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Samsung Galaxy Watch Active 2 vs Galaxy Watch vs Gear S3 Compared

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In this comparison, we compare the Samsung Galaxy Watch Active 2 vs Galaxy Watch vs Gear S3 specs and features, so you the differences and which of these three is right for you.

Samsung have announced their new smartwatch – The Galaxy watch active 2 set to be available in September 26th. The Galaxy Watch Active 2 is the successor to the Galaxy active released about 6 months ago. The new Active 2 comes in two versions 44mm and 40mm and in two materials, stainless steel and aluminum with the former having LTE while the later lacks LTE.

Samsung Galaxy Watch Active 2 vs Galaxy Watch vs Gear S3 Specs Compared

 Samsung Galaxy Watch Active 2Samsung Galaxy WatchSamsung Gear S3 Frontier
Samsung Galaxy Watch Active 2 vs Galaxy Watch vs Gear S3Samsung Galaxy Watch Active 2 vs Galaxy Watch vs Gear S3Samsung Galaxy Watch Active 2 vs Galaxy Watch vs Gear S3

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:
4.5 out of 5 stars (4.5 / 5)
Battery:
3.5 out of 5 stars (3.5 / 5)
Fitness tracking:
4.5 out of 5 stars (4.5 / 5)
Features:
4.5 out of 5 stars (4.5 / 5)
Price:
4 out of 5 stars (4.0 / 5)
Average:
4.2 out of 5 stars (4.2 / 5)
Design:
4.2 out of 5 stars (4.2 / 5)
Battery:
3.2 out of 5 stars (3.2 / 5)
Fitness tracking:
4.3 out of 5 stars (4.3 / 5)
Features:
4.2 out of 5 stars (4.2 / 5)
Price:
4 out of 5 stars (4.0 / 5)
Average:
4 out of 5 stars (4.0 / 5)

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ABOUT DEVICE

Device nameSamsung Galaxy Watch Active 2Samsung Galaxy WatchSamsung Gear S3 Frontier
Device typeClassic/Fitness/
Standalone smartwatch
Classic/Standalone smartwatchClassic/Standalone smartwatch
PredessesorSamsung Galaxy Watch ActiveSamsung Gear S3Samsung gear s2
Successor----Samsung galaxy watch
Released dateSeptember, 2019August, 2018November, 2016
Ideal forMen (44mm)
Women (40mm)
Men (46mm)
Women (42mm)
Men (will look good too on women.)

DISPLAY

Display typeSuper AMOLED
Full color, Always-on-display.
Super AMOLED
Full color, Always-on-display.
Super AMOLED
Full color, Always-on-display.
Display size1.3 inches (44mm)
1.2 inches (40mm)
1.3 inch (46mm)
1.2 inch (42mm)
1.3 inch
Screen resolution360 x 360 pixel360 x 360 pixel360 x 360 pixel
Density--278 ppi (46mm)278 ppi
Input typeTouchscreen,
2 physical buttons
digital rotating bezel
Touchscreen,
2 physical buttons
physical rotating bezel
Touchscreen,
2 physical buttons, and rotating bezel

BODY

ShapeCircularCircularCircular
Dimension44 x 44 x 10.9mm (44mm)
40 x 40 x 10.9mm (40mm)
41.9 x 45.7 x 12.7 mm (42mm)
46 x 49 x 13 mm (46mm)
46 x 49 x 12.9 mm
Weight42 grams
(stainless steel 44mm)
37 grams
(stainless steel 40mm)
30 grams
(aluminum 44mm)
26 grams
(aluminum 40mm)
(Without straps)
63 grams (46mm)
49 grams (42mm)
63 grams (without straps)
Casing materialStainless steel
Aluminum
Stainless steel/glass reinforced with polycarbonateStainless steel/glass reinforced with polycarbonate
Strap/band materialLeather
(Stainless steel)
Fluoroelastomer
(Aluminum)
Silicone
(leather straps also available)
Silicone
Bezel Material Ceramics Ceramics Ceramics
Strap size20mm22 mm (46mm)
20 mm (42mm)
20mm
Screen protectionCorning Gorilla glass 4Corning Gorilla glass DX+Corning Gorilla glass SR+
Water resistant/ProtectionYes, IP68, 5ATM
MIL-STD-810G
Yes, IP68, 5ATM
MIL-STD-810G
Yes, IP68, MIL-STD-810G
Swim-proofYes, recommendedYes, recommendedNot recommended
Color(s)Sliver, black, gold
(stainless steel)
Cloud-silver, aqua-black,
pink-gold
(aluminum)
Black, silver, rose-goldBlack

