By teaming up on the new Galaxy Watch 4 series, Samsung and Google have become closer partners than ever before. Previously, Samsung sold its own Galaxy watches and ran its own TizenOS. Google, on the other hand, is trying to help manufacturers take over the Apple Watch with its Wear OS. Now the two attempts have merged. So the Galaxy Watch 4 series brings the best of Google and Samsung? Or have to wait for the Apple Watch to be on par in the Android world? Here’s my review of the Samsung Galaxy Watch 4 Classic.
Samsung Galaxy Watch 4 price in India
The Samsung Galaxy Watch 4 series is divided into two models, the Galaxy Watch 4 and the Galaxy Watch 4 Classic. Each is available in two sizes and all models are only available in Bluetooth and LTE. The Galaxy Watch 4 40mm costs Rs 23,999 and Rs 28,999 only for the Bluetooth and LTE variants. The Galaxy Watch 4 44mm costs Rs 26,999 and Rs. 31,999 each for the same type.
You can get the 42mm Galaxy Watch 4 Classic for Bluetooth for just 31,999, while the LTE version of the same size will cost you Rs. 36,999. Lastly, the Galaxy Watch 4 Classic 46mm costs Rs 34,999 and Rs. 36,999 for the Bluetooth or LTE variant.
Design and function of Samsung Galaxy Watch 4
The Galaxy Watch 4 and Watch 4 Classic have very different design approaches. While the former will appeal to active folks looking for a compact fitness tracking device, the Watch 4 looks like a classic traditional watch. I had a Galaxy Watch 4 Classic for this test.
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Galaxy Watch 4 Classic has a 1.4-inch AMOLED display and rotating bezel
The Galaxy Watch 4 Classic looks high quality and has a stainless steel case, which also provides good weight when worn. It has a rotating bezel that reminds me of its predecessor, the Galaxy Watch 3 (review). This rotating panel has satisfying click feedback and I never have to guess which input I chose again. Not only that, you can use it for 24/7 navigation, and also in various convenient functions.
The Galaxy Watch 4 Classic has a 1.4-inch AMOLED display which is slightly smaller than the rotating panel. With Gorilla Glass DX for protection, you don’t have to worry about the screen getting scratched. There are two buttons on the right; The top one is red and functions as a start button, while the other serves as a back button. You can press and hold the Home button to call up Bixby on the Galaxy Watch 4 Classic.
The watch’s fluoroelastomeric strap contains a wooden bar in a box that protrudes from the outside. The tape provided had a very good experience and did not irritate my skin during the examination period. The Galaxy Watch 4 uses a classic 20mm strap and you can go with the standard of your choice. The supplied strap has a quick release pin and is easy to remove.
The bioactive sensor from Samsung is located under the Watch 4 Classic. Can measure heart rate and SPO2. It also works with electrodes on the side buttons to measure body composition. Internationally, the Galaxy Watch 4 Classic can monitor blood pressure and ECG readings, but this feature is not yet available in India. Samsung announced to Gadgets360 that it is working with stakeholders to bring this opportunity to India. The Galaxy Watch 4 Classic has a microphone on the top and a speaker on the left. It has the largest battery in the series, 361mAh and is charged wirelessly via the pack charger.
Galaxy Watch 4 Classic can use standard 20mm band
Strapless, the Watch 4 Classic weighs around 52 grams, which I find quite striking, especially when the clock is ticking. I think the Galaxy Watch 4 could be more comfortable for tracking sleep, and its smaller size could make exercising more comfortable.
Samsung has released new hardware for the Watch 4 Classic. It is powered by the company’s own dual-core Exynos W920 processor with a clock rate of 1.18 GHz. There is also 1.5 GB of RAM and 16 GB of working memory, of which about 7 GB is available to users. Galaxy Watch 4 Classic supports Bluetooth 5, dual-band WiFi, NFC, and four satellite navigation systems. Samsung also has an IP68 rating for this watch and is said to be water resistant up to 5 ATM.
Samsung Galaxy Watch 4 Classic software
This is where the partnership between Samsung and Google comes into play. Samsung has merged its original TizenOS Wear OS and it brings you to this new wearable with One UI customization. My Galaxy Watch 4 Classic had a security patch in August.
Unlike other Wear OS smartwatches, which connect to your smartphone via the Wear OS app, the Galaxy Watch 4 requires the Galaxy Wearable app. This is the first sign that Samsung has mastered Wear OS in this smartwatch. Galaxy Watch 4 can only connect to Android smartphones