Samsung Galaxy Watch Review – Pros & Cons, Specifications

samsung galaxy watch review - pros and cons, tech specifications

The Samsung Galaxy Watch is the complete solution for Samsung lovers looking for fitness options. Coming from a brand known for its beautiful design, battery life, and accurate tracking, Galaxy Watch has almost everything you need in your fitness tracker.

The Samsung Galaxy Watch is stronger, smarter, bold and has a number of tracking features. This combined with the bold and sturdy look makes it even better. Galaxy Watch lets you track your fitness, calories, stress & recovery, sleep, heart rate zones and much more.

Samsung Galaxy Watch Review – Introduction

The Galaxy Watch is Samsung’s complete smartwatch loaded with Tizen’s Wearable OS 4.0. The smartwatch is compatible with Android and iPhones. The smartwatch comes in two sizes, 42mm and 46mm. We would recommend you a 46mm Galaxy Watch because of its battery life.

The Samsung Galaxy smartwatch dons rotating bezel for easy menu navigation; something which is very innovative and other brands lags. For Samsung users, this is one of the best smartwatches you need at the moment.

Design & Size

samsung galaxy smartwatch reviewThe Samsung Galaxy watch is very fashionable and beautifully designed smartwatch which although looks like a wristwatch but has features that outnumber Apple Watch.

There are two size variants 42mm and 46mm. We would recommend a 46 mm size Galaxy watch because it looks more subtle and fine on our wrists. The 46mm size has a bigger touchscreen and battery size as well.

Designwise the Galaxy watch looks bold with its silver and black color panel. It has a circular screen with the rotating bezel which is used for menu navigation. It looks very stylish and durable.

You can also customize the straps as per your fashion or moods. The silicone straps are lightweight and are super sturdy.

In a crowd of 1000 Apple watches, your Samsung Galaxy Watch will get much traction for sure.

The watch has sAMOLED screen comes with Samsung’s best display technology featuring millions of color pixels. The Samsung Galaxy Watch has adaptive brightness settings that makes it easy to see during outdoor activities. The display is 320×320 which is good.

The always on watch feature doesn’t need you to press the button or turn the bezel. You can set the sAMOLED display to show at all times.

The display sometimes lags to wake up (somewhere like half a second), but that seems okay once you get used to it.


Galaxy Smartwatch ReviewSamsung has put a lot of efforts in making Samsung Galaxy smartwatch and it can be seen by its fitness tracking features and various other options. The Samsung Galaxy watch has 6 auto tracking exercises and has overall 39 total exercises. Talking about auto-tracking, the Galaxy watch can track Cycling, elliptical training, walking, running and dynamic workouts pretty easily.

If you are on the go in a busy street, you don’t have to worry about activating these options; the smartwatch does this automatically for you. It was interesting to see the watch prompts from time to time measuring step counts, calories, and distance.

Samsung Galaxy Watch can track your sleep activity automatically. It was able to determine our sleep efficiency percentage, time in bed, motionless, light, and restless sleep.

samsung galaxy smartwatch reviewSince sleep tracking is a feature that most people ignore, it is required that you measure your sleep and follow a timeline. The watch might feel like an unpleasure addon on your wrist during your sleep, but if you need to track your sleep, you have to use it. 🙂

Samsung’s Galaxy watch can track 39 exercises which include 21 indoor exercises and strength training exercises. Here is a list of what this Galaxy watch can track,

Running, Walking, Cycling, Swimming, Other workouts, Treadmill, Exercise Bike, Weight machine, Circuit training, Arm curls, Arm extensions, Back extensions, Bench press, Burpee test, Crunches, Deadlifts, Elliptical trainer, Front Raises, Hiking, Lat pulldowns, Lateral raises, Legs curls, Leg extensions, Leg press, Leg Raises, Lunges, Mountain climbers, Pilates, Plank, Pull-ups, Push-ups, Rowing machine, Shoulder Presses, Sit-ups, Squats, Star jumps, Step machine, Stretching, Yoga.

