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Samsung - Galaxy Watch Smartwatch 46mm Stainless Steel LTE (unlocked) - Silver-Front_Standard

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Rating 4.3 out of 5 stars with 79 reviews

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  • Rating: 2 out of 5 stars

    Classy, but underwhelming.

    Posted
    Smiledog
    • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase

    I bought this as a sleeker, bolder alternative to a Fitbit (or so I'm told it was supposed to be), but this was probably not the right choice. Before I bash on it, I'll state the good. -Fantastic build quality. It feels like a much more expensive mechanical watch I own, but I'm less afraid of dinging this one up (not that I intend to). Nice weight, the bezel ring has a satisfying *click* that doesn't seem to wear out, the face is pretty tough against scratches, it really IS waterproof, and the changeable bands is a neat little bonus. The battery is pretty good, I've gone days on a single charge. The device itself is stylish and classy in almost every scenario and adds a bit of flair to whatever you're doing and it functions rain or shine, hot or cold. -Somewhat simple and very responsive interface. There's a short learning curve to overcome using the watch. Just swipe or tap, a few gestures and that's it. Smooth transitions, apps load quick, and the display is very bright and sharp. Now for the cons... -Iffy accuracy. Oftentimes the step counter is waaayyy off and other times it's pretty darn accurate, but there's no way of getting it to "learn" your patterns, so if you're going to wear it for more than just fitness, you probably just want to only rely on the steps as you run, because it's consistent. -GPS...I guess..? This was advertised to independently have its own GPS function without needing a phone, to trace routes while running, which is the main reason I got it, and it works....kind of. To no surprise, it worked perfectly in the store, but outside is another story. It can trace the route I move, BUT, it's not always smooth or consistent. It seemingly takes forever most of the time to actually acquire a signal and position me on the map. Also, the map itself doesn't seem to load, once I move far enough, my route is traced in a black void apparently and the only map shown is what's loaded onto the screen with the initial GPS lock....I don't remember running all the way to purgatory... -Music? So I understand there's a way to put music on the device and use Bluetooth headphones, but I haven't necessarily figured it out yet. You can't just plug it in to a PC and drag/drop your files to it. -Sugar-free diet software. On top of all that, the only halfway competent fitness apps and software are pretty much all made by Under Armour, and they all only have like 3/5 stars, and do pretty much the same thing. Stopwatch, mediocre GPS (again), rep count (doesn't work well with pull-ups or situps) and heart rate monitor, being the most accurate thing (besides the watch function itself), which also needs specific placement on your wrist. The OTHER available apps are either pointlessly paid premium, or just pointless period. I don't need to control a PowerPoint with my watch, and I don't need to read a word document. YouTube? REALLY!? This one is horrendous, try it and you'll see what I mean...There's one fitness app on the proprietary watch store that has 4.5 stars, but I'm not going to get it. I paid 400 dollars for the watch, it should at least function as advertised without needing to subscribe to something, or have a free full-use demo to verify if it's worth spending for the app. Just about ALL of the fitness apps have a paid version that supposedly have much better tracking, but they're mostly more for forums, miscellaneous online uploads etc. for those "lookit how far I ran, can YOU beat that!?"...Again, 400 for the watch alone should net me something worthwhile, like a few included good, functional paid apps or something. Maybe I'm just negative here, but I'd think this product would be a bit better and more developed for the outdoorsy types, not just suave techies. As mentioned before, I think a Garmin might be more of what I'm looking for, in terms of GPS route tracking (since that's kind of their main thing), calorie counter and so forth. Great style, good intentions, but poor execution....NEXT!!!

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 2 out of 5 stars

    known problem not fixed, overrated battery

    Posted
    disappointed
    • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase
    • My Best Buy® Elite MemberElite Member

