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. 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.
2. 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.
3. 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.’
4. 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.
5. 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!
6. 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.
7. 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
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 Galaxy 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 to 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 April 9, 2021
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Rachael had a masters degree in psychology (with distinction) and a bachelors degree in English literature (with first-class honours) from reputable UK universities. Rachael has worked for two years as a research associate and reporter for a high-profile UK media company.