Samsung made the smartwatch Google couldn’t

– Okay, look, it’s confession time. I’ve spent the last year and a half or so complaining that there aren’t
any good smartwatch options for Android users, but
here’s a question for me. What if I’ve been too
hard on all these watches? Now, look, there aren’t any great options. There’s nothing as good as the
Apple Watch for iPhone users, that’s just facts. But this watch right here,
the Galaxy Watch Active 2 from Samsung, it is a good smartwatch. Not great, but good. So anyway, if you have an Android phone, and you wanna smartwatch you
should give this thing a look. And if your Android phone
happens to be a Samsung phone, you should definitely
give it a second look, because this thing is
actually kind of a looker, you see what I did there? (mellow music) All right, so the Active 2 is a smartwatch that comes with a round OLED screen that comes in two sizes,
a 40, and a 44 millimeter. This is the 44 millimeter. It starts at 279, which ain’t bad, and it comes in a few
different colors and finishes, and there’s also an LTE version if you wanna spend more money. Now it runs this operating
system called Tizen, which is a custom Samsung thing that also happens to run their TVs. Anyway, the watch can work with both iPhones and Android phones, but if you have an iPhone, well, trust me, you should just move
on, get an Apple Watch if you want a smartwatch. Anyway, the Tizen underpinning
here doesn’t really matter so much as the interface
that’s on top of it. And I love it, and I hate it. It’s a hate/love relationship. See, Samsung designed everything
her to work in circles, because the watch is round. You spin your finger around
the bevel to do things, like look at widgets or
notifications, or even apps, and I love that, it’s really
clear and really consistent, and it’s fast to get around. That whole circle system, by the way, is why this is the Galaxy Active 2. The first Galaxy Watch Active was released like six
months before this one, and six months isn’t a very
long time between models. But the thing is, Samsung just straight up didn’t think about how
this OS works in circles, so the first one didn’t have a bezel. This is one does have a touch
sensitive rotating bezel that you can run your finger around. I will say that a touch sensitive bezel, it’s not quite as fun or as cool as an actual, physical
rotating one, but it works. And overall, I think this
hardware works really well. It’s simple, but it’s not basic. And it’s clean without being boring. Plus the OLED screen is great. It’s always on, and that is
how watches are supposed to be, and I don’t know why it
took Apple five years to get that right (laughing). Look, why is this watch good? It gets the basics right,
it mirrors notifications, it lets you reply to incoming messages, it has a bunch of health
features for tracking most of the stuff that you’d expect, and it has a battery
that lasts a full day. It’s comfortable to wear, and
it’s not aggressively chunky, it just kinda blends in. It also does some really nice stuff that I haven’t seen other
smartwatches do well. Like it has this goodnight mode, which is actually really smart. It turns off the screen,
and notifications, and goes into a sleep tracking mode. You can set up these
widgets on this watch, which you could scroll into
with the touch sensitive bezel, and I use them all the time. It’s actually a feature
that Google pretty much straight up copied for AOS
and they should’ve copied it, because it’s great. It also comes with Spotify, and you can download Spotify
music directly to the watch, which is great. Not so great is the third
party app eco system. There’s really not a lot of
things you’re gonna want there. Also, if you’ve seen anybody recommend the YouTube or Twitter
apps for this watch, just trust me, you don’t want them. Besides, you know, there’s a full Samsung internet web
browser here if you want. You can watch YouTube on that. There’s also no apps map built in, and I haven’t found a
great third party option that I really like. Now, the watch faces are,
well look, they’re fine. There’s a ton of ones built in, but I haven’t found on that I love, just one that I kind of like. Plus, all the complication option, they’re just, they’re too complicated. There are third party watch
faces though, in the store, which is great, but finding a good one requires wading through a lot
of really, rally bad ones. But look, top level, this is a watch that looks pretty good,
can handle fitness stuff, lasts all day, and has a nice interface. Why is this just a good
watch, and not, well great? (sighing) Samsung, specifically
it’s Samsung’s software. It’s just, it’s so much. I’m not even talking about the aesthetics. If you aren’t already
using a Samsung phone, you have to install a least
like three things on your phone just to get started, and
that doesn’t even include Samsung Health, or Samsung Pay. And well, the voice assistant
on this watch is Bixby. And look, I don’t wanna
make fun too much of Bixby, because honestly, it can
do some basic stuff okay, like transcription, but
overall, it is slow, and it’s, you know, it’s bad. Overall, I would say that this is the best asterisk smart
watch for Android users. I don’t think there’s anything better, so this is the defacto the best. But while it’s good, it’s not great. And that’s the asterisk. For Android users, good is
about as good as it gets, and you know, I’ll take it. If you’re watching this video closely, you probably saw this
thing sitting right here. It is the Galaxy Fold, I
am currently reviewing it. If you got questions about this thing, let me know, down in the comments. Also, are you interested in a smartwatch? I’m curious about that too, what are you looking at right now?

