The Apple Watch has been considered the best among many smartwatches in the market today, but it's a fact that not all smartwatch users wear it. Some smartwatch users choose to wear a Galaxy Watch Active from Samsung, which is also a good wearable in its own way.

Can't decide which among the Apple Watch Series 5 and Galaxy Watch Active 2 is better? Here's a quick overview and comparison of their features, as per CNet.


Both the Apple Watch and Galaxy Watch Active 2 tell the time, keep track of movements, monitor heart rate, and so on. Both of them offer accurate GPS readings. Apple's offering, however, does have some advantages when it comes to health features.

The Apple Watch has an electrocardiogram (ECG) that alerts users of low and high heart rate readings. It is also capable of monitoring if the wearer takes a hard fall and is unable to get up within a specific period of time. If the wearer is unable to get up, it will then contact emergency services for help.

Style and Customization

While the Apple Watch offers a slew of watch faces and allows users to customize the screen using complications, it doesn't have any third-party watch face. The Galaxy Watch Active, on the other hand, allows for more customization options: it allows users to use third-party watch faces, and allows users to take photos of what they're wearing and use that as a basis for the smartwatch's watch face.

Aside from this, there's the huge difference when it comes to shape. The Apple Watch is square, while the Galaxy Watch Active 2 is round. While it's a fact that it's easier to read notifications on a square screen, it's also a fact that a round watch makes for a more classy look.

Battery Life

Both devices have shorter battery life compared to some watches, but the Galaxy Watch Active can last longer than the Apple Watch, depending on the circumstances.


The Apple Watch is not compatible with any Android device, which means only iPhone users can maximize its features. The Galaxy Watch Active 2, on the other hand, can be used on both Android and iOS devices. Some of the Galaxy Watch 2's features, particularly the LTE model, can only be used with a Galaxy smartphone.


The Galaxy Watch Active 2 is the cheaper among the two, with prices starting at $280 for the base model. The Apple Watch Series 5, on the other hand, starts at $399 for base model.

Apple Watch - Hard Fall Feature
The Apple Watch displaying its Hard Fall feature. Apple