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  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Samsung's Best Smartphone

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    dvdirv
    • Tech Insider NetworkTech Insider Network

    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: 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: 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: 4 out of 5 stars

    Great smartwatch and fairly intuitive

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    Calibrator
    • My Best Buy® Member

    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: 4 out of 5 stars

    Impressive offering from Samsung

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    Tower72
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    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: 4 out of 5 stars

    Great smart watch and fit tracker in one

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    Shae
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    This is my first smart watch I've owned so I do not have a previous one for comparison. However, the watch has performed extremely well. I've been testing it for a couple days now and it's going on day three and the battery is still going strong on one full charge, from the initial day of receiving. I've been playing around with it, consistenly checking out different features, downloading watch faces and apps, running apps, making calls, updating stats and sleeping with it for vitals and sleep monitoring. With all of this activity the watch has kept up great. No lags, no freezing, so far. At first, I was worried that it may not have been tracking my steps correctly. It seemed that on a certain pre loaded watch face the steps weren't tracking immediately, but as I changed the face to a downloaded one, the steps were tracked accurately. Since having the watch I received an update today and the tracking on the original face I had is now being tracked correctly with no issue. The watch isn't too heavy, or garishly big. It's comfortable on my wrist for extended periods of time and during sleep. The body feels sturdy. It looks sleek but it isn't as low profile as others on the market. Switching between screens/apps is easy. You can swipe or use the dial. Buttons are useful and sturdy with click sounds. Which you are able to turn off. The sound is what you would expect from a watch that's "smart". It's not mind blowing as it shouldn't be because it's a watch, but its sharp and loud enough to hear. However, when on a call the talk volume is loud and clear. I forgot I was talking on a watch instead of my phone. I like that you can set different rings and tones just like on your phone although choices are a little bit limited. Apps for entertainment and other genres are also extremely limited. I haven't used bixby yet, so I can't attest to its ability and function. All together the watch is very intuitive and quite responsive. I haven't had any negative experiences. I would definitely recommend this smart watch for someone like me who is new to the game and to someone looking to upgrade.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Great Smart Watch, tons of features

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    TechRider82
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    First off, I got this watch in sale at Father's day which saved me $50. Also, I'm already a Samsung phone user (Note 8). Seeing up this watch and connecting to my phone was a breeze and took about 20 minutes to get connected, updated and personalized which I did without reading any manuals. This watch had tons of options and features for customizing. I love the amount of information I can get on my wrist including reading emails, tweets, texts and taking phone calls. I thought for sure answering my phone via my watch was a total waste and useless feature but I've been able to grab calls a few times via my watch where I would've missed the call otherwise. I've had no complaints or questions if I was "using something different" to answer said calls which surprised and impressed me. I've been able to use my watch to respond to some texts where the response was short and use my phone less because my watch can get me the info I need faster and doesn't need to be pulled out/unlocked. My primary reason for getting this watch was wanting to track my health stats but have something that looked like a watch while also being waterproof. It does all that super well and clearly so much more. I thought since this was an electronic device at heart it would be fragile but I've been what I consider fairly abusive to this watch and it still looks brand new (no scratches showing on the band, bezel, or screen and I even did breaks on a car while wearing it). I tend to be fairly active and I use it for now than just getting the time but my two complaints are the battery life and the time it takes to charge it back up. I can only get about 2 to 2 and 1/2 days of battery life out of it at brand new and it takes a solid 2 hours to fully charge if I've used more than half the battery. That being said, I believe there are plenty of smart watches that are worse while giving you much less. I fully recommend this watch!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Needs Work to Get 5 Stars

