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Rating 4.7 out of 5 stars with 2041 reviews

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  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Not Completely Satisfied, but

    Posted
    PianoMan
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    My wife got it for me for Xmas. I have to admit, it was on my Xmas List. I was a little hesitant about listing it though, after reading so much from verified purchasers on Amazon about how inaccurate the step counter/heart rate monitor was. Well, as far as the steps, it seems pretty accurate to me. I used to use the Polar Loop for my activity tracker, and I wore them both for a week. The Loop counted a little more than the Samsung, but it was within 5%. I'm 50 now, had to start wearing reader glasses about 5 years ago. If I don't have my glasses, I can't see anything on this watch. On many screens, you can double-tap the screen and make the letters a little bigger, but they're still too small for me to see. I like that I don't have to fish in my pocket to answer my phone or text. Just one swipe on the watch and I can answer my phone thru the watch, just like a Batman Watch. The first 2 times that I jogged with the watch, all I did was to set the heart-rate monitor to be ON all the time while I was running. Then, I had to turn it off when I was done, otherwise it runs the battery down pretty quick. After running about 3/4 mile, I noticed that the watch automatically sensed I was running and it would show me my heart rate while I was running whenever I would lift my arm to look at it. As I ran semi-frequently with my Polar Loop with Chest-strap for the last 4 years, I knew what my heart-rate should have been and the watch was pretty much spot on. When I was done running, after a little while, it sensed I was done and congratulated me for a great run. It then showed me a graph of my heart rate and speed over the whole 50 minutes of my jog. Unfortunately, I knew exactly how far I jogged, 3.2 miles, and the watch said I only jogged 2.91 miles. The same thing happened the next day, only it said I jogged 2.77 miles. So, on the third day, I decided to try to manually use one of the Samsung Health programs to gauge my jogging. I clicked on the Samsung Health Icon ON MY PHONE, scrolled down to the little Icon that showed a man running, clicked on it, and the next screen showed my position on a map and a button that said START. I clicked on the START button, and it showed a countdown....4.....3.....2.....1...Go! I start jogging.... and after about 100 yards, I hear a voice say....OK, LET"S BEGIN WITH SOME STRETCHING...... but I've already stretched, and I'm already running and I ignore it. After about 1/2 mile, the voice says, OK, LET's DO SOME CALISTHENICS..... I'm getting frustrated, realizing that the watch is not doing what I thought it should do, as I've been on a full on jog for 5 minutes already. When I got close to a mile, the voice said...OK, LET's START RUNNING..... Well, obviously, the watch is not as smart as I thought it was. It's programs are strictly following whatever the programmer told it to do instead of what I really am doing. So, I finish my jog... 31 minutes, 2.25 miles.... I know, pretty slow. I fell off the wagon for a few months and it's going to take a few weeks to be able to jog without having to stop and walk 200 yards after the first mile and every 1/2 mile there-after. Even though I know I covered 2.25 miles on that day, using the manual running program, the watch only said I covered 2.16 miles. Closer than before I guess. It did not show my heart-rate either, at all, neither during the jog nor in the jog summary. The summary did show a map of where I jogged, and a graph showing my speed and cadence (steps per minute), but sadly no heart rate info. SO, the next day, instead of setting the manual jog program on the phone, I only used the icons on the Samsung Health program on the watch. First, I made sure to turn on the heart monitor to ON ALL THE TIME, then I clicked on the SAMSUNG HEALTH icon, scrolled down to where it showed a little man running, and clicked on it. On the next screen, I clicked on the WORKOUT button, and then it showed me many different icons of what type of workout I wanted to do. I clicked on the icon of the little man running. The next screen showed a flashing GPS and also a red heart with what I guess was an earlier heart-rate. It also had the words START RUNNING with a green arrow in a circle. I clicked on the green arrow, then it counted down from 4...3....2....1.... begin workout... Then, as I was jogging, it showed me the time I had been jogging, and a little heart icon, but no heart-rate. I then jogged my 3.2 miles, but the watch only said 2.73 miles. It did not show my heart-rate at all during the run, nor did it show it in the run summary. There was no map showing where I ran, only a graph showing my speed and cadence. The 5th day of using the watch for tracking my run, I again used only the watch, turning on the heart-rate to ON all the time, then clicking on the little man running icon in Samsung Health.... pretty much the same results as the prior day except it said it was only 2.66 miles instead of the 3.2 I knew I jogged. No heart rate info, at all.... just a graph showing my speed and cadence. I'll have to experiment with the activity tracking of this watch some more. So far I'm not impressed. Another thing, I got the larger version and it's kinda bulky. I'm not used to having something this large on my wrist, and I've accidentally drug it across some stucco and concrete walls that I've accidentally got a little to close to, and it has scratched up the bezel very noticeably. I hope the rotating bezel can be replaced/swapped out, but I'm told that's not possible. Sucks to have this fancy $300 watch on my wrist with a very noticeably scratched up bezel. The screen is not scratched, just the rotating bezel.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    Beautiful watch, so close to perfect

