Samsung Galaxy Watch Review

The Samsung Galaxy Watch was officially announced along with Samsung’s new Galaxy Note 9 smartphone at Galaxy Unpacked 2018. With Samsung dropping the ‘Gear S’ naming convention and calling its new smartwatch the Galaxy Watch.

The Galaxy Watch features a new revamped design with a stylish look and the question that comes to mind is, is the new Galaxy Watch big enough to compete with the likes of Apple Watch or is the Galaxy Watch simply a stylish sequel to the Galaxy Gear?

Keep reading as we discuss the new design, some cool new features, and the fact that it looks more like a regular watch with the potential to attract a new audience.

Design and Hardware

The first thing you’ll notice when you pull the Galaxy Watch straight out of the box is the fact that this smartwatch looks like a real watch. With its large circular face, complemented with a metal body that’s quite sleeker than the previous Galaxy Gear.

The Galaxy Watch comes in two sizes, 42mm or a larger 46mm model, and in three colors, Silver, Rose Gold, and Midnight Black. While the Galaxy Watch new design and colors might seem like an imitation of traditional watches, it doesn’t quite come close to the iconic design of the Apple Watch.

The Galaxy Watch has a 1.2-inch display and dimensions of 41.9 x 45.7 x 12.7mm, paired with 20mm straps and feels more like a piece of technology than jewelry. Although the Galaxy Watch design isn’t that terrible, it does feel cheaper in comparison and lacks the premium build quality of the cheapest Apple watches.

In terms of hardware, both the Bluetooth and LTE models of the Galaxy Watch packs a dual-core 1.15GHz chipset with 4GB of internal storage. Where the models differ is that the LTE Galaxy Watch has more RAM, 1.5GB compared to the Bluetooth models’ 768MB RAM.

Software and Features

The Galaxy Watch retains the Tizen OS from the Gear series, and comes with version 4.0, making the Galaxy Watch compatible with all Android phones running Android 5.0 and above, and also with iPhones running iOS 9 and above.

The smartwatch user interface is one of the best things about the Galaxy Watch, as navigation is simple, quick and intuitive. But the only major issue is that Tizen only supports Samsung’s standard apps, with little-to-non-existent third-party apps support.

Health is one of the major selling points for the Galaxy Watch, and as such Samsung Health is now upgraded with new stress management and breathing exercises, as well as a library of 21 indoor exercises and 39 tracked workouts.

Another included feature is Bixby, Samsung’s AI voice assistant, which replaces S Voice from the Galaxy Gear. Unfortunately, Bixby is almost as useless as the S Voice on the Gear and doesn’t quite fit the upgrade.

Battery

The larger 46mm version of the Galaxy Watch comes with the much-hyped new battery, rated at 472mAh, which is a far upgrade from the 270mAh in the 42mm. According to Samsung, the battery should last between four and five days on the 46mm version and two to three days on the 42mm version.

The 42mm Rose Gold or Midnight Black price starts at $329 while the 46mm Silver variant costs $349.

ProsCons
Good Battery lifeBixby is quite useless
Rotating bezelLacks third-party app support
Works well with most smartphones 

Verdict

The Samsung Galaxy Watch is one of the best smartwatches created by Samsung. It’s more attractive with its colors, has a good battery life and upgraded Health fitness features. But its lack of third-party apps support leaves more room for improvement.