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    DiligentShopper
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    After using the 42mm Galaxy Watch for about 10 Weeks, I am very comfortable with it and my purchase choice. I have been wanting to upgrade from my ORIGINAL Gear Fit for several years but could never find a strong reason to change. When the Galaxy Watch was announced I decided to Jump Now, after waiting for initial batch reviews and first sale price. Operator interface and display are excellent, easy to learn and now is very natural. I had thought all the watch faces available was a important function. I quickly found the default watch faces were more than enough for me, and I settled in on one that is not one I would have thought to be my main choice. I have downloaded a few others but deleted them soon after. Battery life is great for my use. I charge every 2nd morning, diagnostics indicate I can get almost 4 days before charging. Heart Rate Tracker seems accurate and consistent with other devices. I only use manual tracking, auto sends to much data to the S Health app on my phone. Step tracker seems within 1-2% versus physical count of steps on longer walks at a steady pace. My issue is there seems to be a minimum of about 10 steps to count as activity. SO, trips to the water cooler, coffee pot or rest room don't count for steps or activity. Sleep tracker is at best a cute NOVELTY. I liked using the one on the gear fit, and one of my reasons for upgrade was to get automatic tracking instead of manual. Go to Bed and Awake times seem accurate with a few minutes. My issue is it QUITS tracking and gets confused 0-4 times a night. It seems it has a 25 minute verify status window. A few nights a week it may work OK , then on others, a take a bathroom break or roll over will cause it to go off into La-La land and not track anything for 1-5 multiples of 25 minutes. This results in multiple sleep segments making long term tracking of sleep efficiency worthless.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Beautiful watch, well worth the wait.

    Posted
    Maddog1989
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    This is a very nice watch with lots of apps available to use. I enjoy the screen/watch face being able to be changed. Those faces are mostly free, I find those that are not are reasonably priced. I ordered a different watch band from Amazon, this one is nice but it made me sweat under the band. I didn't care for that. The battery is decent however it does take a very long while to charge. It's not like the fast charging I'm used to on my other Samsung items. The sleep records are rather fun to see how your doing. It like a challenge now to see if I can increase my rem sleep. Still working on that. The step counter is nice however the floor counter is off a bit. There were more than 4 times it counted me doing a ton of stairs and I actually only did 2 sets of stairs, so I knew it was lying :). The battery length seems to be getting worse the longer I have it. So I'm worried about that. I used to be able to go a day and half without charging, now I had to buy another charger for work to make sure its charged before bed (because I like wearing it for the sleep counter). So after having this for 1 month and 3 weeks it is barely holding at a 24 hrs charge. The price is good. I found my best deal at best buy to include the extra plan. So watch for the sales :) All in all, I love this watch.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Decent Smartwatch but needs work

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    dnottingham4
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    The Samsung - Galaxy Watch Smartwatch 42mm Stainless Steel - Midnight Black is a well featured smartwatch backed up by the Samsung ecosystem; even if the Tizen OS ecosystem is still in its infancy. This review will be done in 3 parts – features, usage impressions, and pros/cons. Features: The watch comes with the following main features; • It is compatible with both Android and iOS smartphones • It connects with Bluetooth • Smart Notifications • Customizable watch faces • Samsung Health Fitness Tracking • Swim Ready (50m submerge) • Water Resistant (10m submerge) • Built-in speakers/microphone • Samsung Pay (not tested) Usage Impressions: This watch is well designed. I like the black color and bands. The 42 mm size is appropriate, and I would not want a watch that is much larger (Note that I am 5-7 in height). This watch is heavier than others I have owned in the past, while this takes some getting used to it is a sign of its The interface with the rotating bezel and the buttons is easy to learn and somewhat intuitive It can be much quicker to get to where you need vs other watches that use buttons for navigation. I found the notifications capability to be very overwhelming when getting emails (Like I have on my current smart/fitness watch) – thus I turned them off early in my usage. The fitness capabilities are comparable to other watches I have used and since I was wearing both my current device and this one at the same time, they tracked consistently with one another. I used two watch faces during this review and found them to be easy to find and switch between. Pros: Appearance, durability, user interface Cons: App availability, notifications can be troublesome, no native GPS app,

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Good 1st Smartwatch For Me

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    Dreemer1961
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    This review is for the Samsung Galaxy Watch black 42mm model, which is the watch that I actually received. In general, most of my conclusions should apply to the larger model as well, since they are essentially the same except for their physical dimensions, and battery capacity. As the review summary above states, the Galaxy Watch is the first smartwatch that I have owned, therefore I have no prior experience with which to compare but I can state that so far I have no huge complaints about this watch. I use a Galaxy Note 8 as my main phone and pairing it to the Galaxy Watch was simply a matter of downloading the Samsung Wearable app, turning my phone’s Bluetooth, and powering up the watch. The entire process took only seconds. I also downloaded the full user manual from the Samsung website, as the watch comes with a Quick Start Guide only. Being a first time smartwatch owner, I am pretty amazed by all the capabilities of this device. It seems to be quite fast and smooth in operation. I have really only one complaint so far and that would be the Galaxy Watch’s battery life. I believe it is stated as being up to six days which is unrealistic for a typical watch user (as I believe I am). I keep my Bluetooth always connected and the Always On Display set to off, the heart monitor set to every 10 minutes, and I am getting around two days of battery life. However, the 46 mm model having a larger battery, the life would be more like four days, I presume. As far as looks and feel go, I prefer this round watch, as opposed to the more square type such as the Apple Watch, and I also like the bezel control as well. This watch feels substantial but not too much weight to be uncomfortable for long periods of wear. I tend to only remove my watch to shower (even though it is waterproof of course) and to charge the battery, and I find it very comfortable. In general, if you are thinking of purchasing the Samsung Galaxy Watch, I would recommend it highly.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Handy watch

