With the simultaneous version of Samsung Galaxy Z Fold3 and with Flip3 In the latest version of Galaxy Unpacked, it’s safe to say that a file Watch 4 He was far from being the star of the show when it was revealed.
However, it carries more than just incremental upgrades from Watch3, which makes it worth talking about. Unfortunately, I’ve never tested previous Samsung smartwatch models, so instead of making tough comparisons, I’ll simply share my thoughts on the Watch4’s new features.
Designed for young people
I got the Galaxy Watch4 40mm in rose gold, which is a very nice color for those who want a more refined accessory.
It comes with silicone straps that seem more fit for a fitness band, but since the Watch4 offers decent workout options, it makes sense. Those with more active lifestyles will have an easier time keeping the watch clean.
Silicone straps are also very stylish, although they certainly cater to young people. One of the features Samsung highlighted was how the Watch4’s face could match the Z Flip3’s cover screen, and the foldable phone’s marketing is aimed at the younger generation, so it’s safe to draw.
Overall, the Watch4 is comfortable to wear, even with my very small wrists. It didn’t feel huge at all. The only thing that was a little annoying is how I sometimes feel the silicone strap of the watch pinching my hair in my arms, but I suppose this is normal for my hairy armed buddies who wear wrist accessories.
A better extension for your phone
Setting up the Watch4 to pair with the Samsung Galaxy S20 was a seamless process, and should be the same for anyone else with a Samsung or Android device. For those who use iOS, this watch is not for you, because Samsung dropped iOS support.
The Watch4 is Samsung’s first smartwatch to run on the new One UI Watch OS, the result of a collaborative effort between Samsung and Google.
This means that users will no longer have to manually perform multiple downloads on Watch4, as long as the Play Store app has a watch app. Likewise, the settings that have been modified in your phone will be seamlessly reflected on the Watch4.
Being able to access the Google Play Store on the watch also means you have broader access to different apps outside of Samsung’s ecosystem, which was lacking on older Samsung smartwatches running on TizenOS.
You have Spotify and Google Maps installed, and you can download some other apps like Calm for Meditation or YouTube Music. I was mostly on Spotify, but the advantage of being able to control it via Watch4 I missed because I was stuck at home with my phone always by my side.
If I’m out and about, I can see myself using the Watch4 a lot so I can edit my music without having to constantly touch and sanitize my phone. However, I do have one complaint.
Since I can make and answer calls on the Watch4 through the speakerphone, I found it strange that I couldn’t play my Spotify music out loud. Instead, you will have to use a wireless Bluetooth headphone or earbuds.
The truth about my health
Let me preface this part by acknowledging that I am not a very health conscious person. But the color was surprised when Watch4 actually revealed that I was a healthy person. Well maybe not for my daily activity stats because I move around as much as I move like a rock, and WFH doesn’t help.
Every day, I only log 1,500 steps, and Samsung tells me the goal is actually 6,000. Oh well. I also don’t touch the exercise function at all, but in it, you’ll find the usual activities including hiking, circuit training, and more.
For those who are more active, these used in conjunction with your heart rate, blood oxygen levels and body composition features will give you a more comprehensive overview of your body and health.
Personally, I found myself more interested in my sleep stats and stress levels. I would say I sleep decently with a relatively consistent sleep schedule. Minus my first night with the Watch4 as I didn’t set it up properly, over the course of 4 nights I slept the recommended minimum of 7 hours.
It was interesting to get a better idea of how I sleep, but I can’t say that it prompted me to change anything about the way I do it. The Watch4’s sensors seemed quite accurate, but also showed that I would get up a lot during the night even though I didn’t remember to do so. Then again, I’m running while I sleep, so maybe that’s just me on autopilot.
I also learned that I’m actually not a very nervous person. Sure, my tension rises every now and then throughout the day, but most of the time, I seem pretty calm. This was interesting data to me because I generally find myself feeling very anxious, but this week may have been better for me.
If you want to access more ECG and blood pressure monitoring features, you will likely still have to wait a while before you get them in Malaysia. It was a desirable feature, but its approval often met with a lot of restrictions and regulations.
Besides, Watch4 is still a smartwatch that is packed with a variety of features, which are enhanced by the new One UI OS.
I’m not the Watch4’s target market, so you won’t find me ordering an RM899 or more for the 40mm version. I mainly track my sleep and stress levels, so a much cheaper fitness band fit my needs better.
With me, many of the other functions of Watch4 will be sufficiently exploited. However, if you’re an Android user in the market for a new smartwatch that packs a punch when it comes to fitness and wellness tracking, along with other lifestyle enrichment functions, the Watch4 is a strong contender.
If you consider it a Watch3 user, the Watch4 is a definite upgrade, and at half the price of the Watch3 (1,799 RM at launch), it’s a very attractive bargain.
The 247mAh battery should last you all day, even with sleep tracking and GPS turned on. It doesn’t have great battery life, but turning off the always-on display and GPS and putting it in power-saving mode should give you more power.
Its charging is slow so my workaround is to charge it when I leave to shower. Once I carry out my post-shower routine about an hour later, the Watch4 is usually ready to come back on my wrist.
|Comfortable fit with easy to clean straps
|Music cannot be played on the speaker
|Clear speaker and microphone for calls
|Short battery life with long charging time
|More viewing apps like Spotify and Google Maps
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