Samsung officially announced several new wearables this week, but it is the Galaxy Watch Active, the company's latest smartwatch, which stands out from the package. While the hardware may not be as premium as Apple Watch 4, it is still in direct competition on watchOS wearable and will immediately be attractive to users who want a smartwatch that works with their Android phone.
If you're looking for your first smartwatch, or are interested in how these smartwatches compare, you've come to the right place. I have looked at the two in terms of dimensioning, specifications and software. And don't forget about the pricing, because it's also important when shopping for a new laptop.
Do you want smartwatch to work on a mobile network? Go to Apple.
Want a big, high resolution screen? It's complicated.
Apple's smartwatches win handy in the display category: Watch Active offers a 1.1-inch display, while Apple's 40mm watch has a 1.57-inch display and 44mm durable features an even larger 1.78 inch display.
On the other hand, Watch Active's 360 x 360 OLED display is not far from 40mm 324 x 394 resolution, but pales over 44mm Apple Watch are 368 x 448 resolution.
But specifications do not really tell the story. Apple's monitors have been tested outdoors and in the elements, so real-time use will be the only way to judge whether the Watch Active screen can compete with the Apple Watch Series 4's venerable displays.
Want a little or a big smartwatch? This is important.
Galaxy Watch Active comes in only one size: a 1.1-inch circular OLED screen encased in an aluminum part measuring 1.55 x 1.55 x 0.41 inches and weighing 0.88 grams. Compared to the weight of Samsung's latest wear, the 1.73-ounce Galaxy Watch, the new Watch Active is noticeably lighter, with a screen that is only 0.1 inches smaller.
But how does Samsung's new laptop compare with Apple's? The smaller Apple Watch Series 4 measures 1.57 x 1.49 x 0.42 inches and weighs 1.40 grams, while the largest model's dimensions clock in at 1.73 x 1.49 x 0.42 inches and weigh 1, 69 grams. As a result, Watch Active is lighter than both Apple laptops – the 0.88-ounce watch is a featherweight compared to the heavier Apple smartwatches.
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Specifications aside, there are software-based reasons why Galaxy Watch Active can be a compelling durability for future users.
As Apple Watch 4, Galaxy Watch supports Active Exercise Monitoring. It covers more than 39 activities, including rowing, cycling, running, martial arts, hiking, among others. Watch Active has been certified to 5ATM water resistance (which is about 50 meters, about the same as Apple Watch). So with any device you can swim and build a sweat without worry.
With a cue from last year's Galaxy Watch, the new Galaxy Watch Active also supports sleep tracking out of the box (Apple Watch 4 not), but it will take a formal assessment to find out if Samsung has improved its previous mediocre sleep tracking feature this time.
By providing more insight into sleep patterns, Galaxy Watch Active cannot be a convincing sleep tracking tool, instead of just monitoring your sleep cycle and showing your sleep cycle the next morning.
Want more than one way to keep your watch charged? Get it active.
Although I think it might be nice to put a Galaxy S10 down on the table, then put a Watch Active on top of that, I have to admit it is pretty cool that you can use this different stacking exercise to charge your watch with your phone. In fact, Galaxy Watch Active's wireless charging versatility can be a feature that Apple Watch users will envy.
When it comes to battery capacity, Watch Active has a small, 230mAh battery. It's hard to imagine that Samsung would put a smaller battery in one of its wearables than it did last year, but it has; Galaxy Watch had a 270mAh battery. However, Watch Active's product page requires 45 hours of single-charge use, compared to Apple's 18-hour Watch Series 4 (although our test exceeded the company's battery requirements last year).
To make Watch Active & # 39; s battery life even more confusing, use the same Exynos 9110 processor as last year's Galaxy Watch. Hopefully, Samsung has made some battery-saving optimizations to extend its usage period, because last year's Galaxy wearable didn't come close to Samsung's three to four-day battery life.
Want an easy-to-navigate interface? Choose smart.
Galaxy Watch Active runs Samsung's Tizen 2.0 operating system, like last year's Galaxy Watch. This time, Samsung has removed the rotary frame, one of the primary navigation methods used in last year's clock. It was a feature that was both intuitive and efficient for scrolling through longer menus (and I'm not the biggest fan of infinite scrolling and swiping to begin with).
This year, to be able to operate Watch Active, you have to rely on its 1.1-inch display, two-page navigation buttons, Bixby voice commands and wrist gestures. Apple's notebook, for comparison, has an intuitive digital crown that can be used to quickly navigate the watchOS interface, on top of touch control, voice commands using Siri and wrist movements.
Want a cheaper smartwatch? Choose Samsung.
Samsung's product page shows Galaxy Watch Active at $ 199; The watch is set to be released March 8 in the United States. Compared to Wi-Fi only 40mm and 44mm Apple Watch models ($ 399 and $ 429, respectively), you can have two Watch Active costumes for a new Apple Watch.
Watch Active also comes in four colors (silver, black, pink gold and green), a color than the Apple Watch (which comes in gold, spaced gray or silver). In addition, Samsung throws in a free wireless charging pad as a bonus for those who pre-book between February 21 and March 7.
Should you buy a new laptop? It is still up for debate.
The Apple Watch Series 4 has already proven to be one of the best – if not best smartwatches ever released and was quickly adopted by Apple fans and beginners. Samsung has an uphill battle on the hands (or wrists in this case) with the Watch Active watch having smaller navigation options, leaning against the sporty lifestyle rather than luxury, and having to deliver on its promise of longer battery life and better sleep tracking, including .
But not everything is cloudy for Samsung's upcoming smartwatch. Watch Active has several color choices for its case, half the price of an Apple Watch, has an impressive list of traceable physical activities, and can be charged wirelessly by a Galaxy S10 series smartphone.
If you're still unsure, stay tuned for our upcoming full review of Galaxy Watch Active.
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