The Galaxy Watch 4 is great… for Samsung users
. For years there has not been a truly great smartwatch for you., But now Samsung and Google have combined forces to make Wear OS 3 and the Galaxy Watch 4.. The thing hopefully weve all been waiting for is finally here. Plus it has a huge set of new health features.. We might finally have a smartwatch that I can recommend to any Android user. Nah. Im just kidding.. This might be Googles OS, but it is Samsungs watch through and through. Its good, but only if you are living a Samsung life. Anyway lets review this thing.. Actually, these things cause theres two models: the Galaxy Watch 4 and the Galaxy Watch 4 Classic. upbeat electronic music Lets just get the basics out of the way.. If you havent heard Samsung has agreed to ditch Tizen OS for its smartwatches and switch to Wear OS., But Samsung is contributing stuff to Wear OS now, including watch faces, and you know actually good hardware with actually fast processors.. What that means is that this is a Wear OS watch, but without as many of the problems that either Wear OS or Tizen have had., So its faster than any Wear OS watch has ever been, and it has better app support than any Tizen watch has ever Had. So, for example, it has Google maps. Plus now that Google and Samsung seem to actually be. I dont know trying to make watches happen for Android users, theres more third party, app support, coming.
In terms of prices and sizing. There is a lot to keep track. Of. The basic Galaxy Watch 4 starts at 249 for this little 40 millimeter model.. You can pay more for a 44 millimeter model.. The Watch 4 Classic starts at 349 for slightly nicer hardware and thats, a 42 millimeter model, or you can get a 46 millimeter model and you can also get LTE on either one. Bottom line, theyre really not overpriced, for what they offer.. The hardware is good. Its not quite to Apple Watch, levels of fit and finish, but I like having round watch faces and I like that you can use any 20 millimeter strap.. The regular Galaxy Watch 4 has a touch sensitive bezel that you can use to scroll around and its fine., But the Galaxy Watch Classic has a physical rotating bezel with little clicks on it. Thats, just so much nicer than swiping around on the watch. Face., Google and Samsung have also figured out a pretty good core user interface.. You swipe up for apps right for notifications down for quick settings and left for tiles., And you can customize all these tiles for the stuff that you care about, which means that you dont have to cram every single complication. You want onto the main watch face., Oh and watch faces.. The defaults available on the Galaxy Watch are way better than what you can get on say: Fossil smartwatches.. I love this fun bear buddy one.
. You can also get a bunch of custom watch faces too. If you want. Battery life is good enough., I decided to test the hardest one. So I used the smallest watch and Ive been able to turn on the always on screen. Do some GPS track workouts receive a ton of notifications cause everybody does and still have just enough to track my sleep that night and then have to charge it in the morning.. If you use it more lightly, you could maybe get two days out of it. Its. Not amazing battery life, but again its enough. Bottom line for the first time in forever, we finally have a solid foundation upon which to build a credible smartwatch for Android users and only Android by the way.. Unlike older watches, this is not gon na work with an iPhone. But a foundation. Isnt a whole house and the software on the Galaxy Watch 4. Well, its the house that Samsung built. slow electronic music, Most of the default apps on this watch, are Samsung apps. And just like on Samsung phones, some of them you can replace with Google stuff and some of them you really just cant. or youre, going to need To wait for hacky solutions. The buttons on this watch are hard coded to Samsung Pay and Samsung Bixby., And you know, Bixby is improving to the point where its almost as good as Siri was like three years ago.. So not great., I mean look.
. It cant set multiple alarms, yet if thats any indication. Now you can use this watch with any Android phone, not just Galaxy phones.. But to do so, you need to install Samsungs wearable app on your phone to use it and then install the Galaxy Watch plugin.. And then, if you want to use, Bixby youve got to sign in to a Samsung account.. And then, if you want to use Samsung Pay to pay for stuff, you have to install Samsung Pay on your phone. And then, if you want to use the advanced health features, youre gon na need to install Samsung Health. sighs. I just dont think its a good choice for anybody that isnt already using a Samsung Galaxy phone.. But if you do live in Samsungs house, youre gon na find that the home gym has gotten a huge upgrade.. The Galaxy Watch 4 has all of the standard health stuff.. It can do step, counting exercise tracking for 95 different kinds of workouts, GPS and so on. Theres also ECG for checking for Afib, and it can do blood oxygen. Just like the Apple watch.. Samsung uses that to assist with its sleep tracking feature, which also can use a phone to listen for snoring and then sync all of that data up.. It has a bioelectric impedance sensor which lets you measure, body, composition, stats like body, fat percentage or skeletal muscle, mass and so on. slow, electronic music. So its a lot.
Yikes.. I asked Samsung and a spokesperson assured me that all of this information is end to end encrypted and protected by Samsung knox and that Samsung will only be able to access it. If you choose to share it, but its a lot. And if you accidentally do opt in Samsung, could use it for anything from creating customized workouts. For you to improving the app to marketing. Promotions. Apple does a better job of explaining that it cannot access your health. Data. It just doesnt have the keys. And I do trust Samsung way more than I trust a lot of other companies that make you know fly by night wearables but wow. They need to do a much better job, explaining their privacy and encryption policies.. Now, if you are willing to give Samsung Health a go, its features and functionality are surprisingly robust.. Its workout tracking for biking, for example, has as much detail as I could probably ask for.. It has all sorts of stats and geo tracking and heart zones and whatever.. It also can track your sleep, it can do stress level stuff and it has social features to let you compete with your friends and family if they also happen to be Samsung Health users.. Now, in terms of accuracy, I compared it to an Apple Watch and a Garmin bike computer with a little. You know chest mounted heart rate monitor and the Galaxy Watch 4 was basically the same for heart rate and speed pretty good.
, But it was consistently off for distance by about 5.. Really my biggest complaint is that Samsung Healths third party app integration is weak. Its pretty much just Strava and then nothing else that I would want. And again theres. Just the fact that you are committing to using Samsung Health for a long time and trusting Samsung to keep your data private., Just like with Apple health or Fitbit or Google Fit or whatever committing to a health tracking platform means a little bit of lock, in. Okay.. After all that heres my take on the Galaxy Watch 4 and the Galaxy Watch 4 Classic., I like them. Its the first time in forever that I have actually enjoyed using a smartwatch with an Android phone, but only because the Android phone that I was using them With was a Samsung phone, and for that time I lived entirely in Samsungs house.. If you dont want to walk through that door, this isnt the watch for you.. We have been waiting for a long time and unfortunately I have no idea when theres going to be a Wear OS watch that doesnt lock you in to Samsungs house., If youre a Samsung user go for it.. If youre not keep waiting., Hey everybody thanks. So much for watching. I wanted to get the watch review out as soon as I could cause its the new platform, but I am also reviewing the Galaxy Z Fold. 3..