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Rating 4.5 out of 5 stars with 1345 reviews

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  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Load of features - short battery life

    Posted
    Beradon
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    I will preface this by saying I have owned a number of smart watches to this point, both fitness watches and the more all-around type smart watches like this one. I have to say this is definitely one of the best I've had in most respects. To start, the packaging is relatively unassuming. It's a small box with Samsung's trademark large print and half an image of the device inside. It's tasteful and not over the top. Inside is no more over just containing the watch itself, an extra strap (longer), the Qi charger and various getting started manuals. Setting it up was extremely easy, particularly since I own a Samsung phone. It immediately popped up on my phone saying that there was a nearby Galaxy watch wanting to be set up. This is also a concern if you're setting it up in a more public place. It actually popped up on my wife's Samsung device first then on mine after I canceled it on hers, so be aware of that. Seems a bit like a security concern. Setup and pairing goes without a hitch, it validates a few things between devices to make sure you're authorized to use it, downloads the app, and it's done. From that point it's just a matter of managing all the various features the phone offers, which I have to say are extensive and I have not managed to get to all of them (I likely wont in the entire time I own the watch really). The device runs Samsung's own Tizen OS which is both good and bad. Good in that navigation is smooth and seamless, bad in that it's going to have limited outside developer support since most of that sort of thing will be focused on Android or Google's WearOS. It really is beneficial to own a Samsung phone to pair with this. Not that it wont pair with other Android devices, but there is definite interoperability with an existing Samsung phone. The screen is gorgeous without being huge. I've read that some people are disappointed with the lack of a rotating bezel in this version of the Galaxy watch, but I think it lends itself to reduction in bulk and it would not look any more out of place on a woman's wrist than a man's, so it is worth considering if you're in the market for a smart watch as a woman and don't want the significantly larger Galaxy watches. Navigation is super simple, though it has loads of screens to scroll through, so if you're trying to find one individual thing it might take some time until you get used to all of the features and locations of objects. Notifications are good, though you need to be sure you have them enabled on your phone or your watch will not get them (makes sense, but if you've individually disabled a notification in Android, that also means your watch doesn't get it, so it's just something to be aware of). If you receive a text (or other chatting type notification that supports it) you can actively reply from the watch, and I dont mean some set number of canned responses. The watch has handwriting recognition which allows you to type whole responses (not sure you'd want to?) just from the screen of the device. It's pretty nice that you're not limited to a set number of responses that almost never match what you're trying to convey, even in just a small number of words. The fitness attributes are great too, although there appears to be some back-and-forth from Samsung about whether these devices will allow you to monitor blood pressure as well as heartrate, but the watch itself pairs with things like MyFitnessPal as well as Google Fit and various other standard Fitness apps. One unfortunate thing however is that Samsung ships the watch (as they do with their phones) with basically all features turned on. This means battery life is horrendous out of the box. Between features like always on screen, lift your wrist to view, brightness turned way up and many many other options, you're lucky to get around a day out of the watch (they advertise about a week). You'll want to go in and disable just about anything that automatically turns on the screen so you can save battery life. Samsung does not seem to get that not every one of their features needs to be on to make something useful. Even with many of those features turned off I'd be lucky to get 3 days out of it, I'm still trying to find those buttons and nobs in the settings that I need to turn to stretch this a bit longer. On the flipside of the battery conversation however, is the fact that this is chargeable with a Qi charger, which at least makes charging it as easy as running the battery down, particularly if you have a Galaxy S10 series phone where you can charge the watch directly from the phone's battery. Now while it says it is Qi charging compatible and I was definitely able to charge it from the phone, I cant seem to charge it from the Samsung fast charging Qi charger FOR my phone. The only external charger aside from the phone I've managed to get it to work with is the one that came with it, so I may need to look around a bit more. All in all, I love the watch. It looks great, has loads of features, great notification capabilities and good fitness tracking options. The biggest drawback is the battery life. If they shipped the watch with fewer 'convenience' (read: battery sucking) options enabled, and if they could work out the Qi charging compatibility that would definitely improve the experience.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    A Nice Smartwatch and Activity Tracker

