Samsung just launched the Samsung Galaxy Watch, and while we’ve now rebranded and lost the Gear moniker, it is definitely their newest flagship wearable.
They were kind enough to let me use one (after they tried to kill me in a workout first) so I figured I’d try and do a complete walkthrough on it for you guys.
If you aren’t familiar, a complete walkthrough on my channel is where I try and go through every feature I can on a device so you guys are better informed should you be in the market to go buy one.
And since I recently asked you guys how in-depth you wanted these and the majority of you wanted me to go as in-depth as I could, we have a lot to go through in this one so let’s get started with the hardware.
First up, it comes in two case sizes and three colors. But, for some odd reason, the sizes dictate the colors you can get. You have the choice of either a 46mm silver casing or a 42m casing in either black or rose gold. I personally went with the black in the 42mm size not because I wanted that color necessarily but because I have dainty wrists (#skinnyguyproblems).
The bands you can choose from when buying the watches also are determined by the casing size so we have black, blue and grey for the 46mm and black, purple, grey, red, and “lime yellow” (someone needs to show Samsung a lime, please) for the black 42mm, and pink, grey, and brown for the rose gold.
Regardless of which one you choose with the watch when you buy it, they both can take any quick release watch band (I grabbed a few different colored leather ones from Amazon for about $10/each that I think give it an entirely different look). You just need to look for 20mm bands for the 42mm case or 22mm bands for the 46mm case.
The watch is lightweight though and even though Samsung swears to me that it’s the same size as the Gear Sport, for some reason it feels smaller (which I’m happy about, even if it is an illusion of my own creation).
It’s military rated and finally, they’ve brought 5 ATM water resistance to a watch of theirs (their bands had this but not the full-blown watches). This means you can swim with it and it’s important to note that the 5 ATM is more important than an IP rating here because the IP rating doesn’t take slamming your wrist into water into account whereas this 5 ATM (or 5x the normal atmospheric pressure) does.
The screen is a Super AMOLED circular display with a 360×360 resolution that measures 1.3″ in diameter on the 46mm case and a 1.2″ on 42mm one.
Surround that screen, we have the rotating bezel that Samsung has been known for now with these watches that allows you to use it to navigate the OS in addition to the usual swiping and tapping. Frankly, I love it for navigation and also sometimes use it as a fidget spinner.
There are only two buttons on the watch, a back button for going to the previous screen in the OS that can be held down to get to Samsung Pay and a home button for getting you back to the watch face and when there and pressed opens the app drawer. You can also hold on the home button to turn the device on and off and toggle touch sensitivity mode (a way to have it react better to gloves when needed).
As far as sensors, we have a constant heart rate monitor which is a must for any serious gym rat, an accelerometer and gyroscope for movement and step tracking, a GPS for route tracking, a barometer for elevation measurements, and an ambient light sensor to control the screen brightness if you want.
For batteries, there is a big difference between the two watches oddly enough. The 46mm has a 472 mah battery while the 42mm has a much smaller 270mah one. Samsung claims though that thanks to their own Exynos wearable processor inside the watch and the fact its running Tizen OS (which we’ll dive into more in a sec) you can expect 4-6 days of battery life on the larger watch and 2-3 on the smaller one.
In my testing with the 42mm one I have though, I managed to go about 24 hours without plugging it in.
The watches also all have NFC for use with Samsung Pay.
There is 1.5GBs of RAM and 4GBs of internal storage and thanks to their continued partnership with Spotify, you can even download playlists directly to the watch’s internal storage and pair your Bluetooth headphones to the watch instead of your phone and leave the phone behind (you can also use the Samsung Music app to do this as well but who no one uses that).
And finally, you charge the Galaxy Watch by setting it on its own wireless charger or using the new dual wireless charger Samsung just released with the Note9.
OK, now, really quickly, let’s go through the OS itself to give you an idea of how you use the watch.
The interface starts with your watch face. This is basically your home screen. You can tap and hold on it to get to your installed watch faces and swipe through them to change the watch face. You can also tap and hold on any and tap customize to get options for the watch face (like colors, what info is shown, etc.). There are apparently over 60,000 watch faces you can choose from in the Galaxy App store.
