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The Sam­sung Gal­axy Watch LTE is an im­pres­sive wear­able for those on the An­droid ecosys­tem


LET US GET SOME­THING OUT OF THE WAY FIRST. The Sam­sung Gal­axy Watch is one of the best smart­watches around. It gets a host of fea­tures and a bat­tery life that few other smart­watches can even come close to ri­valling. It com­petes with the Ap­ple Watch Se­ries 5 and frankly even bet­ters it on some fronts. The at­trac­tive de­sign, great user in­ter­face and im­pres­sive bat­tery life put it in a league of its own. The Gal­axy Watch looks and feels like a high-end wrist­watch, with a cir­cu­lar stain­less steel case and bezel. It’s equally func­tional too and the bezel ro­tates to cy­cle through a num­ber of dif­fer­ent on-screen menus.

This is eas­ily the best way to nav­i­gate a smart­watch, and the ro­tat­ing bezel is some­thing of a nov­elty that doesn’t fade off over time at all. In fact it makes it ex­tremely easy to swipe through apps on the fly and is very in­tu­itive, un­like most other smart­watches’ nav­i­ga­tion meth­ods.

Ro­tat­ing bezels are not sup­ported by Google’s Wear OS, while Ap­ple’s watch OS uses a less in­tu­itive ro­tat­ing dig­i­tal crown but­ton on the side. This is one of the rea­sons the Gal­axy Watch runs Sam­sung’s Tizen soft­ware, not Wear OS.

The 1.3-inch Super AMOLED screen is rather bright and colour-rich, and is a tes­ta­ment to Sam­sung’s ever-im­prov­ing dis­play tech­nol­ogy. It’s easy to see out­side thanks to adap­tive bright­ness set­tings.

The Sam­sung Gal­axy Watch fo­cuses on fit­ness, with auto-track­ing for work­outs rang­ing from cy­cling, run­ning, and even walk­ing for a to­tal of six ex­er­cises. The fea­ture proved par­tic­u­larly use­ful over the course of a busy day and meant I had to in­ter­act with the watch fewer times, which is al­ways a boon. For in­stance, when­ever I walked for 10 min­utes the watch would trig­ger the ex­er­cise tracker that I would of­ten for­get to ac­ti­vate my­self.

The Gal­axy Watch is even prompt in giv­ing you slight nudges ask­ing you to move when you have been se­den­tary for a long pe­riod of time. The chal­lenges fea­ture goes a step fur­ther even and you can com­pete with friends to see who has been the most phys­i­cally active.

Over and above the im­pres­sive bat­tery life, Sam­sung power sav­ing mode is even bet­ter and can make even a small amount of charge go a long way.

In con­clu­sion, the Sam­sung Gal­axy Watch comes across as a great op­tion for peo­ple on the look­out for a smart­watch for their An­droid de­vice.

Afzal Rawuther (@afzal­rawuther)

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