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Samsung Galaxy Watch Active 2

Samsung Galaxy Watch Active 2

from  $280+
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85 Engadget Score
An all-around great product that's among the best in its category. You'll almost certainly be happy.
85

An all-around great product that's among the best in its category. You'll almost certainly be happy.

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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 2 is one of the best smartwatches you can find for under $300. It boasts a robust set of features, including health-tracking, music controls, messaging and more. Those looking for more sophisticated fitness tools might prefer a Garmin or Fitbit, but the casual user will be satisfied with Samsung’s latest.

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Pros
  • Upgraded sensors are fast and accurate
  • Tizen OS is useful
  • Touch-sensitive bezel works well
  • Offers a lot for the price
Cons
  • Disappointing battery life
  • Workout tracking could be more comprehensive
85 Engadget Score
An all-around great product that's among the best in its category. You'll almost certainly be happy.
85

An all-around great product that's among the best in its category. You'll almost certainly be happy.

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).

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Average Critic Score
 
90
Android Central
The Watch Active 2's hardware is excellent, and its relatively neutral look can easily be adapted to your style with the band(s) of your choice. The capacitive bezel nearly replicates the functionality of Samsung's physical rotating bezels, and it integrates perfectly into the software.
 
80
TechRadar
The Samsung Galaxy Watch Active 2 is a minor upgrade on its predecessor, adding a digital rotating dial, bigger version, currently inactive ECG, and LTE option. But it's also nominally costlier, putting a hefty price on only a few extra features.
 
70
Gizmodo
I’d have happily waited more than six months for better health tracking. For now, I can only cross my fingers that the next update will finally get it right.
 
80
CNET
Thanks to the updated metal finishes and some internal additions like LTE, the Galaxy Watch Active 2 finally feels like a full smartwatch that can take you from the office to the gym to the bar without missing a beat.
 
80
Android Authority
The touch-sensitive bezel really helps with the overall experience, and there's now LTE connectivity for those who need it. All in all, it's a good all-around smartwatch. Just be sure you're buying it for the right reasons. It might be able to track your fitness, but it's not the most accurate fitness watch you can buy.
 
90
CNN
I've been using the 44mm version of Samsung's Galaxy Watch Active2 for just under a week, and in a lot of ways, it feels like what Samsung should have released back in April, instead of the original Galaxy Watch Active. The Active2 has a more elegant look to it, comes in two sizes, and brings back a staple of Samsung's smartwatch line – the rotating bezel – albeit in digital form.
 
70
PC Mag
The Samsung Galaxy Active2 smartwatch adds LTE connectivity along with a few useful new features, but it's not a compelling upgrade over the original model.
 
80
Tom's Guide
The Galaxy Watch Active 2 shows Samsung is racing to catch up with Apple. This smartwatch can't compete with the Series 5, but it's far better than any other Android smartwatch.
 
70
The Verge
The Galaxy Watch Active 2 is the best* smartwatch for Android users. (The * isn't a typo; it’s the indicator that there are some big caveats.) The Active 2 gets the basics right: it looks good, lasts at least a couple of days on a charge, has an always-on screen, and runs software that’s fast and easy to use. That is more than I can say for any other Android-compatible smartwatch.
 
70
Wired
As much as I'd miss coordinating my outfits to the Galaxy Active2's watch face, I think I'd survive without it. I'd still recommend the Galaxy Active—unless you're an Apple user, of course.