Samsung Watch Active 2 review
Platform, connection and configuration
Galaxy Watch Active2 is based on the Exynos 9110 chip system with a dual-core processor operating at 1.15 GHz and is equipped with 750 MB of RAM, as well as 4 GB of data storage, of which 1.4 GB is available to the user. Samsung has been using this platform for several years, starting with the Galaxy Watch, and it has managed to prove itself well. The Tizen operating system with the One UI 1.5 shell works on it very quickly and without any freezes.
As befits a smartwatch, the device has a range of sensors, including an accelerometer, barometer and gyroscope, and uses GPS, GLONASS, Beidou and Galileo for positioning. Wireless modules are represented by Bluetooth 5.0, Wi-Fi b / g / n 2.4 GHz, as well as NFC. The latter could be used for contactless payment, but the watch only works with the Samsung Pay service, which the company never launched in Ukraine.
Formally, Galaxy Watch Active2 can be connected to both Android and iOS smartphones, but in practice they will work best with the former. Apple restricts the work of third-party applications in the background, so the watch will often lose connection with the iPhone, which will become annoying after a while. There are no problems with Android in this regard, the main thing is that it should be at least version 5.0, and the device has more than 1.5 GB of RAM.
Galaxy Watch Active2 connects to a smartphone via Bluetooth 5.0 and for this you need to install the Galaxy Wearable app, since it is used to further customize the watch.
At the top of the app, information about the device is displayed: current watch face, battery level, projected runtime, and connectivity. Below are the menu items with settings, with which you can change alerts, programs, widgets, sound, vibration, screen display and other watch options.
One of the perks of Samsung smartwatches has always been support for all incoming notifications, and the Galaxy Watch Active2 is no exception. The user can still independently configure which application notifications will be transmitted from the smartphone, and most importantly, they can be interacted with directly on the watch.
For example, you can not only view a new Gmail letter, but also immediately delete or archive it, and immediately reply to a message in Telegram. over, the latter can be done in several ways at once: just an emoticon, a preset short phrase, as well as your own text, which is entered through gestures on the screen, or through a virtual keyboard.
In addition, Galaxy Watch Active2 can be used as a wireless headset and receive calls directly on it. To do this, there is a loud speaker on the left side of the watch, and a microphone is located at the top.
You can connect wireless headphones directly to the watch via Bluetooth and listen to music from them while jogging or exercising in the gym. To do this, Galaxy Wearable has an option to transfer data from a smartphone to a watch, the user can automatically sync music files with them, as well as photos.
Externally, the Galaxy Watch Active2 almost completely repeats the Watch Active model, which was released this spring. In it, Samsung for the first time used a more laconic design with smooth lines in its watches and in the new model the company took the same concept as a basis.
Galaxy Watch Active2 received a round case with slightly rounded edges. The entire upper part of the watch is covered with a protective Gorilla Glass, which is slightly rounded at the edges, creating a smooth transition to the metal frame.
Samsung ditches the massive mechanical navigation wheel around the display and uses a touchpad instead.
The appearance of the watch largely depends on the selected dial and strap, and the laconic design of the case in this regard plays into the hands of the Galaxy Watch Active2.
They are very easy to transform from classic to sporty.
Display and control
Depending on the size, the watch has a display of different diagonal, in the 44 mm version it is 1.4-inch, and in the 40 mm it is 1.2-inch. In this case, in both cases, a Super AMOLED matrix with a resolution of 360 × 360 is used. Traditionally for this type of screen, it has a very colorful picture with deep blacks and enough brightness not to fade in direct sunlight. In this case, the latter is automatically regulated by the corresponding sensor.
By default, the display on the Galaxy Watch Active2 turns off when not in use, and is activated when the user raises his hand to view the time. But you can choose an option with which the screen always remains active. In this mode of operation, it reduces brightness and animation, and also reduces the number of elements displayed on the dial. But this still significantly increases the battery consumption, so if you don’t want to charge the device every day, then it’s better not to enable this option. over, the automatic switching on of the display when raised works very well.
