Samsung Galaxy Watch Active 2 vs Galaxy Watch vs Gear S3 Frontier Compared

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The new Samsung Galaxy Watch Active 2 is a beauty to behold, it comes in a more stylish and classy design, while also featuring ECG tracking that makes it a slight more comprehensive tracker. Compare the Samsung Galaxy Watch Active 2 vs Galaxy Watch vs Gear S3 Frontier specs and features head-to-head, so you know which is right for you.

Samsung Galaxy Watch Active 2 vs Galaxy Watch vs Gear S3 Frontier Specifications Compared

 
 
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Samsung smartwatches

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

Samsung Galaxy Watch (46mm) Full Specifications, Features and Price

Samsung Gear S3 Frontier Full Specs and features

Samsung Gear S3 Frontier Full Specifications, Features and Price

Price $237.96 $279.99 $239.00 $280.00
ABOUT DEVICE ABOUT DEVICE ABOUT DEVICE -
Device name (LTE), Samsung Galaxy Watch Active 2 (44mm) Samsung Galaxy Watch (46mm) Samsung Gear S3 Frontier
Device type Standalone/Fitness smartwatch Fitness/Classic smartwatch Standalone/Fitness smartwatch
Gender Unisex Men Unisex
Release date September, 2019 August, 2018 November, 2016
Predecessor Samsung Galaxy Watch Active Samsung Gear S3 Samsung Gear S2
Successor Samsung Galaxy Watch
Versions Bluetooth only, LTE Bluetooth, LTE
BODY BODY BODY -
Dimension 44 x 44 x 10.9 mm 46 x 49 x 13 mm 46 x 49 x 12.9 mm
Weight 30 grams (aluminum), 42 grams (stainless steel) 63 grams (excluding straps) 63 grams
Shape Circular Circular Circular
Case material Aluminum, Stainless steel Stainless steel Stainless steel
Strap material Fluoroelastomer (Aluminum), Leather (stainless steel) Leather, Silicone Silicone
Bezel material Bezeless Stainless steel Ceramics
Strap size 20 mm 22 mm 22 mm
Screen protection Corning Gorilla glass DX+ Corning Gorilla glass DX+ Corning Gorilla Glass SR+
Water resistance Yes, 5ATM Yes, 5ATM Yes, 5ATM
Durability test MIL-STD-810G MIL-STD-810G -
Swim-proof Yes, recommended Yes, recommended Yes, recommended
Color Aqua-black, Black, Cloud-silver, Gold, Pink-gold, Silver Black, Silver Black, Silver
DISPLAY DISPLAY DISPLAY -
Display size 1.3 inches 1.3 inches 1.3 inches
Display type Super AMOLED, Full color Super AMOLED, Full color Super AMOLED, Full color
Display resolution 360 x 360 pixel 360 x 360 pixel 360 x 360 pixel
Pixel density 278ppi
Always on Yes Yes Yes
Custom watch face Yes Yes Yes
Input type 2 Physical buttons, Digital rotating bezel, Touchscreen 2 Physical buttons, Physical rotating bezel, Touchscreen 2 Physical buttons, Physical rotating bezel, Touchscreen
CONNECTIVITY CONNECTIVITY CONNECTIVITY -
Bluetooth Bluetooth v5.0 Yes, Bluetooth v4.2 LE Yes, Bluetooth v4.2 LE
Bluetooth calling Yes Yes -
GPS Yes, GPS/GLONASS/BEIDOU Galileo, Yes, GPS/GLONASS/BEIDOU A-GPS, GLONASS, GPS
NFC Yes Yes Yes
Wi-Fi Yes, Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac Yes, Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac Yes, Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac
MEMORY MEMORY MEMORY -
RAM 1.5GB 0.75GB 0.75GB
ROM 4GB 4GB 4GB
Memory card slot No No No
CELLULAR CONNECTIVITY CELLULAR CONNECTIVITY CELLULAR CONNECTIVITY -
Technology GSM / HSPA / LTE None GSM / HSPA / LTE
SIM type Nano-SIM None e-SIM
Band
NOTIFICATIONS NOTIFICATIONS NOTIFICATIONS -
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
MEDIA MEDIA MEDIA -
Audio mp3/mp4 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
SENSORS SENSORS SENSORS -
Accelerometer Yes Yes Yes
Altimeter Yes No No
Ambient light Yes Yes Yes
Barometer Yes Yes Yes
Compass
ECG Yes No No
Gyroscope Yes Yes Yes
HRM Yes Yes Yes
Pulse oximeter No No No
Thermometer No No -
Other sensors
ACTIVITY TRACKING ACTIVITY TRACKING ACTIVITY TRACKING -
Blood oxygen Yes No No
Blood Pressure Yes No -
Calories Yes Yes Yes
Distance Yes Yes Yes
ECG tracking Yes No No
Fitness Level 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 -
VO2 Max Yes Yes -
Swim-tracking Yes Yes -
Swim-heart tracking No No -
On-screen workout No No -
Sport modes 39 39 39
BATTERY BATTERY BATTERY -
Battery type Non-removable Li-ion battery Non-removable Li-ion battery Non-removable Li-ion battery
Battery capacity 340mAh 472mAh 380mAh
Battery life Regular usage: 3 days+, Standby :5 days+ Regular usage: 3 days+, Standby:10 days+ Regular usage: 3 days+, Standby:10 days+
Charging type WPC based wireless charging WPC based wireless charging WPC based wireless charging
Charging time 1-2 hours 1-2 hours 1-2 hours
Solar power No No -
PLATFORM PLATFORM PLATFORM -
Chipset Exynos 9110 Exynos 9110 Exynos 7270
CPU Dual core 1.15GHz Dual core 1.15GHz Dual core 1.0GHz
GPU
Operating system Tizen OS 4.0 Tizen OS 4.0 Tizen OS 2.3.2
MISC MISC MISC -
Companion app Samsung Gear app Samsung Gear app, Samsung Health App Samsung Gear app, Samsung Health App
Compatibility Android 5.0+ & RAM 1.5GB+, iPhone 5+ and iOS 9.0+ Android 5.0+ & RAM 1.5GB+, iPhone 5+ and iOS 9.0+ Android 5.0+ & RAM 1.5GB+, iPhone 5+ and iOS 9.0+
Payment system Samsung Pay Samsung Pay Samsung Pay
Interchangeable strap Yes Yes Yes
Voice command Yes, Bixby Yes, Bixby Yes, Bixby
Find my phone Yes Yes -
Box content Charger, Manual, Samsung Galaxy Watch Active 2 (44mm), Straps Charger, Manual, Samsung Galaxy Watch, Straps Charger, Manual, Samsung Gear S3 Frontier
Price $237.96 $279.99 $239.00 $280.00

