samsung galaxy watch active vs gear sport comparison

Samsung Galaxy Watch Active vs Gear Sport Compared

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Samsung recently released the Galaxy Watch Active which wasn’t a sort of direct replacement for the more comprehensive Galaxy Watch, but it is fitness focused smartwatch with sporty design and looked more stylish.

The new Galaxy Watch Active cost almost about same price as the older Gear Sport and both also share a lot of features in common which leaves the question which is better between these two.

We comparing, the Samsung Galaxy Watch Active vs Gear Sport specs and features head-to-head so you know what the differences are and which is a better choice for you.

Samsung Galaxy Watch Active vs Gear Sport Compared

 Samsung Galaxy Watch ActiveSamsung Gear Sport
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ABOUT DEVICE

Device nameSamsung Galaxy Watch ActiveSamsung Gear Sport
Device typeClassic/Fitness smartwatchSport/Fitness smartwatch
PredessesorSamsung Galaxy Watch--
Successor----
Released dateMarch, 2018November, 2017
Ideal forWomen (Also a great choice for men)Unisex

DISPLAY

Display typeSuper AMOLED
Full color, Always-on-display.
Super AMOLED
Full color, Always-on-display.
Display size1.1 inch1.2 inch
Screen resolution360 x 360 pixel360 x 360 pixel
Density463 ppi424 ppi
Input typeTouchscreen,
2 physical buttons
Touchscreen,
2 physical buttons, and rotating bezel

BODY

ShapeCircularCircular
Dimension39.5 x 39.5 x 10.5 mm44.6 x 42.9 x 11.6 mm
Weight23 grams (without straps)50 grams (without straps)
Casing materialStainless steel/glass reinforced with polycarbonateStainless steel/glass reinforced with polycarbonate
Strap/band materialSilicone (leather straps also available)Silicone
Bezel Material Ceramics Ceramics
Strap size20mm20mm
Screen protectionCorning Gorilla glass 4Corning Gorilla glass 3
Water resistant/ProtectionYes, IP68, 5ATM
MIL-STD-810G
Yes, 5ATM
Swim-proofYes, recommendedYes, recommended
Color(s)Black, silver, rose-gold and greenBlack, blue

MEMORY

RAM0.75GB0.75GB
Internal storage4GB4GB
Memory card slot----

CONNECTIVITY

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

CELLULAR TECHNOLOGY

TechnologyNoNo
SIM slotNoNo
BandNoNo

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

AccelerometerYesYes
Magnetometer Yes--
Heart rate monitor (HRM)YesYes
BarometerYesYes
Gyroscope YesYes
Ambient lightYesYes
Other sensors----

PLATFORM

Operating system (OS)Tizen OS 4.0Tizen OS 3.0
ChipsetExynos 9110Exynos 3250
CPUDual core 1.15GHzDual-core 1.0 GHz Cortex-A7
GPU----

BATTERY

Type of batteryNon-removable Li-ion batteryNon-removable Li-ion battery
Battery capacity 230mAh300mAh
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 4.4 and above, IOS 9.0 and above
Companion appSamsung Gear appSamsung Gear app
Customizable watch faceYesYes
Interchangeable band Yes, 20mmYes, 20mm
Voice commandYesYes

BOX CONTENTS

Samsung Galaxy Watch ActiveSamsung Gear Sport
Small and large strapsStraps
Wireless chargerWireless charger
Quick start guideQuick start guide

PRICE COMPARED

Estimated PriceAbout $200About $200

What’s the Difference?

Samsung Galaxy Watch Active vs Gear Sport Features compared
There isn’t much difference between the Galaxy watch active and the Gear Sport, except that the former looks more stylish, sleeker, and comes with a more recent version of the Exynos chip.


  1. Samsung Galaxy Watch Active vs Gear Sport: Design

  2. The Galaxy watch active is the product of trying to make it smaller, it actually has a small case size and one of the slimmest smartwatches in the industry right now. In that case, the Galaxy watch active with a 39.5mm case size is smaller than the Gear Sport’s 44.6 inches. At 10.5mm it’s also slimmer than the Gear Sport’s 11.6mm (also slimmer when compared to other close competitors). Also, the complete round shape of the Galaxy watch active gives it a more classic appearance similar to a traditional watch compared to the Gear Sport which looks more sporty.

    Super AMOLED powers the display on both devices, however, the 1.1 inch display of the Galaxy watch active gets a slight richer display with more color depth compared to the 1.2 inch of the Gear Sport which no doubt also has a rich display.

    One notable feature missing on the Galaxy watch active is the iconic and very useful rotating bezel that made navigating Samsung smartwatches a bliss, but that doesn’t necessarily mean that the Galaxy watch isn’t fun navigating. It is off course with touchscreen support in addition to the two physical buttons by the side.

    So from the design and display, we have a Galaxy watch active that’s sleeker and classier with a richer display. However, while the Gear Sport is a more perfect fit for the gym going by its sporty design, the Galaxy watch active is a better fit for official outings which also looks great for the gym. A great bargain I must emphasize.

  3. Samsung Galaxy Watch Active vs Gear Sport: Fitness Tracking

  4. Fitness tracking features hasn’t change that much, except in the mode of offerings which sees the Galaxy watch active being smarter that result in increased accuracy.

    In other words, you have two smartwatches that are great choices for tracking your daily activities – tracks your sleep, swims, heart rate, and other really interesting features, but one is a bit smarter.

  5. Samsung Galaxy Watch Active vs Gear Sport: Platform/Operating System

  6. The Galaxy watch active just like the Galaxy watch runs the latest version of the Exynos 9110 chip instead of the older Exynos 3250 in the Gear Sport. The Galaxy watch active also runs on a latest version of the Tizen OS.

    Although there are frequent OTA updates to help bring older devices to par with newer ones, the Galaxy watch active will have a better performance than the Gear Sport which runs on an older chip.

  7. Samsung Galaxy Watch Active vs Gear Sport: Battery Life

Battery life hasn’t changed that much, for all we know you will get about 2-4 days of battery life with any of these two which I think is great especially for fitness enthusiasts that engage in extreme sport activities.

Although, sometime last year, there was massive complains on the Samsung community forum where users of the Gear Sport and older Samsung smartwatches complained about a battery drain that occurred at around 3 AM after a software update which apparently was addressed by simply rebooting the device as recommended by staff.

Samsung Galaxy Watch Active vs Gear Sport: Which is Better?

For almost same price, it’s obvious the Galaxy watch active is a better choice. It’s sleeker, classier and has a more premium aesthetics which leaves it with far better design than the Gear Sport which no doubt looks stylish too.

The Galaxy watch active also runs on a newer chip which results in a better performing device, and with a design that’s a great fit for the office as well in the gym, it’s no doubt a better choice than the Gear Sport.

However, if you already own the Gear Sport, I honestly don’t think there is any need to upgrade considering the fact that these two have almost same features.

Here is a summary;

SAMSUNG GALAXY WATCH ACTIVE The better choice – Classier, sleeker, and better performance.
SAMSUNG GEAR SPORTSporty design, also a great choice for fitness tracking.
Our Pick

The Galaxy Watch Active has a better design coupled with a great performance which makes it our preferred choice.

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