Samsung Galaxy Watch Active 2 vs Huawei Watch GT 2 – Which is Better?

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The Galaxy Active 2 has grown to become one of the best selling smartwatches since it was released last year, so also is the Watch GT 2. Each of these two has a sophisticated design, great performance, and long battery life that lets you go long from a single charge, this makes it quite difficult to say which of these two is a better smartwatch. However, in this post, I compare the Galaxy Watch Active 2 (44mm) vs Watch GT 2 (46mm) to find out the differences, and to help you make the perfect choice for you.

Samsung Galaxy Watch Active 2 vs Huawei Watch GT 2: Specs Comparison

  Samsung Galaxy Watch Active 2 (44mm) (bluetooth only) Huawei Watch GT 2 (46mm)
huawei watch gt 2 full specs

ABOUT DEVICE

Device name Samsung Galaxy Watch Active 2 (44mm) (Bluetooth only) Huawei Watch GT 2 (46mm)
Device type Classic/Fitness smartwatch Classic/Fitness smartwatch
Predecessor Samsung Galaxy Watch Active Huawei Watch GT
Successor N/A N/A
Date Released September, 2019 September, 2019
Gender Unisex Men

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DISPLAY

Display size 1.4 inches (44mm) 1.39 inch
Display type Super AMOLED
Full color
AMOLED
Full color
Display resolution 360 x 360 pixels 454 x 454 pixels
Pixel density -- 326 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 Aluminum Stainless steel/thermoplastic
Strap material Fluoroelastomer
(Aluminum)
Fluoroelastomer, leather or titanium metal
Bezel Material Glass Ceramics
Weight 30 grams
(aluminum, without straps)
41 grams (excluding straps)
Color(s) Cloud-silver
Aqua-black
Pink-gold
(aluminum)
Black, orange, titanium grey and pebble brown
Dimension 44 x 44 x 10.9mm (44mm) 45.9 x 45.9 x 10.7 mm
Strap size 20mm 22mm
Screen protection Corning Gorilla glass DX+ Corning Gorilla glass
Durability test MIL-STD-810G N/A
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 32MB
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 v5.1 LE
NFC Yes Yes(China only)
Wi-Fi Yes No
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 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 No
Blood pressure Yes No
ECG Tracking Yes No
Blood oxygen No Yes
Preloaded sport modes Yes Yes

PLATFORM

Operating system Tizen OS 4.0 Huawei Lite OS
CPU Dual core 1.15GHz --
GPU -- --
Chipset Exynos 9110 Kirin A1

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 --
Pulse Ox. No Yes
Altimeter -- __
ECG Yes No
Thermometer No No
Ambient light Yes Yes

OTHER FUNCTIONS

Interchangeable straps Yes, 20mm Yes, 22mm
Custom watch face Yes Yes
Voice Assistant Yes N/A
Compatibility Android 5.0+ & RAM 1.5GB+
iPhone 5+ and iOS 9.0+
Android 4.4+ and iOS 9.0+
Payment system Samsung pay Yes (China)
Companion app Samsung Gear app Huawei Wear app

BATTERY

Battery type Non-removable Li-ion battery Non-removable Li-polymer battery
Battery capacity 340mAh 455mAh
Est. battery life Standby :5 days+,
Mixed usage: 2 days+
Standby:20 days+
Mixed usage: 14 days
Charging mode WPC based wireless charging Charging dock
Charging duration About 1-2 hours About 1-2 hours

BOX CONTENTS

Samsung Galaxy Watch Active 2 Huawei Watch GT 2 (46mm)
Small and large straps Straps
Wireless charger Charging cradle
Quick start guide Quick start guide

Samsung Galaxy Watch Active 2 vs Huawei Watch GT 2: The Differences

Galaxy Active 2 

Huawei Watch GT 2

Dimension

44 x 44 x 10.9mm (44mm)

45.9 x 45.9 x 10.7 mm (46mm)

Rotating Bezel

Yes
No

Watch Face

More

Fewer

Voice Assistant

Bixby

No

Custom Notification
(preset text or voice responce)

Yes

No

Battery Life

3 days+

14 days

Blood pressure

Yes

No

ECG Tracking

Yes

No

Blood Oxygen

No

Yes

Preloaded Sports

More

Fewer

Editor's Rating
  1. Design and Apperance
  2. There’s no doubt that both the Active 2 and GT 2 are fantastic smartwatches. But then, taking into consideration the minutes differences like the size, appearance, and more. Despite having a slightly bigger 1.4 inches display size, the Active 2 is still a more compact smartwatch compared to the 46mm GT 2 that’s somewhat bulky. There’s also a smaller sized GT 2 42mm which lacks Bluetooth calling feature.

    With Active 2, you get more watch faces compared to the GT 2 with fewer watchfaces to choose from. Active 2 has a digital rotating bezel which the GT 2 lacks, and in addition, is the touch-responsive display and 2 physical buttons that make navigating the interface very easy. Although, the GT 2 is still very much easy to navigate with the touchscreen support and 2 physical buttons.

  3. Connectivity and Notifications
  4. Both the Active 2 and GT 2 will allow you make and receive calls directly from the watch by connecting to your phone Bluetooth, but the Active 2 LTE model is a standalone smartwatch and comes with eSIM that enables cellular connectivity and allows you to make and receive calls from the watch independent of your phone.

    While you can store music on both the GT 2 and Active 2, you can only stream music from popular services such as Spotify on Active 2.

    Moreover, the Active 2 gives you more options to respond to messages using your voice or preset messages, a feature the GT 2 lacks. There’s also a Bixby voice assistant feature that allows you to do simple tasks simply with your voice unlike the GT 2 which lacks voice assistant features.

    Samsung Pay is also present on Active 2 and allows you to make payments directly from the watch unlike the GT 2 which has this feature restricted to only the Chinese version.

  5. Fitness Tracking
  6. Both the GT 2 and Active 2 are fitness-focused smartwatches that are well equipped to track your active life comprehensively. Each of these two will track your sleep and heart rate comprehensively, calories, stress, steps, and many other related metrics with inbuilt GPS enabling outdoor activity tracking. But the GT 2 features menstrual cycle and blood oxygen tracking that the Active 2 lacks. Meanwhile, the Active 2 features more preloaded sport modes than you can get on the GT 2, it also features blood pressure and ECG tracking which the GT 2 lacks.

    In all, both the GT 2 and Active 2 have lots of fitness tracking features that can help you reach more fitness goals.

  7. Battery Life

Battery life is where the GT 2 shines far above the Active 2, it has a longer battery life than the Active 2. With GT 2, you can get over a week battery life with mixed usage which is far longer than about 3 days of Active 2.

  • Which is Better?

    Personally I think the GT 2 is a more attractive smartwatch than Active 2, but I’ll choose the Active 2 over the GT 2 anytime.

    The Active 2 is a smarter smartwatch with more features that can improve your productivity. However, GT 2 is a better choice if you want to go long from a single charge, it’s also one of the best fitness trackers, and that makes it a great bargain.

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