Samsung Galaxy Watch Active Review

by birtanpublished on March 30, 2021

This is Lisa from mobile tech review and this is Samsung's latest watch that actually looks like a watch served like a piece of jewelry how refreshing right this is the Samsung Galaxy watch active it they announced it and released it at the same time as the new Galaxy S 10 family of phones it's $199 it's available in four colors obviously you know I'm not into that whole gender thing pink is for women but I have to say that if you are a woman this is really particularly attractive and jewelry like but it's also available in black silver and this kind of blueish green that's very pretty I think it's

Most jewelry like in this particular color combination but no matter what the nice thing about this compared to the regular regular Galaxy watch that came out around August of 2018 is it's about half the weight it's 25 grams versus 49 so you don't feel it on your wrist as much it's considerably less bulky so if you're a woman even though I'm like 510 I only weigh around 140 pounds I don't have the biggest frame you know so I can't pull off something like the big galaxy watch even the 42 millimeter looks a little bit bulky so this one works and if you're a guy too and you

Don't have immense wrist bones you're probably looking for something a little more watch size this is just about all the features couple are missing though compared to the more expensive Galaxy watch we're gonna look at it now also of interest for your potential Apple switchers those of you who are captive I'm captivated by the galaxy as 10 family and phones that were thinking wow I'd hate to give up my Apple watch so here is an alternative now the galaxy watch actually supports iOS as well as Android and you don't have to have a Samsung phone though

Because it has some Samsung specific apps it's most ideal with the Samsung phone if you are an iOS user and you're sticking with iOS I would still go with an Apple watch because you can't weigh more features and a lot more integration this one for example you know you don't get replies to messages you just see them on the watch that sort of thing if you're using iOS 4 using Android if you're using a Samsung phone particularly you know get full of notifications and for things like messages you can do a canned reply you can use your finger to draw on the

Screen if you really want to write it out use a t9 old-fashioned t9 kind of thing you get the idea so there's more stuff going on there compared to the regular Galaxy watch it doesn't have the rotating bezel which is kind of too bad because that was great navigational way of getting around your apps particularly because those little touch targets are kind of small when you're choosing which app you want to launch text it's not the end of the world and the swiping and the the tapping still works okay on this one it has a 1.1 inch watch face so that's

Pretty large if you go with the 42 millimeter regular galaxy watch that's 1.2 inches and if you go for the 46 millimeter that's 1.3 inches so you get the idea so it's roomy enough it's 360 by 360 it is AMOLED you know that probably notice it refreshing occasionally on the screen it does have PWM but with your watch something that typically stays on for about 15 seconds you're not going to get eye strain it is very bright and very colorful and it's very visible outdoors so that's really what counts with the watch it has an always-on display which

Is kind of like all these watches a faint display that you'll see if it's not a super bright room and yeah you get the idea there it uses 20 millimeter watch bands it's really easy this the little slider pin to take those bands off if you want to swap others in and Samsung makes a whole array of 20 millimeter bands and the 42 millimeter galaxy watch for example uses the same band so you can go in leather if you want if you don't like the elastomer hypoallergenic band that it comes with and they're silicone bands and different color bands and all that sort of stuff

It comes with the usual kind of charging pad mini lozenge with a USB cable at the end of it you can plug into either your laptop or any charger that you have and you can charge it if you do happen to have a Galaxy S 10 family phone by placing it against the back of your phone which is pretty cool because the charge is pretty quickly that way it does not however surprisely work with Samsung's own fast charger meant for phones I knows why but it doesn't so the watch runs Tizen OS with a Samsung Exynos CP units Tizen OS 4.0 which is great by me I've reviewed other Samsung

Watches and I do like ties I think it's kind of fun it's enjoyable it's pretty intuitive there's not a big learning curve there it doesn't have usability annoyances and Android wear for all the work Google is put in over the years still you know people are not raving about it in the same way so if I was using an Android phone I probably would lean towards Tizen just because it's enjoyable obviously particularly if you're using a Samsung smartphone which a lot of people are using here's something that's always a challenge I'm very active I go to the

Gym I lift weights several times a week I do biking I do the treadmill all that sort of thing so I carry about equal parts about how well it is at tracking my exercise and how good it is as a SmartWatch because I like SmartWatch ISM if you're using something like the Fitbit Versa for example it's got a few smartwatches sort of characteristics basically notifications that sort of thing of a small App Store but it's still more geared towards the fitness thing and I want a little bit more smarts so once again the competitor here really would

Be Samsung's own galaxy watch but you know what the sensors are much better on the active particularly after a software update I got a software update a couple of days after the watch release which means it should be available for all of you if you get this and it really improved the heart rate sensor which was at first kind of mediocre felt like last gen and it's right up there with something like the Apple watch series 4 which is by far the best that Apple has done in terms of heart rate sensors and exercise tracking and monitoring all that sort of thing it's very good it's

