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We compare the Samsung Galaxy Watch Active 2 vs Garmin Venu vs Apple Watch Series 5 – which is better? Let’s find out as we take a look at the specs and features of three outstanding timepieces.

Featured in this comparison chart are; the Garmin Venu released alongside the Vivoactive 4 and the first smartwatch from Garmin with AMOLED display, the Galaxy Active 2 that succeeds the Active and now reintroduced the rotating bezel with ECG tracking also featured and the Apple Watch 5 that succeeds the now discontinued Apple Watch 4. These three are undoubtedly the best choices currently on the market.

Samsung Galaxy Watch Active 2 vs Garmin Venu vs Apple Watch Series 5 Specs Compared

 Samsung Galaxy Watch Active 2Garmin VenuApple Watch Series 5 (44mm)
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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:
4.6 out of 5 stars (4.6 / 5)
Battery:
3.8 out of 5 stars (3.8 / 5)
Fitness tracking:
4.7 out of 5 stars (4.7 / 5)
Features:
4.2 out of 5 stars (4.2 / 5)
Price:
4.3 out of 5 stars (4.3 / 5)
Average:
4.3 out of 5 stars (4.3 / 5)
Design:
4.8 out of 5 stars (4.8 / 5)
Battery:
3 out of 5 stars (3.0 / 5)
Fitness tracking:
4.8 out of 5 stars (4.8 / 5)
Features:
4.8 out of 5 stars (4.8 / 5)
Price:
4 out of 5 stars (4.0 / 5)
Average:
4.3 out of 5 stars (4.3 / 5)

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ABOUT DEVICE

Device nameSamsung Galaxy Watch Active 2Garmin VenuApple Watch Series 5
Device typeClassic/Standalone smartwatchSport/Fitness smartwatchSport/Fitness smartwatch
PredessesorSamsung Galaxy Watch ActiveGarmin Vivoactive 3 MusicApple Watch Series 4
Successor------
Released dateSeptember, 2019September, 2019September, 2019
Ideal forUnisexUnisexUnisex

DISPLAY

Display typeSuper AMOLED
Full color,
Always-on-display
AMOLEDLTPO OLED
Display size1.3 inches (44mm)
1.2 inches (40mm)
1.2 inch 1.78 inches (44mm)
1.57 inches (40mm)
Screen resolution360 x 360 pixels390 x 390 pixels448 x 368 pixels (44mm)
324 x 394 pixels (40mm)
Density------
Input typeTouchscreen,
2 physical buttons
Digital bezel
Touchscreen plus 2 physical buttonTouchscreen,
1 button plus
digital crown

BODY

ShapeCircularCircularRectangular/curved
Dimension44 x 44 x 10.9mm (44mm)
40 x 40 x 10.9mm (40mm)
43.2 x 43.2 x 12.4 mm44 x 38 x 10.7 mm (44mm)
40 x 38 x 10.7 mm (40mm)

Weight42 grams
(stainless steel 44mm)
37 grams
(stainless steel 40mm)
30 grams
(aluminum 44mm)
26 grams
(aluminum 40mm)
(Without straps)
46.3 grams 36.1 g (non-LTE)
47.8 g (LTE)
(44mm)

30.1 g (non-LTE)
36.7 g (LTE)
(40mm)
Casing materialStainless steel
Aluminum
Fiber-reinforced polymer with polymer rear coverStainless steel
Aluminum
Titanium
Strap/band materialLeather
(Stainless steel)
Fluoroelastomer
(Aluminum)
SiliconeElastomer
Bezel MaterialBezelessStainless steelBezeless
Strap size20mm20mm125 - 210mm
Screen protectionCorning Gorilla glass DX+Corning Gorilla glass 3Sapphire crystal glass
Water resistant/ProtectionYes, IP68, 5ATM
MIL-STD-810G
Yes, 5ATMYes, IP68, 5ATM
Swim-proofYes, recommendedYes, recommendedYes, recommended
Color(s)Sliver, black, gold
(stainless steel)
Cloud-silver, aqua-black,
pink-gold
(aluminum)
Gold/black
Rose gold/tan
Silver/dark gray
Black/black
Black, silver, gold

MEMORY

RAM1.5GB LTE, 0.75GB non-LTE--0.768GB
Internal storage4GB4GB32GB
Memory card slot------

