[Review] Samsung Galaxy Watch4 features health and fitness tracking


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With simultaneous release Samsung Galaxy Z Fold3 i In Flip3 in the latest Galaxy Unpacked, it can be said with certainty that Watch4 far from being the star of the show when it was discovered.

However, it carries more than incremental upgrades from Watch3, which is worth talking about. Unfortunately, I’ve never experienced previous smartwatch models from Samsung, so instead of heavy comparisons, I’ll simply share my thoughts on the new Watch4 features.

Stylized for young people

I got a 40mm Galaxy Watch4 in rose gold, which is a very nice color for those who want the addition of a softer look.

It comes with silicone straps that would look more appropriate for a fitness band, but as the Watch4 offers decent exercise options, it makes sense. Those with a more active lifestyle will find it easier to keep the clock clean.

The silicone straps are also quite sleek, although they definitely suit a younger audience better. One of the features that Samsung pointed out is how your Watch4 face can fit with the cover screen of your Z Flip3, and the marketing of the foldable phone targets the younger generation, so that’s a sure conclusion.

You can choose to be more elegant with your watch, but for me it is a cute cat.

All in all, the Watch4 is comfortable to wear, even with very small joints. He didn’t feel bulky at all. The only thing that bothered me a bit was how I would sometimes feel the silicone strap of my watch grip my hair by the arm, but I guess that’s a normal thing for my hairy armed comrades who wear wrist accessories.

Better extension of your phone

Setting up the Watch4 to pair with my Samsung Galaxy S20 was a smooth process and should be the same for everyone else with a Samsung or Android device. For those who use iOS, this watch is not for you, because Samsung has given up support for iOS.

The Watch4 is Samsung’s first smartwatch to launch the new One UI Watch OS, the result of a joint effort between Samsung and Google.

This means users will no longer have to manually download multiple downloads on Watch4, as long as the Play Store app has a watch app. Similarly, the settings on your phone will be imperceptibly reflected on your Watch4.

The ability to access the Google Play Store on the watch also means you have wider access to various apps outside of Samsung’s ecosystem, which was lacking in older Samsung smartwatches running on TizenOS.

I’ve installed Spotify and Google Maps, and you can download some other apps, like Calm for meditation or YouTube Music. I was mostly on Spotify, but the benefit of being able to control it via Watch4 I lost on myself because I was just stuck at home with my phone always by my side.

If I were out, I could see myself using the Watch4 even more so I could customize my music without having to constantly touch and disinfect my phone. Given that, I have one complaint.

Since I was able to make and answer calls on the Watch4 through the speakers, it was weird to me that I couldn’t play my Spotify music out loud. Instead, you should use wireless Bluetooth headsets or bugs.

This is a Watch4 review, but let me just promote my own Buds Live Review also, because they were an interesting release.

The truth about my health

Let me preface this part with the acknowledgment that I am not a person who cares about my health. But it colored me to surprise when Watch4 actually discovered I was a decently healthy person. Okay, maybe not for my daily activity statistics because I move about as much as a stone, and WFH doesn’t help.

I only count about 1,500 steps each day, and Samsung tells me the goal is actually 6,000. Oh good. I also don’t touch the exercise function at all, but you’ll find common activities in it, including walking, circuit training, and more.

For those who are more active, those used in conjunction with heart rate, blood oxygen levels and body composition characteristics will give you a more complete overview of your body and health.

Personally, I am most interested in sleep statistics and stress levels. I would say I sleep decently with a relatively consistent sleep schedule. Minus my first night with Watch4 in which I didn’t set it up properly, during 4 nights I slept the recommended minimum of 7 hours.

Achieving KPIs in my sleep, not to brag, but my blood oxygen level was always above 94%.

It was interesting to gain a better insight into how I sleep, but I can’t say that it made me change anything in the way I do it. The Watch4’s sensors worked pretty accurately, but they also showed that I would often wake up at night, even though I didn’t remember that. Again, I’m a sleepwalker, so maybe it was just me on autopilot.

I also learned that I am not really a person with a lot of stress. Sure, my stress grows from time to time during the day, but most of the time I look pretty calm. This was interesting information for me because I generally think I am very worried, but maybe this was a better week for me.

I’m not sure why I was stressed during lunch, but the body works in mysterious ways.

If you still want to access more electrocardiographic (ECG) features and blood pressure monitoring, you will probably have to wait a while before Malaysia gets them. It was a desired function, but it seems that approval for it often encounters many restrictions and regulations.

Aside from that, the Watch4 is still a smartwatch full of different features, enhanced by the new One UI OS.

Verdict

I’m not the target market for the Watch4, so you wouldn’t find me single out the RM899 or higher for the 40mm version. I mostly monitor my sleep and stress levels, so a much cheaper fitness band would better suit my needs.

For me, many other Watch4 features would be underused. However, if you’re an Android user who’s in the market for a new smartwatch that brings a kick when it comes to fitness and wellness trackers, along with other lifestyle-enhancing features, the Watch4 is a strong candidate.

If you consider it a Watch3 user, the Watch4 is definitely an upgrade, and for half the price of the Watch3 (1,799 RM at launch) it’s a very attractive offer.

Its 247 mAh battery should last you more than a day, even with sleep tracking and GPS turned on. The battery doesn’t have a long battery life, but turning off the always-on screen, GPS, and putting it in power-saving mode should give you more juice.

Charging is slow, so I’m a workaround to charge it when I go in the shower. After performing an after-shower routine an hour later, the Watch4 is usually ready to go back to the wrist.

Pros Cons
Comfortable fit with straps that are easy to clean Music from the speakers cannot be played
Clean speaker and microphone for calls Short battery life with long charging time
More apps to watch, like Spotify and Google Maps
  • You can learn more about Watch4 here.
  • Read more of the vice president’s verdict here.

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