MEMORY

RAM1.5GB LTE, 0.75GB non-LTE1.5GB LTE, 0.75GB non-LTE0.75GB
Internal storage4GB4GB4GB
Memory card slotNoNoNo

CONNECTIVITY

BluetoothBluetooth smart v5.0 LEBluetooth smart v4.2 LEBluetooth smart v4.2 LE
Wi-FiYesYesYes
NFCYesYesYes
GPSGPS/GLONASS/A-GPSGLONASS/A-GPSGPS/GLONASS/A-GPS

CELLULAR TECHNOLOGY

TechnologyGSM/HSPA/LTE
(stainless steel)
GSM/HSPA/LTE
GSM/HSPA/LTE
SIM slotYes, e-SIMYes, e-SIMYes, e-SIM
BandGSM 850/900/1800
WCDMA B1/2/5
GSM 850/900/1800
WCDMA B1/2/5
GSM 850/900/1800
WCDMA B1/2/5

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
LoudspeakerYesYesYes
MicrophoneYesYesYes
CameraNoNoNo

SENSORS

Accelerometer YesYesYes
Magnetometer -----
Heart rate monitor (HRM)YesYesYes
BarometerYesYesYes
Gyroscope YesYesYes
Ambient lightYesYesYes
Other sensorsECG----

PLATFORM

Operating system (OS)Tizen OS 4.0Tizen OS 4.0Tizen OS 2.3.2
ChipsetExynos 9110Exynos 9110Exynos 7270
CPUDual core 1.15GHzDual core 1.15GHzDual core 1.0GHz
GPU------

BATTERY

Type of batteryNon-removable Li-ion batteryNon-removable Li-ion batteryNon-removable Li-ion battery
Battery capacity 340mAh (44mm)
247mAh (40mm)
472mAh (46mm)
270mAh (42mm)
380mAh
Battery lifeStandby :5 days+,
Mixed usage: 2 days+
Standby :5 days+,
Mixed usage: 2 days+
Standby :5 days+,
Mixed usage: 2 days+
ChargingWPC based wireless chargingWPC based wireless chargingWPC based wireless charging
Charging timeAbout 1-2 hoursAbout 2 hoursAbout 1-2 hours

MISC

Payment systemSamsung paySamsung 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+
Android 4.4 and above, IOS 9.0 and above
Companion appSamsung Gear appSamsung Gear appSamsung Gear app
Customizable watch faceYesYesYes
Interchangeable band Yes, 20mmYes, 22mm/20mmYes, 20mm
Voice commandYesYesYes

BOX CONTENTS

Samsung Galaxy Watch Active 2Samsung Galaxy WatchSamsung Gear S3 Frontier
Small and large strapsSmall and large strapsStraps
Wireless chargerWireless chargerWireless charger
Quick start guideQuick start guideQuick start guide

PRICE COMPARED

Estimated Price(Aluminum)
(Bluetooth only)
About $300 (44mm)
$280 (40mm)
About $280About $290

What’s the Difference?

Samsung Galaxy Watch Active 2 vs Galaxy Watch vs Gear S3 Features Compared

  1. Samsung Galaxy Watch Active 2 vs Galaxy Watch vs Gear S3: Design

  2. The design of the Active 2 reintroduced the very interesting rotating bezel that we were so used to with the Galaxy watch and Gear S3. However, the new Active 2 instead of physical bezel has digital touch sensitive bezel which I think is quite more innovative.