In within one be per minute of the exercise equipment monitoring facilities and it's also right there with the Apple watch wearing both of them going to the gym and doing all sorts of exercises and it supports many kinds of exercises so that's really fantastic so you've got different kinds of weight training circuit training you've got your elliptical you're out there running your treadmill you're biking you get the idea and swimming it is water resistant to 5 atmospheres like many smartwatches these days including the Apple watch series 4 so yes I can track swimming and

It has an exercise autotrophic tracking facility which weren't pretty well in my experience I went for a walk a brisk walk and it figured that out within about 5 minutes and I knew that that walk had been going on for a while so it kind of backdated when I said yes go ahead and start tracking me it does have a GPS and it wasn't that slow to lock on I know some people have better results than others on time in a relatively suburban open sky kind of location but it got the GPS and it actually will show you a map on screen on your smartphone so you can see where it is that you went

And did you run your walk your outdoor biking that sort of thing now this does not have LTE 4G so the good news is no paying $10 a month extra on your cell phone contract the bad news is it does depend on being close to your smartphone so it uses Bluetooth 4.0 Wi-Fi direct to do those things and that's it so if you go out of range of Wi-Fi and a Bluetooth then well it'll still track your exercise it'll still function as a timepiece but it won't get notifications and any data like if you want to get a weather update it actually pulls that from your phone

Your phone does have to be nearby if you want all those things to update it does have a microphone so you can use Bixby oh lucky you well you know Bixby on the watch is a little bit more useful you can ask it but the weather is although you probably have the weather widget pre-installed on it but then things like that you know the weather the time change settings that sort of stuff it's there it works that's what the microphone does it does not have a speaker and I kind of do miss that I like having a speaker so if you're doing an alarm on it it will vibrate on your

Wrist and that is all you won't hear it and for notifications it vibrates you can set the vibration intensity it's pretty easy to feel it and notice it but you're not going to hear any sounds for that either that also means it can't work as basically an extended bluetooth earpiece for your phone the way the galaxy watch King because it has both the speaker and a microphone so you can actually answer and take a call on the watch if you want with the Galaxy watch but not with this active model it's a smart watch do you expect apps and Tizen has been around for many years now but

The app store selection is still not immense you can use the Galaxy store app on your phone so going take a look and there's actually a pretty good selection of watch faces out there many of which are free there's free and pay for apps both available you can sort by free and my paid so if you're cheapskate like me you're looking for free you can do that the apps not a great selection but you've got her you've got Spotify for me for a SmartWatch I'm not so much of an app junkie I have my phone to be AB junkie like I mostly want to have notifications and exercise tracking and

A couple of things like being on the call uber is cool streaming Spotify because the watch does have bluetooth so the usual thing with smartwatches is you can pair a bluetooth headphones or earbuds of the new Galaxy buds with so you can listen to tunes that you've transferred to the watch using Wi-Fi direct between in your smartphone navigating through the interface is like any other SmartWatch these days you swipe back and forth you swipe up and down you want to get the settings you want to get to notifications it has

Little notifications with a little dot that you can turn on and off that tells you there are notifications and you swipe through one thing I wish I would do but it's not doing is if a notification comes in you feel it vibrate you look at your watch it'd be nice if it opened it up for a short period of time so you can see what it was and you don't have to go in then and swipe and check but it also has sleep tracking which is something that I've found have worked has worked pretty well on galaxy watches and also on the gear fit and fit to products it seems fairly

Accurate without having a sleep scientists available to me to decide how much time I'm spending in light sleep versus these deep sleep versus REM sleep it seems to notice when I wake up and when I fall asleep again once in a while I notice it thinks there's a sleep interruption for some reason and doesn't figure out that I've fallen to sleep so my sleep will show up as two separate chunks for that evening only once in a week is it not missed the fact that I've gone to sleep and believe me I was not doing my trampoline things in my sleep or something I don't know how it missed

It but overall as I've reviewed many of these products it does a pretty good job of sleep tracking one thing to know is that this is still very much a right-handed person's product even though I am left-handed I'm wearing it on my right hand because that's my non-dominant hand some other watches do have the options in it to let you basically upside down the face so that the buttons are on a more convenient side so yes I can put it on this side but the buttons are kind of towards the inside of my arm here a little bit annoying it's not a deal breaker but it

Would be nice if they offered the option i've actually actually seen the accelerometer and in action is it once rotated to 90 degrees on its own I think that was actually a bug so yes obviously the display could rotate they're just not doing that so overall I liked it a lot I liked the gear fit and the gear fit – a lot – but those are fitness bands they're a little bit less styling if you're hoping for a round face watch and you don't have enormous wrists well this is it and if you don't have an enormous amount of money to spend because it $1.99 it's it's not too

Painful right you know it's kind of priced just right it seems like a fairly quality product you get aluminum see you've got gorilla glass on you got your AMOLED display it's fastest response of all those sort of things and it's fun to use and it's easy to use I like that without some of the annoyances and quirks that I keep seeing an Android wear and without the high price tag that we see in the Apple watch even though I still would recommend the Apple watch to those who are using an iOS product and it has a round face it's still nice to see I'm Lisa from mobile tech review be

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