The watch interface is controlled via a touchscreen display and two mechanical keys located on its right edge. The upper one is responsible for a step back, and the lower one is for calling the menu and returning to the main screen with a dial. And besides that, you can assign an action to it by double clicking on it, for example, open an alarm clock or any other application.
As mentioned above, Samsung has ditched the mechanical scroll wheel, which was a pretty handy alternative to the touchscreen for navigating the interface. The Galaxy Watch Active2 uses a touchpad instead, which runs around the perimeter of the display. Touching it is confirmed by a slight vibration, which slightly compensates for the lack of mechanical click of the navigation wheel in previous models. In general, the touch panel works quite accurately. But what’s interesting is that it is disabled by default and you need to activate it yourself in the settings. Apparently, Samsung has made this navigation option for those who are switching to the Galaxy Watch Active2 from previous models, but the company is pushing completely new users to use the touchscreen.
Water and dust resistant
As in the Galaxy Watch Active, the case of the new watch is protected from water and dust according to the IP68 standard, and also has a water resistance of 5ATM according to the ISO 22810: 2010 standard.With the device you can safely swim in the pool or in open water, but you cannot dive. Samsung is also talking about certification according to the military standard MIL-STD-810G, with passing tests for moisture penetration, immersion in water, and also at working height. However, I note once again that the description of the MIL-STD-810G standard itself takes 800 pages and includes 29 tests, with different implementation methods. Accordingly, without knowing the testing conditions, it is difficult to say what kind of load the watch was subjected to during certification.
Sports and fitness functions
In addition to working with notifications and applications, the watch can be used to track physical activity. They can count steps, calories burned, minutes of activity, exercise, and sleep. All data is synchronized with the Samsung Health service, which organizes them and then provides statistics, as well as recommendations.
Galaxy Watch Active2 can track different sports, both outdoors and indoors. The user can run, swim in the watch, ride a bike and do yoga.
At the same time, you do not need to take your smartphone with you, they collect data completely autonomously, determining the distance traveled, pace, calories burned and heart rate.
At rest, the watch measures the heart rate quite accurately, but during sports, a lot depends on the correct fixation of the device, it should be two fingers below the wrist and fit snugly to the body. If you follow these recommendations and there are no physiological features that can prevent the optical sensor from reading the movement of blood in the veins, then the Galaxy Watch Active2 will measure the pulse almost at the level of the chest sensors.
Galaxy Watch Active2 review. smartwatch from Samsung
Samsung was one of the first to use its own operating system for smartwatches, and while Google was deciding on the future of Wear OS, it was able to become one of the leaders in this market. Models such as the Gear S3 Frontier and Galaxy Watch have become very popular and today they can be seen on the wrist of not only Samsung smartphone users. However, the design of these massive models with a mechanical navigation wheel around the display was not to everyone’s liking, and the company used a more versatile appearance for its new Galaxy Watch Active2. So let’s see how this affected the use of the watch and what they have to offer in terms of functionality.
Galaxy Watch Active2 interface and applications
The watch works on the basis of the Tizen operating system with the One UI 1.5 interface, which has become visually pleasing and more convenient to use. As with its smartphones, Samsung has used One UI in its wearable devices to improve the user experience. Therefore, most of the shell and menu elements have been redrawn, they have become larger and more convenient to click on.
Swiping the dial to the right will open a screen that displays all incoming alerts.
The same gesture to the left allows you to view widgets with different information, for example, about physical activity, current heart rate, weather, calendar events, the number of cups of coffee drunk. There are almost two dozen widgets in One UI 1.5, so the user can choose them according to his taste and needs.
A swipe from top to bottom of the screen opens a panel with quick settings, almost like in an Android smartphone.
The main menu of the watch opens when you press the mechanical key on the left side, all pre-installed and downloaded applications are displayed here.
