Nintendo Switch Lite Is Better In Some Ways Than Its Big Brother

I initially had no intentions of reviewing the Nintendo Switch Lite, a smaller version of its big brother, the Nintendo Switch, which came out in early 2017. The main attraction of the Switch was that it was a powerful portable game system (although a little large and flimsy) that could be “switched” to your television or computer monitor. People thought it wouldn’t succeed, but it has.

So, why would Nintendo want to release a smaller version of the Switch that can’t even switch to your television set? Why would they want to release a version without detachable joy cons? Yeah, it costs $100 less, but it seemed that the $100 reduction wasn’t worth it. Then, I held it in my hands.

The Switch Lite comes in a small box.

After using the Nintendo Switch Lite for the past four days, I am highly considering selling my regular Switch, which I never connect to anything. There are several reasons for this.

Nintendo Switch Lite Feel More Portable

Yes, it’s a given that the Lite feels more portable, but you won’t understand how much until you hold it in your hands. The Lite has a 8.2 x 3.6-inch design with a 5.5-inch screen. The turquoise model, which is being used for this review, is gorgeous and doesn’t slip out of your hands.

This feels like a real handheld that I can play powerful games on. Imagine being able to play Mario Kart 8 Deluxe or Yoshi’s Crafted World on a device that actually fits in your pocket (but does stick out a little bit). I can take this places where I won’t take my regular Switch.

Nintendo Switch Lite Has Sharper Screen

The screen resolution on both the regular Switch and the Lite is 720p. However, 720p looks more sharp on a 5.5-inch screen when compared to a 6.2-inch one. The screen on the Lite is pretty incredible for a $200 device. Besides being sharp, the color saturation and contrast levels are near perfect.

Battery Life

The Switch Lite has a very good battery life.

One of the biggest issues with the regular Switch has been battery life. Nintendo just released an updated version of the Switch that adds a couple hours of juice, but most people are still stuck with making sure they have a charger wherever they go. The Switch Lite can last three to seven hours. It has usually lasted four hours for me, while the regular Switch gets a little past two.

Nintendo Switch Lite Verdict

This is a five star device! The fact that the Lite can’t output to a larger display is a bummer. But, as you’ll find out once you use the device, the Nintendo Switch Lite is meant to be played in your hands. 

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Full Review: Sony WF-1000XM3 Earbuds Are Best In Market

Sony's new earbuds come with a large charging case.

You may try to go to Best Buy, Fry’s, or any other electronics place to get the new Sony WF-1000XM3 buds. If you go, chances are that you will come back without them. Sony’s new noise cancelling earbuds are very hard to fine. And there is a good reason for that.

It’s important to note that these buds are quite big compared to other earbuds. And the case they come with feels relatively large, although it still fits in your pocket. They’re not the most comfortable earbuds, and you feel the slight annoyance of their weight after about an hour. That said, I still sleep with them every night to block out annoying noises, though they will sometimes drop out.

The WF-1000XM3s have no waterproof rating either, which is a shame since they offer just about everything else. Sony hasn’t hit the waterproof spot that Jabra has with their earbuds, but Sony”s are still far better.

Sony's new earbuds have fantastic noise cancellation.

The most noticeable thing about the WF-1000XM3 buds is the noise cancellation, which is impossibly good for a product this size. They offer about 80 percent of the isolation that the big over-the-ear WH-1000XM3 give out. For those who don’t comprehend technology, this may not be good enough. For the rest of us, this type of noise cancellation is a technological breakthrough for buds that can fit in your pocket.

Then, there is the sound. Sony takes the heavy bass and high treble from the WH-1000XM3 and puts it in these small buds. You can manipulate the sound with Sony’s Headphones app, but it’s better to just let the 1000XM3s do their thing with their natural audio ouput. The sound quality equals that of the Sennheiser Momentum True Wireless buds, but Sennheiser doesn’t have noise cancellation.

If you want to wear your buds in public and be able to hear everything and everybody around you, Sony’s buds offer an Ambient Mode that allows you to change the amount of sound that comes through. If you are jogging outdoors, it’s a good idea to turn it all the way up. You can also switch from Ambient Mode to Noise Cancellation Mode with just the touch of your finger on the left bud. The right bud controls playback, Google Assistant, or Siri.

You can make calls on the WH-1000XM3 earbuds.

