Samsung Galaxy Watch Active2 Review

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  • $268.00 - November 16, 2019
  • $269.99 - November 13, 2019
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  • $274.63 - November 4, 2019
  • $274.70 - November 3, 2019
  • $275.53 - October 30, 2019
Since: October 19, 2019
  • Highest Price: $277.95 - October 19, 2019
  • Lowest Price: $268.00 - November 16, 2019

Pros and Cons

9 Total Score
Worthy of a spot on your wrist!

Overall we are extremely impressed with the Samsung Galaxy Active 2 and recommend it for anyone looking to pick up a SmartWatch

9Expert Score
Durability
10
Battery Live
9
Display
8
9.2User's score
Rating
9.2
PROS
  • Light Weight
  • Digital Rotating Bezel
  • Excellent Battery Life
CONS
  • Takes 2hrs to fully charge
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Review

Samsung Galaxy Watch Active 2 is a follow up to the first Galaxy Active watch active and is an excellent refresh on the Galaxy Watch Active released earlier this year.

The Samsung Galaxy Watch Active 2 comes in two sizes, 40 millimeter and a 44 millimeter and It’s available in Bluetooth and LTE versions.

The LTE model comes in’ black, silver, gold and in both stainless steel and aluminum finishes, Samsung’s and of course a bunch of different strap options.

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Samsung has brought back the rotating bezel but in digital form.  It’s not an actual physical rotating bezel; like on previous Galaxy models but a touch-sensitive finger-controlled bezel you can use to scroll through screens, apps and text notifications which makes It easier to control than the previous Galaxy Active.

The Galaxy Watch Active 2 is very lightweight and compact and the band on this particular one well-made and minimalistic

It still has a very bright 1.4 inch AMOLED display screen which made it very easy to read both indoors and outdoors.  Even viewing the watch in direct sunlight wasn’t an issue at all with the watch set to maximum brightness.

The Samsung Galaxy Watch Active 2 comes packed with lots of features. The battery life is really impressive. With the display set to always-on and general usage, the watch ran for one day.  With the always-on turned off, the watch ran for two and a half days of battery life. When it comes to charging times, we were able to charge the watch back up to 100% after in 2hrs.

When it comes to activity tracking the galaxy watch lives up to the name Active.  With activity tracking there are many ways to jump into a workout whether go into the exercise widget or simply tapping work out right from your home screen if you have this watch face set up which side note again there are a ton of different watch faces to choose from and customized straight from here you can select your workout of choice and get right into it basic stats such as your time distance traveled and heart rate will be monitored and shown to you during your exercise now regarding the heart rate monitoring I am happy with the accuracy that the active watch 2 provides when testing it side by side with the galaxy note 9s heart rate sensor

The watch has onboard storage which lets you save music right to the watch and pair up your earbuds to the watch which allows you to leave the smartphone at home while going for a run or jog.

Spotify is installed on the watch right out of the box and you can begin downloading music for offline listening right away you can also perform all of your normal music controls such as play pause skip and reverse tracks and change your volume off from the watch.

The watch has an IP68 and 5ATM water and dust rating so if you are a swimmer or get caught in the rain if you want to swim it will be able to handle a range of conditions.

GPS is also featured on this watch and will track your workout which you can see on an onscreen map which proved to be very accurate in our test.

This watch is excellent for day-to-day usage starting with messages text messages show up nicely and very clearly on the watch it is very easy to read through messages and reply using either voice or handwriting the message one letter at a time. Phone calls are also very manageable on the watch with its built-in speakers

I am loving the complete package of this watch from hardware to software and overall extremely impressed with the Samsung Galaxy Active 2 and recommend it for anyone looking to pick up a SmartWatch.

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Specs

OSBattery CapacityDaily ActivityDurability
Tizen Based
Wearable OS 4.0
340mAh / 247mAhDaily Activity Tracker,
Auto Detecting
Exercises: 7+ types
5ATM + IP68
MIL-STD-810G
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Price History

Price history for Samsung Galaxy Watch Active2 (Silicon Strap + Aluminum Bezel) Bluetooth - International (Aqua Black, R830-40mm)
Latest updates:
  • $268.00 - November 16, 2019
  • $269.99 - November 13, 2019
  • $274.99 - November 10, 2019
  • $275.99 - November 8, 2019
  • $274.14 - November 6, 2019
  • $274.63 - November 4, 2019
  • $274.70 - November 3, 2019
  • $275.53 - October 30, 2019
Since: October 19, 2019
  • Highest Price: $277.95 - October 19, 2019
  • Lowest Price: $268.00 - November 16, 2019
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  • At amazon.com you can purchase Samsung Galaxy Watch Active2 (Silicon Strap + Aluminum Bezel) Bluetooth - International (Aqua Black, R830-40mm) for only $268.00, which is 23% less than the cost in TechInTheBasket FR ($349.69).
  • The lowest price of Samsung Galaxy Watch Active 2 Aluminum 44mm SM-R820 - Silver was obtained on November 16, 2019 3:44 pm.
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  1. Rating
    20

    I have just gotten off with Samsung Customer Support – after about an hour of them attempting to help me figure out how to get Samsung Pay to sync with the watch they finally realized, based on the serial number of the watch, that this is an ARABIAN VERSION that will NOT support Samsung Pay or any other apps with regional differences.