Interestingly, the Galaxy Watch Active2 can integrate into a smart home system based on the Samsung Smart Things service, and if the user has devices compatible with it, for example, a robot vacuum cleaner or a washing machine, then they can be controlled directly from the watch.
Galaxy Watch Active2 complete set, versions and straps
The watch is delivered in a small cardboard box, inside of which there is a complete strap and a USB cable for magnetic charging.
Unlike previous generations of Samsung smartwatches, Galaxy Watch Active2 differ not only in the size of the case (40 or 44 mm), but also in materials, color and straps. A polished stainless steel version with a leather strap in black, silver and gold is now available for purchase, as well as an aluminum version with a silicone strap in black, gray and pink. In addition, there is also a version of the Galaxy Watch Active2 Under Armor.
I tested a 44 mm stainless steel watch with a polished case and a black strap.
Each version of the watch supports interchangeable 20 mm straps with a standard fastening system.
Обзор Samsung Galaxy Watch Active 2. лучшие смарт часы для Android?
Accordingly, if desired, the user has the opportunity to change the straps, and not only for official, but also for any compatible.
Samsung, in turn, introduced a range of additional leather and silicone straps for the Galaxy Watch Active2. I managed to try both options, and I want to note that they are made with high quality.
Although the leather strap is soft, it is quite dense and does not rub off quickly, and the silicone strap is pleasant to the touch and does not collect dust.
Samsung Galaxy Watch Active 2 review: smart and sports watches now with a touch bezel
In early 2019, Samsung expanded its line of smartwatches with the Galaxy Watch Active. They differed from the current Samsung Galaxy Watch 42 and 46 mm in lower cost, compact size, lack of a mechanical bezel and some functions. In August, the company released the second generation Samsung Galaxy Watch Active 2, which is a kind of mixture of the wider functionality of older models and the minimalistic design of the first Galaxy Watch Active. Of course, there are a number of design and functional innovations, plus now two sizes are available instead of one: 40 and 44 mm. We have already used a larger model and are ready to tell you about it.
Why Samsung Galaxy Watch Active 2 is interesting and how it differs from the first generation?
Briefly about the main differences between the Samsung Galaxy Watch Active 2 and the first generation:
- redesigned design with a thinner bezel around the screen;
- two sizes: 40 and 44 mm with screens 1.2 and 1.4 inches, respectively (the predecessor had 1.1 inches);
- the rotary bezel has returned, but in this case it is a touch-sensitive bezel with tactile feedback;
- a speaker and a microphone appeared, now it is possible to answer calls directly using the watch;
- increased battery capacity;
- the ECG function appeared (so far only “on paper”).
Now about the features of the Galaxy Watch Active 2 44 mm. They are equipped with a round display with a diagonal of 1.4 inches and a resolution of 360×360. The SuperAMOLED matrix is used, there is an Always on Display function, the screen is protected by Corning Gorilla Glass DX. The perimeter of the watch is touch-sensitive and can be used as a rotary bezel. For convenience, there is a tactile feedback when triggered. The body of the gadget is protected from dust and water according to IP68 and MIL-STD-810G standards and can withstand a pressure of 5 ATM, which allows you to take a shower and swim in them. The insides are similar to previous models: 10nm dual-core Exynos 9110 processor at 1.15GHz, 768MB of RAM and 4GB of internal memory. There is a heart rate sensor, an accelerometer, a barometer, a gyroscope, a GPS module, an auto-brightness light sensor and an ECG sensor (but only in hardware). The proprietary software is able to measure everything that a similar device relies on, from steps to heart rate and sleep tracking. The operating system is Wearable OS 4.0 based on Tizen. The watch has a microphone and speaker for answering calls and communicating with Bixby, and thanks to the built-in memory and Bluetooth module, the watch can be connected to wireless headphones and used as a player. There is Wi-Fi and NFC. The battery capacity has increased, they promise more than 60 hours of operation, although it is not specified in which mode.
