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Samsung Galaxy Watch Active 2 review: Ideal for Android Users

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Samsung’s motto of refreshing its smart watch range continues with the Galaxy Watch Active 2 — an incremental update of the Galaxy Watch.

The smartwatch sports an equivalent slim design and modern look. It is sleek, lightweight, has an aluminum body and comes in cloud silver, aqua black and pink gold colors.  The model looks classy and comes with a leather strap.

Features of Galaxy Watch Active 2

The Active 2 features a 1.2-inch Super AMOLED display with 360 x 360 resolution. The South Korean company has neatly placed its first party apps on the display and therefore the new digital dial makes it easy to navigate through menus.

The Samsung smartwatch is powered by Samsung’s own Exynos 9110 dual-core chipset as well as packs 1.5 GB of RAM and runs Samsung’s own One UI. The interface all in all makes it easier to sift through various apps and notifications. Moreover, users also can answer phone calls using the device.

samsung galaxy watch active 2 review
Samsung Galaxy Watch Active 2

Fitness Features In Galaxy Watch Active 2

Coming to the fitness part, the Active 2 has 39 workout tracking modes including swimming, running and walking. The smartwatch also easily connects to Bluetooth headsets of varied brands, which makes it easier for the user to concentrate to music or give vocal commands during workout sessions.

The device also comes equipped with a heart sensor and also offers an ECG feature like Apple Watch 4 and 5.

Digital Rotating Bezel in Galaxy Watch Active 2

The introduction of the digital rotating bezel is one among the most well liked features added to the Active 2, and it’s a welcome one, but it also makes me long for the mechanical rotating bezel found on the more robust Galaxy Watch. It all in all essentially allows you to scroll through lists and navigate screens on the OS rather than swiping around on the screen and leaving fingerprint marks. It doesn’t feel as satisfying because the mechanical bezel on the Galaxy Watch.

Using the Watch Active 2 throughout the day, you will all in all find nothing but smooth and fluid performance. It also offers more third-party app support than Google’s Wear OS, but it still can’t hold a candle to the Apple Watch’s vast, growing, and now stand-alone app ecosystem.

Samsung Galaxy Watch Active 2

Using Spotify Premium with Galaxy Watch Active 2

You will find popular staples like Spotify Premium, which all in all allows you to play music directly from your wrist or to earphones (an especially nice perk on the LTE version) and fitness apps like MyFitness Pal and Strava, but even fitness app selection is quite limited, and you won’t find any navigation apps.

Samsung Galaxy Watch Active 2

Samsung does have a couple of new app integrations on the Watch Active 2, though. On the first-party apps front, the Active 2 continues to supply a spread of good-looking watch faces with different functions and designs, but also adds a feature called My Style. It is a fun as well as unique thanks to match your watch face to your outfit. Just take a photograph of your outfit within the Galaxy Watch app as well as a couple of patterned backgrounds are going to be generated for you to settle on from.

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