    Posted
    Evolved1
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    I have owned the Samsung Galaxy Active Smartwatch for just under a month now. I was a little skeptical about it, but I must say that I am rather impressed with it. As a heads-up, I owned a lesser known tracker/watch for almost a year and it worked well for what I needed. That is the basis for my comparison when working with the Galaxy Watch Active Smartwatch. First, let’s talk about the unboxing. When opening the box, I found the watch with the smaller band attached and they included the longer one just in case. I am decent sized 6’ guy and I found the smaller band to work well. Continuing with items in the box, there is a quick start guide, a smaller manual, and the charging cable with attached pad. With the last item, I was pleasantly surprised by the wireless charging feature. It’s magnetic so it holds the watch in place to ensure proper charging. It’s also very quick to charge the watch. I have found that I can go from 30% to full in just over 2 hours. That’s good because the battery life is one thing that I have to ding this watch on. As it stands right now, I get about 36 hours on a full charge. I was hoping for more considering I could almost get a month on my old one. That was certainly a big change. Fortunately, I am desk jockey so I can charge it when I am working. I suggest using your Do Not Disturb, Theater, and Goodnight modes to save the battery when possible. A nice thing is that you can even set a schedule for the Do Not Disturb option. Stepping away from the battery flaw, this watch is sharp and can do quite a bit. I love seeing my texts, and images, and being able to reply to them. I did notice that group texts can be a little tricky though. They are being sent to everyone individually. I am trying to figure out if I can change that though. The ability to “write”, say, or send emojis are nice features. The vividness of the images for texting are impressive too. The next biggest win is the exercise tracking. I have found this to be a lot better than my old one. I typically wear a chest heart rate sensor and the watch is pretty close to it statistically. My old one was way off on calories burned as well as steps. A huge bonus here is if you also have a Samsung phone and sync the watch with S Health. If you ever leave your watch charging, the steps you take with the phone will sync with the watch and vice versa. While you can tell the watch you are doing a certain workout, it can also pick up your movement and start recording a "dynamic" one so that you have a record of it. That's pretty smart and beneficial to have. Some of the other nice features with this watch are being able to listen to music with wireless earbuds, checking the weather, setting reminders, checking your calendar (and getting notifications), and checking stress and heart rate levels. I have these all as widgets on my screen that I can swipe to at any given time. You can also modify things like the base watch face as well as those widgets. The interaction with the phone or just on the watch screen is quite simple to perform those tasks too. All in all, I think this is a solid watch for activity tracking and general use. I look forward to using Bixby more and seeing how my testing of settings goes to improve battery life. Those items may make or break the life of this model.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Excellent replacement

