Samsung Galaxy Watch 4 Classic Review (46mm) | Is Bigger Better?
However, the classic model is also considerably more expensive than the standard samsung galaxy watch 4, starting at 369 quid or 369 euros. So is the classic model worth that price hike? Is the battery life less sucky? And basically, should you stick one on your arm? Well, ive been testing it out for a full fortnight now so heres my galaxy watch, 4 classic review and for more on the latest and greatest tech. Please do poke subscribe, ending that notifications bell cheers now. The samsung galaxy watch 4 classic certainly isnt as delightfully compact. As the original coming in 42 or 46 mil flavors, this is the big daddy, 46 mil model and, as you can see its not too ridiculously oversized, even on my puny childlike wrists, nor does it feel particularly hefty at just a shade over 50 grams. Now, while the standard galaxy watch 4 had an aluminium casing, the galaxy watch 4 classic upgrades that to stainless steel and youve got it in a choice of two different colors, black or silver plus. Of course, samsung is once again offering a huge variety of different bands to really change up and customize. The luck of your watch and a full fortnight on that stainless steel case is still in perfect nick as well. Despite my usual combination of exhaustion and intoxication, meaning that its been slapped off of walls, kitchen counters, all kinds of hard places and the display is still blissfully scratch free as well.
Thanks to the protection offered by the bezel and also the gorilla glass corton. And if youre more of the outdoorsy type rolling, somebody just sticks their feet up in front of netflix every evening. Well, this thing can certainly survive the elements as well for one its past military standard testing covering extreme humidity, extreme temperatures and shock impact as well, and its also water resistant to depths of five atmospheres as well. So you dont even have to yank it off when you recline in a lovely hot sudsy bubbly bath. At the end of a really long day, the bigger design of the 46 mil classic means that you get an enlarged 1.4 inch. Super amoled display, but the visuals are actually just as sharp as those smaller models, as samsung has boosted the resolution of 450 by 450 pixels. The viewing angles are wonderfully wide, so you can check the time or notifications with a subtle side glance, while the sharp contrast and punchy colors really brings those menus and app screens to life and no worries on the brightness front either, because the galaxy watch 4 classics Display is clearly visible, even in really strong, bright, daylight and the auto brightness does its job perfectly as well. Dimming down the display when you are in a more ambient environment, and just as this smartwatch busts a varied range of straps to customize that look. You also get a proper decent collection of watch faces to choose from to see your personality from one of those people, whos obsessed with stats to people who, like cartoon, bare things, and these each come with their own, always on display options for continuity.
Although i have to say i did find that the reason to wake feature here on the classic model was much more dependable than on the standard galaxy watch for, for whatever reason i certainly didnt have to do any ridiculously exaggerated motions. In order to turn the thing on as for performance, well, the classic model is once again powered by samsungs own five nanometer exynos w920 chipset, as found in the original standard galaxy watch for and once again that performance is very smooth indeed, youll enjoy a pleasingly fluid Experience when youre zipping around wear os version three, that is as long as you want. You know, rotating the bezels, like your life, depended on it and the touch screen. Controls also seem more responsive on this bigger panel compared with the smaller watch, possibly just because youve got more room to flick your finger. However, i absolutely adored the classics, rotate and bezel for interacting with your menus, its absolutely ideal for when youre all sweaty or its raining or youre bobbing around in a swimming pool, to name just three occasions when the original watchs touch screen, controls on that touch, bezel. Just became completely unusable so yeah that rotating bezel is definitely a feature. I heartily endorse. I really cant get enough of it and its used for so much more than just zipping around the various ui menus, for instance, when youre rocking out to a bit of metal, or god forbid, ed, sheeran, or something that bezel can be used to raise or lower.
The volume or, if youre in torch mode, you can boost and drop the brightness with just a quick swizzle. Now, how much you actually enjoy, using where rs version 3 here on the galaxy watch for classic, will be directly impacted by how often you actually use samsungs on services and whether you actually own a galaxy smartphone, the ui itself, isnt too different from past incarnations. Basically, just go left for your notifications, go right for your tiles, which are simply widgets swipe down for your quick panel and settings and swipe up for all of your apps. As with the original watch, this mophor comes pre loaded with samsung services like samsung peer and samsung health. Although you do have the option of jumping into the google play store directly through your watch and downloading alternatives, like google pair. That said, its just simply not as good an alternative here purely because you can quickly load samsung pay by long pressing this bottom button here and sadly, you cant reconfigure that bottom button, so a long press will bring up google pay instead of samsung pay. It is stuck that way. Your best option is to go into the watch settings and have it so. Google appear pops up when you double tap the top button instead, because you can basically map that action to any app of your choosing. Similarly, your charm and mine, bixby can be called upon by holding down the top button or by saying if youve enabled voice control and, while bixby is still a sack of cat turds.
