Samsung Galaxy Watch Active review

Shahriar Siam

It possesses been a violent energy for Samsung watches. The organization's first endeavors weren't the best gadgets at that point, however its most recent Galaxy Watch pair end up being the absolute best wearables you can purchase.

Propelling barely a half year after the dispatch of the Galaxy Watch, the Galaxy Watch Active arrived close by the Galaxy S10 in March 2019. What's more, unimportant months after the fact, the smartwatch was supplanted by the Samsung Galaxy Watch Active 2, a for all intents and purposes indistinguishable replacement that additional a haptic advanced dial around the edge - and knock up the cost.

The first Galaxy Watch Active is certainly a pared-down adaptation of the Galaxy Watch as it's inadequate with regards to a couple of highlights, however it sports a littler structure and an increasingly reasonable sticker price that will make it a progressively appealing choice for a few.

Does the Galaxy Watch Active satisfy the first Galaxy Watch? Peruse on for our full audit to discover.


Product Dimensions 1.56 x 1.56 x 0.41 inches
Item Weight 0.882 ounces
Item model number SM-R500NZGAXAR
Batteries 1 Lithium Polymer batteries required. (included)
Department Womens; mens; unisex-adult
Manufacturer Samsung

Samsung Galaxy Watch Active price and release date

The dispatch cost for the Galaxy Watch Active is set at $199.99/£229/AU$348. It was reported close by the Galaxy S10 in February 2019 and it hit stores in March of that year.

You're probably going to discover the value a little lower than the abovementioned. We've considered it to be low as $179 in the US or £179 in the UK. Those in Australia have seen it drop to around AU$310.

This is significantly less expensive than the Samsung Galaxy Watch was at dispatch, as that sat at $329/£279/AU$499. The cost of that gadget can likewise go up to $349/£299/AU$549 when you go for the bigger 46mm variation.

There's just one size of the Galaxy Watch Active (that is 40mm) so you'll possibly need to pick your shading when picking which variation to purchase. It's accessible from an assortment of retailers just as straightforwardly from Samsung.

Design and display

This is another round smartwatch from Samsung. Not at all like on the Galaxy Watch, there's no turning bezel here in what we accept is an endeavor to make a sportier plan for the wearable.

In the event that that is the expectation, it has worked. It feels much lighter on the wrist than the bigger gadget, and it's perceptibly more slender on the wrist without losing the exceptional look of the Galaxy Watch.

We missed the turning bezel as it's one of the most instinctive approaches to explore around a smartwatch, however sooner or later we became acclimated to looking through menus. In case you're after a littler smartwatch, decide on this one as it bodes well to drop that component to offer this slimmer plan.

The watch body itself is made of metal and it looks top of the line. It's moderately featureless with the fundamental screen focused in the center and two catches at the two and four situations on the correct hand edge of the watch.

These catches aren't in every case simple to discover when you're opening the watch, and we presumably would have favored these to be somewhat more articulated to make them simpler to press with a finger.

There are four shading decisions for the Galaxy Watch Active: dark, silver, blue (in fact ocean green) and pink. The pink band accompanies a rose gold body, while the remainder of the watches simply accompany a similar shading as the tie.

Those groups are made of silicone, which we saw as agreeable in any event, when you're perspiring. It's a comparable vibe to ties you can purchase for the Apple Watch, and Samsung's rendition had a sense of safety around our wrist consistently.

Truth be told, we could wear this for an entire day without thinking that its bothering on the wrist.

It utilizes 20mm ties, which can be traded out. That implies you can purchase different lashes legitimately from Samsung, or you can even decide to get an outsider tie rather, so there are a lot of alternatives.

In the watch there's a 1.1-inch 360 x 360 goals show. On the off chance that you've utilized a bigger smartwatch, you may locate this more prohibitive than gadgets like the Apple Watch 4 or the 1.3-inch Galaxy Watch.

It's as yet usable however, and we discovered we had the option to explore around the highlights of the watch while never contacting an inappropriate component on the showcase. The screen ends up being brilliant, and not at all like a ton of wellness trackers and some less expensive smartwatches it's a full shading show, so it looks extraordinary when you're exploring around Tizen's assortment of applications.

Now and then we found the watch hard to peruse from specific points, however it's nothing that would put you off utilizing the watch by and large.

It's likewise water-impervious to profundities of 5 meters (just as being IP68 appraised), which means you'll have the option to wear this when you head into the pool for a plunge, and there's swim following included here too to assist you with benefiting as much as possible from that.

Specs and performance

With the Galaxy Watch Active you'll be getting top-end internals to control your watch. Inside there's an Exynos 9110 chipset which is a double center processor timed at 1.15GHz.

It's a similar tech that was inside the Galaxy Watch, and is combined with 750MB of RAM.

This arrangement powers along the watch easily, and it's especially quick when you contrast it with some Wear OS watches that sport the more established Qualcomm Snapdragon Wear 2100 chipset.

Whatever applications you'll need to use on the watch will stack up as fast as they will on different smartwatches, and we never found any slack moving around the interface of the watch.

There is 4GB of capacity on the watch, yet that will get spent rapidly. Subsequent to introducing the essential programming, we discovered it had 1.5GB of space extra.

That is not a gigantic measure of room for extra applications and games on your watch. It's particularly hard to work with in case you're downloading music to your watch. That may mean you need to switch up the playlists downloaded to the watch regularly.

You would then be able to tune in to that music with Bluetooth earphones, so you can take off to practice without carrying your telephone alongside you.

It's important that there isn't a LTE-upheld variation of the Galaxy Watch Active, so you won't have the option to get calls or web away from your cell phone. In the event that you do need that, there are LTE-perfect variants of the two sizes of the standard Galaxy Watch to browse.


