Unboxing the Samsung Galaxy Watch 4 is a delightful experience. Inside the box, you’ll find the watch itself, a charging cable, and various user manuals. As you take the watch in your hands, you’ll be struck by its sleek and modern design. The display, which varies in size depending on the model you choose, is vibrant and sharp, making it easy to read notifications, track your health, or simply check the time. The build quality is impressive, and the watch feels durable while remaining lightweight for comfortable everyday wear.
The Samsung Galaxy Watch 4 boasts impressive technical specifications. It comes in two sizes, 40mm and 44mm, with a vivid AMOLED display, offering excellent resolution and vibrant colors. Powered by Samsung’s dual-core Exynos processor, it ensures smooth and snappy performance. Key features include GPS for location tracking, Bluetooth and Wi-Fi connectivity, and water resistance up to 50 meters, making it suitable for swimming and other water-related activities.
One of the standout features of the Galaxy Watch 4 is its comprehensive health and fitness tracking capabilities. It comes equipped with heart rate monitoring, ECG functionality, sleep tracking, and stress measurement. Whether you’re an athlete or simply health-conscious, this watch provides real-time data to help you make informed decisions about your well-being. The watch also integrates seamlessly with popular fitness and wellness apps, allowing you to track your progress and set goals.
The Galaxy Watch 4 operates on Samsung’s Tizen-based Wearable OS. This operating system offers a smooth and intuitive user experience. It’s complemented by a wide array of apps available on the Galaxy Store, including productivity, health, and entertainment apps. Additionally, you can customize your watch with a variety of watch faces and widgets to suit your personal style and needs.
Battery life can vary depending on usage, but on average, the Galaxy Watch 4 offers a full day of use on a single charge. It features wireless charging, which means you can simply place it on a compatible wireless charger to power up. Charging times are relatively quick, allowing you to get back to enjoying your watch in no time.
The Galaxy Watch 4 exudes a modern and stylish design, with a choice of aluminum or stainless steel cases and various color options. It’s comfortable to wear, with a well-crafted strap that ensures a secure fit. The build quality is evident, and it’s designed to withstand daily wear and tear while looking elegant on your wrist.
The watch offers versatile connectivity options, including Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, and, in some models, LTE. It’s compatible with both Android and iOS smartphones, making it a versatile choice for users of different mobile platforms. The watch syncs seamlessly with your smartphone to provide you with notifications, calls, and more on your wrist.
The Samsung Galaxy Watch 4 is competitively priced, with variations depending on the model you choose, such as the regular and Classic versions. It’s widely available through Samsung’s official website, as well as through various retailers and carriers, ensuring accessibility to a global audience.
In conclusion, the Samsung Galaxy Watch 4 stands out as a feature-packed, stylish, and versatile smartwatch. With its impressive health and fitness tracking capabilities, beautiful display, and extensive app ecosystem, it caters to a diverse range of users. Whether you’re looking for a companion for your daily workouts or a sophisticated timepiece, the Galaxy Watch 4 has you covered. It’s a testament to Samsung’s commitment to delivering high-quality wearable technology.
How much does the Galaxy Watch 4 cost?
Every Samsung product in the August lineup appears affordable; it seems like Samsung is trying to up the ante. Compared to its predecessors, the opening prices are pretty respectable.
The Galaxy Watch 4 series’ smallest model costs a reasonable £249/€269/US $249.99, while the Classic starts at £349/€369/US $349.99.
For the international market, the price range is below. This allows prospective buyers to know what to go for from the comfort of their homes.
Galaxy Watch 4, size-40mm
Galaxy Watch 4, size-44mm, Bluetooth
Galaxy Watch 4 Classic, size-42mm, Bluetooth
Galaxy Watch 4 Classic, size-46mm, Bluetooth
Like the Galaxy 4, the Galaxy Watch 3 series also came in two variants, a trend that is being followed religiously by Samsung. The Galaxy Watch 3 was released in 2020, and it came in two sizes, 41mm and 45mm. Compared to the Galaxy 4 series, the two Galaxy 3 sizes cost £399 and $399 and £419 and $429, respectively. However, the Galaxy 3 came with a cellular version, which is slightly costlier. Its two series go for £429/US $449 and £459/US $479, respectively.