As I noted in my ears-on impressions review of Sony’s new earbuds, the phone quality isn’t the best. But as I’ve been able to make more calls, I’ve realized the call quality is definitely adequate. Yes, people can tell I am wearing earbuds, but they can still hear me. If I’m in busy traffic and surrounded by loud noise, I do have to constantly repeat myself.

When push comes to shove, the WH-1000XM3 buds are worth the $230. If anything, you get a small noise cancellation system that fits in your pocket. The 1000XM3s aren’t the perfect earbuds that smartphone users have been asking for, but they are closer to perfection than any earbuds have come so far.

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Apple Watch Series 5 Feels More Like A Downgrade Than Upgrade

Apple Watch Series 5

I received a review unit of the Apple Watch Series 5 a couple days back, and I still think Apple makes the best consumer-friendly smartwatch — when it is actually working. The problem, right now, is that there is something that is causing the battery (on this non-LTE version) to last, at most, 7 hours instead of the 18 hours which has been quoted by Apple. And this is even after disabling the Always On feature.

I thought I might have received a defective watch, but Zac Hall of 9to5Mac recently covered the issue.

“I’ve been eager to review the new Apple Watch for the fifth consecutive year, but there’s just one problem: I can’t get through a full day without it dying. Apple Watch Series 5 introduces an always-on display so you can read the time at a glance, and Apple says battery life is unchanged from Series 4 models.”

The article adds that he is only able to get 12 hours of battery life a day. Judging from my experience, he’s one of the lucky ones. I’m going to do a hard reset soon to see if that changes things. In the mean time, my Watch isn’t a brick, but still remains in the realm of a rock.

This particular Watch spends more time on charger than on my wrist.

There are plenty of good things to say about the Apple Watch 5: the screen has slightly more contrast than the Apple Watch 4; the Watch has an Always-On feature; voice recognition has slightly improved; and health tracking seems more accurate even without claims that it has been improved. It’s a solid smartwatch when it works.

I’m assuming that a software update should fix the battery issue, but how much more juice will the average user get? For now, the Apple Watch Series 4 offers the best battery life. If you have a fourth-generation Apple Watch, there is absolutely no way you need to upgrade to the latest.

The Apple Watch Series 3 is the best buy now.

In fact, the Apple Watch Series 3, which starts at $199 (38mm version), may be a better buy right now. Even though the third-generation smartwatch has a smaller screen and the pixel density isn’t as crisp, the device still works perfectly and will last at least two days for the average user. The LTE version takes up a lot of power, but most users should be able to last at least a day with that version — if they actually use the LTE part.

Perhaps the sixth-generation Apple Watch will be a true upgrade. For now, the Apple Watch 5 feels more like a downgrade.

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Full Review: iPhone 11 Pro Max Isn’t Just A Small Upgrade

This review is based on the iPhone Pro Max (Green, 256GB) on Sprint. It costs $1249.

2019’s  iPhone 11 Pro Max may look just like 2018’s iPhone XS Max, but there are some important differences. Let’s take a look:

Build and Design

The Pro Max design looks the same as its predecessor, but you notice a difference when it’s in your hands, especially due to the matte finish on the back. The green unit, which is being used for this review, is especially gorgeous.

Then, there is the triple-lens bump on the upper-left of the iPhone’s rear side, which looks more protruding in pictures than it does in person. Both the upgraded camera and more powerful battery make the Pro Max the heaviest iPhone yet, but the extra perks are worth the slightly added weight.

Screen

The 6.5-inch 2436 x 1135 (458 PPI) pixel resolution screen is arguably just as good as the 6.8-inch screen is on the Galaxy Note 10+, which some may find a little too large for a smartphone. Apple has made a slight improvement to the contrast ratio, which was already just about perfect in the first place.

The iPhone 11 Pro Max screen is perfect for watching videos.

Apple has also improved the maximum brightness level, which is 800 nits. You’ll barely need to turn the brightness all the way up unless you are in direct sunlight. In my tests, the 11 Pro Max screen performed better in direct sunlight than any smartphone I have ever tested.

Performance

Now this is one area where you can tell Apple definitely upgraded their new flagship device. The new A13 Bionic chip, used along with iOS 13.1, moves things along rapidly, although — as usual — I’ve had some issues with the screen turning to the proper orientation.

