Best Samsung Galaxy Watch: Galaxy Watch 4 vs Watch 3 vs Active 2

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(Pocket-lint) - Samsung announced the adjacent procreation of its Galaxy Watch successful the signifier of the Galaxy Watch 4 and Watch 4 Classic successful August 2021.

The 2 latest smartwatches win the Galaxy Watch 3 that arrived successful August 2020 and the sleeker, bezel-free Samsung Galaxy Active 2 from August 2019, but however bash they compare?

Here is however the Galaxy Watch 4 and Watch 4 Classic compares to the Galaxy Watch 3 and Active 2.

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Design

  • Galaxy Watch 4: 44.4 x 43.3 x 9.8mm / 40.4 x 39.3 x 9.8mm 
  • Galaxy Watch 4 Classic: 45.5 x 45.5 x 11mm / 41.5 x 41.5 x 11.2mm
  • Galaxy Watch 3: 45 x 46.2 x 11.1mm / 41 x 42.5 x 11.3mm
  • Galaxy Watch Active 2: 44 x 44 x 10.9mm / 40 x 40 x 10.9mm

The Samsung Galaxy Watch 4 Classic adopts a akin plan to the Galaxy Watch 3, with a rotating bezel sitting connected the apical of the show and 2 relation buttons connected the right, though the Galaxy Watch 4 is much refined and features redesigned lugs and a caller strap that allows the instrumentality to beryllium person to the wrist.

The Galaxy Watch 4 takes its plan cues from the Active 2, with a sleeker decorativeness than the Galaxy 4 Classic and Galaxy Watch 3. Like the Watch 4 Classic, it excessively has a redesined strap and it ditches the interaction bezel of the Active 2, simply offering a flush bezel astir the look for a much streamlined plan to the Watch 4 Classic and Watch 3. 

The Galaxy Watch 4 Classic comes successful 42mm and 46mm size options - some stainless alloy - and it is disposable successful metallic and achromatic colours.

The Galaxy Watch 4 comes successful 40mm and 44mm size options - some aluminium - and some sizes are disposable successful metallic and black, portion the 40mm is besides availabe successful pinkish golden and the 44mm successful green.

The Galaxy Watch Active 2 comes successful 42mm and 40mm size options and determination are a mates of strap options, inlcuding leather, arsenic good arsenic a mates of antithetic models, specified arsenic an Under Armour variation and a Golf edition.

The Galaxy Watch 3 comes successful a 3 antithetic finishes - Mystic Black, Mystic Silver and Mystic Bronze, and determination is besides a titanium option. Sizes are 45mm and 41mm and determination are a fig of strap options available, including a nexus bracelet.

All Galaxy Watches are IP68 h2o and particulate resistant, MIL-STD-810G compliant and waterproof up to 5ATM.

Display

  • Galaxy Watch 4: 1.4-inch 450 x 450 pixels / 1.2-inch 396 x 396 pixels, AMOLED
  • Galaxy Watch 4 Classic: 1.4-inch 450 x 450 pixels / 1.19-inch 396 x 396 pixels, AMOLED
  • Galaxy Watch 3: 1.4-inch/1.2-inch, 360 x 360 pixels, AMOLED
  • Galaxy Watch Active 2: 1.4-inch/1.2-inch, 360 x 360 pixels, AMOLED

All 4 Samsung Galaxy Watch models being compared present person Super AMOLED circular screens protected by Corning Gorilla Glass DX.

The 40mm Galaxy Watch 4 has a 1.2-inch show with a 396 x 396 pixel resolution, portion the 44mm exemplary has a 1.4-inch show with a 450 x 450 pixel resolution.

The 42mm Galaxy Watch 4 Classic has a 1.19-inch show with a 396 x 396 pixel resolution, portion the 46mm exemplary has a 1.4-inch show with a 450 x 450 pixel resolution.

The 45mm Samsung Galaxy Watch 3 comes with a 1.4-inch display, portion the 41mm exemplary has a 1.2-inch display. Both person a 360 x 360 pixel resolution.

The 42mm Galaxy Watch Active 2 has a 1.4-inch display, portion the 40mm exemplary has a 1.2-inch display. Again, similar the Watch 3, some person a 360 x 360 pixel resolution.

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Hardware and specs

  • Galaxy Watch 4: Exynos W920, 1.5GB RAM, 16GB storage
  • Galaxy Watch 4 Classic: Exynos W920, 1.5GB RAM, 16GB storage
  • Galaxy Watch 3: Exynos 9110, 1GB RAM, 8GB storage
  • Galaxy Watch Active 2: Exynos 9110, 768MB/1.5GB RAM, 4GB storage

The Samsung Galaxy Watch 4 and Watch 4 Classic tally connected the 5nm Exynos W920 dual halfway chipset, portion the Samsung Galaxy Watch 3 and Watch Active 2 some tally connected the Exynos 9110 dual halfway processor. All models connection LTE and Bluetooth variants.

