Galaxy Watch from Samsung in the test

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GGoogle and Samsung are now working closely together on the development of the smartwatch operating system. The Korean manufacturer is no longer bringing its new Galaxy Watch 4 onto the market with its own Tizen operating system, but using Google’s Wear OS. However, the first product of the young partnership was subject to fierce criticism: Anyone who buys a smart watch with the genes of Google expects the Google Assistant and the Google Pay payment method. Both were originally missing on the Watch 4.On board only the incompetent Mr. Bixby takes acoustic commands, and you have to warn against Samsung Pay: It requires the complete screening of your own bank account and worsens the Schufa rating, because at the same time an installment loan agreement with Solarisbank is completed. In the meantime, at least Google Pay has been submitted.

The hardware of the new Samsung watches is convincing. The Watch 4 comes in four sizes from 40 to 46 millimeters, as a Classic model variant with a rotating bezel, in an aluminum or stainless steel housing with Bluetooth and WiFi, and in a cellular version with LTE. The prices range from 270 to 450 euros. The bracelets can be changed (with a cheap-looking mechanism), the quality of workmanship of the watch looks good. The smooth, glass-coated watch back also contributes to this. The Watch 4 is charged inductively, so there are no pogo pins and no fiddling with the charging cradle.

The Watch 4 is also waterproof up to 5 ATM. The Amoled display with strong contrasts and high brightness is pleasing all along the line, the resolution is 396 × 396 pixels in the smaller model variants and 450 × 450 pixels in the larger ones. The watch is operated with two physical buttons on the right and finger gestures on the touchscreen.

What the watch can measure are the usual health parameters such as heart rate and oxygen saturation.

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Samsung Galaxy Watch

The new Samsung cannot be used with an iPhone and in our tests it could not be brought to life with a non-Samsung smartphone, but theoretically it should work. Some functions such as measuring blood pressure and creating a single-channel EKG definitely only work with Samsung smartphones. If you put the watch into operation, numerous Samsung apps are responsible for the settings, the measurement of health values ​​and fitness activities. You can also use Google Fit, but then you only get an extremely reduced ecosystem.


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