Samsung Galaxy Watch

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Samsung Galaxy Watch Review Facts

As smartphones get more and more advanced, many companies have started to release smartwatches, which essentially carry many of the features offered on smartphones but in the form of a watch. If you have a smartphone, the company will usually have a watch that is compatible. For example, those who have iPhones can purchase the Apple Watch, which will be compatible for use with the phone.

Smartwatches not only will, well, function as a watch, but you will also be able to see your messages, calls, the weather, and a lot more information simply by taking a look at your wrist.

For those looking for an alternative to the Apple Watch, Samsung has produced the Samsung Galaxy watch. It is considered to have an extremely long battery life- between two and four days, depending on the size the wearer chooses and how much they use the watch- and it has great features for those who are interested in fitness.

Editor's Pros & Cons
Pros
  • One of the main reasons why people recommend buying the Samsung Galaxy Watch is due to its battery life
  • A great alternative for those who want the Android version of the Apple Watch
  • This new model is made of much more durable material and is tougher than ones made in the past by Samsung
  • The watch comes in different sizes, allowing people to choose the one that is best for their own wrists
Cons
  • People have said that it feels a lot more like a piece of jewelry than the expensive accessory that it is
  • Some people have said that there is nothing too special about the watch that makes it stand out in comparison to other smart watches and that would motivate people to buy it
Activities

Activities

Besides being able to tell you about the weather, any messages or calls you received, and having a voice assistant, one of the major things that the creators of the Samsung Galaxy watch focused on was fitness. If you are a fitness guru and want to be able to manage stress, your breathing, and even have a sleep tracker, then this is the right watch for you. It also has an entire collection of 39 workouts and 21 exercises for indoors. Here is the list: cycling, running, swimming, walking, treadmill, other workouts, weight machine, arm extensions, exercise bike, circuit training, treadmill, arm curls, back extensions, deadlifts, bench press, crunches, elliptical trainer, burpee test, elliptical trainer, lateral raises, leg curls, hiking, lat pulldowns, front raises, leg extensions, pilates, mountain climbers, lunges, planks, leg press, leg raises, sit-ups, pull-ups, push-ups, shoulder presses, rowing machine, step machine, star jumps, step machine, yoga, and stretching.
Basic Features

Basic Features

The interesting thing about the Samsung Galaxy watch is that it is also compatible with iPhones, unlike the Apple Watch, which is not compatible with androids. So, if you are an iPhone user, you can also use the Samsung Galaxy watch with your phone.

The watch will connect with both Bluetooth and LTE. It offers smart notifications and over 60,000 choices for customizable watch faces. It also offers fitness tracking, which is one of the main things that many people raved about. So, this watch is perfect for anyone who is looking for something to help them with their fitness.

It also is water resistant, which is a great feature for any smart device. The Samsung Galaxy watch also has built-in speakers and a built-in microphone, as well as Samsung Pay. And finally, the size of the face of the watch is 42mm or 46mm, and it is round.
Connectivity

Connectivity

There are lots of ways to connect your Samsung Galaxy watch to the outside world.

In order for you to be able to access all the features and everything that the watch offers, you will need to connect it with a mobile device. You are able to set up your watch without a phone, however. With your mobile device, you will be able to sync everything you do between the phone and the watch, so all your information will be available on both. This is recommended in case anything happens to the one device.

A unique feature of the Samsung Galaxy watch is that it is compatible with both Android and iOS devices. However, for the latter, you might not be able to use all of the features on the watch, such as email and Samsung Pay. But there are people who have iPhones who do use the Samsung Galaxy watch.

In addition to these features, the Samsung Galaxy is also available for connection via Bluetooth and LTE.

Apps

Apps

Something that people were not too keen on when it came to the Samsung Galaxy watch was the fact that it did not have the official Whatsapp and Facebook Messenger apps- although, according to one review, it did have some sketchy copies of these apps, which might possibly compromise the safety of your accounts. It also does not have Google Maps, Lyft, or others that might be necessary for the phone. And its version of Siri or Google Assistant- Bixby- is not that great.

You can view the weather, look at your daily briefings, listen to music, and choose your own watch face out of 60,000 options. The watch also is said to have a great operating system- in fact, some people have considered it to be the best out of all the ones on smartwatches. You also have a lot of control over the apps that you do have and can respond to messages quite easily.
Comfort

Comfort

You will ultimately have to choose the size of the watch according to how large or small your wrists are; if you have smaller wrists, choose the 42mm version, and if you have larger wrists, choose the 46mm version.

