Huawei Watch GT 2 vs Fossil Gen 5 vs Samsung Galaxy Watch Active 2 Compared

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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

Product Info
Huawei Watch GT (46mm) Specifications

Huawei Watch GT 2 (46mm) Specifications, Features and Price

Fossil Gen 5 Calyle Specs

Fossil Gen 5 Calyle Specifications, Features and Price

Samsung smartwatches

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

Price $184.99 $294.66 $207.72
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
Gender Men Men Unisex
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)
Shape Circular Circular Circular
Case material Stainless steel, Thermoplastic Stainless steel Aluminum, Stainless steel
Strap material Fluoroelastomer, Leather, Silicone 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
Durability test MIL-STD-810G
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 1.4 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
Always on Yes Yes Yes
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
Bluetooth calling Yes Yes Yes
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
RAM 32MB 1GB 1.5GB
Memory card slot No No No
Technology None None GSM / HSPA / LTE
SIM type None None Nano-SIM
SMS alert Yes Yes Yes
Calls alert Yes Yes Yes
Email alert Yes Yes Yes
Event reminder Yes Yes Yes
Third-party apps alert Yes Yes Yes
Audio mp3 mp3/mp4 mp3/mp4
Bluetooth music Yes Yes Yes
Loudspeaker Yes Yes Yes
Microphone Yes Yes Yes
Camera No No No
Radio No No No
Accelerometer Yes Yes Yes
Altimeter Yes Yes
Ambient light Yes Yes Yes
Barometer Yes No Yes
Compass Yes Yes
ECG No No Yes
Gyroscope Yes Yes Yes
HRM Yes Yes Yes
Pulse oximeter Yes No No
Thermometer No No No
Other sensors
Blood oxygen Yes No Yes
Blood Pressure No No Yes
Calories Yes Yes Yes
Distance Yes Yes Yes
ECG tracking No No Yes
Fitness Level Yes Yes
Heart rate monitoring Yes Yes Yes
Sleep tracking Yes Yes Yes
Steps Yes Yes Yes
Stress Yes Yes Yes
Incidental fall detection No No No
Menstrual cycle No No No
VO2 Max Yes Yes
Swim-tracking Yes Yes Yes
Swim-heart tracking Yes No No
On-screen workout No No
Sport modes Yes Yes 39
Battery type non-removable Lithium-polymer Non-removable Li-ion battery Non-removable Li-ion battery
Battery capacity 455mAh 310mAh 340mAh
Battery life Regular: 14 days Regular: 24hrs+ Regular: 2 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
Solar power No No No
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
Price $184.99 $294.66 $207.72

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

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