Samsung made the smartwatch Google couldn’t

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?

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    JY S

    im using galaxy gear s3 classic from 2016 and it is just so good. and yes i am using s10 5g. big fukin thumbs down for me

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    devvansh madan

    Verge should just put in each of their videos description "we love apple and hate samsung" because they always find a way to diss Samsung even though it has been doing innovations far more frequently then apple

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    King Hart

    One day battery life no thanks I'll just grab the watch GT 2 by Huawei with 2-3weeks battery till then my 28days on my watch GT is fine

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    Arpit Paliwal

    How are you complaining about downloading apps for Samsung and not for Apple . Almost any Apple Watch or similar is bad with non Apple device and no complaints for Siri but all for bixby when bixby can do a lot of stuff Siri can’t

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    Bryan P

    I just want to know what boxes the Apple watch is checking that this watch isn't (?). Everyone acts like Apple can do no wrong in watches, even when they know they're missing things like the always on display for 4 generations

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    Kayenn May

    ALERT:

    Avoid buying this watch on eBay. type auction sites. Also applies to other branded Smartwatches unless it is sold by one of the TRUSTED Authorized retailers only. Even on Amazon, buy inly if it is shipped & sold by Amazon.

    We tested few watches bought from auction sites like eBay which did not perform as well as those purchased from authorized retailers. They were buggier & performance too was lackluster. We suspect MALWARE.

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    RockBandRS

    I ordered an s3 frontier 2 days ago. Found it on sale for under $200. Upgrading from a Fitbit charge 3, can't wait to try a full on smart watch.

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    Sebastian Tan

    Review is too shallow. Didn't even mention the watch has a loudspeaker for phone calls. Didn't even try sports mode for this 'active' watch.

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    WHEAL

    Not to mention how AWFUL there bank support is for Samsung watches in the uk, and you CANT use google pay on it, I hate not been able to pay with my watch and having to pull my phone out with google pay installed.

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    Jonathan Hendricker

    I wish they had an upgrade program for people who purchased the first Galaxy Watch Active. I never would have purchased it if someone would've told me a successor would come out in seven months!

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    russvhill2

    It's not that smart if you can't take phone calls on it. I bought my Galaxy watch 3 years ago and take 90 per cent of my incoming calls on it. I preview all my incoming messages on it too, but I'd definitely want a loudspeaker and microphone on my next watch

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    Estevan Phillips

    "For Android users, good is about as good as it gets," describes the entire Android experience for me. I've used Android for the last 10 years and this is why I'm switching to iPhone.

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    Francesco Varrato

    The round shape instead of a rectangle, doesn't make much sense for a screen that needs to show other info than just time. This is the single, biggest factor that will decide the winner in the wearable run.

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    JoJo Gaming

    U r right. 1st and last smartwatch I bought is Sony smart 3 it was best and ahead of its time and after 4 years I realized no one is focusing on android wear . i want to buy another but there no android wear which can compete Apple watch
    but there is Samsung who is giving the best option.

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    Paul Lasky

    Have they fixed the notifications yet? Or does it still only show the last notification from any one app. 🤷‍♂️🤦🏻‍♂️

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    Christopher Heeney

    OK…So…Still No Good Options….Unless You are Loaded and Money Doesn't matter. Put a Camera under the Display of the LTE version and then…Maybe….It's worth $400! I'll Wait until 2022…Until then My Mi Band 4 is just fine…Yes I know it's Not a "Smart Watch" per say, but for $40, it does the Job.

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    Swapnasheel Sonkamble

    Whats the problem with installing multiple apps? Apple watch doesn't even support it.
    Also, its not an android watch, its a Tisen watch. I think Samsung giving support for other android devices is an added advantage rather than "*".

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    wlsdn0128

    Hey Galaxy users and other Android users… Why do you even watch a review from an Apple centered reviewer? 😉 This is such a Samsung's hater review tbh.

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    Crobenick

    I got the explorist HR from fossil, it's not great but it's good. What are your pros and cons about the galaxy fold?

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    antwane fort

    If you use the Apple Watch Series 5 , and then come back and use any Android watch. You would feel the same way he does.

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    Rukumorita

    Miband. Always on or turns on when you look at it. I only have to charge it like 1 time a month. Lightweight. Low cost. Does everything I need and nothing more from a smart watch.

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    Refuze2Lose

    Just wondering what does the watch do? Is it a good watch for Galaxy Note 10+. All I know is you hate love it. Also it's good not great. Be nice to know features. Not asking too much

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