What’s in the box?
Samsung Galaxy Watch Active 2 comes in a small white cardboard box with a watch image. Includes watch, wireless charger with magnetic lock and documentation.
What Samsung Galaxy Watch Active 2 looks like?
Externally and in terms of the materials used, the Samsung Galaxy Watch Active 2 is similar to the previous generation: a minimalistic design, streamlined shapes, a round screen and a protective glass with rounded edges for the entire front panel and a metal case. But the dimensions have become a little larger. While this applies to the 44mm version we have in our review, the 40mm version is pretty much the same. At the same time, the screen became larger, and the frame around it became thinner. Plus, it can now be used as a touch-sensitive bezel with tactile feedback.
On the right are two physical buttons. The upper oblong. “back” has become a little larger, the lower. “home / food”. round. There is a small microphone hole between them.
The hole at the top of the watch is the atmospheric pressure sensor:
Two more slots appeared on the side. This is the very speaker. It can be used for conversations directly with the watch and for sports. This speaker tells the Galaxy Watch Active 2 what and how to do when choosing different exercises. Of course, you don’t have to use the function.
The back panel has changed significantly, it has a large optical heart rate sensor and (apparently) ECG electrodes. But it is worth talking about this point in a little more detail. At the time of testing, the function of the electrocardiogram itself was not in the watch. For its implementation, it is necessary to obtain certification from the relevant medical authorities. And this, I suspect, is not an easy task. But from a technical point of view, the Galaxy Watch Active 2 can:
Removable strap, standard 20 mm, with spring-loaded fastening. They are already on sale and can be replaced when worn out. Or just if you wanted a brighter color:
The strap and buckle are the same as those of the predecessor. Design with “tongue” and hole the other half. The strap is made of pleasant soft silicone. The more expensive version of the Samsung Galaxy Watch Active 2 in stainless steel comes with a leather strap.
The general style of the Samsung Galaxy Watch Active 2 is similar to the first generation, but there are some changes and they are positive. First, the screen has become larger, and the perimeter bezel is smaller. And secondly, now there are two size options to choose from: 40 and 44 mm, apparently with an eye on the female and male audience. In any case, choice is good. In terms of materials and assembly, everything is traditionally good. The watch is protected from dust, water and other adverse external influences according to IP68 and MIL-STD-810G standards and can withstand a pressure of 5 ATM. In them you can take a shower and swim in the pool or shallow pond, there will be no problems. But for deeper diving or diving, they will not work.
What’s with the screen and hardware?
The screen of Samsung Galaxy Watch Active 2 has a diagonal of 1.4 inches, the resolution remains the same: 360×360. And it is quite enough for this display size. There are no complaints about the most used Super AMOLED matrix: both the picture quality and the brightness margin are pleasing. The clock was used even when there were more sunny days and there were no problems with readability. The Always on Display function is, of course, present. To the buttons and the touch screen, another control has been added. a touch bezel. There were doubts about him. But, fortunately, they did not come true: addiction happens literally over the evening. Plus there is a tactile feedback, which creates the feeling of a kind of virtual “cutoffs”. Interestingly, in earlier firmwares, the touch bezel was turned off by default, you had to go into the settings. Later, with some of the updates, the company decided to enable it by default.
Inside the Samsung Galaxy Watch Active 2, the same dual-core 10nm Exynos 9110 processor with a clock speed of 1.15 GHz, 768 MB of RAM and 4 GB of internal memory is installed. All of this has been used back in the Samsung Galaxy Watch, so the filling is familiar. And this is quite logical: there are no problems with the speed, smoothness of the interface or applications. The clock works on Tizen with the Wearable OS shell. There are practically no changes in sensors and wireless interfaces: heart rate monitor, accelerometer, barometer, gyroscope, light sensor, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and NFC. As usual, you won’t be able to use your watch to pay in Ukraine: Samsung Pay doesn’t work for us, and Google Pay is not supported by the watch. To determine the location, a module with support for positioning systems GPS, Glonass, Beidou, Galileo is used. The only difference worth noting is Bluetooth: instead of 4.2, now 5.0. The watch can be used together with a headset as a music player, innovation. the aforementioned ability to answer calls directly from the Samsung Galaxy Watch Active 2.
