Let's first give you my review of the Galaxy active watch.
Here are some pictures of the watch while unboxing. The watch comes in a nice small box measuring 9.5cm x 9.5cm x 5.5cm, well packed with only what you need : the watch, USB charging dock and an additionnal band.
The watch is light (25g), small and has a great modern look.
The documentation is behind the top cover : you need to pull it out. I discored this a few days after I bought the watch.
At first sight, I was surprised by the wrist band were you can find a hole, but after a few hours wearing the watch, I found this system very comfortable because the end is below the band and never goes out.
There are 2 different applications that you can use together with the Galaxy Active.
Galaxy Werable is usefull for watch configuration, updates, applications... You will have access to all the technical settings (vibrations, luminosity, battery...), add some widgets...
Samsung Health is more for user's statistics.
The watch has a nice 1.1 inch OLED screen with a resolution of 360x360. The touch sensitivity is good and the navigation in Menus is easy. If you swith from right to left, you will access the widgets you choose, from left to right the current notifications. The screen remains always readbale even in high luminosity.
The battery of 230mAh is not the best point of the watch. It allows you to use the watch for 1, maximum 2 days but no more. I personnally need to recharge every day, although I don't use it intensively (30 min bike activity in the morning and another 30 mins in the evening).
Of course you can track your sleep with the Galaxy Active watch. You will be able to compare each night to your average nights.
You can track :
The watch can be put into water for up to 5 ATM. It can be used for swimming. I did a small test and I must admit that the data is well accurate. I find the swim detection better than with the Garmin Vivoactive HR I had previously.
Of course, you get indications on :
GPS accuracy is nice and has been improved since first Gear S3 I previously owned. As you can see here below, we have an average speed of 28 km/h with the Samsung Galaxy Active vs 27.9 km/h with the Garmin Edge unit which is close. Max speed : 57.2 km/h vs 58 km/h.
The elevation gain was 335m with the Galaxy Active vs 364m with the Garmin which, I know, tends to be too optimistic. For this reason, the Galaxy Active may be more accurate!
With this ride, I was able to compare the heart rate from the Samsung Galaxy Active watch with a noname optical armband sensor. As you can see, the rate of the Galaxy Active sometimes drops out. The weather was a little bit cold on this day and the skin contact was not perfect. It still gives you an estimation on how hard you are training.
Strava Uploads are not that intuitive. You can pair in theory Samsung Health but it was not so successfull for me. I think the best option is to simply download the Strava app on the watch but in this case you need to be aware that :
The Galaxy Active is a very nice watch to wear everyday. It has an outstanding modern look and allows you to track a lot of interesting health and fitness parameters. Only the battery and conection to external Bluetooth Smart sensors could be improved.
Broadcast Heart Rate and running speed from your Galaxy Active watch (or any other Samsung watch) to Zwift or to any other Bluetooth Smart head unit.
In order to download HR and Speed Transmitter, open the Galaxy Wearable app and then go to the Galaxy Store.
Be sure that you have selected "Wtach" on the bottom right corner.
Search the app by entering "BIPR" and you should see it directly.
Install the app
Reboot your watch first
Start HR and speed transmitter on the watch
Pair your watch with Zwift as every standard Bluetooth Heart Rate or Running Speed sensor!
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Every GPS head unit that respects the Heart Rate Bluetooth Smart profile is compatible with the app. You will be able to broadcast heart rate directly from your watch to your head unit.
Here is a list of compatible GPS head units :
The Galaxy Active is not the only watch compatible with HR and Speed Transmitter app, other are :