samsung galaxy watch active vs garmin vivoactive 3 music vs fossil gen 4 sport compared

Galaxy Watch Active vs Vivoactive 3 Music vs Gen 4 Sport Compared

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Featured in this comparison, are the Samsung Galaxy watch active – a fascinating timepiece with an outstanding aesthetics with lots of features, same goes for the Garmin Vivoactive 3 music – another outstanding smartwatch and joined by the Fossil Gen 4 Sport – a fitness focused smartwatch powered by Snapdragon 3100 chip. These three devices share some features in common of which fitness tracking is one plus these are some of the best choices for women.

Head-to-head we compare the specs and features of Samsung Galaxy watch active vs Garmin Vivoactive 3 Music vs Fossil Gen 4 Sport, so you know the differences and which is the right choice for you.

Samsung Galaxy watch active vs Garmin Vivoactive 3 Music vs Fossil Gen 4 Sport Compared

 Samsung Galaxy Watch ActiveGarmin Vivoactive 3 MusicFossil Gen 4 Sport
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garmin vivoactive 3 music vs galaxy watch active vs fossil gen 4 sport
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Fossil Gen 4 Sport vs galaxy watch active vs garmin vivoactive 3 music

EDITOR'S RATING

Design:
4.7 out of 5 stars (4.7 / 5)
Battery:
3.2 out of 5 stars (3.2 / 5)
Fitness tracking:
4.7 out of 5 stars (4.7 / 5)
Features:
4.1 out of 5 stars (4.1 / 5)
Price:
4.3 out of 5 stars (4.3 / 5)
Average:
4.2 out of 5 stars (4.2 / 5)
Design:
4.7 out of 5 stars (4.7 / 5)
Battery:
3.2 out of 5 stars (3.2 / 5)
Fitness tracking:
4.7 out of 5 stars (4.7 / 5)
Features:
4.1 out of 5 stars (4.1 / 5)
Price:
4.3 out of 5 stars (4.3 / 5)
Average:
4.2 out of 5 stars (4.2 / 5)
Design:
4.5 out of 5 stars (4.5 / 5)
Battery:
3 out of 5 stars (3.0 / 5)
Fitness tracking:
4.2 out of 5 stars (4.2 / 5)
Features:
4.3 out of 5 stars (4.3 / 5)
Price:
3.6 out of 5 stars (3.6 / 5)
Average:
3.9 out of 5 stars (3.9 / 5)

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ABOUT DEVICE

Device nameSamsung Galaxy Watch ActiveGarmin Vivoactive 3 MusicFossil Gen 4 Sport (43mm) Smartwatch
Device typeClassic/Fitness smartwatchSporty/Fitness smartwatchSporty/Fitness smartwatch
PredessesorSamsung Galaxy WatchGarmin Vivoactive 3Fossil Gen 3 Sport Smartwatch
Successor--Garmin Vivoactive 3 Music LTE
Released dateMarch, 2018June, 2018November, 2018
Ideal forWomen (Also a great choice for men)Women (Also a great choice for men)Women (Also a great choice for men)

DISPLAY

Display typeSuper AMOLED
Full color, Always-on-display.
Transflective memory-in-display (MIP)AMOLED
Display size1.1 inch 1.2 inch 1.3 inch (43mm)
1.2 inch (41mm)
Screen resolution360 x 360 pixels240 x 240 pixels390 x 390 pixel
Density463 ppi----
Input typeTouchscreen,
2 physical buttons
Touchscreen plus 1 physical buttonTouchscreen plus 3 physical buttons (1 digital crown and 2 pushable- programmable buttons)

BODY

ShapeCircularCircularCircular
Dimension39.5 x 39.5 x 10.5 mm43.1 x 43.1 x 13.6 mm43 x 43 x 12 mm (43mm)
41 x 41 x 12 mm (41mm)
Weight23 grams (without straps)39 grams --
Casing materialStainless steel/glass reinforced with polycarbonateThermoplastic polymerAluminum/Nylon
Strap/band materialSilicone (leather straps also available)SiliconeSilicone
Bezel Material Ceramics--Thermomplastic
Strap size20mm20mm22mm (43mm)
18mm (41mm)
Screen protectionCorning Gorilla glass 4Corning Gorilla glass 3--
Water resistant/ProtectionYes, IP68, 5ATM
MIL-STD-810G
Yes, 5ATMYes, 5ATM
Swim-proofYes, recommendedYes, recommendedYes, recommended
Color(s)Black, silver, rose-gold and greenBlack, grayBlack, gray, red, pink, green and blue