If you want to do anything more complex than ask about how todays weather is going to be, the watchs built in mic did at least pick up everything i said, even in quite noisy environments, which is also handy when youre taking calls on this thing. If youre daft enough to do so, and apparently samsung is going to spare our agony at some point by introducing the google assistant to the galaxy watch 4 and the galaxy watch 4 classic, although the timelines are a little bit iffy on that one and as with The standard galaxy watch for as well the classic comes with 16 gigs of onboard storage that you can fill with apps and also music to enjoy offline, as i mentioned before, apps can be downloaded via the play store now, rather than samsungs own virtual shop front and The selection is getting better all of the time, especially if fitness is your thing and yeah using samsungs wearable app. You can beam tracks that youve downloaded onto your smartphone onto your watch and you can then hook up a bluetooth headset to your watch and listen to those tracks when youre pounding the pavement or whatever and youve left your phone at home. Tap. This tiny musical note on your main watch face and youll jump straight into those media controls which work well on the largest screen with the bezel also in play, and as well as controlling any music youve actually downloaded onto your smartwatch.
You can also control any music. You happen to be streaming on your smartphone at the time as long as the two are paired up. A good bit of deezer works, absolutely fine that galaxy wearable app on your phone is definitely well worth playing around with, as you can easily manage. All of those watch apps as well as reorder the watch tile setup and that quick panel too, and using that app, you can also tinker with. Basically all of the watches settings you can download fresh watch faces. Youve got to find my watch feature if, for some reason, its not just strapped to your arm youll find that if you use a samsung galaxy smartphone instead of any other random android, the syncing process is a little bit better little. Things like that. Do not disturb marry up nicely, but i find it worked absolutely perfectly with this vivo x70 pro plus, which ive been rocking for a while and as long as youve got the samsung health app downloaded to your smartphone as well. Thatll just pair up again with your watch and sync all of that data flawlessly speaking of fitness youve got over a hundred different exercise types to choose from here, and no, i didnt even realize that there were that many ways to turn yourself into a moist hyperventilating Pile of trembling flesh – i definitely cant, see myself ice dancing anytime soon, but at least i know that if that most unlikely of scenarios ever does arise, the watch has me covered.
Every calorie will be counted. Gps tracking works perfectly well when using google maps and also for tracking your route when youre out and about as long as youve got clear line of sight, and i found the auto tracking feature worked really well as well. So if you know you start walking or running or doing some indoor activity, like interval, training, for instance, but forget to start up the tracking feature. Well, after 10 minutes, you get a little buzz on your wrist. Oh, it looks like youre a bit more sweaty and flustered than usual or you exercising, although i do find that uh, sometimes just when i was shooting a video, it would sometimes think i was exercising as well, because i guess my pants will flap about the place And i get a little bit sweaty and excited, and i found the yeah, the 24 7 heart rate tracking, the spor2 monitoring all that good stuff that all works perfectly well. I can monitor your stress levels as well. All of the usual shenanigans you get on premium. Small watches these days, the only problem was, it does have an ecg feature. But if you want to use that again, youll need a samsung galaxy smartphone, because you can only download the app that you need to use the ecg feature via samsungs galaxy store and samsungs fresh new body composition, analysis tool. Jobby is once again on board the classic. As it was on the original smartwatch, and does it work still not entirely sure that bioactive sensor takes around 10 to 15 seconds to judge you taking into consideration info like your weight and height before spaffing out a lot of measurements, including your skeletal muscle, fat mass Body, water and yeah, it could just be a massive servant of bat and bollocks as far as im aware, absolutely no clue whatsoever, but at least it does give you an idea of whether your scores are moving up or down over a given time.
So its just an extra incentive to put down the pork pie or the scotch egg and pick up some weights instead. Now the final area, where the classic model offers an upgrade over the standard, samsung galaxy watch 4 is the battery capacity that has been boosted to 361 milliamps bit more generous, and let me tell you i was hoping i was praying that that would prove enough to Get me through at least two full days of use between charges, but sadly that wasnt the case at the end of the day when i finally collapsed into bed, i found i always had between 40 and 50 of charge remaining. So basically i was faced with a choice. I could either plug it in and charge it up all night long, which is what i usually ended up doing or i could leave it off for a bit in the morning. Get it charged up then, and then slap it back on my wrist again to make it through that second day, so yeah inevitably ends up just slapping the watch on its charging pad every single night, which meant i couldnt use the sleep tracking, of course, blin. I dont need a sleep tracker to tell me how crap my sleep is. My body already tells me that i do not sleep enough. I dont my freaking watch tell me that too. So anyway. That is my full final frank review of the samsung galaxy watch. 4.
Classic so if you want the more premium smart, which is about right now – and i did really enjoy it, despite the fact that i wasnt pairing it up with a galaxy smartphone, which is where you really get the most out of it using those galaxy services, the Usability is definitely better here on this bigger model compared with the standard galaxy watch for youve got that rotating bezel and the actual display itself, probably just because its a bit bigger means that the usability there on the touch screen is definitely improved. Also. However, sadly, the battery life is still not very good at all, its bigger less pleasingly compact than the original galaxy watch for, and also its a lot more expensive, so uh theres that anyway thats my thoughts on the galaxy watch for classic, which you can grab right. Now, for 369, quid or 369 euros, have you been using? The galaxy watch for class be great to hear your thoughts down in the comments below. Please do put subscribe and ding that notifications bell for more on the latest and greatest tech and have yourselves a fantastic rest of the week.