Sports and fitness functions
In addition to working with notifications and applications, the watch can be used to track physical activity. They can count steps, calories burned, minutes of activity, exercise, and sleep. All data is synchronized with the Samsung Health service, which organizes them and then provides statistics, as well as recommendations.
Galaxy Watch Active2 can track different sports, both outdoors and indoors. The user can run, swim in the watch, ride a bike and do yoga.
At the same time, you do not need to take your smartphone with you, they collect data completely autonomously, determining the distance traveled, pace, calories burned and heart rate.
At rest, the watch measures the heart rate quite accurately, but during sports, a lot depends on the correct fixation of the device, it should be two fingers below the wrist and fit snugly to the body. If you follow these recommendations and there are no physiological features that can prevent the optical sensor from reading the movement of blood in the veins, then the Galaxy Watch Active2 will measure the pulse almost at the level of the chest sensors.
Water and dust resistant
As in the Galaxy Watch Active, the case of the new watch is protected from water and dust according to the IP68 standard, and also has a water resistance of 5ATM according to the ISO 22810: 2010 standard.With the device you can safely swim in the pool or in open water, but you cannot dive. Samsung is also talking about certification according to the military standard MIL-STD-810G, with passing tests for moisture ingress, immersion in water, and also at working height. However, I note once again that the description of the MIL-STD-810G standard itself takes 800 pages and includes 29 tests, with different implementation methods. Accordingly, without knowing the testing conditions, it is difficult to say what kind of load the watch was subjected to during certification.
Galaxy Watch Active2 complete set, versions and straps
The watch is delivered in a small cardboard box, inside of which there is a complete strap and a USB cable for magnetic charging.
Unlike previous generations of Samsung smartwatches, Galaxy Watch Active2 differ not only in the size of the case (40 or 44 mm), but also in materials, color and straps. A polished stainless steel version with a leather strap in black, silver and gold is now available for purchase, as well as an aluminum version with a silicone strap in black, gray and pink. In addition, there is also a version of the Galaxy Watch Active2 Under Armor.
I tested a 44 mm stainless steel watch with a polished case and a black strap.
Each version of the watch supports interchangeable 20 mm straps with a standard fastening system.
Accordingly, if desired, the user has the opportunity to change the straps, and not only for official, but also for any compatible.
Samsung, in turn, introduced a range of additional leather and silicone straps for the Galaxy Watch Active2. I managed to try both options, and I want to note that they are made with high quality.
Although the leather strap is soft, it is quite dense and does not rub off quickly, and the silicone strap is pleasant to the touch and does not collect dust.
Externally, the Galaxy Watch Active2 almost completely repeats the Watch Active model, which was released this spring. In it, Samsung for the first time used a more laconic design with smooth lines in its watches, and in the new model the company took the same concept as a basis.
Galaxy Watch Active2 received a round case with slightly rounded edges. The entire upper part of the watch is covered with a protective Gorilla Glass, which is slightly rounded at the edges, creating a smooth transition to the metal frame.
Samsung ditches the massive mechanical navigation wheel around the display and uses a touchpad instead.
The appearance of the watch largely depends on the selected dial and strap, and the laconic design of the case in this regard plays into the hands of the Galaxy Watch Active2.
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They are very easy to transform from classic to sporty.
Display and control
Depending on the size, the watch has a display of different diagonal, in the 44 mm version it is 1.4-inch, and in the 40 mm it is 1.2-inch. In this case, in both cases, a Super AMOLED matrix with a resolution of 360 × 360 is used. Traditionally for this type of screen, it has a very colorful picture with deep blacks and enough brightness not to fade in direct sunlight. In this case, the latter is automatically regulated by the corresponding sensor.
By default, the display on the Galaxy Watch Active2 turns off when not in use, and is activated when the user raises their hand to view the time. But you can choose an option with which the screen always remains active. In this mode of operation, it reduces brightness and animation, and also reduces the number of elements displayed on the dial. But this still increases battery consumption quite a lot, so if you don’t want to charge the device every day, then it’s better not to enable this option. over, the automatic switching on of the display when raised works very well.
