I never liked smartwatches — but the Samsung Galaxy Watch 4 changed my mind

Dec 31, 2021
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I'm glad you like the Galaxy Watch Gear 4. I went from a Gear 2 to the Gear 4 recently and mostly love it. I wish the watch faces that I like would let me choose what data I want on them. I could care less about steps but do like having the weather handy. Also, I have COPD so I like the blood oxygen level and sleep tracking that's easy to monitor in the Samsung Health App on the watch. Some watch faces let you turn it into a mini flashlight with a tap. Now THAT'S impressive. As for your complaint about the wake up, there's a few solutions you may like. Under the settings, find display. You can choose a wrist gesture which is moving your hand up and down or using a tap to turn on the screen. you may like them better. You can also set it to always on display but it will use up the battery unless you have a minimum light watch face. I have the LTE version of the watch so that when I leave my phone in the house, I can still get or make calls even after walking to a friend's house, more than a block away. I also like that I can call 911 for help no matter if my phone is out of range or dead. I appreciate the convenience and safety of those features. I hope you wear your watch often and check out some of the other features you may like.
 
Jan 2, 2022
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Glad to hear someone else likes the Galaxy smart watches. I had a Galaxy Gear 2 classic for years . After trying a Fitbit and being pretty disappointed with it, I started hunting for a smartwatch that looked more like a "real" watch. Like you, I didn't really like the look of a smart watch on my wrist. Then I found and fell in love with the Galaxy Gear 2 CLASSIC. It looks like a real watch, and it meshed easily with my Galaxy Note phone. It finally started dying so I upgraded to the Galaxy Gear 4 Classic and I love it too. I admit that the set up was a little quirky, definitely not as smooth as when I set up my Gear 2, but overall the Galaxy is way better, in my opinion, than the Fitbit.
 
Jan 2, 2022
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You can change the data displayed on your watch face through the watch face settings and customize.
 
Jan 2, 2022
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I'm not thrilled with the battery life of this life but u do like it. Wish it was a tad smaller but it's okay
 
Jan 5, 2022
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You missed out the fact that you need three apps to access all the watches features on a phone. Also the auto work out tracked workouts only display on a rather poorly developed Samsung health app and will not sync to third party apps. Not to mention the unreliable syncing with Strava! It's great hardware let down by terrible software, if they combined the watch 4 with Fitbit level software this would be an amazing watch, unfortunately it's not and as a result not very good.
 

BrodaFett

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Its a beautiful watch, but I gave up on it and Samsung watches for good. The battery life is abysmal. When you work 13+ hours at the hospital, plus commute having to charge your watch when you get home is not ideal. Sure, you can always make it a dumb watch and turn off every health feature, location, Bluetooth, etc like all of the suggestions on how to actually get good life from it, but I'd rather wear my citizen eco drive if I was going to do that. Another option is to not sleep with it, track your sleep, O2, HR, etc but again that's just silly. It's bad enough buying the watch 4 and then having LTE turned off the entire time I owned the watch, and having it in bedtime mode 90%+ of the time. Bottom line I switched to Garmin and couldn't be happier. It is more accurate than Samsung or Fitbit. It is way more reliable, and has a much longer lifespan. The battery lasts a week and a half with everything turned on. Plus, it's way more durable and solar. The galaxy watch is for people who value a pretty screen, who don't care about tracking their health closely, and people who work at home or sit in a cubicle and can just charge their watch for an hour and a half sitting at a desk. For people on the move, who want to keep an eye on their HR, O2, steps, and who want long battery life then Garmin or an Oura ring are the best bets.
 
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