Samsung Galaxy Smart Watches 2021 - Which one should you get in India?
The Samsung Galaxy watch has proved to be one of the most refined smartwatches you can buy today - with its attractive design, cohesive user interface and most importantly, a four-day battery life. It has been a tough competitor to the top wearables like the Apple Watch, Garmin Fenix and Fitbit Versa.
Samsung's Galaxy Watch Series:
- The Galaxy Watch
- The Galaxy Watch Active
Alternatively, if you are more interested in ultra-affordable Fitness Trackers, check out this article from not too long ago.
The Samsung Galaxy Smart Watch brings the look and feel of a high-end wrist-watch, with a circular stainless steel case and stylized bezel. It’s stylish and functional as the bezel rotates to cycle through its various on-screen menus while also providing fall detection.
With the Galaxy Watch, Samsung brings its smartwatch line under its Galaxy umbrella, making it fit seamlessly under Samsung's personal devices brand. When comparing the pricing with the Galaxy Watch, the Galaxy Active 2 is a little cheaper, and doesn’t feature the rotating bezel. Instead, it has a touch sensitive bezel for user interaction and also packs some extra fitness features that the Samsung Watch leaves out.
On the Galaxy Watch, turning the bezel clockwise or anticlockwise allows you to browse through the device's UI and Apps. It is surprisingly convenient and intuitive, and the fact that you don’t have to use your finger to navigate, leaves the display completely visible at all times. Haptic buzzing responses stimulate a tactile feel while going through the menu.
Tizen is Samsung's Linux-based Operating System that runs on these devices and it offers a similar experience to that of Apple Watch Range and Wear OS watches.
The Samsung Galaxy Watch
The Samsung Galaxy Watch comes in 2 options - Bluetooth and Bluetooth+LTE. The Bluetooth version connects to your smartphone via Bluetooth for further connectivity, while the Bluetooth+LTE version works with a built-in eSim for direct connectivity. In India as of Jan 2021, eSims are supported by only Reliance Jio and Airtel Postpaid.
The Galaxy Watch offers 39 built-in trackers, including sensors for 4-stage sleep tracking with continuous heartbeat and stress monitoring. Additionally, it provides 50m water resistance, making it practically waterproof.
The inbuilt GPS allows you to track location and movement while the Samsung Health App gives you analytics on your fitness.
The display is a vivid super AMOLED screen and offers various customizable Watch Faces.
The Samsung Galaxy Watch 3
The Samsung Galaxy Active 2
By rotating the bezel clockwise or swiping left on the touchscreen, it will show you some widgets and the option to add contacts, alarms and workout activities. On the other hand, by rotating the bezel anti-clockwise or swiping right, it brings up the notifications you got.
The Galaxy Watches are very fitness-focused, all thanks to the sensors and a revamped Samsung Health App, which tracks your progress by measuring the heartbeat rate, calories and tracking six activities while you exercise.
The Smart Watch additionally tracks your sleep quality, from heartbeat, stress and other sensor data modelled over a 4-stage sleep cycle. Monitoring your stress levels helps to assist you with meditation through guided breathing as well.
The 'My Day Watch face’ displays your schedules for the next 10 hours and sums them up at a single glance. For travel enthusiasts, the Galaxy Smart Watches offer GPS tracking with a built-in Altimeter and Barometer too.
Often, charging personal devices is an irritating chore, but the Samsung Galaxy Watches solve this with an effortless charging experience. Simply set it down on the wireless charging dock and the charging process begins automatically. Use a Samsung Galaxy Wireless Charger Pad for Qi wireless charging.
If you like your watch to match your outfit, you will love the customizability. There are 60,000 watch faces in the Galaxy Wearable App that can be set on your Galaxy Smart Watch. Additionally, check out the changeable straps for the Galaxy Active 2.
Overall, the Galaxy Smart Watches have better battery life than the Apple Watch. It is a great competition to most top Smart Watches in the market.
Getting started with Galaxy Smart Watches
Getting started with a Samsung Galaxy Smart Watch is quite simple, since it is guided by a smartphone App. Here are the steps you would have to follow:
Pair the Galaxy Watch with your smartphone
(the watch is supports Android and iOS)
Download the Galaxy Wearable App on Android or the App having the same name as your Galaxy Watch on iOS
Once the App is installed, you will be taken through the pairing process over Bluetooth
The App will then give you a Dashboard that shows you the battery percentage, internal storage and memory consumed
As far as smartwatches go, the Galaxy Watches are currently very popular. They come with a familiar design similar to the older Gear S3 and also offer a lot of new features. The sleek design and the number of faces have been the most attractive feature of the watch. The user interface is quite user-friendly with some of the best AMOLED displays around along with an impressive battery life.
The third-party applications like Google Maps, WhatsApp and Facebook cannot be downloaded on the Watch and Bixby is still, well, Bixby. The Galaxy watch works best with the Android phones, especially Samsung devices. The Galaxy watch is an easy recommendation for anyone who wants to use a smartwatch on the go, so that they don’t have to always depend on their smartphone.
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