The watch interface is controlled via a touchscreen display and two mechanical keys located on its right edge. The upper one is responsible for a step back, and the lower one is for calling the menu and returning to the main screen with a dial. And besides this, you can assign an action to it by double-clicking on it, for example, open an alarm clock or any other application.
“Apple Watch” от Samsung или полный обзор Galaxy Watch Active2
As mentioned above, Samsung has moved away from the mechanical scroll wheel, which was a pretty handy alternative to the touchscreen for navigating the interface. The Galaxy Watch Active2 uses a touchpad instead, which runs around the perimeter of the display. Touching it is confirmed by a slight vibration, which slightly compensates for the lack of mechanical click of the navigation wheel in previous models. In general, the touch panel works quite accurately. But what’s interesting is that by default it is disabled and you need to activate it yourself in the settings. Apparently, Samsung has made this navigation option for those who are switching to the Galaxy Watch Active2 from previous models, but the company is pushing completely new users to use the touchscreen.
Galaxy Watch Active2 interface and applications
The watch works on the basis of the Tizen operating system with the One UI 1.5 interface, which has become visually pleasing and more convenient to use. As with its smartphones, Samsung has used One UI in its wearable devices to improve the user experience. Therefore, most of the shell and menu elements have been redrawn, they have become larger and more convenient to click on.
Swiping the dial to the right will open a screen that displays all incoming alerts.
The same gesture to the left allows you to view widgets with different information, for example, about physical activity, current heart rate, weather, calendar events, the number of cups of coffee drunk. There are almost two dozen widgets in One UI 1.5, so the user can choose them according to his taste and needs.
A swipe from top to bottom of the screen opens a panel with quick settings, almost like in an Android smartphone.
The main menu of the watch opens when you press the mechanical key on the left side, all pre-installed and downloaded applications are displayed here.
Interestingly, the Galaxy Watch Active2 can integrate into a smart home system based on the Samsung Smart Things service, and if the user has devices compatible with it, for example, a robot vacuum cleaner or a washing machine, then they can be controlled directly from the watch.
Platform, connection and configuration
Galaxy Watch Active2 is based on the Exynos 9110 chip system with a dual-core processor operating at 1.15 GHz and is equipped with 750 MB of RAM, as well as 4 GB of data storage, of which 1.4 GB is available to the user. Samsung has been using this platform for several years, starting with the Galaxy Watch, and it has managed to prove itself well. The Tizen operating system with the One UI 1.5 shell works on it very quickly and without any freezes.
As befits a smartwatch, the device has a range of sensors, including an accelerometer, barometer and gyroscope, and uses GPS, GLONASS, Beidou and Galileo for positioning. Wireless modules are represented by Bluetooth 5.0, Wi-Fi b / g / n 2.4 GHz, as well as NFC. The latter could be used for contactless payment, but the watch only works with the Samsung Pay service, which the company never launched in Ukraine.
Formally, Galaxy Watch Active2 can be connected to both Android and iOS smartphones, but in practice they will work best with the former. Apple restricts the work of third-party applications in the background, so the watch will often lose connection with the iPhone, which will become annoying after a while. There are no problems with Android in this regard, the main thing is that it should be at least version 5.0, and the device has more than 1.5 GB of RAM.
Galaxy Watch Active2 connects to a smartphone via Bluetooth 5.0 and for this you need to install the Galaxy Wearable app, since it is used to further customize the watch.
At the top of the app, information about the device is displayed: current watch face, battery level, projected runtime, and connectivity. Below are the menu items with settings, with which you can change alerts, programs, widgets, sound, vibration, screen display and other watch options.
One of the perks of Samsung smartwatches has always been support for all incoming notifications, and the Galaxy Watch Active2 is no exception. The user can still independently configure which application notifications will be transmitted from the smartphone, and most importantly, they can be interacted with directly on the watch.