    Posted
    sweetnlow44
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    I love this watch, but I only lasted a few days with it before I had to return it. I thought I'd give it a try because it checks off all the boxes I want in a smartwatch - which are: the ability to download and play music from the watch - preferably with Spotify, battery life of at least 2 days, basic heart rate and fitness tracking, and waterproof. If you read reviews, the main knocks on this watch are the step counter and heart rate monitor inaccuracies, and the Spotify integration not working. I had good luck with 2 of 3 of these issues and the one I thought would drive me the least crazy actually bugged me so much that I returned the watch. I was able to connect to Spotify and download music to the watch (the key is to authenticate through Spotify and not through Facebook when given the choice. However, after a lot of frustration trying to login unsuccessfully through Facebook (which I normally do with Spotify) it worked fine when I finally logged in through Spotify). Downloading music to the watch was slow and ate up the battery, but that's to be expected. Once downloaded, it worked great. The connection to my bluetooth earbuds was mostly good. I wear my watch on my left wrist and the receiver in my earbuds is on the right side. When jogging, there's no issues with connection, but when walking and my hands are down to my side - further from my earbuds, in the 3 workouts I did with them, they only cut out a couple times - which doesn't bug me too much. The heart rate monitor on the Galaxy Watch was actually more accurate than my Garmin Forerunner 235 the few times I tested them out which was pleasing. But the reason I only lasted 3 days with the watch before returning it was because the step counter is so horribly inaccurate that I just couldn't handle it. My Garmin already only counts about 75-80% of my steps (yes, I was OCD enough to have actually counted), but the Galaxy Watch counted about 60% of what my Garmin was. I ran 3 miles and the watch said I only took about 1,000 steps. Which is absurd. When it didn't get better after a couple days, I was done. I didn't think it'd drive me as crazy as it did, but it did. Step counting is the most basic feature of fitness tracking in a smartwatch. And I know the Galaxy is primarily a smartwatch with some basic fitness thrown in (I didn't expect Garmin fitness features out of it which is fine - I don't need more than heart rate, steps, distance, and time), but to not even be able to come anywhere near accuracy in step tracking is just unforgivable in my opinion. If you don't care about step accuracy or fitness tracking at all, by all means, buy this watch, you will absolutely love it. But if you care just a little bit, avoid this watch. I would have kept it if I had any faith at all that Samsung had any intentions in fixing or addressing this issue down the road with patch or bug fix. But if you peruse the Samsung support boards, Samsung support won't even address the issue. It's a glaring problem, it's universal, there are multiple threads about it, but it's complete radio silence from Samsung on it. Maybe sales are good enough that they just don't care, but they lost a smartwatch customer in me and many others until they fix it. Until then, I'll stick with my Garmin with great battery life, great app, ugly as sin screen, horribly designed UI, and tolerable heart rate monitoring.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Great watch for non-fitness guy

    Posted
    Jim1590
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    I waited a while before writing my review as I wanted to see how it actually held up. I started with a Samsung phone 3 months ago (came from LG) and was intrigued by the Samsung watches. Rather than just jump in with a huge purchase, I picked up a used s2 and got a feel of what was so great about the smart watches. I decided to go ahead and get the Galaxy Watch. After all, my Note 9 deserves to be paired with the best. So, for the watch. I was concerned about the larger size of the 46mm against my smaller framed wrist. I am not a small guy by any means, but I am not one with larger wrists. The s2 and the 42mm are about the same size and it felt comfortable. However, when I got into the store and placed the 46mm on my hand, it did not look out of place at all. The reason I avoided the s3 was because of the bulk. The 46mm GW seems to better conceal the actual size of the watch. After wearing it for a few weeks, it feels perfectly normal. I did NOT get this for the fitness tracking, but I use the HR monitor and sleep monitor. The steps and flights, ehh whatever. Workout detection? That is turned off. I did vacation recently and I will be happy to report that the hotel pool was handled without issue for the GW. I rinsed it off afterward and played the music water eject function a few times. So, why did I get this watch? Notifications. I am able to just put my phone down and not worry about having it near me at work. I get my notifications and am able to ignore my phone more. The best is that I can leave it on silent. No ringtone and no vibrating across my desk. Something comes in, I look at my watch and then ignore it or reach for my phone. Good for driving as well since a quick glance will tell me if it is my wife calling or a telemarketer. Remember kids, always use a headset for hands free driving. Also, you are able to set which notifs relay to the watch, so you are not bothered by that alert from the newest game fad that your village was attacked (or whatever it is now). The band, so far, is fine. I will probably get a stainless steel clasp and a leather one in the near future so I can swap out based upon desire. The watch itself has remained blemish free. I, of couse, got the geek squad protection plan. Any damage to it and I can bring it in for service. After reading about some of the lemons out there on the Samsung forums, I am glad I paid the extra $ for it. Final verdict, I will be upgrading my wifes s2 to a GW from Best Buy soon, probably the 42mm in Rose Gold for her.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Tried the S3 and Chose Galaxy Watch

