Samsung Galaxy Watch hands-on


– Stefan from The Verge,
here, and we’re at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, looking at the brand new Galaxy Watches. They’re pretty good
alternatives to anyone who might want an Apple Watch, but has
a Samsung or Android device. But they also come with their own unique, interesting features. So, from an aesthetic
standpoint, I have to say that the Galaxy has definitely
matured since I last saw it. So, looking at the larger
version of the watch, we have two physical buttons,
one which takes you to home, and another button which you basically can use to program and
do just about anything. The crown of the watch,
which is this rotating circle right here, is your main navigational tool besides the screen itself. So from here, you can get to
the different home screens, the different scenarios
that you would set up, like music, notifications
regarding news, a barometer, and you can also add different widgets. So we could add an alarm, add a shortcut, a calendar, contacts,
Samsung Health notifications. Pretty much just everything
that the Galaxy Watch can do, you can add as a separate screen. I appreciate that once you reach
the limits of a given menu, that it vibrates and it gives you a sort of tactile response. So you’re not just aiming
around different menus with the navigational crown,
and you’re not swiping around everywhere and
forgetting where you are. So Samsung is touting three primary features for the new Galaxy Watches. First and foremost, the My
Day feature, which is sort of a daily summary watch face,
which shows you how much time you have allotted through the day, and what appointments you
have, and how to balance both. Second is the all-day battery life, specifically four days worth
of purported battery life. And last but not least, activity tracking for up to 40 different activities, which are seamless and simultaneous. Meaning that if you switch
from, say for example running to cycling, the
watch will pick up on that and calculate results
in a different manner. Galaxy Watch comes in
two different sizes and three different variations: a
42 millimeter smaller version, which you see in this
pink rose gold version, and a 46 millimeter larger version. So basically, this
particular color only comes in the smaller version,
presumably because this would be the women’s size,
’cause it’s a smaller watch. Thickness compared to a real watch is about the same, and
it’s pretty surprising. It’s not that much thicker than the real thing, and I appreciate that. It’s also relatively light-weight. The casing is metal, which I appreciate from a quality standpoint. And this uses, or comes,
rather, with default rubber sports bands, but
you can turn it over and see that you can actually remove
these with a little latch right here and pretty
much use any wristband that will fit into the
casing of the watch. So the Galaxy Watches do
come with LTE, you can get a carrier in the United
States that supports them. Right now we don’t have
carrier availability, but Samsung has claimed
that they’ve partnered with more than a dozen carriers worldwide to provide LTE capability
for the Galaxy Watch. With LTE capability, you can
receive calls, send them, talk to people, listen to
Spotify, pretty much do everything you would with
the Galaxy Watch normally that’s paired to your phone,
but just independently without needing a phone around. I really do like the watch. It has a quality feel to it. I wouldn’t use this default band, however, but the metal casing,
the use of a crown as a navigational device, I think those are really novel things that
Samsung has done well here. Battery life, I haven’t been able to test. We’ll have to figure
that out in the long run. But overall, this seems like a pretty promising Android wearable.
*It connects to Android phones, but runs Tizen* If the Galaxy Watches are using Qualcomm’s new Snapdragon chip for smart watches, then this might be very promising. Samsung purportedly says
that the battery will last up to four days, and considering
how slim the watches are, that’s pretty impressive, especially since you can charge ’em all wirelessly. Regarding pricing and
availability, those are still TBD. We don’t know those yet, but
keep it locked to The Verge, and keep it locked to
youtube.com/TheVerge.

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