Apple Watch Series 4 vs. Galaxy Watch Active: What's the best smartwatch?

CNET | 4/21/2019 | Vanessa Hand Orellana,
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When it comes to smartwatches, the Samsung Galaxy Watch Active and Apple Watch Series 4 are among the best you can buy. They can also keep an eye on your health with many fitness tracking features, on top of the regular smartwatch functions you'd expect -- like displaying notifications from your phone or listening to music on the go. The Galaxy Watch Active is $200, while the Apple Watch Series 4 is double that: it starts at $400 ($500 if you get the version with built-in LTE). So is it worth spending the extra cash?

That depends on what you're looking for, because the differences go beyond price. The Apple Watch Series 3 costs $250 and is still a great watch -- you can see how it compares to the Series 4 here -- but for this comparison we're concentrating on the latest model.

Watches - Needs

We tested these watches side-by-side to determine which one met our needs the best.

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If you're familiar with the original Galaxy Watch, the look of the Active won't come as too much of a surprise. Its round watch face looks more like a traditional timepiece than the square Apple Watch. Both rely on the touchscreen and physical buttons for navigation which is fairly intuitive. Unfortunately the Active misses out on the rotating bezel from the original Galaxy Watch that we loved and that gave it a more premium look.

Apple - Sizes - Watch - Face - Millimeter

Apple gives you two sizes to choose from with the watch face: either a 40 or 44 millimeter while the Galaxy Watch Active has a single 39.5mm size. Each screen is easy enough to see in bright, outdoor situations, but the Apple Watch has thinner bezels so you can see more of...
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