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
Samsung Galaxy Watch Active 2 (44mm) Bluetooth Full Specifications and Features
Apple Watch Series 5 (44mm) (GPS) Specifications, Features and Price
|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|
|Release date||September, 2019||September, 2019|
|Predecessor||Samsung Galaxy Watch Active||Apple Watch Series 4|
|Versions||Bluetooth only, LTE||Apple Watch Hermès, Apple Watch Nike+|
|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)|
|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|
|Color||Aqua-black, Black, Cloud-silver, Gold, Pink-gold, Silver||Gold, Gray, Silver|
|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|
|Custom watch face||Yes||Yes|
|Input type||2 Physical buttons, Digital rotating bezel, Touchscreen||1 Physical button, Digital crown, Touchscreen|
|Bluetooth||Bluetooth v5.0||Bluetooth v5.0|
|GPS||Yes, GPS/GLONASS/BEIDOU||GLONASS, GPS|
|Wi-Fi||Yes, Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac||Yes, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n|
|Memory card slot||No||No|
|CELLULAR CONNECTIVITY||CELLULAR CONNECTIVITY||CELLULAR CONNECTIVITY|
|Third-party apps alert||Yes||Yes|
|Pulse oximeter (SpO2)||No||No|
|ACTIVITY TRACKING||ACTIVITY TRACKING||ACTIVITY TRACKING|
|Heart rate monitoring||Yes||Yes|
|Sleep tracking||Yes||(Third-party app), Yes|
|Incidental fall detection||No||No|
|Underwater heart rate tracking||No||No|
|Battery type||Non-removable Li-ion battery||Non-removable Li-ion battery|
|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|
|Chipset||Exynos 9110||Apple S5 chip (64bits)|
|CPU||Dual core 1.15GHz||Dual core|
|Operating system||Tizen OS 4.0||WatchOS 6|
|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|
Samsung Galaxy Watch Active 2 vs Apple Watch Series 5: Differences
- FITNESS TRACKING
- BATTERY LIFE
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.
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.
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.
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.