    Posted
    BBCustomer
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    I bought a Frontier S3 because of the price drop. The use level I have for a smart watch is getting to use the watch as a cellphone on my wrist. No more digging the phone out to answer a call, see a message, check the weather, plus I use the basic health monitoring features like HR and steps. I had the S3 for just under the two week return period and was never able to get the watch to run consistently. The biggest issue was battery use. Too much tweaking of the settings and yet, a 50-50 chance the battery consumption would go crazy. Not to mention the infamous bezel that rattles and feels loose or tight, depending upon the day of the week. The Galaxy Watch has seemed to fix the issues I had with the S3. Changing settings doesn't seem to throw the power management software out of whack, and the battery doesn't appear to suffer when the watch is being "used" more, such as tracking a brisk walk. The newer Tizen software has a convenient settings menu that can be accessed on the phone as well as from the watch. I missed the default Chronograph watch face that came with the S3, so I downloaded it to keep the S3 "look". The bezel on the Galaxy Watch is better than the S3 model. It fits firmly and canned be nudged and tapped with no movement or rattle. It rotates smoothly with crisp detents and little to no audible clicking sounds. It lacks MST which is a show stopper for some. One notable feature is the new watchband, which is supposedly a silicone-rubber composite. Regardless, It was a pleasant surprise in the fit and comfort department as it conforms to my small wrist better than the S3's watch band and the watch stays in place better with no tendency to rotate or slide. I didn't want to spend more, but am glad I did. The Galaxy Watch's stability, improved bezel, and being waterproof made it worth the difference once I had it in my hands and saw what it could do. The S3 is a great watch, but if you don't own one and have the chance to choose, the Galaxy I feel is a best choice. If Samsung Pay is a priority, then the S3 is the only choice.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Good Smart Watch

    Posted
    Calvin
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    1+ month owner & user. Watch is comfortable and works great. The battery life is good if you do normal use on it. If you're trying to use the watch for multimedia and GPS without your phone then duh it's going to die within 24 hours. I've had no problems with the watch dying on me yet and typically I charge it every night but even if I forget to charge the watch it will last ~38 hours and still be around 20% battery. I use the watch for workouts and timers also notifications from my phone while driving so I don't have to look at my phone. The 46 MM will fit men with big arms well and wrists and make you not look feminine. I noticed Apple Watches look very feminine on men with bigger arms such as myself. Looks weird to me. Plus I have a Samsung S9+ which pairs fantastically with this watch, why would I get an Apple Watch? The material or finish they use on the "gear" on the watch that spins is very weak and got scratched up and diminished from very light use. Expect the ring gear to get worn out as far as the finish gets scratched really easily. Personally I don't care because I didn't buy this watch all for looks it's more for functionality and I don't mind if my tools show wear. I wear it when showering and I've worn it submerged in a tub and had no problems with water. The watch works fine. This watch is not good at multi tasking. I've noticed that if I try to unpair my phone and run the watch in bluetooth & wifi mode by itself with Spotify & workout the watch will freeze and my music will too. Sometimes when shifting from app to app it will also lag out and kind of glitch the animation to the next page. I'm a light user too I'm not trying to game on this thing or anything like that. Spotify + Tracking a workout will freeze and I've tried resetting the watch without luck. Uninstalled Spotify on my watch and also noticed an improvement in battery life. I'm giving 4 stars because of the low quality finish on the ring gear on the watch, it scratches off too easily from light use and I think a different maybe stainless metal should be used without a coating on it. Whatever this coating is wears off very easily and looks bad after only a few weeks of light use. I also do not like that the watch does sometimes freeze up and lag when transitioning from different pages of the watch. (rarely happens) I would've been happier spending around $250 for this watch considering the quality and issues I've had. I paid $300 + $60 Geek Squad Replacement Plan and expected a seamless experience, no lag and the build quality to be pretty good considering they advertise how rugged and tough it is with gorilla glass etc. The ring can't even handle light use without getting all scratched up and discolored.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    A Lot Better than the G3

