samsung galaxy watch active 1 vs 2

Samsung Galaxy Watch Active 1 vs 2 Compared

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Samsung Galaxy Watch Active vs Galaxy watch active 2 – Samsung apparently wasn’t done with Galaxy Watch Active that was released barely 6 months ago. It now has a successor in the Galaxy watch active 2 – An attractive and charming timepiece that fits for any occasion. Although, the many accolades already showered on the Galaxy watch Active 2 doesn’t go without mentioning the guys in the inner department.

The Galaxy watch active 2 has LTE capabilities unlike its predecessor. Other new features are, improved fitness tracking, more apps like Youtube and other apps for access to social engagement, more customization and has ECG sensor that can help you detect atrial fibrillation. Head-to-head, we’re comparing the Samsung Galaxy Watch Active 1 vs 2 specs and features so you know the differences.

Samsung Galaxy Watch Active vs Galaxy watch active 2 Specs Compared

 Samsung Galaxy Watch Active 2Samsung Galaxy Watch Active
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EDITOR'S RATING

Design:
4.7 out of 5 stars (4.7 / 5)
Battery:
3.6 out of 5 stars (3.6 / 5)
Fitness tracking:
4.7 out of 5 stars (4.7 / 5)
Features:
4.7 out of 5 stars (4.7 / 5)
Price:
4.5 out of 5 stars (4.5 / 5)
Average:
4.4 out of 5 stars (4.4 / 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)

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ABOUT DEVICE

Device nameSamsung Galaxy Watch Active 2Samsung Galaxy Watch Active
Device typeClassic/Fitness/
Standalone smartwatch
Classic/Fitness smartwatch
PredessesorSamsung Galaxy Watch ActiveSamsung Galaxy Watch
Successor--Samsung Galaxy Watch Active 2
Released dateSeptember, 2019March, 2018
Ideal forMen (44mm)
Women (40mm)
Women (Also a great choice for men)

DISPLAY

Display typeSuper AMOLED
Full color, Always-on-display.
Super AMOLED
Full color, Always-on-display.
Display size1.3 inches (44mm)
1.2 inches (40mm)
1.1 inch
Screen resolution360 x 360 pixel360 x 360 pixel
Density--463 ppi
Input typeTouchscreen,
2 physical buttons
Touchscreen,
2 physical buttons

BODY

ShapeCircularCircular
Dimension44 x 44 x 10.9mm (44mm)
40 x 40 x 10.9mm (40mm)
39.5 x 39.5 x 10.5 mm
Weight42 grams
(stainless steel 44mm)
37 grams
(stainless steel 40mm)
30 grams
(aluminum 44mm)
26 grams
(aluminum 40mm)
(Without straps)
23 grams (without straps)
Casing materialStainless steel
Aluminum
Stainless steel/glass reinforced with polycarbonate
Strap/band materialLeather
(Stainless steel)
Fluoroelastomer
(Aluminum)
Silicone (leather straps also available)
Bezel Material Ceramics Ceramics
Strap size20mm20mm
Screen protectionCorning Gorilla glass 4Corning Gorilla glass 4
Water resistant/ProtectionYes, IP68, 5ATM
MIL-STD-810G
Yes, IP68, 5ATM
MIL-STD-810G
Swim-proofYes, recommendedYes, recommended
Color(s)Sliver, black, gold
(stainless steel)
Cloud-silver, aqua-black,
pink-gold
(aluminum)
Black, silver, rose-gold and green

MEMORY

RAM1.5GB LTE, 0.75GB non-LTE0.75GB
Internal storage4GB4GB
Memory card slotNoNo

CONNECTIVITY

BluetoothBluetooth smart v4.2 LEBluetooth smart v4.2 LE
Wi-FiYesYes
NFCYesYes
GPSGPS/GLONASS/A-GPSGPS/GLONASS/A-GPS

CELLULAR TECHNOLOGY

Technology2G/3G/4G
(stainless steel)
No
SIM slotYes, e-SIMNo
BandGSM 850/900/1800
WCDMA B1/2/5
No

NOTIFICATIONS

Email alertYesYes
SMS alertYesYes
Calls alertYesYes
Event reminderYesYes
Weather forecastYesYes
Third-party appsYesYes

FITNESS TRACKING

Sleep trackingYesYes
Heart rate monitoringYesYes
Distance coveredYesYes
Steps climbedYesYes
CaloriesYesYes

MEDIA

Audiomp3/mp4mp3/mp4
Bluetooth musicYesYes
RadioNoNo
LoudspeakerYesYes
MicrophoneYesYes
CameraNoNo

SENSORS

Accelerometer YesYes
Magnetometer -Yes
Heart rate monitor (HRM)YesYes
BarometerYesYes
Gyroscope YesYes
Ambient lightYesYes
Other sensorsECG--

PLATFORM

Operating system (OS)Tizen OS 4.0Tizen OS 4.0
ChipsetExynos 9110Exynos 9110
CPUDual core 1.15GHzDual core 1.15GHz
GPU----

BATTERY

Type of batteryNon-removable Li-ion batteryNon-removable Li-ion battery
Battery capacity 340mAh (44mm)
247mAh (40mm)
230mAh
Battery lifeStandby :5 days+,
Mixed usage: 2 days+
Standby :5 days+,
Mixed usage: 2 days+
ChargingWPC based wireless chargingWPC based wireless charging
Charging timeAbout 1-2 hoursAbout 1-2 hours

