Trying out the latest Galaxy Watch 4, which was launched at Samsung’s August Unpacked event earlier this week, feels like a glimpse of the direction of Android watches. The Samsung Watch is the first watch equipped with Google’s latest Wear operating system, and it is a partnership between two companies that don’t usually line up.
It’s too early to understand the location of this Galaxy Watch 4 and Google. The Wear OS platform is coming, and the watch will not even be available until August 27 (the Galaxy Z Fold 3 and Galaxy Z Flip 3, which are launched with Samsung’s new smartwatch, will also arrive on August 27, but you can pre-order.) But here are some things I have discovered these two models within a few days.
Please note that my thoughts here may change as new software or application updates appear, and since these health features will spend more time collecting data on my wrist, the two watch models feel interchangeable, Which means you should probably get your favorite model. Or more affordable-I prefer the more advanced Watch 4, which starts at $250. The Classic starts at $350 (£349) and uses a stainless steel body instead of an aluminum body, but the real difference is the physical rotating bezel. Mainly by switching between the quick views of the information applet, called Tiles. In Watch 4, they are mainly health indicators and some additional features, such as calendars and messages.
As Wear OS 3 continues to evolve, more applications may appear, but the point is that not all applications are flat. You can also slide your fingers to make the bezel effectively decorated. Classic has a satisfying click bezel with a plug-in display. It sometimes makes punches more difficult to perform. But I found a huge advantage of the bezel: when swimming, the physical dial is easier to control than the touch screen when it is wet. I like the dial of the Samsung Galaxy Watch 4.
Many are lively and lovely. There are some weird things: AR Emoji and Bitmoji watch faces try to put my cute avatar on the watch, but I find them squeaky; I don’t often use Apple’s Memoji watch faces. Most of them have many customization items, but not all of them. Some focus on fitness, and some have cool optional complex designs (such as app watch face widgets). Unfortunately, many of the best-animated watch faces do not have complication plug-in options, so you need to use them at your own expense. Useful information such as weather or battery life. Google’s Wear OS face also appeared.
These look like the best watch faces I have ever seen on an Android watch, and it is still a good sign that Google and Samsung’s new platforms can do. However, I would prefer some additional complex options. Samsung’s voice assistant is back, it is assigned to a button of Watch 4 by default. You can’t access Google Assistant as an option, I’m sure this will happen on Watch 4. I’m wrong. You can use the shutdown shortcut to switch Bixby, but this is the purpose of long-press button remapping. The plan can be changed; now, Bixby is the only assistant. Similarly, the clock will not arrive until the end of the month.
It is based on Wear OS and can download Google applications on Watch 4. But I am worried that I do not have a Google Assistant. Google Assistant is an important part of how you connect your watch to your phone (or common Google app), and not owning it now feels like a huge loss. I use quite a lot of voice commands on watches like the Apple Watch because they are easier to execute in a pinch, hands-free. This is also particularly strange because Fitbit now supports Google Assistant on its voice-connected devices. Currently, I only use Galaxy Watch 4 with Samsung phones, but how to use it with other Android phones is still a big problem. On the other hand, Samsung also installed Bixby on its previous Galaxy watches that were connected to Android.
To get information from the body sensor based on electrical impedance, touch the button on the watch with two fingers for 15 seconds and keep still to complete the circuit because the watch measures the weak current through the body. This is a bit like taking an electrocardiogram (EKG or ECG) reading of your heart rate, except that it is faster. Generate readings for body mass index, skeletal muscle mass, water weight, and body fat percentage.
Estimate the real numbers and label each real number in a small range from green (low) to red (high). I feel that these figures are a bit of a blow. Mine are all bad. I know my weight is high and I know my BMI. The rest also seemed very disturbing. The problem is, he doesn’t know what to do next. Samsung Health does not currently provide any guidance on whether to see a doctor, how to make healthy choices, or even how worrisome the results are.
I just feel more stressed, constantly reviewing and questioning my life choices. Ideally, you want health sensors to guide you forward, not to get you into trouble. A common concern is that all fitness trackers and health watches seem to be flooding the area with more data, without figuring out how to help you process the data, or even advise you on the accuracy of the data. Using the phone microphone to check the snoring situation as an add-on, I tried to do this the first night… but it failed. I use CPAP anyway, which means I should not snore.
But I also use a fan by the bed to eliminate white noise. I tried to sleep for a while without CPAP, but there were still no snoring readings. Then I realized that I needed to connect the phone to the charger at night to collect the readings. On the second night, I slept for a while without CPAP, and finally got a snoring reading, but it was strange: first, it only showed one instance of snoring (have I stopped afterward?).
It is a recording in the Samsung Health app, which means that yes, your phone is listening to it, and sometimes it will record at night. Second, what effect does snoring awareness have on me? Snoring is very common. Snoring is not always an indicator of sleep apnea, which is why I need a CPAP machine. The remaining light, deep, and REM sleep tracking measurements, as well as the sleep score you specify, seem to be unrelated to snoring detection. This is a very strange new feature, I don’t know what to do…unless you just want reliable evidence of my snoring.
If you switch it in Samsung health settings, blood oxygen measurements will be recorded overnight (snoring detection is also a switch setting). The blood oxygen measurement on the watch is not medically accurate, which is why I found that they all vary much more than the standard pulse oximeter you wear on your finger. Maybe it can help determine whether blood oxygen has dropped significantly? Similarly, its use is difficult to judge.
Samsung has a method to check the blood pressure of the watch using an optical heart rate sensor, but it needs to be calibrated with a blood pressure bracelet. It has been approved for use with ECG in various countries but has not been used in the United States. All it does is map my hypothetical pressure to a color gradient, from green to red. In addition: You need a Samsung mobile phone and Samsung Health Monitor app to use the ECG and blood pressure functions. Unfortunately, they are not yet available on Android; maybe they will change one day