Samsung galaxy watch active

Samsung’s Galaxy Watch Active sầu is the follow-up to its Gear Thể Thao, a stripped-down smartwatch focused on fitness tracking and glanceable notifications. At just $200, it’s much cheaper than the flagship $350 Galaxy Watch & the Apple Watch Series 4. Saving money often means sacrificing features, but the Active doesn’t thua kém out on much; it’s fast, swim-proof, has built-in GPS, includes a slew of fitness modes, và lasts a long time on a charge. However, it does give up a beloved piece of hardware that’s become a signature of Samsung’s other smartwatches: the rotating bezel. But the Galaxy Watch Active still strikes a very appealing balance for its price. I’d already Điện thoại tư vấn it one of the better options for Android users who understvà its limitations, which I’ll get inkhổng lồ below.

The Active’s kiến thiết is fairly generic. It comes in nicer colors than the blaông chồng variant I reviewed, but all of them tóm tắt the same understated style that almost looks lượt thích something Pebble would have sầu made. It’s not flashy, but it works. The 20mm bands are easy khổng lồ replace, as well.

The Galaxy Watch Active’s most shining attribute is comfort. Its aluminum case is far lighter than the stainless steel Galaxy Watch or the Apple Watch Series 4, & it’s thin enough lớn not get caught up on shirt cuffs or outerwear. The watch rests flat on my wrist, & I quickly forget that I’m wearing it, whereas I never really “forget” that my stainless steel Series 4 is on. It’s such a pleasant fit that I’ve been able lớn sleep wearing the Active without any discomfort. The watch automatically switches into lớn sleep-tracking mode when it detects that you’ve sầu gone to bed. It breaks down the quality of your sleep based on how long you spent in each phase. None of this is quality among fitness wearables that offer sleep tracking (lượt thích a Fitbit), but it’s something the pricier Apple Watch still can’t bởi natively.

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Our đánh giá of Samsung Galaxy Watch Active sầu

Verge Score 7.5 out of 10

The trade-off for that comfort is a smaller screen, especially compared to the monstrous 46milimet Galaxy Watch. The Active sầu has a 40mm case with a significant bezel running around its 1.1-inch OLED display. I wouldn’t Call it cramped, per se — content on-screen is perfectly legible, và you can tap where you need without many mistakes — but whereas the lathử nghiệm Apple Watch can sometimes feel like a computer on your wrist, the Galaxy Watch Active sầu doesn’t leave sầu that same impression. Some people might actually prefer that, and Samsung clearly cared more about fit than screen real estate this time around. Speaking of fit, the company includes two sizes of its silicone sport strap in the box; I immediately had lớn swap for the larger one.



But Samsung took something very important away from the Galaxy Watch Active: it lacks the rotating bezel that has proven lớn be an intuitive sầu, natural, and fun control mechanism on the company’s other smartwatches. The Tizen Wearable OS 4.0 software is designed to lớn put the display’s circular shape to lớn good use, but navigating the Galaxy Watch Active sầu can feel more finicky without the rotating bezel và its satisfying clicks.

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For one, the watch’s software doesn’t really take into tài khoản this significant change in how you interact with it. The user experience is largely identical khổng lồ that of the Galaxy Watch, và it’s clearly meant to lớn work best with a rotating bezel that can quickly scroll through menus.

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Relying only on taps and swipes (plus the physical bachồng and trang chính buttons) isn’t the over of the world, but it undeniably feels like more work. If the ứng dụng you tap on in the apps drawer isn’t already highlighted, for example, you’ve sầu got lớn tap a second time to open it. The Active sầu is at least a pleasure to swipe across with its smooth glass top & curved edges. Your finger won’t be knocking into a raised bezel as with the Galaxy Watch. (Of course, that also means you run a higher risk of a shattered screen if you drop it.)

Tizen OS 4.0 runs very fluidly on the Active, which is powered by the same processor as the Galaxy Watch. From the main watchface, you can swipe down from the top for quick toggles / settings, swipe right lớn view your notifications, or swipe left to move between any widgets (alarms, calendar, music controls, sleep tracking, etc.) you want fast access to lớn. Hold down on the main screen lớn switch to another watchface or download more; there are thousands of watchfaces available, which, frankly, seems hopeless to navigate through. But at least you’ve sầu got options.

Galaxy Watch Active specs

Casing: 40mmStrap: 20mmDimensions: 39.5milimet x 39.5milimet x 10.5mmWeight (without strap): 25gDisplay: 1.1-inch OLED (360 x 360)Processor: Dual-core Exynos 9110 1.15 GHzStorage: 4GBRAM: 750MBBattery: 230mAhOS: Tizen OS 4.0Bluetooth: 4.2NFC: YesGPS: YesWater resistance: 5ATM và IP68Ruggedness: MIL-STD-810GWireless charging: Yes (limited compatibility)Works with Android, iOS

The built-in watchfaces were fine for my tastes. You can change the color of some, & others offer customizable complications lớn display the information most important to lớn you. Samsung’s watchfaces don’t feel quite as data-rich as some of those on the Apple Watch Series 4, but, again, that probably has khổng lồ vì with the modest display. Pit this against a Fitbit Versa, and the comparison swings in Samsung’s favor.

