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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Next Best Fitness Tracking Smartwatch

    Posted
    Njuice
    • Tech Insider NetworkTech Insider Network

    I have used Activity Trackers for several years now and they have become a habit to always have on and feel weird when I don't have it. I was excited to upgrade to this Galaxy Watch Active as it was more fitness oriented - so far I have been very impressed! FYI - my experience with this Watch has been pairing it with a Galaxy S10+ phone and JBL Free True Wireless earbuds. PROS: - When you take the Watch out of the box the first thing you notice is how small and light it is. It has a smaller watch face compared to other round watches which seems weird but you end up loving it because it is not too bulky. - The Screen is beautiful! It really pops when it is on and is easy to see how everything looks on it. Plus with the round shape Samsung was able to do some cool design changes with it. - Some of you will wonder - how is it without the rotating bezel that's been common with Samsung Smart Watches? I personally am a huge fan. The touch screen and two button operations is more than enough to make this Watch function well. Plus without the bezel, the size is minimized and sleeks - overall it's a very easy to use touch system! - A huge reason I love Samsung Activity Trackers is they are the only ones that currently allow Spotify streaming on Wifi and most importantly OFFLINE! This is such a huge deal that I can download my playlists or stream new songs on this Watch, while connected to bluetooth headphones, and not have to bring my phone with my while working out with this on. I really love that feature! - The overall activity tracking has been great and I have not gotten any hiccups! Tracks my steps, calories accurately and reminds me when to get up. The "workout" mode is nice to select what you are doing but it will autodetect and start tracking your workout if you forgot to hit "start". - This is new to me, but I like how Samsung has incorporated the "Heart" goal every day. Basically it has three aspects: Active calories burnt, workout times, and move hourly. If you hit all three goals you complete your heart - nice! It's a good extra goal to make as opposed to just steps or floors. - Sleep tracking is a great feature to have as well. It really is nice to have so every week you can see if you need to get to sleep more or less. - Finally, the Galaxy Watch Active is fully waterproof so you can swim laps at the pool, scuba dive in the ocean, or swim in the lake with it on. Huge perk to never have to worry about taking it off and have great tracking. CONS: - The main con that everyone will say is the bezel. The watch face looks really nice but the bezel is really thick around the screen. I think if they made an infinity screen type watch face on this, this smart watch would do so much better in sales just from a look perspective. - Samsung almost nailed this but they missed one thing. It’s always bugged me on their past devices that you could not easily toggle on and off the main battery drainers: Bluetooth, WiFi, GPS, and NFC. On the Watch Active you can toggle ALL of those from the drop down quick menu besides Bluetooth - you can turn on Bluetooth but not off. In order to turn Bluetooth off you have to dive deeper into the settings. It would seem like a really simple feature to have but for whatever reason, Samsung wants to make it hard to turn off Bluetooth. - The Galaxy Wearable App and Samsung Health App's are nice to use on your phone but still are not fully formed in my opinion. It's still not as simple to change all the settings of your Watch from your Phone as I want it to be. They are still nice Apps to have but I wish they were a little better. - Battery life is about two days which is fine but the device takes a while to charge up with the included charger. I would recommend charging it at work or a time you are sitting down for a few hours because if you wait until you are home or in bed at night, just know you won't be able to wear it for a few hours if you want a full charge. BOTTOM LINE: - If you are looking for a Smart Watch that is dedicated mainly to activity tracking and you will barely notice it's even there - this is what you want. It offers great fitness tracking, with offline Spotify, and is very simple to use. I think Samsung really set the bar here for Android Smart Watches and these could become the new norm!

    I would recommend this to a friend

    • Brand response

      Samsung

      Njuice, thank you for leaving us your insightful review. You really went the extra mile to fully analyze our Galaxy Watch Active, and we're honored that you endorse our hard work. Samsung strives for quality. We value all feedback, and it's passionate customers like you who make us even better. ^Thomas Samsung

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Great watch for active person, or want to be!!

