Product Name: Samsung Galaxy Watch
Release Date: August 2018
Overall Rank: 4/5 Stars
Price: $294.95 (46 mm version)
Best Place to Buy: Amazon (#1 Best Seller) – For direct link click here.
Guarantee: 1 year (extended warranty can be purchased)
The Latest Samsung’s Smartwatch
So it has been more than 6 months now that Samsung has released the Galaxy Watch, his latest smartwatch that was announced with a lot of excitement at the Samsung Note 9 Unpacked show in August. It was announced with big drums and trumpets to be a spark of innovation and evolution into the smartwatch world.
Does the Galaxy Watch really competes with Apple’s big gun (Apple Watch 4 Series)? Is it really a true innovation compare to the Samsung Gear S3? We are presenting you our Samsung Galaxy Watch Review. Let’s not waste more time and let’s dive in!
Circular Watch available in 2 sizes and 3 colors
The circular watch comes in 42mm and 46mm sizes and you can choose from 3 different colors: Rose Gold, Black Midnight and Sliver. Both dimension looks great on the watch and they will fit perfectly if you have big or small wrists. The metal body is mounted with 2 push buttons on the right side, one of the ways to navigation into the watch.
It is waterproof (50 meters) and swim-ready if you want to take it for a dive and follow your progress (using an third party app),
The rotating bezel that we saw in previous models (Gear 3 by example) are returning with the Galaxy Watch and it is a great feature since it is one of the easiest way to navigate between menus on a smartwatch. Two conventional ways (side buttons and touchscreen) to surf are still good but the rotating bezel make the Galaxy Watch stand out of his competitors, much easier and fun.
If you purchase the 46 mm version, the watch will come with a 22 mm silicon strap. The 42 mm version includes a 20 mm strap. Wristbands are interchangeable comes in different sizes and colors.
Bright and Rugged Display
The touchscreen is a 1.3 inch sAMOLED (360 x 360) that is super bright and very responsive when you need to press it to select a specific menu. The Corning Gorilla Glass DX+ make the display more robust and also prevent the display to get scratched.
Fast processor, great flash memory but lacks storage
With a dual core 1.15Ghz processor, the Galaxy Watch is capable of performing many tasks (like opening several apps at the same time) without slowing down the watch efficacy. The smartwatch is also packed with 1.5Gb of RAM to run the apps smoothly but for internal storage it is lacking some. Even if the specs shows 4Gb of internal storage, the real available space is about 2Gb due to native apps installed by default. That does leave a lot of room for music, pictures, adding watch faces or apps.
Awesome GPS and HR sensors
The Galaxy Watch is Built with an accelerometer (to detect your movements), GPS (for tracking your route) and Heart Rate (for cardio workouts or and sleep patterns) sensors that delivers with great accuracy. All sensor tracking are monitor directly on the watch or on your specific app if you are linked via Bluetooth with your phone. This watch can also track 39 different exercises
Long Battery Life?
To me, a long battery life should last at least 5 to 7 days. I guess Samsung doesn’t have the same mindset has me! We all know that recharging your phone or watch in the middle of the week is a pain.
You get a bigger rechargeable battery (472 mAh) with the 46 mm Galaxy Watch than the 42 mm model (270 mAh). If we put it to the test and use the watch by performing normal daily workouts and activating all useful health (Auto Heart Rate, Auto Stress) and communication (Wi-Fi and Bluetooth) settings, the watch last about 3 days for the 46 mm version. Expect at least a day less with the smaller model.
Samsung has confirmed that the Galaxy Watch is conformed to the QI Wireless charging standard so we should be able to use third party wireless chargers but it seems that is not the case if we look at the GSM Arena’s report:
Credits: GSM Arena
LTE Capability needs improvement
One of the main feature that Samsung has announced at first was the LTE capability. Of course, you need to purchase the LTE version (more expensive) of the watch if you want get full access to that feature. Take note that your normal sim or micro sim card won’t work in the watch. You need to activate an ”e-sim” card with your mobile carrier to be able to use the LTE for sending text messages or calling someone directly. Note: You cannot not send text messages using the Wi-Fi.
