SAMSUNG GALAXY WATCH
Content by-: Akshay K. Giri
Stay connected longer. The features of a smartwatch and the natural feeling of an analog watch in a single package in a simple package. Galaxy Smart Watch links to the world around you.
Samsung galaxy is within an all-around galaxy on your wrist
It is a super AMOLED capacitive touchscreen and has 16 M colors and its size is of 1.3 inches, 10.8 cm x cm (~48.1% screen-to-body ratio) and resolution is 360 x 360 pixels, 1:1 ratio (~278 PPI density), protection is Corning Gorilla Glass DX+, Always-on display, Rotating bezel.
For the first time, Samsung’s selling the Galaxy Watch in two different sizes, including 42mm and 46mm. Seeing as how the Gear S3 was a comically large smartwatch and the Gear Sport was designed more for smaller wrists, it’s nice to see that Samsung’s catering to people of all wrist sizes with one product line. No matter if you pick up the 42mm or 46mm option, you’ll still get the same design, features, etc., but the 46mm model will have a much larger 472mAh battery compared to the 42mm’s 270mAh unit. The screen sizes are of course different as well, at 1.3- and 1.2-inches, respectively, though they’re both the same resolution, 360×360, and have the same Gorilla Glass DX+ covering.
We did miss the rotating bezel as it’s one of the most intuitive ways to navigate around a smartwatch, but after a while, we got used to scrolling through menus. If you’re after a smaller smartwatch, opt for this one as it makes sense to drop that feature to offer this slimmer design. The watch body itself is made of metal and it looks high-end. It’s relatively featureless with the main screen centered in the middle and two buttons at the two and four positions on the right-hand edge of the watch.
This is another circular smartwatch from Samsung. Unlike on the Galaxy Watch, there’s no rotating bezel here in what we believe is an attempt to make a sportier design for the wearable. If that is the purpose, it has worked. It feels a lot lighter on the wrist than the larger device, and it’s noticeably thinner on the wrist without losing the premium look of the Galaxy Watch.
These buttons aren’t always easy to find when you’re unlocking the watch, and we probably would have preferred these to be a little more pronounced to make them easier to press with a finger. There are four color choices for the Galaxy Watch Active: black, silver, blue (technically sea green) and pink. The pink band comes with a rose gold body, while the rest of the watches just come with the same color as the strap.
All of those bands are made of silicone, which we found to be comfortable even when you’re sweating. It’s a similar feel to straps you can buy for the Apple Watch, and Samsung’s version felt secure around our wrist at all times. Actually, we could wear this for a full day without finding it irritating on the wrist. It uses 20mm straps, which can be swapped out. That means you can buy other straps directly from Samsung, or you can even choose to get a third-party strap instead, so there are plenty of options.
In the middle of the watch, there’s a 1.1-inch 360 x 360 resolution display. If you’ve used a larger smartwatch, you may find this a bit more restrictive than devices like the Apple Watch 4 or the 1.3-inch Galaxy Watch. It’s still usable though, and we found we were able to navigate around the features of the watch without ever touching the wrong element on the display. The screen proves to be bright, and unlike a lot of fitness trackers and some cheaper smartwatches it’s a full-color display, so it looks great when you’re navigating around Tizen’s variety of apps.
Sometimes we did find the watch difficult to read from certain angles, but it’s not anything that would put you off using the watch altogether. It’s also water-resistant to depths of 5 meters (as well as being IP68 rated), meaning you’ll be able to wear this when you head into the pool for a dip, and there’s swim tracking included here too to help you make the most of that.
Samsung’s Gear products have often been focused on helping people live better lives, and although that Gear branding is no longer here, the Galaxy Watch continues that idea with a heap of fitness goodies. You’ll find all of the regular suspects here, including calorie and step tracking, reminders to move throughout the day, guided meditation sessions, and heart-rate monitoring. The Samsung Health app on the Galaxy Watch can be used to track up 40 different workouts, can automatically detect six of the most common exercises, and has a built-in GPS to keep you connected while out on a run. Rounding all of this off, Samsung’s also outfitted the Galaxy Watch with 5 ATM water resistance (including saltwater), Corning Gorilla Glass DX+, and military-grade protection (specifically, MIL-STD-810G).
Despite all of the rumors claiming that the Galaxy Watch would run Wear OS, the Galaxy Watch is, in fact, powered by Samsung’s own Tizen wearable platform like previous Gears. The Galaxy Watch is running Tizen OS 4.0 which is an upgrade from Tizen 3.0 that shipped on the Gear Sport last year. The software we’ve seen so far looks awfully similar compared to past Tizen versions, meaning that you can control the interface using the Galaxy Watch’s rotating bezel, download apps and watch faces from the Galaxy Apps Store, etc. The main difference is a slight upgrade in the fitness features, plus a few interface tweaks to make things a bit darker (saving battery) and simpler to read on a small screen.
The Gear S3 did a lot of things right, one of which was its inclusion of Samsung Pay for both NFC and MST payments. Samsung Pay is making a return to the Galaxy Watch, but similar to the Gear Sport, only supports NFC transactions. That’s not uncommon for smartwatches that allow for mobile payments, but considering that MST has been such a big draw to Samsung Pay since its introduction in 2015, it is disappointing to see that it won’t be coming to the Galaxy Watch. Also, if you use the Galaxy Watch with an iOS device (aka an iPhone), you won’t be able to use Samsung Pay at all.
One feature the Galaxy Watch does keep from the Gear S3 is LTE support. In order to get LTE on your Galaxy Watch, you’ll pay roughly $50 more upfront, but then you’ll also have to pay a monthly fee to your carrier of choice in order to keep the connection alive. Most carriers charge about $10-20 per month to add the new device, but that also includes neat features like forwarding text messages and phone calls to the watch. You can bet that carriers will be offering discount son the watch upfront in order to get you signed up for a data contract, too. So if you want to save money on the watch itself, wait a bit.
On Android and iOS
If you’re interested in picking up the Galaxy Watch, you’ll be able to use it with both Android and iOS. As mentioned above, Samsung Pay will not work if you’re using the Galaxy Watch with an iPhone.
AT AND T
AT&T number sync doesn’t work so don’t spend the extra money for the LTE version than the monthly costs. I wish I had read the reviews for the Frontier and how poorly at&t did with no number sync with that watch. The same issues carry over to the Galaxy Watch. You can’t just walk away from your phone and expect at&t’s number sync to work. Their solution is for you to perform several steps that are a hassle. at&t sucks on this, they have no real answer to any issue. They just assume you’re too buried into their service to walk away. I’m going to return my LTE watch to at&t for credit and will go to another retailer to buy the Bluetooth version.
All over it meets the purposes of an ideal smartwatch and also it has features simpler and convenient like LTE and also the appreciable features Samsung pay which also includes NFC and so it is a good decision to buy it as your own galaxy.