Samsung Galaxy Watch Active 2 vs Galaxy Watch Active – The Difference

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The Galaxy Active wasn’t a successor to the Galaxy Watch, but it came in a very compact design with some very nice features. 6 months later, Samsung released the Galaxy Watch Active 2 which was equipped with a handful of features that its predecessor lacked such as rotating bezel, wider display, more durable, and enhanced activity tracking. Active 2 has of recent been cleared in South Korea for ECG and blood pressure monitoring. Meanwhile, the Active 2 comes in two sizes, 44mm and 40mm, and both are available in LTE and Stainless steel material. In this post, I compare the Galaxy Watch Active 2 vs Galaxy Watch Active to identify the differences between these two smartwatches.

Samsung Galaxy Watch Active 2 vs Galaxy Watch Active – Specs Comparison

  Samsung Galaxy Watch Active 2 (44mm) (LTE) Samsung Galaxy Watch Active
samsung galaxy watch active specs

ABOUT DEVICE

Device name Samsung Galaxy Watch Active 2 (44mm) (LTE) Samsung Galaxy Watch Active
Device type Classic/Fitness/Standalone smartwatch Classic/Fitness smartwatch
Predecessor Samsung Galaxy Watch Active N/A
Successor N/A Samsung Galaxy Watch Active 2
Date Released September, 2019 March, 2018
Gender Unisex Women (Also a great choice for men)

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DISPLAY

Display size 1.4 inches (44mm) 1.1 inch
Display type Super AMOLED
Full color
Super AMOLED
Full color
Display resolution 360 x 360 pixels 360 x 360 pixels
Pixel density -- 463 ppi
Display always-on Yes Yes
Input type Touchscreen,
2 physical buttons
Digital rotating bezel
Touchscreen,
2 physical buttons

BODY

Shape Circular Circular
Casing material Stainless steel Stainless steel/glass reinforced with polycarbonate
Strap material Leather Silicone (leather straps also available)
Bezel Material Glass Ceramics
Weight 42 grams
(Stainless steel, without straps)
23 grams (without straps)
Color(s) Sliver, black, gold
(stainless steel)
Black, silver, rose-gold and green
Dimension 44 x 44 x 10.9mm (44mm) 39.5 x 39.5 x 10.5 mm
Strap size 20mm 20mm
Screen protection Corning Gorilla glass DX+ Corning Gorilla glass 4
Durability test MIL-STD-810G
Waterproof rating Yes, IP68, 5ATM
MIL-STD-810G
Yes, IP68, 5ATM
MIL-STD-810G

CLOCK FEATURES

Time/Date Yes Yes
Alarm Yes Yes
Stopwatch Yes Yes

MEMORY

RAM 1.5GB LTE 0.75GB
Internal storage 4GB 4GB
Memory card slot No No

MEDIA

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

CONNECTIVITY

Bluetooth Bluetooth smart v5.0 LE Bluetooth smart v4.2 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 GSM/HSPA/LTE No
SIM Yes, e-SIM 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 Yes No
ECG Tracking Yes No
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 No
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 340mAh 230mAh
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 Samsung Galaxy Watch Active
Small and large straps Small and large straps
Wireless charger Wireless charger
Quick start guide Quick start guide

Samsung Galaxy Watch Active 2 vs Galaxy Watch Active – Differences

Galaxy Active 2

Galaxy Active

Display

1.4 inches (44mm)
1.2 inches (40mm)

1.1 inches

Bezel

Digital rotating

Digital rotating

Dimension

44 x 44 x 10.9mm

39.5 x 39.5 x 10.5 mm

Weight

42g (stainless steel)

23g

Glass

Corning Gorilla Glass DX+

Corning Gorilla Glass 4

Bluetooth

Version 5.0

Version 4.2

Blood pressure

Yes

No

ECG tracking

Yes

No

Battery life

2 days

2 days

Editor's Rating
From the specs above, Active 2 is clearly a better smartwatch. It has a slightly larger display that allows you to see more at a glance. Moreover, the new MyStle app allows you to easily customize the watch face to what you’re wearing. While not forgetting the digital rotating bezel which was omitted in the Galaxy Watch Active, but now present on the Active 2. Samsung however, updated the Active with the digital rotating bezel. You can watch it in the video below.

Furthermore, while the Active has a case made of aluminum, the Active 2 is available in stainless steel and aluminum with the later representing the non-LTE model and the former is the LTE model. However, the Active is a more compact device than Active 2 which results in it’s lower weight, but in all, each of these two is a very lightweight smartwatch.

Going by the fitness tracking features, both the Active and Active 2 are well equipped to track your active life comprehensively. However, while each of these two is able to track your steps, sleep, distance, floors climbed, routes, heart rate, and calories, the Active 2 is a more holistic fitness tracker than the Active. Active 2 has an enhanced heart rate tracker which contains 8-LED compared to 4-LED on the Active. And like mentioned earlier, the Active 2 has been cleared in South Korea for ECG tracking and blood pressure monitoring joining the likes of Apple Watch 5 which also has the ECG tracking feature. Moreover, Active 2 has a better 32G accelerometer compared to 16G of the Active, this can ensure more accurate tracking and responsiveness to workouts.

The Stainless steel model of the Active 2 has LTE support which makes it a standalone smartwatch that allows you to make and receive calls without needing your phone. This feature might not be so enticing, but for individuals who need it, its a great addition that can help stay connected without having to carry your phone along.

The battery life of these two is about average when compared to all other smartwatches on the market. The Active has been tested to go about 2 days or more with light usage, while Active 2 with its bigger battery life, but bigger display will last about the same time as the Samsung Active watch.

Conclusion

Clearly, Active 2 is a better smartwatch than the Active. It looks more beautiful no doubt, and with the addition of digital rotating bezel, its easier to navigate. Active 2 is also a better activity tracker than the Active with enhanced sensors and more fitness features, and the LTE model is a comprehensive smartwatch.

If you already own the Active, an upgrade isn’t all that necessary. However, if you intend to buy a new smartwatch from Samsung, the Active 2 is your best bet.

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