MEMORY

RAM0.75GB--0.5GB
Internal storage4GB4GB4GB
Memory card slot------

CONNECTIVITY

BluetoothBluetooth smart v4.2 LEBluetooth smart v4.2 LE, ANT+Bluetooth smart v4.2 LE
Wi-FiYesYesYes
NFCYesYesYes
GPSGPS/GLONASS/A-GPSGPS/GLONASS/GalileoYes

CELLULAR TECHNOLOGY

TechnologyNoNoNo
SIM slotNoNoNo
BandNoNoNo

NOTIFICATIONS

Email alertYesYesYes
SMS alertYesYesYes
Calls alertYesYesYes
Event reminderYesYesYes
Weather forecastYesYesYes
Third-party appsYesYesYes

FITNESS TRACKING

Sleep trackingYesYesYes
Heart rate monitoringYesYesYes
Distance coveredYesYesYes
Steps climbedYesYesYes
CaloriesYesYesYes

MEDIA

Audiomp3/mp4mp3/mp4mp3/mp4
Bluetooth musicYesYesYes
RadioNoNoNo
LoudspeakerYesNoNo
MicrophoneYesNoYes
CameraNoNoNo

SENSORS

Accelerometer YesYesYes
Magnetometer Yes--Yes
Heart rate monitor (HRM)YesYesYes
BarometerYesYesYes
Gyroscope YesYesYes
Ambient lightYesYesYes
Other sensors--Compass and Thermometer--

PLATFORM

Operating system (OS)Tizen OS 4.0Proprietary OSWear OS 2.2
ChipsetExynos 9110--Qualcomm Snapdragon Wear 3100
CPUDual core 1.15GHz--Quad Core A7
GPU------

BATTERY

Type of batteryNon-removable Li-ion batteryNon-removable Li-ion batteryNon-removable Li-ion battery
Battery capacity 230mAh--350mAh
Battery lifeStandby :5 days+,
Mixed usage: 2 days+
5 days+ on smartwatch mode , 4 hours+ with GPS and music onStandby :2 days + , Mixed usage: 18 - 24 hours
ChargingWPC based wireless chargingUSB charging cableInductive charging magnet
Charging timeAbout 1-2 hoursAbout 1-2 hoursAbout 1-2 hours

MISC

Payment systemSamsung payGarmin payGoogle Pay
Compatibility Android 5.0+ & RAM 1.5GB+
iPhone 5+ and iOS 9.0+
Android 4.4+ and iOS 8.0+Android 4.4 (excluding Go edition) or later.
iOS 9.3 or later.
Companion appSamsung Gear appGarmin connect appFossil Q app
Customizable watch faceYesYesYes
Interchangeable band Yes, 20mmYes, 20mmYes, 20mm
Voice commandYesYesYes

BOX CONTENTS

Samsung Galaxy Watch ActiveGarmin Vivoactive 3 musicFossil Gen 4 Sport
Small and large strapsStrapsStraps
Wireless chargerUSB charging cableInductive charging magnet
Quick start guideQuick start guideQuick start guide

PRICE COMPARED

Estimated Price$200$250$250

What’s the Difference?

Samsung Galaxy watch active vs Garmin Vivoactive 3 Music vs Fossil Gen 4 Sport Features compared

  1. Samsung Galaxy watch active vs Garmin Vivoactive 3 Music vs Fossil Gen 4 Sport: Design and Display

  2. One common thing about the design of these three smartwatches, is that we’ve three watches that look stylish (whatever your definition of stylish could mean).

    However, the Galaxy watch active takes it a bit further with its really exceptional design that leaves it with the sleekest and classiest appearance. Not forgetting, that it has all the nifty-gritty of a true smartwatch that’s just the perfect fit for women.

    The reinforced stainless steel body builds of the Galaxy watch active also adds the premium tag. It’s a true premium smartwatch, while not forgetting that the Vivoactive 3 music also comes close with stylish and elegant appearance.

    On the other hand, the Gen 4 Sport lacks that premium appearance. The nylon build isn’t helping matter (it looks cheap), although a very stylish and fashionable watch.

    Going by the design and appearance, we’ve a Galaxy watch active and Vivoactive 3 music that both look great in the gym and in the office (a great bargain), while the Gen 4 sport is a more perfect fit for sport activities and also look great as a casual wear.

    Talk about the display, we’ve AMOLED manning the display of the Gen 4 Sport and the Galaxy watch active with a bit of contrast, in this case Super AMOLED. Both AMOLED variants offer rich display that’s more interactive and very lively too with the super AMOLED consuming a bit less of battery compared to AMOLED.

    Transflective memory-in-pixel display technology powers the Vivoactive 3 music display – it offers a great display that’s bright and easily visible under sunlight, but compared to AMOLED, it isn’t as rich and interactive. The color depth is far less from what you get on AMOLED powered display.