    First of all this would have been a great watch had Samsung fixed some know problems. The floors climbed on this watch is horrible at best. Today I put my Garmin watch and Galaxy Watch on and after several flights up and down the steps the Garmin showed 9 floors (I had done 12), The Galaxy Watch showed none. To see if it worked at all I climbed the steps and raised my hand over my head and the Galaxy watch counted one floor. My other big problem is with the battery life. I have the 46mm LTE (but no data plan set up) and get one day before needing to charge the watch. After 24 hours I will have a battery percentage in the single digits. I might be able to squeeze a little over 24 hours but never over 30. I have not done any exercise that I would use the GPS on nor have I been using apps or music. The phone is billed as unlocked but it will not work on ATT. In fairness it does say in the product description that it only works on T-Mobiles network but I didn't see that until after I ordered it. I really wanted this watch to work and really do love the watch other than the three problems listed. Those are some major problems though considering my Garmin Vivoactive HR does everything that I used the Galaxy Watch to do and I right at a week on a battery charge. I called Samsung today and was told by the customer service tech to reset the phone, which I did, and if that didn't work to bring the phone back to Best Buy to get a refund or exchange. The tech was very nice but he reported that he had not heard of the floor or battery problem and that my phone must have a problem with it. He may not have heard about it but there were many complaints about it on the Samsung Community board on Samsungs websight.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Excellent Watch

    Posted
    thoughts
    • My Best Buy® Elite Plus MemberElite Plus Member

    I wear this watch every day and love it. My main goal was to be able to go to the beach and swim, or go for a walk or run, and leave my phone at home, but still be connected to my family or friends while I was out and listen to music as I exercised. This allows me to do just that. I walk/jog to the beach, go for a swim, come home, j ump in the pool, use it on the boat, take it on waverunners and go anywhere else I want without having to worry about bringing my phone with me. I must say, the speaker and microphone on this watch for making calls is incredible. One day while I was on an eco-tour taking a waverunner down a river, I saw an e-mail from a client pop up on my watch and I had to call them right away - I called from my watch, while on the waverunner heading down a river and not only could the client hear me, they actually asked which headset I using as it was the clearest call they had had from someone on a cell phone. Of course, they were shocked to learn I was simply using my watch without a headset to make the call. If you want to get outside and enjoy the water/beach/open road but still need to stay in contact with family, friends, or clients - this watch is a must have.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    SAMSUNG GALAXY UNLOCKED

    Posted
    TIGER7388
    • My Best Buy® Elite Plus MemberElite Plus Member

    This is my third watch. First one was a Frontier that the outside bezel was breaking down. Second was a LTE Verizon that the battery could not hold a charge for more than 20 hours. Now finally third watch is a charm. Holds a charge for three days. I recommend to back up your old watch if you have a Samsung account. One problem was I lost all of my Verizon Assurion insurance on all of my Verizon equipment when the Best Buy store activated my watch, which covered lost or stolen. The geek squad covers the watch problem, so best to have both insurances no deductible with geek but does not cover for lost or stolen. I use it for my sleep monitoring, walking and my local weather reports. My blu tooth seems to loose my connection to my Note 8, has a limited connection distances goes to a wifi. I only made one outgoing call with the watch, by not being connected to my Note 8.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    A very nice smartwatch with great battery

    Posted
    ZUnderwood
    • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase
    • My Best Buy® Elite MemberElite Member

    I purchased the Galaxy Watch w/LTE intending to augment my Pixel 3 XL phone. The watch is very much to my liking, and it does a great job with battery management. My old Gear S3 would be down to 70% battery available after one day's use, while the Galaxy Watch is showing 90% available in the same time frame. That's really decent. I purchased the LTE variant expecting to number-share it with my Pixel 3XL phone. Only after receiving it, I came to find that the two can't be number-shared - according to Verizon.. So, i'm using the Galaxy Watch with a Bluetooth connection to my phone. And it works great! I can initiate text messages on the watch, answer phone calls, and get all my notifications. It is disappointing that I can't use the LTE functions, especially since at least 6 calls to Samsung says that I should be able to do so. But, Verizon insists that it isn't possible to do so. I've rated the watch 5-stars because I think it's an outstanding watch. Still, I'm hoping that one day Verizon and Samsung and Google will all learn to play better together.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    The watch is operating as advertised

    Posted
    MikeAtoki
    • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase
    • My Best Buy® MemberMember

    I have been enjoying the watch since taking delivery of it. The watch is superior to a similar watch from LG. The cost of LG Watch Sport Unlocked GSM (Silver/Titan) [Wireless is almost twice that of the Galaxy. I paid $650 for the LG Watch while Samsung - Galaxy Watch Smartwatch 46mm Stainless Steel LTE cost me $369.99. The LG smart watch was returned because of poor battery. A full charge cannot last for a full day while Galaxy battery fully charged lasts for 4 days plus depending on usage. I have tested and used all its features. Every aspect of the watch is working as shown on its specification. It pairs and syncs easily with my Galaxy S8+. Its Samsung Health feature works as if its monitoring ones health by reminding me how long I have been sitting down. So far so good, I have no regrets for returning the LG watch to buy the Galaxy. The Galaxy smart watch is a great watch to use.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Should come with either a metal or leather strap