    Posted
    SteveC
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    I’ve been using fitness trackers for a while now; I’ve had the Samsung Gear Fit, and Gear 2 , Jawbone UP4, and the one I’ve use the most lately is the Fitbit Charge2. Being that the battery was not holding a charge as well as it did when new I decided it was time to start looking for a replacement for the Charge2 and decided on trying out the new Samsung Galaxy Watch Active. Unboxing and first impressions: The Active came in a simple box, well protected, and also included a longer band for larger wrists, a wireless charger and an instruction manual nestled in anther thin box in the top cover. You need to look for the pull tab inside the top cover or you can miss it “like I did”. The one I received is Silver bodied with the grey straps; it looks nice and doesn’t stand out. I was really surprised by the weight; it’s not heavy at all. Initially I was wondering how much more it would weigh over the Charge2, but it’s barely noticeable. The Charge2 weighs in at 1.37g and the Active is 1.64g, only a .27g difference and like I stated it’s barely noticeable. Using: Since the Active doesn’t come with a power adapter, just the wireless dongle I plugged it into one of my multiport USB chargers I have at my desk. I set the watch on the magnetic disk and it stuck to the back of the watch with the display showing it had a 35% charge. I didn’t time how long it took for the initial charge to top off but it was somewhere around an hour. I did notice that the magnetic charging dongle, while it does stick to the back of the watch the magnet doesn’t feel very strong and it’s very easy to knock that off or get it misaligned so it stops charging, “I’d like to see a stronger connection while charging”. After setting everything up and installing the Samsung health app on my LG V40 I went about adding the Active to my account and was ready to go. I was surprised that this shows blood pressure and glucose. The blood pressure readings seem to be pretty close to what I’m getting on my home unit. It’s not as accurate to the number but it’s within a couple points. I also had my yearly physical this last week and the glucose reading was right on for what my blood test shows. I don’t have any problems with that so I probably won’t monitor very often. The stress reading was pretty interesting, I have it running all the time, “you can set it so you do manual reads to save battery life”, I wanted it to monitor all the time. We are in the middle of selling our house and moving and sure enough it shows whenever I’m stressed out. It also suggests some breathing exercises to help, and following those instructions it really does help lower my stress levels. I regularly use recumbent cross trainer and monitor my workouts. The calorie count between the Active and the Charge2 is about 40 calories, with the Charge2 showing a lot more calories being burned. The Active reads about exact to the readings my cross trainer shows. I have a feeling the Charge to is the one that isn’t as accurate. Customizing: There are plenty of apps and watch faces you can download, I’ve only added a few but you should be able to find plenty of custom options to suit your needs. It’s pretty much as customizable as all the other Samsung watches I’ve had. The only aftermarket item I’ve added is a screen protector; I really don’t like scratches and wanted some that would help protect my new device. The one application that doesn’t come preinstalled is a timer or stop watch; fortunately they are available in the store. Final Thoughts: I’ve been using this for about a week now, and I do like all the customization options over the Charge2. The screen is outstanding, very vibrant, bright and clear. It does have a fairly large bezel but that doesn’t bother me. There should be plenty of space between the edge of the screen and side of the watch to protect the inner workings pretty well. I also like the fact that the Active is rated to water resistant rated so you can swim and shower with it, the Charge2 is basically splash resistant and I always had to take care not to get it really wet. I really like the wireless charging over the charging dongle of the Charge2, I do wish the magnetic connection were stronger but it works. Battery life is my largest complaint, with the stress monitoring running all the time I get about a day and a half, with it turned to manual I can get a good couple days. It’s just nowhere near the 5 I get from the Charge2 but then again the Charge2 does not have the full color screen the Active has or monitors near as many things. If you are looking at a good fitness watch I’d take a close look at the new Active watch.

    I would recommend this to a friend

    • Brand response

      Samsung

      Hello there, Steve. I appreciate all the great things you've highlighted about your new Samsung Galaxy Watch Active! It's a privilege to have earned your support. ^Thomas Samsung

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    A very good watch (not so good on iOS)

    Posted
    Aditya
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    It is a good fitness band/watch with GPS/Heart rate monitor. You cannot make calls with this thing as even though it has micro phone it lacks a speaker. Yes, you can connect it with a Bluetooth headset and in that case, call goes to that, but that functionality is not there on iPhone, only on Android. You get Phone, Contacts & Samsung Pay when you sync it with an Android, these options are not available when you connect it with iPhone. I checked the app store and as of today, there are very few applications and the best health app you can use is Samsung Health, which itself is pretty good but if you are already using some app it may get some time and you will lose your progress. The Samsung Health App is mediocre at best on iOS, it kept telling me that there is no wearable device; though the galaxy app was showing the watch as connected. So, if you are using an iPhone, I will stay clear from it or wait till proper support is there. I have still given it 4 stars as it all works wonderfully on any Android device. The sync is seamless, all details is shown correctly the interface is good. Please note that If you are used to of using some fitness app, Samsung OS might not have it as this is not android wear it is Samsung own Tizen. Tizen is not bad, there are lots of faces to download and some of them are pretty good. Battery life is decent with location off, though goes down by EOD if GPS is on (Which is standard considering the battery size). Charger is magnetic wireless, and no hassle. I think the size is perfect for people with small - medium wrists and is very light weight. The band is smooth and seems to be good quality. There is one extra L size band included in the box along with a charger. I have been testing this for over a week now with iPhone, and the only thing which I really thing missing is the support to make calls from the watch it self. Yesterday I synced it with Android (do note that the watch will reset when you change phones so make sure you have backup your data). It connects to your phone (Apple/Android), and can alert you in case of notifications, which is handy as you can silent your phone and still get notification. It auto detects your workout, walking, running, cycling. Tizen interface is very responsive and the applications I used, they all worked as intended and I had no issues using them. It was very pleasant to use, full marks there. To conclude, it is a very nice-looking premium feel watch which works great with an Android phone. So, 5 stars for that. iPhone experience is half baked at best; so, 3 stars for that. Decide based on which phone family you come from. Recommended for Android users.

