Just like virtually every Samsung smartwatch before it, the Galaxy Watch Active 2
is certainly not perfect. But if there's one wearable device you should seriously consider getting if you can't afford the newest Apple Watch generation
or want something that works with Android smartphones as well, this is probably it
While nowhere near as affordable as the original Galaxy Watch Active
, the second-gen model still undercuts the $399 and up Apple Watch Series 5 by typically starting at a $280 price in a 40mm variant equipped with Bluetooth and GPS connectivity. Even better, the Android and iOS-compatible smartwatch is currently available for as little as $249.99 directly from its manufacturer, as well as major authorized third-party retailers like Best Buy.
Of course, the Galaxy Watch
Active 2 has been on sale at an even lower price
during the holiday shopping season, but if you missed those deals or wanted to save more money, a top-rated eBay vendor can now hook you up with an "open box" 44mm unit in exchange for only $219.
This is the size that normally fetches $299.99, going for $269.99 at the time of this writing at the likes of Best Buy and Samsung's official US e-store. So, no, the savings aren't exactly earth-shattering, but you're not risking or compromising much by doing business with QuickShipElectronics, which throws in a full 1-year warranty with your reasonably priced, stylish, and powerful smartwatch.
You won't get the product's original packaging, mind you, but all the original accessories are included and the open box Galaxy Watch Active 2 should look as good and work as well as a completely unused and unopened device.
Samsung's latest smartwatch may not be capable of measuring your ECG or detecting falls just yet
, but it can continuously monitor your heart rate and sleep, as well as make payments and track your location with built-in NFC and GPS support, all while keeping the lights on for a solid two days on a single charge of a 340mAh battery.
The Galaxy Watch Active 2 is also undeniably pretty, with a circular and sharp 1.4
-inch Super AMOLED display in tow, a robust aluminum body, and a sporty fluoroelastomer strap. The only model on sale at $219 right now is fully coated in black, which is an arguably elegant look.