Samsung Galaxy Watch vs Watch Active 2: which one do you like better?

Samsung Galaxy Watch vs Watch Active 2: which one do you like better?
Samsung has just announced its Galaxy Watch Active 2 yesterday and it comes with a slew with cool upgrades — it now has a “virtual” rotating bezel, an ECG sensor on the back (apparently, not to be active on launch), a Camera Controller app, sleep tracking and meditation assistance developed by Calm, and more nifty little things.

All in all, it’s a pretty good step up from previous models. We don’t know yet if the year-old Galaxy Watch will get the new software features via an update, though, we certainly think it should.

The Watch Active 2, as cool as it is, still doesn’t have a certain… panache. That classy look of a good-old watch is replaced by a techy appearance of a fitness tracker + electronic watch combo. So, we wondered — how many prefer the look of the big and bold Galaxy Watch over the Galaxy Watch Active 2? Which one would you get?

Which of these would you prefer to put around your wrist?

Samsung Galaxy Watch Active 2
57.12%
Samsung Galaxy Watch
42.88%

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9 Comments

1. Cat97

Posts: 1857; Member since: Mar 02, 2017

The Galaxy Watch has a 30% larger battery and the same processor and storage, it would be a no-brainer *if* it wasn't so heavy. The Galaxy Watch Active is Samsung's attempt to lure the feminine audience, it can also be worn by men but it's not so great looking, looks feminine just like Apple Watch looks on men. I think Fossil got it right with their Gen5 line, now that Samsung lost the battery life advantage I can't see why would one choose the Galaxy Watch Active 2 over an Android Wear watch.

2. cmdacos

Posts: 4085; Member since: Nov 01, 2016

Fossil line does look good from a styling aspect but WearOS holds me back.

3. maherk

Posts: 6768; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

Follow the WearOS subreddit and you will know why. I have had both my Huawei watches for 3 years now, and WearOS is the reason why I am looking into selling them and getting something else. Even the Huawei Watch GT with it's dumbed down OS, delivers a better experience imo. I'll give a simple example of how terrible WearOS is, data connection over Bluetooth has been having issues for years now, and Google are yet to fix it. Same goes with laggy UI, or sudden drop in battery life, and plenty of other issues.

5. MsPooks

Posts: 67; Member since: Jul 08, 2019

"I can't see why would one choose the Galaxy Watch Active 2 over an Android Wear watch." Why: Android Wear. For being stock Android, it runs embarrassingly poorly.

4. maherk

Posts: 6768; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

The only reason why I ditched my Galaxy Watch was its thickness, it wasn't an issue for me during summer time with short sleeves, but it was pain in a$$ wearing it with a jacket for an example. So even though it is the better overall watch, I'll still go with the Active 2 for it's slimmer design.

6. MsPooks

Posts: 67; Member since: Jul 08, 2019

The Active is certainly more attractive for us, especially in the smaller size. But I've always liked the mechanical aspect, and extra screen protection, of the Galaxy Watch/S series.

7. Stakeout

Posts: 20; Member since: Jun 28, 2016

except for the GW-Active being round.. it has the appearance of an 'Apple-icious' kinda watch.. way too 'clean' looking.. I'll stick with my original GW :)

9. Deadeye

Posts: 29; Member since: Jul 26, 2019

For me, it´s a no brainer, I bought 46 mm. It´s bigger, so it looks good on man´s hand. A metal band with it and you got some nice looking stylish watch (unlike AW). Also, there´s nothing better than mechanical bezel in terms of control.

10. HTC_ONE_MAX

Posts: 167; Member since: Feb 06, 2015

i vote Galaxy Watch, would be happier if Samsung brings back the design of og Gear S.

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