Samsung Galaxy Watch Series: What You Need to Know

Our review of the Galaxy Watch line

Samsung Galaxy Watch Active Watchfaces

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The Samsung Galaxy Watch wasn't the company's first foray into smartwatches, but it represents a big step forward from its previous offerings. The Galaxy Watch Active is the latest addition announced at the 2019 Unpacked event, which also unveiled the Galaxy Fold and Galaxy S10.

Here's a look at the Galaxy Watch series. 

Samsung Galaxy Watch Active

Samsung Galaxy Watch Active fitness watch face.

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The Samsung Galaxy Watch Active is the fitness-minded sibling of the Galaxy Watch, and it not only tracks your workouts and other data, but it also gives you advice and inspiration while you exercise. It comes in four colors and there's a variety of straps available too. Like all smartwatches, it has a customizable watch face, so you can show just the time or an array of data.

The watch uses a Daily Activity program to encourage you to move more, sit less, and get exercise. It can also automatically track seven different types of exercise. You can also use the watch to track your stress levels and get guided breathing exercises or meditation to calm your nerves. The heart monitor will alert you to irregular heartbeats too. If you wear it to bed, it will track your sleep.

Samsung Health integrates with the Galaxy Active Watch so you can sync all your stats and view your history. While you're on the go, you can quickly respond to messages using smart replies.

Samsung says the watch will last more than 45 hours on a single charge. The Galaxy Watch comes in 42mm and 46mm sizes.

Samsung Galaxy Watch Active Features

Samsung Galaxy Watch Active watch face.

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  • Lots of Health-Related Features: The watch has not only workout and calorie tracking, but also guided meditation, breathing exercises, sleep tracking, and a built-in heart monitor.
  • Water Resistance: You can take the Galaxy Watch Active up to 50 meters underwater, though you can't take it diving.
  • Music Streaming: The watch supports music playback from apps like Spotify and Tidal.

Samsung Galaxy Watch

Black Samsung Galaxy Watch in 42mm size.

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The Samsung Galaxy Watch boasts up to five days worth of battery life, putting it way ahead of the competition; most smartwatches and fitness bands need charging every day. When you do need to charge it, though, the watch supports wireless charging.

The watch has built-in GPS to track your runs and can recognize as many as 40 different workouts. The fitness features come courtesy of the Samsung Health app, which will remind you to get up and move, and even help slow your heart rate if it detects a sudden increase.

Like other smartwatches, the Galaxy Watch displays notifications, including incoming calls and messages, and also lets you control music playback and other tasks. When your watch is connected to your smartphone via Bluetooth, you can use the watch to answer phone calls and respond to messages.

Major wireless carriers will sell LTE versions of the watch, enabling you to make and answer phone calls from the watch without pairing it with a smartphone. 

With LTE, you'll also be able to send and receive texts, stream music, and receive notifications, even if you leave your phone at home. The LTE versions of the Galaxy Watch are also compatible with Samsung Pay, so you can grab a coffee or snack on your way home from a run, for example. Using LTE will drain the battery faster, though. You can also control smart home devices using the Samsung SmartThings app and receive notifications from compatible devices.

The watch comes in three colors: black, silver body with a black strap, and rose gold. The black and rose gold models come in size 42mm, while the silver and black model comes in size 46mm. The straps for each can be swapped out for third-party straps in sizes 22mm and 24mm, respectively.