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The Apple Watch 5 and the Galaxy Watch Active 2 are no doubt two of the best smartwatches on the market. Each of these two is packed with lots of features and spot some of the most sophisticated designs you can find. While the Watch 5 is compatible with only iOS devices, the Active is compatible with both iOS and Android devices. In this comparison, I compare the Apple Watch Series 5 vs Samsung Galaxy Watch Active 2 specs and features to see what the differences are and which is a better smartwatch.

Apple Watch Series 5 (44mm) vs Samsung Galaxy Watch Active 2 (44mm): Specs Comparison

  Apple Watch Series 5 (44mm) (LTE) Samsung Galaxy Watch Active 2 (44mm) (LTE)


Device name Apple Watch Series 5 (44mm) (LTE) Samsung Galaxy Watch Active 2 (44mm) (LTE)
Device type Sport/Fitness smartwatch Classic/Fitness/Standalone smartwatch
Predecessor Apple Watch Series 4 Samsung Galaxy Watch Active
Successor N/A N/A
Date Released September, 2019 September, 2019
Gender Unisex Unisex



Display size 1.78 inches (44mm) 1.4 inches (44mm)
Display type LTPO OLED Super AMOLED
Full color
Display resolution 448 x 368 pixels (44mm) 360 x 360 pixels
Pixel density -- --
Display always-on Yes Yes
Input type Touchscreen
1 button plus
Digital Crown with haptic feedback
2 physical buttons
Digital rotating bezel


Shape Rectangular/curved Circular
Casing material Stainless steel
Stainless steel
Strap material Elastomer Leather
Bezel Material Ceramics Glass
Weight 47.8g (LTE) 42 grams
(Stainless steel, without straps)
Color(s) Black
(Aluminum & Stainless steel)


Sliver, black, gold
(stainless steel)
Dimension 44 x 38 x 10.7 mm (44mm)
40 x 38 x 10.7 mm (40mm)

44 x 44 x 10.9mm (44mm)
Strap size 125 - 210mm 20mm
Screen protection Sapphire crystal glass Corning Gorilla glass DX+
Durability test MIL-STD-810G
Waterproof rating Yes, IP68, 5ATM Yes, IP68, 5ATM


Time/Date Yes Yes
Alarm Yes Yes
Stopwatch Yes Yes


RAM 0.768GB 1.5GB LTE
Internal storage 32GB 4GB
Memory card slot No No


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


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


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


Network Technology 2G/3G/4G GSM/HSPA/LTE
SIM e-SIM Yes, e-SIM


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


Operating system WatchOS 6.0 Tizen OS 4.0
CPU Dual core Dual core 1.15GHz
GPU PowerVR --
Chipset Apple S4, 64bit Exynos 9110


Accelerometer Yes Yes
Gyroscope Yes Yes
Heart rate sensor Yes Yes
Barometer Yes Yes
Compass Yes No
Pulse Ox. No No
Altimeter __ --
ECG Yes Yes
Thermometer Yes, (App) No
Ambient light Yes Yes


Interchangeable straps Yes Yes, 20mm
Custom watch face Yes Yes
Voice Assistant Yes Yes
Compatibility iPhone 5s+
iOS 12+
Android 5.0+ & RAM 1.5GB+
iPhone 5+ and iOS 9.0+
Payment system Apple Pay Samsung pay
Companion app Apple watch APP Samsung Gear app


Battery type Non-removable Li-ion battery Non-removable Li-ion battery
Battery capacity -- 340mAh
Est. battery life Standby:2 days+
Mixed usage: 18 hrs+
Standby :5 days+,
Mixed usage: 2 days+
Charging mode Magnetic charging WPC based wireless charging
Charging duration About 1-2 hours About 1-2 hours


Apple Watch Series 5 (44mm) Samsung Galaxy Watch Active 2
Straps Small and large straps
Magnetic charging cable + USB adapter Wireless charger
Quick start guide Quick start guide

Apple Watch Series 5 (44mm) vs Samsung Galaxy Watch Active 2 (44mm): Video Comparison

Apple Watch Series 5 (44mm) vs Samsung Galaxy Watch Active 2 (44mm): The Differences

  • The design of both the Watch 5 and Active 2 look very decent, stylish, compact, and lightweight. Exactly what a smartwatch should be. The first difference you’ll spot between these two is the shape. If you like a traditional watch that much, then the Active 2 circle shape will be a great choice, while the Watch 5 looks more sporty and geeky.

    Watch 5 has a bigger 1.7 inches display that allows you to see more compared to the Active 2 with a 1.4 inches. The display on both watches looks very vivid, bright, and pleasing to watch.

    Both the Active 2 and Watch 5 are available in two materials; aluminum and stainless, although the Watch 5 is also available in titanium and ceramics. The aluminum model of the Active 2 weighs a little less than that of the Watch 5. Another difference is the way you can navigate any of these two, while the Active 2 features a digital rotating bezel, the Watch 5 doesn’t have this feature, but the digital crown offers a click-like feel as you scroll. This is in addition to the touch support and physical buttons.

    The bottom line, both the Active 2 and Watch 5 have some of the most outstanding designs.

  • The Active 2 has a storage capacity of 4GB which compared to Watch 5 32GB is very small.

  • The Active 2 floors Watch 5 as far battery life is concerned. While you can get about a day with Watch 5, Active 2 can go up to 2 days or more. That’s more battery life to see you through the day.


As per fitness tracking, each of these two smartwatches is fitness-focused and loaded with many activity tracking features that are sure to help you achieve more fitness goals.

Both of these watches will track your heart rate, calories, steps, distance, stress, fitness level, and more. Mind you, the Watch 5 doesn’t track sleep on its own, you’ll need to use a third-party app to achieve that. Active 2 has ECG tracking that was recently cleared in South Korea. It also has blood pressure monitoring cleared which the Watch 5 lacks.

On the other hand, the Watch 5 features menstrual cycle tracking, incidental fall detection, and preloaded maps which the Active 2 lacks.

Which is Better?

It’s hard to give a clear verdict between these two, probably because these are two of the best on the market. However, Watch 5 seems like a more sophisticated smartwatch, but I personally will go for the Active 2.
In all, if you own an iPhone, the Watch 5 remains your best bet, while the Active 2 remains the best smartwatch for android phones as far as I’m concerned.

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