The Samsung Galaxy Watch Active 2 was launched in September 2019, Samsung’s Galaxy Active 2 hasn’t been around for long. But it has already created a buzz amongst consumers. In fact, this watch is tipped to be a contender for the Apple Watch (series 4).
Samsung says that, because this watch simplifies your life, you’ll have more time to be creative. I tend to agree because the functionality of this watch is seriously impressive. That said, let’s explore the functionality (and design) in a bit more detail.
1. Priortizes Safety Features
Safety has become a major priority among smartwatches and it is no different when it comes to the Samsung Galaxy Active2. It has several different safety features including fall detection. Let’s talk about some of the different options you have where it concerns aiding your safety.
Fall detection has become quite literally a lifesaver. With constant updates to improve their watches, incident detection is still a great feature that can alert your loved ones if an accident has occurred. In the event that the user falls detected by a sudden shift in motion, the watch will start a 60-second timer along with an alert to ask the user if they are OK.
If the user doesn’t answer in the 60 seconds the watch alerts emergency services and contacts with a location and message that the user is unresponsive.
The watch also has several SOS features to help in other emergency situations. For starters, if you need to make an emergency call you don’t need to spend time unlocking your phone. It will help you make the call right away. You can also enable a battery-saving mode so that your watch can last longer than normal.
2. Helps You Stay Connected
One of the best things about the Galaxy Active 2 is that it can connect to an LTE network (LTE version only). This means you make calls and texts from your watch even if you don’t have your smartphone with you. You can even access most of your apps independently of your phone.
Having said that, the LTE version of this watch is pretty pricey, so you might prefer the Bluetooth version. If you’re someone who carries their phone everywhere (and you have no desire to break this habit), the Bluetooth version will work just fine. If you go for this option, you’ll save around £200.
3. Slim and Lightweight
When the original Galaxy Active was released, it received generally positive reviews, but some people felt the watch was a bit thick. Since the latest upgrade, it’s fair to say that Samsung has significantly improved the weight and thickness of the watch. The Active 2 sits comfortably against the wrist and doesn’t feel clunky at all. As such, it is an ideal Samsung watch for women.
4. Minimalist Design
Remember we said that the Galaxy Active 2 inspires creativity? Well, this is partly thanks to its minimalist design. Because this watch is stylishly simple, it won’t distract you needlessly throughout the day. Nevertheless, it has all the functionality required to be the perfect ‘personal assistant.’
5. Automatic Workout Tracking
If you live an active lifestyle, you’ll really appreciate the automatic workout tracking on the Active 2. It has to be said that the automatic workout tracking isn’t quite as good as Apple’s. This is because you can’t pause or change the workout settings during a session; you have to wait until the session has ended. However, since most watches don’t offer automatic tracking, it’s still a great feature.
6. Real-time Running Coach
My favourite feature on this watch is the running coach. It provides you with real-time updates to improve your running performance. For example, your watch will tell you to speed up, improve cadence, etc. If you are looking for a running watch, the Galaxy Active 2 is a real winner!
7. Slick Navigation
The Galaxy Active 2 features a digital bezel. This is unlike previous models which had a traditional bezel. I really appreciate this upgrade because it means I can swipe through the apps quickly. Once again, it helps me get things done without any fuss.
8. Sophisticated HR Tracking (Coming Soon)
Unlike the original Galaxy Active, this watch has an in-built EEG sensor. This means that, in theory, it can detect atrial fibrillation (an irregular heartbeat). But, at present, consumers cannot access this data. This is presumably because Samsung is liaising with research institutions to ensure that their device is accurate enough. This is something to look forward to in the future. But, if you can’t stand the wait, Apple watches already offer this functionality.
What Others Think About The Samsung Galaxy Watch Active 2
Overall, I am really impressed with the Active 2, but I thought it would be useful to see what others think. We ran a focus group and asked people about their initial impressions of the watch. Here’s what they had to say:
“I like how it reminds me if I’ve sat still for too long.”
“I like how responsive the digital bezel is, but I do sometimes overshoot with my finger which can be a little annoying.”
“Sometimes I forget to record my runs and cycles. It’s great that this watch records any activity over 10 minutes automatically.”
“This watch doesn’t track sleep as well as my Fitbit. Also, I was disappointed to find that the EEG monitor isn’t working yet. I wonder how long we will have to wait for this?”
“The battery life is not great. Having said that, I like that the watch goes into power-saving mode if I don’t move my arm.”
“There aren’t many apps available on Samsung watches, though at least I can get Map my Run, Twitter, and Uber.”
“It needs charging pretty much every day.”
Overall, people seem pretty impressed with the Galaxy Active 2. The biggest issues appear to be battery life and third-party apps.
Is the Samsung Galaxy Watch Active 2 Worth the Hype?
Since its launch, the Active 2 has created a buzz. Though you might be wondering, is it really worth the hype? Well, I’d say it depends on what you are looking for in a smartwatch.
Want a smartwatch that will enhance your workouts? ✔
Looking for a watch that will simplify your work/life? ✔
Do you want to stay connected without having to carry a phone? ✔
Want a thin, lightweight smartwatch? ✔
Happy to use a (very responsive) touchscreen? ✔
Need a smartwatch with great battery life? X
Use plenty of third-party apps? X
If you want a watch with plenty of third-party apps, Apple might be a better choice. And if battery life is really important to you, choose a watch like the Garmin Vivo active instead. A new alternative from Samsung is the Galaxy Watch 3. You can compare the Samsung Active 2 vs Galaxy 3 here.
On balance, I think this watch is great for busy, active people who want to find the time to be more creative. Although this watch does have a hefty price tag, it may be worth it! After all, it has been said that creativity is the most important skill in the world!
Last Updated on February 3, 2022
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Emma Morris says
Hi Yvonne, thanks for your comment. The Samsung Galaxy Watch you have commented on has great features, however if you also want to be able to use third party apps it’s worth considering the Apple Watch 6 as well. You can read our review here
I hope you find the best watch to work for you!