Water – swimmingly

It is rated to 5 ATM (50m) with a swim tracker app as well. It is also IP68, and MIL-STD-810G rated so its perfect for the gym and outdoor adventures.

Samsung Galaxy Watch Active Features

Different watch faces can highlight different features. For example, some are focused on heart/walking/date and time. Others are more suited to running with sprints and splits.

Galaxy Watch Active

Underlying that is

  • Daily activity – an overall monitor of daily exercise
  • Stress levels. It can estimate stress levels from heart rate and your activity and bring up a stress relieving regimen. No, it is not a gimmick but a very useful tool.
  • Sleep. It now measures four levels of sleep – awake, light, deep, and REM. It is to do with restlessness, turning over, laying dead still and heartbeat. Again incredibly accurate and useful.
  • There are several swipe left/right screens to access commonly used screens or use the Samsung user interface.
  • Weather
  • Schedule
Galaxy Watch Active

Samsung Health is the real star

I have been using Samsung Health since V1.0. Today it is up to 6.1.1XXX showing some years of development and meeting user requests.

To cover it fully would take a full review, so I will let you read all about it here and just point to some salient uses.

  • Walking, running, jogging, cycling, floor climb and over 30 other exercises including GPS mapping. Automatically activates a minute or so after the exercise is detected
  • Heart rate
  • Calories burnt (important for calorie based diets)
  • Sleep
  • Stress (an amalgam of the sensors)
  • Point, scan and keep track of food intake with Bixby Vision. I wish I could say it worked as advertised – we found it was fine with common foods, but you can also use the log meal function for manual input and include a photo. Bixby is also available for other uses. It does not support Google Assistant.
  • Goals, badges, friend and community challenges – as if you need the motivation to exercise
  • Data stored on the Samsung cloud and protected by Knox means good portability
  • Additional third-party apps and programs as well as add on BT devices (scales, chest straps, glucose-metre, thermometers, etc)

GadgetGuy’s take: My wife swiped the Galaxy Watch Active!

My wife uses a Samsung Gear Fit2 Pro, and the moment she saw the adorable smaller watch on my meaty wrist, I knew she would get it.

Because it is a modern, elegant, premium device and uses Samsung Health it is an easy swap for her.

At $299 it is the affordable crossover fitness/smartwatch. For 99% of Joe and Jane Averages, this plus Samsung Health is way more than you need. If you only buy one smartwatch, this is it.

Samsung Galaxy Watch Active – all you want in a crossover fitness/smart watch
Name: Samsung Galaxy Watch Active Model SM-R500NZKAXSA Price (RRP): $299 Manufacturer: Samsung
Great design and uses the proven Samsung Galaxy Tizen interfaceVery comfortable day and nightAny third-party 20mm watch band fitsNFC, HR, GPS and more5ATM swim proof, IP68 and Mil-SpecReasonably accurate HR and other indicators
A little iffy with most Qi wireless charge pads
Value for money
Ease of Use
4.4Overall Score
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