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    PatriotsCorner
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    The Galaxy Watch is powered by the new Exynos 9110 , another dual-core processor that no longer operates at 1 GHz but at 1.15 GHz. Samsung itself announced that the chipset is 35 percent more energy-efficient and powerful than the Exynos 7270 chip in its older watches. While nearly everything on the watch looks like the Gear S3 Frontier, Samsung has opted for a significantly finer ribbing on the revolving bezel, as seen on the Gear S3 Classic. The bezel is slightly tighter than its predecessor and should be inadvertently operated less often. There are four LEDs on the underside now to illuminate the skin in order to measure the pulse. The brightness of the Super AMOLED display was impressive across the board . Even in direct sunlight, the screen remains easily readable. In addition, the ambient light sensor placed under the display automatically adjusts the brightness to the external conditions. Samsung also included a daily Briefing, which appears on the smartwatch when it detects that the wearer has gotten up or is putting the watch on in the morning. Information such as the date, weather, upcoming appointments, reminders and the expected battery life for the day are displayed. In the evening, the Galaxy Watch will spit out information about your training successes of the day and the weather for tomorrow before going to bed. Together with Samsung Health, the Galaxy Watch can now automatically detects 39 types of exercise. The watch can also be used to combine several different sports. After your training session, information such as total training time, calorie consumption, pulse, distance covered and average speed is displayed. There is now a ‘water stop mode’ for swimming. This prevents the Galaxy Watch from misinterpreting the water flow passing by the watch as an input on the display. In addition, when leaving the water, the watch automatically exits water stop mode and immediately starts to clear openings for the loudspeaker and microphone from water using compressed air. This is acknowledged with a corresponding warning tone. Samsung has given the larger Galaxy Watch a 472 mAh battery - almost 100 mAh larger than the one in the Gear S3. According to the manufacturer, this will give the watch a runtime of up to 168 hours with a continuous Bluetooth connection to a smartphone. I charge it every 5 or 6 days. The battery life on the larger Galaxy Watch that we tested was as convincing as its predecessors. We had no problems with the display permanently switched on and were able to manage two days of use without looking for a charger. For example, I found I had a full 62 percent of charge after a full day of use. If you deactivate the display, you can get three or four full days of battery life, depending on whether you check your pulse regularly and use the GPS navigation.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    A lot of weirdness

    Posted
    GCharlotte
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    This will be partially some tips and problem reports but I'm also starting to think the watch is defective or I have some physiological issue that makes me incompatible. The final straw was last night I had about a one hour phone call and afterwards I got an alert to tell me that I was asleep while on the phone and a progress report on the quality of my sleep. Previous two nights the watch auto-locks thinking that it's been removed from my wrist while I'm asleep. It's super swell having to enter a 4 digit code when you're mostly asleep but want to check your messages. For a sleep tip you should know that Goodnight mode and Do Not Disturb both say in the manual that alerts will be suspended. But not all alerts. You will get vibrated in your sleep if it looses connectivity with your phone. So if your phone is in in fringe location get ready for the worse sleep of your life. I understand that the watch might think it's protecting you from someone stealing your phone in your sleep but again this happening while you are in zombie land isn't good. You can turn this alert off but if you do that means no protection for your phone going out of range during the day unless you go through many gyrations to turn it back on and then you have to remember to turn it off of sleep with your phone. Another note for Goodnight is it takes several steps to turn it on. You can put a short cut on the pull down menu though you have to bump something else first. This is another irritating feature of the phone. I have to try several swipes to get the menu to pull down. While you can turn off exercise reminders, they don't go away all the way. It seems Samsung thinks we don't make wise declensions so the reminder still pops up from time to time in the drag down menu. This area is way crowded as it is and I don't appreciate the harassment. But what do I know? I have three devices that have Bixby on them and I hate them all so it must be me. I have a 12 step staircase in my home. I'd say 3% or so of the time the watch will acknowledge I climbed the steps. The manual says it requires a 10 foot change in elevation which I more than covered. I don't know how it determines this. Altimeter? GPS? Accelerometer? Mind you my Fitbit Charge 2 nails it every time. At midnight when both counters were at 0 I walked a local Walmart with the Fitbit but also counted the steps off in my head. I'd guess that the count is 8% ish undercount and it's hard to test in my house since there is a lag until the watch reports steps. You can see 1000 steps then walk 100 steps and it still shows 1000 steps. Then, suddenly the counter goes nuts and reports 1100 or for me around the house a lot less. The sleep reporting isn't as detailed as the Fitbit which reports actual stages though who knows if that's accurate. If you awake for about 5 minutes the watch resets to a new sleep period. I prefer one report instead of having to average stuff out. But again, this is a device that thinks I'm asleep when I'm talking and that I'm totally not wearing the watch during sleep period. Logically the sleep data HAS TO BE FALSE if the watch thinks I've gone missing. How can it insist I give it a pass code because I'm not present yet get the sleep right? I'm either there or not. The screen is very nice and quite snappy. It's flabbergasting to realize no stopwatch or timer app comes with the phone. The Samsung Timer app in the Galaxy store is nice and free but I never loaded it. The stopwatch has a lot of complaints. How these aren't included with the phone is baffling. I also got prompted for an exercise that was detected that I wasn't doing. Be prepared to turn off auto dectect if it happens to you.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Best wearable around