    I would recommend this to a friend

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      Samsung

      Hello Aditya. We are thrilled to know you're getting great use out of all the wonderful features this Samsung Galaxy Watch Active Smartwatch has to offer. Thank you for picking Samsung! ^Monique Samsung

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Great smartwatch, worth the price

    Posted
    MacUser
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    This is my first smart watch from Samsung, so I honestly can't compare it to the previous Galaxy watches, but I can say I am super happy with the watch so far. The design is clean and eye catching, and the UI functions smooth and snappy despite the loss of the rotating bezel. Battery life seems to be pretty solid and I was able to make it nearly two days on a single full charge. Feature wise it's definitely a good fit for anyone looking for fitness or sleep tracking while not dealing with the feeling of a heavy watch upon your wrist all day/night. The noticeable feeling of wearing this watch fades away pretty quickly, and I have not had it interfere with any daily activities as some larger watches can. The two included bands offer a solid range for wrist sizes, and of course additional sizes/colors/textures are available for purchase as well. It is important to note that there is no speaker built into this watch, so you cannot use it for music or calls directly, but it does work fine as a remote for spotify etc if you have a different audio source. As I would not really want to listen to music from a watch, or broadcast my private phone calls anyway, the lack of a speaker doesn't bother me personally. There is not currently support for third party apps, however you can enable notifications from pretty much every app on your phone, and third party messaging apps (LINE, Messenger, etc) do allow you to respond directly from the watch. Pros: 1) Super light weight. I can easily wear it in bed without any discomfort 2) Beautiful screen 3) Simple and elegant style 4) Lots of features 5) Fitness features are pretty accurate Cons: 1) Screen could be a little big bigger, bezel occupies too much space on the screen. Sometime it makes it difficult to interact 2) No out of the box support for Google maps 3) Battery - It lasts around 24 hours on normal use. Wonder what will happen when it gets older. Two hours for full charge with magnetic charger 4) Lack of native watch apps like water reminder, weather info (the existing one is not really native, it relies on phone) All in all, I highly recommend this watch for anyone looking to pick up a solid smart watch for a reasonable price that is still packed with tons of features you would expect from a more expensive option. It is comfortable, stylish, and functional.

    I would recommend this to a friend

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      Samsung

      Thank you for sharing your detailed feedback. We use reviews like this to better the Samsung experience for everyone. Thank you for choosing Samsung. ^Ash Samsung

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Great but some catches

    Posted
    MtnXfreeride
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    Battery life for me with minimal usage has been 1.25 days far under the 2 days advertised. I have the heart rate set to every 10 minutes too and a black watch face. I was also disappointed to find that it takes a solid 2 hours to charge so pick between sleep tracking or time/notification/step counting. FYI for others.. it is qi compatible for charging but you still need special qi chargers for the galaxy watches. Its a little disappointing I have to tell myself to not play with it because the battery wont last a day if I do. For good: I finally have a reason to use bixby, it works great for texting via watch. No rotating bezel hasnt been an issue for me. This is a very comfortable watch and fits great on my skinny arms. Finally you can have a lot of smart functionality in a small watch that doesnt have to stand out. Im almost thinking I should buy a second one so one can be charging while one is being worn. The price is really good for what you get overall

    I would recommend this to a friend

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      Samsung

      Hello, Freeride. Thank you for providing this detailed feedback. We do strive to make every customer experience a good one, and you bring up many valid features and points. We're happy you're part of the Samsung team, and we're glad you're enjoying you Galaxy Watch. ^Thomas Samsung