What’s with the charger and battery?
The 44mm version of the Samsung Galaxy Watch Active 2 uses a 340mAh battery. The gadget is traditionally charged from wireless charging in the form of a small disk with magnetic fixation in the desired position.
In a very active mode of use, the watch confidently lives for 2 days. These are constant heart rate tracking, Always on Display, GPS tracking for automatic detection of fast walking and running, indoor training with tracking and recording of all exercises. Plus, of course, all notifications from your smartphone. By disabling Always on Display, you can significantly increase the battery life, somewhere up to 4 days. Overall, this is not much (compared to some fitness trackers). But given the range of features and capabilities, it’s okay. For emergencies, there is a power saving mode.
Workout and sleep tracking
The rival Apple Watch Series 5 is a cool smartwatch, but it doesn’t accurately detect workouts in automatic mode. With Samsung, this is not the case. as soon as you start classes, the watch will immediately recognize it and begin to count. As soon as you look at the screen (raise your wrist), you will see activity results over time spent on activities, calories burned, heart rate and other information.
Of course, you can start the training mode manually, and there are many different types available: cycling, running, swimming, etc. And here it is important: the heart rate monitor works well enough and gives the correct readings. GPS tracking is also generally good, but GPS trackers on smartphones are better.
Of course, there is also such a popular feature as sleep tracking. The very idea of putting on a watch at night, let’s face it, is frankly bad, but if you need to monitor your sleep, then there is no choice. To be fair, I will add that the watch is not strongly felt on the wrist and is comfortable in bed. The sleep tracking function itself is accurate, in the morning you get information on the stages of sleep, you will find out how long deep sleep lasted, when and how many times you woke up. If the watch is on the wrist at night, then the battery loses only 5% in the morning, and this is an excellent result.
Cost and competitors
Galaxy Watch Active with a diagonal of 44 mm will cost 300; model with 40 mm screen. 280. And this is almost 100 cheaper than the Apple Watch Series 5. However, although Apple watches are more expensive, they work faster and actually do not slow down in operation, there are freezes on the Galaxy. On the other hand, Apple only connects to smartphones based on iOS, that is, to iPhones, and there is an inaccurate mode of automatic workout tracking.
If we talk about other alternatives, then the Fitbit Versa 2 cost 200 immediately comes to mind. This model has the best battery life (6 days officially, but in fact. 2 days with the screen always on), but the watch itself is less elegant and slower. If you’re looking to track your workouts, then it makes sense to look towards Garmin watches that offer better battery life but are awkward to operate.
Despite the fact that the name contains the word Active, the watch does not look sporty on its own: it received a classic design, an aluminum case and 2 physical buttons on the side, nothing more. The gadget is universal. you can wear it under a business suit to the office or take it with you to the gym. in both cases you will look great.
Samsung offers 2 sizes: 40 and 44 mm in diameter, the bundle comes with only one strap size. 20 mm. It is equipped with quick release pins so you can replace it quickly and easily. The strap itself is soft and comfortable in everyday use, but if you are a supporter of business style, no problem. replace it with leather or metal (sold separately).
If you have previously used a Samsung Smartwatch, you will notice that the new Active 2 does not have a rotating bezel, and due to this, the gadget has been made more compact, lightweight and convenient. However, you can still slide your fingers around the edges of the screen to control the gadget. That is, the physical rim has been replaced by a digital one, and it works just as reliably, intuitively and simply. By default, the “digital bezel” function is disabled, it must be activated in the settings.