    Posted
    blah
    • Tech Insider NetworkTech Insider Network

    Great watch if you are an active person, or on the road to be. Had this watch about a week now, having never had a smartwatch before. At first I found the watch a bit on the feminine side, but it has defintely grown on me. I wish the watch face was bigger, but I bet it saves on battery consumption. It is very easy to setup, I am on a LG v30, and it was pretty easy to setup, via Samsung Wearables app, and Samsung Health app for general tracking. Battery life on the watch itself isn’t too bad. The more you look at the watch, receive notifications, it will drain faster. I am a very active person. I walk a few miles a day in the middle of the day, then workout for about an hour. If I charge the phone to 100 right before bed, and moderately check notifications, by the time I go to bed again I am at around 65% on the battery. My hardest workout days are one day a week, I have an early 1 hour swim fit class, and I was thrilled that this watch caught every single lap of swimming! You first set the watch to track swimming, and it will set a mode on the watch so it doesn’t turn the screen on, or accidentally register a splash as you touching the screen, or hitting a button on the face. This watch is rated as being water resistance of 164 feet, but don’t go pressing either of the two physical buttons on it. When you are done with that swim mode I mentioned, the watch even reminds you to shake the water off before using again. Probably because moisture might get in via those physical buttons. I do shower with the watch on, without putting on that water mode, and noticed when warm water hits the watch it does register it as a touch. I have the “gesture” mode on the watch set to off, as otherwise when you move your arm up to look at the watch, it will turn the screen on, which often turns into it to turning the screen on just walking around, or lifting weights. Touching the screen makes the watch “wake up”. Ok, back to my hardest workout day of the week … I then walk about 8 miles in the middle of the day, and by this point, my battery is fairly low, around 35-40%. Then, my last 1 hour workout of the day, after that I am down maybe 20% or so. Not too bad overall, considering it is tracking steps, GPS, and heart rate during all that time. What is bad, is the Samsung Health app on my phone. Not only will it not sync with Google Fit, MapMyRide, or anything other than Strava. The Samsung Health app is a serious battery drainer on Android. Prior to installation of Samsung Health, on my LG v30, I had alot better battery life. This is not a deal breaker, and battery life did improve a little once uninstalling Google Fit, but it is something to be aware of. Ok.. so on to tracking my workouts… if you do not actualy start a workout activity, there are nearly 100 of them there to choose from, the watch will realize after about 5-10 minutes that you are being active and try to figure out what you are doing. First workout I did, was alot of plyometric jump training, and I didn’t start an actual track for that activity, and the watch started one for me, called “Dynamic Training”. The next few workouts, I would just start it myself, as this is the most accurate way to track it. I love that it tracks my heart rate as I am working out, EVEN WHILE SWIMMING, and even senses when I take a break, asking if I am done, or if I should continue. For me, I workout at home, and usually take way too many breaks until I got this watch. Now I am encouraged to KEEP GOING, so the tracker doesn’t ask me that, and I can see that I am getting a better, and faster workout because of it! For me, this is worth the asking price alone!! It is a fitness MOTIVATOR!! Other side notes.. You can control music playing on your phone via, play, pause, skip track, volume up/down, and it shows you the art on the watch face. Also you get notifications for texts, and emails if you want it too. You can also shut that off per app on the phone, within the Samsung Wearables app itself. I don’t like to get annoyed by emails all day, so I only have it set to notify me on my watch for text messages. It shows the person texting you, and, I really like that I can respond back via voice to the watch! It was fairly accurate the few times I did use this while I was out walking. I have not tried typing on the watch, but there is an option for it. So far so good with this watch. I highly recommend it if you don’t need all the features of much more expensive smartwatches, and are either looking to inspire yourself to be more active, or push it even further!

    I would recommend this to a friend

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      Samsung

      Hey there! We're so happy that you've found that the Galaxy Watch Active is such a perfect fit for you! Thanks for being a part of the Samsung family! ^Thomas Samsung

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Excellent Quality and Features

    Posted
    HonestJohn
    • Tech Insider NetworkTech Insider Network

    This is an excellent smart watch. I applaud Samsung for its minimalist packaging, all of which can be recycled. Small point, but important to many of us. The box contains the basics: watch, extra-length strap, (a great!) charger, and a quick-start guide that is actually clear enough with large print and good illustrations to be useful. The watch has a solid, substantial feel, and while I only tested its ability to resist water in a couple of showers, the construction left me with few doubts that it would handle more lengthy water activities. Also, it is stylish and with the screen dark the watch even looks elegant for its simplicity. As for that charger, it plugs into any standard USB port and is magnetic. No clips to open, no manual adjustments, just put the watch on the charger and it snaps into place for wireless charging. Neat! Syncing the watch to my phone stalled for about 30 minutes. I decided to delete the app and restart the phone before reinstalling the app. It then synced quickly. The band, unlike several others I have tried, is both comfortable and easy to buckle. Using various included apps was frustrating as I had to accede to the demands that I grant many, many permissions or the apps would not work. (Had I not been using the watch for evaluation purposes I would not have granted the most intrusive permissions.) For example, I am sure there is a reason why the watch needs to have access to my stored photos, but I could not figure out what that might be. Like many contemporary tech tools, I felt it was needlessly stalking me. The step-tracking function accurate to within about 1-2%. Usability was compromised by the size of the fonts on some faces. There were, of course, several built-in options with the ability to get more at a nominal price. The watch is pleasantly (for some purposes) tidy in size (see photos). The downside is that trying to read steps or other metrics which may be displayed on several faces is very difficult. I wonder how someone who requires glasses but might not use them for exercise or workouts would be able to read the information from the watch. My guess is they would choose one of the less cluttered digital options. In the photos you will see one screen that displays more than a dozen data points from the number of steps to a weather forecast. A user must determine whether this is helpful or needlessly confusing. The screen was very responsive and reacted instantly to my swipes. I have not experienced this speed and certainty with some other devices and it was refreshing. Overall, this is a good, solid product with many features that could enhance a varied workout regimen (and if you don’t turn off this feature it will remind you—often erratically—to get up to “move.” After several days of wear and use, I felt very comfortable with the elegance of the watch. Samsung has gone to great lengths to provide alerts, connectivity information, and surprisingly readable weather reports, emails, and texts. Strongly recommended.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Stylish & Light

