Samsung offers good, underrated smartwatches.
However, it has only been hard to get much recognition in a category so utterly dominated by a single player.
Even then, the company has succeeded to hold onto the No. 2 spot in global market share, according to recent numbers.
At 11.1%, it is a little shorter than a third of what Apple’s been capable of creating. The Galaxy Watch Active 2, however, is filled with features and upgrades that could push Samsung up the ladder.
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The line has been reasonably different than to Apple’s offerings.
Samsung’s smartwatch outlook is in line with its mobile equivalent to offer variety and not be afraid to attempt new things.
Compare that to the Apple Watch’s yearly improvements.
The company gives one, the critical product, opting to make it a little bit good, piece by piece.
Launched at the Unpacked event that gave us the S10 back in February, the Galaxy Watch Active offered a streamlining of the line.
This watch is a clear and, most distinctly, cheaper take on the Tizen-powered wearable line.
Indeed, that $200 price point was the key, placing the device in line with Fitbit’s most recent venture into the category.
A mere six months later, it came back with the Galaxy Watch Active 2.
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The device produces a smatter of upgrades, adding the improved heart-rate monitoring and including of both an LTE model and a wider 44mm version.
Thankfully, it keeps a streamlined design that is a welcome option to some of Samsung’s more significant and substantial offerings.
Curiously, the company has chosen to move away from the turning mechanical bezel with the Active line. This has been Samsung’s key differentiator in the category for a long time now.
Maybe in the spirit of having that kind of minimalism is the best way users have come across for interfacing with smartwatches, including Apple’s crown.
The Active 2 tries to adapt the feature into a digital version with haptic feedback.
You swipe around the exterior edge of the device and haptics simulate the clicking of the wheel.
It runs better than it originally anticipated, but the lack of the primary feature is still pretty evident.
Here’s expecting the company rethinks the need for future versions.
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