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Apple Watch 1 (Aluminum 38mm) vs Samsung Galaxy Watch Active 2 (Aluminum 44mm SM-R820)

Side by side comparison between Apple Watch 1 vs Samsung Galaxy Watch Active 2 smartwatches, differences, pros, cons and full specifications. What's the better?

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Apple Watch 1 (Aluminum 38mm)
1.5"
AMOLED

340x272

N/A
MP

512MB
RAM

32bit Dual

205
mAh

(Non removable)

vs
10PointsSamsung Galaxy Watch Active 2 (Aluminum 44mm SM-R820)Compare Apple Watch 1 X
Samsung Galaxy Watch Active 2 (Aluminum 44mm SM-R820)
1.4"
AMOLED

360x360

N/A
MP

768MB
RAM

64bit Dual

340
mAh

(Non removable)

What's the better smartwatch? Samsung Galaxy Watch Active 2 (Aluminum 44mm SM-R820)

The phonemore's choice is much more technical than personal. Therefore, you shouldn't only consider this. Our goal is to help you, but what's important to us may not be important to you. You decide which one is the best! Comment!

Watch 1 (Aluminum 38mm)6 Advantages Apple Watch 1 (Aluminum 38mm)vsGalaxy Watch Active 2 (Aluminum 44mm SM-R820)10 Advantages Samsung Galaxy Watch Active 2 (Aluminum 44mm SM-R820)
+8GB (5GB available)3 times
More internal storage for applications and files
vs4GB (1.39GB available)
+25 grams (.88 ounces)20%
Lighter
vs30 grams (1.05 ounces)
+10.5 millimeters (0.41 inches)4%
Thinner
vs10.9 millimeters (0.43 inches)
+1.5"7%
Larger screen
vs1.4"
+1400000 apps (App Store)932 times
More apps available to download and use
vs1500 apps
+GyroscopeAdvantage
Sensors help you use the device
vsNot supported
520MHz 32bit Dual-Corevs+1.15GHz 64bit Dual-Core164%
More powerful processor, you can open your applications faster
512MB LPDDRvs+768MB LPDDR350%
More RAM memory. Typically more responsive and better for multitasking.
AMOLEDvs+Super AMOLEDAdvantage
Super AMOLED display is brighter and more vivid
340x272 pixelsvs+360x360 pixels40%
Higher resolution screen
290 PPIvs+364 PPI26%
Crisper display of text, images and videos because it has more pixels per inch (ppi)
Not supportedvs+BarometerAdvantage
Sensors help you use the device
205 mAhvs+340 mAh66%
Battery - higher amperage (mAh) allows more device usage time, but it also depends on the hardware and use
Not supportedvs+A-GPS, GeoTagging, GLONASS, GALILEO, BeiDouAdvantage
It's harder to lose yourself in the city with GPS on your device
4.0 + A2DPvs+5.0 + A2DP/LEAdvantage
Bluetooth 5.0 + A2DP/LE is newer and faster
IPX7 certifiedvs+5 ATM, MIL-STD-810G military certifiedAdvantage
Protection against water allows you talk to your friends in the rain, for example

16 Common items in both devices
Aluminum body, glass front, plastic composite back / Aluminum body, glass front
16 million
Capacitive
Multitouch
Not supported
Accelerometer
Ambient Light sensor
+9 specs and more in the table below

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📱 Model features

Apple Watch 1 (Aluminum 38mm)Samsung Galaxy Watch Active 2 (Aluminum 44mm SM-R820)
ModelWatch 1 (Aluminum 38mm)Galaxy Watch Active 2 (Aluminum 44mm SM-R820)
Other model namesApple Watch Series 1 Aluminum 38mm A1802, iWatch S1Galaxy Watch Active2 SM-R820 (Bluetooth+WiFi Aluminium)
Country or region available(Global, International)
(Global, International)
(Global, International)
(Global, International)
BrandAppleSamsung
Release date9/16/20169/1/2019
Depth10.5 millimeters (0.41 inches)10.9 millimeters (0.43 inches)
Size (width x height)33.3 x 38.6 millimeters (1.31 x 1.52 in)44 x 44 millimeters (1.73 x 1.73 in)
Weight25 grams (.88 ounces)30 grams (1.05 ounces)
Build, materialsAluminum body, glass front, plastic composite backAluminum body, glass front
Protection against water and othersIPX7 certified: water resistant up to 1 meter and 30min5 ATM: 50 meters waterproof.
MIL-STD-810G military certified: salt, dust, humidity, rain, vibration, solar radiation, transport and thermal shock resistant.