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  2. Rating
    100

    Great watch with great features! My Galaxy Watch looks really great, and I love that it has custom looks that can be applied to it to vary the style of the watch. It allows you to customize your watch to your outfit. The watch feels good on, and isn’t too heavy. The strap was comfortable, and I was easily able to swap to the longer strap it came with for my big wrists. Battery life is great, it lasts several days for me and easily charges with the accompanying dock. The apps are quite helpful and I really like that you can add your own, I use it for Spotify a lot to switch songs and control volume and also to preview email or texts that come in without having to dig out my phone. Overall I’d give this watch a 10/10 and recommend it to anyone who has an Android phone! [This review was collected as part of a promotion.]

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  3. Rating
    100

    A Watch to Remember. I’m absolutely in love with my new Samsung Galaxy Watch and there are so many reasons why. Let me start off by saying this is by far the best watch anyone can ever have as it is versatile and user friendly. I was able to easily set up my watch and connect to my Samsung Galaxy S8 through bluetooth and using the Samsung Galaxy Wearable app. It also has built-in Samsung Flow app that provides seamless syncing with your smart devices. Before I get into the watch’s amazing technical specs, let’s take a moment to talk about how beautiful it is.
    The Samsung Galaxy Watch is 42mm display with Rose Gold stainless steel. The screen is made out of gorilla glass and is Super AMOLED, making it a strong and crystal clear. I love the fact it’s touch screen and you can change the face of the watch through the Wearable app as well as download more faces to customize your watch. The rotating bezel is a definite plus to navigate through the apps. The band is silicone and adjustable as it comes with an additional strap for a larger size. Shall I continue? This watch is compatible with Android and Apple iOS so both parties can enjoy this wonderful watch. It has built-in sensors such as; Accelerometer, Ambient light sensor, Barometer, Gyro sensor, Heart rate sensor to help you manage and track your health using the Samsung Health app. Another great plus is that the watch is water-resistant so be sure to set it on water lock mode before you dive in. What else? You can make and receive calls through your phone as well as talk to your contacts directly through your watch! I felt so cool like a superhero when I talking to my husband through my watch. The Samsung Galaxy watch battery can last up to 3 days if you change your setting to keep the watch face off instead of always on. You can also connect your watch to Samsung Pay app to make your instore shopping experience a breeze. To sum it up the Samsung Galaxy Watch was worth every penny. It has amazing features to help manage my health and fitness, great battery life, it’s strong and durable, has a beautiful design and customizable, and has been extremely helpful in assisting me on my daily tasks.

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  4. Rating
    100

    A Watch for every occasion. I’m very happy with this purchase. I’ve had a Galaxy S2 Classic smartwatch in the past and this is basically to replace that as I’ve missed having a smart watch paired with my phone. The unboxing experience was nice, they have updated the charging pad though it is still the wireless charging tech like the older versions. You get two different length silicone style bands. I personally don’t like silicone band as I feel they tend to pinch and grab hair or skin too easily. Fortunately, Samsung uses standard sized watch bands so switching band and customizing the look is quick and simple. I don’t know if this is common now but on Samsungs bands, they have a little nub attached to the band pin that sticks through the back of the band making it super simple to release the pin with a flick of a fingernail. You can swap their bands in mere seconds, as quickly and easily as changing between digital watch faces allowing you to fully customize your style to suit any mood or occasion. I swapped mine for the leather band off of my old S2 Classic. The Samsung Wearable app is your primary hub for all things related to the watch. It is where you can set up Samsung Pay, download new watch faces, install/update apps/widgets to the watch and check current watch stats. The watch itself still has the standard two button, rotating bezel controls of the older classic watches which makes it simple to use. The display is brighter than older versions but I prefer to keep it at its darkest setting with a high contrast watch face for day to day use extending the battery life to a good 48hrs before needing to charge. I rarely run the battery down below 15% before charging back up. At its lowest brightness, it is nearly unreadable in direct sunlight but it is easy enough to turn the brightness up when in those situations. With brightness turned up you can still expect a full days use before needing to charge. Full disclosure, I received this product at a discounted price in exchange for my honest opinion. I’m very happy with this latest version and I enjoyed it so much my girlfriend went out a bought the Rose Gold version for herself at full price and loves it. [This review was collected as part of a promotion.]

