The Samsung Galaxy Watch Active 2 Finally Provides A Stylish-Enough Rival To The Apple Watch
Samsung got a lot of things right with the Galaxy Watch they released last year.
A welcome revamp after years of underwhelming Galaxy Gear accessory watches, finally, here was an android-based Apple Watch alternative that was sleek, packed with enough features to make you feel like you had something worth the money on your wrist, and multi-functional enough to realistically use it as a daily timepiece.
Now, upon first glance at the second generation of Samsung's sport-oriented take on the Galaxy Watch — dubbed the Watch Active 2 — all of a sudden it feels like the release of the Galaxy Watch (which dropped in August 2018) was years ago. We thought the Galaxy Watch was about as stylish as an android watch could get without paying for a smartwatch from the likes of TAG Heuer or Fossil, but it turns out Samsung were barely scratching the surface.
Finally, for those looking to get the sleek, modern-yet-somehow high fashion aesthetic that the Apple Watch has long made a monopoly of, the Galaxy Watch Active 2 offers it in spades. It's significantly smaller. and lighter than Samsung watches to come before it, and equipped with a choice of interchangeable bands ranging from NATO-Strap inspired fabric to leather and rubber.
Crucially, it's just 0.2mm thicker than the Apple Watch as well. It comes in two variants: a black aluminium and a stainless steel, both of which feel far more modern on the wrist.
This minimalist approach also makes its way down into the way the watch operates. For the first time, it has no rotating bezel on the outside, drastically cutting the watch's bulk. Instead, touch sensors adjust the display as you trace around the screen's circumference, making for a much more intuitive user experience. Whether or not it'll be more convenient to use day-to-day or in the middle of a workout remains to be seen, especially given the ease of both swiping or simply using a physical twisting bezel.
We're yet to properly play with the Watch Active 2 as it doesn't actually drop until October this year, and pricing is still yet to be unveiled. But with wearable tech still growing and Android users still bereft of a fashionable alternative to the Apple Watch, the Watch Active 2 could prove just the trick.