Before the Galaxy 3 and 4 series came the Galaxy Watch Active and Active 2, which cost £199/US $249.99 and £249/US $249.99, respectively.
Features of the Galaxy Watch 4
The standard Galaxy Watch 4 sports a contemporary design and features brushed aluminium lugs. These aluminium lugs were used to enclose the black-polished metal body of the watch. Concerning the Galaxy Watch 4 classic, it made use of a style similar to the Galaxy Watch 3. A conventional style is evident with the use of stainless steel for the body and a physical rotating bezel for interaction.
The display quality on both Galaxy 4 models is the same. The display has a pixel density of 330ppi and is equipped with a 1.19in or 1.36in circular AMOLED. Compared to previous versions, the physical buttons on the watch’s right side now work with the Bio-Active Sensor branding concerning the overarching fitness hardware inside the watch.
The top button now functions as the home key, while the bottom key, when tapped, brings up an interface that sources information regarding the body’s water retention, bone density, and BMI. Essentially, the watch has been equipped with a new Body Composition app.
According to Samsung, the Watch 4 can take blood oxygen readings and track your sleep. Just like the Galaxy Watch 2, it has something like the ECG, which has now been approved for usage in over 40 regions of the world, especially those that already feature the previous editions of Samsung products.
Furthermore, Google has teamed up with Samsung to fuse Wear OS and Tizen OS into a single entity. As confirmed by Samsung, it is set to power the next generation of Samsung watches coupled with features like wellness and fitness apps (supplied by Fitbit, which Google owns).Following Galaxy Watch 4’s announcement, Samsung quickly clarified that Samsung powers Wear OS on the Watch 4 Series to stand out from the crowd as other manufacturers will adopt the OS platform in the foreseeable future.
called One UI Watch, was prominent in previous Galaxy watches, and the Korean company is making the most of the incredible platform. In the Galaxy 4 classic, it made use of a physical bezel. This makes it easier to access Google Maps, use the Google Play store, and use Google Pay, which improves the user experience.
As regards hardware, the Watch 4 Series debuts new components. They include Samsung’s latest wearable-centric chip, the 5nm Exynos W920, which promises to be better than the best Qualcomm currently offers, the 12nm process Snapdragon Wear 4100+, and the Galaxy Watch 3’s 10nm chip.
Also, Samsung promised that this latest silicon would be 1.25x faster in processing information than the Exynos 9110 and “8.8x smoother in graphics performance.” It has 1.5GB of RAM and doubles the storage of the Galaxy Watch 3-from 8GB to 16GB, and the battery experience has also been improved. Samsung noted that the Galaxy Watch 4 series could last up to 40 hours per charge; that’s the next level. The full specifications
|Model||Galaxy Watch 4||Galaxy Watch 4 Classic||Source|
|Size||40 mm||44 mm||42 mm||46 mm|
|Part No.||SM-R860 (Wi-Fi)
|Colors||Black, Green, Pink Gold, Silver||Black, Green, Silver||Black, Silver|
|Display||1.2″ (30.4 mm)||1.4″ (34.6 mm)||1.2″ (30.4 mm)||1.4″ (34.6 mm)|
|Resolution||396 x 396 pixels||450 x 450 pixels||396 x 396 pixels||450 x 450 pixels|
|Glass||Corning Gorilla Glass DX+||Corning Gorilla Glass DX|
|Processor||Exynos W920 dual-core 1.18 GHz Cortex-A55|
|Operating System||WearOS (OS 3.0)|
|UI||One UI Watch 3|
|Size (Excluded the health sensor)||40.4 mm x 39.3 mm x 9.8 mm||44.4 mm x 43.3 mm x 9.8 mm||41.5 mm x 41.5 mm x 11.2 mm||45.5 mm x 45.5 mm x 11.0 mm|
|Weight (without strap)||25.9 g||30.3 g||46.5 g||52.0 g|
|Strap Size||20 mm|
|Water Resistance||5ATM + IP68 / MIL-STD-810G|
|Memory||1.5 GB RAM + 16 GB flash memory|
|Battery||247 mAh||361 mAh||247 mAh||361 mAh|
The smartwatch was the first watch released by Samsung to use Wear OS instead of Samsung’s own Tizen OS.
