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Unusable without a phone
Samsung dropped the compatibility with iOS. So if you have only iPhones, you can simply forget that watch.
Contrary to the information provided on Samsung website, the watch does NOT work stand-alone.
You can't simply borrow a phone, the information are duplicated from the phone directly to the watch.
To use the features, you need your phone with you. I haven't listed all what works without a phone, which features require the phone, but any account change, payment change, etc. REQUIRES the same phone you paired with.
Just to finish me off, you can't choose or switch off the collected data?!
Misleading marketing and anti-competitive behaviour, I won't take the risk to buy from Samsung again.
Purchased in November 2021.
Do Not Buy This Watch! It does not work!
Do not buy this watch! This watch has a fundamental flaw. The watch keeps locking itself even though it remains on my wrist. It requires me to put in my password on the tiny screen 10+ times per day, even though I never removed the watch from my wrist.
When the watch locks itself at random times, it does not receive notifications, it does not track your health, it stops doing everything a smart watch is supposed to do. In other words, the watch is unusable.
Purchased in September 2021 at Samsung Online store for $649.00.
- Galaxy Watch4 Bluetooth (44mm)
Two steps forward, one step backwards.
When I updated my smart phone to the Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 3, Optus were offering the new Galaxy Watch 4 44mm LTE as a bonus gift. So I was happy to update from my 'old' Galaxy watch 3 LTE, at no cost! The LTE versions (as against the BT bluetooth versions) of these watches allow you to receive & make calls, without needing the phone nearby. This can be handy when you are out & about & don't want to carry your phone. This can be organised through Optus & Telstra by activating 'Number Sharing'.
The Galaxy Watch 3 was using Samsung's Tizen opera...ting system, which was a well sorted, relatively bug free system. Due to the fact that only Samsung watches used Tizen, the range of third party apps available for download were very limited. Most other brands of Android smart watches use Google's 'Wear' operating system, which has a much larger selection of third party applications available for download. So for the new Galaxy Watch 4, Samsung decided to use the Google Wear OS & worked hand in hand with Google to produce a new version of Wear OS (Ver. 3.0). Wear OS 3.0 combining some Tizen features with the existing Wear OS. The Galaxy Watch 4 uses a new processor & along with the new OS gives a noticeably snappier experience than my old watch 3. New screens open more quickly & the watch responds to touch inputs & button presses without lag. The downside is, that despite a promised increase in battery life (compared to the watch 3), I am only getting about 2 days of battery life (Always on Display turned on) compared to 3.5 days from my old watch 3. This doesn't concern me personally, as I charge the watch nightly. It could be an annoyance, if you don't charge your watch as often. I am disappointed by the quality & selection of watch faces on the Wear OS. There is a much better selection & quality of watch faces available for Tizen on the Galaxy Store. Hopefully, some of the designers will migrate to the Wear OS market. Overall, I am happy with the Galaxy Watch 4 & would recommend it to a new buyer. For someone who already owns a Watch 3 or Active Watch 2, I think I would wait for the Galaxy Watch 5, before upgrading.
Purchased in August 2021 at Optus.
Unbelievable that samsung would release a watch that carnt display the correct time
I purchaseed the first Samsung (samsung 1) watch and was excited about using it to track my training stats. Was ultimately disappointed whenI lost all my heath data after upgrading my samsung phone. Unfortunatly the fact the watch didnt last a day without a charge consigned it to the scap heap. Thought Id try the new 4 with LTE
Dont do it ...I have had it 3 days...It over heats, it carnt tell me the time....and dont rely on Samsung support...hopless.
The time issue relates to Daylight saving time. My Samsung phone correctly adjusted for the swi...
Purchased in October 2021 at JB Hi-Fi Retail Stores.
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- Galaxy Watch4 Bluetooth (44mm)
Same same, but different (GW/GW3/GW4)
I will start my review by summarising my thoughts about watch 4 (in comparison with galaxy watch/watch 3) as over promised and underwhelmingly delivered.
The original galaxy watch and perhaps watch3 (they share most of the hardware) were extremely well designed, surprisingly well functioning with good battery life and limited choice of applications. To create a perfect watch Samsung needed to do only 3 things:
Modernise health data reading
Enhance and modernise software/applications
Possibly work on battery life improvement. Although 3 - 4 day...
Purchased in August 2021 at Samsung Online store.
This watch is not good
It can keep the time. Heart rate sensor is unreliable and frequently tells me my heart rate is in the 30s. It doesn't matter how you position it, tighten it.
Purchased in September 2021 at optus.
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|Category||Smart Watches / Fitness Trackers||Smart Watches / Fitness Trackers||Smart Watches / Fitness Trackers||Smart Watches / Fitness Trackers|
|Connectivity||Bluetooth and Wi-Fi||Bluetooth and Wi-Fi||Bluetooth and Wi-Fi||Bluetooth and Wi-Fi|
|Sensors||Accelerometer, Barometer, Gyro Sensor, Heart Rate Sensor and Light Sensor||Accelerometer, Barometer, Gyro Sensor, Heart Rate Sensor and Light Sensor||Accelerometer, Barometer, Gyro Sensor, Heart Rate Sensor and Light Sensor||Accelerometer, Barometer, Gyro Sensor, Heart Rate Sensor and Light Sensor|
|Waterproofing||Water Resistant||Water Resistant||Water Resistant||Water Resistant|
|Memory (RAM)||1.5 GB||1.5 GB||1.5 GB||1.5 GB|
|Internal Storage||16 GB||16 GB||16 GB||16 GB|
|Battery Size||247 mAh||361 mAh||247 mAh||361 mAh|
|Battery Life||2 days||2 days||2 days||2 days|
|Weight||25.9 g||30.3 g||46.5 g||52 g|
|Manufacturer Warranty||2 year(s)||2 year(s)||2 year(s)||2 year(s)|
|Construction Material||Aluminium||Aluminium||Stainless Steel||Stainless Steel|
|Colour / Finish||Pink Gold, Black, Silver||Black, Green, Silver||Silver, Black||Black, Silver|
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