Samsung Galaxy Watch Active 2 vs Apple Watch Series 5 – Which is Better?

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The Galaxy Watch Active 2 and Apple Watch Series 5 remain to of the best smartwatches on the market and are also some of the best rated smartwatches. Each of these two has a top-notch design as well as many innovative features that include comprehensive activity tracking. While the Active 2 is compatible with both Android and iOS devices, the Watch 5 is only compatible with iOS devices. In this comparison post, I compare the specs and features of the Samsung Galaxy Watch Active 2 vs Apple Watch Series 5 to help you decide which is the best for you.

Please note, the Active 2 is available in two sizes; 40mm and 44mm just like the Watch 5, and each of these sizes is available in LTE and Bluetooth only. However, this comparison compares the 44mm of the aluminum model of Active vs aluminum 44mm of Watch 5. You can check out the LTE model of the Active 2 and Watch 5 Cellular.

Samsung Galaxy Watch Active 2 (44mm) vs Apple Watch Series 5 (44mm): Specs Comparison

 
 
Product Info

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

Apple Watch Series 5 (44mm) (GPS) Specifications, Features and Price

Price $269.99 $199.99 $429.00 $329.00
ABOUT DEVICE ABOUT DEVICE ABOUT DEVICE
Device name Samsung Galaxy Watch Active 2 (44mm) (Discontinued), (GPS), Apple Watch Series 5
Device type Fitness/Classic smartwatch Fitness/Sport smartwatch
Gender Unisex Unisex
Predecessor Samsung Galaxy Watch Active Apple Watch Series 4
Successor
Models Bluetooth only, LTE Apple Watch Hermès, Apple Watch Nike+
Date released September, 2019 September, 2019
DISPLAY DISPLAY DISPLAY
Display size 1.4 inches 1.78 inch
Display type Super AMOLED, Full color 1000nit, OLED
Resolution 360 x 360 pixel 448 x 368 pixels
Pixel density
Customizable watchface Yes Yes
Input type 2 Physical buttons, Digital rotating bezel, Touchscreen 1 Physical button, Digital crown, Touchscreen
Always-On Yes Yes
BODY BODY BODY
Shape Circular Rectangular
Case material Aluminum Aluminum
Strap material Fluoroelastomer (Aluminum) Elastomer
Bezel material Corning Gorilla Glass DX+ Bezeless, Sapphire glass
Strap size 20 mm 24mm
Color Aqua-black, Cloud-silver, Pink-gold Gold, Gray, Silver
Screen protection Corning Gorilla glass DX+ Sapphire glass
Dimension 44 x 44 x 10.9 mm 44 x 38 x 10.7 mm
Weight 30 grams (aluminum) 36.1g (GPS)
Waterproof rating Yes, 5ATM Yes, 5ATM
Swim-proof Yes, recommended Yes
Durability test MIL-STD-810G
CONNECTIVITY CONNECTIVITY CONNECTIVITY
Bluetooth calling Yes Yes
Bluetooth Bluetooth v5.0 Bluetooth v5.0
Wi-Fi Yes, Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac Yes, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n
NFC Yes Yes
MEMORY MEMORY MEMORY
RAM 0.75GB 0.768GB
ROM 4GB 32GB
Memory card slot No No
CELLULAR CELLULAR CONNECTIVITY CELLULAR CONNECTIVITY
Network technology None None
SIM type 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, GPS/GLONASS/BEIDOU GLONASS, GPS
Accelerometer Yes Yes
HRM Yes Yes
Gyroscope Yes Yes
Pulse Ox. No No
Altimeter No Yes
Barometer Yes Yes
Compass Yes
ECG Yes Yes
Thermometer No App, 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 (Third-party apps), Yes
Floors climbed Yes Yes
Blood oxygen No No
Blood Pressure Yes No
Stress Yes Yes
ECG tracking Yes Yes
Fall detection No Yes
Menstrual cycle No Yes
VO2 Max Yes Yes
Onscreen workout No No
Preloaded sport modes 39 Yes
BATTERY BATTERY BATTERY
Battery type Non-removable Li-ion battery Non-removable Li-ion battery
Battery capacity 340mAh
Battery life Regular usage: 3 days+, Standby :5 days+ Regular: up to 18hrs
Charging type WPC based wireless charging Charging dock
Charging duration 1-2 hours 1-2 hours
Solar power No No
PLATFORM PLATFORM PLATFORM
Operating system Tizen OS 4.0 WatchOS 6
Chipset Exynos 9110 Apple S4 64bits
CPU Dual core 1.15GHz Dual core
GPU
MISC MISC MISC
Companion app Samsung Gear app Apple Watch App
Compatibility Android 5.0+ & RAM 1.5GB+, iPhone 5+ and iOS 9.0+ iOS 12.0+
Payment system Samsung Pay Apple Pay
Customizable strap Yes 24mm, Yes
Voice Assistant Yes, Bixby Yes, Siri
Find my phone Yes Yes
Box content Charger, Manual, Samsung Galaxy Watch Active 2 (44mm), Straps Apple Watch Series 5, Charger, Manual, Straps
Price $269.99 $199.99 $429.00 $329.00

