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Samsung Galaxy Watch… Any Good?

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Posted By Jonathan

I’ve been using Samsung’s latest flagship watch the Samsung Galaxy Watch for around a week. So I thought now would be a good time to write an initial review of the watch.

The watch I am using is the Samsung Galaxy Watch 42mm LTE. The LTE means it has an esim built in so it can connect directly to a 4G mobile network without the need for a mobile phone to act as the connection. As I am in the UK the network mine is connected to is EE. There is also a standard version of the watch that doesn’t connect directly to a mobile network.

Design

The design is a standard round watch design but with a rotating bezel that is used to scroll through the user interface of the watch. The 42mm watch is a really nice size. Its also available in 46mm however i think the 46mm is a little too big for a watch.

The Samsung Galaxy Watch is IP68 and 5 ATM dust and water resistant meaning you can keep your watch on while you have a shower or go for a swim, but scuba diving is out of the question.

The watch screen is made from Gorilla Glass making it tough and hard wearing. The overall design is high quality, comfortable to wear and looks great.

Hardware

The hardware specifications of the Samsung Galaxy Watch are pretty good when it comes to smart watches. The watch features a Samsung Exynos 9110 1.15GHz dual-core processor which is supported by 1.5GB ram in the LTE version and 768MB of ram in the non LTE version which really isn’t bad for a smartwatch.

The watch also has 4GB of built in storage but some of this is taken up by the OS. The battery is a 270mAH battery in the 42mm and 472mAH in the 46mm version. From my experience I get between 1.5 and 2 days from a full charge.

It is also packed with wireless technology and sensors including 802.11 b/g/n WiFi, NFC, Bluetooth 4.2, GPS, accelerometer, gyro, heart rate, barometer and ambient light sensor. It also includes wireless charging as standard and it comes with a wireless charging dock as standard.

Operating System & User Interface

You might think based on previous Samsung devices that this watch is yet another smart watch that is running Android Wear, but you would be wrong. The Samsung Galaxy Watch is running Tizen 4.0 which is Samsung’s very own operating system that is normally found in their smart TVs and other devices. The user interface is perfect and makes the watch a pleasure to use. The only downside to this being a Tizen powered device is that it relies on the Samsung App store so it is lacking some apps that you might want to use on your watch. But don’t let this put you off. You can reply to whatsapp messages and more right out of the box.

What Do I Think?

I did a fair bit of research before I bought this watch so I knew what to expect from it. The device is so easy to use and is packed with so many features its perfect for anyone.

I love the way it chooses the best connection. If my phone is nearby it will use Bluetooth, if I am out of range of my phone but around a wireless network then it will use that. If both of the above are unavailable then it uses the EE 4G network so you are never without a connection. The watch is so comfortable to wear even when your sleeping which is perfect for monitoring your sleep patterns.

If your looking for a smartwatch that looks great, has plenty of functionality and is easy to use then the Samsung Galaxy Watch is the watch for you.

The LTE version is available over on the EE website: www.ee.co.uk 
The standard version is available over on Amazon UK: www.amazon.co.uk

 

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