Samsung Galaxy Watch Active 1 vs 2 – What’s The Difference? Should You Upgrade?

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Barely 6 months after the Galaxy Was released, Samsung launched the Galaxy Active 2, a more sophisticated smartwatch with quite a lot of improvements. These improvements include the bigger display, LTE functionality, improved battery life, and sensors. In this comparison, I compare the differences between the Samsung Galaxy Watch Active 1 vs 2 to help you know the differences and decide which is a right for you.

Mind you, the Active 2 is available in two sizes and each of the two is available in LTE and Bluetooth models, this comparison features the Bluetooth versions of the Active 2.

Samsung Galaxy Watch Active 1 vs 2: Specs Comparison

 
 
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Samsung Watch Active Full Specifications, Features, Price

Samsung Galaxy Watch Active 2 (40mm) Full Specifications and Features

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

Price $199.99 $139.00 $279.00 $269.99 $199.99
ABOUT DEVICE ABOUT DEVICE ABOUT DEVICE ABOUT DEVICE
Device name Samsung Galaxy Watch Active Samsung Galaxy Watch Active 2 (40mm) Samsung Galaxy Watch Active 2 (44mm)
Device type Fitness/Classic smartwatch Fitness/Classic smartwatch Fitness/Classic smartwatch
Gender Unisex Unisex Unisex
Predecessor Samsung Galaxy Watch Active Samsung Galaxy Watch Active
Successor Samsung Galaxy Watch Active 2
Models Bluetooth only, LTE Bluetooth only, LTE
Date released March, 2019 September, 2019 September, 2019
DISPLAY DISPLAY DISPLAY DISPLAY
Display size 1.1 inches 1.2 inches 1.4 inches
Display type Super AMOLED, Full color Super AMOLED, Full color Super AMOLED, Full color
Resolution 360 x 360 pixel 360 x 360 pixel 360 x 360 pixel
Pixel density
Customizable watchface Yes Yes Yes
Input type 2 Physical buttons, Digital rotating bezel, Touchscreen 2 Physical buttons, Digital rotating bezel, Touchscreen 2 Physical buttons, Digital rotating bezel, Touchscreen
Always-On Yes Yes Yes
BODY BODY BODY BODY
Shape Circular Circular Circular
Case material Aluminum Aluminum Aluminum
Strap material Silicone Fluoroelastomer (Aluminum) Fluoroelastomer (Aluminum)
Bezel material Corning Gorilla Glass Corning Gorilla Glass DX+ Corning Gorilla Glass DX+
Strap size 20 mm 20 mm 20 mm
Color Black, Cloud-silver, Green, Rose-gold Aqua-black, Cloud-silver, Pink-gold Aqua-black, Cloud-silver, Pink-gold
Screen protection Corning Gorilla Glass 3 Corning Gorilla glass DX+ Corning Gorilla glass DX+
Dimension 39.5 x 39.5 x 10.5 mm 40 x 40 x 10.9mm 44 x 44 x 10.9 mm
Weight 25 grams (excluding straps) 26 grams (aluminum) 30 grams (aluminum)
Waterproof rating Yes, 5ATM Yes, 5ATM Yes, 5ATM
Swim-proof Yes, recommended Yes, recommended Yes, recommended
Durability test MIL-STD-810G MIL-STD-810G MIL-STD-810G
CONNECTIVITY CONNECTIVITY CONNECTIVITY CONNECTIVITY
Bluetooth calling No Yes Yes
Bluetooth Yes, Bluetooth v4.2 LE Bluetooth v5.0 Bluetooth v5.0
Wi-Fi Yes, Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac Yes, Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac Yes, Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac
NFC Yes Yes Yes
MEMORY MEMORY MEMORY MEMORY
RAM 0.75GB 0.75GB 0.75GB
ROM 4GB 4GB 4GB
Memory card slot No No No
CELLULAR CELLULAR CONNECTIVITY CELLULAR CONNECTIVITY CELLULAR CONNECTIVITY
Network technology None None None
SIM type None None None
NOTIFICATIONS NOTIFICATIONS NOTIFICATIONS NOTIFICATIONS
SMS alert Yes Yes Yes
Calls alert Yes Yes Yes
Email alert Yes Yes Yes
Event reminder Yes Yes Yes
MEDIA MEDIA MEDIA MEDIA
Audio mp3/mp4 mp3/mp4 mp3/mp4
Microphone Yes Yes Yes
Loudspeaker No Yes Yes
Bluetooth music Yes Yes Yes
Camera No No No
SENSORS SENSORS SENSORS SENSORS
GPS Galileo, GLONASS, GPS Yes, GPS/GLONASS/BEIDOU Yes, GPS/GLONASS/BEIDOU
Accelerometer Yes Yes Yes
HRM Yes Yes Yes
Gyroscope Yes Yes Yes
Pulse Ox. No No No
Altimeter No No No
Barometer Yes Yes Yes
Compass
ECG No Yes Yes
Thermometer No No No
Ambient light Yes Yes Yes
ACTIVITY TRACKING ACTIVITY TRACKING ACTIVITY TRACKING ACTIVITY TRACKING
Steps Yes Yes Yes
Calories Yes Yes Yes
Distance Yes Yes Yes
Heart rate monitoring Yes Yes Yes
Sleep tracking Yes Yes Yes
Floors climbed Yes Yes Yes
Blood oxygen No No No
Blood Pressure Yes Yes
Stress Yes Yes Yes
ECG tracking No Yes Yes
Fall detection No No No
Menstrual cycle No No No
VO2 Max Yes Yes Yes
Onscreen workout No No No
Preloaded sport modes 39 39 39
BATTERY BATTERY BATTERY BATTERY
Battery type Non-removable Li-ion battery Non-removable Li-ion battery Non-removable Li-ion battery
Battery capacity 230mAh 247mAh 340mAh
Battery life Regular usage: 3 days+, Standby:10 days+ Regular usage: 3 days+, Standby :5 days+ Regular usage: 3 days+, Standby :5 days+
Charging type WPC based wireless charging WPC based wireless charging WPC based wireless charging
Charging duration 1-2 hours 1-2 hours 1-2 hours
Solar power No No No
PLATFORM PLATFORM PLATFORM PLATFORM
Operating system Tizen OS 4.0 Tizen OS 4.0 Tizen OS 4.0
Chipset Exynos 9110 Exynos 9110 Exynos 9110
CPU 1.1GHz dual core Dual core 1.15GHz Dual core 1.15GHz
GPU
MISC MISC MISC MISC
Companion app Samsung Gear app Samsung Gear app Samsung Gear app
Compatibility Android 5.0+ & RAM 1.5GB+, iPhone 5+ and iOS 9.0+ Android 5.0+ & RAM 1.5GB+, iPhone 5+ and iOS 9.0+ Android 5.0+ & RAM 1.5GB+, iPhone 5+ and iOS 9.0+
Payment system Samsung Pay Samsung Pay Samsung Pay
Customizable strap 20mm, Yes Yes Yes
Voice Assistant No Yes, Bixby Yes, Bixby
Find my phone Yes Yes Yes
Box content Charger, Manual, Samsung Galaxy Watch Active Charger, Manual, Samsung Galaxy Watch Active 2 (40mm), Straps Charger, Manual, Samsung Galaxy Watch Active 2 (44mm), Straps
Price $199.99 $139.00 $279.00 $269.99 $199.99

