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  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Samsung's Best Smartphone

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    dvdirv
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    The new Samsung Galaxy Watch is the replacement for the Gear S3, introduced in late 2016. It comes in two models based on screen size: 46mm or 42mm for smaller wrists. The 46mm watch is available in a silver trim with a black onyx band, while the 42mm version is available in midnight black or rose gold. The 46mm screen size is 1.3” while the 42mm watch has a 1.2” screen. This watch adds some new extras that you may want to consider for upgrading. Samsung has pioneered the rotating bezel with previous models as well as the Galaxy Watch. This bezel makes changing to other settings and functions a real pleasure. No more going to many submenus to find what you want to do. One of the best features is its larger battery that provides a longer time period between charges. Samsung advertises that the battery will last up to 4 days before charging. From my experience, it was closer to 2-3 days. Of course, that will vary according to personal choices such as whether you leave the display on or go to ambient mode. Keep in mind that the 42mm watch has a smaller battery, so you cannot necessarily count on up to 4 days. Samsung has added several apps you may want to add to this watch. Google Maps and YouTube are two of the apps that can be added. But there needs to be more to make this watch more functional. You also have the option of making and answering calls on this watch as long as your phone is nearby. The “Dick Tracy” function of making calls on your watch is now a reality! If fitness is your thing, the Galaxy Watch offers monitoring of your calories, heart rate, steps taken and more. It even monitors your sleep patterns to measure REM sleep. This watch can monitor close to 40 activities no matter your choice of sport. This watch runs on Tizen 4.0 and offers many watchfaces to choose from. In fact, Tizen has more watchfaces than even Android Wear. Whether you want a standard clock face or a digital one, you are likely to find one that pleases you. The Galaxy Watch is compatible with both Android and iOS devices. Be advised that I only used it with an Android phone and it worked perfectly. Setup was very easy as long as you download the Galaxy Wearable app. From this app on your phone, you can select watchfaces and use Bluetooth to connect to your watch. One of the best features of this watch is that it is easy to replace watch bands. The 46mm watch uses a standard 22m band, while the 42mm watch uses 20mm ones. Check online and you will find leather, stainless steel, nylon, rubber or silicon bands to perfectly match the Galaxy Watch. These watches use a quick-release tab that makes it easy to swap bands. For $350 I would have preferred this watch with a metal stainless band. But for $30 or less I can have the band that Samsung failed to include. Unfortunately, the Galaxy Watch is not perfect and does have some drawbacks. The primary complaint is with Bixby, Samsung’s voice-activated assistant. In needs further updates to make it as flexible as Siri or Alexa! One of Samsung’s selling points is the sleep monitoring function noted above. But be advised that if you leave the watch on the charger overnight, you can’t track your sleep patterns. The last complaint is that Samsung needs to add even more apps to make this watch more functional. The Galaxy Watch offers many new features that makes this watch attractive. However, if you own a Gear S3 this watch is an enhancement to the Samsung line—not a dramatic game-changer! But if you are new to smartwatches, the Samsung Galaxy Watch is one to seriously consider.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Good Smartwatch with Some Shortcomings

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    SamG
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    Overall I’ve been very happy with the Galaxy Watch. It’s solidly built and has a great interface. It also has excellent fitness tracking built-in. Although it’s compatible with most Android phones, it feels like you need a Galaxy phone to really take full advantage of it. I’m a big fan of the design of this watch. It’s got a classic look that doesn’t scream smartwatch or fitness tracker. The 42mm model isn’t terribly bulky and fits my wrist well - I’m a taller guy and was worried the smaller model might look strange on my wrist. I’ve had a few minor brushes and knocks wearing this on my wrist and so far the watch has held up very well. The screen sits below the bezel, which helps to keep it from scratching, and the rotating ring and the buttons are both very solid and clicky. I wasn’t that happy with the silicone wristband that comes with the watch; I could never quite get the right fit and it always seemed like it was either too tight or too loose. Fortunately, any 20mm watch band will work with the Galaxy Watch and I was able to find another one that I’m very happy with. There was a small learning curve for me to navigate the interface of the watch, but once I got it everything felt very natural. The entire outside bezel acts as a scroll wheel and it makes it really easy to navigate the smaller screen. The screen is also bright and sharp and I’ve seen no noticeable stutters in performance while using the watch. The battery life is excellent; I’ve got through the end of each day with 50+% battery left. The onboard apps are all very solid, especially Samsung Health. All the basics are there including phone, calendar, alarms, music, etc. How much you want to interact with those things on such a small screen is up to you, but Samsung does a good job of laying them out. One thing that I found while using this with my Pixel 2 was that I could get alerts and respond to text messages from the watch, but there was no dedicated messages app available to me on the watch. It seems like this is probably due to the fact that I’m not using Samsung’s text message app, but it’s odd because the phone and calendar app do a fine job of accessing my contacts and appointments, so I’m not sure why the onboard messages app can’t access my texts. It’s good that the basics are there because app support is limited; outside of some fitness oriented stuff I didn’t see a lot of true 3rd party apps in the app store. Samsung Pay is also onboard and that works well, though without a fingerprint reader or face scanner to authenticate you’re left to plug in a pin number on the watch before it’s activated. It works well, but it doesn’t feel as natural to use as just pulling my phone out of my pocket and holding it up to the reader. My biggest problem with the Galaxy Watch is Bixby, the built-in assistant. It’s just trash and is vastly inferior to anything from Google, Apple, or Microsoft. It misunderstands me about 50% of the time, often the wake command does not work, and the voice is very robotic. I know Samsung has a lot invested in Bixby, which give me hope that it might get better over time, but it’s got a long way to go. Overall I’m happy with everything this watch has to offer and it’s the one I wear every day now. I think it’s a great choice for anyone with an Android phone, Galaxy or not. If you have an iPhone this is a no-go; it’s technically compatible, but it’s severely limited by iOS restrictions.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Great battery life & design, mediocre app support

