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Samsung Galaxy Watch Active review: Ideal choice if you want simplicity and elegance

It supports activity, heart rate, swimming and sleep tracking.

, ET Bureau|
Jul 27, 2019, 11.01 PM IST
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Thanks to the built-in storage, you can transfer over music & images from your phone.
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Smartwatches tend to pack in a lot of features and then end up being heavier and bulkier. For someone looking for simplicity and elegance, take a look at the Galaxy Watch Active.

It has a 40mm diameter case that’s thin (10.5mm) and light (25 grams) - no different sizes for men and women needed. There are multiple colour options available: black, green, gold or silver case colours (with matching bands). Speaking of bands, they are easily user replaceable - you can use any 20mm band of your choice. To achieve this size, they had to sacrifice the rotating bezel design you may have seen on previous Samsung smartwatches and they’ve also dropped the speaker (so you can’t make/receive calls on it).

It uses Samsung’s Tizen interface instead of Google’s Wear OS.​

It uses Samsung’s Tizen interface instead of Google’s Wear OS.


It’s got all the other features you would expect - activity tracking (accelerometer, barometer, gyro sensor), continuous heart rate tracking, swim tracking, sleep tracking 4GB built in storage, NFC, Bluetooth 4.2 and WiFi. Apart from the sleek size, the best part about this watch has to be the amazing OLED display (1.1-inch, 360 x 360 pixels with 16M colours) - it’s responsive, vibrant and visible in all lighting.

One thing you should know is that it uses Samsung’s Tizen interface instead of Google’s Wear OS. This means third-party app support will be limited but there are numerous built in apps and thousands of watch faces you can get for it from Samsung’s store (both free and paid). On the plus side, it will work with both Android & iPhone after downloading the Galaxy Watch app.

Battery life with moderate use is about 2 days which comes down to a day and some change if you keep always on display enabled.

Battery life with moderate use is about 2 days which comes down to a day and some change if you keep always on display enabled.


Thanks to the built-in storage, you can transfer over music & images from your phone. If you’re stepping out without your phone, you can pair a Bluetooth headset to listen to your tunes on the go. Battery life with moderate use is about 2 days which comes down to a day and some change if you keep always on display enabled. There are cheaper circular smartwatches available (from brands like Ticwatch, Honor, Amazefit) but we still prefer the simplicity of Samsung’s interface and the smoother operation.

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