For example, you can not only view a new Gmail letter, but also immediately delete or archive it, and immediately reply to a message in Telegram. over, the latter can be done in several ways at once: just an emoticon, a preset short phrase, as well as your own text, which is entered through gestures on the screen, or through a virtual keyboard.
In addition, Galaxy Watch Active2 can be used as a wireless headset and receive calls directly on it. To do this, there is a loud speaker on the left side of the watch, and a microphone is located at the top.
You can connect wireless headphones directly to the watch via Bluetooth and listen to music from them while jogging or exercising in the gym. To do this, Galaxy Wearable has an option to transfer data from a smartphone to a watch, the user can automatically sync music files with them, as well as photos.
Samsung Galaxy Watch Active 2 review: smart and sports watches now with a touch bezel
In early 2019, Samsung expanded its line of smartwatches with the Galaxy Watch Active. They differed from the current Samsung Galaxy Watch 42 and 46 mm in lower cost, compact size, lack of a mechanical bezel and some functions. In August, the company released the second generation Samsung Galaxy Watch Active 2, which is a kind of mixture of the wider functionality of older models and the minimalistic design of the first Galaxy Watch Active. Of course, there are a number of design and functional innovations, plus now two sizes are available instead of one: 40 and 44 mm. We have already used a larger model and are ready to tell you about it.
What’s with the screen and hardware?
The screen of Samsung Galaxy Watch Active 2 has a diagonal of 1.4 inches, the resolution remains the same: 360×360. And it is quite enough for this display size. There are no complaints about the most used Super AMOLED matrix: both the picture quality and the brightness margin are pleasing. The clock was used even when there were more sunny days and there were no problems with readability. The Always on Display function is, of course, present. To the buttons and the touch screen, another control has been added. a touch bezel. There were doubts about him. But, fortunately, they did not come true: the addiction takes place literally over the evening. Plus there is a tactile feedback, which creates the feeling of a kind of virtual “cutoffs”. Interestingly, in earlier firmwares, the touch bezel was turned off by default, you had to go into the settings. Later, with some of the updates, the company decided to enable it by default.
Inside the Samsung Galaxy Watch Active 2, the same dual-core 10nm Exynos 9110 processor with a clock frequency of 1.15 GHz, 768 MB of RAM and 4 GB of internal memory is installed. All of this has been used back in the Samsung Galaxy Watch, so the inside is familiar. And this is quite logical: there are no problems with the speed, smoothness of the interface or applications. The clock works on Tizen with the Wearable OS shell. There are practically no changes in sensors and wireless interfaces: heart rate monitor, accelerometer, barometer, gyroscope, light sensor, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and NFC. As usual, you won’t be able to use your watch to pay in Ukraine: Samsung Pay doesn’t work for us, and Google Pay is not supported by the watch. To determine the location, a module with support for positioning systems GPS, Glonass, Beidou, Galileo is used. The only difference worth noting is Bluetooth: instead of 4.2, now 5.0. The watch can be used together with a headset as a music player, innovation. the aforementioned ability to answer calls directly from the Samsung Galaxy Watch Active 2.
Why Samsung Galaxy Watch Active 2 is interesting and how it differs from the first generation?
Briefly about the main differences between the Samsung Galaxy Watch Active 2 and the first generation:
- redesigned design with a thinner bezel around the screen;
- two sizes: 40 and 44 mm with screens 1.2 and 1.4 inches, respectively (the predecessor had 1.1 inches);
- the rotary bezel has returned, but in this case it is a touchscreen with tactile feedback;
- there was a speaker and a microphone, now it is possible to answer calls directly with the help of the watch;
- increased battery capacity;
- the ECG function appeared (so far only “on paper”).