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    KusMoG
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    What has always detracted me from even considering a smart watch was that battery life wouldn't last a full day, but thankfully this is no longer the case with the Galaxy Watch, even with its smaller 42mm version. I used a full color watch face that used my own custom photos and would change between 2 different photos each time the watch was woken. At best, I could get to a 3rd day of use without charging. This was without using the Exercise app, although the auto-detect exercise feature would still kick in and track my walking. At worst, it would last a little over a day. I used the Exercise app's Elliptical tracker for about 3 hours, which gets the heart rate monitor to track your heart rate constantly in real time for the duration of the exercise (unless you pause it). At no point did I ever worry about the battery dying any time during the day when I wore it in the beginning of my day with a full charge. The rotating bezel is one of the best design ideas on a smart watch. It's incredibly intuitive, precise, and reduces your need to touch the screen. The watch itself looks great, and while it is thick, the 42mm version appears to be about as thick as those old school Casio G-Shock watches. Buttons are easy to find and press, and they do not feel cheap. The watch band is silicone and feels soft and comfortable on skin. Given how thick the watch is, I've occasionally inadvertently had it bump against my desk and walls but to my surprise, it didn't cause any scratches on the watch. The paint job on the bezel (the main point of most contact when it bumps into anything) appears to be durable and high quality. The bezel also acts as a buffer to prevent any bumps against the actually screen itself, unlike the Apple Watch, which has its screen entirely exposed. The watch is waterproof so cleaning it under running tapping water is simple and safe to do. Samsung Pay works well with the Galaxy Watch although they removed MST payment which means you won't be able to use it to simulate a credit card swipe like you usually could with Samsung Pay. You can only use the Samsung Pay with the Galaxy Watch on registers that take NFC payments (tap-to-pay or as many merchants sadly and ignorantly refer to it as simply "Apple Pay"). Another gripe I had about the Galaxy Watch's implementation of Samsung Pay is that it doesn't completely sync with your existing Samsung Pay on your Galaxy phone if you're using it with one. You have to reregister all of your cards on your watch for them to be available to use on your watch. Points however are synced, which is good. Unlike the Apple Watch, even with its most latest version, the Galaxy Watch has sleep tracking, which with its great battery life, is something that's actually feasible to do. But it brings me to some of the issues I had with the Galaxy Watch. The sensors appear to be inaccurate and glitchy at times. Like the sleep detection. I work in front of a desk all day, so I'm sedentary. I've had the watch accidentally log sleep when all I was just doing was sitting down in front of my desk. The floor climbing sensor glitches up sometimes too. It would be in the morning before I even got a chance to do anything, and all of a sudden I would get an alert that I've achieved my floor goal for the day (10 floors) when in fact, I've barely even moved around. By the end of the day it has me recorded as going up 49 floors of stairs, which is inaccurate. Restarting the watch fixed the issue. These inaccuracies didn't happen very often but I'm just pointing out that they *did* happen. Only time will tell how much of a problem this will be later on. For the most part, it makes a very good fitness tracker, and does motivate you. I find myself taking the stairs and avoiding the elevator in my apartment ever since I started wearing the watch just to reach the "floors" goal. Perhaps the biggest issue I have with the watch is the apps. If you thought Bixby was bad on your Samsung phone, it's worse on the Galaxy Watch. It can't answer a lot of the real world commands and questions you throw at it. I wanted to know what the Yankees game score was and it couldn't answer. It only supports Samsung SamrtThings for home control. It can't give you NYC subway directions. It is by far the dumbest, most pathetic excuse for a virtual assistant. The third party app support is also incredibly pathetic. The watch app store is dominantly watch faces that are mostly similar looking and bland, many just trying to display as much information as it can on the screen or imitate the look of a real watch. The apps selection in the Galaxy Watch store is just littered with amateur-level apps with bad reviews from users. It's embarrassing. The Galaxy Watch uses Tizen as its operating system and major developers aren't supporting it. So you're left with these amateur-hour, programmed in their parents garage-type apps that aren't worth my time or anyone else's. The most useful feature is the notifications. Obviously this helps the need of pulling out your phone to view content. When you get a call, the watch vibrates and you can answer or decline the call simply by swiping. You can answer texts straight from your watch using the on screen keyboard, or draw the letters out one by one with your finger (which surprisingly works fast and pretty accurate from my experience with it). Interestingly, even though the Galaxy Watch doesn't have a Google Hangouts app (which I use to send and receive my SMS since I have a Google Voice account), if I receive an incoming text notification from Hangouts, I can reply back to that SMS from my watch. It's very convenient, and a nifty workaround for not having the app available on the watch. That's basically what I would have used the app for anyway. I just can't send any new texts myself from the watch without a proper app. All in all, thanks to the great battery life that actually lasts longer than a day, I can finally feel comfortable using a smart watch as an actual watch. Being able to receive notifications on your wrist makes you more attentive to them than if they were only showing up on your phone because you can view them quickly and easily with the raise of your wrist. $300 is a lot of money to spend for something your phone can already do so it's up to you to decide if the convenience is worth it. Everyone's lifestyle if different. For me it was worth. If you've considered on getting a smart watch, I definitely suggest strongly considering the Galaxy Watch for its battery life alone.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    I might be team Galaxy Watch now!

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    Kelby
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    ---- Summary ---- Disclaimer: I own a iPhone 8 Plus and use this Galaxy Watch alongside the iOS app. Pros: - Classy design - Long-lasting battery - Rotating bezel - High-quality materials - Clear and colorful display - Accurate workout tracking Cons: - None ---- Review ---- Design: When I saw this Galaxy Watch for the first time, it left a lasting impression. Now that I wear it almost every day, the design still impresses me. With its stainless steel finish and traditional round watch face that is surrounded by a rotating bezel, the Galaxy Watch differentiates itself from its biggest competitor, the Apple Watch. As a previous Apple Watch owner, I can honestly say I envied the round watch face and intricate design of the Galaxy Watch, which makes it look almost exactly like a traditional watch. Features and functionality, which I review in detail below, are important aspects of a smartwatch, but the design is also important to me, and Samsung knocks it out of the park with this latest model. Performance: I was skeptical about how well the Galaxy Watch would sync and perform since I am an iPhone owner, but that skepticism quickly went away after using the watch on a regular basis. I have only had to reconnect the watch once, and I think that was because of an issue with my iPhone, which I had to turn off and back on. I have not had any syncing issues since then. Everything runs smoothly with little to no delay while acting on notifications and navigating on the watch. Fortunately, there has been no lag, and all notifications have appeared promptly. Features: Among many other great features, the Galaxy Watch excels at fitness tracking. With around 40 workouts that it is capable of tracking at impressive accuracy, this watch is the perfect complement to an active lifestyle. It can also measure heart rate, sleep quality, and even stress levels. Beyond health and fitness, there are many other features that are nice to have, such as “My Day”, which outlines the day ahead with calendar events, reminders and more. Spotify integration, which the Apple Watch lacks, is also admirable. Another feature definitely worth mentioning is the ability to choose between countless watch faces, each with their own unique look and way of displaying unique information. They all look great and the Galaxy Watch’s screen can be set to always on. Verdict: After owning the first generation Apple Watch, and comparing it to this Galaxy Watch, I am on team Galaxy Watch now. It is a close comparison, but the traditional watch design with high-quality materials, impressive and unique features, as well as great performance, sets the Galaxy Watch apart.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Coolest Watch I've Ever Owned!!

