The Galaxy Watch Active2 isn't really trying to be an analog watch this time around; with one less control option, it relies heavily on an intuitive swiping interface. A mix of lateral and sideways swipes help you get from one function to another. (And maybe it's just me, but it feels like it runs faster than last year's Galaxy Watch Active)
There are still two buttons, however. The upper one acts more like a home shortcut while the second helps for finer on-screen controls (think: numbers). It also serves as a shortcut for wireless payments through Samsung Pay. Both buttons only protrude slightly from the frame, adding to the sleek new design. The 1.1-inch screen is protected by Gorilla Glass 3 and the whole package is water resistant. Like the Apple Watch, you can long-press a button to put it into a water-resistant mode, at which point it'll be swim ready.
The watch itself will come in silver, black, gold or sea green finishes, depending on the country where you happen to be shopping. I got to handle the black and rose gold models and also got to try on the new, softer plastic wrist straps, which make the device feel well suited for its primary use case: exercise.
Feature-wise, the Galaxy Watch Active2 lives up to its name, with upgraded fitness tracking features that include the ability to monitor blood pressure and stress levels. That's in addition to the heart rate monitor that we've seen on older Galaxy smartwatches. The blood pressure monitoring system pairs with a mobile app to help you monitor your stress levels. When you're feeling the pressure, the device shows breathing exercises and other calming techniques. The stress of a Samsung event was apparently not enough to trigger it, at least not during my time with it.
- 44mm case size
- Used with smartphone running Android 5.0 and above
- Used with smartphone with 1.5GB RAM
- Compatible with standard 20mm straps
- 340mAh Battery
- Auto Fitness Tracker and Run Coaching
- 39+ Workout Activities support
- Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, GPS
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