With each generation of smartwatches, Samsung tries to make the most out of it. It doubles up as a fitness tracker and a daily driver. With the Galaxy Watch, Samsung tries to come out with an all in one package, but is it any good? Let’s find out:
We’ve seen a lot of design changes in the Smartwatch lineup of Samsung since the introduction of the first Samsung Gear. Samsung did a really good job with this watch. The watch comes in two sizes; 42mm and 46mm the latter featuring a slightly more edge-to-edge display. The metal design and silver finish makes it look premium. We still have a rotating bezel and it never ceases to amaze. It is used for the navigation inside the gear.
The click feels real, crisp and satisfying. On the right, you find two buttons sticking out which can be used as back and home button respectively. The watch strap is silicone made and is water-resistant and comfortable to wear. Samsung also offers a wide range of options on it’s website, ranging from different colors to different materials. It’s also rated IP68 water resistant and can survive drops, high temperatures and dust. It’s built to last.
The watch features an AMOLED display with a 360x360 resolution. The 46mm version comes at 1.3-inches and the 42mm comes out at 1.2-inches. The blacks are sharp, the colors more vibrant. The display looks good under the sun. it’s round and the main competitor of Apple Watch which still features a square display. It has the best in class display with crisp text and more graphics.
The watch comes in two variants; Bluetooth and LTE. Both are backed up by Samsung’s Exynos 9110 dual-core processor clocked at 1.5GHz. The Bluetooth version comes with 768MB RAM and the LTE version comes with 1.5GB RAM. The size of the battery varies from 270mAh for the 42mm version to 472mAH for the 46mm version. The watch is quick to respond, and Samsung claims that the 46mm version will give you a seven day backup which is a good number.
It comes with an inbuilt altimeter, barometer and a heart rate sensor. What’s new is with the help of the heart ate sensor, the watch can tell your stress levels and help you by suggesting some breathing exercises if it thinks that you are too stressed. It features a built-in microphone and speakers that can be used for making calls and dictation. The inbuilt memory is 4GB and almost half the storage is not usable, still giving you enough space for storing some songs and installing couple of apps.
The watch supports Samsung Pay but the support for Magnetic Secure Transmission (MST) is gone.
It is an excellent fitness tracker. It can count your sets and reps while lifting weights, can detect running, walking, cycling and a total of 39 different workouts.
This time around, Samsung has integrated it’s very own personal assistant Bixby into the Galaxy Watch replacing S Voice. Bixby remains the same as it has been on the other Galaxy devices, no new tricks to it. Preliminary tests show that it has a hard time picking up your commands even as simple as How is the weather outside?
The Bluetooth variant starts from roughly Rs.23,500 for the 42mm version and goes all the way up to roughly Rs.28,500 for the 46mm LTE version.