    Posted
    ChiShopper
    • My Best Buy® Elite Plus Member

    I have had a Gear Fit2 Pro and before that the Gear Fit. I didn’t see what all the fuss was about for the Galaxy watch I thought it was WAY TOO BIG & BULKY for my wrist and I felt the only thing it could do that my Gear Fit couldn’t was answer calls. Meh, I am rarely far away from my phone and when I am calls just have to wait. Along came the Galaxy Watch Active. I tried it on and liked it but was it really worth the upgrade from my still working and reliable Gear Fit2 Pro? For me, a resounding YES!!!! If for no other reason than after 4 years I was ready for a new look. Aside from that, it fits way better on my wrist than the Gear Fit2 did which occasionally would read as not on my wrist because the shape & the gap between its sensor and my wrist. The Active is lightweight, stylish and it has more screen options than Gear Fit2. The band is way easier to swap out than the Gear Fit2 which is a plus. Since it looks like a watch and not a fitness tracker, changing the face and the band can help dress it up to look like a piece of jewelry and not a fitness tracker. It tracks REM, which gives a little more info than just deep versus light sleep. I don’t see what the issue with battery life is. Currently I have it set to constantly track heart rate/stress and I haven’t had any issues with it dying at the end of the day. If I had constant heart rate tracking on Gear Fit2 I would need a top off by the end of the day or at least before bed. I read many comments about the battery life and that people barely get through 2 days. I charge the Active when I shower so even if the battery doesn’t last a full 2 days w/o a charge my life is not so busy that I can’t top it off daily. Also I have the S10+ while I haven’t tried to charge the Active using my phone I know the option is there. I absolutely love the goodnight & theater features that stop the watch from coming on every time you move. My Gear Fit 2 would sometimes disturb my sleep with the flashing sensors or coming on as I rolled over. I am a little disappointed it doesn’t currently have the blood pressure feature working, I check mine at least 2x per day it would be nice to see if it is accurate and have a better indication of where I am throughout the day. I like that you can save your 4 most used workouts on one screen for quick access. I do wish you could pick from any available work out in the Samsung Health App. I roller skate and I don’t understand why that option is only available via phone. The circuit training option seems to work well and appears to give a reasonable caloric burn based on HIIT & Boot Camp workouts. I think the step tracker is pretty accurate in my experience. While the changes between the Gear Fit2 & Active may be slight, I am very happy that I purchased and for me it was worth the upgrade. I got it in silver and it looks awesome especially with an after market band. Bottom line for me, I would definitely recommend it.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    A Really Smart Smart Watch

    Posted
    BogleheadsGuide
    • Tech Insider NetworkTech Insider Network

    Samsung Galaxy Watch Active Remember the excitement you felt when you explored the nooks and crannies of your first cell phone? Well, with this Samsung Galaxy Active smart watch, it's Deja vu all over again as you explore the numerous options available. The watch comes in an attractive box that includes the watch, a charging device, an extra band for folks with larger wrists, and a quick-start guide. After removing everything from the box, you should charge your new watch to 100%. While the watch is charging, you can download the Samsung Wearable app onto your cell phone. Once your watch is charged, you fire up the Wearable app on your phone and follow the instructions to connect the watch and phone. The app instructions make this step basically fool-proof. The phone app provides a number of different options for your watch's home page display. Once you select one on your phone, it instantly sends it to your watch so that you can see what it looks like there. If you like it, you're good to go. However, if you'd like to see what one of the other options looks like on your watch, just select that one on your phone to send it to your watch. You can continue to try out the various options until you finally see the one that you want to use. Now it's time to explore the seemingly countless options that are available. In addition to telling time, the watch shows the date, remaining battery percentage, temperature, and a number of other optional items, depending on which home page display you chose. It can count the number of steps you take in a day, keep track of the number of calories burned, display your heart rate as well as the remaining battery life, or a number of other things you choose to display. It can provide a report on various exercises you do (running, walking, biking, swimming, cycling, lifting, etc.) Unfortunately, one of my favorite exercises, pickleball, the fastest-growing sport in the country, isn't an option yet. Hopefully, it will be incorporated in a future update. (HINT, HINT, Samsung.) Another neat feature is that it can back up your watch files and settings to the cloud. Should you lose your data or buy a new watch, you can restore your information from the cloud backup to your watch. And the watch can help you find your misplaced, lost or stolen phone. Once set up, you navigate between the available options by swiping up and down and side to side on the watch face. Additional navigation is provided by pressing on one of the two buttons on the side of the watch. It seems like nearly every time you swipe or press a button, you find something new and interesting to explore. My first 100% charge lasted a bit over 24 hours, but there's a power saving mode that can extend the battery life by days. If you’re using one of the regular options that uses more battery life, once the battery life gets low, the watch automatically switches over to the power saving mode. Needless to say, the options you select and how you use the watch determine the length of the battery life. During my testing, when the remaining battery life got low, recharging from 7% to 100% only took a little over an hour. This watch is tightly integrated with your phone. It can show you notifications that you normally see on your phone. It can alert you to your phone's calendar events and texts, tell you who's calling on your phone, originate a call (it downloads your contact list with your permission), provide a voice message to a caller who you can't or don't want to talk to, and so much more. And it includes Bixby for assisting with voice commands. I expect to continue discovering even more features as I use this watch on a daily basis. This watch is definitely smarter than a fifth grader. And it just may well be smarter than me. It's definitely a winner!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Sleek and Accurate

