Here is Samsung’s sleek Galaxy Watch Active first look
It was entirely obvious to miss midst of all the foldable phone hype, but Samsung launched its most recent smartwatch Wednesday at its Unpacked occasion: the $199 Galaxy Watch Active.
But, just the fact that it didn’t have much time in the spotlight doesn’t mean the Galaxy Watch Active isn’t worth checking out. While Samsung’s earlier smartwatches have tended to be massive, its most recent wearable is significantly more subtle — and one I’m much more likely to want to actually wear.
Meet the Galaxy Watch Active
A followup to a year ago’s Galaxy Watch, the main thing you’ll see about the Galaxy Watch Active is that it’s not so nearly as bulky as massive Galaxy Watch.
With a 40mm case and no rotating bezel, it’s slimmer — a welcome change for those of us with smaller wrists (or, truly, any individual who prefer a lower profile watch).
What’s more, at $199, the Galaxy Watch Active is a considerably more affordable option than the Galaxy Watch, which started at $375 a year ago.
It comes in four different colors: silver, black, sea green, and rose gold (it’s about time Samsung jumped on the rose gold train) and ships with multi-colored bands that are same as Apple’s sport bands for the Apple Watch.
I just wore the Galaxy Watch Active for a couple of minutes, and I was impressed by how light it was. And it was at least as comfortable as any Apple Watch I’ve worn.
Other than the size, one of the greatest changes with the Galaxy Watch Active is that it doesn’t have a rotating bezel. Rather, you navigate the watch’s menus by swiping left or right.
There are additionally two side buttons that let you launch and close applications. It may take some time to get used to it in case you have used the rotating bezel UI, however, I didn’t think that it is much complicated.
The Galaxy Watch Active charges wirelessly. Furthermore, similar to Samsung’s recently launched Galaxy Buds, you’re able to charge it with your phone if you have one of the new Galaxy S10 phones. This feature appeared somewhat finicky in my demos, but I could easily see how it’d be useful to get a little bit of extra battery life if you’re in a pinch.
Health and fitness first
As its name suggests, the Galaxy Watch Active is intended to put health and fitness features front and center.
While the organization hasn’t matched Apple’s advanced heart-rate monitoring features, Samsung has added another new blood pressure-monitoring feature by means of an application called My BP Lab. The application, which will be accessible in the U.S., UK, Australia, Singapore, Canada, and Germany. This wasn’t available to give a shot on the demo models I took a look at, yet ideally, it will be prepared when we’re ready to complete a full review.
I did, however, get to quickly try out Samsung’s guided breathing application, which is intended to help you to relax through deep breathing, like Fitbit’s “relax” feature.
On the fitness side, the Galaxy Watch Active can automatically track specific kinds of workouts, along with usual step-counting and third-party exercise apps.
We’ll have more on all of this when we’re able to do a full review, yet the Galaxy Watch Active figures out how to crush a great deal into a really compelling package.
While you won’t get the fancier features of Samsung’s larger (and pricier) watches, the Galaxy Watch Active is an approachable smartwatch that will engage fitness lovers.