Samsung Gear Sport vs Galaxy Watch vs Galaxy Watch Active Compared

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Featured in this comparison are three outstanding smartwatches from Samsung; the Gear Sport, the award winning Galaxy Watch and the newer Galaxy Active. All three are outstanding in design, features and quite impressive battery life. Compare the Samsung Gear Sport vs Galaxy Watch vs Galaxy Active specs and features, so you know the differences and which is right choice for you.

Samsung Gear Sport vs Galaxy Watch vs Galaxy Watch Active Specifications Compared

 
 
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Samsung Gear Sport Full Specs and features

Samsung Gear Sport Full Specifications, Features, Price

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

Samsung Galaxy Watch Active full specs and features

Samsung Galaxy Watch Active Full Specifications, Features and Price

Price $180.00 $278.99 $249.00 $199.99 $149.99
ABOUT DEVICE - ABOUT DEVICE ABOUT DEVICE
Device name Samsung Gear Sport Samsung Galaxy Watch (46mm) Samsung Galaxy Watch Active
Device type Fitness/Sport smartwatch Fitness/Classic smartwatch Fitness/Classic smartwatch
Gender Unisex Men Unisex
Release date November, 2017 August, 2018 March, 2019
Predecessor Samsung Gear S3
Successor Samsung Galaxy Watch Active 2
Versions Bluetooth, LTE
BODY - BODY BODY
Dimension 42.9 x 44.6 x 11.6 mm 46 x 49 x 13 mm 39.5 x 39.5 x 10.5 mm
Weight 67 grams 63 grams (excluding straps) 25 grams (excluding straps)
Shape Circular Circular Circular
Case material Stainless steel Stainless steel Aluminum
Strap material Silicone Leather, Silicone Leather, Silicone
Bezel material Stainless steel Stainless steel Bezeless
Strap size 20 mm 22 mm 20 mm
Screen protection Corning Gorilla Glass 3 Corning Gorilla glass DX+ Corning Gorilla Glass
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 Black, Blue Black, Silver Black, Green, Rose-gold, Silver
DISPLAY - DISPLAY DISPLAY
Display size 1.2 inches 1.3 inches 1.1 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 424 ppi
Always on Yes Yes Yes
Custom watch face Yes Yes Yes
Input type 2 Physical buttons, Physical rotating bezel, Touchscreen 2 Physical buttons, Physical rotating bezel, Touchscreen 2 Physical buttons, Touchscreen
CONNECTIVITY - CONNECTIVITY CONNECTIVITY
Bluetooth Yes, Bluetooth v4.2 LE Yes, Bluetooth v4.2 LE Yes, Bluetooth v4.2 LE
Bluetooth calling - Yes Yes
GPS GLONASS, GPS Galileo, Yes, GPS/GLONASS/BEIDOU Galileo, Yes, GPS/GLONASS/BEIDOU
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 0.75GB 0.75GB 0.75GB
ROM 4GB 4GB 4GB
Memory card slot No No No
CELLULAR CONNECTIVITY - CELLULAR CONNECTIVITY CELLULAR CONNECTIVITY
Technology None None None
SIM type None None None
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 No Yes No
Microphone No Yes Yes
Camera No No No
Radio No No No
SENSORS - SENSORS SENSORS
Accelerometer Yes Yes Yes
Altimeter No No No
Ambient light Yes Yes Yes
Barometer Yes Yes Yes
Compass
ECG No 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 No No No
Blood Pressure - No Yes
Calories Yes Yes Yes
Distance Yes Yes Yes
ECG tracking No 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 300mAh 472mAh 230mAh
Battery life Regular usage: 3 days+, Standby:10 days+ Regular usage: 3 days+, Standby:10 days+ Regular usage: 3 days+, Standby :5 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 3250 Exynos 9110 Exynos 9110
CPU Dual core 1.0GHz Dual core 1.15GHz Dual core 1.15GHz
GPU
Operating system Tizen 3.0 Tizen OS 4.0 Tizen OS 4.0
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 20mm, Yes Yes Yes
Voice command No Yes, Bixby Yes, Bixby
Find my phone - Yes Yes
Box content Charger, Manual, Samsung Gear Sport Charger, Manual, Samsung Galaxy Watch, Straps Charger, Manual, Samsung Galaxy Watch Active, Straps
Price $180.00 $278.99 $249.00 $199.99 $149.99

Samsung Gear Sport vs Galaxy Watch vs Galaxy Watch Active: Which is Better?

DESIGN: All three watches look stunning and stylish too. However, the Galaxy Watch which is quite bulky has a more superior design than the other two. Moreover, physical rotating bezel found on the Gear Sport and Galaxy Watch isn’t present on the Active, and this makes the former two quite easier to navigate than the Active which will have to rely on its touchscreen and physical buttons.

However, the Active is a more compact smartwatch, while also being very slim, slimmer than the other two. This makes it the sleekest and off course the most stylish. It’s also very lightweight compared to the other two which are quite heavy. This makes the Active the most befitting for sport activities and a more comfortable wear all day long.

CELLULAR CONNECTIVITY: The Galaxy Watch ships with an e-SIM which enables cellular connectivity features on this device which makes it a standalone smartwatch. You can make and receive calls directly from the Galaxy watch, but you can’t do that with the Active nor the Gear Sport.

MEDIA: While the Active and Galaxy Watch are both equipped with microphone and loudspeaker, the Sport lacks both hardware. So, you can make calls and as well answer calls with the Active when connected to phone, but you can’t do that with the Sport. You can only rely on Bluetooth enabled earbud to receive calls.

ACTIVITY TRACKING: All three watches are fitness-focused and equally equipped to track your active life comprehensively. Each of these features 39 preloaded sport modes and able to auto track a number of those, while also being able to track your steps, sleep, heart rate with inbuilt GPS that enables outdoor activity tracking.

BATTERY LIFE: The battery life of each of these three is relatively same, you should get just about 2-4 days with regular usage.

VERDICT: Although quite more expensive, the Galaxy Watch with more features and sophisticated design is the best choice. It’s a standalone smartwatch and that makes it the most comprehensive.

Samsung Gear Sport vs Galaxy Watch vs Galaxy Watch Active: Editor’s Pick