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A week with the new Samsung Galaxy Watch Active: a lot of fitness for some lack of control



A week with the new Samsung Galaxy Watch Active: a lot of fitness for some lack of control


With a transversal vision, Samsung has wanted to unify two closely related worlds, that of fitness bracelets and smart watches. That strategy works out of the box on your new device, the
Galaxy Watch Active
. An aesthetically beautiful “smartwatch” that presents a great personality, although its strength does not reside precisely in its interior, which presents some doubts after prolonged use.

Before going into details, we must refer to one of its most determining aspects, the design: It is beautiful, really. A spherical screen, minimalist, but daring. Small (1.1 inches) but nevertheless looks great on small wrists. It is comfortable and manageable. Once it is in your hand, it «disappears»: you hardly even know you are wearing it.

It is incredibly light, something that its weight also contributes to, only 25 grams. It is there for when you need it. The quality of the panel (of the Amoled type, like the most advanced mobiles) is unquestionable; With a resolution of 360 x 360 pixels, the device offers a lot of useful information.

On a technical level, it works in a balanced and fluid way thanks to the chosen “brain”, an Exynos 9110 chip with two cores and capable of moving at a clock frequency of 1.15 GHz. It comes with a 768 MB RAM memory and allows up to 4 GB of storage, both to host applications and content-songs, basically.

Data sheet

Screen1.1 inch Resolution360 x 360 pixelsDimensions39.5 x 39.5 x 10.5 mmWeight25 gramsProcessorExynos 9110RAM768 MBConnectivityBluetooth 4.2, Wi-Fi 802.11n, NFC, A-GPSBattery230mAh

The company has wanted to radically change the format of the «smartwatch». Compared to other models launched previously, the Galaxy Watch Active has dispensed with one of its hallmarks, the rotating bezel. PFor this, the Tizen operating system has been integrated in a more reasonable way to achieve a gesture interface. With just two touches it is handled perfectly, although it is true that given the limited surface in some situations navigation is more complicated. It only has two physical buttons on one edge; one to go back and one to get to “Home.”

The device has focused precisely on the health and fitness environment. Hence, perhaps, the name “Active” and the incorporation of a GPS geo-positioning system. And, for this, a greater integration of these services has been devised through an application that includes various parameters that are responsible for monitoring the sports activity of the person. In fact, it is prepared to measure up to 90 different types of activity, although it is capable of discriminating on its own – automatically after ten minutes – whether it is a walk or a run.

But instead, This environment is what presents the most doubts due to the results captured, apparently strange and different from those offered by other «wearable» devices. Is it inaccurate? If we serve other rivals, sometimes yes. The equipment incorporates a heart rate sensor that shows vital signs – forgive redundancy – constantly on the screen. It is an interesting function, but one that, when tested with other sensors, offers somewhat fuzzy results.

It is resistance tol Water up to 50 meters deep and supports an NFC chip to make mobile payments. Two indispensable attributes for a smartwatch today. One of its great strengths comes from the battery, made up of a 230 mAh battery; it lasts two days without regard -something scarce when compared to a classic bracelet-, although if it is used for a long time its autonomy suffers. It is even possible to select intermittent heart monitoring, which can extend the duration a little more until the next charge. Another interesting detail is that the charging system -by means of a magnetic charger- is quite fast, especially if we compare it with an Apple Watch.

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