  3. Samsung Galaxy watch active vs Garmin Vivoactive 3 Music vs Fossil Gen 4 Sport: Fitness Tracking

  4. Like we’d pointed out earlier these three are fitness focused and stand out as some of the best choices for tracking your active life.

    Each of these three is a great choice for fitness tracking – can track your sleep, heart rate monitoring, calories, steps, sedentary reminder and more with slight differences in fitness tracking features/modalities.

    While the Galaxy watch active comes preloaded with 39 sport modes, the Vivoactive 3 music has 15 preloaded sport modes and the Gen 4 sport offers about 10 preloaded sport modes.

    On the other hand, going by the appearance and body build, the Gen 4 sport seems to be the most perfect fit to wear during your workout. However, the weight and size of the Galaxy watch active actually contradicts that initial claim. I would say it’s the most perfect fit for sporty activities.

  5. Samsung Galaxy watch active vs Garmin Vivoactive 3 Music vs Fossil Gen 4 Sport: Operating System

  6. Both the Galaxy watch active and the Vivoactive 3 music run on their respective proprietary operating system while the Gen 4 Sport runs on a much improved Wear OS platform.

    One outstanding thing about the Wear OS platform is that it’s versatile and offers you more access to your favorite third-party apps, thus giving it an edge over other proprietary platforms, but in terms of user experience satisfaction, it isn’t that much any better.

    The Tizen OS has improved over the years since the switch from Android Wear – more apps have been added and as well continuous updates suggest that the switch was for the good.

  7. Samsung Galaxy watch active vs Garmin Vivoactive 3 Music vs Fossil Gen 4 Sport: Media

  8. While each of these three will allow you store your favorite tracks on the watch, its only the Galaxy watch active that has a loudspeaker that allows you play music anywhere.

    It also has a microphone that allows you access to the not so outstanding Bixby, while the Gen 4 Sport also come with a microphone which allows you access to a much improved and easily accessible Google Assistant.

    The Vivoactive lacks a loudspeaker, neither does it come with a microphone.

  9. Samsung Galaxy watch active vs Garmin Vivoactive 3 Music vs Fossil Gen 4 Sport: Battery Life

For a fitness smartwatch, long battery life is key and ensures you could go longer on a single charge. In that regard, the Vivoactive 3 music has a clear advantage over the Galaxy watch active and the Gen 4 Sport.

The Vivoactive 3 music last about 5 days or more on regular usage, while with GPS active and playing music simultaneously, you get about 4 hours of battery life or more.

The Galaxy watch active on the hand will fetch you about 2 – 4 days battery life on regular (also great), while the Gen 4 Sport which is powered by the Snapdragon 3100 chip doesn’t seem to deliver that much long battery life despite being powered by the Snapdragon 3100 chip which is taunted to elongate battery life of the next generation of Wear OS smartwatches.

The Gen 4 Sport on regular usage last about a day at most. You will need to charge it up at least once in a day to keep it on.

Samsung Galaxy watch active vs Garmin Vivoactive 3 Music vs Fossil Gen 4 Sport: Which is Better?

As per design and features, the Galaxy watch active has an edge over the other two. It’s also slightly cheaper.

The only shortfall on the Galaxy watch active is the lower battery life which is still impressive when compared to other close competitors.

The Galaxy watch active is no doubt the best choice, it’s the most stylish, the sleekest, the classiest and a perfect fit for any occasion. It’s also a comprehensive fitness tracker – offering support for more sport modes than the other two while also having an impressive battery life. It offers the best value for money.

On the other hand, the Vivoactive 3 music has a more impressive battery life while not forgetting that it also features robust fitness tracking capabilities that makes it the best choice for fitness enthusiasts who engage in extreme workout activities. It’s a great choice for triathlon athletes and the likes.

The Fossil Gen 4 Sport is no doubt a great choice, it’s a fashionable and colorful smartwatch with a nice design that’s a perfect fit for the gym.

Here is a summary;

SAMSUNG GALAXY WATCH ACTIVE A more comprehensive choice with outstanding aesthetics and lots of features too while offering a somewhat long battery life that lets you go over a day on a single charge. It gives the best value for money.
GARMIN VIVOACTIVE 3 MUSIC A comprehensive choice for fitness tracking with a longer battery life. A great choice for triathlon sports and long duration sport activities.
FOSSIL GEN 4 SPORT Also a great choice, a stylish and fashionable watch that’s a perfect wear for sport activities.
Our Pick

The design and size of the Galaxy watch active is actually outstanding, it best fit our definition of a smartwatch for women, while not forgetting it’s also loaded with features. It’s our preferred choice.

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