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    DotNetJon
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    So, I've basically had FitBit watches until getting the Galaxy Watch, so I can't give any comparison to previous generations of the Samsung watch series, but I can compare it to the FitBit Blaze that I have. This smartwatch is light years ahead of the Blaze! It's entering an entirely different dimension of usability and connectivity. When I'm wearing this watch, I'm not thinking about it as a health monitor like the FitBit, although it has all the health monitoring features of the FitBit. The health monitoring takes a back seat to all the other cool things this watch can do, so it's not always on my mind that I'm wearing a fitness tracker, which makes me want to wear it everywhere. It looks like a regular wristwatch, and it doesn't scream "I'm wearing a fitness tracker!", which is very nice. One of the coolest features is the way the well-known divers watch ring around the watch face works in a tactile feedback kinda way as you use it to cycle through pages, apps, or scrolling the text up and down while reading something on the screen. It's very functional, and intuitive! The clock faces are amazing, and wow there are a LOT of them you can use and download. It's like having a watch for every mood / occasion with a couple clicks. I love this! The faces display all kinds of information besides the time, if you want it like that, or just the time if you want to keep things simple. I was wondering how the battery life would be on a watch like this, and I was pleasantly surprised. With moderate usage, I have so far been charging it every 3 days or so, which is super easy with the wireless charging cradle that comes with the watch. You just set it in the little cradle, and it has a slight magnetic cling, and starts charging. No having to plug in a cable every time! Very slick! The integration with my Android phone, which is not a Samsung btw, is excellent. I've used the watch to send text messages, and make phone calls so far. The speaker on the watch is about what you'd expect from a watch sized speaker, I'd say. Decent enough for my tastes, but probably would not please everyone. It's a great extension of my phone, and allows me to interact with my phone without having to pull it out of my pocket, and also allows me to launch apps on the phone to see things "on the big screen". Super cool! The display is small, obviously, but it's surprisingly useful. It's obvious this has benefited from several generations of smartwatch improvements, and feels very polished. The UI is quite intuitive. Widgets let you have have all sorts of apps front and center, and you just cycle between them using the dial or the touch screen navigation. Then, you can see your last used apps, or step into the app directory with the app icons arranged in a ring fashion with paging, so it doesn't get overwhelming. I generally don't have any issue clicking the touchscreen, but sometimes if a clickable element is on the outer edge they can take a couple attempts to click depending on the size of your fingertips. Might be an issue for some, but a good amount of the clicking takes place towards the center. One really cool thing the Sumsung Health app does is remind you to do a some simple exercises or stretches, and suggest something, then goes into an interactive visual guide of the exercise and walks you through the exercise and counts your reps as you do them. This feels a lot more interactive than my FitBit, which is really basic in comparison. The setup was really easy, and the app on your phone that you download lets you adjust watch settings, look for new watch faces, see your fitness information... as a gadget nerd, this is nergasm material with this watch! I would definitely recommend this to anyone looking for a smartwatch. I haven't tried connecting to a set of bluetooth headphones, but the bluetooth connection to my phone works excellent. The screen is bright and clear. Very easy to read in any lighting! Ok, back to playing with my new smartwatch :) So cool!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Great For a Smartwatch, Not Perfect

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    Jturn
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    +Design aesthetic +UI/Navigation Scheme +Performance +Screen +Health features -Battery Life -App selection -Lots of additional apps required on phone -Not Wear OS (may be a positive to some) Overall, this is a very solid smartwatch, and is better than any other that I've personally used previously. However, it still feels like a mostly unnecessary accessory that could be made exponentially better with a better app selection. The first thing you'll notice is how great the watch looks. IMO, this is the best-looking smartwatch available, mainly because it doesn't immediately look like a smartwatch (like the hideously ugly Apple Watch, among others). While I'm not a fan of the included rubber/silicone band, it definitely serves a purpose in terms of the watch's overall goal (water proof, sport/workout friendly), and is also easily swapped out for a different band. The second thing you'll notice is how great looking the screen is. Samsung's track record with mobile screens is well proven, and this is no exception. Colors and whites pop against black backgrounds. To go along with this, Samsung has developed a UI with Tizen which is not only attractive looking, but also logically laid out and easily navigated. This is far and away the best means of control that I've ever seen on a smartwatch; using an external dial just makes complete and immediate sense. It seems that a great amount of thought has gone into UI navigation, and that makes this a joy to use. This is all supported by well performing hardware that rarely (if ever) slows down. The UI is responsive and performance just feels modern in a way that others have not. Samsung has clearly spent a bit of time integrating health features into the Galaxy Watch. There are a number of exercises that are automatically detected, and things like sleep and heart rate are also automatically detected. One of my favorite features is that the watch prompts you after a period of inactivity. It's a really small feature, but it's a really nice touch that makes this feel like a device made for tracking your health. Things have not been all roses in my experience, however. To start, battery life has left me completely underwhelmed. In my usage, which I'd consider completely average (always on display disabled, moderate to little usage most hours of the day, and very few extra apps installed), the Galaxy Watch lasts less than 2 days, which is in stark contrast to the 4 days which I've been hearing. I was anticipating at least 2 full days of usage out of a charge, but that has not been the reality for me. Unfortunately, charging also takes 2.5 hours or more to complete. One downside to this watch became immediately apparent, and that's the amount of additional apps you need to install on your phone to utilize the full potential of the watch (at least if you own a non-Samsung phone, as I do). I would much prefer this to be bundled into a single "Wear" app, which would streamline the operation significantly. My final two negatives go seemingly hand in hand. Samsung has elected to create their own proprietary watch OS (Tizen). While the UI benefits from this decision, the app selection suffers greatly. There really isn't much additional that you can do beyond what's included with the watch. There are basic apps which provide specific bits of functionality, but overall, there's nothing out there right now that has the wow factor. I would honestly prefer that the watch ran on Google's Wear OS for a couple reasons. One, I believe this would help alleviate the app issue mentioned previously. Two, you'd get Google's incredibly useful Google Assistant to help with voice activated controls. Bixby is neigh on useless to be frank. It's incredibly disappointing in its current incarnation and provides next to no real day to day value. This is very unfortunate because I feel the watch form factor is one that would most benefit from good hands free integration. The positives outweigh the negatives for me; this feels like a mostly well thought out watch, that looks great and performs quite well. I can't help but be left with the opinion that this is held back because of the downsides, namely app selection, though...

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    There's Good and Bad

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    OwNowBrownCow
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    Pros: -Attractive Design -Big Screen -Multipurpose- If you're health conscious, there are settings for that. If you are a workaholic, there are settings for that. There are multiple settings to use making it a one watch fits all type of item. -Able to make phone calls and send text messages...most of the time. -Emails are able to be accessed as well and responded to. -Very cool watch face options. I got one that looks like the status module from the Fallout video games with Pip Boy and everything. I took a picture of it below. Cons: -It seems that the connectivity affects my phone. I have a Samsung Galaxy Note 5. Not the newest phone on the shelf but high functioning. Connecting to the watch has managed to slow down the wireless connection on my phone. In fact, I have to turn my wifi off in order to download 1 page documents or a webpage. This really doesn't affect me that much since I haven't been using my phone a whole lot lately but I know that things will pick up and I will be in trouble. I would like to try it on a newer phone to see how well it functions then. I'm not totally discouraged by this but I think this is a pretty big con. -If you are not used to wearing a watch, this will take some getting used to. I am a female that used to wear sports watches growing up. It is bigger than what I was used to but not too unreasonable. If I had the option, I'd probably get the smaller size for comfort. Because my wrist is so small, I had my boyfriend try it on to see how it would fit a larger wrist. It fit much better and seemed more comfortable so I can see how under normal circumstances it would probably be just fine. -I cannot accept phone calls outside of a certain range from my phone with the watch. I'm not talking leaving the phone at home, out for a walk kind of range. I mean that if I left my phone in my living room and walked to the bedroom, the call is dropped. Could just be a glitch but it was a little frustrating. Also could have to do with the phone I'm using, maybe with a brand new phone it would not do that. All in all, I think the watch is cool. It has definitely turned some heads when I've used Samsung Pay at the grocery store or taken a call with it. I think if you have a new phone and are into new technology, this could be right up your alley.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Fantastic Update to the S3