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    acidxfrost
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    I got the 42mm black version of this. I didn't think it was too small. I was able to navigate apps and what not with ease. The black look makes it seem very sleek. I love that it isn't a square body. Besides the display turning on and off it looks like a regular watch. The health apps are good for tracking my stress, heart rate, and steps. I like that it buzzes me when I've been sitting still too long. The display is very crisp. When you have a watch face that has hands it looks like there really are hands moving. There is a great community of watch faces for free to download. I found one's super simple with just a digital readout to complex detailed analog to quirky pacman or mario displays. There really is something for everyone. I found Bixby the voice activated part to be pretty worthless. It didn't understand what I said and when it did there were so many clicks I could of pulled my phone out and dialed already. Also the texting it pretty hard. It has an option to write the letters on the screen and it was constantly writing the wrong letters I never got figured out a good way to get it to work. I mostly used the canned responses it gave you. I'd recommend getting a different watch band. the silicone one fits nice but it captures moisture. So if you're washing your hands or outside it starts to get irritating. On average the battery lasted 3 days for me and just had a quick overnight charge on the dock. Even when it was running low on battery it was still useful and just pretty much turned into a fitbit giving me the time and my step count. It also has a pretty good blutooth range. I could leave my phone in the other room and still be connected. It would be nice if I could activate the screen by shaking my wrist. Sometimes the motion from hip to chest didn't trigger the display or if I was sitting and wanted to see the time.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    First smart watch for me.

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    CAPNDigital
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    The Samsung Galaxy watch is the first smart watch I have ever owned or really messed with. Set up with my iPhone X was quick and easy, with out any real issues. The Galaxy watch app is basically useless for me. Over all I have enjoyed the watch, seeing my messages quickly, seeing my daily steps, and having a watch on my wrist for the first time in years has been fun. That being said, the watch has only lasted 33 hours on a single charge and I can not wear it to sleep or in the shower. I did develop a small irritation around the area where the sensor is on the back of the watch. The sleep tracking doesn’t work too well for me and it doesn’t track steps when pushing a shopping cart or mowing the yard. The built in work out features work well, tracking my walking and swimming worked well and I like that it paused when I had to take a quick break during the workout. I also liked the auto workout when walking over 10mins at a time. The 42mm size was a little large and height of the watch is a bit bulky for me. The rotating bezel works great to move between menus. I do enjoy seeing messages with out pulling out my phone. I made a couple of phone call for fun and I was told I sounded quite clear to them on the other end. Overall, the watch performed as I thought it would with the exception of the battery, I have to charge it every night. It is rugged and quite durable, I have not once felt like it was going to break.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    A good, evolutionary not revolutionary development

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    SpartySAM
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    First let me begin by stating that I received this watch from Best Buy as a subject for the review. Having said that, I find myself confused by this watch. On one hand, it builds wonderfully on the past versions of the Samsung watches (BTW, there is a name change here - from S to Galaxy). In many ways, that is a good thing because the past versions were good. Where the improvement really shines is in the battery life. I found myself going between 3 to 5 days between charges. For me, this is important. Yet, it is also disappointing, especially when compared with the new Apple Series 4 watches. These watches are bigger (42 to 44 mm) and they add more health-related features. While more expensive, they seem like a better deal. Samsung apparently took the safe path - it took what it was doing well and expanded on it. It would have been nice to add some more features. It also would have been nice if Samsung had taken a feature from the Android world - a feature where you can see the hour and minute hands even when the watch is not on. So, what do you have. You have a watch that offers better battery life; a watch is cheaper than the Apple line; a watch that represents an evolutionary development. If you currently own a Samsung S3 or Tumi, then I don't see a compelling reason to upgrade (not as compelling as in the case of the Apple Series 4). If you want a watch that offers long batter life, then this is one to seriously consider. In the end, for me, this is simply an OKAY watch. It is not part of my usual watch rotation. BTW, I did not have a chance to contact Samsung customer service, but I hope that they have improved - they could not have been worse in my past experiences.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Bought for GF - we broke up, she kept the watch.