100 thoughts on “Samsung made the smartwatch Google couldn’t

  1. “What if I’ve been too hard on all these watches?”

    You mean, holding inferior products — made by companies that can afford to put in the R&D investments — to higher standards or the Apple Watch gold standard? There’s no such thing as being too hard on those sorts of companies.

  2. Been wearing the fossil gen 4 smartwatch and honestly, I am happy with it. I think people forget that a smartwatch is first and foremost a watch. The main things I am going to use a smartwatch after the first few days of playing around with it is checking the time, checking the weather, seeing messages that I received without pulling my phone out of my watch and paying for stuff at stores. I don't respond to messages on my watch. I am not searching for stuff on my watch. Why would I want to do that on that tiny display? Text to speech still needs a lot of work. I don't get the way you guys review tech or why people act like the apple watch is all that great and compare all the products to it. I've used it and it is ok but it wasn't a great watch. For me for a smartwatch first and foremost is going to be is it going to make my life easier and does it look good. It is the main reason I like Fossil smartwatches they have the functionality that makes my life easier while looking good. all the others have all these supposed better features or are "more responsive" but none of that matter since most of the time my smartwatch is a peripheral accessory, not my main device.

  3. Samsung finally got their OS color scheme right, the contrast between the deep blacks and neon like colors looks so good, I’ve always loved that about the Apple Watch, I’m impressed with Samsung stepping up their game!

  4. Lots of flak in the comments, but a fair review. The cellular version doesn't work (ie, you cant make calls) with phones that aren't samsung.

  5. You should look at the TicWatch Pro. Ive been really happy with it and last more than a day or in just watch mode can last over a week.

  6. My only hesitation with the watch is the battery life. "Lasts a day", versus one able to last at least 3-4 days between charges.

  7. I actually bought the Galaxy Active Watch 2. Went from Apple to Samsung over the last month. Was using the apple series 4 watch previously.

    I actually found the difference to be much smaller than i thought it would be – especially for the average user. I'm really enjoying it and there are things that GAW2 does better than the Apple Watch – sleep tracking, always on display etc.

    Definitely a great watch if you own a Samsung phone.

  8. I always think about buying a smartwatch and then I'm like – "Wait why do I want this again?" Don't get me wrong they're cool and I guess like, controlling spotify with my wrist would be nice – but for $300? It'd have to do some pretty cool stuff for me to drop that when I can probably get something like a 3a for the same price.

  9. 3:23 Strongly strongly disagree. Basically the only reason I have not purchased a smartwatch is because I have not yet found any smartwatch products that support Youtube Music. If you listen to those deep house/trance/EDM, all those remix songs, Youtube is the place you can get the lastest update. Spotify is just too late for me.

  10. Terrible review. I didn't learn anything from it other than this guy hates Android and hates Samsung so everything they do stinks to him. So where is the review? No review. But the heading didn't say review so maybe it wasn't supposed to be a review. Maybe the heading should say Samsung Smartwatch Roast.

  11. I had the MK Dylan smart watch but lost it and am currently interested in another smart watch. I'm looking at the Galaxy Watch Active 2 and the Galaxy Watch. What do you think?

  12. I having a smart watch⌚.
    The Ticwatch E2; and it's a great watch. Not to expensive as the Galaxy Watches and with Wear OS that better than the Tizen OS. I'm very enjoying with it and satisfied! ♥️

  13. Wow that's depressing. I guess the active 2 watch isn't satisfying. I'll just wait for the active 3 or 4 watch.😐😒

  14. Navigation Pro is a third party Google Maps app for Tizen OS. It links directly with Google Maps on your phone. It's great.

