Apple Watch Series 3 vs Samsung Galaxy Watch Active 2 – Which is Better?

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Featured in this comparison chart are two fine smartwatches; the relatively newer Active 2 from Samsung and the Watch 3 released in 2017. Each of these two has a decent and stylish design as well as loaded with lots of features. We compare the specifications and features of the Apple Watch Series 3 vs Samsung Galaxy Watch Active 2 to find out the differences and of course, which is a better choice for you.

Apple Watch Series 3 vs Samsung Galaxy Watch Active 2: Specifications Compared

Product Info
Apple watch series 3 (42mm) specs

Apple Watch Series 3 (42mm) Specifications, Features and Price

Samsung Galaxy Watch Active 2 (44mm) Full Specs and features

Samsung Galaxy Watch Active 2 (44mm) Bluetooth Full Specifications and Features

Price - $152.97
Device name Apple Watch Series 3 (42mm) Samsung Galaxy Watch Active 2 (44mm)
Device type Standalone/Fitness smartwatch Fitness/Classic smartwatch
Gender Unisex Unisex
Release date September, 2017 September, 2019
Predecessor Apple Watch Series 2 Samsung Galaxy Watch Active
Successor Apple Watch Series 4 Galaxy Watch 4
Versions Apple Watch Nike+ Bluetooth only, LTE
Dimension 42.5 x 36.4 x 11.4 mm 44 x 44 x 10.9 mm
Weight 52.8 grams 30 grams (aluminum), 42 grams (stainless steel)
Shape Rectangular Circular
Case material Aluminum Aluminum, Stainless steel
Strap material Elastomer Fluoroelastomer (Aluminum), Leather (stainless steel)
Bezel material Bezeless Aluminum, Bezeless
Strap size 140 – 180mm (small), 180 -220mm (big) 20 mm
Interchangeable strap 24mm, Yes Yes
Screen protection Ion-X glass (aluminum) Corning Gorilla glass DX+
Water resistance Yes, 5ATM Yes, 5ATM
Durability test MIL-STD-810G
Swim-proof Yes, recommended Yes, recommended
Color Black, White Aqua-black, Black, Cloud-silver, Gold, Pink-gold, Silver
Display size 1.65 inch 1.4 inches
Display type 1000nit, OLED Super AMOLED, Full color
Display resolution 312 x 390 pixels 360 x 360 pixel
Pixel density
Always on No Yes
Custom watch face Yes Yes
Input type 1 Physical button, Digital crown, Touchscreen 2 Physical buttons, Digital rotating bezel, Touchscreen
Bluetooth Yes, Bluetooth v4.2 LE Bluetooth v5.0
Bluetooth calling Yes Yes
NFC Yes Yes
Wi-Fi Yes Yes
RAM 0.768GB 0.75GB
ROM 16GB (GPS + Cellular), 8GB (GPS) 4GB
Memory card slot No No
Technology None None
SIM type None None
SMS alert Yes Yes
Calls alert Yes Yes
Email alert Yes Yes
Event reminder Yes Yes
Third-party apps alert Yes Yes
Reply to Notifications - -
Audio mp3/mp4 mp3/mp4
Bluetooth music Yes Yes
Loudspeaker Yes Yes
Microphone Yes Yes
Camera No No
Radio No No
Blood oxygen No No
Blood Pressure No Yes
Calories Yes Yes
Distance Yes Yes
ECG tracking No Yes
Heart rate monitoring Yes Yes
Sleep tracking Yes Yes
Steps Yes Yes
Floors climbed Yes Yes
Stress Yes Yes
Fall detection No Yes
Menstrual cycle Yes Yes
VO2 Max Yes Yes
Swim-tracking Yes Yes
Underwater heart rate tracking No No
On-screen workout No No
Sport modes Yes 39
Battery type Non-removable Li-ion battery Non-removable Li-ion battery
Battery capacity 279mAh 340mAh
Battery life Regular: up to 18hrs Regular: 2 days, Standby :5 days+
Charging type Charging dock WPC based wireless charging
Charging time 1-2 hours 1-2 hours
Solar charging No No
Chipset Apple S3 Exynos 9110
CPU Dual core Dual core 1.15GHz
Operating system WatchOS 4 Tizen 5.5
Companion app Apple Watch App Samsung Gear app
Compatibility iOS 12.0+ Android 5.0+ & RAM 1.5GB+, iPhone 5+ and iOS 9.0+
Payment system Apple Pay Samsung Pay
Voice command Yes, Siri Yes, Bixby
Find my phone Yes Yes
Box content Apple Watch Series 3, Charger, Manual, Straps Charger, Manual, Samsung Galaxy Watch Active 2 (44mm), Straps

The Differences

Both the Apple Watch 3 and Galaxy Watch Active 2 has an outstanding design that is compact and very lightweight. While the Watch 3 is available in 38mm and 42mm sizes, the Active 2 is available in 40mm and 44mm sizes. Each of these sizes is also available in the Cellular and GPS/Bluetooth models. The Cellular model of both watches is a standalone smartwatch that comes equipped with an eSIM that enables cellular connectivity and thus enables it to make and receive calls without a phone. The GPS/Bluetooth models can still make and receive calls but will require your phone. Note that Apple has discontinued the Cellular model of the Watch 3, although you might still find it in certain stores.

Both sizes of the Watch 3 are slightly more compact than the Active 2. Although the Active 2 at 10.9mm thick is slimmer than the Watch 3 which is 11.4mm thick.

Both watches have an aluminum case paired with rubber straps (The LTE model of the Active 2 has a stainless steel frame). But the screen types are different. An ion-X material is used for the Watch 3, while Corning Gorilla Glass protects the display of the Active 2.

In terms of fitness tracking, both the Active 2 and Watch 3 are well equipped to track your daily activities like steps, heart rate, calories, sleep and stress. Both watches also have inbuilt GPS that allows you to track your routes and locations when you go for outdoor workouts.

However, the Active 2 has more health tracking features than the Watch 3. It features ECG and blood pressure measurements which are not available on the Watch 3. It also features incidental fall detection not also available on the Watch 3.

The Watch 3 has a higher storage capacity than Active 2. It comes with an 8GB storage which is bigger than 4GB of Active 2. This will allow you to take more of your favorite tracks onboard the Watch 3.

Both watches come with a microphone and speaker that enables call functionality. There is also an NFC in both watches that enables non-contactless payment, Apple Pay for the Watch 3 and Samsung Pay for Active 2.

While the Watch 3 has about 18hrs battery life, the Active 2 gives me about 2 days of battery life which will let you go longer from a single charge.

Which is Better?

Apple Watch Series 3 vs Samsung Galaxy Watch Active 2

  1. Although the Watch 3 has a slightly bigger display that allows you to see more at a glance, the Active 2 is slimmer and sleeker which no doubt makes it a more stylish smartwatch.
  2. The Watch 3 comes with a higher storage capacity compared to the Active 2 which allows you to take more of your favorite tracks along with you.
  3. The Active 2 has a far longer battery life than the Watch 3.

Bottom line, the Watch 3 which is only compatible with iOS devices is a better smartwatch for iPhone owners, while the Active 2 remains one of the best smartwatches for Android users. It’s also available in the cellular model which is a standalone smartwatch with a stainless steel case.