🤖 Operating System

Apple Watch 1 (Aluminum 38mm)Samsung Galaxy Watch Active 2 (Aluminum 44mm SM-R820)
System versionWatchOS 3.0Tizen 4.0
Firmware updateWatchOS 5.0feature not registered
User Interfacefeature not registeredfeature not registered

⚙️ Processor

Apple Watch 1 (Aluminum 38mm)Samsung Galaxy Watch Active 2 (Aluminum 44mm SM-R820)
Chipset32bit - Apple S1P (28nm)64bit - Samsung Exynos 9 Dual 9110 (10nm)
CPUDual-Core, 1 processor:
520MHz Dual-Core ARM Cortex-A7
Dual-Core, 1 processor:
1.15GHz Dual-Core ARM Cortex-A53
GPU graphical controllerPowerVR G6200ARM Mali-T720 MP1
Performance (benchmark)feature not registeredfeature not registered

💽 Memory and storage

Apple Watch 1 (Aluminum 38mm)Samsung Galaxy Watch Active 2 (Aluminum 44mm SM-R820)
RAM memory512MB LPDDR768MB LPDDR3
Internal storage8GB (5GB available)4GB (1.39GB available)
eMMC
External storageNot supportedNot supported

📲 Display

Apple Watch 1 (Aluminum 38mm)Samsung Galaxy Watch Active 2 (Aluminum 44mm SM-R820)
Display typeAMOLEDSuper AMOLED
Screen size1.5" inches1.4" inches
Screen-to-body ratio~55.1% (screen-to-body ratio)~32.7% (screen-to-body ratio)
Display resolution340x272 pixels360x360 pixels (1:1)
TouchscreenCapacitive MultitouchCapacitive Multitouch
Pixel density (dot pitch)290 PPI364 PPI
Colors16 million16 million
Scratch-resistant glassScratch-resistant glassGorilla Glass DX+
Display featuresfeature not registeredNot supported

📶 Mobile networks

Apple Watch 1 (Aluminum 38mm)Samsung Galaxy Watch Active 2 (Aluminum 44mm SM-R820)
Dual-SIMNot supportedNot supported
SIM cardNot supportedNot supported
Maximum download/uploadfeature not registeredfeature not registered
Network technologyfeature not registeredfeature not registered
Frequency, bandsExpand band detailsCollapse details
GSM MHz bandNot supportedNot supported
Primary 2G networkNot supportedNot supported
Primary 3G networkNot supportedNot supported
Primary 4G networkNot supportedNot supported
Primary 5G networkNot supportedNot supported
Primary data networkNot supportedNot supported
Secondary 2G networkNot supportedNot supported
Secondary 3G networkNot supportedNot supported
Secondary 4G networkNot supportedNot supported
Secondary data networkNot supportedNot supported

📷 Camera

Apple Watch 1 (Aluminum 38mm)Samsung Galaxy Watch Active 2 (Aluminum 44mm SM-R820)
Back camera (main camera)Not supportedNot supported
Main camera resolutionNot supportedNot supported
Video recording (primary)Not supportedNot supported
FlashNot supportedNot supported
Focal aperturefeature not registeredfeature not registered
Focal lengthfeature not registeredfeature not registered
Sensor sizefeature not registeredfeature not registered
Pixel sizefeature not registeredfeature not registered
AutofocusNot supportedNot supported
Touch focusNot supportedNot supported
Image stabilizationNot supportedNot supported
ZoomNot supportedNot supported
Face/smile detectionNot supportedNot supported
BSI sensorNot supportedNot supported
HDRNot supportedNot supported
Camera extrasfeature not registeredfeature not registered

