to your phone Bluetooth to do that, which means you’ll have to carry your phone along if you must make a call from the watch. I don’t think this matters much, and its cheaper which is why I ordered the Bluetooth model.

Samsung Galaxy Watch 2 (40mm) Bluetooth vs LTE: Which is Better For You?

Besides the differences in straps, colors, weight, case material, and cellular connectivity, the Bluetooth and LTE both have the same features. So, it all boils down to price and the additional features which make the LTE a more comprehensive smartwatch.

You should buy the LTE model if you really care about the standalone features, but it’ll cost you more money. I still prefer the Bluetooth model, its no doubt a decent choice.

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