Samsung does a good job of optimizing its wearable apps for a round display, but I still think some of the icons và user interface elements are ugly compared lớn the Apple Watch or Google’s revamped Wear OS. The company says there have been some visual tweaks inspired by its One UI kiến thiết guidelines, but they’re barely noticeable. Plus, since Tizen is its own separate operating system, sometimes you’re required to install a “companion” app on your Android phone if you download watch apps such as Uber. That feels like unnecessary clutter. Many apps sover basic notifications without any useful response actions, but you can customize which ones you want to reach your wrist.

Third-tiệc ngọt app selection, in general, on the Active is dismal compared to lớn Apple Watch và Wear OS, though Samsung has a few popular fitness apps lượt thích Strava on board. And the included Spotify app lets you tải về music for offline listening, which the Apple Watch version can’t yet vì chưng. That’s good news for runners, & it might be enough khổng lồ sell some people on the Active. But there’s no such thing as Google Maps or Google Messages for Tizen.

Just as with Samsung’s phones, Bixby is a weak point on the Active sầu. It sometimes fumbles the accuracy of dictated messages, và it will frequently steer you baông chồng to lớn your phone for many questions if you go deeper than asking for the weather or telling it to fire off a text. At least Bixby is easier lớn just ignore when there’s not a dedicated button for it. I don’t foresee people using apps beyond those for music & fitness tracking on the Galaxy Watch Active sầu very often. When you get notifications from messaging or tin nhắn apps, you can choose from a danh mục of canned responses or add your own custom reply. Failing that, you can scribble out a message letter by letter a la the Apple Watch if you really have no other option.

Samsung Pay is included for wireless payments, but only at terminals that support NFC; Samsung doesn’t include the MST giải pháp công nghệ found in flagship Galaxy phones that can mimic the magnetic stripe on credit / debit cards, allowing Samsung Pay lớn be used in many more situations.

It’s worth underlining that owners of Samsung phones get the best experience from the Galaxy Watch Active. It has versions of the company’s stoông xã email và messaging apps on board, but no such luck for Gmail or Google’s Messages ứng dụng. That’s disappointing for those using another Android device (or who dislượt thích Samsung’s software). In either case, you’ll need the Galaxy Wearable app installed lớn get phối up và adjust the watch’s settings.

Unfortunately, the watch’s main new health-related feature — blood pressure detection — wasn’t yet ready lớn test at press time. When it does launch, it’ll be in beta. Allow me lớn reiterate that you shouldn’t trust a consumer gadget khổng lồ serve sầu as your doctor or a miracle device that can sense all ailments. The Active’s sleep tracking seems fairly on point, automatic workout detection was surprisingly quichồng to lớn recognize activity, & my daily steps lined up closely with an Apple Watch on my other wrist. So it hits the fundamentals & also has a water resistance rating of 5ATM, meaning even a deep swyên ổn won’t damage it.

Samsung’s Health app offers a ton of functionality; aside from collecting your workout totals and showcasing your progress, it can log your nutrition (food, water, and caffeine intake) if you’re willing to lớn consistently input đầu vào that data. Rounding out fitness, Samsung includes breathing / relaxation apps & a brand-new widget for tracking your weight. And if you’re still for too long, the Active will nudge you to lớn vì chưng a set of torso twists rather than stvà up.

I’ve been happy with the Galaxy Watch Active’s endurance so far despite the small 230mAh battery inside. Samsung claims it can go for 45 hours on a single charge, but that’s only a realistic number if you’re using GPS rarely (if at all) và keep the always-on display option disabled. Turning that on is a major hit to battery life. With mặc định settings, I’ve been able to lớn get through two work days before needing lớn charge. The Active can be juiced up when placed on the back of a Galaxy S10 through Samsung’s new PowerShare feature. Plopping it onkhổng lồ my Samsung wireless charging stvà didn’t charge it, though, so you’ll need the Duo Doông chồng if you want to go that route.

Very few iPhone owners are going to give much thought to buying a Galaxy Watch Active sầu. For them, the Apple Watch is the objectively better choice. It’s got more apps, the software is nicer và more coherent, & its integration with iOS allows for richer notifications & easy one-tap actions when those notifications warrant a response. You’ll feel a lot more constrained using the Active with iOS than with Android.

Samsung’s real competition is Fitbit with its Versa và products lượt thích the Fossil Sport that run Wear OS and are at par with most of the Galaxy Watch Active’s features, albeit for a slightly higher price. At $200, the Galaxy Watch Active sầu is a svào value that I"d probably consider before both of those, assuming you can go without the rotating bezel and won"t envy other smartwatches & their bigger screens. Using the Galaxy Watch Active might be less fun than Samsung"s other watches, but it"s still a good time overall.

Photography by Chris Welch / The Verge

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