Samsung Galaxy Watch 4 review; The Samsung Galaxy Watch 4 and 4 Classic are the first smartwatches to use the popular Android user platform. Although these watches have benefited from Google’s Wear OS instead of Samsung’s Tizen operating system, their user interface, applications, NFC payment system, health tracker and voice assistant are from Samsung’s Galaxy ecosystem.
Samsung Galaxy Watch 4 review
Hardware & Operating System
In May, Google announced its partnership with Samsung to integrate its platforms around OS and Taizen. In fact, Google has provided Samsung with its operating system, and the company has combined its powerful hardware and various watching systems with this operating system. The result of this collaboration is the avoidance of the new Galaxy Watch from the problems that have plagued the OS and Taizen in the past.
The classic Galaxy Watch 4 and 4 are very fast, unlike the previous OS watches, and the battery lasts for more than a day without having to make changes to the clock’s settings. Unlike Tyzen watches, these watches also have the ability to use Google Maps and support third-party applications. The hardware of both watches is similar to the hardware of previous Samsung watches, and this is a positive point. Auld’s watch fees are also not too big and have an attractive look.
The price of the 40 mm version of the Galaxy Watch 4 with aluminum body is $249.99 and the 42 mm version of the classic Galaxy Watch 4 with a rotating frame string and steel body is $349.99. You can also benefit from larger sizes and LTE functionality for a larger amount. All versions of these two watches are available in a standard size of 20 mm.
The core of the Galaxy Watch 4 series is a combination of Google’s OS and Samsung’s Taizen (inspired by One UI). You can enter the apps section by swiping up and accessing notifications by swiping to the right. Also, the Quick Settings and Tiles feature of the watch are also displayed by swiping to the left and bottom, respectively. Tyles is actually a small information widget that has quickly become a popular feature of the OS.
Samsung smartwatches are known for using a rotary bezel string, and this feature is offered every two hours, albeit with a different function. On the side of the screen is the base version of the Galaxy Watch 4, a sensitive touch section that is a little difficult to work with. But the classic version of this watch uses a physical rotary string that is incredibly efficient and attractive.
The default Galaxy Watch 4 watch is also very functional (providing a lot of information in a low space) in addition to the charm (the bear that refers to the notifications section). You can choose from multiple default watch face by holding the finger on the screen. You can also download new watchfaces from the Google Play Store or design your own watchface using apps like Facer.
Both versions of the Galaxy Watch 4 are equipped with two buttons. The upper button is to return to the home page and double-press it back to the previous application. The bottom button also displays some of the previously used apps and you can search among them. There is also a special function to hold these buttons, which we will continue to address.
You can enter the Samsung Pay section by holding down the bottom button and use bixby voice assistant by holding the top button. It is currently not possible to change the functionality of these two buttons, and it is unlikely that Samsung will replace The Google Accent Assistant with Bixby.
Samsung Pay has not had any problems in terms of performance, but Bixby, unlike it, suffers from problems. This voice assistant still does not have the ability to perform simple tasks such as setting up a few reminders, and its responsiveness is sometimes very slow. Bixby also doesn’t know about Google Maps and you can’t use it for routing.
Most of the default Galaxy Watch 4 apps are actually Samsung-specific apps. These apps include calendars, calculators, contacts, weather, and more. All of these applications are synchronized with Samsung’s system so that the Galaxy Watch 4 can obtain and copy certain information from Samsung phones. You can remove some of these apps from the watch, but this feature is not applicable to all apps.
In short, if you’re not using Samsung phones, we don’t recommend buying Galaxy Watch 4 series watches. These smartwatches are not synchronized with iPhone phones and many of its features are not available on other Android phones.
The most important changes made to the Galaxy Watch 4 series are related to the health sector compared to previous Samsung watches. Samsung has used several sensors behind these watches, including a heart rate sensor, pedometer and blood oxygen sensor. The use of these sensors for medical affairs is not recommended at all because the accuracy of these sensors is not accurate and may provide incorrect information to the user.
Samsung has also used a new sensor in these watches that measures the body’s gerbidge by sending electrical signals into the body. This sensor is a better way to measure body fat than a method such as body mass index (BMI) but like other sensors wearable gadgets it cannot be used as a medical tool. All of these sensors use the Samsung Health app to provide their information. The app stores the information collected on the watch, but you can transfer it to your Samsung phone.
Through this app, Samsung has access to heart rate, body fat, glucose, blood pressure, blood oxygen, sleep and much more information. A spokesperson for the company said that all of this information was encrypted and that Samsung would only have access to it with the user’s permission. However, this amount of information is enormous and if you inadvertently authorize Samsung to use them, the company can use the information obtained to create the right exercises for you or to promote the Samsung Health app. Of course, you can delete all this information from the Clock Settings section.
The problem with many wearable gadgets is the lack of possibility of transferring user information to other companies’ devices. It doesn’t matter if you’re using Samsung Health, Apple Health, Google Fit or Fitbit. In any case, your information is stored on one of these platforms and you cannot transfer this information to other devices, and as a result you will be forced to use the products of a particular company.
With all these interpretations, the performance of the Galaxy Watch 4 sensors is very good and these sensors have high accuracy and speed. For example, the accuracy of the watch’s heart rate sensor during cycling is exactly the same as the Apple Watch, and this is one of the main strengths of Samsung’s Galaxy Watch 4 series. You can also synchronize your information with the Strava app, but unlike the Apple Watch, this feature will no longer be usable in third-party applications.
The Galaxy 4 and 4 Classics are one of the best smartwatches that have been released in the last few years. The main problem with these watches is the lack of support for non-samsung phones. This approach is not specific to Samsung, and the Apple Watch has used the same method to persuade users to buy iPhone phones.
If you are also using a Samsung phone, we recommend you to buy this product. Otherwise, it’s best to wait until the launch of a smartwatch that uses the OS3 operating system and is more in tune with Android phones.
Galaxy Watch 4
The Galaxy 4 and 4 Classics are one of the best smartwatches that have been released in the last few years.
- Quick interface
- Support for third-party applications
- Advanced Health Tracker
- Rotary Frame String Classic Edition
- Limited to Samsung ecosystem
- Bixby Voice Assistant
- Samsung's approach to privacy laws
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