MISC

Payment systemSamsung paySamsung pay
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+
Companion appSamsung Gear appSamsung Gear app
Customizable watch faceYesYes
Interchangeable band Yes, 20mmYes, 20mm
Voice commandYesYes

BOX CONTENTS

Samsung Galaxy Watch Active 2Samsung Galaxy Watch Active
Small and large strapsSmall and large straps
Wireless chargerWireless charger
Quick start guideQuick start guide

PRICE COMPARED

Estimated Price(Aluminum)
(Bluetooth only)
About $300 (44mm)
$280 (40mm)
About $200

What’s the Difference?

Samsung Galaxy Watch Active 1 vs Galaxy watch active 2 Features Compared
The main difference between the Galaxy Watch Active 2 and its predecessor comes with the presence of LTE, digital bezel, ECG tracking – all now available on the Active 2 which is lacking on the Active.

  1. Samsung Galaxy Watch Active vs Galaxy watch active 2 : Design

  2. The appearance of the Galaxy watch active 2 is much similar to its predecessor. Except that the Active is slightly smaller than the 40mm version of the Active 2, its slightly slimmer, and weighs a bit less than its successor. Although, the difference in sizes between the 40mm Active 2 and its predecessor is quite insignificant.

    The 44mm version of the Active 2 with 1.4 inches display will allow you see more at a glance than you would on the Active.

    However, one of the main features introduced on the new Active 2 is the reintroduction of the much loved rotating bezel found on some Samsung smartwatches. But this time instead of physical bezel, it’s a digital touch sensitive bezel that makes navigation quite a bliss on the new sets of Galaxy Watch Active 2.

    Also, customizing and defining your style is now easier as you can now customize your Galaxy Watch Active2 watch face to your outfit with the My Style1 color extraction algorithm which is available in the Galaxy Wearable app. You simply take a photo of your outfit, choose from five different color patterns, and your watch face changes in seconds. This feature is however only available on Samsung and Android devices.

  3. Samsung Galaxy Watch Active vs Galaxy watch active 2: Media

  4. The Galaxy Watch Active 2 comes with new social media features that include the introduction of apps like social media viewers that allow you like a post, share, and engage. There’s also Youtube which allows you watch video clips right on the Active 2.

  5. Samsung Galaxy Watch Active vs Galaxy watch active 2: Fitness Tracking

  6. While the Galaxy Watch Active is actually a comprehensive fitness tracker with 39 sport modes preloaded, the new Galaxy Watch Active 2 is however more equipped than its predecessor to track your active life.

    It has almost same sensors as the Active, except than the Heart rate sensor is now more advanced and smarter to give rapid and more accurate readings. Out of the 39 preloaded sport modes on the Active 2, it can auto detect and track 7 of these activities unlike its predecessor which can auto track less than that.

    ECG sensor has also been incorporated on the Active 2 – it’s the first in the rich collection of Samsung smartwatches to have this feature. Perhaps a more worthy competitor against the Apple Watch 4 which also has ECG tracking. With ECG you can detect atrial fibrillation – a form of irregular heart rhythm which can be fatal if left undetected and treated.

    The Active 2 has 7 running programs that allow you track your running pace in real time – A nice deal for pro runners.

  7. Samsung Galaxy Watch Active vs Galaxy watch active 2: Cellular Connectivity

  8. The Galaxy Watch Active 2 now has cellular connectivity unlike its predecessor. So, with the Active 2 you can now make and receive calls on the go allowing you to stay connected to all that matters to you with internet connection.

    LTE editions are only available in stainless steel version (44mm and 40mm), and Samsung had stated it’ll be available at AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile, US Cellular and Verizon starting September 27, 2019.

  9. Samsung Galaxy Watch Active vs Galaxy watch active 2: Battery Life

Battery life hasn’t changed that much. Although you should expect the LTE edition of the Active 2 to have a shorter battery life than the non-LTE edition. Otherwise, the slight difference in battery capacity doesn’t warrant significant difference in the battery life of these two.
Both the Galaxy active 1 and 2 will last just about 2-4 days on regular usage.

Samsung Galaxy Watch Active vs Galaxy watch active 2: Which is Better?

The Galaxy watch active 2 has more features than its predecessor. The stainless steel model of both the 44mm and 40mm versions come with LTE capabilities which makes these two standalone smartwatches and off course more comprehensive.

The aluminum model of both the 44mm and 40mm come with ECG and overall improved fitness tracking features as well more access to social media which also makes these two better choices than the Galaxy watch active.

Although, the new Galaxy watch active 2 is quite more expensive than its predecessor. So, if you’re low on budget, the Galaxy watch active is still a fantastic choice, in fact one of the best currently on the market.

Our Pick

The new Samsung galaxy watch active 2 comes with improved fitness tracking features including ECG tracking that can help you detect atrial fibrillation, gives you more access to social media, LTE capabilities that let stay connected anywhere (stainless steel edition) and is easier now to access with the reintroduction of digital rotating bezel even while being a very attractive and stylish device. The Galaxy watch active 2 is our preferred choice.

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