  15. Pity the battery is reduced from the regular Samsung Galaxy Watch which offers 3 days (42mm) or 4 days (46mm). It's weird that's not had a refresh yet.

  16. Ok. I don't mind this as a critical review. I'm gonna get one and I totally understand it's shortcomings, but I'm willing to work with it

  17. Ahhh yes..picking the aqua black 44mm up tomorrow. I've been waiting for the perfect smartwatch ever since my gear s died.

  18. I forgot this channel was sponsored by Apple. Just lookup the iPhone 11 Pro review. Damn sellouts. I guess it means job security.

  19. Yeah, my wife and I are currently using the gear s2.. and we're thinking of upgrading.. but the one thing that kinda bugs me is "what is samsung makes another active 3 in 6months?" That would be a total disappointment!

  20. I am looking for a smart watch to work with my pixel phone. I know Wear OS is still a bit clunky, but I want something that works with Google Assistant and has Spotify compatibility. The Fossil gen 5 seems a bit steep in the price department, so I what would you recommend?

  21. Man I hate the verge I'm done with them just stop it please y'all down Samsung so much when they watch was great since the gear S2 hated the gear S2 but the gear S3 and up are great! Soooo much better than iwatch.

  22. Samsung makes you install their entire eco system on your phone if you don't own a Samsung phone. No Thanks!
    NO ONE wants Bixby…. Samsung stop it!!

  23. I have a active 2 for a few weeks now (silver 40mm steel Bluetooth version) and its really good i must say
    Although it should be mentioned that i own a samsung phone and dont use bixby at all
    Nonetheless i think that it does what i want it to do perfectly fine
    If you can recommend a good watchface and map app for it i would be grateful 😉

  24. All of this Verge people are Apple fanboys, every "analysis" is prejudge, bad videos, the worst reviews of all internet 👎

  25. Honestly, I think you're truly a big fan of Apple.
    You really need to do more research and homework before you make a review, especially when it's not an apple's product.

  26. Well, for all reviewers is not great because it is not an Apple Watch, it is obvious they will never say something is better that Apple….

  27. So are you telling me if I don't have a Samsung phone I can't use Samsung pay on the watch?
    What about Google pay does it have Google pay?

  28. IMO the Fossil Gen 5 is definitely the best option for anyone with an Android phone. Maybe if you have a Galaxy phone then you should get the Galaxy watch but if you have any other Android phone, get the Fossil Gen 5. It's great! 😁

  29. This guy is too spoiled with free tech and despite having so many gadgets on hand always finds something to complain about! !!

  30. You also failed to mention that it's getting ECG and fall detection early next year. Hardware is already there, it's just waiting for approval by FDA and CE.

  31. Making a smart watch circular is a HUGE design mistake. A screen supposed to show you more infos than an analog clock MUST be rectangular/squared and slightly rounded at the edges, just for ergonomy. Making it circular is just wasting a good 30% of the readable space estate compared to the same footprint

  32. This is the worst review I've ever seen. He literally skipped the best features, decided not to mention any of the third party apps, and rushed through the entire thing. This is disappointing. I have the Active 2 and I absolutely LOVE it! As usual, it does way more than anyone should expect it to.

  33. complaining about the different apps samsung requires on the phone, but for sure forgetting that apple needs two apps as well for using the Watch …. health and active….. but hey, its apple. Then it is ok

  34. So google makes a watch that has widgets (btw it's been available on android watches for 5 years) and they copied Apple to do that? That's just one problem with this presentation… You may want to do some research, or even hands on, before you say blanket things that you believe to be true.

  35. Kinda of wish you would have gone over more of the fitness stuff since this is there more fitness version than the regular Galaxy S2 or S3. Like do you find it accurate, GPS, etc….Former Fitbit user that's looking something that actually has accurate working hardware without customer service telling you tricks on how to get things more accurate. Thanks.

  36. Looking at the new diesel smartwatch axial model.need to know if it's the better option over the others available in the market.

  37. Great video I'm thinking of getting another smartwatch, I'm getting my galaxy watch repaired sent to Samsung for software issue or hardware it was popping up galaxy watch plugin keeps stopping my question is should I get a galaxy watch active 2 and keep my galaxy watch thanks in advance

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