Fossil Gen 5 vs Samsung Galaxy Watch Active 2 – Compare The Differences

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Fossil Gen 5 is one of the best rated and most sophisticated Wear OS smartwatch that’s powered by the Snapdragon 3100 chip, while the Galaxy Watch Active 2 runs on Samsung’s proprietary Tizen 4.0 platform and also one of the best smartwatches you can find on the market. Each of these two has a remarkable design as well as designed to track your active life. The Active 2 is available in two sizes; 44mm and 40mm, and each of these sizes come in LTE or Bluetooth model. However, this comparison post compares the Fossil Gen 5 vs Samsung Galaxy Watch Active 2 (44mm) to help you decide which of these two is a better bargain for you.

Fossil Gen 5 vs Samsung Galaxy Watch Active 2: Specs Comparison

 
 
Product Info

Fossil Gen 5 Calyle Specifications, Features and Price

Samsung Galaxy Watch Active 2 (44mm) Full Specifications, Features and Prices

Price $295.00 $233.56 $269.00 $199.99
ABOUT DEVICE ABOUT DEVICE ABOUT DEVICE
Device name Fossil Gen 5 Calyle Samsung Galaxy Watch Active 2 (44mm)
Device type Fitness/Classic smartwatch Fitness/Classic smartwatch
Gender Men Unisex
Predecessor Fossil Gen 4 Explorist Samsung Galaxy Watch Active
Successor
Models Bluetooth only, LTE
Date released August, 2019 September, 2019
DISPLAY DISPLAY DISPLAY
Display size 1.28 inch 1.4 inches
Display type AMOLED, Full color Super AMOLED, Full color
Resolution 416 x 416 px 360 x 360 pixel
Pixel density
Customizable watchface Yes Yes
Input type 3 Physical buttons, Touchscreen 2 Physical buttons, Digital rotating bezel, Touchscreen
Always-On Yes Yes
BODY BODY BODY
Shape Circular Circular
Case material Stainless steel Aluminum
Strap material Stainless steel Fluoroelastomer (Aluminum)
Bezel material Stainless steel Corning Gorilla Glass DX+
Strap size 22 mm 20 mm
Color Black, Brown, Smoke Aqua-black, Cloud-silver, Pink-gold
Screen protection Corning Gorilla Glass Corning Gorilla glass DX+
Dimension 44 x 44 x 12 mm 44 x 44 x 10.9 mm
Weight 30 grams (aluminum)
Waterproof rating 3ATM Yes, 5ATM
Swim-proof Yes Yes, recommended
Durability test MIL-STD-810G
CONNECTIVITY CONNECTIVITY CONNECTIVITY
Bluetooth calling Yes Yes
Bluetooth Yes, Bluetooth v4.2 LE Bluetooth v5.0
Wi-Fi Yes, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n Yes, Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac
NFC Yes Yes
MEMORY MEMORY MEMORY
RAM 1GB 0.75GB
ROM 8GB 4GB
Memory card slot No No
CELLULAR CELLULAR CONNECTIVITY CELLULAR CONNECTIVITY
Network technology None None
SIM type None None
NOTIFICATIONS NOTIFICATIONS NOTIFICATIONS
SMS alert Yes Yes
Calls alert Yes Yes
Email alert Yes Yes
Event reminder Yes Yes
MEDIA MEDIA MEDIA
Audio mp3/mp4 mp3/mp4
Microphone Yes Yes
Loudspeaker Yes Yes
Bluetooth music Yes Yes
Camera No No
SENSORS SENSORS SENSORS
GPS Yes Yes, GPS/GLONASS/BEIDOU
Accelerometer Yes Yes
HRM Yes Yes
Gyroscope Yes Yes
Pulse Ox. No No
Altimeter Yes No
Barometer No Yes
Compass No
ECG No Yes
Thermometer No No
Ambient light Yes Yes
ACTIVITY TRACKING ACTIVITY TRACKING ACTIVITY TRACKING
Steps Yes Yes
Calories Yes Yes
Distance Yes Yes
Heart rate monitoring Yes Yes
Sleep tracking Yes Yes
Floors climbed Yes Yes
Blood oxygen No No
Blood Pressure No Yes
Stress Yes Yes
ECG tracking No Yes
Fall detection No No
Menstrual cycle No No
VO2 Max Yes
Onscreen workout No No
Preloaded sport modes Yes 39
BATTERY BATTERY BATTERY
Battery type Non-removable Li-ion battery Non-removable Li-ion battery
Battery capacity 310mAh 340mAh
Battery life Regular: 24hrs+ Regular usage: 3 days+, Standby :5 days+
Charging type Charging dock WPC based wireless charging
Charging duration 1-2 hours 1-2 hours
Solar power No No
PLATFORM PLATFORM PLATFORM
Operating system Wear OS Tizen OS 4.0
Chipset Snapdragon 3100 Exynos 9110
CPU Dual core 1.15GHz
GPU
MISC MISC MISC
Companion app Fossil Q App Samsung Gear app
Compatibility Android 6.0+, iOS 10.0+ Android 5.0+ & RAM 1.5GB+, iPhone 5+ and iOS 9.0+
Payment system Google Pay Samsung Pay
Customizable strap 22 mm, Yes Yes
Voice Assistant Yes, Google Assistant Yes, Bixby
Find my phone Yes Yes
Box content Charger, Fossil Gen 5 Calyle, Manual, Straps Charger, Manual, Samsung Galaxy Watch Active 2 (44mm), Straps
Price $295.00 $233.56 $269.00 $199.99

