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Samsung Galaxy Watch Active

Samsung Galaxy Watch Active

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Samsung Galaxy Watch Active Review

Samsung Galaxy Watch Active Review

Posted   04.03.19
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83 Engadget Score
There's a lot to like about this in spite of a few flaws.
83

There's a lot to like about this in spite of a few flaws.

How we score

The Engadget Score is a unique ranking of products based on extensive independent research and analysis by our expert editorial and research teams. The Global Score is arrived at only after curating hundreds, sometimes thousands of weighted data points (such as critic and user reviews).

Engadget Review

The Galaxy Watch Active is basically the flagship Galaxy Watch boiled down into a basic, sport-friendlier body. It loses the rotating bezel, has a much smaller face and shorter battery life, but otherwise offers everything you’d expect from Samsung’s higher-end smartwatch at a cheaper $200.

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Pros
  • Light comfortable fit
  • Bright colorful screen
Cons
  • Bland design
  • Hard to navigate on such a small screen without rotating bezel
83 Engadget Score
There's a lot to like about this in spite of a few flaws.
83

There's a lot to like about this in spite of a few flaws.

How we score

The Engadget Score is a unique ranking of products based on extensive independent research and analysis by our expert editorial and research teams. The Global Score is arrived at only after curating hundreds, sometimes thousands of weighted data points (such as critic and user reviews).

Scores

Engadget

83
 

User Reviews

30
Joe
Very very disappointing - My money flushed down the drain!! I have regarded...read more
70
T
A dependable product that doesn't really stand out from the competition. - Engadget
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Score Breakdown

 
80
Average Critic Score
 
80
Wired
Maybe we still can’t have it all with smartwatches—smarts, good looks, and stamina—but with something like the Galaxy Watch Active, the sacrifices suddenly don’t seem so pronounced.
 
80
CNET
The Galaxy Watch Active is a great smartwatch and fitness tracker at a reasonable price, but don’t count on actual blood-pressure monitoring any time soon.
 
80
The Verge
Samsung’s real competition is Fitbit with its Versa and products like the Fossil Sport that run Wear OS and are at par with most of the Galaxy Watch Active’s features, albeit for a slightly higher price. At $200, the Galaxy Watch Active is a strong value that I'd probably consider before both of those, assuming you can go without the rotating bezel and won't envy other smartwatches and their bigger screens. Using the Galaxy Watch Active might be less fun than Samsung's other watches, but it's still a good time overall.
 
80
Tom's Guide
Samsung makes the best Android smartwatch you can buy, but it needs to push harder to beat Apple.
 
80
PC Mag
The Samsung Galaxy Watch Active offers a wealth of smartwatch and fitness tracker features in a versatile and attractive design.
 
70
Gizmodo
While the hardware is solid, the software is a mixed bag. Health tracking tests delivered mixed accuracy, and there were a few issues with heart rate monitoring ... Tizen, even with its slightly scantier app offerings, delivers a better OS experience than Google’s Wear OS. So honestly, if health tracking takes a backseat, the Active is still a decently good option. Most of my beef is that it could have been a great one.
 
90
phoneArena
Did we enjoy using the Galaxy Watch Active? Yes! It’s small, lightweight, comfortable, and it’s a perfect fit for people with smaller wrists. It’s got a good-looking screen with an always-on option, its automatic workout tracking is spot-on, its battery lasts for about two days on average, so you can easily track your sleeps, and you can easily swap bands with quick release. The biggest downside for us was the haptic feedback that did not feel great and we also did miss the rotating bezel as it’s hard to tap and swipe on such a small screen. None of these, however, are a deal-breaker in our view.
 
80
Android Authority
If you're after a fully-featured smartwatch that's not too chunky or expensive and you're happy to wait for Samsung to recalibrate its tracking, the Galaxy Watch Active might be for you. Just be sure you know the lay of the land where fitness tracking and blood pressure monitoring is concerned if that's why you're buying it. Its battery life is also a little less than stellar, taking too long to charge and not being sufficiently long-lasting for a truly active wearer.
 
80
Mobile Geeks
The thing I love the most about the Galaxy Watch Active is that it's very comfortable. I wore an Series 4 for the day to compare and it would get caught on my sweaters and jacket. The Gear Active is slim enough that I forget I'm wearing it, the Fitbit Series 3 I just put on never stops reminding me it's there.
 
80
Digital Trends
The Samsung’s Galaxy Watch Active is an affordable smartwatch that offers everything you’d need.