There is 1.5GB of RAM and 16GB of retention connected the LTE and Bluetooth models of some the Watch 4 and Watch 4 Classic. The Galaxy Watch 3 has 1GB of RAM and 8GB of retention connected some the LTE and Bluetooth models.

The Galaxy Watch Active 2 has 1.5GB of RAM and 4GB of retention successful the LTE models and 768MB of RAM and 4GB of retention successful the Bluetooth models. 

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Battery

  • Galaxy Watch 4: 44mm - 361mAh / 40mm - 247mAh
  • Galaxy Watch 4 Classic: 46mm - 361mAh / 42mm - 247mAh
  • Galaxy Watch 3: 45mm - 340mAh / 41mm - 247mAh
  • Galaxy Watch Active 2: 42mm - 340mAh / 40mm - 247mAh

The larger models of the Samsung Galaxy Watch 4 and Watch 4 Classic person 361mAh batteries, portion the smaller models person 247mAh batteries.

The larger exemplary of the Samsung Galaxy Watch 3 has a 340mAh battery, portion the smaller exemplary has a 247mAh battery, which is the aforesaid arsenic the respective larger and smaller models of the Galaxy Watch Active 2, meaning determination isn't a large woody of quality crossed each Samsung smartwatches.

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Features

  • Galaxy Watch 4: Sleep tracking with REM stages, autumn detection, 39 sports modes, ECG, humor pressure, humor oxygen, assemblage composition, Wear OS 3
  • Galaxy Watch 4 Classic: Sleep tracking with REM stages, autumn detection, 39 sports modes, ECG, humor pressure, humor oxygen, assemblage composition, Wear OS 3
  • Galaxy Watch 3: Sleep tracking with REM stages, autumn detection, 39 sports modes, ECG, humor pressure, humor oxygen, Tizen OS
  • Galaxy Watch Active 2: HR, sports tracking, smartphone notifications, moving coach, accent feature, Tizen OS

The Samsung Galaxy Watch 4 and Watch 4 Classic some tally connected Wear OS 3 with the One UI Watch implicit the top. They are compatible with Android smartphones moving Android 6.0 and supra - nary iOS support. The Galaxy Watch 3 and Watch Active 2 some tally connected Tizen OS and are compatible with iOS and Android devices.

All the Samsung smartwatches being compared present person bosom complaint monitoring, smartphone notifications and sports tracking, arsenic you would expect. They besides person slumber tracking, built-in GPS and Samsung Pay. The Galaxy Watch Active 2 has a moving manager too, arsenic good arsenic a accent feature.

The Galaxy Watch 3 has the quality to instrumentality an ECG arsenic good arsenic your humor unit and your blood oxygen level, autumn detection, tally investigation and 39 sports modes.

The Galaxy Watch 4 and 4 Classic connection the aforesaid features arsenic the Watch 3, but they adhd assemblage creation to the premix of features acknowledgment to a caller BioActive sensor that is capable to item accusation similar skeletal musculus and assemblage abdominous percentage. 

Conclusion

The Samsung Galaxy Watch 4 and 4 Classic connection refined designs compared to their predecessors, on with a wholly redesigned interface and operating system. They besides connection other features connected apical of the Watch 3, similar assemblage composition, a much precocious processor and entree to much 3rd enactment apps. They aren't compatible with iOS devices though.

The Samsung Galaxy Watch 3 offers a precise akin plan to the archetypal Galaxy Watch but with a fewer welcomed refinements and respective other features, including ECG, humor pressure, humor oxygen autumn detection and much sports modes. It's inactive a large smartwatch if you don't person the fund for the latest models, oregon if you person an iOS instrumentality and don't privation an Apple Watch.

The Galaxy Active 2 meanwhile, is simply a smaller, much stylish smartwatch offering, whilst besides offering a fig of other features implicit the archetypal Galaxy Watch but not rather arsenic galore arsenic the Galaxy Watch 3 oregon Watch 4 and 4 Classic.

You tin work our Galaxy Watch Active 2 review and our Galaxy Watch 3 review to spot what we thought of the devices. We besides person an initial reappraisal connected the Galaxy Watch 4 and Watch 4 Classic if you privation to work our archetypal impressions.

Writing by Britta O'Boyle. Originally published connected 28 July 2020.

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