    Posted
    thumper427
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    Bought it for my ex-girlfriend for Christmas. Thought it would last longer (the relationship) but things weren't meant to be. She loved the watch. I was impartial to the device - #appleguy. But I must say, it was a decent piece of hardware. If I were an Android user, I would have one of these. Not in rose gold though. It was on par with my Apple watch for the most part. Build quality was high and the user interface seemed pretty decent. If I owned it personally, probably would give it five stars. As it stands though, I had to knock off one star because: It's an Android product, and she left soon after. Not that she was out to get a free watch; the relationship ending was for the best. I just hate to see tech I paid for leave... Even if it is Android. If you are in the market for an Android compatible watch then I strongly suggest this make and model. If you are buying for a lover that potentially could leave at any minute, then seek alternatives. Perhaps a Timex from the clearance bin at Walmart. Nobody ever pined for a Timex. Except maybe those indiglo ones that were all the rage years ago. "Look, my whole watch face lights up in the dark!" How exciting. My only other complaint was that the watch seemed a bit bulky. But maybe that was just me.

    I would recommend this to a friend

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      It is great to hear from you, thumper427. Thank you for choosing Samsung and leaving this positive review. ^Elizabeth Samsung

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Love it

    Posted
    RobD86
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    So much about this watch is just amazing. The battery easily lasts me 2 days even with GPS on and the heart rate monitor set to always on. The Frontier would only last 8 hours before having to go into power saving mode. It is so lightweight compared to the Frontier. The Frontier could sit on the charger for 3+ hours (from dead) and still wouldn't have a full charge, but this is good to go in under an hour. I love the stress monitor and guided breathing, I just wish there were a notification when your stress levels go up. Then there are the issues... Step accuracy isn't great, not awful, but not the best. The sleep monitor will sometimes randomly stop so that one night it didn't track anything and gave an error message the next morning telling me as much and another time it tracked for two hours, then nothing for five hours, and finished with one hour so that it looked like I only slept for three hours. Finally, Spotify... I don't know if it's a Samsung issue or a Spotify issue, but if you have the widget added to one of your screens, then after a phone call or text message it will randomly start playing. Removing the widget and just opening the app seems to fix this. Overall, this thing could be amazing if they would just fix some of these things.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Great Watch

    Posted
    LunaRune
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    Still adapting to this watch compared to the Gear Fit 2. It has so many more features! It has been hard finding screen protectors that fit, but I did find them on Amazon and that they have protectors for the metal part of the watch. The main drawback is it takes forever to charge. My Note8 phone charges faster. I've read with a new device, it's better for the battery to let it die and fully charge the first few times. That took over 3 hours. So, I'd recommend charging it throughout the day. Even 30 minutes helps. I try to keep the charger with me and charge it when I am sitting at work instead of at night. That way it doesnt miss my sleep tracking. If I forget to put it on when I move around, I've just missed some steps and hopefully my phone will pick up the difference. Overall, I am really enjoying the watch and so glad I upgraded. I like being able to text from the watch or use the voice feature. It still has the ability to track steps, floors, water intake, sleep, and find the phone... Also, it shows the calendar and can even add new evets. There is also the ability to call directly from the watch too!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Overall, I like it!

    Posted
    MomtoMany
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    I purchased the watch mainly to listen to music at work. Spotify absolutely kills the battery. I get about 2 or 3 hours of listening time and then it's done. On days where I'm mainly checking fb or responding to text messages on it, I can stretch it to a good 6 to 8 hours. Work days where I dont mess too much with it, it can easily last 2 days. I love the fact that it monitors the lack of sleep that I get as well as other things, even down to the cups of caffeine you have had. I never had an issue with it connecting to my bluetooth ear buds (even the cheap ones from ebay). There are quite a few times where my spotify will stop working but I feel that has more to do with the software and wifi connection. Call quality is as good as it gets for a watch. It's clear enough and definitely a handy feature. I did have an issue before where it stopped automatically connecting to wifi and I wasnt receiving text messages. I deleted the app and reset my watch and haven't had the issue again.

    I would recommend this to a friend