    Posted
    Danno
    • Tech Insider NetworkTech Insider Network

    Super lightweight, comfortable and sleek. This is the first smartwatch device I actually enjoyed the preloaded display. After customizing the watch it to fit my needs, I really enjoyed it. If you enable options like Bluetooth, WIFI, GPS, etc. then the battery will drain faster than if they were off. My recommendation is to really evaluate what you need and use those. Disable what you don’t think you’ll use to improve batter life. The initial straps were too small for my wrist, so I was happy to see a larger backup strap in the box. It fits great and provides a comfy feel. So far, I’m getting great compliments about the watch… Mainly people think it’s sleek and stylish. Out of the box, it was very simple to use and get started. The reason why I gave it 5 stars is because of one main reason. It’s called Galaxy Watch Active, so I really feel like it’s geared toward fitness than text messages and phone syncing. It may seem obvious because of the name, but there are other options if you want a smartwatch that syncs better with your phone. This serves my fitness tracking and needs perfectly. Pros: Battery life (when optimized for needs) Lightweight Two watch straps Watch display customization Quick charge Waterproof Workout mode with many options Accurately tracks steps Can display 100% of time or go in standby Clear screen Cons: Watch face quality Battery can drain quickly if not optimized Overall: If you’re looking for a smartwatch with its main focus toward fitness, then this is great for you. I really enjoyed all the different fitness modes: walking, cycling, swimming, curls, yoga, running and more. Another great aspect is it’s super lightweight. Although I can’t speak on its durability, the screen might scratch easily like most smart devices. You can sync your cell phone to this like other smart devices so it really covers a great range of needs. Although I didn’t take a star off for this, it took several attempts to sync the watch with my phone. The phone would always quickly find the watch, but for some reason never connected. I didn’t care about needing my phone and watch to connect, so I kept it a 5 star because it fit my needs.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Great Fitness Tracker

    Posted
    Robb0688
    • Tech Insider NetworkTech Insider Network

    I went back and forth over whether this was 4 stars or 5, but I ultimately landed on 5 because I feel like this watch excels based on the identity it was designed to have and the price point it was designed at. No, this might not be the most feature-packed smart watch out there. There's no speaker/microphone so it can't play music or place/make phone calls without you physically using your phone, but at $200, it wasn't meant to. It's the Galaxy Watch Active and I think it really nails the Active part. It's small, simple, super light and easy to forget it's there. It automatically tracks a large number of workouts, it's swim-proof, and it also tracks a bevy of other physical things like pulse, stress, sleep, weight, calories, caffeine, water intake, etc. I don't know what else you can track without having something much more invasive hooked to your body. Because of this, I'd call this more of a fitness tracker than a smart watch. Since it DOES still have a lot of smart watch features like notifications, texting, calendars, weather, email, Samsung Pay, etc, etc, etc, I would say it's one very full-featured fitness tracker, thus the 5 stars. I've never used other fitness trackers or smart watches, but this one checks all my boxes. Small side note: some people have complained about the phone app and editing settings from there, but I like it because it's a much bigger screen, which makes changing things so much quicker and easier. The only cons I can think of is that battery life is about 2 days at most (I could turn some features off, but then what's the point?) and I wish there were more watch faces, or that the ones that are on it had more colors. TL;DR: Feature-packed fitness tracker that does everything that it says it will, well. Battery life could be a little better.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Samsung Galaxy Smartwatch Will Keep You Motivated

