The Samsung Galaxy Watch Active 2 was released last year, but Samsung’s promised EKG heart tracking feature isn’t yet available to help it compete with the Apple Watch in the United States. Instead, Samsung has just released a new watch update that adds features that debuted in the newly released Galaxy Watch 3 to the cheaper Active 2 – including a long-standing fall detection feature that can help if you stumble and seriously injure yourself. .
When the Galaxy Watch 3 came out last month with an expensive starting price of $ 399 compared to the $ 250 Galaxy Watch Active 2, it added some fitness features that turned out to be hit or missed, as colleague Dan Seefert pointed out in his review (this is a recurring problem in Samsung wearables). You now receive some metrics such as “asymmetry”
Fall detection is a key feature that the Apple Watch has since 2018; this is a handy feature for users wearing the watch, because if you fall and injure yourself seriously, say if you bend your ankle and can’t get up, the watch can detect the fall and ask if you need to contact any of your emergency contacts.
Samsung’s Galaxy Watch 3 is the successor to the original Galaxy Watch (yes, there was no Galaxy Watch 2), adding a slimmer and lighter design than its predecessor, plus an OLED display with a rotating panel. Along with the aforementioned new fitness intelligences, the watch will soon allow you to monitor the levels of oxygen in your blood. Even with the other exclusive features, the Galaxy Watch Active 2 already looked like a better deal than Dan’s review and now has a few additional new smart fitness features.
No matter which wearable machine you buy, both are still no ECG. The Galaxy Watch Active 2 technically has this feature in Korea, but it’s not yet clear if US users will ever get access. Last month, the FDA confirmed that the Galaxy Watch 3 was approved for the ECG, but Samsung has not yet announced when it will be available.