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    I'm a former S3 frontier owner. I wasn't sure if this watch was going to be worth the upgrade. I liked my S3, but my major problem was I have relatively small wrists for a male, so small that the thing JUST fit and didn't look awkward, but it was overall bulky and just never really found a spot in my heart. So I took the plunge and bought the Galaxy watch (Black of course) the day it came out. Upon opening and putting it on my wrist, it was perfect. 42mm hit the sweetspot just as my 42mm Swiss watch use to a couple years ago prior to my S3 investment. A thing to note is the girth of the watch is still the same. So while the face of the watch is smaller, the girth is still the same, but in my opinion less noticeable. The side buttons still click confidently and feel satisfying when pressed, and the turn-dial is a nice upgrade. It's still notchy as expected, but feels slightly more "secure" than my S3 did - the S3 had a vague cheapness feel in the turn-dial. The galaxy watch improves upon this, but still doesn't completely fix it. The band is actually quite nice. Feels good and doesn't pull on the arm hair. I'll still order a couple more different bands to keep it feeling fresh and mix and match with watch faces. I have found that all of the faces I purchased for my S3 do download and work correctly on the Galaxy watch. So that was nice to see. And finally, and I think the biggest overall improvement is Tizen 4.0. The colors are more vivid, things are definitely snappier on response, and there's just little pieces of improvements such as transitions and animations that just make the watch feel like it's overall higher quality. You can now have background colors that work with translucent buttons on the screen when given options. Again, Tizen 4.0 just brings the watch up a notch and makes it feel more premium. Not that Tizen 3.0 was bad, but more could be done to make me believe I was wearing a top notch watch. To be clear, the difference between Tizen 3.0 and 4.0 is not drastic, but it adds the appropriate flare to make you say, "oh that's cool, this is a high quality watch." Unlike others, I always liked Tizen. I think it's the perfect pair to the Samsung eco system, and I always found it intuitive, it just never jumped out and grabbed my attention. With the new vibrant colors and animations/transitions, I think Samsung may have breathed new life into Tizen. Overall, I'm quite pleased I upgraded over my S3, most definitely to have a more size-appropriate watch on my wrist, but the software updates and refresh has been a pleasant surprise as well. Pleased to see the direction Samsung went with this.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Great design, screen, and battery life

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    PhilipM
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    Samsung’s new Galaxy Watch is a great all-round smartwatch that builds on the strengths of previous versions while also failing to shake loose of some of their limitations. Pros: - Excellent build quality - Attractive design with a truly round screen and sizes to fit a variety of wrists - Rotating bezel is an outstanding way to control a smartwatch - Outstanding OLED screen helps watch face designs look their best and provides strong visibility even in sunlight - Strong battery life – even the smaller 42mm design manages to last 2-4 days depending on usage and settings - Solid suite of built-in applications cover all the smartwatch basics, including a rich implementation of Samsung Health - Works with almost any smartphone and can connect over WiFi without needing to be in Bluetooth range Cons: - Very limited selection of third-party apps - Samsung pay implementation was hit and miss for me - Voice control is via Bixby, which is still not as strong as Google Assistant - If you want to use the watch for phone call audio, the require audio Bluetooth connection can conflict with other connections such as in-car handsfree systems Hardware and Performance The new Galaxy watch is superbly constructed from high quality materials. The included rubber strap won’t be to everybody’s taste, but it is soft and comfortable and the lugs are standard widths so its easy to swap in other off-the-shelf watch straps. The standout features are the OLED display, which is very sharp and makes watch faces look great, and the outstanding rotating bezel. The bezel is the single best interface element I’ve seen on a smartwatch, being intuitive and efficient to use, with a nice tactile action as well. Performance is very quick and I’ve noticed no lag in daily operation. Battery life is superb for a smartwatch, lasting well into 3 days with moderate use and GPS enabled. Enabling the (very good) “always on display” reduces battery life to about 24 hours, although the quality of the resulting display is better than I’ve seen in other implementations. The included speakers are sufficiently loud to be heard in most situations and the microphone did OK picking up my voice commands (Bixby’s less than stellar speech recognition notwithstanding). Charging is handled wirelessly, and Samsung includes a nice charging stand and adaptor in the box. The stand holds the watch sideways, which I prefer for efficient use of space on the nightstand. In the back of the watch is a suite of sensors for monitoring of hear rate and stress levels. All in all, as with most Samsung products, there’s very little to complain about in terms of hardware quality. Software and Features Samsung loads the Galaxy Watch with a full suite of smartwatch features for everything from notifications, call controls, messaging, media playback (both on-device and remote control), weather, news, and the very deep Samsung Health tracking and exercise suite. All of this runs on Samsung’s Tizen, a lightweight but mature mobile operating system that Samsung has now used across several generations of smartwatch. It’s just as well the included software is so robust, because as much as Tizen is a great OS for wearables, there is very little third-party developer support. I was unable to find native apps for some of the big names like Nest, Wemo, etc. There are workarounds to these omissions, including IFTTT support, but native apps would be far easier for most users. There are some independently developed apps, including one for Nest, but support and longevity are an open question. In general, if you’re looking to cover the basics and have robust health tracking, the built-in software has you covered. If you’re looking for a device to control all of your smart home needs (and you don’t use Samsung’s Smart Things hubs), this may not be as great a fit. One area where there is a huge variety of third-party options is watch faces. There is a large library to suit almost any taste, including many solid free options. The watch faces really come to life on the excellent OLED display too. Samsung includes Samsung Pay and NFC support. I was able to import one of my cards from an install of Samsung Pay I’ve been using successfully on a Galaxy S7, but so far I’ve been unable to get it to complete a payment, despite at least one of the terminals I tried explicitly stating support for Samsung Pay. I assume I’ve just been unlucky and your mileage may vary. One thing to keep in mind is that this particular implementation of Samsung Pay works only with NFC terminals – the magnetic stripe transmission system that makes Samsung Pay unique on phones is not supported on the watch. In all honesty, I find it easier to just whip out my phone in any event since there I can use the fingerprint reader rather than putting a PIN into the watch before making a payment. Conclusion Without broader third party support for Tizen, the Galaxy Watch is very much a case of “what you see is what you get”. If you live in Samsung’s ecosystem, or you’re happy with the admittedly very good built-in functionality, you’re likely to be very pleased with this device. The performance is quick, battery life is strong, display is excellent, and the bezel makes navigating the system a breeze. However, if you’re looking for deep integration with major non-Samsung smart home providers, you may be better served with offerings than run on more mainstream operating systems.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 2 out of 5 stars