Swiping or using the dial you can go to the left of the watch face to see all of your notifications (which you can swipe up on to dismiss or tap to interact with) and to the right to get to all of your watch widgets. These can be edited by tapping and holding on them and added by going all the way to the right and tapping the plus icon there.
Pushing the home button on any screen will bring you back to the watch face. Pushing it while you are on the watch face will open the app drawer and you can tap on (or use the dial to navigate) through the apps you have installed.
You can also install new ones here from the Galaxy App Store on the watch or from the Galaxy Wearable app on your phone (where you can also reorder them too).
Now, finally, you can swipe down on any screen to get the quick settings menu. From here you can see your remaining battery life, connectivity, and turn on and off settings like airplane mode, battery saver, change the volume settings for ringtone, media, notifications, and system.
We also have toggles for the always on watch face, brightness, theater mode (which turns off the screen and turns on do not disturb basically until you push the home button to turn the device back on, useful for if you’re in a movie theater and don’t want the device lighting up), and actual do not disturb mode which just silences notifications and won’t turn on the screen for them, but you can still raiser your wrist to wake it, etc.). And finally in here, you can also tap the gear icon here to get to all the watch settings.
Really fast, let’s go through those.
- Watch Face: Let’s you select from the installed watch faces as well as download new ones, turn on and off the always-on display, watch face order, an hourly chime (why would you ever want that?!), and turning on and off the notification indicator/status indicator.
- Sound and Vibration: Turn sound on or off vibrate on or off, select the volume and vibration intensity, choose the ringtone, change the vibration pattern, notification sound and notification vibration, annd whether you want sounds when you touch the screen (again, who would want that?!).
- Display: Adjust the screen brightness, timeout, change the background style, and the font style and size.
- Advanced: Let’s you choose what double tapping the home button opens, turn on and off the wrist detection wake-up and turning tthe bezel to wake thhe watch, water lock mode which let’s you turn off the touch screen for when you’re swimming to stop unwanted actions from the water and also has an eject water function that uses sound to get water out of the sppeakers, touch sensitivity to help the touch screen recognized a gloved hand, do not disturb and theater mode which we talked about already, goodnight mode which let’s you wear the watch to bed to track your sleep and not wake you with notifications, edit quick settings, and screen capture on and off (which you can do by holding the power button and swiping from left tto right on any screen to grab a screen capture and put it in your phone’s camera roll).
- Connections: Which lets you control the Bluetooth, Wifi, andd other connections on the device.
- Apps: Let’s you choose what permissions each app can use on thee watch as well as organize and uninstall the apps and youc an turn on auto open apps which will open any app in thhe app screen you select with the bezel instead of you having to tap it to open it.
- Security: Let’s you choose the security lock screen as well as when it should appear includin only for payments or to turn on the screen (I recommend just payments as to have to input it every time you want to see tthe screen is super obnoxious).
- Account: Let’s you choose what Samsung account is connected to the device and whether or not you want to participate in the “Customization Service” which somehow optimizes tthe watch based on your usage butt sounds like a markketing thing to me honestly.
- Accessibility: This allows you to turn on assistance for visiually impaired people (like voice assistance, darker screen, etc.) as well as assistance for hearing impaired people (mute sounds, mono the audio), quick access whicchh lets you get a variety of accessibilty options by tripple tapping the screen with two fingers, and notification reminders which will obviously remind you of notifications if you ddon’t check them within a period of time.
- General: Let’s you change the keyboard or keyboard settings, date and time and reset the device.
- Battery: Let’s you select default, power saver mode or watch only to increase battery life while limiting functionality.
- About Watch: System information.
- Connect to a New Phone: Let’s you unpair the watch so you can pair with a new device.
And there we go, everything you could possibly want to know about the Galaxy Watch. If you made it this far, thank you (again, you guys asked for it). Don’t forget to subscribe for more tech videos and check the bell next to the word subscribe to be notified of new videos when they go live and as always, thanks for watching.
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