Samsung Galaxy Watch Active 2 (44mm) vs Apple Watch Series 5 (44mm): The Differences

  • Both the Watch 5 and Active 2 has what I’ll call a very outstanding and sophisticated design. Each of these two is very slim, lightweight, and very comfortable to wear, thanks to the aluminum case material. Although, the Active 2 44mm weighs a little less than the Watch 5, a very minute difference.
  • Furthermore, Watch 5 has a bigger display that allows you to see more at a glance compared to Active 2, thanks to its rectangular shape. But I personally like the Active 2 circular shape, it looks more like a real watch compared to the Watch 5 that has a geeky appearance.
  • While the Active 2 features a very innovative rotating bezel, the Watch 5 comes with a digital crown as you find on many watches, but has a haptic-feedback mechanism that scrolls as you navigate the display. In all, the navigation on any of these two is seamless.
  • Bixby is your voice assistant on Active 2, while Siri is to the Watch 5. Both platforms are proprietary to their respective brands. I personally think Siri is a more advanced technology than Bixby.
  • While you get a paltry 4GB storage capacity on the Active 2, the Watch 5 comes with 32GB massive storage capacity. So you get to store more of your favorite tracks on the Watch 5 compared to Active 2.
  • As per fitness tracking, each of these two is marketed as a fitness companion and no doubt some of the best fitness trackers you can find on the market. Each of these will track all the basics that include steps, floors, heart rate, sleep, inbuilt GPS for outdoor sports tracking as well as preloaded sport modes. Mind you, the Active 2 has a more robust sleep tracking feature compared to Watch 5 which relies on third-party apps to track your sleep. Moreover, the Active 2 features blood pressure monitoring which Watch 5 lacks for now.

    Watch 5 features menstrual cycle tracking as well as robust incidental fall detection and international emergency calling feature which the Active 2 lacks. In all, each of these two is a comprehensive fitness tracker.

  • The Active 2 floors Watch 5 as far as battery life is concerned. While you can get up to 2 days or more with Active 2, it’s about a day with the Watch 5.

Active 2 (40/44mm)

Watch 5 (40/44mm)

Display Size

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

1.65 inches (40mm)
1.78 inches (44mm)

Dimension

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

40 x 34 x 10.7mm
44 x 38 x 10.7 mm

Weight

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

30.1 grams (40mm)
36.1 grams (44mm)

Glass

Corning Gorilla Glass DX+

Sapphire glass

Input

Digital rotating bezel

Digital crown

Voice Assistant

Bixby

Siri

Blood Pressure

Yes

No

Menstrual Cycle Tracking

No

Yes

Battery Life with Always-on

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

About a day

Which is Better?

In simple words, if you own an iPhone, the Watch 5 is your best bet (its only compatible with an iPhone after all). And if you own an Android phone, Active 2 is your best bet.

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