Review

Samsung Galaxy Watch Active 2: bezel control is back

It’s the latest smartwatch from Samsung and it actually joins the Galaxy Watch Active that was released earlier this year. Samsung is going to be selling both of these at the same time so you can kind of choose between them.

Samsung Galaxy Watch Active 2 comes in two sizes, there’s a 40 millimeter and a 44 millimeter.

It’s available in both Bluetooth and LTE versions. The LTE model is stainless steel and then there is a Bluetooth model that’s aluminum.

You’ll be able to get it in a bunch of different colors black, silver, gold a lily gold color watch.

There’s a bunch of different strap options.

There are the standard pin strap which got a leather one, there’s rubber ones in other words there’s be a whole bunch of different options there.

Samsung Smartwatch Active 2 Front Look

They’ve kind of made it a nicer feeling watch then the Galaxy Watch Active. Which was, it’s definitely a lower end model and it feels it when you use it. Everything is a little bit nicer especially the stainless steel model, it’s just a nicer build quality.

It’s still really thin and lite.

It still has a nice bright LED screen on the wrist, so, it’s easy to read indoors and outdoors.

Samsung Smartwatch Active 2

The biggest thing that they’ve done is they’ve brought back the rotating bezel.

Now it not an actual physical rotating thing like on some of the other Galaxy Watch models that we’ve seen in the past. It’s a touch sensitive stripe that you run your finger across and you can scroll through screens, you can scroll through text, notifications, apps, and more.

It’ alot easier then the previous which didn’t have any system like this at all. You only had the touch screen options, so, super happy to see that come back. It’s really slick and smooth and probably the coolest way to interact with the smart watch.

On the side you’ve got a couple of buttons, Pretty simple straight forward, back and menu buttons And then underneath you got an upgraded heart rate sensor, and an upgraded accelerometer.

Samsung Galaxy Watch Active 2-Stylish Look
Samsung Galaxy Watch Active 2-Stylish Look

And then Samsung also says that it has the capability to record your ECG. And that features is not going to be available at launch but it plans to bring it to it sometime later after the watch itself has been launched.

Otherwise, it’s a Galaxy Watch Active which is going to be really familiar if you’ve used a Galaxy Watch before.

Still has the same kind of ties and interface.

Still has the same kind of app menus and things you can obviously get your notifications from your phone.

You can swipe up and clear them.

You can view your calendar and weather and stuff. All the type of stuff you would expect from a smart watch.

Samsung Smartwatch Active 2- Front Look

Samsung has built in some new integrations.

  • There is better Bixby support now so you can activate a workout with Bixby and it can do a paste workout for you, which is new.
  • It can control smart things gadgets.
  • It has a Spotify integration built into it including offline Spotify playback, which is super useful.
  • And it has a new ability to watch YouTube videos.
  • There’s an actual YouTube app that Samsung built for this so you can watch YouTube videos on your wrist.
Samsung Smartwatch Youtube App

So in terms of battery life, Samsung says the LTE model, in 40 millimeters should get a day and a half, 44 millimeters should get you two days of battery life. So these are not super long lasting things like a Fitbit however it much closer to a standard smart watch in terms of battery life.

Another thing that’s new for this model is the ability to match a watch face to your outfit. You can actually take a picture with the app on your phone and it will then process what your wearing and create a watch face out of it. So, you can have a constantly different personalized watch face that nobody else has right there on your watch every single day.

So there you go that the look at the Samsun Galaxy Watch Active 2.

Now it’s going to be available at the end of September. On September 27th it’s the Bluetooth models going to be available first. It starts at $279 for the 40 millimeter, $299 for the 44 millimeter. Then the LTE models going to follow later and pricing going to be announced by the carriers on that.

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