Samsung Galaxy Watch Active 1 vs 2: The Differences

Active 1

Active 2 (40/44mm)

Display Size

1.1 inches

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

Dimension

40 x 40 x 10.9 mm

44 x 44 x 10.9 mm

Weight

25 grams

26 grams (40mm)
30 grams (44mm)

Case Material

Aluminum

Aluminum (bluetooth)
Stainless steel (LTE)

Glass

Cornning Gorrila Glass 3

Corning Gorilla Glass DX+

Loudspeaker

No

Yes

Bluetooth Calling

No

Yes

Blood Pressure

No

Yes

ECG Tracking

No

Yes

Heart Rate Sensor

4-LED

8-LED

Accelerometer

16G

32G

Battery Capacity

230mAh

240mAh (40mm)
327mAh (44mm)

Battery Life with Always-on

1 days+

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

  1. Design
  2. From the tables above, you can see that the Active 2 has more features than the Active 1, but these two still share a lot in common. Moreover, Active 1 alongside the Galaxy watch were updated with some of the UX features present on the Active 2. Both watches are very compact and lightweight too, a major reason they are some of the most popular choices on the market.

    Although the Active 1 is slimmer and weighs a little less than both models of the Active 2. However, Active 2 has a bigger 1.4/1.2 inches display that no doubt makes it easier to read the display even for those with eye problems (44mm). While the Active 1 is only available in aluminum, the Active 2 is available in both aluminum and stainless steel (LTE model).

    The Active 2 spots a more durable Corning Gorilla Glass DX+ which is designed for clarity and scratch resistance compared to Corning Gorilla Glass 3 of the Active 1.

  3. Media
  4. The Active 2 comes with both microphone and loudspeaker that allows you to make and receive calls via Bluetooth connectivity to your phone, while the Active 1 has only a microphone, but lacks a loudspeaker. However, you can make or check incoming calls and answer them from your Galaxy Watch Active, but you will proceed to continue the conversation through your compatible mobile device. This makes no sense, and that’s a huge thumbs down for the Active 1.

    Both Active 1 and Active 2 will allow you to use the Bixby voice assistant feature to do simple tasks simply with your voice.

  5. Fitness Tracking
  6. Both watches are fitness-focused and will track your active life comprehensively, but Active 2 is a more comprehensive fitness tracker. Its heart rate sensor has more 8-LED compared to 4-LED of the Active 1, this enables more accurate heart rate tracking. Additionally. Its accelerometer can measure up to 32G compared to 16G of the Active 1. This translates to more accurate motion tracking.

    Active 2 also features blood pressure and ECG tracking which the Active 1 lacks.

  7. Cellula Connectivity
  8. The stainless steel model of the Active 2 comes with an e-SIM that enables cellular connectivity and allows you to make and receive calls directly from the watch independent of your phone. Active 1 lacks this feature and this make the Active 2 a standalone smartwatch.

  9. Battery Life

The Active 2 comes with a bigger battery capacity than it’s predecessor, and even though the Active 1 has a smaller display size, from the test carried out on always-on display for both watches, the Active 2 has about 2 days long battery life compared to about a 1 day of the Active 1. Mind you, the 44mm Active 2 has a slightly longer battery than the 40mm model.

Which is Better and Should You Upgrade?

Clearly, Active 2 is a better smartwatch than Active 1. It has far more features like Bluetooth calling, wider display, more durable and premium design, slightly longer battery life, and improved and more fitness tracking features. If these features mean much to you, then you should go for the Active 2.

If you already own Active 1, I wouldn’t recommend an upgrade especially with the Galaxy Watch 3 about to be released any time soon.

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