The Samsung Galaxy Watch Active comes donning the most recent form of Tizen, which a couple of years back was one of the more restricted smartwatch working frameworks. It's still not as consummated as watchOS (that is the thing that the Apple Watch uses) or Wear OS (that is what was recently called Android Wear) however it has developed a ton.

It's an agreeable and simple to appreciate understanding. Tapping the presentation or pushing on the upper right catch will raise your watch face, and from here you can see your previous warnings by looking over left or gadgets on the off chance that you scroll right.

All warnings that came through to our iPhone while utilizing the Watch Active showed up on our watch, however there's very little usefulness separated from perusing what they state. Rather, you'll simply be carrying your telephone out to cooperate with them.

You can redo the gadgets you see on the watch and what request they come in. For instance, we had a wellness gadget on one screen, permitting you to begin a speedy exercise with a couple of taps.

Different alternatives incorporate a snappy menu of various applications, your pulse, the climate, breathing activities, and an assortment of different gadgets.

To see the full plenty of applications you have on your gadget, you can press the base catch when you're on the home screen. This will raise a round menu of all the applications you have.

This doesn't fill in just as it does on past Samsung watches with a pivoting bezel as it's not as smooth to flick through the assortment of choices. Rather you'll be utilizing your finger to choose every individual application, however that is still simple enough to do.

Samsung has hosted an improved measure of third-gathering application alternatives over the most recent couple of years as well. For instance, Spotify is currently a backbone of the Samsung Galaxy Watch family, so you'll have the option to download playlists and tune in to music legitimately from the watch on the gushing help.

Despite the fact that the measure of outsider applications isn't immense, there are alternatives like Uber, Map My Run, Flipboard and others.

Will the Samsung Galaxy Watch Active work with your telephone however? It's possible it will, if your telephone's not especially old. It will work with all Android gadgets that accompany Android 5 programming or higher and sport at any rate 1.5GB of RAM.

In the event that you have an iPhone, you'll need an iPhone 5 or above. You'll must have iOS 9 or higher programming too.


The Galaxy Watch Active accompanies a pulse screen like your normal smartwatch, but at the same time it's equipped for estimating your feelings of anxiety.

It sees when your pulse tops, and from that point it will instruct you to set aside some effort to screen your pressure, and even prescribe breathing activities for you to attempt.

We've utilized an assortment of breathing activities, and we saw them as helpful. These aren't as unwinding or as thorough as paid for administrations, for example, Headspace, however.

This is definitely not a noteworthy element, as we've seen it on different items previously, yet it's a useful expansion for the individuals who need to screen their general wellbeing ceaselessly from just wellness.

The watch additionally accompanies a circulatory strain screen, which we couldn't give a shot during our hands-on schedule. It's fit for observing your pulse through a help called My BP Lab, yet we haven't had the option to get this running during our audit.

We'll make certain to refresh with this sooner rather than later when we can make it run.

Everything else is practically secured with this watch, as it accompanies a GPS tracker that we found to associate effectively and rapidly. It stayed associated during our whole exercises also, which was helpful.

There are auto-following modes for 39 distinct exercises – which incorporate the huge hitters like running and cycling – just as help for outsider applications like Strava. We thought that it was least demanding to physically begin exercises inside the gadget we had set up.

After your exercise, the entirety of your details will be given to glance through on the watch's showcase and in the Android or iOS application once you've matched up your gadget.

The watch is likewise fit for rest following as well. It'll give you details, for example, span and REM. We found the tracker to function admirably for this, and it'll consequently start following when you nod off.

Battery life 

Samsung anticipates that you should get more than 45 hours - a peculiarly explicit number - out of a solitary charge of the Samsung Galaxy Watch Active, and fortunately is very intelligent of the presentation we saw.

You may get somewhat less in case you're continually tinkering with highlights on the watch, however in a normal two-day stretch we discovered it would keep going long enough. Taking the watch off charge at 7AM on Monday implied we had the option to get past until 11PM on Wednesday night before setting it on a charger.

You could most likely get this to last an entire 72 hours with constrained use as well, however you ought to anticipate that two days should be the normal measure of time it will last.

There's a low battery mode that you can initiate whenever however it will provoke you to turn it on when your watch hits the 20% blemish. You would then be able to anticipate that it should keep going for a long time in this mode.

There's a little remote charging cushion in the crate, which you can use to energize the watch. We discovered it took around two hours to go from zero to 100%.

The watch will likewise work with other Qi remote chargers, including telephones that incorporate the force share highlight. That implies your Samsung Galaxy S10 Plus will have the option to energize the watch and we discovered this element to function admirably.

Other Qi remote chargers were likewise equipped for energizing it, yet it didn't work with all gadgets we anticipated that it should. For instance, the Huawei P30 Pro accompanies a powershare highlight yet we were unable to get it to work for the Samsung Galaxy Watch Active despite the fact that it accomplished for different gadgets, for example, an iPhone XR and

This is apparently only a bizarre eccentricity, and when we found it to take a shot at the S10 Plus we saw it as somewhat more slow than the charging cushion remembered for the case. The watch took 39 minutes to energize 25%, so you ought to anticipate that it should assume control more than two hours to go from 0% to full.


Pros Cons
High-end design Lacks rotating bezel
Competitive price No LTE variant
Lots of features Limited storage
Very bright screen Battery life is only passable


Samsung's Galaxy Watch Active takes a ton of what was incredible about the organization's standard smartwatch, drives everything into a littler bundle and trims a portion of the top-end highlights we've come to cherish. Given that the Galaxy Watch Active is significantly less expensive, and the plan is appropriate for both working out and wearing in your day by day life, it's hard to track down anybody the Galaxy Watch Active isn't fit to.