08-09-2018 04:35 PM
I agree. Definitely like all the new improvements, better battery life, upgraded processor, increased water resistance, but losing MST is giving me doubts about upgrading from my S3. Why did they have to remove on of the most useful features? It so nice to be out on the bike or on a run and not having to bring my phone or wallet.
08-09-2018 06:08 PM - edited 08-09-2018 06:13 PM
Exactly. Many terminals I use for payment on a weekly basis where I live do not have NFC. This was a feature Samsung bragged about with their phones. This will cut down usefulness in the real world. And no, you really can't leave your phone at home. I was going to upgrade from my Frontier as soon as the watch was available, but I'm now considering waiting yet another year to see if they bring it back with the next iteration.
08-10-2018 05:56 AM
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The Samsung Galaxy Watch – now cheaper ahead of Black Friday and Cyber Monday – is one of the most refined smartwatches you can buy today thanks to its aesthetically pleasing design, cohesive user interface and, importantly, four-day battery life.
It’s everything the Apple Watch 4 is not – for better and worse. Let's start with what's better. The Galaxy Watch looks and feels like a high-end wrist watch, with a circular stainless steel case and decorative bezel. It’s both stylish and functional because, like the previous Gear S3, the bezel rotates to cycle through its various on-screen menus.
This is the most satisfying way to navigate a smartwatch. Your fingers won’t cover up the watch’s small, hard-to-accurately-target touchscreen (an issue with any smartwatch), and the rotating bezel an idea exclusive to Samsung’s newer watches.
You won’t find rotating bezels supported by Google’s Wear OS, while Apple’s watchOS uses a less intuitive rotating digital crown button on the side. This is one of two reasons why the Galaxy Watch runs Samsung’s Tizen software, not Wear OS.
To see the Samsung Galaxy Watch in action, watch our hands-on video below:
The other reason for the Tizen operating system is battery مبل ویلایی life. We found that the larger 46mm Galaxy Watch lasted a solid four days with normal use during our two months of testing. We checked messages, fetched constant notifications, tracked workouts, played Spotify, and talked to Bixby, Samsung’s mostly terrible AI. Samsung says the smaller 42mm Galaxy Watch lasts three days.
The big difference between the Galaxy Watch and the Gear S3, besides an extra day of battery, is that it’s more fitness-focused, thanks to additional sensors and a revamped Samsung Health app. It auto-detects six of (an expanded) 39 exercises – and still helpfully nudges you when you’re too sedentary, and it has a fairly accurate sleep tracker. It’s also now waterproof down to 50 meters, matching the Gear S3 Sport 5ATM rating in a more adult design.
The Galaxy Watch does inherit problems from previous Gear watches, however – and what's bad is almost all software-related. Samsung’s core apps are polished, sure, but the Galaxy Apps store lacks critical third-party apps, notably Google Maps, Facebook Messenger, and WhatsApp. The Bixby voice assistant is here, but it’s no better than S Voice at understanding us, and Samsung Pay doesn’t use Magnetic Secure Transmission (MST) despite the fact the Gear S3 did.
The Samsung Galaxy Watch is very much the Samsung Gear S4 that never was. It’s an iterative update, one that adds fitness software, new sensors, and extra waterproofing to everything we liked in the Gear Sport last year and the Gear S3 before that.
It’s a big, but sophisticated-looking smartwatch in two sizes that ends up being great to wear for notifications and exercise – if you don’t want the best Garmin watch for super-serious fitness tracking. Those are key reasons a lot of people we talk to wear a smartwatch: notifications, fitness, and light app usage. Anyone who wants something even more out of the Galaxy Watch is measuring Samsung’s best up against a smartwatch that won’t exist until 2019 or 2020.
Samsung Galaxy Watch release date and price
Out now in the US, UK and Australia
42mm Rose Gold or Midnight Black watch costs $329 / £279
46mm Silver watch costs $349 / £299, less than Gear S3 at launch
LTE version exists, but only on سطل زباله T-Mobile in the US so far and $50 more
The Galaxy Watch launched in the US on August 24, 2018, the same day the Galaxy Note 9 came out, and in the UK on September 6. Those in Australia had to wait longer, but it's now available there too.
It’s actually cheaper than the Gear S3 was at launch, if you opt for the smaller size. It starts at $329 / £279 / AU$499 for the 42mm version, and $349 / £299 / AU$549 for the larger 46mm size, which we recommend. When it first came out the Gear S3 cost $349 / £349 (around AU$475), and only came in one size.
There's been a price drop (could be temporary) in the US that has Amazon and a few other stores, selling it $50 cheaper than the original list price.
The LTE version of the Galaxy Watch costs a bit more: $379 / AU$599 (about £290) for the 42mm model and $399/ AU$649 for the 46mm version. In the US it's exclusive to T-Mobile, with Verizon stores now getting it (other US carriers like AT&T and Sprint will get it later in 2018), and in Australia it's only available with Telstra.
In the UK, the LTE watch is now available (as of November 1) and is exclusive to EE, where it costs £20 per month over the course of 24 months. The Watch in the UK comes with unlimited data, as well as a 1GB data boost for the customers smartphone data allowance, according to EE.
Sizes and design
Looks like a real wrist watch compared to the Apple Watch
Larger 46mm size looks fine on our medium-sized wrists
Circular screen and rotating bezel make it stylish, functional and durable
Screen takes a half a second to refresh the time and stats when woken up each time
The Galaxy Watch comes in two sizes: the larger 46mm size in a two-toned silver-and-black color scheme, and the smaller 42mm size in either straight-up Midnight Black or Rose Gold. We tried on both sizes, and recommend the 46mm version for its larger battery and bigger touchscreen – it looks just fine on medium-sized wrists if you don’t mind a slightly bigger watch.