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  5. Rating
    100

    Samsung with another winner! Being a watch fanatic, I have a big collection of watches, but I never grabbed me a smart watch. The Samsung Galaxy Watch is my first smart watch, and man am I blown away. First off, the look, weight and feel is definitely way past official. The aesthetics and features that the watch offers is off the charts. I love having the option of setting the display on “Always On”. Gives me the control of having a real watch on my hands, and turns on with the flick of a wrist. I was able to watch videos, get email and message updates, upload photos from my phone, and switch between multiple watch faces (even downloaded ones), all through the Galaxy Wear app. I get news feed updates, weather updates, health stats, and full control of customization on this bad boy. I love the silicone strap and definitely do plan on switching into different ones for a more luxury feel and look. The battery life is more than incredible lasting up to 5-6 days, which is better than what was stated on the product description. By the way, I was pretty bummed about not getting the LTE version so I can use it just like my Galaxy S8, but last night my watch started buzzing, and the display showed a call coming in so I thought…ehhhhhh maybe it just activates my phone remotely to pick up since they are connected via Bluetooth….BUT NOOOOOOO….I actually picked up a phone call on my watch and was talking on it!!!!!!!!!!! Whattttttttttttt!!!!!! I love you Samsung for creating another winner! I’m a techy by nature so having this on my wrist feeds another part of my tech soul and makes me feel more complete. Now I can sleep sound. #GalaxyWatchInsiders #GalaxyWatch #GalaxyWatch Active [This review was collected as part of a promotion.]

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  6. Rating
    100

    The “real” smart watch. Another wonderful Samsung product. As an owner of the previous generation of this Galaxy watch I can appreciate the new inside the watch and outside the watch upgrades and it it a lot. I’ve been biased to Samsung products because of their high quality and innovation that makes them special and this watch is not different. Slim and elegant, battery life is extraordinary and can last easily for 3 days with regular use that includes daily active exercise for an hour or so. Durable and scratch resistant which sets it apart from other competitors. Even the small speaker is wonderful, loud enough to enjoy music and phone calls without headphones. It works on both Android and apple products so it does not limit your choices. The stress measurement feature is an amazing addition, it works perfectly and would help those with high blood pressure and stress levels to take a step back and relax. Water proof to 50 meters, and a lot (meaning really a lot) of exercise options both indoors and outdoors. All together, the best smart watch available current, highly recommended.

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  7. Rating
    100

    Best Smart Watch. I got my new Galaxy Watch….and i love it…..The battery life is the best part of the watch….i really like not taking out my phone to pay….i can use samsung pay at most of the places….i love the new faces…specially the custom ones….it is very easy to set up…..looking forward to use the watch and its functionality…..i like the band it is very soft….the watch is very light weight….does not feel like a smart watch at all….i showed my watch to my colleagues and everyone loved it…..couple people already ordered after seeing my incredible watch…. [This review was collected as part of a promotion.]

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  8. Rating
    100

    I love my watch. The Galaxy watch is definitely user friendly. This watch is easy to setup, easy to connect to my note 8 with the Samsung Galaxy wearable app, and is easy to use. Battery life is good. The watch went about 48 hours before needing to be charged. This watch has some great features and has made my life a little bit easier. Some of my favorite features are the changeable watch faces, the accurate step counter/activity tracker, sleep monitor, music controls, and being able to send/receive texts, emails, etc. There are plenty of free and fun watch faces to choose from. I like to change the face based on my vibe for the day. The activity tracker works great and is more accurate at counting my steps than just using my phone. I love the feature that reminds me to stay active and gives me ideas on easy exercises to do when I’m inactive. The sleep monitor is cool because each morning it tells me how well I slept by breaking down my sleep pattern. It tells me how long I slept and what percentage was REM, light, and deep sleep. I love being able to control my music from my wrist when I’m up and moving. It’s also nice to be able to read emails and respond to texts from my wrist while I’m on the go too. I love the daily brief I get each morning telling me what appointments I have and what the weather will be for that day. I love the weather widget. The watch is comfortable to wear and the band is strong and dependable. The watch face is the perfect size for me. Overall I am very satisfied with my watch so far and would definitely recommend this product if you’re in the market for an activity tracker/watch. [This review was collected as part of a promotion.]

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  9. Rating
    100

    Fantastic! I bought this as a birthday gift to myself. Best present ever! I had other smart watches, but they fail in comparison. The features, style and support make this watch an excellent investment in my health and well being. It is a beautiful piece of jewelry

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  10. Rating
    100

    Absolutley Brilliant. I have had this for about a month now and I love it! Being a student still, and not being able to use my phone during the day did cause challenges, but now, when I get an important text, I can respond immediately without risking being asked to leave. Also, it is great to get on that new health resolution and great when exercising. I can leave my phone behind and easily connect it to my bluetooth headset or my Gear IconX (when they arrive) to listen to music without needing my phone on me. Plus, the SOS feature is great peace of mind when hiking or biking. Having the 42mm version, samsung says I could get a day or two on a charge, but I have an abundant amount of battery draining features like having it constantly measure my heart rate and stress as apposed to when it finds easy time to do so, I browse the web on it, I keep the brightness all the way up, and many more, and still get closer to 60 hours of battery life than its estimated 24 hrs with all that on.

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  11. Rating
    100

    Great product. Got it a week ago and love it! When im too busy to look at my phone for incoming text or call i can look and answer from the watch. Plus change the watch face is always fun with soo many options!

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