Samsung’s Galaxy Watch has a tonne going for it – a gorgeous design, an elegant and easy to use interface, fitness tracking, water-proof to 50m and most importantly, stellar battery life.
It comes in two sizes: The larger 46mm size has a two-toned silver-on-black colour scheme, while the smaller 42mm size I was sent is black or rose gold. The 1.2” AMOLED screen on the 42mm watch is super vivid and easy to see indoors or out. The rotating bezel also helps to makes this watch more durable. Many people I know have broken the glass screen on their Apple Watch, whereas the Galaxy Watche’s bezel is raised a few mm above its Corning Gorilla Glass DX+ display and this prevents it from getting scratched and broken from most impacts.
While the squint and twist crown arrangement on the Apple watch is at best horrible, and the tap and pray you’ve got it right approach of Android Wear isn’t much better, spinning the bezel is hands down the best and easiest way to drive a smartwatch. It was intuitive and my fingers didn’t cover the touchscreen so I could see what I was doing.
This is a device that is bulging with functionality and is heavily fitness-focused. It comes with additional sensors and Samsung have overhauled their Health app. The watch can auto-detect when you’re doing exercise. It vibrates to remind you to get off your behind and its sleep tracker also seemed fairly accurate. Best of all it is now properly waterproof down to 50 meters so it can get used in a pool or at the beach.
It isn’t perfect though. As with its previous siblings, its apps store is still lacking some third-party apps, such as Facebook Messenger or WhatsApp. Bixby is baked in and it seemed to be a lot more accurate.
Content provided by: Witchdoctor / Pat Pilcher