Live a stronger, smarter life with Galaxy Watch at your wrist Rest well and stay active with built in health tracking and a Bluetooth connection that keeps everything at your wrist Plus, go for days without charging
Go nonstop for days on a single charge. The wireless charger lets you power up without slowing down. (Average expected performance based on typical use. Results may vary.)
Available in two sizes and three colors, the Galaxy Watch offers stylish watch faces so realistic they hardly look digital. Plus, choose from a collection of interchangeable bands
Pairs with both Android and iOS smartphones via Bluetooth connection. Case Depth 13 mm. Main Display Size 1.3 Inch (32.9mm)
Power up to power on Get up to six hours of battery life with an additional seven hours from the case that doubles as a wireless charger
Premium sound Tuned by AKG, an optimized driver offers substantial bass, while a volume driver gives you a wider range of sound
Just what you want to hear Control how much surrounding noise you want with Ambient Aware. Quick Ambient Mode lets you hear traffic, flight announcements and coworkers calling out to you
Sounds good. Feels good. Galaxy Buds come in three adjustable ear tip and wingtip sizes right from the box
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October 8, 2018
-I’m reviewing the 42mm version, which I’ve had for about 3 weeks now.
-Apple vs. Samsung comparisons are overblown; both are good watches, but obviously you should match your watch to your phone
-I don’t think there’s a better smartwatch available at the moment, but I’m only giving this watch 4 stars because I don’t think smartwatch technology has fully matured at this stage; I’d say there are no 5 star smartwatches at the moment
Bottom line: The Galaxy Watch does almost everything I was hoping for, and does it pretty well
-My settings: AoD on with a simple face, brightness 3, location off, HR every 10 min, voice activation off; I use the watch whenever I’m away from home â appx 11hrs/day
-With those settings and that usage pattern, I get through 2 days on a charge with a bit to spare
-Reading and responding to notifications is smooth
-Overall, I’d say the exercise tracking is pretty good, not great
-Step counting seems accurate for walking at a reasonable pace, but inaccurate for slow walking or a mix of walking/standing (such as when moving through a museum)
-I mainly use S Health for HR tracking, which works well for steady state cardio but less well for weight training. I’m not sure if itâs thrown off by rapid fluctuations in my HR, moving around a bit on wrist during exercise, or what, but it often loses track of my HR, lags behind spikes and dips, and doesnât seem to reach true peaks
-For weight lifting, S health isnât that useful; it canât count reps on that many exercises and doesn’t allow for custom workout design
-I use an app (gymrun) that allows custom workout design; it doesnât track HR or count reps, but you can manually enter reps and use S health (on âother workoutâ) to track HR
-I was hoping that the Galaxy Watch would allow me to leave my phone in my locker at the gym, and that I’d be able to use the watch to (1) play music, (2) track my workout, and (3) connect to wifi so I can send/receive texts/emails
-The good news is that the watch is capable of doing all of that with no lag â even when running music + wifi + S health continuous HR monitoring + gymrun
-The bad news is that the watch canât connect to captive portal wifi (networks that require you to visit a website and accept terms), and that the watch burns through appx 30% battery in an hour if you do all of that
-The floors-climbed counter is mixed; it’s sometimes quite accurate but sometimes misses floors
Style, comfort, and build
-I’m a male of above average height, and the 42mm watch face is right size for me; there are online watch face size calculators based on wrist size â youâd have to have quite large wrists for a larger watch to look âappropriateâ
-Of course style is subjective and some prefer a larger face, but for me, 42mm is as large as I was willing to go, and the availability of a 42mm version was a huge selling point
-The watch looks good overall; it’s not the worldâs best looking watch but certainly something thatâs well worth wearing anywhere from the gym to the office to a night out
-The watch is thicker than I anticipated; from the side, it looks quite chunky
-It’s very comfortable; I don’t notice it during the day, even when typing; it doesnât get in the way while lifting weights
-Build quality seems good so far â no dents or scratches, but it hasnât seen hard knocks
-This is where the Galaxy Watch really shines, in 2 areas in particular: the SoC (chip that powers the watch) and the rotating bezel
-I donât think Iâll ever use a watch without a rotating bezel; it’s the best way to interact with a smartwatch by far â it allows you to navigate without blocking/smudging the screen or maneuvering both hands to spin a tiny wheel on a side button
-The SoC blows away everyone but apple; wear os watches are 2+ generations behind
-As a result, battery life is excellent (by current smartwatch standards) and apps run smoothly
-This is most peopleâs biggest complaint â not so much the OS but the limited app availability
-Tizen OS is actually quite intuitive, fluid, and customizable
-Lack of apps does not bother me â aside from the use cases I described up top, Iâd rather use my phone for any other apps anyway
-But google integration is not perfect and many apps are not available; if this is something you care about, do some research about what is/is not available on the watch
September 30, 2018
I tried out both the S3 Frontier and the Galaxy watch and came to the following conclusions.
1) Look – the style of both watches are very similar (which you can see from the product photos).
2) Size – the 46mm Frontier watch is obviously larger than the 42mm Galaxy. The watch band on the Frontier is thicker and has a slightly wider style that made it look larger than it actually is. I ended up buying a smaller band similar to the style on the Galaxy to remedy this. For me, the 42mm Galaxy wins on size. The screen was only slightly smaller, but the watch as a whole was much smaller (as you can see from my comparison pictures). The thickness of the two watches is about the same.
3) Rotating Bezel – I found the bezel on the Frontier was easier for me to use. It’s slightly taller than the one on the Galaxy, and the notches on the side are bigger. The Galaxy bezel fit into the face of the watch a bit more smoothly, so you have to rotate it from the top of the watch, whereas on the Frontier you can rotate it from the side or top.
4) Navigation – navigation through the different widgets and apps was very intuitive on both watches. You can use the bezel or touchscreen to move through items, and the two buttons on the side to select and navigate.
5) Maps – ultimately this was the item that tipped the scale in favor of the Frontier for me. There’s an app you can download called HERE WeGo which provides directions from your location to your destination. Very similar to how Google Maps works. However, it also supports an offline functionality where you can download maps of an area (state / province / etc.) so you have them available without being connected to your phone. The downside to this is that it doesn’t have a satellite or topographic view, but I tested it out locally and the trails I took were all on there. So if I go hiking somewhere and get lost, I have a general idea of where I am – I can see it on the map. When I tested HERE WeGo on the new Galaxy watch it doesn’t function unless you’re connected to the phone, because you can’t download offline maps to the Galaxy. I checked with their support team and they said they will consider it for the future (but that doesn’t help me now).
Ultimately I ended up keeping the S3 Frontier and returning the Galaxy. The Galaxy won on size and waterproof rating, but I just couldn’t justify spending almost double on the Galaxy when it wouldn’t meet one of my biggest criterion (the offline maps). It’s no Suunto or Garmin or Casio, but for the price point it meets my needs as a GPS watch.