Sam­sung Galaxy Watch

The slick­est smart­watch yet for An­droid users

T3 - - Samsung Galaxy Watch -

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

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