Now about the features of the Galaxy Watch Active 2 44 mm. They are equipped with a round display with a diagonal of 1.4 inches and a resolution of 360×360. The SuperAMOLED matrix is used, there is an Always on Display function, the screen is protected by Corning Gorilla Glass DX. The perimeter of the watch is touch-sensitive and can be used as a rotary bezel. For convenience, there is a tactile feedback when triggered. The body of the gadget is protected from dust and water according to IP68 and MIL-STD-810G standards and can withstand a pressure of 5 ATM, which allows you to take a shower and swim in them. The internals are similar to previous models: 10nm dual-core Exynos 9110 processor at 1.15GHz, 768MB of RAM and 4GB of internal memory. There is a heart rate sensor, an accelerometer, a barometer, a gyroscope, a GPS module, an auto-brightness light sensor and an ECG sensor (but only in hardware). The proprietary software is able to measure everything that a similar device relies on, from steps to heart rate and sleep tracking. The operating system is Wearable OS 4.0 based on Tizen. The watch has a microphone and speaker for answering calls and communicating with Bixby, and thanks to the built-in memory and Bluetooth module, the watch can be connected to wireless headphones and used as a player. There is Wi-Fi and NFC. The battery capacity has increased, they promise more than 60 hours of operation, although it is not specified in which mode.
What’s in the box?
Samsung Galaxy Watch Active 2 comes in a small white cardboard box with a watch image. Includes watch, wireless charger with magnetic lock and documentation.
What Samsung Galaxy Watch Active 2 looks like?
Externally and in terms of the materials used, the Samsung Galaxy Watch Active 2 is similar to the previous generation: a minimalistic design, streamlined shapes, a round screen and a protective glass with rounded edges for the entire front panel and a metal case. But the dimensions have become a little larger. While this applies to the 44mm version we have in our review, the 40mm version is pretty much the same. At the same time, the screen became larger, and the frame around it became thinner. Plus, it can now be used as a touch-sensitive bezel with tactile feedback.
On the right are two physical buttons. The upper oblong. “back” has become a little larger, the lower. “home / food”. round. There is a small microphone hole between them.
The hole at the top of the watch is the atmospheric pressure sensor:
Two more slots appeared on the side. This is the very speaker. It can be used for conversations directly with the watch and for sports. This speaker tells the Galaxy Watch Active 2 what and how to do when choosing different exercises. Of course, you don’t have to use the function.
The back panel has changed significantly, it has a large optical heart rate sensor and (apparently) ECG electrodes. But it is worth talking about this point in more detail. At the time of testing, the function of the electrocardiogram itself was not in the watch. For its implementation, it is necessary to obtain certification from the relevant medical authorities. And this, I suspect, is not an easy task. But from a technical point of view, the Galaxy Watch Active 2 can:
Removable strap, standard 20 mm, with spring-loaded fastening. They are already on sale and can be replaced when worn out. Or just if you wanted a brighter color:
The strap and the buckle are the same as on the predecessor. Design with “tongue” and hole the other half. The strap is made of pleasant soft silicone. The more expensive version of the Samsung Galaxy Watch Active 2 in stainless steel comes with a leather strap.
The general style of the Samsung Galaxy Watch Active 2 is similar to the first generation, but there are some changes and they are positive. Firstly, the screen has become larger, and the perimeter bezel is smaller. And secondly, now there are two size options to choose from: 40 and 44 mm, apparently with an eye on the female and male audience. In any case, choice is good. In terms of materials and assembly, everything is traditionally good. The watch is protected from dust, water and other adverse external influences according to IP68 and MIL-STD-810G standards and can withstand a pressure of 5 ATM. In them you can take a shower and swim in the pool or shallow pond, there will be no problems. But for deeper diving or diving, they will not work.
What’s with the charger and battery?
The 44mm version of the Samsung Galaxy Watch Active 2 uses a 340mAh battery. The gadget is charged traditionally from wireless charging in the form of a small disk with magnetic fixation in the desired position.
In a very active mode of use, the watch confidently lives for 2 days. These are constant heart rate tracking, Always on Display, GPS tracking with automatic detection of fast walking and running, indoor training with tracking and recording of all exercises. Plus, of course, all notifications from your smartphone. By disabling Always on Display, you can significantly increase the battery life, somewhere up to 4 days. Overall, this is not much (compared to some fitness trackers). But given the range of features and capabilities, it’s okay. For emergencies, there is a power saving mode.