Buzz.ie tested out the latest wearable tech from Samsung, Galaxy Watch
Samsung’s new Galaxy Watch is a seriously competent flagship smartwatch.
It looks like a ‘real’ wristwatch with a sporty-looking design and build with a flexible plastic strap.
It’s compatible with both iOS and Android phones (unlike an Apple Watch, which only works with iOS).
And it has fantastic battery life.
During my test period, I’ve worn the 46mm model for about two weeks and it has consistently lasted four days.
The Galaxy Watch uses Samsung’s Tizen operating system, which is easy to get used to.
It has a super-sharp and bright circular 1.3in Super AMOLED touchscreen display. The rotating bezel makes navigation of the interface simple.
Rotate the bezel left to view all of your earlier notifications.
Rotate it to the right for quick access to widgets.
While you swipe down on the touchscreen for settings or tap it to open an app or widget.
The two physical buttons are a back button and a home screen button.
Galaxy Watch does all of the things that you’d expect.
It shows you when you’re getting a phone call, and lets you swipe to accept or reject it. It buzzes you with notifications from your phone.
You can also see the weather, measures your stress levels and record your sleep patterns.
The device tracks your steps, your exercise sessions, your heart rate.
It can track 39 different workout types including 21 indoor exercises.
And it has an auto-tracking feature. This immediately starts recording an exercise if it detects a spike in your activity and heart rate.
It is water resistant up to 50 metres for 10 minutes and can track swimming in shallow water.
One extra neat feature is Spotify’s offline music playback so you can leave your phone at home if out on a run.
On the downside, Tizen’s Galaxy Apps store lacks the likes of Google Maps, Facebook Messenger, and WhatsApp.
And its digital assistant Bixby just isn’t worth bothering with.
I did test Galaxy Watch paired with an iPhone, but had no calls, messaging, or email.
I paired it with several Android phones but found it worked best with the Galaxy Note 9, arguably the best overall smartphone of 2018 — so far.
Samsung Galaxy Watch costs from €319 for the 42mm model and fro €369 for the 46mm model at Samsung’s new Irish online store
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