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Good small smart watch

    Posted
    Anonymous
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    I researched these watches before buying and figured the Galaxy Watch Active would give me all the features I needed, since my main priority is exercise tracking. Ultimately, I wore this watch for a week and then decided to exchange it for the more expensive, slightly larger Galaxy Watch 42mm. I didn't love the "rose gold" color. Upon wearing it, I realized it was more Pink than rose gold, and if I wanted to switch out other color bands, it was definitely going to look pink. The size and weight of it was great, very comfortable and the rubber type band was smooth and easy to wear. The fitness tracking was great, it picked up on my exercise very quickly, and while walking or running, it would vibrate if I stopped, to ask me if I wanted to pause my workout, which was nice, because I have accidentally left my tracker running well beyond a workout on multiple occasions. The notifications were good, though I found for some reasons I wasn't getting notifications on text messages after the first few days. Was likely something I had done in the settings. The main reason why I decided to upgrade to the Galaxy Active is because this watch does not have a speaker to answer phone calls, and I found that annoying that I can see a call coming in and can even hit answer on the watch, but it answers that call on my phone, so I still have to go get my phone to answer. If I have the ability of the watch to be away from my phone, I want the calling feature too. As for the fitnes tracking, the Galaxy Watch will track the same.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Great, comfortable entry smart / fitness watch

    Posted
    yogini
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    This is my first smart / fitness watch. I have found it to be very comfortable and have a lot of entry type features. I can check my heart rate, "stress levels", log steps walked, time holding planks, doing yoga, cycling (and many other specific fitness activities), log water intake, check the weather, receive notice of text messages and phone calls (even from my iPhone), and more. I love the style - it is so pretty and feminine. There are also Samsung fitness challenges one can join. I'm still learning about many features. They say that blood pressure monitoring may be possible in future software releases. Sleep is also tracked automatically. I like that positive feedback is given when walks are started, etc. The watch also prompts one to move if it detects long periods of inactivity. The downsides I've found are battery life -- if using the full color mode, the battery only lasts ~2 days. Also one can use power saver mode, and the battery lasts longer, however, one cannot access all the apps in power saver mode -- only check the time, track steps. Charging is fast (~1-2 hrs) and perhaps not 'perfect' exercise/sleep logging. I still wear an old fitbit and am comparing steps logged and sleep. The two devices so far are quite similar. I am used to the fitbit app, so still like that for looking at sleep/steps. The Samsung app seems to be fairly comparable, and ever evolving. Overall, I like this watch a lot and recommend it if folks are aware of the limitations. For the price point, I think it is great.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Very capable watch, a few flaws

    Posted
    Jodeus
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    Not new to this rodeo. I have previously used Pebble, then the original Huawei Android Wear watch for over three years. I tried using the LG Watch Style as an athletic watch but the battery life was terrible. When I saw Samsung was releasing the Galaxy Watch Active I was intrigued because it was waterproof to 50m. I preordered the green as the price was worth the try. The watch arrived and first, it's not green, it's aqua blue. Still though, a nice color. Having not had a prior Galaxy model, I don't miss the moving bezel which some are knocking it for. I really like the watch. The activities work well, the battery life is pretty good, usually at night the watch is only at 50% battery life. My ONLY knock on the watch, which I called Samsung on is that after 3 weeks the watch band started looking like a snake shedding its skin. Samsung says that is not covered under the warranty and then asked if I've worn it in water. HELLO it's waterproof! So between the band and the color (still not green), I've removed a star.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Great If You Don't Mind the Bezel

    Posted
    KevinPhoenix
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    I bought this watch as my second foray into the world of smart watches, the first being a FitBit Ionic. I decided to sell the Ionic and go for the Galaxy Active instead. Software-wise, I was pleasantly impressed by its ease of use. The learning curve wasn't steep and pairing with my Galaxy Note 9 was a breeze. I won't go into detail over every single function, so I'll just say that so long as you don't mind the (IMO) eyesore of a black bezel around the edge of the watchface, then the Galaxy Active is a fine choice for anyone who wants a smartwatch that does what it needs to do. Unfortunately, I couldn't get over the (thick) bezel as I felt Samsung could've cut back the thickness of that bezel by at LEAST half and brought up the screen estate in the process. While it may not be a deal breaker for some, I ultimately decided to return it and go all in with the 46mm Galaxy Watch Smartwatch. At least the bezel is a functional wheel you can turn around a screen that leaves no space wasted. Bottom line, if the surrounding black bezel doesn't bother you and you don't mind the screen size at 40mm, then you should be fine with the Galaxy Active. Otherwise, get the 42mm or 46mm variants. They're more expensive, but worth it.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Almost comically small watch

