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There's a huge sale on most Samsung Galaxy Watches right now, here are the details

Galaxy Watch Active at Galaxy's Edge
Galaxy Watch Active at Galaxy's Edge (Image credit: Ara Wagoner / Android Central)

Smartwatches have come a long way in the last six years, but there's also one thing that's still absolutely undeniable: Samsung makes the best Android Smartwatches on the market. From the just-released Galaxy Watch 3 with its twisting bezel and premium materials to the smaller, sleeker, and generally more sensible Watch Active and Watch Active 2, Samsung's slate of Galaxy Watches in 2020 is top-notch. They're all on sale right now if you've been looking for a reason to grab one for yourself — or for your family members, since Christmas is right around the corner.

There's a watch for every wrist and budget size, but I'm partial to the Watch Active line, which is more streamlined and has better color options. I have the original Galaxy Watch Active, and given how few differences there are between the 1 and 2, I'd recommend saving a few extra dollars and getting the $139 teal green Watch Active over the $200 Watch Active 2 unless you need the larger 44mm size.

Galaxy Watch Active 2

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The Watch Active 2 does share many of the same internals as the Galaxy Watch 3 and has been slowly getting more of its features, but if you just want fitness tracking, notifications, and maybe some offline music through the Spotify app, the Watch Active 1 still works just fine.

An LTE version of the Galaxy Watch Active 2 is included in this sale, too, but at $329, I'm not sure how many will be able to justify that extra cost plus a monthly contract for a data plan for it. $100 off the Galaxy Watch 3 Titatinum that debuted alongside the Note 20 Ultra is a good discount, but that still only gets it down to $500.

Galaxy Watches and the Tizen OS software that runs on them have trounced Wear OS watches in every area except one: notifications. Each notification gets its own separate page to the left of the watch face on a Galaxy Watch, meaning that if your notifications stacked up while you were sleeping or in a meeting with Do Not Disturb on, you'll have to do a lot of swiping to find the notification you actually want to reply to. That said, I'll take a smartwatch with more spread out notifications over reaching for my phone every single time I get a ping, because the watch helps me limit distractions and easily swipe away useless notifications and quickly get back to work.

Ara Wagoner was a staff writer at Android Central. She themes phones and pokes YouTube Music with a stick. When she's not writing about cases, Chromebooks, or customization, she's wandering around Walt Disney World. If you see her without headphones, RUN. You can follow her on Twitter at @arawagco.