Overview & Price
The Samsung Galaxy Watch is a stunning smart watch that combines style with tech, ideal for those with Samsung smartphones.
The Samsung Watch release date was back in August of 2017, taking the Android watch market by storm.
The watch has some awesome features, one being fitness tracking, which allows you to track your workouts and can be a great help when trying to lose weight.
Priced at around £299 in the UK, the watch makes a great accessory for someone who loves to look stylish whilst having a fully functional smart watch at there wrist.
Available in two sizes; 42mm & 46mm, the watch will easily last for four days on a single charge!
Design & Display
So unlike the Apple Smart Watches, the first thing you will notice about the Samsung Watch is that it looks like a real watch. Making it a subtle, yet incredibly stylish smart watch.
Inside of the box you will find a watch-strap, travel adapter, charger and some paperwork.
The two sizes which are 42mm and 46mm mean that even those with the smallest wrist can still benefit from the Samsung Watch features.
Although we would recommend opting for the 46mm as it has a bigger battery life and is a lot easier to navigate using the touchscreen.
When it comes to the straps there is a couple of options, first being; Onyx Black, Basalt Grey and Deep Ocean Blue, which are for the black and silver 46mm watch.
For the smaller 42mm watch and 20mm strap you have the options of Onyx Black, Lunar Grey or Terracotta Red, Cosmo Purple, Cloud Grey, Natural Brown, Lime Yellow and Pink Beige.
The Samsung Watch is made from a combination of stainless steel, plastic and Gorilla Glass, making it able to withstand the test of time and a couple of bashes here and there thanks to the super tough glass.
IP68 water-resistance is a present here allowing you to be stress free when diving into a swimming pool or soaking in the tub.
The Samsung Galaxy Watch has a 1.3-inch super AMOLED display that is coated in Gorilla Glass, to ensure great scratch resistance.
The display is awesome in almost all lighting conditions and we found even when in direct sunlight the display can still be seen perfectly.
Colours are super bright with deep blacks and is exactly what we would expect from a Samsung built watch.
We did find that when immediately waking the watch up it is pretty slow to update, and will show you the old figures saved on the watch for a second until it pulls itself together then gives you accurate figures.
The star of the show here is the rotating bezel, it allows you to easily navigate through the UI without having to use your fingers on the touchscreen, and this will be extremely beneficial if you have chubby fingers!
It allows you to answer and reject calls, which is extremely convenient and is such a unique feature to smart watches, making it stand out from the crowd!
When it comes to the performance of the Samsung Galaxy Watch it is a tricky one, specifications in watches just seems a little strange.
But here goes, it has a Exynos 9110 chipset which allows you to glide through the UI smoothly and has 4GB of RAM, which isn’t a huge amount.
The Samsung Watch is hugely beneficial for fitness lovers out there.
The watch has built in exercises such as cycling, rowing, walking and running which you do not need to activate ahead of time as the watch will detect that you are doing one of these activities and immediately start tracking the activity.
The watch will also send you notifications letting you know the figures of your workout every now and then to let you know how many steps you have done or calories you have burned.
In total the watch tracks 39 exercises in total, which 21 of them are indoor exercises.
However we wouldn’t recommend putting all of your faith in the watch to automatically track and exercise for you without pre-setting it first.
As when testing the watch for multiple exercises we found sometimes when cycling the watch wouldn’t trigger anything.
Some of the exercises tracked include, Arm Curls, Push-Ups, Pull-Ups, Star Jumps, Stretching, Yoga, Hiking, Pilates and Lunges.
Sleep-tracking is another cool feature of the watch and it will actually rate your sleep depending on the amount of time you spent in bed, motionless and had restless sleep.
The Samsung Galaxy Watch will actually nudge you throughout the day insisting that you do some exercise, it does get kind of annoying but its also awesome for keeping you motivated and we are certain it will help those looking to lose a few pounds.
Samsung has literally crammed almost every feature possible into this watch, allowing it to be super customisable, you can change the watch faces through the downloadable app on your mobile device.
The watch also has a great built in loudspeaker, which is great for making and receiving calls, and when we tested this there was no noticeable differences between making the call on a phone.