    Gorgeous Watch, but not a great SMART Watch

    Posted
    MrBill250
    • Tech Insider NetworkTech Insider Network

    I am a fan of Samsung. All of my appliances, a laptops, a printer, and a tablet are Samsung. All are solid products that keep me coming back for more. The specs list the watch as compatible with an iPhone, so I was really anxious to try one of my most preferred brands with my iPhone. What first attracted me was that the watch does not scream ‘SmartWatch” or “tech” with the default analog face. It looks like a watch, like jewelry. The Super AMOLED display is just gorgeous. It has depth, black is BLACK, colors pop. It takes a long careful look to realize that the bezel and watch hands are LCD images and not a physical mechanical face. There is a seemingly endless number of gorgeous faces to download, many of which are free. I tried a few, but the one it came with is my favorite. If you want a tech look, there are many watch faces to get that. Though gorgeous to look at, the watch face screen is slow to light up. I would bring my wrist up from my side and it seems I’m looking at a blank face for an eternity before it come alive, when it comes alive. In reality it’s only a second or two before it came on, unless I need to shake my wrist or rotate it yet further to come on. It quickly became annoying. If the watch rotates off-center on your wrist at all, forget it, it will never come on till you adjust. The display face uses Corning Gorilla Glass DX+, which should shrug off most of the scratches and cracks that would affect other watches. This will be useful as the watch is THICKER than others, so you may find yourself bumping more things with it than with a slimmer watch. I expect the black case color to get nicked and scratched more than thinner watches. It might be best to go with bright steel over black to hide the scratches better. This watch sports a stainless-steel case where others use aluminum. These helps it meet military specification (MIL-STD-810G) so drops from 4.9 feet, extreme temperatures, dust, shock/vibration, and low pressure/high altitude are all survivable. It seems the occasional MFF/HALO jump should be OK. The watch comes with a small band mounted on it. There is one longer section of watch band in the box. Replace that one section and you now have a longer band. In use, I found the plastic band uncomfortable by the end of day. I’ve had plastic bands on other watches without issue, so I don’t know why this one became irksome. The interface for app selection is superb, the best I’ve encountered. App icons are placed at the outer rim of the face. Rotate the bezel ring to select the desired app. Keep rotating and each full rotation shows the next page/ring of apps. You can change the order of the apps to put your frequently used apps first. I like this interface over picking out a small icon in in a crowded field of icons. That requires being very still and fingers far pointier than mine to get right. Until evolution gives us pointy fingers or the promise of voice recognition is met, this will work very well. Unless you have pages of apps you use heavily… But having too many apps is unlikely to be a problem. The app selection with the Tizen OS this watch runs (not Android) is not very extensive. Aside from numerous watch faces, the number of actual apps pale compared to other more mature watch OS’s. App lovers may be left wanting more. Samsung Pay is not available on an iPhone, so using your watch to pay for something is not an option. I’m sure your options will be better with a Samsung phone as far as paying for something. But there is no coffee or movie app where you can tap or have someone scan a QR code from your watch. You’ll need to keep your phone handy, which is just so 2016… I was used to leaving my phone in my pocket and using my old watch to pay for most everything, so this was a huge step back. I pinned my remaining hopes on the Health Tracker, figuring I could use it on active days. However, it failed miserably here. There were times my heart rate did not fluctuate at all, even when I climbed a flight of stairs. The watch either drastically miscounted or didn’t count the stairs or steps at all much of the time. And I really want to count those stairs! The watch, phone OS, and apps are all current. The ad seems to indicate that a sweaty workout and a swim should be OK. But be warned that this watch is listed as ‘water-resistant’ and not ‘water-proof’. I checked the warranty and it states “The Samsung Standard Limited Warranty does not cover: (a) defects or damage resulting from accident, misuse, abnormal use, abnormal conditions, improper storage, exposure to liquid, moisture, dampness, …”. A warranty claim due to water penetration may be a rejected with little recourse. I averaged slightly better than a day of battery life. Note that my use of the watch was much lighter than my other watch since I couldn’t use it to pay, get coffee, see a movie, and stopped checking the time due to the display lag. If I had used this as much as my old watch, or used the sleep tracking, I’m sure I would have had to charge it at least daily. While this is likely the finest looking smart watches I’ve used, it’s a miss in almost every other area that makes it a ‘SMART’ Watch. The lag with the display lighting up to check the time is annoying. The inconsistent step/stair counts make this unreliable as a fitness tracker. The lack of useful apps all make this nearly useless as a smartwatch to make life easier. None of the shortcomings have to do with my use of an iPhone as these are all functions and apps on the watch itself and its Tizen OS. The lack of Samsung or another method of paying with an iPhone is annoying, but expected and understandable with competing phone brands. An app for coffee and movie QR codes would surely help here. If you use an iPhone, I would pass on this watch. If you have a Samsung phone, you have a bit more to like with Samsung pay and some of the watch apps seem to tie into apps on a Samsung phone. I would recommend you carefully check it out and keep tabs on your return by date for a refund if it’s not working out for you. Fortunately, Best Buy makes returns easy, so no real harm in trying it if you are on the fence.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Freedom Through Technology

    Posted
    HannahFaith
    • My Best Buy® MemberMember

    The world is so controlled technology, more than ever by cellphones. This can be a freedom, but it can also be limiting. The new Galaxy Watch, Samsung’s new smartwatch, allows users to enjoy all the freedom and benefits without any of the standard limits of carrying around a phone. As an active adventurer, my life has been simplified by owning a watch with the convenience, waterproofness, battery life, and health tracking it provides inspite of its equally jaw-dropping price tag. Whether it be at the gym, on the lake, or on all-day trip, the Galaxy Watch adds value to my life through convenience. When I go to the gym, it can be cumbersome to keep track of my phone. I have to pick it up and move it with me to the different equipment. I waste time propping it up somewhere when I am on the treadmill and making sure it is out of the way when I am on the mats so no one steps on it. The Galaxy Watch is attached to my arm so I never have to think about where it is. I can receive all my calls, texts, and stream music wirelessly all without having to keep track of where it is when I am moving around. Outside the gym, the watch is perfect for trips on the water. Whether kayaking, swimming, diving, or just being out in the rain, Galaxy Watch keeps your investment protected with a 5ATM waterproof rating. That means it can withstand pressures up to a 50 meter depth underwater. The user can be relaxed in using the watch without fear of the elements. While the waterproofness is a spectacular positive of owning a Galaxy Watch, one of my absolute favorite features is the all-day battery. This watch boasts a 472 mAh battery for its 46mm model, and a 270mAh battery for the 42mm model. I can use the larger watch for five days before I put it on the charger. While the smaller watch is about half the battery, that is still several days without having to worry about it dying. With the Galaxy Watch, I know I can make a call, text, pay with NFC, or even get an Uber® all on my watch. I can take pictures of all my adventures using my phone, without fear of my battery dying and potentially losing my ability to communicate and navigate. Not only can the watch be used for standard communication purposes, but as a fitness tracker, too. The Galaxy Watch can recognize and record up to 35 different activities. The user can get accurate and immediate data on calories burned, time spent on an activity, distance traveled, and heartrate. The heartrate feature serves not only to keep track of cardio workouts, but to detect when the user may be stressed. If the watch detects signs of stress, it will suggest ways to help relax like controlled breathing exercises. Galaxy Watch doesn’t just monitor health in time of activity, but also during sleep. The Galaxy Watch monitors the user’s sleep and offers detailed reports available on the Samsung Heath app with info such as the users REM sleep patterns. While the list of benefits and features for the watch impressive and eye catching, the price may also surprise some. The cellular capable Galaxy Watch is $369 for the 42mm size and $399 for the 46mm size. While the price is fairly standard for a smart watch, it is not in price range for all consumers. A fitness enthusiast could find a wearable health tracker for half the price of the Galaxy Watch if willing to sacrifice certain benefits like independent cellular service. As most people always have their cellphone on their person at all times, the watch can feel repetitive in utility, therefore making it more difficult to justify the cost. However, for those interested in water sports, frequent physical activity, or simply leaving their phone behind, the watch may be a fantastic solution very worth the price. Overall, I think the watch is an excellent device that adds value to the user’s life. The Galaxy Watch offers functionality that no phone can offer. If you are looking to get serious about your health and wellness goals, the watch may be the perfect solution. I highly recommend buying one, especially if you are a fitness enthusiast interested in the latest gear. They are currently exclusively available for activation on T-Mobile’s network, but can be Bluetooth connected to a phone regardless of carrier. I give it a five out of five-star rating, and two thumbs up!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Great smartwatch and fairly intuitive

