• Connectivity: Bluetooth 4.2, NFC, Wi-Fi
  • Display: 1.2-inch Super AMOLED, 360 x 360
  • OS: Tizen Based Wearable OS 4.0
  • Storage: 4GB
  • Sensors: Accelerometer, Barometer, Gyro Sensor, Heart Rate Sensor, Light Sensor, GPS, GLONASS
  • Battery: 270mAh
  • Strap: 20mm (Interchangeable)
  • Dimension: 45.7 x 41.9 x 12.7 mm
  • Weight: 49g
  • Pros:
  • Gorgeous display
  • Rotating bezel
  • Cons:
  • Battery life

The Galaxy On Your Wrist

This month, we finally managed to get our hands on the latest smartwatch from Samsung: The Galaxy Watch. Designed with two sizes and three colour options of Midnight Black, Silver and Rose Gold, there will be a watch that suit your needs. The version that was sent to us was the Rose Gold edition with the Pink Beige strap. In the box, you have the charger, manual, and an additional large strap.

The watch looks superb, and comes with a touch capable screen, two tactile side buttons and a rotating bezel that gives off a satisfying click when you rotate it. On the topic of sounds, certain watch faces allow you turn on a ticking sound for the watch. Another thing you will notice is that the Samsung opted for a traditional look rather than the boxy smartwatch design that we’ve seen in recent years. With the correct watch face, it will blend in with the analogue watch crowd seamlessly. The watch is thicker compared to your average watch as well.

Rotating the bezel ring allows you to quickly and easily select the apps you want

Rotating the bezel ring allows you to quickly and easily select the apps you want

The strap of the watch is easily removable, allowing you to personalise its look to fit the occasion. While Samsung only stocks regular silicone straps, you can still opt for other third-party replacement straps. For example, you can use the silicone strap for jogging and exercises, and swap it to a leather band for your regular day at work.

Being a smartwatch, you have a myriad of features at your disposal – Samsung Pay, Spotify, Exercise Tracking, Sleep Tracking, Heart Rate Tracking, Altimeter, Barometer and much more can be added to your watch. With the inclusion of the Galaxy Wearables app, you can add more apps to your watch. If you wish, you can even purchase games such as Fruit Ninja Plus and play games on your watch. That aside, you also have access to paid or free watch faces using the app.

Changing the watch face can be easily done on the Galaxy Wearable app

Changing the watch face can be easily done on the Galaxy Wearable app

In terms of battery life, the watch doesn’t do too well, lasting only three days on a full charge. But topping up the watch’s battery is pretty simple since it is charged wirelessly. So instead of plopping it down on the table, just leave it on the charger when you are home to guarantee that you have a powered watch whenever you leave the house. To make the watch last even longer, you can disable the Always On mode and turn off GPS tracking.

CHIP CONCLUDE: The Galaxy Watch performs well with plenty of features and tricks up its sleeve – a good contender in the smartwatch market. The only issue is with its short battery life that can be tackled by charging it when you’re not wearing it.

(to be published in issue January 2019)