Samsung Gear Sport vs Galaxy Watch Active 2 Compared

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The successor to the Galaxy Watch Active, the Samsung Galaxy Watch Active 2 is a fantastic smartwatch that spots an outstanding design as well as a decent share of interesting features. It cuts across as a fitness-focused and lifestyle smartwatch. The Active 2 as it is fondly called shares a lot of similarities with the older Gear Sport which has a slightly longer battery life but lesser activity tracking features. We compare the Samsung Gear Sport vs Galaxy Watch Active 2 to find out all the differences and to help you know which is a better smartwatch for you.

Note that the Active 2 is available in two sizes; 40mm and 44mm. Each of these sizes is also available in Bluetooth and LTE models. The LTE model is a standalone smartwatch as a result of an eSIM that enables cellular connectivity and allows it to make and receive calls independent of a smartphone. In this comparison, we’re comparing the 44mm Bluetooth model of the Active 2 against the Gear Sport.

Samsung Gear Sport vs Galaxy Watch Active 2 Specifications Compared

 
 
Product Info
Samsung Gear Sport Full Specs and features

Samsung Gear Sport Full Specifications, Features, Price

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

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

Price $180.00 $239.97
ABOUT DEVICE ABOUT DEVICE ABOUT DEVICE
Device name Samsung Gear Sport Samsung Galaxy Watch Active 2 (44mm)
Device type Fitness/Sport smartwatch Fitness/Classic smartwatch
Gender Unisex Unisex
Release date November, 2017 September, 2019
Predecessor Samsung Galaxy Watch Active
Successor Galaxy Watch 4
Versions Bluetooth only, LTE
BODY BODY BODY
Dimension 42.9 x 44.6 x 11.6 mm 44 x 44 x 10.9 mm
Weight 67 grams 30 grams (aluminum), 42 grams (stainless steel)
Shape Circular Circular
Case material Stainless steel 316L Aluminum, Stainless steel
Strap material Silicone Fluoroelastomer (Aluminum), Leather (stainless steel)
Bezel material Stainless steel 316L Aluminum, Bezeless
Strap size 20 mm 20 mm
Screen protection Corning Gorilla Glass 3 Corning Gorilla glass DX+
Water resistance Yes, 5ATM Yes, 5ATM
Durability test MIL-STD-810G
Swim-proof Yes, recommended Yes, recommended
Color Black, Blue Aqua-black, Black, Cloud-silver, Gold, Pink-gold, Silver
DISPLAY DISPLAY DISPLAY
Display size 1.2 inches 1.4 inches
Display type Super AMOLED, Full color Super AMOLED, Full color
Display resolution 360 x 360 pixel 360 x 360 pixel
Pixel density 424 ppi
Always on Yes Yes
Custom watch face Yes Yes
Input type 2 Physical buttons, Physical rotating bezel, Touchscreen 2 Physical buttons, Digital rotating bezel, Touchscreen
CONNECTIVITY CONNECTIVITY CONNECTIVITY
Bluetooth Yes, Bluetooth v4.2 LE Bluetooth v5.0
Bluetooth calling No Yes
GPS GLONASS, GPS Yes, GPS/GLONASS/BEIDOU
NFC Yes Yes
Wi-Fi Yes, Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac Yes, Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac
MEMORY MEMORY MEMORY
RAM 0.75GB 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 No Yes
Microphone Yes Yes
Camera No No
Radio No No
SENSORS SENSORS SENSORS
Accelerometer Yes Yes
Altimeter Yes
Ambient light Yes Yes
Barometer Yes Yes
Compass No
ECG No Yes
Gyroscope Yes Yes
HRM Yes Yes
Pulse oximeter (SpO2) No No
Thermometer No No
Other sensors
ACTIVITY TRACKING ACTIVITY TRACKING ACTIVITY TRACKING
Blood oxygen No No
Blood Pressure No Yes
Calories Yes Yes
Distance Yes Yes
ECG tracking No Yes
Heart rate monitoring Yes Yes
Sleep tracking Yes Yes
Steps Yes Yes
Floors climbed Yes Yes
Stress Yes Yes
Incidental fall detection Yes Yes
Menstrual cycle Yes Yes
VO2 Max Yes Yes
Swim-tracking Yes Yes
Underwater heart rate tracking No No
On-screen workout No No
Sport modes 39 39
BATTERY BATTERY BATTERY
Battery type Non-removable Li-ion battery Non-removable Li-ion battery
Battery capacity 300mAh 340mAh
Battery life Regular usage: 3 days+, Standby:10 days+ Regular: 2 days, Standby :5 days+
Charging type WPC based wireless charging WPC based wireless charging
Charging time 1-2 hours 1-2 hours
Solar charging No No
PLATFORM PLATFORM PLATFORM
Chipset Exynos 3250 Exynos 9110
CPU Dual core 1.0GHz Dual core 1.15GHz
GPU
Operating system Tizen 5.5 Tizen 5.5
MISC MISC MISC
Companion app Samsung Gear app Samsung Gear 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+
Payment system Samsung Pay Samsung Pay
Interchangeable strap 20mm, Yes Yes
Voice command Yes, Bixby Yes, Bixby
Find my phone Yes Yes
Box content Charger, Manual, Samsung Gear Sport Charger, Manual, Samsung Galaxy Watch Active 2 (44mm), Straps
Price $180.00 $239.97