That’s right; 39 exercises.

The Galaxy watch is water resistant up to 50 meters.

Software & Apps

Samsung Galaxy WatchThe Galaxy watch is featuring Samsung’s Wearable OS which is Tizen. The user interface is excellent and comes with over 60,000 watch faces and features such as Spotify offline playlists.

Samsung Galaxy provides a large selection of apps through its App stores such as SpeedoOn, MapMyRun, Strava, Spotify, BMW Connected, Glympse, Pear, TaylorMade, Uber and much more.

Although Samsung’s most important and core apps are neat, the one thing which Samsung lags is the number of apps it currently has. The Galaxy App store lacks thirty party apps such as Google Maps, Facebook Messenger and WhatsApp.

Samsung has introduced the Bixby (Samsung’s voice assistant) in Galaxy Watch which is okay since they are still new to this field compared to the Google Assistant and Siri.

The Bixby is capable of doing basic tasks and calling contacts.

It is, however, slow in responding and doing other tasks. We sometimes have to command multiple times before it can respond and when it responds; it doesn’t produce good answers. Samsung needs to work on this. But that’s a software update and I’m fine with it.


Talking about the compatibility, the Galaxy Watch works best with Samsung Smartphones than with other Android smartphones and especially iPhones. Though it works well with Android smartphones, for iPhone users, there are quite limitations here.  The watch is more like a read functionality than write. You can read your messages but can’t reply. Also, there are no email, phone call and messaging app options for iPhone smartphones yet.

Battery & Charger

samsung galaxy watch chargerSamsung Galaxy Watch’s battery life is real deal here. The 46mm size variant is bigger in size as well as battery life. The smartwatch can stay alive for more than 4 days with a single charge. Samsung has done a great job in battery life here.

The Galaxy watch has a wireless charger that lets you power up your smartwatch. The charger is excellent and charges your smartwatch very fast. One thing to note is that you can only charge our smartwatch using this special wireless charger that comes with the smartwatch when you purchase it. You won’t be able to charge it using other Samsung’s charge pads. But if you need to use a charger that can charge both Galaxy watch and Smartwatch, then you need to go for Wireless Charger Duo by Samsung.

Pros & Cons


  • Beautiful & Stylish Display
  • Menu navigation via rotating bezel
  • Crisp display
  • Good battery life
  • 39 tracking features


  • The app market is slow
  • Bixby needs to be better

Tech Specifications

Galaxy Watch comes with Exynos 9110 SoC processor. It is a dual-core processor clocking at 1.15GHz. It comes with Bluetooth and LTE versions internationally.

Android phones need to have more than 1.5GB of RAM. Connectivity options on the watch include Bluetooth 4.2, WiFi 802.11 b/g/n, NFC, A-GPS, and Glonass. NFC is mainly for Samsung Pay but it is not available for other countries like India.

Display: 1.3 Inch sAMOLED 360×360
Processor: 1.15 GHz Dual-Core
Memory: 0.75GB RAM 4GB internal storage
Connectivity: 802.11 b/g/n 2.4GHz Bluetooth v4.2
Battery: Up to 4 days
Sensor Type: Accelerometer, Barometer, Gyro Sensor, HR Sensor, Light Sensor
Dimensions: 46mm x 49mm x 13mm
Strap: 22mm silicone

What’s Inside the Box?

Galaxy Watch, Additional Strap(Large and Small), Wireless charging Dock, Travel adapter, Quick Start Guide, User Manual (Warranty: 1 Year)

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Design & Display

Very Good!

Samsung Galaxy Watch has all the things you need in a smartwatch. It's beautiful, stylish, bold, polished, lightweight, loads hundreds of features and all in all the best smartwatch from Samsung.

User Rating: 5 ( 6 votes)

Last update on 2020-01-16 / Affiliate links / Images from Amazon Product Advertising API

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