    Posted
    stoptheclocks
    • Tech Insider NetworkTech Insider Network

    I have to say I am really enjoying this Samsung Galaxy watch. It has helped me with motivation to get moving, either at the gym or just simply walking. It is a great compliment, with all the information it gives you, for exercise. Here are my Pros and Cons. Pros • Works with a Smart Phone app to give custom information on your health with 40 different kinds of measurements. • Some of the information you receive from the watch and smart phone app is: Steps, Heart Rate, Sleep analysis, Calories burned and oh so much more. When you get the watch you can choose which features you would like to display. In the app you can select on/off activites, so it is really easy to customize what you want out of your workouts. • It has two bands for the right fit for your size wrist. I had to choose the longer one and it feels comfortable. • The Samsung Galaxy watch is incredible lightweight and sturdy. When you put it on your wrist you hardly know its there. • You can choose between Android and iOS smart phones. I chose Android and had no trouble working the Samsung Galaxy watch. • The watch is definitely sweatproof and waterproof as well. • One of the coolest things is that you can choose your watch face. There are a lot of choices you can pick from to display on the watch face. Some are built in as part of the smart app (free), others you can download for free on your smart phone (easy to follow steps). • The Galaxy smart watch can accept your texts and you can choose to read them on your phone or as you regularly view them on your phone. It is a convenient part of the watch features. • The watch tells you that a phone call is coming in. I had to answer it on my smart phone. In the list of things to use carefully check what would be best for you. There should be a setting to answer the call on your Galaxy smart watch. • The screen is sharp looking and vibrant with color and a 360 x 360 resolution. If you have average 20/20 vision you should be able to see all that the watch displays on its face. I have to use reading glasses on some of the settings, but for the most part I can read the face without any issue. • Charger is a wireless circular magnetic pad that charges the watch fast. • Bluetooth is another great feature that the Samsung Galaxy has as well. Cons • The watch face feels as if it could be scratched. It is kind of feels soft and if you were to bump it into anything hard, it might leave a mark. I admit that I baby it some, but I have had no trouble. • The Samsung Galaxy watch battery life is supposed to be 90 hours. My watch falls well short of that. I get a little over 35 hours then I need a charge. I have to plan around sleep so my watch has enough power to see me through the night. • I think that changing the watch face often probably wears down the battery. They are easy to change and come in such variety of colors that the watch faces that the battery cannot take all those different faces. • You really need the app to get the full effect of the of the Samsung Galaxy watch features. The app gives you all the information you need. So if you don’t use the app you will really be missing the key part of activities information. All in all, the Samsung Galaxy watch is a great companion to your workout and motivation. It is also a great looking watch for exercise with 40 activities, and ready for a night out by changing the face. This versatile Samsung Galaxy watch is really worth getting if you are interested in exercise information that is easy accessible.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Tons of features for daily life

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    Molesher
    • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase
    • My Best Buy® Member

    I've never owned a smart watch or Fitbit before, so I was uncertain of how much I would like this product when I bought it. Getting used to it took a little bit of time, but now that I know how to use it, it has proven to be extremely useful for my daily life. Below are a few of the ways I use and enjoy my smartwatch. Health & Fitness: the watch tracks my heartbeat, stress, sleep (to include depth of sleep), steps, and when I walk or run for more than 10 minutes. It obviously links with Samsung Health (not certain about other health apps), and gives you a basic display on your watch of your activities and Calories lost during the day. I'm a pretty lazy person by nature, but having all that information at my wrist helps to keep me motivated to move around a bit more. Notifications: When paired with my phone, I can see messages, emails, and other notifications from my phone without ever pulling it out of my pocket. I can even respond to messages with 20 customizable responses, write words on the watch face, or even speak into the watch for it to write my words down. Music control: I can switch songs and turn up the volume to my headphones, all from my watch. Very useful since you can see the song title on the face. Samsung Pay: I can pay for many of my purchases simply by putting my wrist near the card reader. If I forget my wallet at home, I know there are many places I can still go, instead of being forced to return home. Pick your favorite watch face: There are many different watch faces, which can focus on utility or fashion. Pick whichever one you want, and even change what is displayed on them. Various apps: You can set calendar dates, add reminders, alarms, favorite contacts to easily message, check the week's weather, and do even more, all without ever pulling out your phone. I only have a few minor complaints about it. I wish some of the apps on the store were included from the start and didn't require you to purchase them. One instance of this is the navigation app. If I'm walking somewhere new, having a navigator on my wrist would be awesome, but I don't really want to pay an additional $2 or $5 for it (can't remember the price). Also, even if you have Samsung Pay for your phone with credit cards saved on there, those cards don't transfer to your watch. You will have to add and activate your cards again for use specifically with your watch. As for the speech to text function, it doesn't seem to be as accurate as other things I've used. You'll have to make sure to speak clearly and slowly, and even then you may have to fix a few mistakes. Compared to all the benefits the watch gives me, though, these are all minor complaints that would make the watch even more awesome if fixed. If you've been curious about getting a smart watch, I would most certainly recommend it. Most likely, you'll be glad you did.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    The best smartwatch!

    Posted
    George
    • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase
    • My Best Buy® Member