    Posted
    Calibrator
    • My Best Buy® MemberMember

    After looking at the Apple watches for my daughter for Christmas I thought I would just look at the Samsung equivalent for myself. Boy, am I glad I did. This review is not about comparing the two watches. What watch is square anyway? I opted for the smaller of the two Galaxy watches. This 42mm is just the right size and is very light. This is my first venture into the smartwatch category. Here are my impressions: Pros: Excellent style and build quality. It looks great and people notice it. Seamlessly pairs with your smartphone without having to enter any wifi passwords or configure emails. It brings in all of your contacts. The interface is fairly straightforward and easy to navigate. There are tons of options to tweak the watch just the way you like it. The response of sliding the screens left and right is super fast. The rotating bezel is a very nice addition and highly useful for navigation. You can receive and send text messages. You can receive and send email messages. You can receive and place phone calls. The phone call quality is excellent. My wife didn't even know I was talking to her on the watch. You can create text by writing letters with your finger and it converts it to text. The display is crisp and clean looking. You can receive and send text messages via wifi if Bluetooth is out of range. You can receive and send email messages via wifi if Bluetooth is out of range. The app on your smartphone pairs easily with your watch and it works great to tweak your watch and download apps to your watch. The phone charges wirelessly on the included inductive charging stand. It's water resistant so you don't have to worry about getting it wet. Samsung Pay works great and it's secure and it's easy to configure and use. The altimeter accuracy is spot on! I checked the watch altimeter reading to my locally verified altimeter reading and it was only off by one foot at 650 feet! Battery life is a pro. I've been using the watch heavily over the last two days because it's new. I was receiving text messages and emails throughout the two days. I set alarm reminders. I received and placed phone calls. I added and deleted watch apps from the watch. After heavy use, the battery never went below 70% after a full day of use. I charged it just before bed and it was ready the next morning. Huge assortment of downloadable watch faces albeit some you have to purchase for a few bucks. The battery will charge from 70% to 100% is about 40 minutes. The watch seamlessly connects to known wifi networks that your phone already knows. The watch will let you know if you are out of Bluetooth range and wifi will kick in. The watch can be used "standalone" as an mp3 player and fitness exerciser when out of Bluetooth or wifi range. So-so: The Bixby voice commands are merely okay. It sometimes doesn't know what you're saying so you have to repeat it. The Bixby voice output is many generations behind Google. It sounds cheap and robotic. You are tethered via Bluetooth and its range for full watch functionality. Cons: You cannot send or receive phone calls via wifi if Bluetooth is out of range. Many downloadable watch apps are 1st generation. No stock calculator app is included. You have to download one. No stock stopwatch app is included. You have to download one.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Great Wearable with lots of functions!

    Posted
    dstracker
    • Tech Insider NetworkTech Insider Network

    This is my first wearable device. Since I’ve had several Galaxy Smartphones in the past, I was very pleased to try the watch. So far, I’m very happy with it. It has several, about 10-12, different watch faces to choose from depending on your preference for look and readability. I’m actually using the Gear MD103 digital watch face which I purchased for just $.99 on the Samsung App. I like this watch face because it’s easy to see and has all the functions and shortcuts I need most of the time. I took a picture of the Gear watch face which I’ll include with this review. I do a lot of walking so this face is perfect for me. It measures, HR, steps, calories, battery %, distance walked, % of goal reached and more. The sound features can be changed, just like my smartphone, to different included ringtones, vibration, theater mode and mute. I have mine set to vibrations only as long as I’m wearing it. The text is easy to read and the fonts can be changed to small, medium or large. The large font I find is the best and with the text being lit up, I have no problems reading my messages, emails, etc. It comes with several installed apps with the ability to add a few more. I like the fact that with just a turn of the bezel, I can access all my apps and functions. The corresponding app on my smartphone makes it easy for me to access all the settings and notifications. These can also be accessed on the watch as well. I have my calendar synced between my watch and smartphone so no matter where I am, I can see all my scheduled events on my watch. One of the best features is the ability to use both Bluetooth and WiFi. I like the wifi so that I can still access all the functions on my watch when I leave my phone at home, providing there is a wifi signal nearby. Pros: - Long battery life – so far I’ve used it for almost 48 hours and it’s still at 40%. - Interchangeable watch faces - Size of the watch itself – being a woman it’s big enough to see, but not too big to be unfashionable. - East of accessing apps - Find phone feature - Text messaging – predictable text works well, and there are also preprogrammed texts that you can add to - Adjustable font sizes – small, medium and large Cons: - No camera (maybe next time?) - A little on the hefty side, about the same weight as a sports watch - Limitation of # of apps that can be installed All in all for my first wearable I’m pleased with it. There are a lot more pros than cons. I recommend this watch for all of it’s pros. The cons are negligible.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Great smart watch