    The 10.9mm thick Galaxy Active 2 is slimmer than both the Galaxy watch and Gear S3 which are quite thick. This leaves the Active 2 with a more attractive appearance. The Active 2 also weighs less than both the Galaxy watch and Gear S3, including the stainless steel edition of the Active 2. This makes the Active 2 a more comfortable wear all day long.

    Samsung have also introduced more customization feature to the Active 2. It features My Style1 color extraction algorithm which is available in the Galaxy Wearable app. It simply enables you take a photo of your outfit, choose from five different color patterns, and your watch face changes in seconds.

    Although this feature may be coming to other Samsung watches in future updates.

  3. Samsung Galaxy Watch Active 2 vs Galaxy Watch vs Gear S3: Media

  4. Although each of these three has a 4GB storage capacity, however, 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 app which allows you watch video clips right on the Active 2.

    Again, these features may come to older models in future updates.

  5. Samsung Galaxy Watch Active 2 vs Galaxy Watch vs Gear S3: Fitness Tracking

  6. All three Samsung watches are well equipped with same sensors to comprehensively track your active life. Except that the Galaxy watch active 2 now has ECG sensor onboard. It’s the first of Samsung watches to have this feature, following in the footsteps of the Apple watch 4 and other smartwatches with ECG. With ECG sensor on the Active 2, it can help you detect atrial fibrillation.

    Going further, the Active 2 comes with an improved heart rate sensor that’s smarter and ready to give you more accurate readings which can help you workout at your pace and manage your training intensity effortlessly.

    Moreover, out of the 39 sport modes that’s preloaded on all three watches, the Active 2 is capable of auto detecting and tracking 7 of those which is more than what the Galaxy watch or Gear S3 can auto track. Running programs have also been preloaded on the Active 2 which can help you manage your pace in real time.

    Although some of these feature will be coming to older Samsung watches in subsequent updates.

  7. Samsung Galaxy Watch Active 2 vs Galaxy Watch vs Gear S3: Water Resistance Rating

  8. The Galaxy watch active 2 and Galaxy watch both have higher water resistance rating of 5ATM compared to the Gear S3’s IP68. The 5ATM rating means water resistance up to 50 meters while IP68 means water resistance up to 1.5 meters. These means while all three watches are water resistance, the Active 2 and Galaxy watch are better choices you can safely wear to the pool or ocean.

  9. Samsung Galaxy Watch Active 2 vs Galaxy Watch vs Gear S3: Battery Life

Although there are slight differences in the battery capacity, it doesn’t necessarily translate to longer battery life. With any of these watches you should get about 2-5 days of battery life.

However, the Active 2 with improved performance is more likely to last a bit longer than the Galaxy watch and even longer than the Gear S3 which runs on older chipset with less processor speed.

Samsung Galaxy Watch Active 2 vs Galaxy Watch vs Gear S3: Which is Better?

No doubt all three Samsung smartwatches are outstanding choices. In fact the Galaxy watch and Gear S3 frontier are among the best selling smartwatches on the market.

However, the Galaxy watch active 2 with improved fitness tracking features, better customization, and a more attractive and charming appearance is a clearly a better choice. It’ll be available in two versions; stainless steel and aluminum with the aluminum version lacking LTE support. All two versions are lightweight and are comfortable to wear all day long.

On the other hand, the Galaxy watch is a better choice than the Gear S3. It has a better design and is more equipped which makes it a more comprehensive watch.

Here’s how they stack up;

SAMSUNG GALAXY WATCH ACTIVE 2 A premium smartwatch with a sophisticated and charming appearance, and is also a more comprehensive fitness tracker with ECG tracking. The 44mm is a nice fit for men while the 40mm is a nicer fit for women.
SAMSUNG GALAXY WATCH Another premium smartwatch with an outstanding design, and a comprehensive fitness tracker.
SAMSUNG GEAR S3 FRONTIER A nice alternative.
Our Pick

The Samsung Galaxy Watch Active 2 has a sophisticated design that leaves it a charming appearance, even while being a comprehensive fitness tracker with a quite impressive battery life. The Active 2 with more features and remarkable design is our preferred choice.

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