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DETAILED Review after 1 Month of Use + Battery Performance Stats + Comparison with Apple watch 4 !!!
26 May 2019
@ Turn OFF the Bixby Voice wake up & Continuous Heart Rate sensor, to Extend the battery backup Significantly.
(Detailed Battery performance given below)
@ Use the device till battery drains off completely for the 1st time and then Charge it to 100% for better Battery efficiency.
* In the quick start guide opposite is given, but I have better experience with LiPo's and hence giving the tip.
@ This device works with almost all the android & iOS phones.
THIS IS VERY LONG Review, but if you intend to invest this huge sum of your hard earned money, then I highly recommend reading this review till the end.
Its more than 1 Month that I am using this watch Daily and explored its max. potential. Based on that experience following are the observations,
●● If you want to get quick overview of the device, then read below else scroll down for Detailed Review ●●
# The Screen is Round AMOLED display with crystal clear output.
# Always ON Screen with adjustable Brightness.
# Iconic Rotating Bezel via which Navigation is flawless and Lucid.
# Charging is Wireless via dock and gives battery backup of more than a 5 days.
# Its moderately weighing and looks Premium.
# The Strap is extremely comfortable and also easily replaceable.
# Has Full Whatsapp, Instagram, Message, Call, etc Notification alerts and you can Respond to them as well.
# Has Calling feature via watch itself and its very practical and useful.
# It senses BOTH Night and Daytime sleep data.
# Updates are Frequent and substantial.
# Connects to both android and iOS, without any problem.
# Has tons of Watch faces and more coming via updates.
# Watch interface is Clean and easy to use.
# Has ACCURATE built-in GPS and other sensors, Memory to store apps & Music, Continuous Heart Rate monitoring, Sleep Tracker, Stress tracker, etc
# NO sideloading of apps and NO google maps.
# Charging is very slow.
Full Detailed Review :---
● DESIGN ●
# Has awesome built with Stainless Steel as Primary housing and back made of Plastic.
# It is on par in terms of thickness with other smartwatches.
# Rotating bezel is made of High quality plastic and has that Satisfying Clicking feel & sound.
# It is quite Light as well ( just 64 g with straps on ) and is one of the most comfortable watch I have.
# It has wireless charging so there aren't any pins, but HR sensor is protruding slightly off, which might feel uncomfortable to skinny users.
# Has 2 physical buttons which are very Handy to operate the watch.
# Finally Quality of the strap is top notch and feels comfortable.
● DISPLAY ●
# It sports 1.3" AMOLED display which gives crystal clear output.
# The display is Round with Vibrant colours and Bright Light.
# Has Adjustable Brightness for better visibility and it also sports a Sensor to Auto adjust the brightness.
# Its very responsive and has Awesome readability in direct sunlight as well.
● FEATURES ●
*It has very simple interface, infact the simplest of all smartwatches I have used.
# Scrolling or rotating bezel takes you around the Notification Panel on the Left most corner to Watch Face and then through all the set Widgets.
# In the Toggle Menu, there are many Quick buttons like Flight mode, Silent mode, Brightness adj., Settings, wifi ,etc
# Notification menu is at the Left corner and shows all the notification of the connected smartphone and the events or Reminder which are directly saved in the watch.
* Replying to the text message is possible as well via many input options.
# It also has Phone calling feature, via which incoming call can be attended or calling can be dialed from watch when connected via BT. And calling quality is surprisingly good.
# Other Widgets are in Right side and has many apps like Weather Forecast, Heart Rate Sensor,Music, Alarm, Stopwatch, Sleep Tracker,etc which are customizable.
● Sports Mode -->
There are 39 Modes in fitness App which are tacked using GPS and Heart rate sensor. I used outdoor Walk and various gyming feature daily and I must say that its very accurate. The GPS works accurately measuring the distance and speed with maximum accuracy. Heart Rate sensor is very accurate and measures the heart rate continuously. All the stored data can be easily accessed from watch directly and can be Exported to phone or Mail.
● Watch Faces and other Apps -->
There are over 60,000 watch faces available for this watch which is insane. Many are free as well as paid. There's setting available in few watch faces for colour adjustment and other stuffs.
Its the best watch in terms of watch faces availability and their quality.
You can even store Music, images and apps in the Watch itself. About 1.7 GB space is available for it. Music can be played on watch directly or on Bluetooth device by connect it to watch.
● Sleep Tracker & Training Center :-
As usual Sleep trackers are Spot on and 100% Accurate. Its automatically activated and senses BOTH Night and Daytime sleep data.
All the Data can be accessed from Watch itself or from Smartphone.
It has also got Sedentary Reminder which reminds if you are sitting in one position for Longer period.
●● BATTERY PERFORMANCE ●●
*I don't know whether there's any problem with my watch, as it takes over 3 hours to charge device from 0 - 100%.
I have got one more 46mm galaxy watch in my family, but it charges under 3 hours.
But this haven't affected the battery backup at all.
# Charging in first 15 mins gives 0 to 12% of charge and it lasts upto 10hrs on bluetooth mode or 15-16 hrs on Flight mode or 24hrs on low power mode.
# With watch in Flight Mode, it works easily more than 5 days ( upto 7 days in one of my test )
# With Bluetooth connected All the time and moderate use, battery lasts for approx 4 to 4 and a half days.
# If Fitness app is used for about a hour or more, then battery lasts more than 3 Days with ease.
●● CONS ●●
# NOT all the watch faces and apps are Free.
# Charging speed is very Slow in general.
# Sideloading of apps not possible.
# Google maps not available yet.
# Bixby is not very efficient. ( I don't at all use it )
●● Comparison with Apple watch 4 ●●
1. Apple watch has bigger display, but Output quality is Better on Galaxy watch.
2. Navigation is better on Galaxy watch thanks to rotating bezel compared to apple watch rotating crown.
3. Apple watch is Lighter than galaxy watch, but doesn't feel very premium unlike galaxy watch.
4. Concluding the design section, there are many knockoff of apple watch in the market and even amazfit bips sometimes resembles it. So the brand complex is not enjoyable at times.
5. Watch faces availability is much more in galaxy watch compared to apple.
6. User interface is simple in galaxy watch.
7. Apps availability on apple watch is much better compared to galaxy watch, and they are very practical.
8. Updates aren't very frequent on galaxy watch compared to that of apple.
9. Apple has whopping 16GB memory compared to 4GB of samsung.
10. Apple has BT V5 compared to Samsung's V4.2
11. Battery backup is insane on galaxy watch upto 4-5 days on BT mode compared to 1-2 days on Apple.
12. Finally there Galaxy watch is way more cheaper compared to Apple watch 4 ( basic edition )
●●● VERDICT ●●●
Considering all the features, built quality and practical usability, its undoubtedly the Best Smartwatch in the current market. Yes, its very expensive and ultra premium, but if budget is not a bar for you, then don't even think twice, just go for it.
I have used almost all the smartwatches available in current market and own smartwatches of almost all price range. And none of it offers what this watch does. I was skeptical before investing such a big sum into smartwatch, but after trying it out in person, it didn't took me long to pin down on buying it.
If you have any doubt regarding this watch, then feel free to comment below.
Thank You for reading this review.