Samsung has recently released the Galaxy Watch 4 and the Galaxy Watch 4 Classic, which are direct successors of the Galaxy Watch 3 and the more durable Galaxy Watch Active 2. As a major update of the Galaxy Watch series, we could expect to some enhancements to the smartwatch. There are two variants of Watch 4, 40mm and 44mm cases, while the Watch 4 Classic with 42mm and 46mm cases. The well-known rotating bezel is still available. While the Watch 4 Classic has physical rotating bezel, the Watch 4 comes with the digital bezel. For beginners, the physical bezel easier to use, but you could easily get used to the digital one.
Inside, both Galaxy Watch 4 models have 16GB of internal storage and 1.5GB of RAM, which are quite sizable for a smartwatch. There’s also the BioActive Sensor that can help track physical characteristics better. Samsung claims that the Galaxy Watch 4 offers 40 hours of battery life. Women or those with smaller wrist should wear models with 40mm or 42mm case. The case is also waterproofed, so it should survive repeated dunks in the water, when you are swimming or taking a bath. There also options to get variants with cellular connectivity. One significant differentiator of the Galaxy Watch 4 is the armor aluminium case, while the Watch 4 Classic has standard stainless-steel case. Although there is no significant change in terms of external design, these new watches come with the more powerful 5nm processor. If you upgrade from an old Samsung smartwatch with Tizen OS, these Wear OS-powered gadgets are certainly different. You won’t find lags when navigating through the interface. It should be smooth and fast when you launch apps.
Animated widgets of Galaxy Watch 4 and Watch 4 Classic do look great and they may give Apple’s smartwatches a run for their money. Thankfully, downloading apps for Galaxy Watch models is getting easier, although it could be frustrating at times. In the end, you need to be realistic about Wear OS and it doesn’t have to be full of features like Android smartphones. Also, you will get full experience of these brand-new smartwatches if you pair it with a Samsung Galaxy smartphone. We still need to wait a bit longer, if we want to get a nice level of polish with Wear OS smartwatches. Because Samsung makes a number of modifications, you can definitely feel the influence of Tizen. If you want to get access quickly, you will need to swipe the display down. If you want to access the app tiles, you need to turn the bezel clockwise or swipe left.
Another noteworthy chance is that when you swipe up, you can also open the app grid. The app grid design looks quite similar to Apple’s solution and it’s definitely a great improvement, compared to the Wear OS 2 with its endless scroll solution. If you have been using Samsung’s smartwatches in the past, this may seem unusual at first. Previously, you would access notifications when you swipe the display app.