Samsung Galaxy Watch Active 2

The Samsung Galaxy Watch Active 2 is a mid-year upgrade on its predecessor adding its most-missed feature: a rotating dial. It's digital, not analog, but the new feature alone might push this smartwatch to the top of the list – if the bumped up price can be stomached. The Samsung Galaxy Watch Active 2 is the result of crude arithmetic: take the slim Samsung Galaxy Watch Active and add the best part of the beefier Samsung Galaxy Watch – its rotating dial – and you get the best of both worlds. Note that it’s not an actual mechanical dial – it’s touch-based, with haptic feedback buzzing when you’ve slid your finger around the edge enough to 'rotate' it. Still, that functionality might be enough to sway folks who are looking for a sporty, unisex smartwatch but want a bit more tangible control. Not much else has changed from the first Watch Active aside from including an ECG as well – but perhaps these two upgrades are enough to justify a successor. That base price includes an aluminum body and rubberised wristband in Cloud Silver, Aqua Black and Pink Gold colours. The watch will also come in a conceivably pricier model with stainless steel body in Silver, Black and Gold colours with leather strap. The watch retains the IP68 water and dust-resistant rating and 5ATM resistance as the original Watch Active. Display-wise, the Watch Active 2 seems identical to its predecessor, with a rounded Super AMOLED display (360 x 360 resolution). It fits any interchangeable 20mm watch band. Thus the Watch Active 2 is less of a value buy compared to its predecessor, and a bit harder to recommend – but it’s still a quality smartwatch.