    This watch is excellent for what it was designed to be. It can't be beat at this price point. It has so many more features than expected. The pictures really don't do it justice for how nice it looks. I was expecting a really tiny watch based on other reviews and videos, but it's really not, it's the ideal size. It's so comfortable that I forget i'm wearing it. As far as the features go, I love being able to send texts and read emails on the watch. It's extremely easy to us for having a small screen.. it just works and that's what makes it great! I've had zero issues. There's no lag or freezing. I also love the daily activity summaries and I never have any doubt about what the weather is going to be before I start my day.. this watch will always notify you at just the right time! It recognizes my workouts automatically and I love the popup message with the timer, distance, and number of steps after i've started a walk or run. I find the watch to be extremely accurate in recognizing when i'm actually sleeping as well. The battery life is 1.5 days, although there are plenty of settings to help extend the battery life such as power saving and a watch only mode. It would be nice if it lasted 2 or 3 days, but the battery life is acceptable. The features of the watch outweigh this shorter battery life compared to larger watches like the Galaxy Watch. I do not agree with the algorithm Samsung has chosen for number of steps. I think it's wrong, but I've come to accept that 8,000 steps on this watch is about 10,000 on others (for me anyway). The watch doesn't begin counting steps until you've done 10 or more steps and then you see them accumulate. Doing one or two steps does not add to the daily total. I'd just like to be able to choose whether it counts ALL steps. Whereas with a Fitbit you may end up with 500 steps after taking a shower, that is not the case with the watch.. so it is more accurate in this respect. The step count is not overinflated like a Fitbit, and that is something that i've gotten used to and appreciate the greater accuracy. I think that the algorithm could instead begin counting after 3-4 steps, and it would still reduce the overinflated step count that you get on a Fitbit. My Galaxy S9 counts ALL steps, so i'm unclear as to why the watch doesn't. It's something Samsung should address or make clear if they're striving for greater accuracy which appears to be the case. One last thing, the watch appears to be durable. Another reviewer mentioned a scratch on the glass after a day. I've accidentally hit my watch on things and there's no scratches at all, it's a tough watch. So newsflash.. if you have a scratch on the glass, it's because you actually hit something very sharp that would scratch any watch. Overall, this an excellent smartwatch and I would purchase the same one all over again if I had to.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Great Value Smart Watch/Fitness Companion

    Posted
    MarkHanh
    • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase
    • My Best Buy® Elite Member

    This is an overall great value for any occupation and any occasion. My workplace is an industrial package center. After getting tired of missing calls/texts I decided to finally jump the gun after buying the Galaxy S10. I went along with the black version since the casing is a hard composite that I don’t have to worry about scratching. This is as opposed to the aluminum casings on the other color watches. Build wise I would not have bought this if the market for 3rd party accessories was non-existent. I found a great screen protector that helps me stay confident about wearing the watch to work, and the Milanese style strap I bought allows me to quickly adjust the location of the watch body to keep it away from machinery when necessary. The OEM strap is very comfortable but having to readjust it proved to be a nuisance. Style wise the 40mm casing looks just right on me. I am 5’5” and typically wear smaller 38mm watches. Not sure if I would like it as much if the size was any smaller. It’s a preference, but we all have our vanities about us. The black screen on black bezel also makes the screen look bigger than what it really is, which is good. I am sure all of us would have preferred a smaller bezel like what Samsung has done with their Galaxy line of phones though. The actual watch is simple to navigate. The lack of the rotating bezel makes it easier to navigate through touch compared to the preceding Galaxy Watch devices where the bezel was raised and in the way. If you can memorize what application is which icon on the navigation screen, then scrolling through them one-by-one with the old bezel is pointless. That’s my opinion as somebody who’s never owned one of those devices. Lack of a speaker is ok. When it is all said and done this is a fitness track first. It works out because I have the Galaxy Buds (preorder bonus) anyways for when I take incoming calls. Back to this being a fitness tracker. The pedometer and floor count may be questionable at best, but I enjoy being able to see my heart rate, stress levels, and sleep habits. Lastly, it may not have a speaker, but it still has GPS! The Navigation Pro app I paid for is very useful for pedestrian travel. I don’t need a map on my wrist, so simply telling me where and when to turn is great. What I did not realize is that the companion app also syncs with my Android Auto in my car. Whenever I put in an address it’ll give me the turn-by-turn on my wrist. Since I keep my GPS on mute, I found the vibration for an incoming turn/exit to be very handy.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Solid Performance!

    Posted
    Duluthian
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    I've been a fan of smart watched since the beginning. I've owned no less than five of them. Everything from simple fitness trackers to the big and heavy stylish watches. Each new generation of watch has seen improvements over the previous generation. The Galaxy Watch Active is probably the "smartest" smart watch yet. The watch is nicely made yet very lightweight. I like the simple all black design. When it comes to my everyday watch for work, I prefer a simple design such as this. The 40mm size is a little bit smaller than many watches but I think it is a good compromise size for everyone. The band is very comfortable and it is nice to see two different sized bands included. Compared to earlier watches, the battery life is great. Now keep in mind that you will still find you need to charge it every evening. But unlike many smart watches from before that you would be struggling to make it thru the day with, I find I am still at over 50% battery life by the time I go to bed. Pretty impressive considering my normal use. I also like the charger. Much like others, you have a magnetic charger to attach it to. But unlike others that are small and finicky to attach, this one is a disk about the same size as the watch itself. Easy to attach without fumbling around. The functions are straight forward. All of the standard health tracking features are here. Heart rate, steps, calories burned, sleep monitor and so on. I like the inclusion of the stress monitor. From what I can tell, everything seems to be pretty accurate. I really like that it seems to stay connected to my my phone very well. I have gotten more than a little frustrated in the past with other watches because they can't seem to hold a good connection. This would lead to missed notifications. That drives me nuts! But so far, the Galaxy Watch Active seems to have the most stable connection to my phone that I have ever seen from a watch. FYI, I am using it with a Note 9. At the end of the day, for me a smart watch needs to be there without being noticeable if that makes any sense. I want the functions to work so well that you don't spend time being frustrated with the watch not functioning well. This watch does just that. It looks great, has great battery life and functions so well that I can go about my day without getting frustrated by it. what more can you ask for??

