Samsung Galaxy Watch Active, the review (photos and videos)

Those who appreciate smartwatches probably have a clear history of Samsung products, being among the most interesting and with a fairly constant path over time. In spite of the temporal constancy, perhaps a guiding logical thread is missing, so much that even today more models of Samsung smartwatches are sold, with more different names and whose differences are often unknown to most, if we exclude dimensions and design. Like any new launch, this Galaxy Watch Active (launched together with Galaxy Buds and Galaxy S10) has aroused much interest. Let's find out in our review. 7.0 Packaging Inside the package we find a magnetic power supply with cable and USB connector, but not a dedicated power supply. Then there is a second rubber strap, allowing you to choose between size S and L. 9.0 Construction and wearability Galaxy Watch Active is part of that smartwatch line that does not want to hide its technology behind a more "classic" design . It is therefore completely devoid of ring and has a very soft shape and therefore also more suited to a female audience, which seeks a discreet and compact product. Because fortunately this watch is also compact, as well as extremely light with its 25 grams of weight. On the wrist we forget it, if not perhaps for its thickness, reduced but certainly not to the level of the classic feminine watches. It is made of aluminum and on the front we have a beautiful slightly curved glass, but no embellishment. Beautiful also the rubber strap supplied which has the same closing system (with the tip of the strap covered on the other side of the strap) which became famous with the advent of Apple Watch. This way there are no problems with involuntary openings and it is particularly comfortable on the wrist when working at the desk. 8.0 Hardware There is no progress in terms of hardware that remains substantially unchanged. We have a 1.5 GHz dual core processor (imagine the usual Exynos 9110), 768 MB of RAM and 4 GB of internal memory that can be used in part to transfer photos or music to listen to offline. The connectivity is very good: Wi-Fi b / g / n (which connects automatically when disconnected from the smartphone), Bluetooth 4.2, GPS assisted by Glonass and Galileo and also NFC chips for mobile payments. Finally we have a microphone, but not a speaker, thus excluding the possibility of making phone calls on the wrist. On the underside of the smartwatch we find a good heartbeat sensor. CARD: Samsung Galaxy Watch Active 9.0 Display Galaxy Watch Active has one of the smallest displays in the world of smartwatches. Even more than on smartphones, however, in watches the size of the display, even starting from the bottom, can be a nice advantage. In this specific case, the 1.1 inches of this device made it possible to create one of the smallest smart watches in circulation. We have a resolution of 360 × 360 pixels (huge on such a small screen) and SuperAMOLED technology, which guarantees excellent levels of brightness and also an automatic adaptation (thanks to a sensor) according to the light conditions. There is also the always on function which however brings the battery down faster. 8.0 Software As on the watch launched last year, here too we find Samsung's Tizen OS inside this watch. The version is 4.0.0.3. Apart from some aesthetic adjustments, in terms of functionality we have not found great differences. Dragging down we have quick shortcuts, while scrolling left we have smartphone notifications and to the left we have quick widgets, to access information or commands as quickly as possible. This navigation is very intuitive and has been the same for some time on Tizen. Holding down on the dial you can choose from various options (all very neat and beautiful) and change some options, such as the color and quick shortcuts of some quadrants. The management of notifications (if connected to an Android smartwatch) is very good and it will also be possible to respond to notifications that support it (such as WhatsApp and Telegram) via preset messages (many!), Emojis, dictation and keyboard microscopy. As always, voice messages and photos do not work. Pressing the physical key at the top goes back to the menus while holding it down activates Samsung Pay. It works very well with all contactless POS devices and will ask you to set a PIN for the first use of the day (or after you have taken it off your wrist). The button below allows access to the list of applications instead. These are generally the same ones. The most interesting are the weather, the calendar, the music player, the alarm clocks and a new Samsung Health, with a redesigned summary and all the data you need. You can then obviously start a physical activity session from the clock. Among those available we find: walking, running, cycling, hiking, swimming (swimming pool and outdoor), treadmill, exercise bike, circuit training, weight machine and dozens of other exercises. Then use the GPS of the phone if connected, or that of the watch if in autonomy. Very interesting is the possibility of connecting Bluetooth headsets directly to the clock, especially when combined with the possibility of putting entire Spotify playlists offline in case you are subscribed to the Premium version of the service. Another couple of interesting features: a night mode that simultaneously deactivates activation with the rotation of the wrist and notifications and a feature that shows you the level of stress and guides you in breathing exercises. Of course, there is also the functionality to track sleep. The Android smartphone software is also good, allowing you to easily manage notifications, dials and installed apps. Excellent Samsung Health that clearly shows the data collected through the clock 7.0 Autonomy This Samsung Galaxy Watch Active is equipped with a battery of only 230 mAh. It is certainly not a quantity that can guarantee the results of the larger Galaxy Watch, but still manages to defend itself well. It manages to guarantee almost 2 days of autonomy (not complete) by keeping it on at night (connected to Wi-Fi automatically) and with the awlays on off. From here you can consider an increase in autonomy by turning it off at night (and therefore easily making two full days), or lower, but still completing the day by activating the always on mode. A little too slow charging that takes about 2 hours to complete. Convenient to recharge wireless via some special chargers (there is also a powerbank!). 7.5 Price Samsung Galaxy Watch Active is one of Samsung's cheapest smartwatches ever, at least for the launch price. We are talking about € 249, in the only version available. You can buy it on Amazon, slightly discounted (check the box below), or on ePRICE, which already sells it for € 227. Photo

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