CONNECTIVITY

BluetoothBluetooth smart v5.0 LEBluetooth smart v4.2 LE, ANT+Bluetooth v5.0
Wi-FiYesYesYes
NFCYesYesYes
GPSGPS/Glonass/Beidou/GalileoGPS/GLONASS/GalileoA-GPS/GLONASS/GALILEO/QZSS

CELLULAR TECHNOLOGY

Technology2G/3G/4G
(stainless steel)
No2G/3G/4G
SIM slotYes, e-SIMNoe-SIM
BandGSM 850/900/1800
WCDMA B1/2/5
NoNo

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
LoudspeakerYesNoYes
MicrophoneYesNoYes
CameraNoNoNo

SENSORS

Accelerometer YesYesYes
Altimeter--YesYes
Heart rate monitor (HRM)YesYesYes
BarometerYesYesYes
Gyroscope YesYesYes
Ambient lightYesYesYes
Other sensorsECGCompass and Thermometer
Pulse Ox.
ECG, compass

PLATFORM

Operating system (OS)Tizen OS 4.0Proprietary OSWatchOS 6.0
ChipsetExynos 9110--Apple S4, 64bit
CPUDual core 1.15GHz--Dual core
GPU----PowerVR

BATTERY

Type of batteryNon-removable Li-ion batteryNon-removable Li-ion batteryNon-removable Li-ion battery
Battery capacity 340mAh (44mm)
247mAh (40mm)
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Battery lifeStandby :5 days+,
Mixed usage: 2 days+
Smartwatch mode: Up to 5 days

GPS mode with music: Up to 6 hours
Standby :3 days + , Mixed usage: 18hrs+
ChargingWPC based wireless chargingUSB charging cableMagnetic charging
Charging timeAbout 1-2 hoursAbout 1-2 hoursAbout 1-2 hours

MISC

Payment systemSamsung payGarmin payApple Pay
Compatibility Android 5.0+ & RAM 1.5GB+
iPhone 5+ and iOS 9.0+
Android 4.4+ and iOS 8.0+iPhone 5s or later with iOS 12 or later
Companion appSamsung Gear appGarmin connect appApple watch APP
Customizable watch faceYesYesYes
Interchangeable band Yes, 20mmYes, 20mmYes
Voice commandYesNoYes

BOX CONTENTS

Samsung Galaxy Watch Active 2Garmin VenuApple Watch Series 5 (44mm)
Small and large strapsStrapsStraps
Wireless chargerUSB charging cableMagnetic charging cable + USB adapter
Quick start guideQuick start guideQuick start guide

PRICE COMPARED

Price(Aluminum)
(Bluetooth only)
About $300 (44mm)
$280 (40mm)
About $400About $450
(Aluminum)
$790 (stainless steel)
$900 (titanium)

What’s the Difference?

Samsung Galaxy Watch Active 2 vs Garmin Venu vs Apple Watch Series 5 Features Compared

  1. Samsung Galaxy Watch Active 2 vs Garmin Venu vs Apple Watch Series 5: Design

  2. There’s no denying that from the most recent releases from the biggest names in the industry, design has become a very big factor just like fitness tracking and battery life. And it’s very glaring that the three watches in this comparison chart have all got remarkable design, it’s a step up from their respective predecessors.

    Going by thickness, the 10.7mm thick Watch 5 retains the slimmest case size that’s slightly slimmer than the 10.9mm thick Active 2, and even slimmer than the 12.4mm thick Venu. This leaves the Watch 5 with the sleekest appearance. In addition, the Watch 5 with a rectangular shape gives you more viewing area that lets you see more at a glance with its 1.78 inch display compared to the 1.3 inch of the Active 2 and even more than 1.2 inch of the Venu.

    Samsung has done well with watch face customization especially with the My Style App that enable you customize your watch face simply by taking a picture of your outfit, so also is the Watch 5 with customizable infographic display that show up to 8 complications.

    And going by navigation, the Active 2 reintroduced the rotating bezel, but this time instead of a physical rotating bezel as seen on the Galaxy Watch and Gear S3, it’s a digital one which is quite very innovative. This in addition to the two physical buttons and touchscreen display makes it a very easy to navigate device. While the Watch 5 with its iconic digital crown with hepatic feedback mechanism that offers a click-like feel as you scroll is also easy to navigate, in addition to a button and touch supported screen. The Venu is also easy to navigate with touch supported screen and 2 physical buttons, but the other two have got more options that certainly makes them easier to navigate devices.

