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  • - 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 here 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?

- Okay, look, it's confession time.

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    林宜悉 posted on 2020/12/18
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