    Posted
    DoubleJ
    • Tech Insider NetworkTech Insider Network

    This is a great all around watch, and my first smart watch. I really like the style of the watch as it has the appearance of a classic watch, but all the features of a smart watch. A plethora of different bands is available from various outlets so you can really customize the look however you want. Pros Excellent quality Attractive design Interface is extremely intuitive, and the rotating bezel is definitely a plus. Connection to my smartphone was seamless and easy (Galaxy S8) The standard band is comfortable enough to wear all day and should fit almost any wrist with the inclusion of the different lengths in the package. The step tracker keeps up pretty well with my walking, and the automatic "workout" tracking picks up after about 10 minutes if I go for a walk. Most of the notifications are useful, and it syncs well with my smart phone's notifications. It's easy to disable just the ones you don't want on your watch. It also reminds you to move around every so often, which is useful for me. Call notification is good, but I haven't actually used it to talk on a call. I'm not Dick Tracy. A multitude of watch faces is available, you can have just about anything you want (but is this really useful?). If the battery life were better, you could use the always on display and it would give you a very traditional looking watch. The screen is bright and clear, easy to read. It automatically tracks your heart rate throughout the day and also "measures stress". These sensors seem to work well for me. The music player works well with the phone. I typically use Pandora and the controls work well with that app. I suppose I could download some MP3 files directly onto the watch and have those to listen to, but I haven't tried that. Cons Battery life is not as good as I'd hoped. If you enable the always on display, you can get a whole day, but you have to charge it every night. Without that on, I can get a solid 2 days out of the battery. This, however, impacts any sleep tracking you might want to do with this, because you can essentially only wear it every other night. While the standard band is comfortable, it's kind of ugly. There are plenty of aftermarket options available though. The step tracker works great as far as I can tell. The floor tracker, not so much. I live in a 2 story house. I definitely should have more than 2 floors average per day. Probably more like 50 in reality. It just doesn't track this well enough for me. Most notifications are useful, but... I tried asking the watch itself to remind me, and it sets up a reminder, but only notifies me on my phone. Maybe that's a setting that I've done incorrectly. Alarms... this probably shouldn't be in the cons section because they work, but, because the battery life is as it is, alarms aren't as useful as they could be. Somehow a timer and a stopwatch app are not included by default. This seems like an oversight, or maybe they're just trying to conserve space. These apps are available and work great, but I'm listing this here because they're not included by default. Bixby... what else can I say? It's just not as good as the Google assistant. At least not yet. Maybe this will improve with time. Other It supports Samsung Pay, but only with NFC. I haven't found this useful to me, but it doesn't really fit as a Pro or Con. I may experiment with it at some point. I think it's probably a nice feature to have. GPS - I think it tracks location, but I don't know what it does with the data. I can't find it anywhere. Overall, I really like the watch. I use it more than I thought I would for various tasks like text messages, answering calls (although I typically use a headset for audio), emails, timers, etc. If you're concerned about battery life then I would suggest going with the larger 46mm version which has a larger battery (and thus longer life).

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Impressive offering from Samsung

    Posted
    Tower72
    • Tech Insider NetworkTech Insider Network

    I will preface this review by saying that I paired this with my iPhoneX and wanted to give a different perspective from someone "currently" not in the Android or Samsung camp. Also, this review is for the 42mm Midnight Black version, not the 46mm Stainless Steel. I have had quite a bit of experience with Android Wear (now Wear OS) with older watches like the Moto360 and the LG Urbane LTE second edition. I also had the S7 Edge along with the Gear S2. With that being said, my initial impressions are generally positive. The basics come in the box, including a wall plug with the standard Samsung Wireless dock, instruction manual, and an extended strap for those with larger wrists (like myself). Now for the pros and cons! Pros: -Wrist detection works great -the assortment of watch faces is a definite plus. Also, older faces that I purchased for the S2, still work. And I am happy to see that the online store , still has an abundance of other faces to choose from -Paired very quickly and pretty seemlessly with the iPhone -side buttons are firm, with little to no play in response time -Strong vibration motor for those times when you have to turn off notification sounds -the speaker and microphone are both also impressive for a watch. I made a few calls to family, and they said they could hear me loud and clear. Granted I was not somewhere extremely noisy, but I also heard them -Notifications were snappy -Fitness tracking apps worked as advertised, and is on par with most other tracking wearable out there, including watches from other companies. -Watch bands are easily replaced, if you do not like the cheap feeling rubber ones that come with it. -The screen is BEAUTIFUL and the colors are vibrant for a watch! Cons: -Tizen OS is STILL limited in app selection! - Smaller battery= less usage. I managed to get about a day before I had to recharge it again but I also rely heavily on my devices -Voice control is non-existent when paired with an iPhone - No actual way to reply to any messages, only read them. -Bixby is still very cold sounding. Compared to the other digital assistants out there, I would put Bixby at the bottom as it still needs alot of work With that all out of the way, I like this watch. It is a bit thicker then I am used to, but with all the tech packed inside, its understandable. Tizen has always been the achilles heel of the wearable line of devices for Samsung, but since my last tinkering with it, I will say it has grown in app size and improved. Someone with a Samsung phone that is already invested into their own little ecosystem, will not be disappointed with this watch. It is a good looking device and has a pretty good build quality. Those with past Tizen experience, will be happy to know that any watch faces or apps that you purchased in the past, should work just fine as well. BUT if you are looking to use this with something like an iPhone, be prepared to lose a bunch of functionality. In closing, yes I would recommend this to someone on the fence.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    A Nice Disposable E-Gadget, Not An investment

    Posted
    BBCustomer
    • My Best Buy® MemberMember

    I'm guilty of expecting perfection from whatever I purchase. I grew up in the era when Japanese-made electronic goods went from being junk to world-class consumer products. I have went through three 46mm Galaxy watches and wanted to leave others with some observations I made. The first watch didn't work correctly, grossly over counting steps and taking heart rates when it felt like it. That was before the software Tizen 4.0.0.1 update which did fix the problem for many users. The second watch looked like it was the winner: it worked perfectly after the update, but by the 14th day of proud ownership, the auto heart rate feature quit working. I reset it and tinkered with the software, but nothing remedied the problem. Back it went for a THIRD exchange. Galaxy Watch number three JUST HAD TO WORK, so I told myself. I carefully purged the software from my cell, did a reload and even fully charged the watch before turning it on to pair and setup. The software update was applied and things were looking positive. The watch worked fine, except for (you guessed it) the step counting was WAY under, just like the first watch that never saw the update. And all three Galaxy 46mm watches had the bezel "tick" when tapped, though to a much lesser extent than the Frontier Gear S3. I mustered the nerve to go back for the forth time and got a 42mm version to see how it fared. Today it's working fine, with all functions operational and seemingly accurate. BUT, upon unboxing it, I noticed the bezel "tick" that's been a hallmark complaint of Samsung watch buyers since I can remember. The bezel looks straight, but the "tick" affects the right side of the watch face most. And yes, the ticking sound of metal-on-metal makes the watch seem cheap and poorly constructed. Short of the watch bezel falling off, I'm keeping this one, because the thing actually seems to work. And if it lasts me a few years like my old S2 Classic, than, that'll meet my expectations for another nominal consumer-grade device. I know consumers like me expect more than what a manufacturer is willing to invest in quality of design and quality control. One more example. While using a jeweler's loupe to look for what might be causing the bezel noise, I glanced at the HR LED and the four black sensors on the back of the watch. Some of the black sensor housings that surround the LED in the center had CLUSTERS (not just one or two specks) of dust particles trapped inside. Doubt if a little dust matters, but more evidence that quality control isn't Samsung's first priority making Smart Watches. As a side note, if anyone decides to examine their HR sensor on the back of the watch, be SURE to power down the watch to avoid eye injury. Bezels being loose, hard to turn, rattling, or not working seem to plague Samsung watches. I wish like everyone else that Samsung would come up with new designs, or better QC, but I guess not. The features the Galaxy Watch has to offer made me want this watch, because it's like a cellphone on my wrist. As far as expecting to find a Samsung watch that doesn't have imperfections, I'm doubtful I will, so I'll settle for "pretty good" as the best Samsung is capable or willing to provide the consumer. I'd recommend only if you're willing to live with a less than a flawless watch that costs over $300.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    A great addition to an already great line.

