Samsung, a front-runner in the smart watch game, keeps improving.
The new Samsung Galaxy Watch can be worn with a variety of bands. The updated silicon sport band has ridges which add visual interest. I’ve only ever worn my watch with the silicon strap because it’s comfortable and versatile. I love that this watch is truly hands free. The always on display shows you everything you need to know just by lifting your wrist. Even better, your music travels with you wherever you go. You can stream from the watch which eliminates the need to take your phone with you during exercise – a true lifestyle enhancement.
Design and Aesthetics
Galaxy Gear does a lot; it’s the perfect complement to your phone but at the end of the day, it’s a wearable so it needs to look good. Aesthetically, there’s nothing holding it back. The circular bezel still has “real watch” appeal. It looks more like a piece of jewelry than a gadget. (A plus in my book) The watch comes in three finishes – midnight black, silver and rose gold – and two sizes, 42mm or 46mm. For more petite wearers, even the smallest size might feel a bit large but that’s the trade-off for having more real estate on the touch enabled watch face. You can mix and match watch bands for a truly customized look.
Performance and Functionality
Galaxy Watch runs Tizen 4.0, has 4 GB internal memory and fast charging. It features a 472 mAh battery (46mm) and 270 mAh battery (44mm). The watch did not have to live on the charger when it wasn’t on me. Speaking of the charger, it’s actually a proper little docking station that’s easy to manage. I also like that once fully charged, it easily got me through a full day which started with a work out at 4:30 a.m. and ended around 7:30 p.m. Galaxy Watch is not exclusive to Samsung devices either. It’s compatible with phones running Android 5.0 or higher and iPhone 5 and above running iOS 9.0 or above. This makes life easier for people like me who regularly use more than one device at a time.
Enhancements and Improvements
App woes are a thing of the past. The Galaxy Gear experience has greatly improved over the years with the release of more apps. There are endless options for watch faces and standard apps like SmartThings and Samsung Pay extend the capabilities of your phone to your wrist. The Samsung Health app rivals Apple Watch but the ability to enable quick launch settings for your favorite activities gives it a slight edge in my opinion. Galaxy Watch is also certified to 5ATM standards. This means that the device is waterproof up to 50 meters in-depth for up to 10 minutes as opposed to IP68 which is only safe up to a maximum depth of 1.5 meters underwater for up to thirty minutes.