With regular use of the gadget during the day, the battery capacity drops by 3-4%, and this is when the screen is always on. Of course, in training mode, and even more so when tracking your run using GPS, the battery drains much faster.
Galaxy Watch Active 2 offers a “good night” mode in which the device turns off notifications and other “interference”, showing only the time. In this mode, it takes 4-5% per night, and this is with the active sleep monitoring function.
In general, when the screen is always on, 100% charge is enough for 1.5 days of the watch. That is, if you put on a fully charged watch at 8 am, then by 8 pm you have 50% of the charge left. This is slightly better than the autonomy of a competitor. Apple Watch Series 5. The latter has 40% charge in the evening.
Samsung Galaxy Watch Active 2 review
Six months after the release of the original model, Samsung has introduced an improved Galaxy Watch Active 2, which now comes in different sizes and has several improvements.
The Galaxy Watch Active 2 looks less like a toy than the original, costs less than the Apple Watch, and works with Android and iPhone smartphones. And although this watch lacks a proprietary rotating bezel, this “chip” remained in the form of a function, plus, the gadget is able to monitor sleep and is very comfortable to wear.
There are 15 preinstalled watch faces available in the menu, some of them are unusual. You can also add more options with the Galaxy Wearable app. However, the standard 15 styles are more than enough to diversify the dial; the most informative. Premium Analog, which displays almost everything at once: time, weather, battery charge.
Conclusion, pros and cons of Samsung Galaxy Watch Active 2
The watch is excellent. stylish, fits comfortably on the wrist, is suitable for office and sports, the always-on display function is really useful and necessary, the autonomy is even nothing. Still, some disadvantages can be highlighted, but first, the advantages.
- Comfortable to wear
- 2 days of battery life
- Sleep tracking
- Clean design with no unnecessary elements
- Clear workout tracking
- Can’t quickly switch between watch faces
- Bixby is worse than Siri or Google Assistant
- Missing physical rotating bezel
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The Galaxy Watch Active comes with a detachable 20mm rubber strap. The watch mount is standard, so it can be replaced with any other one. The trench is implemented in an interesting way. here it is not separate, but in the form of a slit in the strap, where the extra part is inserted. Thanks to this, the strap does not open and does not cling to clothing. The strap itself is very comfortable and soft. You get used to it very quickly and you don’t even notice it in everyday life, even while sleeping and running.
Design, body materials
Compared to the Gear S3 and Galaxy Watch, the Active version has become noticeably smaller in size. Now this is not a large, frankly men’s watch, but a very neat gadget that will suit women, not only due to its dimensions, but also additional colors, among which there are light gray and rose gold. In addition to these, standard black and dark green are also sold.
The watch case is made of aluminum, and the display is covered with Corning Gorilla Glass. The weight of the watch is small. 25 grams (without a strap) and they are absolutely not felt on the wrist. The watch is also thin, and thanks to the smoothed edges, long-sleeved clothes do not cling to them. The case is protected to IP68 and MIL-STD-810G standards. According to the manufacturer, the watch can withstand pressure up to 5 atmospheres. In the watch, you can wash your hands, take a shower and swim, you can not be afraid of water penetration inside.
What the Galaxy Watch Active can do?
The watch, in fact, is a functional fitness tracker with all the necessary capabilities: counting steps, tracking sleep, workouts and heart rate. You can also record the amount of water and coffee you drink in your food diary. The number of steps is tracked approximately correctly, I did not notice any unnecessary movements registered as walking. The departure time was also recorded correctly in all cases. After sleeping, you can see the time spent in different phases, as well as its effectiveness.
In running mode, I have no special remarks about the Galaxy Watch Active, with the exception of one. when you turn on the display, the watch seemed to recalculate the current pace every time, and did not show the one that is at the moment. It feels like the watch falls asleep when the display is turned off, and then wakes up when you raise your hand and begins to determine the pace. But, in fact, there were no problems with GPS accuracy in the end. The watch perfectly maintains communication with satellites in urban environments. The track in all cases was exactly what it really was. But why the clock does not show the correct current pace for me remained a mystery and I can only write it off as a flaw in the firmware.