    Posted
    NYChief
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    Ok, so I must begin by saying I'm an Android fanboy. I think the iOS is excellent, but for me, it just doesn't compare. I've had iPhones and the corresponding Apple watch (work provided) and I found it to be average at best. I have had the s3 Frontier for a few years and it was my favorite, but I moved from a Samsung phone to the new Google Pixel 3XL. I had connection issues and some other issues with the s3 so I upgraded to the new Samsung Watch. It is truly the best there is. It synced up immediately with no issues. The screen is beautiful as expected from Samsung. The health monitoring on there is best in breed and goes well with S Health. The spinning bezel makes it so easy to navigate, and the amount of options, apps, and personalization make it the only watch I wear now (and I have a ton of "regular" watches).I've tested the battery and I've gotten about 4 1/2 days with heavy use. Pretty insane. I don't have the LTE version which just means you need your phone nearby to make a call. The quality seems better on this model compared to the Frontier, but it's super easy to use and overall excellent - especially if you're driving and don't have bluetooth. The only cons I see are if you don't have a Samsung device, some things don't work like the alarm. When I had my Samsung s8+, the alarm would go off and I could silence it from my watch, which I can no longer do. Same thing with calendar reminders. Not a bad thing but if you want that feature and you don't have a Samsung phone, think twice. I am personally hoping that Google's Pixel Watch will eventually come out and out perform this watch, but for now I doubt it. Overall it's well worth the $279 it's going for now, and if you perhaps wait for a Black Friday deal for less, it's a steal.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    Great Look and Design Limited Apps and Battery

    Posted
    GWatch
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    What I love: I love the look and design of this watch. I own and pair it with an iPhone and although the Apple watch would work better I don't like its design or look. I love the amount of watch faces. There are even a few apps that add even more, like Facer and Watchmaker, both available on the iPhone. I love the bezel design, it is so easy to navigate. What I don't like: I know a lot of people say to get the Galaxy watch for the battery life, but I have yet to get over 2.5 days of usage. Some people clam up to 5 days, which I can't even imagine how. I've had to turn off many features just to get to 2 full days. This was a disappointment because part of the reason I decided to get this instead of an Apple Watch, besides the look, is the poor battery life on an Apple Watch. I wanted a watch to track my sleep, which this watch does, but I don't get anywhere near 3 days let alone 5 days of usage before having to charge it. Before buying I knew of the limitations of pairing it with an iPhone, such as not being able to answer text messages, but there are a few things that bug me. First, I don't know if I'm doing something wrong or it is because it is used with an iPhone, but it won't allow me to add more than the current location to the weather app. So I can't put in my home weather and my work weather, only one or the other. Also, it doesn't sync with any calendar app from my iPhone. So the calendar app on the watch just shows days with nothing scheduled. I don't even have the option of adding an event to the calendar directly on the watch. I can't seem to get this to sync any health tracking with any app other than Samsung Health, which seems a bit limiting. Samsung claims you can sync Samsung Health with other apps, but it doesn't seem to work. I have a bluetooth scale that automatically sends my phone my weight each morning, but now I have to manually enter my weight into Samsung Health to keep track of it with my daily exercise and such. Bottom line: I really love the look, feel and design of this watch. The bezel especially. Despite the lack of features being paired with an iPhone I would still pick it over an Apple Watch any day.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Great upgrade from the S2 Classic

    Posted
    DanCADMan
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    I've had the Galaxy S2 Classic watch for almost two years now and it has served me well. Battery life was my biggest complaint with that watch, although it was the LTE version and was activated. I came to discover that I, personally didn't have any need for the LTE part, since I'm usually never separated from my phone for very long. My review will be based on my experience upgrading from the S2 Classic LTE version. I like this one because it's bigger. I don't think it's overly huge, but it's noticeably larger than the S2 Classic. The silicon watch band is actually pretty comfortable and not a bad fit. However, I purchased a metal band from another retailer that has magnets in it (magnet therapy) and it's also quite comfortable and the band was very easy to change. The battery life on this one is amazing compared to the S2. On my S2, I would be lucky to survive the day and could hardly ever use it for sleep monitoring unless I planned to take it off when I got up, so I could charge it. This one hasn't even come close to dying yet and that's partly due to me putting it on the charger while I shower in the morning. Otherwise, it hasn't left my wrist. It also seems quite a bit quicker than the S2. I like that it's IP68 rated, and I'm looking forward to summer to see how well it tracks swimming. Step counting seems to be on par with the S2, so I don't know about accuracy, but it seems to match what I was showing with my S2. Steps seem to work fine, but I've only seen it count those once when I was going up and down a step ladder. It paired with my Note9 seamlessly and I really don't have any issues with it. The altimeter and barometer both seem to be quite accurate. To me, it was totally worth the upgrade. I have to give Best Buy high marks as well, since I had purchased in the store before the sales started and paid $349 initially. I waited until after Black Friday and Cyber Monday to ask for a price match since it was still showing $279 and they honored it! I was very happy about that!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    The Best but not perfect

