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Samsung Galaxy Watch Active 2 vs Garmin Vivoactive 4 Compared

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Featured in this comparison chart are two classy smartwatches; the Samsung Galaxy Watch Active 2 and the Garmin Vivoactive 4. These two watches represent the latest additions to the rich line up of Samsung and Garmin smartwatches respectively. And each of these two is sturdily built with some of the most durable materials, as well loaded with lots of features. Compare the Samsung Galaxy Watch Active 2 vs Garmin Vivoactive 4 specs and features to find out which is better for you.

Samsung Galaxy Watch Active 2 vs Garmin Vivoactive 4: 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

Garmin Vivoactive 4 Specs and prices

Garmin Vivoactive 4 Specifications, Features and Price

Price $399.99 $229.95 $349.99 $269.99
ABOUT DEVICE ABOUT DEVICE ABOUT DEVICE
Device name Samsung Galaxy Watch Active 2 (44mm) Garmin Vivoactive 4
Device type Fitness/Classic smartwatch Fitness/Sport smartwatch
Gender Unisex Unisex
Release date September, 2019 September, 2019
Predecessor Samsung Galaxy Watch Active Garmin Vivoactive 3
Successor
Versions Bluetooth only, LTE Captain Marvel, First Avengers, Vivoactive 4, Vivoactive 4S
BODY BODY BODY
Dimension 44 x 44 x 10.9 mm 45.1 x 45.1 x 12.8 mm
Weight 30 grams (aluminum), 42 grams (stainless steel) 50.5 grams
Shape Circular Circular
Case material Aluminum, Stainless steel Fiber-reinforced polymer
Strap material Fluoroelastomer (Aluminum), Leather (stainless steel) Silicone
Bezel material Bezeless Stainless steel
Strap size 20 mm 22 mm
Screen protection Corning Gorilla glass DX+ Corning Gorilla Glass 3
Water resistance Yes, 5ATM Yes, 5ATM
Durability test MIL-STD-810G
Swim-proof Yes, recommended Yes, recommended
Color Aqua-black, Black, Cloud-silver, Gold, Pink-gold, Silver Black, Silver
DISPLAY DISPLAY DISPLAY
Display size 1.3 inches 1.3 inches
Display type Super AMOLED, Full color LCD, Memory-in-pixel (MIP), transflective
Display resolution 360 x 360 pixel 260 x 260 px
Pixel density
Always on Yes Yes
Custom watch face Yes Yes
Input type 2 Physical buttons, Digital rotating bezel, Touchscreen 2 Physical buttons, Touchscreen
CONNECTIVITY CONNECTIVITY CONNECTIVITY
Bluetooth Bluetooth v5.0 ANT+, Bluetooth v4.0
Bluetooth calling Yes No
GPS Yes, GPS/GLONASS/BEIDOU Galileo, 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
ROM 4GB 4GB
Memory card slot No No
CELLULAR CONNECTIVITY CELLULAR CONNECTIVITY CELLULAR CONNECTIVITY
Technology None None
SIM type None 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 No
Microphone Yes No
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 No
Gyroscope Yes Yes
HRM Yes Yes
Pulse oximeter No Yes
Thermometer No Yes
Other sensors
ACTIVITY TRACKING ACTIVITY TRACKING ACTIVITY TRACKING
Blood oxygen Yes Yes
Blood Pressure Yes No
Calories Yes Yes
Distance Yes Yes
ECG tracking Yes No
Fitness Level Yes Yes
Heart rate monitoring Yes Yes
Sleep tracking Yes Yes
Steps Yes Yes
Stress Yes Yes
Incidental fall detection No Yes
Menstrual cycle No Yes
VO2 Max Yes Yes
Swim-tracking Yes Yes
Swim-heart tracking No Yes
On-screen workout No Yes
Sport modes 39 20
BATTERY BATTERY BATTERY
Battery type Non-removable Li-ion battery non-removable Lithium-polymer
Battery capacity 340mAh
Battery life Regular usage: 3 days+, Standby :5 days+ GPS with music: up to 6hrs, Smartwatch mode: up to 8 days
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
CPU Dual core 1.15GHz
GPU
Operating system Tizen OS 4.0 Proprietary OS
MISC MISC MISC
Companion app Samsung Gear app Garmin Connect
Compatibility Android 5.0+ & RAM 1.5GB+, iPhone 5+ and iOS 9.0+ Android 5.0+, iOS 11.0+
Payment system Samsung Pay Garmin Pay
Interchangeable strap Yes 22 mm, Yes
Voice command Yes, Bixby No
Find my phone Yes Yes
Box content Charger, Manual, Samsung Galaxy Watch Active 2 (44mm), Straps Charger, Garmin Vivoactive 4, Manual, Straps
Price $399.99 $229.95 $349.99 $269.99

Samsung Galaxy Watch Active 2 vs Garmin Vivoactive 4: What’s the Difference and Which is Better?

No doubt each of these two smartwatches is a great choice, but here’re the differences between these two.

Active 2 Vivoactive 4
The Active 2 is slimmer and more compact than the Vivoacitve 4. Thus, it’s sleeker and classier. Moreover, the innovative digital rotating bezel of the Active 2 makes navigation a lot easier. The Vivoactive 4 is thicker and bulkier than the Active 2
The Active 2 comes with microphone and loudspeaker which the Vivoactive 4 lacks. Thus, you can access voice command features and as well play media file aloud. Moreover, you can make calls directly from the Active 2 via Bluetooth calling which isn’t possible with the Vivoactive 4.
Although the Active 2 is a comprehensive fitness tracker with lots of features, the Vivoactive 4 is more equipped with more sensors and activity tracking features that makes it a more comprehensive activity tracker.
The Vivoactive 4 features onscreen animated workout, blood oxygen tracking and menstrual cycle tracking not found on the Active 2.
The Active 2 battery will last about 2 days or more with mixed usage. The Vivoactive 4 will last up to a week with mixed usage which is longer and far more impressive than the Active 2.
In all, I’ll go with the Active 2, it’s a more stylish and classier smartwatch than the Vivoactive 4. It also has more features such as microphone and loudspeaker which the Vivoactive 4 lacks.
On the other hand, if you want a longer battery life and a more comprehensive activity tracker, then the Vivoactive 4 has it.

Samsung Galaxy Watch Active 2 vs Garmin Vivoactive 4: Editor’s Pick

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