This smartwatch is region locked in mainland China, unlike past models.
Features of the Galaxy Watch 4 Series are
black, silver, pink gold (for 40mm Galaxy Watch 4)
Black, silver, green (for the 44mm Galaxy Watch 4)
Black, silver (for 42mm & 46mm Galaxy Watch 4 Classic).
Regardless of what color you choose for the aluminum frame, the Galaxy Watch4 series has a safe, generic round design that lets your watch face make the statement rather than the aesthetics of the overall watch.
There are tons of options for watch faces and different watch hands, but one thing that bothers me is the limited color options for the faces and hands. I would have loved a green color option for the watch face below, for example, but it’s not available for some reason.
The Galaxy Watch4 is the thinnest and lightest smartwatch of Samsung’s recent smartwatches, and it’s a comfortable watch for it. The Galaxy Watch4 Classic is a little thicker, thanks to its rotating bezel. The included silicone straps are also comfortable, but they’re pretty stiff — the strap sticks out quite a bit where they connect to the watch itself.
Specifically for the Galaxy Watch4 Classic’s included strap, the loops that keep the excess strap from flailing around are ineffective. That’s a shame, and I’d feel the need to buy another strap had I bought the Galaxy Watch4 Classic.
The Galaxy Watch4 doesn’t reliably show you the time when you do the “raise-your-wrist-to-tell-the-time” gesture, unless you cartoonishly exaggerate the gesture, tap the screen, press a button, or rotate the bezel on the Classic version.
The easy solution is using the always-on display mode, which reduces battery life, but the watch still lasts a full day with ease.
Smartwatches are great for checking notifications without having to look at your phone, as well as receiving messages and making calls from the watch. When the Galaxy Watch4 is connected to your phone via Bluetooth, all this works just fine.
When you’re beyond your phone’s Bluetooth connection, however, the Galaxy Watch connects to your WiFi network (or LTE if you opt for that option. Almost everything still works fine when the watch is connected to a WiFi network, except for phone calls, which is a shame to find. In fact, I wouldn’t even get a notification for a phone call when I was outside of Bluetooth range from my phone, but text and messaging notifications came through.
There’s also the occasional time when the Galaxy Watch4 struggles to find my WiFi network or stay connected to WiFi when I move around different parts of the house with a mesh WiFi system.
One of the biggest upgrades to come to the Galaxy Watch4 series is the adoption of Google’s Wear OS smartwatch operating system instead of Samsung’s Tizen smartwatch (OS).
That may cause concern for anyone familiar with Google’s neglected and poor Wear OS, but with Samsung’s help, it’s actually pretty great on the Galaxy Watch4 series. It looks and feels like Samsung’s excellent Tizen OS, but Google’s Wear OS means the Galaxy Watch4 is compatible with significantly more apps from Google’s Play Store.
The Galaxy Watch4 has an array of health and fitness tracking features you’d expect from a premium smartwatch, including workout tracking, heart rate monitoring, blood pressure measuring, an ECG feature, sleep tracking, blood oxygen measuring, and stress tracking.
The basic workout and fitness tracking stuff work great, but it can be a little over-eager to automatically record a workout. For example, the Galaxy Watch4 thinks I’m working out while I’m taking a shower. Perhaps I shower more aggressively than the average person? Either way, it’s annoying to delete my erroneous shower workout day after day to avoid messing with my actual workout tracking.