    Posted
    Geronimo
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    I've had this watch for a month. Let me start with the worst I've heard. Bixby, the personal assistant. It is true that it is nowhere near google voice if you want to know the size of the moon or who was the first man to land on the moon. But, if you want it to do watch related things like set an appointment or check your schedule, or start an app or launch a timer, or call someone it works great. Now, for the positives: as far as the usability of the watch the bezel ring is the best way to navigate a menu. Way better than apple in my view where you are trying to tap on one of the tiny little balls to launch an app. It is swim proof and with 50 meters of water resistance it is more than most will ever need. I think it is beautiful and very well made. It does not have 10k apps but it has the apps I want. Navigation, camera remote, flashlight, find my phone (I use this one more than I'd like to), calculator, timer, etc. One last thing. NONE of these smartwatches really compete with a fully dedicated fitness tracker but this one does really well. I set up my four favority sports and I just touch the one I want and it goes. I can run with music without my phone and although the wrist based HR is not as accurate as a chest strap, I really don't mind. It is close enough. This watch is great but if you are a triathlete or hard core exercise person it may not be enough. However, I've never had a more accurate lap counter in the pool. That was a pleasant surprise where it did better than my fitness tracker. All in all, I think it is the best smart watch out there.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Awesome upgrade!

    Posted
    Wemmerus
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    Got this to replace a 3-yr old Garmin smartwatch that had done the trick but was tired. I have smaller wrists but the 46mm still looks fantastic on my wrist - despite appearances, it's not particularly heavy or bulky. Still rocking a Galaxy S8, this watch found it immediately and paired all appropriate data and permission requests seamlessly. I immediately hopped on my phone and downloaded some nifty new watch faces, which again worked flawlessly. I love the rotating bezel, it has just enough tightness to keep it from accidentally sliding through routine use but is easy enough to flick with a fingertip. Plus, unlike the Apple Watch the bezel is raised to protect the screen from impacts, which will likely sustain the Gorilla Glass indefinitely. Being able to adjust virtually every facet of the watch's operation is a plus, so if you're battery-conscious you can make it as simple as a plain old watch and last for considerably longer. Me, I've charged it twice to full over the course of nine days. Not too bad, and it charges incredibly fast so don't let that worry you. The band itself is decent - thought the rubber was a bit chintzy at first but it's comfortable and doesn't rip out arm hairs. Plus there's a million replacement options on Amazon. The fitness tracker aspect I haven't really put thru the paces but I like the fact that it's totally waterproof and bugs me when I'm overly idle - even picks up on the "activity" when I'm throwing baseballs with my son. And finally, I get to live out those Dick Tracy fantasies of yesteryear with the mic and speaker built in - I've had several conversations with folks over the watch itself and it's everything you hopes it would be - tinny (because of the tiny speaker) but clear, and quickly gets tiring holding your wrist to your face...but hey, it's cool! All in all, I have no complaints, this is an upgrade in every way for me.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    First big smart watch purchase after activity trac

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    Brickyard
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    Okay so I've had this for about a month and overall it's an excellent smartwatch. Cons: 1. The size - definately a tidy bit too big but if you wear it with a degree of confidence you can definately get away without it being in the way. 2. Color options- I have the larger 46mm silver color and that's the problem it only comes in silver. Although I would have preferred black I am happy with this and it looks great. Paid apps- a lot of apps such as navigation, spotify, etc are paid apps which to me kinda should come with the watch and not as an additional expense. Pros: 1. Battery life - simply amazing for all this watch can do. With heavy moderate-heavy use I get about 4 days on a single charge. This includes using it as a phone and in the gym to track activities and listen to/control music. I believe that is way better than what apple has to offer. Activity tracking - is again excellent if you have read my review of the s9+ and combine it with this watch you can get so much out of it. Will track anything including bench press reps. Call quality- is amazing. My wife can't tell if I'm using the watch or the speaker on my phone. This is just the bluetooth version and not LTE. Waterproof- it is swim ready. Now a lot of people talk about how the older garmin activity trackers weren't covered by the warranty after water damage. Well folks it actually says it on the packing that the watch is not indestructible so with bumps or damages you are compromising waterproofness just as you would in almost any other device. For an added peace of mind I got the best buy protection plan as it is pretty much no questions asked we will help you and you dont have to go through Samsung which is not as well set up as apple is across the country.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Great Galaxy Companion!

