Samsung Galaxy Watch Review: the best Android smartwatch

Samsung Galaxy Watch Review: the best Android smartwatch

The official announcement of the Samsung Galaxy Watch was at the Galaxy Unpacked 2018. The Galaxy Watch from Samsung has a superior design to the Watch Series 4 from Apple. With a four days battery, appealing design, excellent fitness functions. The Samsung Galaxy Watch is the best Android smartwatch. The software on the Samsung Galaxy has been improved and its fitness tracking improved. Galaxy Watch tracks select workouts automatically, monitor heart rate and detect when you switch activities.

There are two versions of the Galaxy Watch: a 42 mm model that comes in Rose Gold and a blacked-out finish, and the silver 46 mm model. Both use the same Samsung Exynos dual-core chipset and 768 MB RAM.

 

Samsung Galaxy Watch Review: the best Android smartwatch

Key Features

Samsung Galaxy Watch (46mm)
Samsung Galaxy Watch (42mm)

  • Built-in health tracking.
  • Go nonstop on a single charge for days.
  • With the wireless charger, you can power up without slowing down.
  • The Galaxy Watch is available in two sizes and three colors, offering stylish watch faces that look hardly digital. Plus, choose from an interchangeable band set.
  • Pairs with both Android and iOS smartphones via Bluetooth connection.

PRO

  • Battery life
  • Rotating bezel
  • High-end design
  • Competitive price
  • Lots of features

CON

  • Few apps for Tizen
  • Charge time

Design

The Galaxy Watch comes in 42 mm and a larger 46 mm model sizes, and three colors, Rose Gold, Midnight Black, and Silver. A round face, watch hand shadowing and ticking sound give it the feel of a real watch. The 42 mm Galaxy Watch, comes with a 1.2-inch display and 41.9 x 45.7 x 12.7 mm overall dimensions, can be matched with 20 mm straps while the 46 mm Galaxy Watch has a 1.3-inch larger screen size.

For the 46 mm model, Samsung only offers the silver option, the 42 mm watch is available in gold or black rose. The Galaxy Watch’s 46 mm model has a silver case and a black bezel; the right side buttons are also overlapped with a raised black rubber pattern, giving them a nice tactile feeling. The rotating bezel and two buttons are a great way to navigate the UI of the Galaxy Watch.

Features & Performance

The operating system (OS) on the Galaxy Watch is Tizen 4.0. The Tizen 4.0 OS supports all Android phones running Android 5.0 and later, as well as iPhone running iOS 9 and above.

The 42 mm and 46 mm Galaxy Watch model, both have enhanced health features with fitness and sleep tracking both linked to the Samsung Health app. The Samsung Health also comes with new stress management and breathing features, as well as a total of 21 indoor exercises and 39 tracked workouts.

Below is a full list.

  • Running
  • Walking
  • Cycling
  • Swimming
  • Treadmill
  • Exercise Bike
  • Weight machine
  • Circuit training
  • Arm curls
  • Arm extensions
  • Back extensions
  • Bench press
  • Burpee test
  • Crunches
  • Deadlifts
  • Elliptical trainer
  • Front raises
  • Hiking
  • Lat pulldowns
  • Lateral raises
  • Legs curls
  • Leg extensions
  • Leg press
  • Leg raises
  • Lunges
  • Mountain climbers
  • Pilates
  • Plank
  • Pull-ups
  • Push-ups
  • Rowing machine
  • Shoulder presses
  • Sit-ups
  • Squats
  • Star jumps
  • Step machine
  • Stretching
  • Yoga

Galaxy Watch automatically tracks select workouts,⁷ monitors heart rate and detects when you switch activities, plus GPS capabilities when you go for a run.

The Galaxy Watch also features Bixby, Samsung’s voice assistant. You can issue voice commands like this “What’s the weather?” “Start workout” and “Play music.” Even if your phone is not within reach, make and take calls with a built-in speaker and voice mic, respond to text and access scores, headlines and playlists.

Another important feature is the Samsung Pay, with Samsung Pay NFC compatibility, you can make a payment from your wrist with just a tap.

