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Samsung Galaxy Watch

Samsung Galaxy Watch

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Samsung Galaxy Watch Review

Samsung Galaxy Watch Review

Posted   08.29.18
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82 Engadget Score
There's a lot to like about this in spite of a few flaws.
82

There's a lot to like about this in spite of a few flaws.

How we score

The Engadget Score is a unique ranking of products based on extensive independent research and analysis by our expert editorial and research teams. The Global Score is arrived at only after curating hundreds, sometimes thousands of weighted data points (such as critic and user reviews).

Engadget Review

Despite the change in branding, Samsung’s latest smartwatch doesn’t stray too far from the company’s existing Gear formula. Great screen? Check. A rotating bezel to navigate through menus and Tizen apps? You bet. Workout tracking? You get where we’re going here. It’s kind of a shame, though, that some of the new features — like Bixby integration and stress tracking — fall well short of their promise. The Galaxy Watch is easily the best watch out there for die-hard Samsung fans, but with big changes to watchOS and Wear OS devices coming soon, everyone else should wait and see what the coming months bring.

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Pros
  • Handsome water-resistant design Great battery life Excellent OLED screen Mostly accurate sleep tracking
Cons
  • Bixby is a lousy assistant
  • Workout tracking can be finicky
  • S Health companion app needs work
82 Engadget Score
There's a lot to like about this in spite of a few flaws.
82

There's a lot to like about this in spite of a few flaws.

How we score

The Engadget Score is a unique ranking of products based on extensive independent research and analysis by our expert editorial and research teams. The Global Score is arrived at only after curating hundreds, sometimes thousands of weighted data points (such as critic and user reviews).

Scores

Engadget

82
 

User Reviews

70
JIMMIE
in need to know if i buy the watch can i open a line with tmobile
70
Timothy
I bought the Galaxy Watch LTE celliular and I can leave my phone at home and...read more
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Score Breakdown

 
78
Average Critic Score
 
80
CNET
The Samsung Galaxy Watch is a great looking smartwatch that beats the Apple Watch on battery life and its wide variety of custom watch faces.
 
80
TechRadar
The Galaxy Watch is Samsung's most refined smartwatch due to its helpful fitness tracking and four-day battery life – if you opt for the larger 46mm size that we liked and recommend. All of this is packaged inside a sophisticated-looking circular silver-and-black smartwatch that has a rotating bezel for effortless menu navigation. Be warned, third-party apps are lacking and its iOS support is limited if you're using an iPhone. This is best for Samsung fans.
 
80
T3
The Samsung Galaxy Watch is the best smartwatch Samsung has ever made. It's more attractive, has brilliant battery life, and comes packing some neat new fitness tracking abilities. The Galaxy Watch's biggest problem is that Samsung hasn't given you a killer reason to buy one and keep wearing it.
 
70
Wired
The Samsung Galaxy Watch is a good smartwatch as far as smartwatches go. But in an era where “flagship” equates to “showcase for new, innovative technology,” the Galaxy Watch’s flagship status comes across as self-appointed.
 
70
Android Police
Samsung's latest wearable has some great aspects like notification management, exercise tracking, and solid design. I can even forgive some shortcomings like the poor app support. However, this just isn't the right time. You should wait and see what the next few months bring for Wear OS and the Snapdragon 3100 before you drop $330 or more on a Galaxy Watch.
 
80
Digital Trends
Stellar battery life and strong fitness-tracking capabilities make this the perfect smartwatch for Android users.
 
90
9to5Google
As an Android user, there are a ton of options out there for a smartwatch. Wear OS is overflowing with hardware, there are offerings from Fitbit and more as well. However, Samsung’s Tizen has been one of the best options, and with the release of the Galaxy Watch, I think the title is all locked up – at least for now.
 
70
The Verge
At the end of the day, I’m left wanting something more useful, seamless, and powerful than the Galaxy Watch. And as a whole, smartwatches in their current capacity aren’t at that point… yet.
 
80
Tech Advisor
The Samsung Galaxy Watch is a refined vision of the company’s Gear S2 smartwatch from 2015 – and it’s the best wearable the company has yet made. We prefer the smaller 42mm model for its size and weight, though if you’re into the chunky look, the 46mm model will give you better battery life. But it’s still only at its best when paired with a Samsung phone – using it with any other brand of phone loses the message and email apps. iOS connectivity is a little flaky, but it's good to have the option to use with an iPhone.
 
80
Gizmodo
As a smartwatch that looks to improve your wellness through heart rate monitoring and activity tracking while also doubling as a proficient smartphone companion or even a standalone workout tool over LTE, the Galaxy Watch is right up near the top of what a modern smartwatch can do. It’s got a superb design, it’s interface is the best of any watch on the market, and while it’s starting price of $330 ain’t cheap, it is less expensive than a new Apple Watch. And even though there’s still a fair bit of refining left to do before Samsung truly realizes modern wearable dream, as is, the Galaxy Watch is still pretty slick.