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Samsung Galaxy Watch Active 2 vs Apple Watch Series 5 – Which is Better?

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Featured in this comparison chart are two outstanding smartwatches, the Watch 5 and Active 2. Each is sophisticated, well equipped to track your active life and as well loaded with lots of features that makes these some of the very best smartwatches you can buy right now. Compare the specifications and features of the Samsung Galaxy Watch Active 2 vs Apple Watch Series 5 to find out the differences and which is the best choice for you.

Samsung Galaxy Watch Active 2 vs Apple Watch Series 5: Specifications Compared

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

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

Apple watch series 5 (44mm) specs

Apple Watch Series 5 (44mm) (GPS) Specifications, Features and Price

Price $209.99 $194.99 $429.00 $329.00
ABOUT DEVICE ABOUT DEVICE ABOUT DEVICE
Device name Samsung Galaxy Watch Active 2 (44mm) (GPS), Apple Watch Series 5
Device type Fitness/Classic smartwatch Fitness/Sport smartwatch
Gender Unisex Unisex
Release date September, 2019 September, 2019
Predecessor Samsung Galaxy Watch Active Apple Watch Series 4
Successor
Versions Bluetooth only, LTE Apple Watch Hermès, Apple Watch Nike+
BODY BODY BODY
Dimension 44 x 44 x 10.9 mm 44 x 38 x 10.7 mm
Weight 30 grams (aluminum), 42 grams (stainless steel) 36.1g (GPS)
Shape Circular Rectangular
Case material Aluminum, Stainless steel Aluminum
Strap material Fluoroelastomer (Aluminum), Leather (stainless steel) Elastomer
Bezel material Aluminum, Bezeless Bezeless, Sapphire glass
Strap size 20 mm 24mm
Screen protection Corning Gorilla glass DX+ Sapphire glass
Water resistance Yes, 5ATM Yes, 5ATM
Durability test MIL-STD-810G
Swim-proof Yes, recommended Yes
Color Aqua-black, Black, Cloud-silver, Gold, Pink-gold, Silver Gold, Gray, Silver
DISPLAY DISPLAY DISPLAY
Display size 1.4 inches 1.78 inch
Display type Super AMOLED, Full color 1000nit, OLED
Display resolution 360 x 360 pixel 448 x 368 pixels
Pixel density
Always on Yes Yes
Custom watch face Yes Yes
Input type 2 Physical buttons, Digital rotating bezel, Touchscreen 1 Physical button, Digital crown, Touchscreen
CONNECTIVITY CONNECTIVITY CONNECTIVITY
Bluetooth Bluetooth v5.0 Bluetooth v5.0
Bluetooth calling Yes Yes
GPS Yes, GPS/GLONASS/BEIDOU GLONASS, GPS
NFC Yes Yes
Wi-Fi Yes, Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac Yes, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n
MEMORY MEMORY MEMORY
RAM 0.75GB 0.768GB
ROM 4GB 32GB
Memory card slot No No
CELLULAR CONNECTIVITY CELLULAR CONNECTIVITY CELLULAR CONNECTIVITY
Technology None None
SIM type 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 Yes
ECG Yes Yes
Gyroscope Yes Yes
HRM Yes Yes
Pulse oximeter No No
Thermometer No App, No
Other sensors
ACTIVITY TRACKING ACTIVITY TRACKING ACTIVITY TRACKING
Blood oxygen Yes No
Blood Pressure Yes No
Calories Yes Yes
Distance Yes Yes
ECG tracking Yes Yes
Fitness Level Yes Yes
Heart rate monitoring Yes Yes
Sleep tracking Yes (Third-party app), Yes
Steps Yes Yes
Stress Yes Yes
Incidental fall detection No No
Menstrual cycle No Yes
VO2 Max Yes Yes
Swim-tracking Yes Yes
Swim-heart tracking No No
On-screen workout No No
Sport modes 39 Yes
BATTERY BATTERY BATTERY
Battery type Non-removable Li-ion battery Non-removable Li-ion battery
Battery capacity 340mAh
Battery life Regular: 2 days, Standby :5 days+ Regular: up to 18hrs
Charging type WPC based wireless charging Charging dock
Charging time 1-2 hours 1-2 hours
Solar power No No
PLATFORM PLATFORM PLATFORM
Chipset Exynos 9110 Apple S5 chip (64bits)
CPU Dual core 1.15GHz Dual core
GPU
Operating system Tizen OS 4.0 WatchOS 6
MISC MISC MISC
Companion app Samsung Gear app Apple Watch App
Compatibility Android 5.0+ & RAM 1.5GB+, iPhone 5+ and iOS 9.0+ iOS 12.0+
Payment system Samsung Pay Apple Pay
Interchangeable strap Yes 24mm, Yes
Voice command Yes, Bixby Yes, Siri
Find my phone Yes Yes
Box content Charger, Manual, Samsung Galaxy Watch Active 2 (44mm), Straps Apple Watch Series 5, Charger, Manual, Straps
Price $209.99 $194.99 $429.00 $329.00

Samsung Galaxy Watch Active 2 vs Apple Watch Series 5: Differences

  1. DESIGN
  2. Both the Watch 5 and Active 2 has an outstanding design, sophisticatedly built with some of the most durable materials. However, the Watch 5 weighs a little less than the Active 2, it’s also slimmer and has a larger display that allows you to see more at a glance. All this makes it a more comfortable wear especially for those with eye problems.

  3. STORAGE/MEDIA
  4. Secondly, Watch 5 has a massive 32GB onboard storage that dwarfs the 4GB of the Active 2. This allows you to take more of your favorite tracks along. Each of these two is able to make calls via Bluetooth connection to your phone. Voice assistance is also available, Siri for Watch 5 and Bixby for Active 2 respectively.

  5. FITNESS TRACKING
  6. Each of these is well equipped to track your daily active life thanks to the abundant fitness tracking features builtin. However, fitness tracking features differ in the mode of tracking and availability. While the Watch 5 has ECG which allows you take instant ECG test and can help you detect irregular heart rhythms, the Active 2 also has ECG but has not been approved as of the time of filling this post.

    Moreover, the Watch 5 features incidental fall detection, international emergency calling, menstrual cycle tracking which the Active 2 lacks for now.

    On the other hand, the Active is equipped with an in-depth sleep tracking feature that tracks your sleep cycle and stages which the Watch 5 lacks but relies on third-party apps to achieve this feature.

    In common, each of these two tracks your heart rate comprehensively, steps, outdoor activities via inbuilt GPS, stress management via guided breathing and more.

  7. BATTERY LIFE
  8. The Watch 5 bearly lasts a day with mixed usage seeing it stay up for about 15-18 hours which is far less than the Active 2 that keeps you going for over 2 days.

VERDICT:The Watch 5 is a more comprehensive smartwatch than the Active 2. It has a better design, more fitness tracking features and lots of other features that can increase your productive life. Being compatible with only iOS devices, its the best choice for iPhone owners. And if you need more features, the Cellular model which a standalone smartwatch is a great choice, although it will cost you more.

On the other hand, Active 2 is still an outstanding smartwatch. For me, its the best smartwatch after the Watch 5. The design is awesome, battery life is impressive and it’s also a comprehensive activity tracker. The best choice for Android phone owners. Its LTE model is a standalone smartwatch that offers you more features via its cellular support.

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