Samsung Galaxy Watch Active 2 vs Galaxy Watch vs Gear S3 Frontier: What’s The Difference?

Samsung Galaxy Active 2 vs Galaxy Watch vs Gear S3 Frontier: Design/Display

  • The Active 2 weighs less, is more compact and slimmer than both the Galaxy Watch and Gear S3 which makes it a more comfortable wear all day long.

  • The Active 2 features the My Style App that allow you express yourself with a watch face that fits your look and mood. When you snap a picture of your outfit for the day Galaxy Watch Active 2 will put together a watch face to match. This feature isn't present on the Galaxy Watch nor Gear S3 yet.

  • Instead of the physical rotating bezel on both the Galaxy Watch and Gear S3, the Active 2 features a digital rotating bezel that's no doubt more innovative.


Samsung Galaxy Active 2 vs Galaxy Watch vs Gear S3 Frontier: Activity Tracking

  • Samsung introduced ECG tracking to the Active 2 which is available on the Galaxy Watch nor Gear S3. Although, not yet cleared by the FDA will allow you take instant ECG test directly from your wrist, and can help you detect atrial fibrillation.

  • Swimming has been added to auto tracking making it 7 sport modes that can be automatically tracked by the Active 2 compared to 6 sport modes of the Galaxy Watch and Gear S3.


Samsung Galaxy Active 2 vs Galaxy Watch vs Gear S3 Frontier: Battery Life

  • Battery life remains almost same with each of these three.


Samsung Galaxy Watch Active 2 vs Galaxy Watch vs Gear S3 Frontier: Which is Better?

All three watch from Samsung are fantastic choices for keeping tab on your active life. The design of each of these three is also great, but the Active 2 has the most stylish design, and is a more comprehensive activity tracker with ECG tracking featured.