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Lightweight and Comfortable

    Posted
    dustinw
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    This is the most comfortable smart watch I have tried. It's very lightweight and small. Great for the fitness enthusiast, with tracking for workouts, steps and heart rate. The tracking does a pretty good job overall, though it appeared to lose a few of my steps on occasion throughout the day. Coming from a Galaxy S3 Frontier (that I've been wearing for nearly 2 years), I was very surprised at all the features packed into this watch at it's size and weight. I can't say enough things about how lightweight it is. I almost forget that I'm wearing it. The biggest complaint I have is the lack of the rotating bezel that is on the other Samsung watches (like my S3 Frontier). It takes some getting used to, but the screen feels really good to swipe through (I'm not sure if it has some special coating, or something but it just feels "good" to swipe through stuff. It also helps that the watch is very fast and responsive. Another sort of nitpick is the actual bezel around the screen. Samsung does a good job sort of hiding the fact that the screen has a bezel, as it almost looks as if it's all screen. But there is a small bezel around the screen that I wish was usable screen space. Overall, this is an excellent smart watch, and very easy to recommend. I don't think you'll find a more comfortable smart watch than the Galaxy Watch Active at this time. Pros: Lightweight, Fast, Feels good to use, Good battery life (I'm easily getting 2 days out of it) Cons: No rotating bezel, wish there was less of a bezel around the screen

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Really love my watch.

    Posted
    NotATypicalHuman
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    • My Best Buy® Elite Member

    To start off, I was debating between buying the Fitbit Versa and the asamsung Galaxy Active because they are both in the same price range. Although I've been wanting the Samsung Galaxy Frontier, I didn't go for it because I didn't have the budget for it. Anyway, after putting so much though into the Versa and the Active, putting side by side the pros and cons of each one. I ended up buying this watch. I have had this watch for at least a week already, and i gotta say that apart from the battery life, i feel very pleased with my watch. The battery life of my watch lasts maybe a two days and a half (haven't put it to test for the whole two days and a half though). Each day it seems like my batter go down 20% depending on how much I use it. So if you use most of the features the Active watch has to offer, then yes, you will drain your watch in one day. I charged my watch last night, and tonight my watch is at 84% of charge. Yet, my brightness is almost all the way down to not make it consume too much battery and I can still see everything just fine. The features I use on my watch are messages (txt and Instagram messages), calls, school emails and just reminders to be active. So i don't use too many features on my watch. I do have to say, I don't necessarily enjoy having to charge my watch every night or every two nights; but for what this watch has to offer i can't really complain. I have a fitbit blaze that also works amazing, still works. But it cannot compare to the Active because of the multiple features it has. The Blaze I used it more for receiving notifications, controlling my music, the time and checking my steps. The Active watch does way more than that. The fitbit versa I'm sure it's a good watch, even better battery at that, yet I read way too many bad reviews for that watch that I preferred to give the Active a chance. So far I'm not dissapointed, it has worked perfectly fine, haven't tested 100% so it hasn't fully passed, but so far so good.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    For the price, a good value

    Posted
    ssjdcj
    • My Best Buy® Member

    Just to give a background, I am coming from an Apple Watch series 1, but had purchased an Apple Watch 3 that was a refurb model, but returned when Samsung announced this watch. I also switched to a Samsung phone. Many say the downside to this watch is not being able to play music or take phone calls. Where my husband works, he has an employee do this on his apple watch and say it is not all it is cracked up to be. I understand people want it to answer calls while away from their phone, or to listen to music, but I am the type of person that unless I am in my home (which I would use headphones or use a bluetooth speaker) I had no use for either. Not having a speaker is great for me. It had a bit of a learning curve for me, as I had my apple watch for nearly 3 years and I hate change, but I have figured out a lot of what I need to do with this watch. My purchase was for fitness and a smart watch to alert me when I got a text or a phone call as I tend to leave my phone in one place or in my purse and may not hear my phone alerts or even hear it ring for a phone call. The watch vibration is enough to get my attention to get to my phone and respond or answer. I tend to charge my watch every day and a half, but I did get through two days but was at 20% battery by 8 pm the second day and that was after using the watch for two different hour and a half workouts. My old apple watch would not even get through a full day. The apple watch 3 I had briefly did last longer than a day, but on long workouts it drained the battery more than this is drained. For the price point for a new smart watch that is wearing very well, and is great for a petite lady with small wrists, I totally recommend this. The other Samsung Galaxy watches were just going to be too large on my wrists.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Nice watch, very configurable!

