For my birthday this year, I decided to upgrade from my old Fitbit to a Samsung Galaxy Active 2.
I decided to choose the Samsung over another Fitbit because I thought it would give me more of a smart watch feel in terms of being able to use more apps than just tracking exercise.
One thing I was sad about when deciding to leave Fitbit was that all my data from the last two years using Fitbit was useless coming into using a Samsung smart watch. Samsung uses their own health app for tracking everything and you can’t import any of the data from Fitbit into it, something I was sad to learn about when I first got my phone. But it’s okay, I mean I’m not super into tracking my steps/sleep so much that I really analyse the data that is collected, but it still would have been nice to have it all in one place.
Aside from that I have been using the watch for a month now and I am really enjoying it.
I have found that it has helped me be more active in lockdown as I have been using it to track my walking and other exercise. I didn’t really actively track my walking when I was using the Fitbit because I wasn’t really going on walks, at least not planned walks. But I do enjoy seeing the progress I’ve been making and it makes me feel good to know I’ve done something other than sit in the house all day during lockdown. (Though that has been the majority of it).
In terms of look and functionality I find the watch really easy to use, I like the touch bezel and everything. It is a big step up from my Fitbit as the touchscreen on it was tough and wasn’t really used.
I also enjoy the customisation options of the face of the watch, though I wish when it came to using your own photo background that you had more options for the time display and also options on whether you wanted to display the date and things too. I did look into it and I know there are other ways to create your own watch faces but I don’t know if I’m that dedicated yet.
Plus I know there are a range of watch faces you can download and purchase on the Samsung Store app as well, though I don’t really know if I want to spend money on a watch face when I’ve already spent so much money on the watch to begin with.
As for other features on the watch I feel like they are all pretty standard, and similar to what I had before on the Fitbit. I have been using the watch to track my sleep as well, I find it is pretty accurate though sometimes doesn’t always register when I get up in the morning, but it’s not the end of the world.
The Samsung Health app is nice too, and I enjoy the look of it and it syncs pretty quickly with the watch too. I don’t have any complaints with it, plus every month the Samsung Health app has a step goal community thing which is cool, I never get anywhere close to completing the step goals but I think that’s something fun. I’m sure it would be more fun if I had friends on the Samsung app to compete against but I currently do not have any.
If I had to complain about anything with the watch it would be the battery life. Sadly the battery on the watch only lasts 2 days, which is fine when you don’t really leave the house so you can just charge it at the desk or whatever but I think could be annoying if you are out all day and can’t charge the watch.
I find even when I wasn’t tracking exercise during the two days or anything the watch still lasts about the same amount of time as when I have been using it to track exercise and things. So I don’t really know if there’s any other ways to improve battery life. I suppose if you kept it solely as a watch and didn’t use any of the other features that would keep the battery life but that’s not really why we buy smart watches is it?
Aside from the battery life though I am really enjoying the watch, and I am enjoying getting to use it more as I have been making the effort to start going on more walks and have been able to use it out and about as lockdown has slowly started lifting.
One thing I am sad about though is that the screen is already scratched, I thought I could leave the watch without a screen protector because I don’t like screen protectors, but I had to cave and get one because I didn’t want to the screen to continue to get scratched up when I’ve barely had the watch for a month.
I suppose the one thing my Fitbit did have was a more durable screen but I wasn’t expecting the screen on this watch to be so fragile. But I’ve learnt my lesson so it’s protected now. The screen protector is okay, nothing fancy £6 or something from Amazon.
Sometimes the screen protector interferes with me trying to use the touch screen on the watch but it’s not so bad, I think it would be more annoying if I was actively using the touchscreen on the watch a lot but it’s nothing terrible. But we’ll see how long it lasts.
Oh and one thing I was super excited about with this watch is that it is waterproof, though I haven’t fully tested that because I’m a bit sceptical, I mean I don’t think I would ever be okay if someone was like “yeah you can wear that electrical thing to track your swimming”. Not that I can swim but that’s not the point, I doubt I’ll be jumping into water anytime soon thinking it’s okay with the watch on. But it’s still nice to know it’s not the end of the world if some water does get on it somehow.
So those are all my thoughts on the Samsung Galaxy Active 2! As someone who is not super active it’s not important to me how accurately the watch can track certain exercises, but it is nice to have the option. As for an overall watch I think it’s great and I enjoy it though if you are looking for just a basic smart watch there are definitely others on the market at a much more affordable price. But if you want something a bit more fancy and flashy I think this is a great option, it’s also slim and light so not bulky or anything which is also nice.
I’ll be interested to see how the watch holds up in the long run, I feel like with smart watches you don’t want to be changing them as often as other technology pieces but at the same time it’s hard to avoid it with the advances companies make with each new model. But we will see what happens.
~ Courtney x