Featured in this comparison chart are; the Huawei Watch GT 2, the Fossil Gen 5 and Galaxy Watch Active 2 – all new smartwatches and comprehensive activity trackers with sophisticated designs befitting of true premium smartwatches. These three are some of the hottest smartwatches on the market currently, each is loaded with features that defines comprehensive smartwatches. Compare the Huawei Watch GT 2 vs Fossil Gen 5 vs Samsung Galaxy Watch Active 2 specs and features – Which is better?
Huawei Watch GT 2 vs Fossil Gen 5 vs Samsung Galaxy Watch Active 2 Specifications Compared
Huawei Watch GT 2 (46mm) Specifications, Features and Price
Fossil Gen 5 Calyle Specifications, Features and Price
Samsung Galaxy Watch Active 2 (44mm) (LTE) Full Specifications and Features
|ABOUT DEVICE||ABOUT DEVICE||ABOUT DEVICE||ABOUT DEVICE|
|Device name||Huawei Watch GT 2 (46mm)||Fossil Gen 5 Calyle||(LTE), Samsung Galaxy Watch Active 2 (44mm)|
|Device type||Fitness/Classic smartwatch||Fitness/Classic smartwatch||Standalone/Fitness smartwatch|
|Release date||September, 2019||August, 2019||September, 2019|
|Predecessor||Huawei Watch GT||Fossil Gen 4 Explorist||Samsung Galaxy Watch Active|
|Versions||—||—||Bluetooth only, LTE|
|Dimension||45.9 x 45.9 x 10.7 mm||44 x 44 x 12 mm||44 x 44 x 10.9 mm|
|Weight||(excluding straps), 41g||—||30 grams (aluminum), 42 grams (stainless steel)|
|Case material||Stainless steel, Thermoplastic||Stainless steel||Aluminum, Stainless steel|
|Strap material||Fluoroelastomer, Leather, Titanium||Stainless steel||Fluoroelastomer (Aluminum), Leather (stainless steel)|
|Bezel material||Ceramics||Stainless steel||Bezeless|
|Strap size||22 mm||22 mm||20 mm|
|Screen protection||Corning Gorilla Glass||Corning Gorilla Glass||Corning Gorilla glass DX+|
|Water resistance||Yes, 5ATM||3ATM||Yes, 5ATM|
|Swim-proof||Yes, recommended||Yes||Yes, recommended|
|Color||Black, Brown, Grey, Orange||Black, Brown, Smoke||Aqua-black, Black, Cloud-silver, Gold, Pink-gold, Silver|
|Display size||1.39 inch||1.28 inch||1.3 inches|
|Display type||AMOLED, Full color||AMOLED, Full color||Super AMOLED, Full color|
|Display resolution||454 x 454 px||416 x 416 px||360 x 360 pixel|
|Pixel density||462 ppi||—||—|
|Custom watch face||Yes||Yes||Yes|
|Input type||2 Physical buttons, Touchscreen||3 Physical buttons, Touchscreen||2 Physical buttons, Digital rotating bezel, Touchscreen|
|Bluetooth||Bluetooth v5.1||Yes, Bluetooth v4.2 LE||Bluetooth v5.0|
|NFC||(China only), Yes||Yes||Yes|
|Wi-Fi||No||Yes, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n||Yes, Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac|
|Memory card slot||No||No||No|
|CELLULAR CONNECTIVITY||CELLULAR CONNECTIVITY||CELLULAR CONNECTIVITY||CELLULAR CONNECTIVITY|
|Technology||None||None||GSM / HSPA / LTE|
|Third-party apps alert||Yes||Yes||Yes|
|ACTIVITY TRACKING||ACTIVITY TRACKING||ACTIVITY TRACKING||ACTIVITY TRACKING|
|Heart rate monitoring||Yes||Yes||Yes|
|Incidental fall detection||No||No||No|
|Battery type||non-removable Lithium-polymer||Non-removable Li-ion battery||Non-removable Li-ion battery|
|Battery life||Regular: 14 days||Regular: 24hrs+||Regular usage: 3 days+, Standby :5 days+|
|Charging type||Charging dock||Charging dock||WPC based wireless charging|
|Charging time||1-2 hours||1-2 hours||1-2 hours|
|Chipset||Kirin A1||Snapdragon 3100||Exynos 9110|
|CPU||Quad-core 1.1 GHz ARM Cortex-A7||—||Dual core 1.15GHz|
|Operating system||Huawei Lite OS||Wear OS||Tizen OS 4.0|
|Companion app||Huawei Wear||Fossil Q App||Samsung Gear app|
|Compatibility||Android 4.4+, iOS 9.0+||Android 6.0+, iOS 10.0+||Android 5.0+ & RAM 1.5GB+, iPhone 5+ and iOS 9.0+|
|Payment system||Yes||Google Pay||Samsung Pay|
|Interchangeable strap||22 mm, Yes||22 mm, Yes||Yes|
|Voice command||Yes||Yes, Google Assistant||Yes, Bixby|
|Find my phone||Yes||Yes||Yes|
|Box content||Charger, Huawei Watch GT 2, Manual, Straps||Charger, Fossil Gen 5 Calyle, Manual, Straps||Charger, Manual, Samsung Galaxy Watch Active 2 (44mm), Straps|
Huawei Watch GT 2 vs Fossil Gen 5 vs Samsung Galaxy Watch Active 2: What’s the Difference?