    Posted
    Wolverineguy55
    • My Best Buy® Elite Plus MemberElite Plus Member

    The watch is beautiful. I have used this to speak on the phone when my phone was not with me and it works great. Calls are clear and people don't seem to have issues hearing me. Be sure to use the new Galaxy Wearable app instead of the old one. I had some issues initially of losing connection to my phone when connecting my phone to Android Auto which caused battery issues, but Samsung seems to have addressed this since the issue has not occurred in the last month. The biggest issue I have with this watch is the strap. I broke out in a rash wearing this strap. I have worn other silicon straps on other watches like the FitBit watches and have never broken out in a rash before. I purchased two Milanese loop strap watch from Amazon (one black and one silver since look good with the watch's two tone color).

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Really good smart watch

    Posted
    Kryptis519
    • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase
    • My Best Buy® MemberMember

    Watch does most of the advertised tasks well, tracks workouts fairly well automatically including running and playing sports like tennis or soccer. Call clarity is very good, nobody can even tell i'm calling them on the watch vs handset. The speaker is a little tinny but that's expected on a small device I suppose. I'm with AT&T and the number sync has worked consistently when I'm away from my phone. Battery life Seems to me to cap out at a couple of days with regular use. The advertised 6-7 days must be just for people using it solely as a timepiece. It charges in a couple hours so this isn't a huge deal. I usually just charge it a bit when I shower or when I'll be on the computer for a while.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Watch is unlocked; can confirm.

    Posted
    FirstName
    • My Best Buy® Elite MemberElite Member

    I bought this watch a couple months ago when it was first available. I had to return it because T-Mobile was the only carrier who supported the watch at the time. Now that all the major carriers support it, I decided to give it a try. For those with AT&T be sure to go into the store because you will need a QR code that is not provided by Samsung or Best Buy in order for this to be activated to your mobile plan. More info can be found by googling Galaxy Watch Activation. The longest part was getting the line added to the plan. The actual activation of the watch itself is a breeze.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Great watch!

    Posted
    johnnj
    • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase
    • My Best Buy® Elite Plus MemberElite Plus Member

    This is my 2nd one of these. I originally wanted the LTE version, but BB didn't have them in stock. When they got them, I upgraded. Activating on ATT was kind of a pain, because I had to go to an ATT store for them to give me an eSIM card to take a picture of with the Samsung app. After that it was smooth. When the watch is out of range of the paired phone it'll seamlessly switch to LTE. It's great being able to stay in touch and get notifications if I don't have my phone with me. Otherwise the watch works great. I tried a Wear OS watch and preferred Samsung Tizen. Much smoother and more efficient.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Perfect LTE phone

    Posted
    DrBee
    • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase
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    Purchased this for the phone. Was tired of lugging the Note 8 everywhere, but needed to be connected to clients. Paired with my Plantronics BT headset, the untethered life without a phone is a game changer. When you think about what we're asking this watch to do with a battery the size of a nickel... BT, Data, GPS, stream music... It lasts easily a full day with many long client calls, 5 mile walks, Google maps turn by turn, etc., If course it does a million other things with every app you'll need readily available. I don't care if I have to charge it each night. This thing is powerful tool for business.

    I would recommend this to a friend

    • Brand response

      Samsung

      Hello DrBee, we are thrilled to know you're getting great use out of all the wonderful features this watch has to offer. Thank you for picking Samsung! ^Elizabeth Samsung

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    It is unlocked

    Posted
    Amccall

    The device is unlocked. However, T-Mobile is the only carrier that currently supports the activation of this particular watch, so I can understand the confusion. Once the other carriers support it, it will be able to be activated with them and I'm sure the description will be updated on this page. Best to wait until your carrier announces they will be carrying this watch before buying it. Otherwise, just use it with Bluetooth until your carrier opens up the compatibility. Other than that, I get at least 3 days of battery and the watch charges super fast.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    Did NOT work on Verizon

    Posted
    Frustrated
    • My Best Buy® MemberMember

    Bought an open box online. Verizon said it was NOT compatible. Otherwise, it would've been a great watch. There is definitely some glitch causing some watches not to work with Verizon. Returned watch even though we just wanted one that actually worked with Verizon (since apparently there are some that do). Associate wanted us to pay an additional $35 to exchange the watch because they didn't have an open box. Best buy sent us a device that did not work as advertised (not unlocked for verizon), that is not our fault... I shouldn't have to pay more money because best buy screwed up!!!