However, even the 42mm version is said to be a bit bulky on small wrists- not to the point where it has an unattractive look, but if you do have smaller wrists and don’t want something that looks bulky whatsoever, that is something to consider before purchasing this watch. However, on people who had average-sized wrists, they said that the watch fit nicely and did not look too bulky on their wrists. In fact, one of the main features of the Samsung Galaxy watch is that it looks just like a regular watch- which could be a good or bad thing, depending on the individual’s tastes.

And while the watch does have sleep tracking, people who own it said that the watch is not very comfortable to wear while sleeping due to its bulky size.

Style

Style

The Samsung Galaxy watch looks very similar to a typical watch. It has a circular face and a metal body. This can be a dealbreaker for some people; if they want something that looks somewhat traditional in comparison to other smartwatches, such as the Apple Watch, then the Samsung Galaxy watch will be perfect for them. However, if people don’t like typical watch designs and want something a lot more futuristic, then they might think twice about purchasing this watch. Upon reviewing this watch, people said that if you want to preserve battery life and do not choose to have the watch’s display turned on, you will notice that all you will see is a black circle on your hand.

The Samsung Galaxy watch also comes in three colors- rose gold, midnight black, and silver, and it comes in two sizes, 42mm and 46mm. If you are someone who has smaller wrists, then it is recommended that you choose the 42mm, but if you have rather large wrists, then the 46mm will suit you. They are pretty bulky, however, so this should be taken into consideration.
Durability

Durability

An interesting part of the Samsung Galaxy watch is that it has passed tests in the US military that will prove whether or not is it suitable for use on the battlefield. The watch features glass that is resistant to scratches, and it is also resistant to water. Plus, it even has a feature that will repel liquid from the inside of the watch, therefore adding to the watch’s life. It is a great watch to wear if participating in water sports, outdoor activities, or other things where you might worry about taking anything fragile with you. Its high durability is something appreciated by anyone who purchases it.
Face

Face

The watch features a round face that is either 42mm or 46mm, depending on which size you get. Of course, as with all smart devices, you can physically touch the face of the watch in order to navigate its features.

The face is highly durable and made out of high-quality material. In addition, it is water repellent and dust repellent.

You can also choose between thousands of different options for how you want the face of the watch to look. If you want the watch to appear as a typical, everyday watch, you can always choose that. Also, if you want to save battery, you can always turn the display off, which would then make the face simply a black circle.
Battery

Battery

One of the biggest things that people liked about the Samsung Galaxy watch was its battery life. Samsung claims that the smaller watch is able to last about three days without charging it, and the larger version lasts about four. Especially if you do not do too much with the watch, and if you do not leave the display on all the time, according to many reviews, you will find that this is the truth.

The battery in the 42mm model is the 270-mAh battery, and the battery in the larger model is the 472-mAh battery.
The watch comes with a wireless charging dock. However, a complaint that some people had is that it takes a while to charge, but perhaps this is not such a big deal when taking into consideration how long the watch lasts without needing charge.
Price

Price

The price for the Samsung Galaxy watch ranges between $300 and $400. If you want a Bluetooth version, the watch will cost around $329, and the LTE version will cost $379. This is the case for the smaller watch. The larger watch, on the other hand, costs $349 for the Bluetooth model and $399 for the LTE version. You can get the LTE versions of the watch at retailers such as T-Mobile, Verizon, AT&T, and Sprint.

In the United Kingdom, the smaller watch is £279, and the price of the larger version of the watch starts at around £299.
Accessories

Accessories

Of course, along with the watch itself, upon ordering, the watch will come with a strap for the wrist (both large and small), a wireless charging dock, a travel adaptor, a quick start guide, and the user manual.
Key Features

Key Features

-The watch is both water and dust resistant up to 165 feet, and the watch has an eject water function which blasts the speaker to get rid of water
-The battery life on this watch is magnificent- even, for some users, lasting up to five days
-The Samsung Galaxy watch resembles a regular watch as opposed to a smartwatch
-This watch has wonderful fitness tracking features if you are someone who is looking for aid with fitness
Bottom Line

Bottom Line

If you are looking for an alternative to the ever-popular Apple Watch, but still want a reliable smartwatch, the Samsung Galaxy watch is not a bad option. It has excellent battery life, and can be used for several days before you even think about charging it up again. The watch also looks like a regular watch, so if you like that traditional look, then it would be great for you. It does not have all the features of the Apple Watch, but it does have great fitness trackers, and it will allow you to see your messages, calls, the weather, and the time all the same. The watch is also water resistant and has a feature that will repel water and liquids from the watch (that being said, try not to subject your Samsung watch to water too often).

All in all, this is a good watch, and it has a lot of interesting features, the key one being its battery life. If you are on the hunt for a smartwatch, the Samsung Galaxy is a good choice.