For sleep tracking, it’s impossible to tell if the Galaxy Watch4 is properly measuring my REM, light, deep sleep, and wakefulness without comparing its readings to a medical sleep test. Still, I can tell when I’ve been awake, as I’m waking up a couple of times a night to feed my baby, and the Galaxy Watch4 sometimes doesn’t register those waking moments well at all. It makes me doubt that the Galaxy Watch4 is properly tracking the other sleep metrics.
Still, I guess I get an overall sense of my sleep quality — my sleep score in Samsung Health is consistently a poor 40 out of 100, which isn’t surprising on account of my baby. But I don’t need a smartwatch or health app to tell me I’m getting lousy sleep these days.
The ECG works well, but it’s extremely dependent on having the Galaxy Watch4 properly positioned on your wrist, and there seems to be a very narrow margin for that proper position. I’d easily get inconclusive readings when the watch wasn’t well positioned, and I even got a reading saying that I was experiencing atrial fibrillation.
Thankfully, cardiologist and Director of Cardiology for Dallas-based State of the Heart Cardiology, Dr. John Osborne, debunked the reading and said I wasn’t experiencing atrial fibrillation. Dr. Osborne attributed the erroneous reading to a confused algorithm caused by external feedback like motion, talking, or even simply breathing. It’s not uncommon for smartwatches with ECG features to be “fooled,” he elaborated.
Here’s what a normal ECG reading should look like:
The big new piece of health-tracking tech in the Galaxy Watch4 is the Bioelectrical Impedance Analysis (BIA) feature that measures body composition, like skeletal muscle, basal metabolic rate, body water, and body fat percentage.
The fancy new body measurement feature with the BIA sensors seems fairly accurate. Every reading I took showed slightly different numbers, but they were largely pretty consistent, and that’s fine to give you a general idea of your body metrics.
With that said, taking a measurement was often a frustrating experience. Like the ECG feature, the BIA seems incredibly sensitive to where the watch is on your wrist to take a reading. Also, placing your middle and ring fingers on the two buttons on the side of the watch to take a body measurement is incredibly awkward.
The overall takeaway here is that sleep tracking, the ECG, and BIA features are just meant to give you a general idea, and they don’t replace a doctor or real medical measuring devices.
The Galaxy Watch4 has a solid day-and-a-half-long battery life with the always-on display mode enabled and with general use (without workout tracking). Enabling bedtime mode when I went to sleep, which turns off the display and puts the watch into “do not disturb” mode, helped with getting that extra few hours into the next day.
Even with a good workout, the Galaxy Watch4 will comfortably last a day until you lay it down to charge overnight. Longer workouts, especially those that use GPS like a marathon or a 100-mile bike ride, will likely considerably run down the battery.
The Galaxy Watch4’s battery life shouldn’t be rated with the always-on display mode disabled, as it’s such an important feature to keep on for the basic function of telling the time. You can help extend battery life into the second day by enabling bedtime mode when you go to sleep, which turns off the screen and notifications.
The Samsung Galaxy Watch4 is the closest option Android users have to the premium Apple Watch experience and is the obvious choice for those looking for a comprehensive and quality smartwatch. Although Samsung now has the Galaxy Watch5 Pro (our pick as the best Android smartwatch), the Watch4 remains a quality budget smartwatch for Android users.
However, it’s a shame the ECG feature is limited to Samsung phone owners. If you do want a smartwatch or fitness tracker that works with most phones, you may want to consider a Garmin instead.
The Galaxy Watch4, starting at $220, is also very well priced, especially for such a premium and feature-packed watch.
1. Can I use an Apple Watch instead of my Iphone?
Yes, some people tend to wear an Apple Watch instead of having a phone because it looks stylish and easy to carry.
2. how long will a 15 minute charge last me?
15 minute charge can last you you around 5 hours, depending on how much battery percentage it had before putting it on charge, but minimum 5 hours.
3. Can I wireless charge it?
Yes, it can be charged wirelessly.
4. Can I change the Straps, if I get bored of the colour/style?
Yes, the strap is removeable/changeable.
5. Can put Glass protectors on the screen?
Yes, you can put glass protectors on the Galaxy Watch 4’s screen.
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