Samsung Galaxy Watch Active 2 vs Garmin Vivoactive 4 – Which is Better?

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Since last year when Active 2 and Vivoactive 4 were released these two have since then gone to become some of the most popular smartwatches, you can buy on the market. These two watches spot one thing in common and that’s fitness tracking. Although I haven’t used any of these, I’ve read a lot about these two. So, in this post, I want to compare the Samsung Galaxy Watch Active 2 vs Vivoactive 4 specs, features, and otherwise to perhaps help you decide which is a better smartwatch.

Meanwhile, let’s take a look at the specifications between these two fine smartwatches. Less I forget, these are some of the best rated smartwatches on the market for many good reasons among which are, stylish appearance, long battery life, comprehensive activity tracking, and productivity.

Samsung Galaxy Watch Active 2 vs Garmin Vivoactive 4: Specs Comparison

  Samsung Galaxy Watch Active 2 (44mm) (bluetooth only) Garmin Vivoactive 4

ABOUT DEVICE

Device name Samsung Galaxy Watch Active 2 (44mm) (Bluetooth only) Garmin Vivoactive 4
Device type Classic/Fitness smartwatch Sport/Fitness smartwatch
Predecessor Samsung Galaxy Watch Active Garmin Vivoactive 3
Successor N/A N/A
Date Released September, 2019 September, 2019
Gender Unisex Unisex

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DISPLAY

Display size 1.4 inches (44mm) 1.3 inch
Display type Super AMOLED
Full color
Transflective memory-in-display (MIP)
Display resolution 360 x 360 pixels 260 x 260 pixels
Pixel density -- --
Display always-on Yes Yes
Input type Touchscreen,
2 physical buttons
Digital rotating bezel
Touchscreen plus 2 physical button

BODY

Shape Circular Circular
Casing material Aluminum Fiber-reinforced polymer with polymer rear cover
Strap material Fluoroelastomer
(Aluminum)
Silicone
Bezel Material Glass Stainless steel
Weight 30 grams
(aluminum, without straps)
50.5 grams
Color(s) Cloud-silver
Aqua-black
Pink-gold
(aluminum)
Black/black
Dimension 44 x 44 x 10.9mm (44mm) 45.1 x 45.1 x 12.8 mm
Strap size 20mm 22mm
Screen protection Corning Gorilla glass DX+ Corning Gorilla glass 3
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 4GB
Memory card slot No No

MEDIA

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

CONNECTIVITY

Bluetooth Bluetooth smart v5.0 LE Bluetooth smart, ANT+
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 No
Blood oxygen No Yes
Preloaded sport modes Yes Yes

PLATFORM

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

SENSORS

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

OTHER FUNCTIONS

Interchangeable straps Yes, 20mm Yes, 22mm
Custom watch face Yes Yes
Voice Assistant Yes No
Compatibility Android 5.0+ & RAM 1.5GB+
iPhone 5+ and iOS 9.0+
Android and iOS
Check if your device is compatible
Payment system Samsung pay Garmin pay
Companion app Samsung Gear app Garmin connect IQ store

BATTERY

Battery type Non-removable Li-ion battery Non-removable Li-ion battery
Battery capacity 340mAh --
Est. battery life Standby :5 days+,
Mixed usage: 2 days+
Smartwatch mode: Up to 8 days
GPS mode with music: Up to 6 hours
Charging mode WPC based wireless charging USB charging cable
Charging duration About 1-2 hours About 1-2 hours

BOX CONTENTS

Samsung Galaxy Watch Active 2 Garmin Vivoactive 4
Small and large straps Straps
Wireless charger USB charging cable
Quick start guide Quick start guide

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

Galaxy Active 2

Vivoactive 4

Display

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

1.3 inches (45mm)
1.1 inches (40mm)

Bezel

Digital rotating

No

Dimension

44 x 44 x 10.9mm

45.1 x 45.1 x 12.8 mm

Weight

42g (stainless steel)

50.5g

Glass

Corning Gorilla Glass DX+

Corning Gorilla Glass 3

Microphone

Yes

No

Loudspeaker

Yes

No

Battery life

2 days+

7 days

Blood pressure

Yes

No

ECG tracking

Yes

No

Animated workout

No

Yes

Menstrual cycle

No

Yes

Pulse Ox.