📸 Front camera

Apple Watch 1 (Aluminum 38mm)Samsung Galaxy Watch Active 2 (Aluminum 44mm SM-R820)
Front camera (secondary)Not supportedNot supported
Front camera resolutionNot supportedNot supported
Video recording (secondary)Not supportedNot supported
Front flashNot supportedNot supported
Focal aperturefeature not registeredfeature not registered
Focal lengthfeature not registeredfeature not registered
Sensor sizefeature not registeredfeature not registered
Pixel sizefeature not registeredfeature not registered

🔉 Sound and multimedia

Apple Watch 1 (Aluminum 38mm)Samsung Galaxy Watch Active 2 (Aluminum 44mm SM-R820)
LoudspeakerSupportedSupported
Active noise cancellationNot supportedNot supported
RadioNot supportedNot supported
TVNot supportedNot supported
Video formatsMP4, H.264, H.263MP4
Audio formatsMP3, WAV, eAAC+, FLACMP3, WAV, WMA, OGG, eAAC+

🔌 Connectivity

Apple Watch 1 (Aluminum 38mm)Samsung Galaxy Watch Active 2 (Aluminum 44mm SM-R820)
USBNot supportedNot supported
Audio outputNot supportedNot supported
TV outputNot supportedNot supported
Bluetooth4.0 + A2DP5.0 + A2DP/LE
WiFi802.11 b/g/n (2.4Ghz)802.11 b/g/n (2.4Ghz)
DLNANot supportedNot supported
GPSNot supportedA-GPS, GeoTagging, GLONASS, GALILEO, BeiDou
NFCSupportedSupported
Infrared portNot supportedNot supported

🧭 Sensors

Apple Watch 1 (Aluminum 38mm)Samsung Galaxy Watch Active 2 (Aluminum 44mm SM-R820)
SensorsAccelerometer
Ambient Light sensor
Gyroscope
Heart rate
Pedometer
Accelerometer
Ambient Light sensor
Barometer
Heart rate
Pedometer
Vibrating alertSupportedSupported

🔋 Battery

Apple Watch 1 (Aluminum 38mm)Samsung Galaxy Watch Active 2 (Aluminum 44mm SM-R820)
Battery typeLi-Ion: Lithium-Ion (Non removable)Li-Ion: Lithium-Ion (Non removable)
Battery capacity205 mAh340 mAh
Charger, watts Standard charging
Magnetic charging (dock)
Standard charging
Qi wireless charging
Talk time autonomy18 hours60 hours (2.5 days)
Standbyfeature not registeredfeature not registered

➕ Other features

Apple Watch 1 (Aluminum 38mm)Samsung Galaxy Watch Active 2 (Aluminum 44mm SM-R820)
Call controlNot supportedVoice dialing, Voice recorder, Voice commands
MessagingSMS, E-mailSMS (T9), MMS, E-mail, Push mail
Hands-free callingSupportedSupported
Video callingNot supportedNot supported
Ringtonesfeature not registeredPolyphonic and customized
Web browserNot supportedNot supported
AntennaNot supportedInternal antenna
Qwerty physical keyboardNot supportedNot supported
Miscellaneous- Colors: Space gray, Gold, Rose gold, Silver
- Band colors: Gray, White, Black, Pink
- Sport bands
- 450 nits screen
- 3D Touch display
- Siri
- Magnetic charger
- Requires an iPhone 5s/iOS 11 or later
- Colors: Black, Silver, Pink Gold
- Bands: 20mm
- Always-on display
- Samsung Pay

☢️ Radiation rate

Apple Watch 1 (Aluminum 38mm)Samsung Galaxy Watch Active 2 (Aluminum 44mm SM-R820)
SAR 1.6W/kg (USA, Mexico, etc.)feature not registered0.17W/kg (head), 0.16W/kg (body)
SAR 2W/kg (Europe, UK, etc.)feature not registered0.057W/kg (head), 0.153W/kg (body)
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