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Samsung Galaxy Watch Active 2 review: Slim design, modern look, long battery life; ideal for Android users

The model looks classy and comes with a leather strap.

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Last Updated: Jan 18, 2020, 01.43 PM IST
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The smartwatch is powered by Samsung’s own Exynos 9110 dual-core chipset and packs 1.5 GB of RAM and runs Samsung’s own One UI.
The smartwatch is powered by Samsung’s own Exynos 9110 dual-core chipset and packs 1.5 GB of RAM and runs Samsung’s own One UI.
Get it for: 31,990
Highlight: LTE support for calls

Samsung’s motto of refreshing its smartwatch range continues with the Galaxy Watch Active 2 -- an incremental update of the Galaxy Watch.

The smartwatch sports the same slim design and modern look. It is sleek, lightweight, has an aluminium body and comes in cloud silver, aqua black and pink gold colours. Our review unit was an LTE version made of stainless steel.

The model looks classy and comes with a leather strap.

The Active 2 features a 1.2-inch Super AMOLED display with 360 x 360 resolution. The South Korean company has neatly placed its first party apps on the display and the new digital dial makes it easy to navigate through menus.

The smartwatch is powered by Samsung’s own Exynos 9110 dual-core chipset and packs 1.5 GB of RAM and runs Samsung’s own One UI. The user interface makes it easier to sift through various apps and notifications. Moreover, users can also answer phone calls using the device.

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The device also comes equipped with a heart sensor and also offers an ECG feature like Apple Watch 4 and 5.
The device also comes equipped with a heart sensor and also offers an ECG feature like Apple Watch 4 and 5.

Coming to the fitness part, the Active 2 has 39 workout tracking modes including swimming, running and walking. The smartwatch also easily connects to Bluetooth headsets of various brands, which makes it easier for the user to listen to music or give vocal commands during workout sessions.

The device also comes equipped with a heart sensor and also offers an ECG feature like Apple Watch 4 and 5 (the feature is not yet active as Samsung needs to have approval to make the feature live in India).

The smartwatch also comes with an IP68 rating, which makes it dust and water resistant. It also has a water lock mode that disables the touchscreen and shakes out excess water by vibrating.

The highlight of the Active 2 is battery life – the review unit lasted two days on one charge. The battery drains at a very low speed.

The Active 2 is ideal for Android users looking for a smartwatch outside the popular iOS ecosystem.

- The writer is with gadgetsnow.com

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