Samsung Galaxy Watch 4 Review:

The Samsung Galaxy Watch 4 (Classic), Samsung does a double backward somersault. The switch to Google's Wear OS promises many advantages in everyday life, but there are still unanswered questions.

Samsung is an old hand in the smartwatch segment. Years before Apple, the South Korean manufacturer launched the Galaxy Gear, its first computer watch.

This still ran with Android and, thanks to the integrated camera, looked like a James Bond gadget. In the following years, not only the appearance but also the name and system of the clocks changed.

From Gear and Tizen to Galaxy Watch and Wear OS:

Samsung initially deleted the "Galaxy" brand and replaced it with "Gear", and Android as a system also had to give way for Tizen's in-house development.

Most recently, however, the manufacturer made a "backward somersault". The "Gear" brand has been history since 2018 and the watches have been called "Galaxy Watch" ever since.

The "double backflip" will follow in autumn 2021. Samsung also banned Tizen from its smartwatches and from now on relies on Google's Wear OS, which is based on Android.

Samsung Galaxy Watch 4 (Classic) in pictures:

The Galaxy Watch 4 and the Watch 4 Classic are the first models with the new system and once again mark a new beginning in Samsung's smartwatch range. Has the South Korean manufacturer finally found a recipe for success for its wearables?

You will find out below. If you are initially interested in the differences between the Galaxy Watch 4 and Watch 4 Classic, our linked comparison will help.

Google services can be used on Samsung watches without workarounds:

In fact, switching to Wear OS brings you a huge benefit. Because on the Samsung watches, numerous Google services can now also be used without any problems - such as Google Maps. The popular navigation app is now also available for the new Samsung smartwatches.

Google Maps:

According to Samsung, it can be used both with a connected smartphone and as a stand-alone version of the smartwatch.

In the latter case, the app also uses the compass integrated into the watches to make it easier for you to find your way around the map material.

So far, Google Maps could only be used indirectly on the Samsung watches, for the stand-alone operation you had to switch to other navigation apps. That’s over now.

Google Assistant instead of Bixby:

You can also use the Google Assistant on the Galaxy Watch 4 (Classic) instead of Samsung's Bixby voice assistant. However, according to Samsung, it is not possible to use both assistants at the same time.

The South Korean manufacturer also limits the fact that not all Google services will be available on Samsung watches at the market launch at the end of August. The Google Assistant is one of them.

Google Pay:

You can use Google Pay on the Watch 4 for this. A plus point for the Samsung watch. Earlier Samsung watches did not offer a payment function for a long time, only last year Samsung brought its payment service to Germany with Samsung Pay.

It has also been available on older Galaxy Watch models since spring. However, Google Pay is far more common in this country.

YouTube Music:

In addition to Google Play and Google Maps, YouTube Music will also be available on the new smartwatch as an alternative to Spotify.

WearOS with Samsung's own user interface:

Samsung is replacing Tizen with Wear OS, but Google allows its partner to adapt the system significantly. The Google OS is covered with Samsung's One UI user interface.

On the one hand, this ensures that the "look and feel" of earlier Samsung Watch models is retained. On the other hand, it organizes synchronization with the smartphone.

If you use the Galaxy Watch with a Samsung mobile phone, call block lists and certain other settings are automatically transferred to the watch.

The Galaxy Watch 4 also automatically installs the appropriate counterpart for apps that you have on your mobile phone.

In addition, the user interface enables paired Galaxy Buds headphones to automatically switch between smartphone and smartwatch, depending on which device you are currently using.

Apparently, everything stays the same when it comes to furnishing. Instead of the Wear OS app from Google, you need the Samsung Wear app, which shines in a new look. The Samsung Health app is required to use all features.

More sizes and colors:

Compared to its direct predecessor, the Galaxy Watch 3, Samsung now gives you more choice in terms of colors and sizes.

The Watch 4 is available in two sizes (40 and 44 mm) and three colors, the Classic Edition in two sizes (42 and 46 mm) and two colors. With the Watch 3, you could only choose between 41 and 45 millimeters and two colors.

New bio-sensor with snore tracker:

The biggest technical innovation, however, is the so-called Samsung BioActive Sensor, which combines the previously separate sensors for pulse and heart rate measurement.

In addition to the options already known from the predecessor, to create an EKG or to measure the blood pressure, you can now also have the composition of your body analyzed by the Galaxy Watch 4 (Classic).

According to Samsung, the analysis provides data on skeletal muscle mass, basal metabolic rate, and body water and body fat percentages. In just 15 seconds, the sensor should record more than 2,400 data points.

However, Samsung limits that the function is only intended for monitoring well-being and physical fitness, not for the detection, diagnosis, or treatment of a disease.

A new feature of sleep monitoring is the ability to check whether you are snoring. A function that many Samsung fans have wished for in the past few years.

For this, however, a cell phone is required in addition to the smartwatch. According to Samsung, this should be placed on a stable surface near the head and the underside should point towards you.

The new processor and more memory:

The two watches are driven by a new chip. The Exynos W920, developed by Samsung itself using the 5-nanometer process, is said to have up to 20 percent more computing power and a graphics unit that is up to 50 percent faster than its predecessor.

Furthermore, Samsung doubles the device memory from 8 to 16 gigabytes compared to the Watch 3. However, only about 7.6 gigabytes are free from the factory! The main memory grows from 1 to 1.5 gigabytes.

No more iOS support:

If Samsung's computer clocks could previously also be paired with the iPhone, this is no longer possible with the Galaxy Watch 4 (Classic) for the time being. The reason is likely to be in the switch to Wear OS. However, we recommend that you use the Apple Watch anyway if you have an iPhone.

Variants, prices, and availability:

The Galaxy Watch 4 (Classic) can be pre-ordered now. Samsung's new smartwatch will go on sale on August 27th. Various retailers are currently luring pre-orderers with some bonuses:

The Smartwatch is not only available in the variants Watch 4 and Watch 4 Classic, but with both models, you also have the choice between two sizes, several colors, and the question of whether you want to use the watch only in connection with the mobile phone (Bluetooth) or also self-sufficient (LTE).

The price varies accordingly. It starts at 269 euros and goes up to 449 euros. The following table gives you an overview of the prices and variants of the Galaxy Watch 4 (Classic):

Model Colors Price (RRP)

  • Galaxy Watch4, 40 mm, Bluetooth - Black, Silver, Pink Gold - 269 euros
  • Galaxy Watch4, 40 mm, LTE - Black, Silver, Pink Gold - 319 euros
  • Galaxy Watch4, 44 mm, Bluetooth - Black, Silver, Green - 299 euros
  • Galaxy Watch4, 44 mm, LTE - Black, Silver, Green - 349 euros
  • Galaxy Watch4 Classic, 42 mm, Bluetooth - Black, Silver - 369 euros
  • Galaxy Watch4 Classic, 42 mm, LTE - Black, Silver - 419 euros
  • Galaxy Watch4 Classic, 46 mm, Bluetooth - Black, Silver - 399 euros
  • Galaxy Watch4 Classic, 46 mm, LTE - Black, Silver - 449 euros

The Galaxy Watch 4 (Classic) does not shine with great technical innovations, but the closer connection to the Google ecosystem promises many advantages compared to its predecessor.

However, it remains to be seen how quickly and seamlessly Samsung will integrate the most important Google services and whether the co-existence of Samsung and Google services will work better on the watch than on the Galaxy phones.

Samsung's user interface has been criticized for years because the South Korean manufacturer preinstalled many apps for which there is actually a preinstalled Google solution.

The fact that more than half of the device memory is reserved for the system in advance does not bode well in this regard.


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