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    David
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    I bought this smartwatch to supplement my Note 9 and together they work remarkably well and as intended. Design and craftsmanship are great! Battery life is extremely good, lasting upwards to 5 days before needing a charge. The AMOLED display is vibrant and bright. The first shortcoming falls in the fitness department and how things are being measured, and although the readings seem to be fairly accurate or on par with the basic premise of steps, sleep, and etc., I do not believe the readings are as accurate as other smartwatch brands out there--it's indicative of your overall health to suffice, without giving much of extensive data or explanation. Samsung Health is okay, but it can be better. My only gripes are that because the watch's form factor is on the big side, it does tend to get caught on sleeve cuffs and jackets and voice recognition with Bixby is nowhere as comparable to the intelligence of Siri and Alexa. It sometimes struggles to wake up and do simple commands, and you will need to download apps that should have been native too (e.g. timer). Sleeping with it on for tracking your sleep cycle can be a little jarring because it can get snagged on your blankets. Everything else about the smartwatch is great for day-to-day use. Software updates are really fast and convenient too.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Cool Watch

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    Buddie
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    This is my first experience with a watch that would do this much. I also have a Samsung Gear Fit I used for a while but eventually quit wearing it. The fun things with this watch is being able to move music from my Galaxy S8+ to the watch. You can pair a Bluetooth headset to the watch and go for a walk, run or hit the gym without your phone. I haven't tried downloading Spotify on the watch, but people say it can be done, but after reading the reviews for it, it sounds to me more trouble than its worth. Speaking of the Bluetooth, the range isn't the best compared to the Gear Fit. I love the fact you can answer your phone with the watch. If you are in a semi quiet environment, it actually sounds good on your end as well as the person you are talking to. Now to the step counter - I have noticed that when I get up from the couch and come in the kitchen, it doesn't seem to record the steps correctly. When I am in full stride, the steps seem to be right on. I have counted steps from one point to another to compare to the counter and its +/- within about 10 steps. I exchanged my first one because I thought it was defective, but after seeing the second one do it and then searching the issue, MANY people complained about this. I wore my Gear Fit along side it one day and about 3/4 of the day was gone, and there was a 500ish step difference between the two. A little annoying, but I am learning to get over it as it wasn't the main reason I bought it. The Samsung Pay on the watch actually works very well. The GPS feature works well. You can enable it when going for a run or bike ride, and you view it on the Samsung Health app. I haven't swapped out the band yet, but it will be a simple process. I just updated the software that was suppose to help with the Heart rate monitor and battery life. If I am not using the GPS, I can go about 3 days between charges.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Great Watch!

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    WJF54
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    I consider myself to be something of a 'watch guy'. I own several nice timepieces and been wearing an expensive Marathon watch (my all time fave btw) for the past few years. Because of it's cost, however, I started thinking that maybe it shouldn't be my day-to-day knock-around watch. I decided to take the plunge and go the smartwatch route. After a *lot* of research, I purchased the Samsung Galaxy Watch (46mm) about a month ago (03-2019). I could not be happier! It, of course, keeps accurate time as you would expect from a device of this type. The display is crystal clear and the watch faces look nice. Rotating the bezel gives you access to some pre-installed widgets that are actually quite useful and you can add your own too. The stock apps are nice as well. I got rid of the PowerPoint controller to free up a little space since I have no need for it and instead, installed both a timer app and a stopwatch app as well. I'm a musician and was even able to find a nice metronome app that 'pulses' the beat for me. Battery life is great ... a full three days between charges, though I usually give it a bit of a recharge daily while I'm in the shower. The only negative and it isn't a big one is that the band feels a little flimsy and 'cheap' in comparison to some of my other watches. It's fine for now though and hasn't detracted from my enjoyment of the watch. The plastic bezel was also a bit of a concern, so I purchased a metal 'timing bezel' designed specifically for this watch from a company called Ringke. This serves the dual purpose of making the watch really look great and protecting the bezel. My Marathon SR watch now comes out for special occasions and I'm loving my Galaxy watch!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Fantastick! Smart-Watch... Love it!