You can see the difference in power the most when you use processor-heavy applications such as Photoshop Express and various video applications. Games also run smoother with Apple’s new chip.

There is either 4GB or 6GB of RAM, depending on which source you believe. Apple doesn’t disclose the exact RAM, and some may scuff at the iPhone having much less than the 12GB of RAM that the Note 10+ has. However, it’s a poor comparison because iOS uses RAM a lot more efficiently than Android does. What’s important is that the 11 Pro Max can run any app very well, even if there are several others open in the background.

Camera

This is the star of the iPhone Max Pro, and it is even better in person than reading about it online. The triple-lens camera on back includes a 12MP telephoto lens, a 12MP wide lens, and a new 12MP ultra-wide lens. This allows for fantastic pictures during the day or at night.

Speaking of night, it’s the Night Mode on the iPhone 11 Pro camera that earns all the “wows.” This picture of a stuffed Nintendo Koopa Troopa was taken in pitch black, where my eyes could barely make out the famous Nintendo character.

This picture was taken in pitch black.

Here is another picture that shows off the 11 Pro Max’s camera:

Santa Clarita, CA Skyline

I haven’t taken a lot of videos with the iPhone 11 Pro Max yet, but I do notice that the video camera lights up dark scenes and stabilizes videos better. Then, there is the stereo sound, which works well but doesn’t sound as wide as videos taken with Samsung’s Galaxy Note 10+.

Phone

It’s almost difficult to remember that the original purpose of smartphones is to make phone calls. I didn’t notice any difference between the call quality on the 11 Pro Max when compared to the previous generation iPhone. And that’s not a bad thing. The mic quality in both speaker mode and regular mode is great, even though your mouth needs to be positioned as close to the mic as possible to ensure you are heard well.

Battery

The 11 Pro Max’s (nearly) 4,000mAh battery might make the iPhone a little heavier but provides battery life like no other smartphone has ever done before. Yesterday, I used Google Maps for an hour while streaming podcasts from Spotify. A couple hours later, I played a couple shows on Hulu. Then, I used FaceTime to talk to a friend for a half hour. In between all of this, I checked my mail and did some web surfing. And I still had 15 percent left at the end of the night.

I haven’t done exact battery tests yet, but some studies show that the iPhone 11 Pro Max can last through 10 hours of screen time at high brightness. Since most people don’t spend the whole day on their iPhone, this means that most can easily get two days of use without having to charge the phone.

An 18W USB-C charger that comes with a Lightning to USB-C cable is included with the Pro 11 Max, and it charges the phone almost instantly. I have gone from 11 percent to 62 percent in just a half hour. It almost sounds too good to be true.

Conclusion

If you have an iPhone XS or iPhone XS Max, there may not be a lot of reasons to upgrade to the new iPhone Pro 11 Max. However, if you have some extra cash lying around (the cheapest version with 64GB costs $1099), you’ll definitely notice the improvements. For people who have the 2017 iPhone or earlier, the iPhone 11 Pro Max will feel like a smartphone user’s dream come true.

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iPhone 11 Pro Max: First Impressions

iPhone 11 Pro Max comes in a stylish box.

iPhone 11 week continues, and my hands have been on the new iPhone 11 Pro Max for the past day. Even though I’m not ready for a full review, I can give my first impressions, most which are positive. Here we go…

  • I have the green one, which is really cool. The new matte finish feels great in your hands.
  • The 6.5-inch screen is beautiful, but it needs some adjusting to look as good as the Samsung Galaxy S10+’s 6.5-inch screen.
  • The 11 Pro feels slightly heavier than 2018′s XS Max. It’s not a bad thing, especially since the battery that’s fit in offers significantly more life.
  • The Night Mode works very well. Here’s one picture I took in a relatively dark room.

Here's a perfect Night Mode shot.