Huawei Watch GT 2 vs Fossil Gen 5 vs Samsung Galaxy Active 2: Design
|Each of these three has got a sophisticated aesthetics that defines a true premium smartwatch. In fact, some of the finest and best designs the industry has seen thus far.
While the GT 2 is slimmer than the Gen 5, the Active 2 is the slimmest, and this makes it very sleek. The Active 2 also features a digital rotating bezel which is quite innovative, and certainly make it a lot easier to navigate.
Moreover, the GT 2 and Gen 5 with bezels look more classic than the Active 2 bezeless design which leaves it with a somewhat geeky appearance that's also very classy.
And while the GT 2 is a bit bulkier than the other two, it allow you see more at a glance.
Huawei Watch GT 2 vs Fossil Gen 5 vs Samsung Galaxy Active 2: Storage
|All three watches come with onboard storage capacity that allow you take your favorite tracks with you on the go. However, the Gen 5 with 8GB storage capacity will allow you take a lot more of your favorite tracks. In addition, being a Wear OS smartwatch you also get access to more of your favorite apps|
Huawei Watch GT 2 vs Fossil Gen 5 vs Samsung Galaxy Active 2: Cellular Connectivity
|The stainless steel edition of the Active 2 comes with a Nano-SIM which enables cellular connectivity up to 4G LTE. This makes it a standalone smartwatch, and enables making and receiving calls directly from this watch unlike the Gen 5 and GT 2 which lack standalone capabilities.
Although, the GT 2 (46mm) with microphone and loudspeaker enable Bluetooth calling which allow you to call and receive calls from this device (watch must be connected to phone Bluetooth), while the Gen 5 also with mic and loudspeaker allow you to receive calls but can't initiate a call.
Huawei Watch GT 2 vs Fossil Gen 5 vs Samsung Galaxy Active 2: Activity Tracking
|Each of these three is well equipped to track your daily activities comprehensively. Each of these can track your steps, calories, heart rate monitoring to help you manage your training intensity, sleep, sedentary reminder with inbuilt GPS on all three which enables outdoor activity tracking.
However, the Active 2 has introduced ECG tracking which isn't present on the other two, joining the likes of Apple Watch 5 with same feature, and also added auto detection of swimming to make it 7 auto track activities out of 39 preloaded sport modes.
The Huawei Watch GT 2 also features improved hardware which enables it to track your activities more accurately. Swimming heart rate tracking has been added, as well as preloaded courses that coach you through your favorite moves.
While the Gen 5 is also a great choice for tracking your active life with the improved Google Fit as your fitness companion
Huawei Watch GT 2 vs Fossil Gen 5 vs Samsung Galaxy Active 2: Battery Life
|Each of the three watches on this comparison chart has got a quite impressive long battery life. However, the GT 2 tested to last 14 days has the longest battery that will keep you going much longer, thanks to the Kirin A1 dual chip.
The Active 2 follows up with a somewhat long battery life of about 2 days or more, while the Gen 5 with about a day or more battery life isn't so impressive. Although with the 3100 chip under the hood, the Gen 5 features battery saver modes that will see it last a little longer.
Huawei Watch GT 2 vs Fossil Gen 5 vs Samsung Galaxy Watch Active 2: Which is Better?
No doubt, each of the three watches on this comparison stand out in design, fitness tracking, and features.
However, the GT 2 with the longest battery life is a better choice if you’re into extreme workout activities. While the Active 2 with more features and also a comprehensive fitness tracker is the most comprehensive choice.
On the other hand, the Gen 5 with an outstanding design is also a great choice, and gives you access to more of your favorite apps.
VERDICT: I give it to the Samsung Galaxy Active 2, it’s the most comprehensive smartwatch out of these three. It has the most features, as well as an outstanding design, while also being a comprehensive activity tracker with a quite impressive long battery life.
Huawei Watch GT 2 vs Fossil Gen 5 vs Samsung Galaxy Watch Active 2 : Editor’s Pick