Samsung Galaxy Watch4 and Watch4 Classic Review (2021): Winds of Change
If you are the owner an Android phone, there is a chance that you will be driven to wish for an equivalent of Apple Watch. A smartwatch with a powerful app store, granular fitness and health tracking features, and an attractive and intuitive interface – obviously, so much is being asked! Don’t worry, all hope won’t be lost. It may have taken a little seven years, but Google’s Wear OS smartwatch platform remains awake and is finally pushing forward to make it a viable competitor.
The latest version of Wear OS 3 is made by Samsung, Google, and Fitbit (the latter is Owned by Google). The first watch to run it was Samsung Galaxy Watch4 and Galaxy Watch4 Classic. Yes, you heard right. Samsung, which has been fixing the homegrown Tizen smartwatch operating system for many years-and making a murder of good deeds watches – decided to try another method and just enter the Google feature.
The idea is to bring together Android phone owners on a smartwatch OS, thus inspecting app developers who create apps for the platform. Both Tizen and Wear OS are suffering from a slew of apps in their respective stores-and we all know what happens if you don’t have enough (sorry, Windows Phone).
It will take time to see the new Wear OS apps, but the latest Watch4 range already gives me hope. And if you’re a fan of Samsung’s previous Galaxy Watches, you’ll be happy to know that the software feels the same way, with some new improvements (and a few tweaks).
There are two models: the Watch4 ($ 250), which comes in 40- and 44-mm sizes, and the Watch4 Classic ($ 350), which you can get in 42 or 46 mm. Inside, they’re pretty much the same and they both have a brightly displayed OLED, but the designs are different. The Watch4 is small, while the Classic is more traditional and sporty. All sizes come with 20-mm silicone straps, but are easy to swap for a design you like.
The classic is made of stainless steel, so it’s much stronger than the aluminum Watch4. It also retains the famous mechanical rotating bezel, so you can physically move the edge around the screen to scroll through the watch interface. The Watch4 stays with a digital bezel that achieves the same thing, as Galaxy Watch Active series, but it’s not a satisfying, agile click as you scroll through the menus.
Both are beautiful, round watches, and they’re comfortable to sit on the wrist, but is a mechanical bezel and stainless steel worth $ 100 more? I guess not. You still have to worry about choosing the right size, and if you want LTE. Smaller wrists take up smaller watches, but beware: You get smaller batteries.
I tried the 40-mm Watch4 and the 46-mm Watch4 Classic. The former barely lasted an entire day, and that didn’t always show (AoD) absorbing power. Always asked to charge before bed if I wanted to track my sleep. The more Classic, however, keeps the lights on for a day and a half, even after sleep tracking. It’s a little bit of AoD, but not much. Go for more size if your wrist allows it.
A Familiar Interface
If you told me that this Galaxy Watch runs the Wear OS, I’d say “lie, lie, wear pants.” Run through the interface and it’s pretty much the same as the ones followed by Tizen. This is a new innovation in Wear The OS 3-software makers can be paired in their own style. Without all your notifications, the right Tile houses (aka widgets), and a swipe down allows you to access the watch settings.