We don’t suggest going with the LTE version due to the lack of response from the watch when giving some vocal commands. Also, not all phone carriers works with the watch LTE service. Make sure you check out the list of compatible carriers by clicking here. Also, during a call, the voice can also sound robotic.
Bluetooth works fine with any smartphones that you want to use with the watch for data synchronization. Once you sync your data, you can export it into a third party app like Strava or Facebook.
Software and Apps
The Tizen OS (version 4.0)
The Tizen OS runs on a 1.15 dual-core processor that makes the watch fluent when navigating between menus. Say thanks to this OS for incorporating the rotation bezel feature into the watch. Android based smartwatches doesn’t have that capability.
Good notifications but can be frustrating
The notifications that you get (once paired to your smartphone unless you have the LTE version) are easy to read, no problem there. The only bug is the 2-3 seconds that it takes to open the app that you want to use, by example, Gmail. You will see the Gmail icon with that delay every time before you get access to the email that you want to look. Imagine doing that for a full day, it can get annoying.
Bixby is very limited
Samsung’s virtual assistant cannot be compared to Google Assistant. Many users have complained about not getting answers from Bixby when asked easy commands like ”How tall is the Eiffel tower?”. Still, the assistant does decent job if you want to call someone or want to create an alarm. Let’s hope Samsung will improve with a future update.
Great variety of watch faces
You can select for a wide variety of watch faces to fit your own personality. You can choose from the normal look of a watch to a rings Apple style watch face. Wearable.com has created a list of the best watch faces available if you need some inspiration or can’t choose from the multitude of watch faces. One great feature on the watch is that you can also activate the ticking sound of a standard watch to feel even more real. A lot of people love it.
Apps in abundance
This smartwatch can be tuned with many third party apps. Sport apps like Strava or Map My Run are useful for runners, or TaylorMade if you are a golfer. If you like streaming music, Spotify is available or Uber if you need a cab. The list is pretty big and you will customize it your own way.
Here’s a list of the bad and the ugly for the Samsung Galaxy Watch
Bright and rugged display (one of the best in the industry)
Fast processor and good RAM memory make the watch run quickly and smoothly
The rotating bezel for navigation is addictive
Compatibles with iOS and Android phones
Waterproof (50 meters) and swim ready
GPS and HR sensors are fast and accurate
A big list of third party apps available
Lacks Internal Storage
Battery Life could be better (3-4 days of all features are activated)
Bixby Assistant is weak
Pre-installed apps for fitness are not as great has his competitors (Apple’s Watch Series 4 and Fossil Q series)
Does It Worth Buying?
The Samsung Galaxy Watch is a great high-end smartwatch and is a great competitor to the Apple Watch Series 4. In terms of hardware, it is one of the best. The fast dual core processor and great RAM memory makes the watch run quick and smoothly without any lag if you are switching from one app to the other or during navigation.
If you love to track your runs or walks, the built-in GPS will satisfy you without any doubt. On the downside, the installed apps are not that intuitive and don’t get the most out of the GPS and HR sensors compared to other expensive smartwatches in the market. You will need to install different fitness apps to get the most out of it and it will take more space from the ”already limited” internal storage.
The battery life (3-4 days in normal mode) can be a pain for many of you (and me!). There’s other smartwatches brands that last more than a week like the Withings smartwatch. If GPS is not a must, this smartwatch is more affordable and last almost a month!
Finally, if you are looking for a beautiful Android smartwatch that is packed with stunning hardware, you won’t be disappointed with the Galaxy Watch even if the battery life is limited to 4 days. The advancements that Samsung has announced 6 months ago (LTE capability, charging capability, health tracking, Bixby 2.0) are still not perfect and will need improvements if Samsung wants to bring more users to purchase this watch.
I hope you have enjoyed our Samsung Galaxy Watch Review!
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