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Great Watch

    Posted
    rnrMyRadio
    • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase
    • My Best Buy® MemberMember

    Love my watch, upgraded to LTE version, after my bluetooth one's screen got cracked (Geek squad protected!!) Only problem with the "unbranded" by a carrier/UNLOCKED ones that are sold by Best Buy, this model has a 1% chance of getting activated on VERIZON. Best Buy can't activate this watch in store as it has a *30* digit e-sim from Samsung, and Verizon uses *20* digits in there sims... not compatible with there system. I spent 6 DAYS with Verizon tier 2 support before they finally gave up trying to activate it, resulting in an increase in fees & taxes on my next bill.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    A Watch for All Hours

    Posted
    Lucky91
    • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase
    • My Best Buy® MemberMember

    This is the first time I have bought a smart watch. I sought something that was attractive and functional, and that could be used as a signalling device in case of a fall, since I live alone and am getting on in years. I did not want one of those expensive one-function subscription-based devices for invalids. I like the look of this watch and its email alerts. I am particularly pleased with the health monitoring features, which really have encouraged me to get out and about, as well as the weather app. All around, it is far more than I expected, and I would highly recommend it.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Galaxy upgrade

    Posted
    DRNYCP
    • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase
    • My Best Buy® MemberMember

    I bought this watch as a upgrade to my galaxy sport. This watch is very durable and much better made. I use it to take phone calls, listen to music and read/reply to text messages. I swim a few times a week, a nice feature is it literally spits out the water when you finish swim mode. the battery lasts a few days. I bought the 46mm for the bigger screen, the dial is the size of my whole wrist. I only gave it 4 stars because I have not hooked it up to. y cellular provider yet and the rating won't let me give it 4.5 stars. Overall I am very pleased with my watch.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 1 out of 5 stars

    Misleading

    Posted
    Meanballer
    • My Best Buy® Elite Plus MemberElite Plus Member

    The product description says in big letters that the device is UNLOCKED. But then you try to hook it up to your phone and you find out unlocked is not what you think it is. You have to scroll all the way down to see that in the language of Best Buy, unlocked means you can only use it on T-Mobile, the smallest service provider in America. Some say that maybe you should just buy it and wait for your provider to support it, and just use it with wifi or Bluetooth. The problem with that is that Verizon does not assure you that they will EVER be able to support the model currently being sold as they are a CDMA network. VERY MISLEADING.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Great smartwatch, very nice looking, sharp screen

    Posted
    Dino
    • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase
    • My Best Buy® Elite MemberElite Member

    I've been very happy with the purchase of my Samsung - Galaxy Watch Smartwatch 46mm LTE. Before I purchased it I wasn't sure how much I would actually utilize it, especially since I stopped wearing a watch years ago. I've found myself using it significantly more than I even thought that I would. The watch has incredible voice clarity when used for calls as the person I'm talking to can never tell the difference between the watch and phone. I'm definitely glad that I made the purchase!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Almost perfection

    Posted
    Parrizzle
    • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase
    • My Best Buy® Elite MemberElite Member

    Purchased this watch specifically for using spotify without my phone, but after a few weeks I found myself using it daily. I purchased a screen protector, gel skin, leather bands, and now I wear out to events. Its design allows you to change its parts according to your specific use and the protection available allows me to use it anywhere with fearing that I'd damage it. The covers still allow it to look classy unlike the apple counterpart. Great buy

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Now it works!

    Posted
    Babygam
    • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase
    • My Best Buy® Elite MemberElite Member

    Bought this watch in September. Waited for Verizon to support it. After trying to activate it twice and spending hours on the phone with Verizon tier 2 support I decided to deactivate it. Last night I received an new TIZEN update. Tried again just using the Galaxy Gear app. It worked! The update fixed the bug of not being able to activate. So this watch is truly unlocked. Hope this helps.

    I would recommend this to a friend