  • And here’s another that was taken in pitch outdoors black. 
  • Watching movies on the Pro Max is great, but that notch is still intruding. I like the “hole punch” front cameras on the Galaxy S10+ more. 
  • However, the front camera takes great selfies.
  • I had trouble connecting the iPhone 11 Pro Max to the Samsung Galaxy Watch. I will work on this more. 
  • I’m getting a lot of looks when using this at Starbucks.
  • Using iOS after using Android for so many months is confusing. 
  • It’s so disappointing that this doesn’t have Apple Pencil support. 
  • I love the new Safari app in iOS 13. It’s the desktop browser that iPhone and iPad users have always asked for. 
  • This thing begs for a screen protector and a protective case even though it’s nice to hold it naked.
  • This thing runs fast! Switching apps is really smooth.
  • I wish Apple would forget the lighting port and replace it with a USB-C port.
  • This new iPhone charges very fast — even faster than the Galaxy S10+ and Galaxy Note 10+.
  • Using Siri after Google Assistant for so many months is a painful reminder of how much Apple has fallen behind.
  • Apple Maps still sucks. It’s better to download Google Maps; your life will be easier.
  • Apple’s EarPods are outdated. The minute you use these makes you want the AirPods instead. Well done, Apple…well done.
  • Video recording on this is fantastic. I need to do more tests, especially in low-lit situations.
I will have a full review of the iPhone 11 Max within the next week. For now, I will say that even though I love Apple’s new iPhone, it’s not a must-upgrade for those who already have 2018′s XS Max. But for others, it just may be the ultimate smartphone. 

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iPhone 11 Pro And iPhone 11 Pro Max Cameras Are Sensational

There will be a full review of the new iPhones soon. They are fantastic, but I’m not entirely sure you need to upgrade if you have an iPhone or Android phone from 2018 or 2019. Still, as many reviews have suggested, the camera really is the biggest camera upgrade in years for the iPhone.

The specs, at least on paper, don’t seem like a huge upgrade from last year’s flagship models. The main lens and telephoto lenses have the same 12 megapixels, but Apple adds an extra 12-megapixel ultra-wide angle lens that appears to work perfectly. You can check out some of the ultra-wide angle pictures taken on CNET. Even though the angles on the pictures are large, you can still see the details.

However, the biggest difference between previous iPhones (and most competing phones) is Night Mode. Tom’s Guide says the iPhone 11 Pro models set the new standard for night shots, and they’re not lying. The iPhone lens takes things your eyes can barely see and lights them up. This video shows just how well Night Mode works.

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Samsung has produced their own Night Mode on the Galaxy Note 10 models, and the software has recently been transferred to the Galaxy S10 models. However, the pictures aren’t quite as clear as they are with the iPhone 11 Pro’s Night Mode; Samsung’s pictures have more noise and look somewhat digitally distorted.

As 9To5Mac notes, filmmaker Mateo Bertoli took his iPhone 11 Pro to Sequoia National Park to test out his new camera. He noted that not only were the still photos stellar, but there was an improvement in capturing videos when compared to previous iPhones.

“In terms of videos I noticed a slight improvement in terms of noise (on the wide and telephoto lens) and mainly bug fixes from previous model. For example the extended dynamic range was working very bad for me on the iPhone X/XR/Xs; the skin tones used to look very weird and when I was filming sunset/sunrise there was something off in the way the iPhone was managing the highlights.”

Click to play Mateo Bertoli's video in YouTube.

Bertoli also noticed an improvement in the stabilization of the videos he took, noting that even though he brought his tripod along, it was unnecessary. It’s important to note that the 11 Pro’s ultra-wide camera has software based (rather than optical) image stabilization.

There are some who think of a smartphone camera as something “extra” on a device that can do just about everything. However, many people want to be able to use their smartphone camera as their main shooting device without having to lug around a digital camera. It looks like the iPhone 11 Pro models have granted their wishes.

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First Impressions: Sony’s WF-1000XM3 Earbuds Are The Real Deal

I am still on the quest to find the ultimate earbuds, and it looks like I at least came close this weekend. Sony’s new silver earbuds, which have earned a lot of acclaim, have finally come across my desk.

I’ve only used them for a couple of hours, so this is just a hands-on review. You can bet I’ll have a full review by the end of the week. For now, here are my first impressions:

  • The first thing one needs to do is download Sony’s Headphones app and set the Sound Quality mode to “Priority of Sound Quality.” It makes a huge difference. At first, I thought it was strange how Sony charge so much for sound quality that is so cheap, but found this setting and it made a huge difference.
  • Speaking of sound quality, it is top notch. I’ve been using these buds on the Galaxy S10+ and the warm bass-emphasized sound is almost as good as Sony’s over-the-ear WH-1000XM3 headphones.
  • It’s too bad that there isn’t a volume rocker on the buds, but that’s not a deal breaker.

Sony's earbuds come with a large charging case.