    Posted
    Andy
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    This is my first smart watch, I have been very happy with various G-Shock models for the past decade or more. The watch’s screen is amazingly clear and is very responsive to touch. I was afraid it would be too small, but it is very close to the size of the watches I am used to. It took only minutes to set up and connect to my Honor 6X, and soon I was playing around with all the features. The array of faces available is bewildering! I have tried so many and still can’t find one that has everything I am looking for, mainly because I find a new feature or begin using one more and look for that in another face. As a watch, it does that job very well, whether you want analog or digital, simple or feature-packed. It shows texts and email in a slightly cramped space, but gives a great preview of what you can finish on your phone. Its step counter is pretty reliable and it does have a decent heart monitor. I am sure there are more features I will find useful as I continue exploring. I bought a couple of third-party watch bands and was quite impressed by how simple it was to change between them. After a couple of weeks using it, it has held up well with no visible scratches or marks. The battery life is pretty good, I end up charging it every night with my phone so that it has some reserve in case something comes up. I guess the best evidence for the usefulness is that I have not put my G-Shock back on since I began using the Active. For the price, it may be a stretch to justify, but it is very useful and looks pretty decent as well. Since the face can be changed in seconds, it can be adapted for about any situation.

    I would recommend this to a friend

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      Hey Andy. Thank you for taking the time out of your busy day to share your experience with us! We appreciate the five stars, Andy. ^Ash Samsung

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Wonderful watch

    Posted
    Wiggymommy
    • My Best Buy® Member

    I've been wanting a smart watch for awhile. I was watching the Galaxy but didn't want to spent 300+ for a watch. This was in the perfect price range to get my feet wet in the smart watch pool. The abilities are on point for the price range. It's so comfortable and very cute. It's easy to use and there's no issues with it communicating with the App. I use to own a fitbit but after years of issues with it connecting to it's own fitbit app I just gave up on fitbit. I don't foresee that being an issue with samsung. Only issue is the following: I pre-ordered for the promotional gift which is a wireless charger. The website to register is buggy and it also says my Serial number was already registered. I'm hoping that's just a glitch because this is a brand new watch from Best Buy and would have had to be fraud on someone's part. I am in contact with Samsung and their customer support is something I"m on the fence about. I was on the phone for 1.5 waiting to talk to a rep she answered and pretended she couldn't hear me and then hung up. Then I got connected to chat. He couldn't confirm if the serial number had been registered yet or not but forwarded on my issue and said I would get an email in 5 days. We shall see.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Top notch!

    Posted
    fxroar
    • My Best Buy® Member

    You just cant beat this watch for the price and functionality! Wearable techs that have similar feature just cost so much more. I ended up preordering two, one for the wife and one for myself. Oh boy, this thing seriously just disappears on your wrist. It's so light that you'd forget you have it on you! Great build quality, images are sharp and so far the screens transition so smoothly from one to the next. The watch faces are highly customizable. It also has NFC built in so you can pay with SamsungPay on the go. All around great tech and best bang for the buck. Users be warned using the watch during any type of water involved activities. You HAVE to turn on water mode before getting it wet regardless of the water resistant rating. :)

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Excellent! Better than my FitBit

    Posted
    rjl226
    • My Best Buy® Elite Plus Member

    For nearly the same price of a Charge 3, this Samsung Active is the much better choice. I have an S3 Frontier, and just picked up the Active on release day. It is VERY comfortable, and tends to disappear on the wrist. Some web sites complain that the rotating bezel is not included, but that exclusion is barely missed by me ad I appreciate the smoother form factor. In fact, I used to try to sleep with the Charge 3 on my wrist, but it just has too many sharp edges. This watch is much easier to keep on your wrist at night. As for battery life, I'm getting about a full day and a half. The screen is responsive, easy to touch, and crisp. Heart rate has been within a beat or two of other devices and workout machines. This is a great product by Samsung. Its price is very attractive, functionality superb, comfort great, and battery life excellent. Great choice in exercise watch. IMHO, beats the Charge 3 and Versa.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Very light but very capable

    Posted
    SL7977089
    • Tech Insider NetworkTech Insider Network

    It is indeed a very light smart watch. Lighter than most other available in the market. Built from premium material which makes it feel premium and solid. Bluetooth range is good, WiFi is also available and handy sometimes. I am trying to compare its data to a fitbit data, it looks like they have some differences... Samsung is mostly using some different algorithm when calculating sleep hours and hear resting rates. In this, Fitbit is more close to what is real (compared to medical machines). Good to have for daily use. Tracking exercise, steps and calories. Phone notifications go well on it. Making calls and receiving calls can be achieved using a Bluetooth headphone or directly through the phone. Phone locating function is sometimes useful. It comes with 2 wrist bands type (one half) one sized small and the other large. That's a good thinking but the main side of the wrist band (with the buckle) is one size which not very good as the smart watch will not stay good on your wrist. It tends to move toward the buckle side. I am thinking to switch their locations. It might help. In general, it is good and useful. It helps less reaching to the phone whenever there is a notification. The watch battery lasted almost 2 days and half (stress and heart beats are full time. Intensive use as well) I tried the Samsung Pay with it. It works very good and fast. Strongly recommended if you want a light smart watch with good battery and nice features.

    I would recommend this to a friend