AH Awards: Best Smartwatch of 2019 – Samsung Galaxy Watch Active 2

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Smartwatches are a curious market for wearables because they've struggled to become popular with the mainstream consumer for years. That's not necessarily the case now thanks to companies like Samsung.

Samsung has long been one of the top brands for smartwatches, and its latest is the Galaxy Watch Active 2. In many ways this is an improvement on not just the Galaxy Watch Active, but all of Samsung smartwatches both past and present.

Things like the touch sensitive bezel around the edge of the display are just one of the many reasons why it's such a great smartwatch.

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It's also our pick for best smartwatch of 2019. Samsung did a bang-up job with this device, and it deserves all the attention it gets now and in the future.

It isn't a coincidence that Samsung is one of the most popular brands for smartwatches. Samsung has engineered this popularity by continually innovating with new features that are functional and grab people's attention.

While not all of Samsung's wearables have been big hits, most of them tend to be popular to some degree. That's where it looks to be headed with the Galaxy Watch Active 2, which comes with its own new innovations and attention grabbing features.

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The touch bezel means less moving parts, and it's likely easier to interact with

The rotating bezel made popular on the Gear S3 made its way into a couple of watches after it, but it didn't stick around for the Galaxy Watch Active 2.

That's ok though, because the touch bezel is the replacement and it serves the same purpose. It also means less moving parts, which in turn means one less thing that could potentially break.

The touch bezel is also likely easier for most people to interact with. They're already using the touch display, so it kind of makes sense to have the bezel that allows UI navigation to be part of that. It works better than you'd think, too.

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It might not be to everyone's tastes, but most consumers who pick up this watch will surely use it. And we strongly believe it's a "Best of 2019" worthy feature.

There's also the ECG. This is really where the innovation lies when it comes to Samsung's wearables this time around. This is the first time that Samsung has ever integrated an ECG into one of its watches.

What you get with the Galaxy Watch Active 2 is a "purposeful design" where every single decision that was made from the design down to the components was made with intent.

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And overall the main intent with this watch is help people reach their health and wellness goals, and then continue staying on top of them once they reach them.

Speaking of the design, the Galaxy Watch Active 2 is a great looking smartwatch. It's not too loud with excessive styling. It's more of a sleek and understated look, which is perfect since the watch is less about looking pretty and more about keeping on track with fitness.

The Galaxy Watch Active 2 is offered in multiple colorways as well, so people do have a little bit of a customization opportunity. Like the Pink Gold color? You can have that.

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Prefer a more standard Black? You can have that too. Samsung even offers the option for aluminum or stainless steel with the metal for the watch case. And, you can pick it up in both 40mm and 44mm sizes. It has swappable bands too.

When you get right down to it, there's no reason why the Galaxy Watch Active 2 shouldn't be the best smartwatch of 2019. So, we've selected it as the best option, and we're confident many people will agree.