    Moreover, the Watch 5 and Active available in aluminum and stainless steel case materials look more desiring compared to the fiber-reinforced Venu.
    In all, we’ve three beautiful smartwatches with the Watch 5 leading the pack, and seconded by the Active 2.

  3. Samsung Galaxy Watch Active 2 vs Garmin Venu vs Apple Watch Series 5: Storage/Media

  4. The Watch 5 ships with 32GB ROM which is far more than what you get with the Active 2 or Venu both of which have just 4GB ROM. You can stream through the entire Apple music library from the watch, and it allows you take more of your favorite tracks with you.

    The Watch 5 and Active 2 both feature loudspeaker and microphone which the Venu lacks. This features support the cellular connectivity feature present on the Active 2 and Watch 5, and also will allow you issue voice command via Bixby and Siri respectively, as well as enabling you play your media files anywhere.

  5. Samsung Galaxy Watch Active 2 vs Garmin Venu vs Apple Watch Series 5: Cellular Connectivity

  6. The Watch 5 and Active 2 (stainless steel version) feature cellular functions that allow you make and receive calls directly from any of these two which makes both standalone smartwatches. This feature isn’t supported on the Venu.

  7. Samsung Galaxy Watch Active 2 vs Garmin Venu vs Apple Watch Series 5: Fitness Tracking

  8. As stated earlier, fitness tracking is receiving lots of attention as seen with the latest releases, and these three are no exception, in fact some of the best choices for comprehensive activity tracking. It’s a fight to finish as brands try to outweigh the other in a fierce competition to meet up with the increasing fitness awareness among the populace.

    Each of these three is a comprehensive fitness tracker ready to track your active life comprehensively. Each of these can track your complete sleep cycle, continuous heart rate monitoring to help you manage your training intensity and the basics; calories, steps, distance while the inbuilt GPS present on all three enable outdoor activity tracking that allow you see you pace in real time, as well as tracks routes and locations.

    The Active feature 39 preloaded sport modes and is able to auto track 7, it also features ECG tracking joining the Watch 5 which also supports ECG tracking – a feature that can help you detect irregular heart rhythms.

    The Venu is quite a more comprehensive activity tracker compared to the Active 2 as it features animated onscreen workout that coach you through your favorite moves (saves you money on subscription). For women, you can log your menstrual cycle, there’s also hydration tracking, incidental fall detection that discreetly call preset emergency contact when a fall has occurred (watch must be connected to phone), respiration tracking that gauge how well you’re breathing and supports wrist-based heart rate tracking while swimming (a great choice for Pro swimmers).

    While the Watch 5 also features menstrual cycle logging, incidental fall detection, ECG tracking, the activity ring that monitors your daily activity and a host of other features.

    In all, while the Active 2 has quite a lot of fitness tracking features, the Venu and Watch 5 are more comprehensive and accurate activity tracker (based on users experience) which makes these two the better choices for Pros .

  9. Samsung Galaxy Watch Active 2 vs Garmin Venu vs Apple Watch Series 5: Battery Life

The Watch 5 disappoints with a quite short battery life that has been tested to last about 18 hours , compared to the Active 2 with about 2 days or more battery life, while the Venu has the longest battery life with 5 days on smartwatch mode which further makes it a better choice for activity tracking especially if you’re engaged in extreme workout activities.

Samsung Galaxy Watch Active 2 vs Garmin Venu vs Apple Watch Series 5: Which is Better?

In all we’ve three very remarkable smartwatches with outstanding design, comprehensive activity trackers loaded with lots of features.

However, the Watch 5 with its sophisticated design and features wins as the most comprehensive smartwatch, it’s the best choice for iPhone owners as it doesn’t support Android devices.

The Active 2 on the other hand is a more comprehensive smartwatch than the Venu considering inbuilt features and a more decent design.

And if you’re more concerned about taking your fitness goals to a higher level, then make no mistake, the Venu is most comprehensive activity tracker. It has features for the Pros and by users experience a more accurate tracker than the Active 2.

Our Pick

I’ll settle for the about $300 Active 2 – it’s quite cheaper than the $400 Venu and even more cheaper than the about $600 Watch 5, yet top quality and lots of features while also being a comprehensive activity tracker with a quite impressive battery life.

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