You can load both watch faces and apps onto the watch directly from the watch or via the app. Samsung's timepiece is big, circular, and meant to look like a wrist watch. Thankfully I also wore my Garmin as I was intending to compare the accuracy. But I didn't feel myself getting frustrated and found the watch easy enough to navigate. I would love to hear from an s3 user who has upgraded.
During both treadmill walks and runs, the watch was within five beats per minute of the Polar H10 and on par with the Versa. Note: You must connect the Watch to Wi-Fi and sign 2. Whether you pick up the big or small Samsung Galaxy Watch, you're getting a smartwatch that makes a much more compelling argument for Android phone owners than a Wear watch does right now, even if it may not necessarily see iPhone users ditch their Apple Watch just yet. Much of that is driven through Samsung Health, but you do have third party apps available in the Galaxy Apps Store to beef things up on that front. The only true advantage Samsung proves to hold over Android Wear is the pay area.
It at least manages the basics, such as setting an alarm. As with the Gear Sport, the redeeming factor for the Galaxy Watch is its Spotify support. The Galaxy Watch isn't out of this world, but it's a solid pick for those who don't buy into the Apple or Fitbit ecosystems. Take the Galaxy Watch out for a run and it performs as well as the Gear Sport. From the Apps screen, rotate the bezel and tap 1. So it'll use the onboard heart rate monitor and its ability to take heart rate variability measurements to give you a stress score. View the events scheduled on the smartphone.
We're going to follow up to see which is more accurate. Now, tap on the one you like and the changes will apply on the watch. Touch and hold an image to delete, or tap More Import images from your smartphone options. Streaming 30 minutes of Spotify, taking a quick call, plus a number of other tasks that the Galaxy Watch is meant for checking the weather, controlling music playback when connected to my phone, sleep tracking and so on , saw the 472mAh battery last about 35 hours. Overall, the most disappointing tech product experience I've had in a long time. Related: The screen is flanked by a menu and back button with a microphone in-between.
One of the key factors on our minds during testing was the effect the cellular connectivity would have on battery life - this is, after all, is the headline feature of the Galaxy Watch and one that has the potential to put it ahead of rival watches. The main benefit is the ability to receive calls and messages on your watch when you're not near your phone. To enable the screen capture feature: 1. We tested this model separately from the Wi-Fi-only model used for the majority of this review. The smaller galaxy is appealing but seems like the battery is actually smaller than the s3. Adding 4G into the mix grants Galaxy Watch wearers an additional layer of freedom, letting you leave your phone at home. Apps remain a shortcoming, even if the great Spotify implementation still sets Tizen apart.
On the Galaxy Watch, Bixby did work well for some tasks, such as calling and texting contacts, looking up the weather, and starting workouts. I can't believe Samsung hasn't yet included the health tech demonstrated in the S Patch which was announced a couple of years ago. The two devices were never going to serve up identical data, but it definitely didn't over- or under-report for us, either. The Polar H10 uses an electrical signal to measure heart rate, compared with the Galaxy's optical sensors, so it tends to be more accurate. Whether it's notifications or fitness tracking, there's nothing clunky about the way this operating system, well, operates.
The process for doing this seems to have improved over last year Scott Stein complained about how it was a pain to get it to work in his review of the. I've gotten 3 solid days with sleep tracking on my 46mm model. The 42mm in rose gold. Tap Advanced and select an option to customize: 2. Heart rate is better than with s3, but it still is not that accurate and most of all, it still does flat lines in the measurements it simply can't keep up and sometimes doesn't measure at all. I compared the watch with a chest strap as well as the Fitbit Versa.
Stylize Various Elements of the Watch Face Watch Faces is one of the best features of the Samsung Galaxy Watch. Of the two sizes, I was sent the smaller, 42mm model for review — which is a better fit for my wrist. As such, Samsung rates the 46mm model for 7 days, versus 4 days for the 42mm model. Has anyone seen a good side by side of the two? But the rotating bezel somehow seems more tactile -- or perhaps just more watch-like. Not only does it measure your sleep stages, it also gives you metrics such as efficiency, actual sleep times, calories burned, and how long you spent motionless, in light sleep, or restless. It was more difficult to find apps, too; only those that are free will show up. Samsung Pay takes care of your contactless payments — but with so many banks yet to get on board, including mine, it remains a frustration.