No

Yes

Hydration tracking

No

Yes

Preloaded sports

39+

20+

Editor's Rating

Clearly, as you can see and from many positive reviews, these are two remarkable smartwatches. The design looks cool, the features are awesome, activity tracking is almost accurate and battery life is encouraging.

Design

There are many differences between these two, starting from the design, the Active 2 which is available in two sizes; 44mm and 40mm same as the Vivoactive 4; 45mm and 40mm. But then the Active is slightly compact, slimmer, and weighs a little less than the Vivoavtive 4 which I believe makes it a more comfortable wear. Make no mistake, the Vivoactive 4 is also lightweight when compared with the average weight of smartwatches which falls between 50g and 100g.

I really like the rotating bezel of the Active 2, I’ve seen it in action and it sure is awesome resulting in easy navigation of the tiny display. The Vivoactive 4 supports touchscreen in addition to two physical buttons which also makes it easy to navigate.

As per the display, AMOLED of Active 2 is richer and more colorful, but not so easy to read outdoors. You might need to increase the brightness to make it legible enough which unlike the transflective LCD display of the Vivoactive 4 is very bright and easy to read outdoors. Although not so colorful when compared to the AMOLED.

Media

Going further, looking at the inbuilt features, each of these has music storage with support for streaming. But the Active 2 is equipped with a microphone and loudspeaker that supports its voice assistant features and allows you to play music aloud. Not just that, you can also make calls with this watch by simply connecting it to your phone Bluetooth. Google translate is also available on Active 2 which comes handy on many occasions.

There is also the LTE version of the Active 2 which is a standalone smartwatch that allows you to make and receive calls directly from the watch. Samsung also introduced some fine apps like Twitter and Youtube to the Active 2 allowing you to socialize directly from your watch, features the Vivoactive 4 lacks.

Activity Tracking

A bit further, these two like mentioned earlier are fine activity trackers equipped with many sensors that enable lots of activity tracking features. Sleep tracking is awesome, so also is heart rate tracking, steps, calories, stress, fitness level, and many more features.

Active 2 recently was cleared in South Korea for ECG and blood pressure monitoring which the Vivoactive 4 obviously lacks. But then, the Vivoactive 4 features animated workouts that can substitute for live coaching, thus saving you money on subscriptions. It also features menstrual cycle tracking, a feature that’s expected on the Active 2 and the much expected Galaxy Watch 2. There’s also blood oxygen monitoring, hydration and respiration tracking, and incidental fall detection which the Active 2 lacks. Although, Active 2 allows you to call an emergency number which is also a safety feature.

Which is more accurate in terms of activity tracking between the Active 2 and Vivoactive 4? I can’t really tell, but as claimed by many owners these two are almost as accurate as you’d expect.

44 mm is actually quite small! Heart rate seems a little off but it could be because black skin does not reflect light like white skin does. Battery life is okay. Charging time is excellent

Hear rate seems actually quite accurate on mine, it was the same or very close to measurements I got from Fitbit Charge 3 at the same time“.

You can check out the videos below for accuracy comparison and more.

Battery Life

The battery life of these two is something to write home about as each of these will keep you going over a day. However, Vivoactive 4 has a far longer battery life of almost a week on light usage compared to Active 2 with about 2 days or more. So, as per battery life, the Vivoactive 4 floors the Active, perhaps due to the display and lesser features to power.

Which is Better Between Active 2 vs Vivoactive 4?

In simple words, if you are more concerned about taking your fitness goals to a new level, then I’ll recommend the Vivoactiuve 4 over Active 2. It has more activity tracking features than you can imagine and the battery life is also great.

However, if features like voice assistant, browsing directly from the watch, calling and of course, stylish design intrigues you, then go for Active 2. It has many features that can improve your productivity and is also a comprehensive fitness tracker with a quite impressive battery life to match.

I personally will buy the Active 2 very soon once the Covid-19 allows total movement in my country.

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