There are definitely no complaints about the heart rate monitor, it tracks the heart rate well at rest and while running, and in my case its accuracy was comparable to a chest strap. But, it is worth remembering that when exercising with weights and swimming, it will not show the correct values due to the peculiarities of the technology.
You need the Samsung Health app to sync your physical activity.
Review of smart watches Samsung Galaxy Watch Active
In early 2019, Samsung held a presentation. which showed its new flagship smartphones and a number of other gadgets. One of them is the new Smartwatch aimed at sports fans and active lifestyles. Let’s take a look at how much “Smart” is in the Galaxy Watch Active and how “sport” they are.
The watch comes in a small package, which also has a charger with a magnetic mount and an additional part of a smaller strap for a thin wrist.
Equipment and software
Before I talk about what these little watches can do, I will focus on what they have inside. So, the clock is running under the control of Tizen, as a processor. Exynos 9110, 768 MB of RAM, 4 GB of internal memory, of which 1.5 are available to the user to store their photos and music. Both photos and audio can be uploaded to the watch only using the Galaxy Wearable app on your smartphone. This cannot be done from a computer. Only MP3 format supported for music.
Wireless interfaces include Bluetooth 4.2, Wi-Fi 802.11n and NFC. The latter can be used for quick pairing with a smartphone and for contactless payment using Samsung Pay technology, which still does not work in Ukraine. Of course, the watch has GPS for tracking movement when running, cycling and swimming in open water.
There are no other wireless modules in them, you cannot make calls using the Galaxy Watch Active. You can use the watch as a wireless remote control to dial a number or dictate a message, but it will still go through your smartphone. You can reject an incoming call and send a message with a pre-prepared text, or dictate, or write your own. There is a small numeric keypad and support for handwriting input, but all of this is not very convenient to use. But voice input does a pretty good job of recognizing words.
The vibration motor in the watch is powerful, you always feel it both during the day and when you wake up, but the latter is very individual.
How to manage them?
To navigate the menus, the watch has a touch screen and gestures, as well as two buttons on the right. There is no rotating bezel here. For those who are comfortable wearing the watch on their right hand or having buttons on the left. no problem, the case can be turned over and the display will turn over with it.
This can be done in both the watch and the Galaxy Wearable app.
Since this is a full-fledged Smartwatch, here you can:
- drop the call and take advantage of quick replies, and even add your own quick replies in the app;
- you can ignore the call;
- you can answer and at the same time speak directly from the watch, because there is a speaker and a microphone.
“Apple Watch” от Samsung или полный обзор Galaxy Watch Active2
Controlling the clock is actually very simple, for this there is:
- two mechanical keys;
- touch screen;
- touch-sensitive bezel, which replaced the mechanical.
The top key is responsible for going back one step. The bottom key is the “home” key, just like the iPhone “home” key, by pressing it you will immediately return to the “home screen”. You can assign a double tap to open a specific application. The most interesting thing is the touch bezel. Go to the settings and select the “advanced” item, and there the item “touch the ring”. With every transition, the watch vibrates pleasantly.
Galaxy Wearable APP
Consider the Galaxy Wearable app. First, it is completely Ukrainianized. Secondly, it is beautiful. Third, it is understandable. Most of the settings are duplicated in the watch and in the application, but of course, it is much more convenient to configure everything on a large smartphone screen.
Let’s take a quick look at what we can do in the application.?
- define the applications from which you will receive notifications, and from which not. By the way, the more notifications you receive on your watch, the faster the battery will drain.
- customize notification sound, vibration strength, and the like. There are two vibration modes: powerful and weak, but the difference between them is minimal.
- install the application you will switch to after double-clicking the “home” key.
- change quick settings is what will be displayed when you roll back the curtain.