What’s the Difference?

Starting with the similarities, these two have the same super AMOLED display, inbuilt GPS, and same Tizen 5.5 version with the ability to track steps, calories, sleep, heart rate, and stress. Each of these two will also allow you to receive and reply to notifications. Moreover, both watches come with 4GB storage capacity that allows for onboard music storage.

While the Active 2 and Gear Sport share a lot in common, there are still some differences which we have listed below.

  1. Active 2 is slimmer
  2. The Active 2 is slimmer than the Gear Sport which makes it sleeker and classier. It also weighs a little less which makes it a more comfortable to wear device. Although, the Gear Sport is slightly slimmer.

  3. Active 2 has an aluminum frame, Gear Sport has a stainless steel frame
  4. Although both watches are solidly built, the frame material is different. While the Active 2 has an aluminum frame, the Gear Sport has a stainless steel frame. This accounts for the lesser weight of the Active 2. Note that the LTE model of the Active 2 has a stainless steel frame paired with leather straps. Meanwhile, these two have silicone straps.

  5. Active 2 has a digital rotating bezel, Gear Sport has a physical rotating bezel
  6. In terms of navigation, both watches have a touch-sensitive screen with two physical buttons. However, while the Active 2 has a digital rotating bezel, the Gear Sport has a physical rotating bezel. From my experience with the Active 2 and Galaxy Watch which also have a physical bezel, I honestly think the physical bezel offers better convenience.

  7. Active 2 has a slightly bigger display
  8. Going further, while both watches have a super AMOLED display that’s very colorful and easy to read, the 44mm Active 2 has a 1.4 inches display which is slightly bigger than the 1.2 inches of Gear Sport. Although, the 40mm Active 2 has a 1.2 inches display size.

  9. Active 2 has both microphone and speaker, Gear Sport has only a microphone
  10. While there’s a microphone and speaker in the Active 2, there is only a microphone in the Gear Sport. As a result, you can make and receive calls directly on Active 2. Meanwhile, the Gear Sport will show you there’s an incoming call that you can answer, but you will have to continue the call on your phone. Moreover, there is a contact app in the Active 2 that syncs all contacts saved on your phone, thereby making it easy to find a contact you wish to call. Both watches feature a voice assistant supported by Bixby.

  11. Active 2 features ECG and blood pressure measurement
  12. While both watches are well equipped to track your daily activities, the Active 2 is a more comprehensive activity tracker. It features ECG and blood pressure measurements which are not present in Gear Sport.

  13. Gear Sport has a longer battery life than Active 2
  14. The Active 2 wins against the Gear Sport in every aspect except battery life. The Gear Sport has a slightly longer battery life than Active 2. You get about two days with the 44mm and just over a day with the 40mm unit of the Active 2. Meanwhile, the Gear Sport can go up to 3 days from a single charge.

Which is Better??

Samsung Gear Sport vs Galaxy Watch Active 2
The Galaxy Watch Active 2 is a better smartwatch than Gear Sport.

The Samsung Galaxy Watch Active 2 is a more stylish device, it’s also a more comprehensive activity tracker, and with a speaker, it’s a more comprehensive smartwatch than the Gear Sport.