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    Robert
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    I strongly recommend this watch if you have any kind of health issues. And don't have the time , nor the patience to document all the Vital Data doctors request, also it will store all your statistics for you with monitoring devices for cardiac patients and , Blood glucose levels for Diabetes, You cant go wrong ! And this device will even ask you you why your heart rate is so high? Also it knew what calorie intake I had acquired throughout the Hustle and Bustle of very busy days . with out telling it..,. What I ate .. I was amazingly surprised! at the accuracy of the calorie count! This, I wasn't expecting, And after just wearing the Galaxy watch it proved to be smarter than I ever expected. I am a Veteran ,U.S, NAVY 10 yrs Aviation Avionics also worked For the Shuttle Team At Kennedy Space Center, So I am no Stranger to Science., and the advancement of these devices to the accuracy, proved true to the phrase "Plug-n-PLay" on my part. I just put it on, answered the questions it asked me! You could say it held my hand ! I realized, after a few days, it seemed to be concerned about me! I finally had a full picture of my health status in just under a month! I didn't want it for that in the first place. I expected a lot less, I just wanted it for answering calls quickly , tap and pay, music . Etc. And I got a whole lot more!

    I would recommend this to a friend

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      Hello Robert! Thank you for the 5 Stars and for taking the time to give us such a fabulous and detailed review!! Samsung health is one of my favorite features too and I'm thrilled to hear that the watch is exceeding your expectations! Thank you for being a Samsung customer! ^Lo Samsung

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    This is a Great Smartwatch!!!!

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    I’m a long time Apple user and recently I upgraded from a Apple Watch series 3 to a series 4 44mm with LTE and kept it less than a week before returning it and the XS Max I also just upgraded to because of them both being huge disappointments imo! Tired of Apple not having the same innovation it once did and only installing tiny improvements every single year, but enough about that now as for this watch it is great, granted everyone is telling the truth about Bixby being crap on this device because it definitely is and Apple Watch beats the AI assistant by a mile but to me that’s where it ends on what I liked about the Apple Watch better, I like every single thing about this Watch better except Bixby, the notifications is better, the rotating bezel is awesome, love that my watch actually looks like a Watch now being circular, and the watch faces are a lot better by far, I could go on and on but it would take too long to list everything but I love this Watch and this is coming from a hardcore Apple fan for years that is tired of being let down by Apples lack of ingenuity nowadays and went elsewhere for a change! Oh and I also ordered the S10+ so I’m hoping I like that as much as I do this Galaxy Watch, I think I will! If your on the fence about whether you think this Watch is worth it then take it from someone who is very tech savvy this Watch is a great buy and I don’t think you will regret aside from Bixby of course!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 2 out of 5 stars

    Broke in under 2 weeks

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    Jcp6767
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    Let me start by saying that I've owned 2 Samsung gear 2 watches and an S3 watch. I loved them all! I've waited with excitement for over a year now for Samsung's newest watch to be released and was the first one in Best Buy the very day it went on sale. There weren't many differences between the Gear3 and the Galaxy watch but two of the biggest reasons I had for upgrading to it was for the internet connectivity, instead of bluetooth, and the extended battery life. I was disappointed on both counts. The internet version, I was told, would not be released until "sometime in the future" (Helpful) and only with the purchase of a contract. No prepaid internet cards/plans will do. I STILL bought the watch, figuring I'd give that one to my husband when the internet/wireless version became available and buy a second one then. The battery, on a full charge, only lasted a maximum of 3 days, and that was with light use. Even when using a dark watch face, it barely made it 3 days, not the 4-5 that is advertised and a huge selling point of the latest version. I'm also disappointed that Samsung didn't give any color options on the 46mm, as they did with the 42mm. Frankly, I'm no spring chick anymore and NEED the larger watch face in order to read it. Sadly, after a week of use, the watch had only been on the charger for about an hour when it just shut off. It appeared to have overheated, because it was quite hot to the touch (though I'm not POSITIVE that was the problem) and couldn't be turned on again. To say it was disappointing is an understatement. Fortunately, my Gear 3 still works fine, except for the darn S Voice which has never worked well, so I guess I'm sticking with that. :-(

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Useful but not seemless

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    Jimmy
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    I really like this watch when it comes to notifications of emails and texts. I use messenger to text so it's sad that I can't actually go into the app on my watch, but in reality it's easier to text from my phone anyway. So it's still nice to get those notifications and quick reply from them. My only issue I have from using this watch for about a month is that the heart rate detection is not always accurate. If I'm exercising or running on a treadmill often times I will look at my watch and it will tell me to adjust it higher up my arm. It feels like I need to make the strap as tight as I possibly can on my arm in order for the watch not to move and to record my heart rate. The watch also counts steps, measures heart rate, and cadence, but somehow can not determine the distance I run on a treadmill. I feel like in 2018 there should be some kind of way of determining that based on all the information the watch already has about me (height, average cadence, steps, etc). Heart rate is also not recorded automatically during workouts unless you turn it to always be on which drains the battery like crazy. You must go into 'Other Workout' in order for it to measure heart rate while working out. Otherwise it will only measure it every 10 minutes when you are not moving at all

    I would recommend this to a friend