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Apple Watch Series 3 vs Samsung Galaxy Watch Active 2 – Which is Better?

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Featured in this comparison chart are two fine smartwatches; the relatively new Active 2 from Samsung and the Watch 3 released in 2017. Each of these two has a decent and stylish design as well as being loaded with lots of features.Compare the specifications and features of the Apple Watch Series 3 vs Samsung Galaxy Watch Active 2 to find out the differences and which is a better choice for you.

Apple Watch Series 3 vs Samsung Galaxy Watch Active 2: Specifications Compared

 
 
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Apple watch series 3 (42mm) specs

Apple Watch Series 3 (42mm) Specifications, Features and Price

Samsung Galaxy Watch Active 2 (44mm) Full Specs and features

Samsung Galaxy Watch Active 2 (44mm) Bluetooth Full Specifications and Features

Price $199.00 $169.00 $237.99
ABOUT DEVICE ABOUT DEVICE ABOUT DEVICE
Device name Apple Watch Series 3 (42mm) Samsung Galaxy Watch Active 2 (44mm)
Device type Standalone/Fitness smartwatch Fitness/Classic smartwatch
Gender Unisex Unisex
Release date September, 2017 September, 2019
Predecessor Apple Watch Series 2 Samsung Galaxy Watch Active
Successor Apple Watch Series 4
Versions Apple Watch Nike+ Bluetooth only, LTE
BODY BODY BODY
Dimension 42.5 x 36.4 x 11.4 mm 44 x 44 x 10.9 mm
Weight 52.8 grams 30 grams (aluminum), 42 grams (stainless steel)
Shape Rectangular Circular
Case material Aluminum Aluminum, Stainless steel
Strap material Elastomer Fluoroelastomer (Aluminum), Leather (stainless steel)
Bezel material Bezeless Bezeless, Corning Gorilla Glass DX+
Strap size 24mm 20 mm
Screen protection Sapphire glass Corning Gorilla glass DX+
Water resistance Yes, 5ATM Yes, 5ATM
Durability test MIL-STD-810G
Swim-proof Yes, recommended Yes, recommended
Color Black, White Aqua-black, Black, Cloud-silver, Gold, Pink-gold, Silver
DISPLAY DISPLAY DISPLAY
Display size 1.65 inch 1.4 inches
Display type 1000nit, OLED Super AMOLED, Full color
Display resolution 312 x 390 pixels 360 x 360 pixel
Pixel density
Always on No Yes
Custom watch face Yes Yes
Input type 1 Physical button, Digital crown, Touchscreen 2 Physical buttons, Digital rotating bezel, Touchscreen
CONNECTIVITY CONNECTIVITY CONNECTIVITY
Bluetooth Yes, Bluetooth v4.2 LE Bluetooth v5.0
Bluetooth calling Yes Yes
GPS GLONASS, GPS Yes, GPS/GLONASS/BEIDOU
NFC Yes Yes
Wi-Fi Yes, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n Yes, Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac
MEMORY MEMORY MEMORY
RAM 0.768GB 0.75GB
ROM 16GB (GPS + Cellular), 8GB (GPS) 4GB
Memory card slot No No
CELLULAR CONNECTIVITY CELLULAR CONNECTIVITY CELLULAR CONNECTIVITY
Technology 4G LTE None
SIM type e-SIM None
Band
NOTIFICATIONS NOTIFICATIONS NOTIFICATIONS
SMS alert Yes Yes
Calls alert Yes Yes
Email alert Yes Yes
Event reminder Yes Yes
Third-party apps alert Yes Yes
MEDIA MEDIA MEDIA
Audio mp3/mp4 mp3/mp4
Bluetooth music Yes Yes
Loudspeaker Yes Yes
Microphone Yes Yes
Camera No No
Radio No No
SENSORS SENSORS SENSORS
Accelerometer Yes Yes
Altimeter Yes Yes
Ambient light Yes Yes
Barometer Yes Yes
Compass No
ECG No Yes
Gyroscope Yes Yes
HRM Yes Yes
Pulse oximeter No No
Thermometer App, No No
Other sensors
ACTIVITY TRACKING ACTIVITY TRACKING ACTIVITY TRACKING
Blood oxygen No Yes
Blood Pressure No Yes
Calories Yes Yes
Distance Yes Yes
ECG tracking No Yes
Fitness Level Yes Yes
Heart rate monitoring Yes Yes
Sleep tracking Yes Yes
Steps Yes Yes
Stress Yes Yes
Incidental fall detection No No
Menstrual cycle Yes No
VO2 Max Yes Yes
Swim-tracking Yes Yes
Swim-heart tracking No No
On-screen workout No No
Sport modes Yes 39
BATTERY BATTERY BATTERY
Battery type Non-removable Li-ion battery Non-removable Li-ion battery
Battery capacity 279mAh 340mAh
Battery life Regular: up to 18hrs Regular usage: 3 days+, Standby :5 days+
Charging type Charging dock WPC based wireless charging
Charging time 1-2 hours 1-2 hours
Solar power No No
PLATFORM PLATFORM PLATFORM
Chipset Apple S3 Exynos 9110
CPU Dual core Dual core 1.15GHz
GPU
Operating system WatchOS 4 Tizen OS 4.0
MISC MISC MISC
Companion app Apple Watch App Samsung Gear app
Compatibility iOS 12.0+ Android 5.0+ & RAM 1.5GB+, iPhone 5+ and iOS 9.0+
Payment system Apple Pay Samsung Pay
Interchangeable strap 24mm, Yes Yes
Voice command Yes, Siri Yes, Bixby
Find my phone Yes Yes
Box content Apple Watch Series 3, Charger, Manual, Straps Charger, Manual, Samsung Galaxy Watch Active 2 (44mm), Straps
Price $199.00 $169.00 $237.99

Apple Watch Series 3 vs Samsung Galaxy Watch Active 2: Which is Better?

  1. Although the Watch 3 has a slightly bigger display that allows you to see more at a glance, the Active 2 is slimmer and sleeker which makes it a more stylish smartwatch.
  2. The Watch 3 comes with a far higher storage capacity compared to the Active 2 which allows you to take more of your favorite tracks along with you.
  3. The Active 2 has a far longer battery life than the Watch 3.

VERDICT:Although each of these two is an outstanding smartwatch, the Watch 3 which is only compatible with iOS devices is a better smartwatch for iPhone owners, while the Active 2 remains one of the best smartwatches for Android users. It’s also available in cellular model which is a standalone smartwatch with a stainless steel case.

Apple Watch Series 3 vs Samsung Galaxy Watch Active 2: Prices Compared