Samsung Galaxy Watch
The slickest smartwatch yet for Android users
Samsung’s stylish sequel to the Gear Sport should appeal to a broad audience. It comes in 42mm or 46mm sizes, with a circular screen and design that mimics traditional watches – though it doesn’t match the Apple Watch for build quality. However, the Galaxy Watch works great, with a rotating bezel and two buttons providing an excellent way of navigating its various apps and menus. The bezel also has a satisfying click when rotated.
Testing the smaller model got us two to three days of battery life, while the larger version lasted four to five days. The Galaxy Watch uses Samsung’s Tizen operating system, which we find to be the slickest of them all – it’s so simple and smooth to get around. However, a drastic lack of app support means it’s also the Galaxy Watch’s biggest downfall.
There are improved health and fitness features compared to previous models. It won’t replace a Garmin for hardcore tracking, but it’s good for eyeballing workouts and general exercise. Bixby is here as a voice assistant, but it’s almost useless – we’d rather Google Assistant.
There’s lots to love on the Galaxy watch, but it doesn’t reach the potential some of the very best smartwatches. Apple Watch can pay for your coffee, give you calendar notifications on your wrist and potentially save your life. The Galaxy Watch is good, but it doesn’t come close to Apple. From £279, samsung.com