Fossil Gen 5 vs Samsung Galaxy Watch Active 2: The Differences

Fossil Gen 5

Active 2 (40/44mm)

Display Size

1.28 inches 

1.2 inches (40mm)
1.4 inches (44mm)

Dimension

44 x 44 x 12 mm

40 x 40 x 10.9 mm
44 x 44 x 10.9 mm

Glass

Corning Gorilla Glass

Corning Gorilla Glass DX+

Input

No

Digital rotating bezel

Voice Assistant

Google Assistant

Bixby

Storage

8GB

4GB

Cellular

No

Yes, e-SIM

Waterproof Rating

3ATM
(waterproof up to 30 meters)

5ATM
(waterproof up to 50 meters)

Blood Pressure

No

Yes

Sleep Tracking

Third-party app

Yes

ECG tracking

No

Yes

Battery Life with Always-on

1 day+

1 day+ (40mm)
2 days (44mm)

Editor's Rating

Which is Better? My Verdict

  • The Active 2 and Gen 5 have very remarkable designs befitting of a modern smartwatch. I think Active 2 which weighs a little less has a more sophisticated design, it’s digital rotating bezel is very innovative.
  • Moreover, Tizen OS is still a better operating system than Wear OS as far as I’m concerned. The Active 2 gives you more access to control notifications and find important information compared to Gen 5 where Wear OS offers limited options.
  • While each of these two allows you to make and receive calls via Bluetooth connection to your phone, the LTE version of Active 2 is a standalone smartwatch that allows you to make and receive calls independent of your phone (will cost you more).
  • While the Active 2 comes with 4GB storage capacity out of which about 2GB is available for use, you get 8GB storage capacity with the Gen 5 which will allow you to store more of your files.
  • Google Fit is your fitness companion on the Gen 5, while Samsung Health app is to the Active 2. I personally think the Samsung Health app is a more intuitive app that allows you to manage your fitness goals effortlessly. Moreover, the Active 2 features more preloaded sport modes and more fitness tracking features like ECG and blood pressure tracking that the Gen 5 lacks. It also tracks your sleep more comprehensively, unlike the Gen 5 where you’ve to rely on third-party apps.
  • Samsung’s Bixby is your voice assistant on Active 2, while Google Assistant is to Gen 5. I think the Google Assistant is a better and more intelligent voice assistant program than Bixby.
  • One advantage of Wear OS over Tizen OS is that you get access to more apps than you can find on Tizen. As per which is a better OS, like I pointed out earlier, I go with Tizen OS.
  • Thanks to Snapdragon 3100 chip, the Gen 5 features battery saver feature that allows you to manage battery life and this sees the Gen 5 go for over a day, and with battery saver, it’s over 2 days. However, Active 2 will still keep you going for about 2 days or more with mixed usage and always-on active. In other words, you get to go longer with Active 2.

MY VERDICT: I think the Active 2 is a better smartwatch than Gen 5, yet the Gen 5 is still a great choice. It all depends on your preferences.

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