    Posted
    Scott
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    I won't comment on the functionality much -- the couple of days I had it, it worked just as well as my Samsung Frontier, and you can read tons of reviews about how it works. The reason I returned this was that it was really, really small. Most smartwatches seem to come in two sizes -- 42mm and 46mm. I have a small wrist, so I was looking for something smaller to replace my massive 46mm Frontier. I saw that the Active was 40mm and thought, "2mm won't be that much smaller than a 42mm watch..." ... Sorry, but it just looked a little silly on my wrist, like a toy. I did appreciate the diminished weight, but it looked like I was wearing a child's watch. Again, I have small wrists, and it still looked funny. Maybe I've just grown so used to the 46mm watch, though my wife agreed that it looked odd. So, if you're looking for a tiny watch, then this will work great for you. The smaller screen is a bit of a hindrance -- after having a larger screen, you really do notice the amount of text that's cut off, but if you're looking for a smaller watch, there's really no way around that.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Nice but has issues

    Posted
    LovePhotos
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    I've had this for about a month. Pros: looks great, not bulky, like the different clock faces, like being able to answer a text, (have not answered a phone call yet), can change the band to a different color, comes with 2 sized bands in the box, love the 'get moving' signal when you've been sedate for about an hour. Gets me up and moving. I have an app that is a 5 minute exercise that is great as well. Cons: You HAVE to use 'wireless powershare' as there is no plug port built in. The powershare feature on the phone doesn't work great when you have a cover on the phone, so I have to take that off every time. Aligning it to the center of the phone is tricky as well AND the watch doesn't lay flat, so the connection gets lost. (Earbuds charge much better). The charge only lasts about 30 hours, so I have to charge it daily (my Garmin lasts a week). As long as you know what you are getting into, it is worth it. I have my Garmin to wear when this needs charging and is taking a while.

    I would recommend this to a friend

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      Samsung

      Hello LovePhotos, thank you for bringing this to our attention. Your opinion matters to us! Your feedback helps to make the Samsung experience better for everyone! We appreciate you taking the time to share your experience. ^Elizabeth Samsung

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Light weight ! I like it.

    Posted
    Dutches53
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    I have the gear s3 frontier which I love. And so far will keep for a long time especially because of the Samsung pay capabilities and speaker. But it's big and bulky for my wrist. So when this watch came out. The size was perfect. It is so comfortable. Including the band. But what really made me get this watch is the ability for it to monitor my blood pressure! But, what happened? No blood pressure monitor yet? ☹ Disappointed! Well I hope it comes out soon. Well anyway my note 8 works very well with the watch. I get maybe 1 and 3/4 days of battery life which is fine. I do like this watch. I wore it more this month then my gear s3. A little minus on this watch is the weather notification on my watch face. I have to update hourly which it fails to do. I have to manually go to the weather widget to update. Please fix. As for the heart rate monitor I am not sure whether its accurate but I see no difference between that and my gear s3 trend. So I guess so. Another little minus is that I pre ordered this watch and I never got the free gift.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Closest Android experience to Apple Watch so far!

    Posted
    Roger
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    I’ve had this watch for about 2 weeks and have been using it with my S10+. It looks really nice, especially since I don’t have huge wrists, and it functions great overall. You can’t answer calls directly on the watch, but I never do that anyway so it’s not a big deal to me. It will let you send a text response by voice (only with Android), which is something I use frequently. Unfortunately, it uses Bixby instead of Google, so it’s a little slower than I would like, but it still works. The health tracking features are great and the whole experience is smooth overall. Having used an Apple Watch for several years and trying multiple Android watches during that time, I can definitely say this is the closest I’ve come to the smoothness and polished user experience that I enjoy with Apple. Not quite there (Samsung Pay doesn’t always work the first time for some reason, and the lack of a built in speaker limits it slightly), but very close.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Great watch