  • Speaking of the buds, the sound controls are touch-operated. This is a little difficult to get used to on a set of earbuds.
  • The noise cancellation on Sony’s new earbuds is shockingly good. I never expected the cancellation to match Sony’s flagship over-the-ear headphones, but it actually comes pretty close. These can almost be used as sleep buds.
  • Notice, I said “almost.” Although the buds don’t feel like they are going to fall out, they don’t completely feel like they’ll stay in, especially if you roll around on your pillow all night.
  • It’s unfortunate that the WH-1000XM3 buds aren’t listed as being sweat or water-resistant. I’ll test them in a workout and let you know if they still work. My prediction is that they will.
  • The battery life is great (six hours with noise cancellation, eight without), but the case this comes with is pretty large.
  • The setup on these was very simple. All I had to do is take them out of the case and the Samsung Galaxy s10+ did its thing.
  • I only made one phone call, and the person said I sounded okay. However, they could easily hear the background music playing outside of Starbucks. The WH-1000XM3 certainly aren’t known for their mic quality, but things have definitely improved from Sony’s previous earbuds.
We’ll see if I still like these earbuds once the honeymoon period ends. Stay tuned….
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Thoughts On Apple’s New iPhones

Apple will release three new iPhones.

On Tuesday, Apple unveiled their new iPhones. The announcement was actually rather uneventful, but that doesn’t mean that the new Apple smartphones are bad. Let’s take a look:

iPhone 11

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This could become the most successful iPhone since it is much cheaper than the others but still offers many perks. Starting at a reasonable $699, Apple’s entry level smartphone has a 6.1-inch 1792 x 828 pixel resolution screen, which sounds bad on paper but isn’t so awful in person. 

Unlike the triple lens camera on the iPhone 11 Pro and iPhone 11 Pro Max, this budget iPhone has a dual-lens shooter with lenses that bulge out a little too much. Still, the camera not only has a 2X optical lens, but it can also take ultra-wide photos.

iPhone 11 Pro

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The upgrade to the iPhone 11 Pro isn’t a huge upgrade, but it does improve on some aspects of the 2018′s similar iPhone XS. The biggest difference is that the 11 Pro now includes a triple-lens camera and a 5.8-inch “Super-Retina XDR” 2426 x 1125 pixel resolution OLED display. The screen is improved from the 2018 version in that you not only can get a blinding brightness of 800 nits but a contrast ratio of 2 million to 1 as well.

Then, there is Apple’s A13 Bionic chip that runs the 11 Pro. This new chip allegedly produces efficiency, performance, and graphics that are 20 percent faster while using less power. It will be interesting to see exactly how much faster this is than 2018′s A12 chip.

Unfortunately, the promised (or at least heavily rumored) Apple Pencil support appears to be missing. Then, there’s the rumored 90Hz screen that didn’t make it to the final version. It looks like those will come on the 2020 iPhone. So, those who were on the fence about getting the Galaxy Note 10+ because of the iPhone with expected Apple Pencil support can go purchase the Note 10+.  But the smartphone camera is a priority, you’ll need to put down at least $999 for the iPhone 11 Pro.

iPhone 11 Pro Max

The iPhone 11 Pro Max is pretty much the same as the iPhone 11 Pro but with a 6.5-inch 1,242 x 2,688 pixel resolution OLED screen. It also has more battery life to deal with the extra big screen. Like all the other iPhones, it comes in several different colors.

The Pro Max is good for those who want to watch movies, play games, etc. However, it’s not as easy to hold as the regular iPhone 11 Pro. It has a starting price of $1099.

Conclusion

2019 is a boring year for the iPhone line. However, if you haven’t upgraded your iPhone since 2017, you may find the extra features on Apple’s three new phones useful.

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Samsung Galaxy Watch Active 2 Vs. Apple Watch 5: Which Will Be Best Of 2019?

The Galaxy Watch Active 2 comes in two different sizes.

Five years ago, it was rare to see someone wear a smartwatch, despite all the hype. In 2019, it’s rare to see someone who doesn’t own a smartwatch, whether it be an Apple Watch, a Fitbit, or even a Samsung Galaxy Watch.

Apple and Samsung are at the top of the Apple Watch heap, and both manufacturers are releasing new smartwatches this fall. Let’s take a look at them.

