amazon Samsung Galaxy Watch Active reviews
In the Unpacked event launched the Galaxy S10 and Galaxy Fold 3 sets, Samsung also announced more accessories including the Galaxy Watch Active smart watch. This is indeed a ‘strange’ design product, unlike its previous watches. But do these strange points make Watch Active less worthwhile than before?
Galaxy Watch comes with rubber band, which is the same color as the watch ring. This cord has a small opening for quick removal, so users don’t need special tools to do this work.
On the front, we have a 1.1 inch touch screen with 360 x 360 resolution with a fairly thick border. Due to the Super AMOLED panels, when using the black dials, the screen will be completely dark but when turned white, the border appears quite clearly.
The biggest difference of Galaxy Watch Active with the Galaxy Watch ‘senior’ is the lack of control rotation. This control ring has 2 functions: 1 is for users to manipulate quickly without using a touch screen, 2 is to turn the smart watch into a dive Watch.
In terms of design, the elimination of this roundabout helps Galaxy Watch Active much smaller than Galaxy Watch, for the radius of the copper drops to just under 40mm, as well as reducing weight to only 25g. Thanks to that, Watch Active has a more minimalist design, with the front only having a watch face and nothing else.
I personally don’t like Dive Watch watches, so Watch Watch’s minimalistic and light design is much nicer, looking like a Timex or Swatch fashion watch. Moreover, I have a small hand so I ‘love’ the smaller and lighter watch face, which is why I like the Galaxy S10e more than the high-end S10 and S10 + duo!
But when it comes to manipulation, removing the rotation is a weakness. Users instead of rotating quickly through different interfaces will have to swipe on the touch surface (quite small) of Galaxy Watch. If the company can integrate the touch border to replace the rotation, how good it is, but it will also increase the selling price very much.
We still have 2 control buttons on the side, a button to return, press and hold will open Samsung Pay – NFC’s fast payment feature of the company and the other button is to return to the main screen is the copper lake, press and hold to toggle.
Unlike the Galaxy Watch with the strap on the outside with the ring holder, Watch Active has the same type of wiring as the Apple Watch. At the time of using it is not used, so this part is often used to put on, but after a period of use, this situation does not happen again. The string type is also more compact, suitable for the general design of the watch.
As a smart watch aimed at sport lovers, Galaxy Watch Active must of course be equipped with water resistance. The watch is IP68 standard and 5ATM standard, ie users can wear watches to swim, take a bath or dive at a depth of less than 50m.
where can you get a Samsung Galaxy Watch Active online
Samsung Galaxy Watch Active (40mm), Black – US Version with Warranty: Buy it now
Samsung Galaxy Watch Active – 40mm, IP68 Water Resistant, Wireless Charging, SM-R500N International Version (Black): Buy it now
With a more compact design, Watch Active has a smaller capacity battery than Galaxy Watch (230mAh compared to 472mAh). I use a watch with a low week rate, so I have 2 days to use it, but I have a lot of users and notice the battery life is about 30 hours (1 day 6 hours), so the actual time will be used very much on each person’s use.
I have a habit of charging technology products every evening, so Galaxy Watch with 2-day battery life is still enough, even extra. For those who use it more, they can charge with the PowerShare feature of Galaxy S10 series. This feature has a disadvantage that it no longer uses smartphones, so I only reserve it for the most necessary time.
Although it has a different design compared to Galaxy Watch, the Active version retains the same features of this product line. Readers can learn more about all of the features of this duo in the article about Galaxy Watch, while I will point to the things I use or find most useful.
As a clock, the main feature is obviously right … now. Watch Active has a few simple, graphic or specialized watch faces for sports lovers (always show the heart rate, weather and the amount of time spent practicing.
But if you connect to a smartphone, you can download more app stores with over 60,000 different faces! With the design with the thick edges and Super AMOLED screen mentioned above, I think the black dials are the most beautiful.
The first ‘smartwatch’ feature I tried was to measure stress, using the heart rate variability (HRV) parameter. At Active, Watch Active measured heavy stress (redness) while I was sitting and doing nothing in the air-conditioned room! But after a while of searching, the reason is clear: this feature must use a new time correctly, because the clock will have to collect user HRV data.
We also have a breathing exercise to reduce stress, with 6 breathing cycles in 1 minute. Using this feature, I learned that there has been a habit of ‘false breathing’, with short cycles, so the amount of oxygen obtained is not as much as the standard, quite interesting!
About the exercise features, Galaxy Watch Active has a lot of modes for different exercises. The two sets I tried were walking and cycling and after each exercise, the clock would announce average speed, heart rate (highest, average), the number of calories consumed.
The point I like in Watch Active when used as a sports tracking device is Tizen 4 software with a simple OneUI interface, with large components, so it is easy to communicate on a touch surface of only 1.1 inches – an invisible point same is important when riding a bicycle.
Some other useful features I use every day include: watching the notifications available on smartphones (this is definitely smartwatch also available), finding smartphones – open the maximum volume ring in case the smartphone is in the house I don’t remember where, control music or listen to music directly on Watch Active (with a wireless headset with 4GB of internal memory) and finally set the alarm.
During a meal, I was asked by the owner what is the name of the watch and the diameter. He said why not buy watches with bigger, more tuned faces to increase masculinity! This is probably the common thinking of many Asian people, who like big watches, have a roundabout on the outside. I’m the exact opposite, seeing that minimalist watches have a subtle beauty that is hard to resist!
Galaxy Watch Active is probably the same as the Galaxy S10e, so it should not be considered ‘refined’ products of more advanced models, but a different option, especially for public device lovers. Compact technology that is still full of features.
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