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Samsung Galaxy Watch Active

Samsung Galaxy Watch Active

from  $199.99+
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

70
Michael
I have a Apple Watch 4 and looking for a inexpensive watch for walking and working...read more
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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Average user Score
 
70
Michael
07.26.19
I have a Apple Watch 4 and looking for a inexpensive watch for walking and working out without worrying about breaking. The Fitbit was garbage, but the Samsung Galaxy Watch Active is a little more expensive than I wanted to pay but a nice watch. This is exactly want I wanted for a workout watch without all the bells and whistles as the Apple Watch. The design is actually really nice, but the watch face is a bit smaller than expected, but it actually fits nice and hardly know it's on. Here are the good and bad. GOOD: Attractive with nice clear screen, lightweight, a lot of watch faces, watchband east to take on/off, More apps than I expected. Easy to setup and sync, pretty accurate. BAD: Disappointed with battery life. I was hoping to get at least a couple day charge, but barely lasts a day. IOS app is buggy and can't always connect to the Galaxy Store. Not too many watchbands available for the Galaxy Active. Backup/Restore is worthless, because it can't really backup anything useful like the data and watch faces. I reinstalled the IOS app and lost all the data and had to re-pair and reinstall everything. Samsung need to supply a reliable cloud backup/restore as Apple does. It's not an Apple Watch, but I think it's a pretty decent watch compared to others on the market.
 
30
Joe
04.04.19
Very very disappointing - My money flushed down the drain!! I have regarded highly of Korean technology but now I cast doubts. I used to have a $15 Mi band and it track exactly what time I sleep and what time I wake up. Not exaggerating - EXACTLY. This $200 watch?? Craps! It can - don't know on what basis - record I slept at as early as 7pm when I was still very active and actually turned in at 10pm. And it would conveniently record my wake-up time based on the time I start using the watch, when in fact I had already woke up 30 mins ago! It is so crappy! Not sure this is a hardware or a software issue and I hope the latter and an update will resolve it. Moreover, like everyone else, I bought this watch without hesitation when I heard it would measure blood pressure too. And now? Even if it really does fulfill this feature now - it has lost the trustworthiness. Don't waste your money.
 
70
T
04.04.19
A dependable product that doesn't really stand out from the competition. - Engadget