With the watch having 4GB of RAM and also being Bluetooth it allows you to be able to store some music onto the watch, meaning that when going to the gym or exercising at the gym there is no need to take your mobile with you as you can do everything on your watch.
We loved this as it meant we could leave our phone at home and not worry about missing calls or losing our phone.
The galaxy app store is great and allows you to download a whole range of apps onto your watch, Google Mail and WhatsApp worked great and were super easy to use on the watch.
You will also find Bixby Assist on the watch, which allows you to ask it anything you like and immediately find the answer, although it doesn’t work quite as well as Google Assist or Siri.
We managed to get our hands on this device on the Samsung Watch release date and right then we knew that this was going to be a fantastic accessory for those with a Samsung smartphone.
The Samsung Galaxy watch has a 472mAh battery and you can expect a solid 4-5 days of usage from the 46mm watch, which we were extremely impressed by.
Considering the watch tracks your fitness, sleep and also can be used to make phone calls the battery here is extremely strong.
There is also a power-saving mode which works great and can easily hang on to the last 5% for a couple more hours.
That being said we did notice a big drop in the juice when the always-on display option was turned on as the watch is constantly displaying the time.
The smaller watch should give you around 3-4 days of battery life which is not bad either.
In the box you will also find a wireless charger, which will take the watch from completely flat to 100% in less than 2 hours.
We loved that when lifting the watch off the wireless charging dock it will give you a welcoming message such as ‘good evening’, which made us smile a lot.
One thing that was pretty annoying is that the wireless charger uses a micro-USB port rather than a USB-C, meaning you really need to keep an eye on that charger and don’t leave it behind.
We absolutely loved the Samsung Galaxy Watch as it has so many features packed into it, from tracking your sleep to your every day fitness, the watch is an amazing tool to help you get in shape.
The design of the watch is awesome and it really is a beautiful piece of kit, the rotating bezel means navigating through the watch is super easy and you will have no issues viewing the display in difficult lighting.
We loved how seamless the integration with a smartphone is and how we could access everything we needed right on our wrist, from emails to making that important phone call.
Battery life is awesome and to top it all of the watch is super stylish, you would have no issues rocking this to the club and it would go with almost any outfit.
This is a great accessory for anyone owning a Samsung Galaxy S9, as it links seamlessly and can help you from things such as your every day tasks, to fitness goals.
Since the Samsung Watch release date we have had nothing but good reports from the Samsung Watch, the watch has done exceptionally well here in the UK and is a must for Android lovers.
Overall we found the watch to be extremely good value for money and a perfect accessory for fitness lovers or those wanting a stylish piece with the extra techy benefits.
Full Spec Below:
Launch: 2018, August
- Dimension: 49 x 46 x 13mm (1.93 x 1.81 x 0.51 in)
- Weight: 63g (2.22 ounces)
- Build: Stainless Steel 316L
- Sim: Electronic SIM card (eSIM)
– Samsung Pay, MIL-STD-810G, 50m waterproof (IP68)
- Type: Super AMOLED capacitive touchscreen, 16M colours
- Size: 1.3 inches, 10.8cm² (-48.1% screen-to-body ratio)
- Resolution: 360 x 360 pixels, 1;1 ratio (-278 ppi density)
- Protection: Corning Gorilla Glass DX+
– Always-on display
– Rotating bezel
- OS: Tizen-based wearable OS 4.0
- Chipset: Exynos 9110
- CPU: Dual-core 1.15 GHz
- Card slot: No
- Internal: 4GB, 1.5GB RAM (LTE model)
- Loudspeaker: Yes
- 3.5mm Jack: Yes
- WLAN: Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n
- Bluetooth: 4.2, A2DP, LE
- GPS: Yes, with A-GPS, GLONASS
- NFC: Yes
- Radio: No
- USB: No
- Sensors: Accelerometer, gyro, heart rate, barometer
– Natural language commands and dictation
- Non-removeable Li-Ion 472 mAh battery
- Charging: Qi wireless charging
- Up to 72 hours (mixed usage)
- Colours: Silver (46mm); Midnight Black, Rose Gold (42mm)
- Price: As seen in above post