Apple Watch 5

The Apple Watch 5 is going to be announced next week. There hasn’t been that much excitement, especially since rumors have the new Watch being only a minor upgrade. Last year’s Apple Watch 4 brought us a larger screen, a larger screen resolution, and increased health tracking. 

According to CNET, the Series 5 could bring us titanium and ceramic editions, which were present before the Series 4. Of course, those will cost over $1000. The basic version of the new Watch, without LTE, will still likely be priced in the $400 range. The LTE version will cost in the $430-$500 range. Will it be worth the cost?

The new Apple Watch will look very similar to the Series 4 Watch, released in 2018.

The Series 5 could add a sleep-tracking feature, which some will find useful. It could even offer glucose and blood pressure monitoring — something not everybody will want or need. We could also get a round version of Apple’s wrist device. However, it’s likely that a wrist cam, a feature many want, won’t make it on the watch until 2020.

Samsung Galaxy Watch Active 2

This blog positively reviewed the Galaxy Watch Active recently, and it looks like the Galaxy Watch 2, released in a couple of weeks, will be even better. However, the price tag will also increase by as much as $100, depending on the size. However, the extra pain in the wallet may be worth the price. 

One thing this blog complained about on the original Active was that the 40mm watch face is too small. The Active 2 will fix that by offering both 42mm and 44mm versions. Samsung’s new watch will also have an on-screen rotating bezel (unlike the physical rotating bezel on the regular Galaxy Watch) and it is said to work really well.

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Unlike the first Galaxy Watch Active, which was seen as a cheaper (but good) alternative to Samsung’s flagship watch), the Active 2 is seen as a competitor to the regular Galaxy Watch. There is said to be a version coming with 4G LTE capabilities, but it’s not known whether it will launch with the regular versions.

Which Watch Should You Buy?

If you are stuck on the Apple ecosystem, it’s almost a no-brainer to get the Apple Watch. While it’s true that Samsung’s new watch will be iOS compatible, not all features will be enabled. Unfortunately, the Apple Watch isn’t (yet) compatible with Samsung phones, so Samsung owners are forced to chose the Galaxy Watch Active 2. However, judging from early reviews, that’s definitely not a bad thing.

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Samsung Galaxy Watch Active Is A Perfect Smartwatch For Almost Everybody

Samsung Galaxy Watch Active

The Galaxy Active Watch 2 will be released in a couple of weeks, so I thought it would be a good time to review the regular Galaxy Watch Active, which was released earlier this year. Truthfully, I never had an interest in a “cheaper” version of Samsung’s regular Galaxy Watch, but spending two days with this “sporty” Samsung watch has changed my mind.

The most important reason to get the Galaxy Watch Active, which costs $199, is that it is not only $100 – $150 cheaper than the regular Galaxy Watch, but that it fits more comfortably and takes up far less real estate on your wrist. It’s missing the rotating bezel, but you will realize that the touch controls are actually pretty comfortable, and you won’t miss rotating anything to select your app.

I can easily sleep with and wear the Active anywhere. Unlike its larger brother, the Galaxy Watch Active doesn’t nudge your stomach or different body parts when you turn over. It’s also much better for weightlifting and swimming since the small size makes it less intrusive.

It has almost all the features of the regular Galaxy Watch except a robust blood pressure monitor. The Samsung Health app is also not as complete, but it’s still very good. In fact, if you are looking primarily for a fitness tracker and don’t care about additional bells and whistles, the Galaxy Watch Active is the perfect choice.

Unfortunately, the Watch Active only comes with a 40mm watchface and can strain your eyes if you are trying to read emails or other notifications. It’s not a complete deal killer. If you are primarily buying a smartwatch to read emails and instant messages, the regular Galaxy Watch may be a better option.

The Galaxy Watch Active has a small watchface, but is still great for most tasks.

Still, the display is crisp and colorful with a 360 x 360 pixel resolution. It is also rounded with Gorilla Glass 3, which is supposed to prevent scratches. Still, you are safer buying a cheap screen cover somewhere or making one yourself. At least you never have to worry about swimming or running in the rain with the Active since it is able to withstand 50 meters under water.

You may want to wait for the Galaxy Watch Active 2. But the 40mm version of that will cost $279, while the the 44mm version costs $299. If you are looking for a comfortable smartwatch to use primarily for fitness or basic notifications (it works on Android or iOS), the Galaxy Watch Active is a smart choice.

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