    Posted
    Chelle
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    I love it, its def what I want. It's not too big like the other Samsung watch, I love the rose gold color, texting is cool, steps, and notifications. But..... like everyone is saying the battery doesnt last for few days. Mine is about 2 days then I have to charge it. I guess it depends how much you use it. The charging port doesnt hold it well, so make sure you are charging it flat. I've slept on it and I love how it tells me my sleeping pattern and when i go to bed, but like I said every other night, you need to charge it. Sometimes it's slow when you are trying to do the talk to text and be very clear and sometimes loud. Over all, I really like it. It's good for people with smaller wrist and I've got compliments and looked at.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Good smartwatch for the price

    Posted
    Andi
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    Overall I'm really pleased with the watch - this is my 3rd smartwatch. I had a Garmin Vivoactive prior to this one. I bought the Samsung because it had the voice responses to messages that Garmin didn't. It has a smaller profile than many smartwatches which is good for my small wrist. I have noticed the watch disconnects from my phone frequently and sometimes won't automatically reconnect to my phone without restarting the phone - which is frustrating. I had a similar issue with the Garmin, but there was an app that would auto-reconnect so it was never a problem. After researching, it seems this is an issue with the Active and so far Samsung has not offered solution to the issue and I haven't found a 3rd party app (like the Garmin) that will resolve the issue. I'm hopeful this will be resolved and I won't have to restart my phone at least once a day to continue using the watch.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Nice Looking Watch and Decent Health Tracking

    Posted
    Joeyp770
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    Nice watch. The heart rate monitor is often grayed out while running. It also measured way under what the treadmill, my connected UA shoes, versa, and applewtch says, usually by almost a full mile. The GPS works well and Bluetooth is also good. Spotify integration is nice too. Battery life is sub-par. If you run for an hour without your phone, listening to spotify on your bluetooth headphones, you will need a charge right when your done (if you make it). It is one of the most comfortable of the fitness watches. I personally think it is great looking watch. The versa is a better watch for me but i never used it with a Samsung phone (iphone and oneplus 6t). The Galaxy watch is much better looking than the Versa though (I dont like sqare watches very much). Improve the battery, step tracking accuracy, and let me take a call on the watch and it will be a 5/5.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Great option for an active person

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    Johnbo
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    My wife has used Fitbit products for some time and when her last Fitbit watch/tracker case broke, I got the idea that she might like a smart watch/tracker to go with her Samsung 8 phone. She is very happy with it and other than having to learn new tracking software, she's found it useful in keeping track of her activity. The only negative she's found is that she wishes the battery would last longer than a couple of days. On the other hand, she's gotten used to taking it off and putting it on the charging plate every night. No more plug-in devices, but the plate will be an extra piece she needs to carry around to charge her watch when she travels. For that inconvenience, she gives it four stars instead of 5. It is now something I will look to buying when my own tracker bites the dust. It's about time I got a new watch as well.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Great for outdoor runners & Spotify users

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    EricaJ
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    I switched to this watch from the Fitbit versa. The Galaxy watch is much better for those who run outside because it has built in GPS. The distance is much more accurate than the versa which must connect to your phone to use the GPS. The Galaxy watch is also great for those who use Spotify premium. You can download songs directly to the watch rather than connecting through your phone, which is not as reliable. However, I did feel that my versa was much more durable. I'm hesitant to wear this Galaxy watch while doing diy around the house for fear that it will get scratched or dented. I also liked the Fitbit nutrition catalog better than Samsung for tracking calories (ex: Samsung app does not let you scan a barcode to get nutrition data). The other downside to this watch is that you have to charge it DAILY.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Overall well rounded, minor issues

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    psyclopps
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    To start off, this things looks great! Lots of complements for the style. I had a 42mm black before and it was great too but too bulky. This version fixed that issue. The only thing I miss is the rotary dial but for the gym, this touch screen design does make more sense. I highly recommend a screen protector though as the screen is now more exposed. Setup is easy on iOS with the Galaxy Wear app. It is limited functionality though as you can not text from the watch or use Samsung Pay on iOS. If you have Android, this is all GTG as you get full functionality. If you can get it at a discount, it is a no-brainer, go get it. At full price, just know the limitations if on iOS before deciding. For fitness it is great as it has loads of functionality of a traditional fitness tracker.

    I would recommend this to a friend