With a stronghold on the cellphone market, SAMSUNG distracted itself from the domain to wearable devices this year. With the company’s not so successful previous attempts in the sector, the product’s success were not sure shot and hence, was anticipated by both, users and launchers. It was a touch-and-go whether SAMSUNG WEARABLE DEVICES would stand out in the market or not but surprisingly, the devices received an impressive positive response from the users. SAMSUNG launched three wearables to go with Galaxy S10. They are SAMSUNG GALAXY BUDS, SAMSUNG GALAXY FIT and SAMSUNG GALAXY WATCH ACTIVE. Read the complete review of SAMSUNG GALAXY FIT AND FIT E in my previous blog here.
The three new SAMSUNG siblings go well with the overall theme of the brand and fit coherently in the atmosphere. SAMSUNG GALAXY WATCH ACTIVE promotes and makes use of SAMSUNG’S new Wireless PowerShare feature of Galaxy S10.
This new SAMSUNG product is a trimmed version of it’s predecessor SAMSUNG GALAXY WATCH but SAMSUNG GALAXY WATCH ACTIVE is ranked higher among its likes. The device sports a delectable premium design and can seamlessly be your all day companion. The creatively crafted sports watch offer many features including stress management and Blood Pressure monitoring along with other basic sports watch features
1SAMSUNG GALAXY WATCH ACTIVE DESIGN
SAMSUNG GALAXY WATCH ACTIVE sports a round 1.1 inch dial with Samsung’s AMOLED display. The delectable design that SAMSUNG has opted for is compact and sleek. The new wearable’s design is jaunty and the silicone straps along with metal dial gives it a snappy eye-catching look. As mentioned in my previous blog, SAMSUNG has opted out on some features, the rotating bezel being an important one of them. The feature is certainly the one we miss, but it has actually made the watch lightweight. This makes it fit for all day use.
The touch was discovered to be smooth and the watch is simple to use. Even in an impromptu trial by a fresh user confirmed the intricacy of the watch. The metal watch dial consists of a screen and two buttons on the right side. We would have liked the buttons to be more elevated for comfortable use.
2SAMSUNG GALAXY WATCH ACTIVE PROCESSOR
The smartwatch operates Tizen-based Wearable OS 4.0 and runs on 1.15GHz Exynos Dual core processor. For screen protection, the watch embodies Gorilla Glass 3. The product comes in only one variant offering 768GB RAM along with 4GB of internal storage. Buyers can opt between 4 colours viz. Black, Silver, Rose Gold and Deep Green.
3SAMSUNG GALAXY WATCH ACTIVE SPECIFICATIONS
There is a 4GB inbound storage available which we found to be aggressively low. There are not a lot of games and other applications that you can install on your watch. Unfortunate for music lovers, the low-end storage will affect them the most. Unlike, the SAMSUNG GALAXY WATCH, this new variant does not support LTE which means no phone calls or internet access away from your phone.
SAMSUNG GALAXY WATCH ACTIVE runs on Tizen, a newly-developed OS in the smartwatch sector. The working on the watch is easy and seamless transition of apps and widgets even on such a small dial. You can access your widgets by a single right swipe and read notifications with a single left swipe. Customization of widgets is also available.
4SAMSUNG GALAXY WATCH ACTIVE FEATURES
In terms of features, the band provides all the basic features of a sports watch including auto-detection of physical manoeuvres like walking, running, biking, rowing, workout and even swimming. The watch is water resistant upto 5ATM. The manual set up allows you to engage in 39 activities, set daily goals, maintain records and much more. As previously mentioned, SAMSUNG GALAXY WATCH ACTIVE also helps you monitor your stress and blood pressure. Another new feature that we absolutely love is that the watch notifies you if your heart rate goes above the admissible level. In addition, the watch allows you to download third-party apps like Spotify etc. It is compatible with both Android and iOS. SAMSUNG GALAXY WATCH ACTIVE is now available for sale in Indian subcontinent. One of the key highlights of the watch is its price which is considerably low from its predecessor at Rs. 19,990 only.
5SAMSUNG GALAXY WATCH ACTIVE COMPATIBILITY AND BATTERY
The watch is compatible with all Android phones sporting more than 1.5GB RAM and should come with at least Android 5 Software. For Apple devices, the watch will operate and connect to iPhone 5 or above models with iOS 9 or above.
In terms of battery backup, at a single charge the watch can work for 45 long hours (average). The watch also provides a low power mode to reduce battery consumption when the percentage lowers to 20. Watch comes with a wireless charging pad that can top up the battery percentage to 100 in just two hours. The phone can also be wirelessly charged using Power Share features on phones.
Samsung has really overtaken the market with the new wearables. All of the new products are top notch and look promising. SAMSUNG GALAXY WATCH ACTIVE looks very lavish with its delicate design and offers all the essential features. The touch is also very smooth to use. The only drawbacks we could find was its lower button, which we would have preferred to be a little more projected for easy use. We miss the rotating bezel of its previous version, but it is nothing we can not adjust without. Overall, the watch is very sporty and we absolutely loved it.