- choose which music or audio book to download to your watch (by the way, you have 4 GB of memory at your disposal).
- send images to watch. I do not know why I need a gallery on the clock, but let it be a trick. Although students before the exam can upload the “correct” pictures here.
- make a backup. I made a backup copy of my watch face settings and other chips that I configured, and when I buy my Galaxy Watch Active 2 or another watch for myself, I will go to my Samsung account and just restore the settings.
The sports feature set will suit most users. The watch allows you to track about 40 types of workouts, seven of which are automatically activated. running, swimming, walking, cycling and others. Samsung notes that the Galaxy Watch Active 2 features updated sensors that can read data even faster, which helps you better monitor your performance during your workouts.
You can sleep on the watch, and the Samsung Health app will track your sleep time. If you don’t take your watch off at night, the Samsung Health app will show you how much you slept and whether your sleep was restful. In general, Samsung Health will be a very cool addition for those who buy Smart watches to track health and exercise.
A detailed review of the Samsung Galaxy Watch Active 2
Friends, today we are reviewing the Samsung Galaxy Active 2 Smartwatch. First of all, I will say that this is not the first time I have used a Samsung Smartwatch. I have been using the Galaxy Gear S2 for a long time and have the best memories. However, I remember the reason why I sold it. it kept the battery in my scenario of use up to a maximum of 5 pm. How are you doing with autonomy and with the rest of the characteristics in Active 2 now let’s figure it out.
The smartwatch has a 1.4-inch screen. The Amoled matrix is installed here and there is an Always On Display. Expansion 360×360 pixels. The screen is protected by Corning Gorilla Glass DX. In the display settings on your watch, you can:
- adjust brightness;
- turn on auto brightness;
- set screen timeout;
- choose a background style;
- choose the style and size of the font;
- enable increased sensitivity;
- enable water blocking.
We are already used to the fact that Amoled is a very rich and bright picture with deep blacks. I couldn’t check this screen in direct sunlight to assess its readability, because the sun does not appear often now, but I am convinced that everything is in order. When you are not working with the screen, the backlight turns off, although you can configure so that it does not go out, but you understand that this will greatly affect the autonomy. Always On Display is enough.
Plus, when you raise your hand, the backlight turns on and it works flawlessly. There is a whole wagon of dials here. There are pre-installed, you can additionally download, you can buy. And here is not just a bunch of watch faces, but a bunch of really cool dials that you can customize by color, according to what information they will display.
You can control music playback, adjust the volume, switch tracks without taking your smartphone out of your You can also download tracks directly to your watch and then you don’t need a smartphone at all, but listening to them through the watch’s speaker is a little strange. However, you can connect wireless headphones and enjoy complete smartphone independence.
These watches can be made of aluminum or stainless steel and the latter, which is logical, is more expensive, but also looks cooler. Together with the aluminum version, the set comes with a strap very similar to the silicone one in which you can swim and it is very convenient to play sports, but with the steel version there is a leather strap in the set. The watch is very minimalistic when compared to the Galaxy S3 Frontier, which had a case with all kinds of serifs. In Active 2, everything is smooth, smooth, rounded, without unnecessary details. In the aluminum version, the Smartwatch is available in three colors: black, silver and rose gold. The steel version also comes in three colors: black, silver and gold. I liked the silver version the most. By the way, the strap attachment is standard 20 mm, which means that you can choose straps, both original from Samsung and from any other manufacturers. New day, new look, new strap.
Regarding the size, there are two variants of watches. 40 mm and 44 mm. They are called Galaxy Watch Active 2, because they are designed for a variety of activities and there are all the prerequisites for this. They are protected according to the military standard MIL-STD-810G. You can go at least to Wikipedia and see what this means. There is a moisture protection of 5 atmospheres. You can swim in them, but here it is not only about the watch, but more about the leather strap, because if there is nothing for the watch, then the strap may become limp.