    Posted
    enem156
    • Tech Insider NetworkTech Insider Network

    I have a Gear S3 Frontier that I've used for a couple of years.  It's a great watch.  The 42mm Galaxy Watch is the perfect size for my wife.  It has all the great features of my S3 with some welcome additions.   First off, the battery is much better.  After wearing the watch all day at work, she still has about 2/3 battery life leftover.  That's much better than my S3 although maybe not as good as what the 46mm is boasting.  But getting several days life out of single charge is a really big improvement.   If you're not familiar with the Samsung smartwatches, they are pretty amazing devices.  They come preloaded with a large amount of useful apps.  One of the new ones I've noticed, is a Theater Mode app that is great for when you're sitting in a theater.  It turns off the display so that you can't inadvertently turn it on in the middle of a movie and disturb the people around you. The touch screen is very responsive and recognizes taps the first time.  Thanks to the Galaxy app store, there are quite literally thousands and thousands of watch faces (and apps) to choose from.  This is a huge deal if you like to change faces a lot.  Other smartwatch manufacturers don't have a large selection and really don't offer the tools for people to make their own faces.  Samsung does, and by doing so, they have amassed an incredible variety and number of faces.   The SHealth app really makes this watch worth getting.  I use it on my S3 and it's one of the best fitness apps I've used.  Combine that with the fact that it will automatically recognize various exercises that you start doing, and starts tracking them for you.  It works really well and you don't have to remember to turn it on to use it, it starts when you start.  The Galaxy also works for swimming.  It has an IP68 (50 meter) rating that means aside from actual diving, you're good to go for swimming.  It has a nice heart rate monitor which you can set to automatically check your heart rate at different intervals, or you can have it constantly to monitor your heart rate.  New to the Galaxy Watch is a stress monitor, which can monitor your stress level.     As it's predecessor does, you can receive and answer calls right from your wrist, get text messages and emails (and respond), and get notifications from a huge list of apps.  It charges pretty quickly via a wireless charger (which is included).  The rotating bezel is hands down the best user interface you could ask for and that, combined with two intuitive side buttons and the touch screen make for a very easy to use watch.   I've used Android watches running Wear OS, and they don't even compare with the amount of features you get with the Samsung watches running Tizen.  If I had any complaint at all (and I'm hard pressed to find any), it would be that it's a bit tall (thick?).  That's to be expected with great battery life I guess.  My wife loves the 42mm size, and I'm glad to see Samsung has listened to people who complained that the 46mm was just to big for them.  These are all very competent and intuitive watches, and I would recommend any of them.  They are by far, the best smartwatches available.  

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Beautiful, Impressive Smart Watch

    Posted
    Mbn05

    I have the galaxy 42mm black smart watch and I love it. The size is perfect, and it looks and functions great. In recent years I’ve had a 38mm Apple Watch, a Gear S3 Classic (too big at 46mm), and a 38mm Citizen EcoDrive—the 42mm Galaxy is easily the watch I like the best. It looks as good as the analog Eco Drive and has all the functions and more of the Apple Watch, while being faster, better looking, and a better size than the S3. I paired this with my iPhone and it does everything my Apple Watch did and more, but with a much better, more stylish and attractive look. It is a quality watch with a nice, solid build (it feels a lot more solid to me than the S3 Classic). Everything works great and fast: heart rate, calories, music controls, weather, step counter, etc. Another huge selling point that elevates this watch above the Apple Watch are the watch faces. The Galaxy watch has a lot of beautiful faces—it comes with 10 or 12 preloaded and there’s probably 4 of them I’d be happy to use, a couple that I love, and all of them are better than the 14 or 16 total Apple Watch faces. I used the Mickey Mouse face on my Apple Watch—not because I liked it, but because I really disliked all the rest of the very small number of choices. The pre-installed Galaxy faces are all better, and I actually love the default face, but if I didn’t there are thousands of faces available (unlike the Apple Watch). The battery seems really good as well: I’ve been using the heck out of my Galaxy since picking it up early yesterday (about 36 hours ago), haven’t turned anything off or done anything to extend battery life, haven’t charged it yet, and I’m still at 47% power. I should easily get a couple days of normal use between charges and could probably push it farther.

    I would recommend this to a friend

    • Brand response

      Samsung

      Hello Mbn05, thank you for taking time out of your day to leave us this positive feedback. We appreciate you being part of the Samsung family. ^Michelle Samsung

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    A Beautiful and Useful Phone Companion

    Posted
    DrWMJ
    • Tech Insider NetworkTech Insider Network

    This is a review for the Samsung Galaxy Watch 42 mm. I wasn’t sure I needed or wanted a smartwatch. I mean, my phone (Pixel 2XL) takes care of all of my mobile electronic needs so beautifully, how much greater convenience could a smart watch provide? Then I got the Galaxy Watch, and I have grown to love it! And here’s why... First of all, it looks like a watch. It is round and rugged looking (in black), and the watch faces are brilliant and beautiful. There is an almost “3-D” effect to the dial which is very attractive. It is big, for a watch, and I was initially going to get the 46mm model due to the improved battery life. However, even though I have a large wrist (see picture), I am happier with the size of the 42mm model. I get a kick out of turning the bezel to scroll through the apps. Next, this watch does some incredible things, such as: It not only tells me when I get a text, but it shows me the text, and lets me respond (either by pre-set phrases, voice input which works amazingly well, or by fiddling with an on-screen keyboard, which is really too clumsy to use all the time) I can make and answer phone calls right from the watch, and never touch the phone I have in my pocket. I feel like Dick Tracy when I do this. When someone calls me, I twist the bezel clockwise and the call is answered, or a twist counterclockwise can defer the call. No reaching in the pocket! Finally, of course it can do the usual “fitness-related” things. I have found that the GPS to be highly accurate in following me on my runs, and it is helpful to know how far I have travelled. The step counter is also very accurate, but when my arm gets sweaty after running on a hot day, the watch loses the ability to monitor my heart rate. I suspect that this might be a technological limitation, and I do not know if other fitness-oriented watches such as Fitbit or Garmin do a better job. There is Bixby. I have not experimented with this much, but it is very handy just to push a button, say “set a timer for x” and it happens. As far as other apps go, I am told that the options for Tizen OS are not nearly as great as for iOS or Wear OS, but my phone is still likely to perform better as a multimedia platform, calculator, or search engine. I have used Samsung Pay on my watch, but the process of signing in with a PIN is a PITA. Paying with my phone is much easier, but I do have to reach in my pocket for it. So, I am very happy with my Galaxy Watch- it is a beautiful device that allows me to enjoy many of aspects of the mobile wizardry of my Pixel 2XL, without having to hold onto a phone. I can recommend it highly.

    I would recommend this to a friend