Samsung Galaxy Watch Active 2 vs Fitbit Sense – Which is Better?

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Between Fitbit Sense vs Samsung Galaxy Watch Active 2 which is a better smartwatch to buy? is a frequent question asked by smartwatch lovers. In this post, I will help you make the right choice based on my experience. If you recall, Active 2 was released last year, it’s one of the most advanced Samsung smartwatches behind the newly released Galaxy Watch 3. It has both a microphone and loudspeaker, music storage, helps you manage notifications, and equipped with sensors that enable it to track a whole lot of activities. These features on Active 2 are very similar to what you get with Fitbit Sense which was released alongside Fitbit Versa 3 and features an ECG app and an EDA stress sensor. Continue reading to find out my verdict on this comparison.

Samsung Galaxy Watch Active 2 vs Fitbit Sense: Specs Comparison

  Samsung Galaxy Watch Active 2 (44mm) (bluetooth only) Fitbit Sense
Fitbit sense full specs compared

ABOUT DEVICE

Device name Samsung Galaxy Watch Active 2 (44mm) (Bluetooth only) Fitbit Sense
Device type Classic/Fitness smartwatch Sport/Fitness smartwatch
Predecessor Samsung Galaxy Watch Active None
Successor N/A None
Date Released September, 2019 September, 2020
Gender Unisex Unisex

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DISPLAY

Display size 1.4 inches (44mm) 1.58 inches
Display type Super AMOLED
Full color
AMOLED
Display resolution 360 x 360 pixels 336 x 336 pixel
Pixel density -- --
Display always-on Yes Yes
Input type Touchscreen,
2 physical buttons
Digital rotating bezel
Touchscreen
Touchkey

BODY

Shape Circular Rectangular/curved
Casing material Aluminum Aluminum
Strap material Fluoroelastomer
(Aluminum)
Silicone
Bezel Material Glass Stainless steel
Weight 30 grams
(aluminum, without straps)
--
Color(s) Cloud-silver
Aqua-black
Pink-gold
(aluminum)
Carbon/graphite
White/gold
Dimension 44 x 44 x 10.9mm (44mm) 40.5 x 40.5 x 12.4 mm
Strap size 20mm 140 - 180 mm (small)
180 - 220 mm (large)
Screen protection Corning Gorilla glass DX+ Corning Gorilla glass
Durability test MIL-STD-810G
Waterproof rating Yes, IP68, 5ATM
MIL-STD-810G
Yes, 5ATM

CLOCK FEATURES

Time/Date Yes Yes
Alarm Yes Yes
Stopwatch Yes Yes

MEMORY

RAM 0.75GB non-LTE --
Internal storage 4GB About 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 v5.0
NFC Yes Yes
Wi-Fi Yes Yes
Bluetooth calling Yes No

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 Yes
Blood pressure Yes No
ECG Tracking Yes Yes
Blood oxygen No Yes
Preloaded sport modes Yes Yes, 20

PLATFORM

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

SENSORS

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

OTHER FUNCTIONS

Interchangeable straps Yes, 20mm Yes
Custom watch face Yes Yes
Voice Assistant Yes Yes
Compatibility Android 5.0+ & RAM 1.5GB+
iPhone 5+ and iOS 9.0+
Android, IOS

Check supported devices
Payment system Samsung pay Fitbit Pay
Companion app Samsung Gear app Fitbit App

BATTERY

Battery type Non-removable Li-ion battery Non-removable lithium polymer
Battery capacity 340mAh --
Est. battery life Standby :5 days+,
Mixed usage: 2 days+
Mixed usage: up to 6 days+
Charging mode WPC based wireless charging Magnetic charging
Charging duration About 1-2 hours About 30mins-1 hours

BOX CONTENTS

Samsung Galaxy Watch Active 2 Fitbit Sense
Small and large straps Large band
Small band
Wireless charger Magnetic charging cable
Quick start guide Quick start guide

Samsung Galaxy Watch Active 2 vs Garmin Vivoactive 4: The Difference

Design

Let’s start with the similarities, both Active 2 and Fitbit Sense are very compact and lightweight. So you can wear any of these two smartwatches comfortably all day long without feeling the need to remove them. I could wear the Active 2 all day long and the silicone straps doesn’t irritate my skin. Although, it’s advisable to always remove the band once in a while.

These two are also very durable, the cases are made of aluminum, while the straps come in silicone. Although, Active 2 is slimmer than Fitbit Sense.

Secondly, the display of each of these two is powered by AMOLED which offers a very colorful and interactive viewing experience. However, while active 2 has a digital rotating bezel that allows you to navigate the device effortlessly alongside 2 physical buttons by the side and touchscreen support, Fitbit Sense relies on the touch-sensitive screen and a haptic button by the side to access the device. I haven’t had the best experience with the haptic button as it can be very frustrating and annoying.

Since each of these two is rated 5ATM, it’s waterproof up to 50 meters, so you can wear both Active 2 and Fitbit Sense for swimming.

Media

Both Active 2 and Sense allow you to store music on the watch, its same 4GB storage capacity. However, while you can add your personal music to Active 2, you can’t do that on Fitbit Sense. You can only access Deezer playlists and Pandora stations and as well allows you to control Spotify playlist on your phone.

Additionally, while each of these two smartwatches has both a loudspeaker and microphone, only Active 2 allows you to make and receive calls from the watch. You can also play media files aloud which is not possible with Fitbit Sense.

Health and Activity Tracking

When you talk about fitness tracking, both Active 2 and Fitbit Sense are advertised and marketed as fitness smartwatches that can help you reach more fitness goals. Note: these are not medical devices that can replace your doctor, always consult your doctor before taking any medical advice.

Active 2 and Fitbit Sense will track your steps, count floors and calories, measure your heart rate, and track your sleep. Both smartwatches track your resting heart rate and heart rate range. With these two, your sleep is tracked in four stages; deep, light, awake, and REM stages of sleep. You will also see your sleep trend from the respective apps. Its Fitbit app for Sense and Samsung Health app for the Active 2.

With inbuilt GPS in Active 2 and Fitbit Sense, you can track your routes, pace, and distance with both smartwatches. Active 2 allows you to view tracked routes directly from the device, it also tracks my cadence which Fitbit Sense doesn’t track.

_ There are 39 preloaded sport modes on Active 2, Fitbit Sense has only 20 workout modes. Both smartwatches will track your blood oxygen level, but the Fitbit Sense only tracks your blood oxygen level overnight.

_ Both smartwatches feature an ECG app that allows you to take ECG tests directly from your wrist which can help you detect irregular heart rhythms which is a common sign of atrial fibrillation.

_ Both smartwatches come with a stress app that guides you through a breathing session to help bring you back to calm.

_ There’s a body temperature sensor on Fitbit Sense which tracks your body temperature to monitor changes.

_ Another difference in fitness tracking is that Active 2 features blood oxygen tracking and incidental fall detection which Fitbit Sense lacks.

Notifications

You can reply to notifications on both smartwatches with your voice, emojis, and preset replies. However, only Active 2 allows you to reply by texting back and there are far more preset replies with the ability to add more. You can also view chat history on Active 2 which is not possible with Fitbit Sense.

Battery Life

When I tested these two smartwatches, Active 2 averaged about 2 days, while Fitbit Sense lasted up to 5 days.

Which is Better Between Active 2 and Fitbit Sense

Active 2 is a more comprehensive smartwatch than Fitbit Sense, it has an attractive aesthetics, more features, but disappoints in battery life. Meanwhile, Fitbit Sense is a decent fitness smartwatch with up to 5 days long battery life.


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