For Network Connectivity, the LTE version of the Galaxy Watch makes it a standalone phone and messenger that goes wherever you go. Tap to receive a call, and check messages even when your phone is out of arm’s reach.

Conclusion

The Samsung Galaxy Watch is the best smartwatch for Android users because of its battery life alone. The User experience on the Galaxy Watch is good, you can easily navigate the apps with ease. Look through your Galaxy Watch’s wide choice of apps for what suits your requirements. There’s a lot to choose from with a huge and growing amount of content providers.

Where To Buy

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What’s in the Box

  • Galaxy Watch
  • Additional Strap(Large and Small included)
  • Wireless charging Dock
  • Travel Adaptor
  • Quick Start Guide
  • User Manual (Warranty: 1 Year Standard Parts and Labor)

 

Please find below the detailed specs for the Samsung Galaxy Watch.

NETWORK Technology GSM / HSPA / LTE
2G bands GSM 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900
3G bands HSDPA 900 / 2100
4G bands LTE
Speed HSPA, LTE
GPRS Yes
EDGE Yes
LAUNCH Announced 2018, August
BODY Dimensions 49 x 46 x 13 mm (1.93 x 1.81 x 0.51 in)
Weight 63 g (2.22 oz)
Build Stainless Steel 316L
SIM Electronic SIM card (e-SIM)
– Samsung Pay
– MIL-STD-810G
– 50m waterproof (IP68)
– Compatible with standard 20/22mm straps
DISPLAY Type Super AMOLED capacitive touchscreen, 16M colors
Size 1.3 inches, 10.8 cm2 (~48.1% screen-to-body ratio)
Resolution 360 x 360 pixels, 1:1 ratio (~278 ppi density)
Multitouch Yes
Protection Corning Gorilla Glass DX+
– Always-on display
– Rotating bezel
PLATFORM OS Tizen-based wearable OS 4.0
Chipset Exynos 9110
CPU Dual-core 1.15 GHz
MEMORY Card slot No
Internal 4 GB, 1.5 GB RAM (LTE model)4 GB, 768 MB RAM (BTT model)
CAMERA
No
SOUND Alert types Vibration; MP3, WAV ringtones
Loudspeaker Yes
3.5mm jack No
COMMS WLAN Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n
Bluetooth 4.2, A2DP, LE
GPS Yes, with A-GPS, GLONASS
NFC Yes
Radio No
USB No
FEATURES Sensors Accelerometer, gyro, heart rate, barometer
Messaging SMS(threaded view), Email, IM
Browser No
– WPC wireless charging
– Natural language commands and dictation
– MP3/M4A/AAC/WAV player
– Photo viewer
– Voice memo/dial/commands
BATTERY Non-removable Li-Ion 472 mAh battery
Stand-by Up to 72 h (mixed usage)
MISC Colors Silver (46mm); Midnight Black, Rose Gold (42mm)

 

You can find additional information on the manufacturer’s website.

Please note that while we attempt to provide as accurate specs as possible, we are not guaranteeing that they are 100% correct.

Can I shower with my Galaxy watch?

Under specific conditions, Galaxy Watch has been certified ISO 22810:2010 for 5 ATM ratings of 50 meters (165 feet). Both devices are therefore safe to wear while walking through the rain or the shower and they can be used for activities with shallow water such as swimming in a pool or an ocean.

How do Smartwatches know you are sleeping?

Your Smartwatch translates your wrist movements into sleep patterns with a method called actigraphy. To determine the difference between deep REM sleep and light sleep, brainwaves, eye movements, and breathing are also required.

How deep can the Galaxy watch go underwater?

Samsung smartwatches are up to 50 meters/164 feet water-resistant.

Can Galaxy Watch take blood pressure?

Users can download My BP Lab, the research app developed jointly with the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF), directly to Galaxy Watch Active to monitor blood pressure and monitor their physical health on a daily basis.

Does Samsung Watch have fall detection?

The Galaxy Watch doesn’t yet have fall detection or ECG heart monitoring.

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