Smart & Connected Life Smart Watches & Wearables 65 65 people found this article helpful The 5 Best Galaxy Watch Features Your watch can do much more than tell time by Molly McLaughlin Writer, Editor Molly K. McLaughlin has been a technology writer since 2004. Her work has appeared on PCMag, Dealnews, Wirecutter, and many others. our editorial process Twitter LinkedIn Molly McLaughlin Updated on April 26, 2020 reviewed by Jessica Kormos Lifewire Tech Review Board Member Jessica Kormos is a writer and editor with 15 years' experience writing articles, copy, and UX content for Tecca.com, Rosenfeld Media, and many others. our review board Article reviewed on Sep 25, 2020 Jessica Kormos Smart Watches & Wearables Working From Home Headphones & Ear Buds Smart Home Smart Watches & Wearables Travel Tech Connected Car Tech iPods & MP3 Players Tweet Share Email The Galaxy Watch is Samsung's flagship smartwatch model. It boasts up to five days of battery life and has a rotating bezel for navigation. It also supports wireless charging, which is convenient. The watch comes in 42 and 46mm sizes, and there's a choice of three colors: black, silver, and rose gold. The Galaxy watch runs on Samsung's Tizen OS. It's compatible with Samsung smartphones as well as Android phones running Android 5.0 and later (with at least 1.5GB RAM) and iPhones running iOS 9.0 or later. The Galaxy Watch comes in two versions: Bluetooth and LTE. The LTE model can make and answer phone calls and texts on its own: you can leave your smartphone at home. The Bluetooth version requires a connection to a smartphone. With LTE, you can also use Samsung Pay on your Galaxy Watch at the register. The LTE version is a bit more expensive, plus you'll need a data plan. Here are the five best Samsung Galaxy Watch features. 01 of 05 Phone Calls and Texting Capabilities You can make calls as you would on the phone: by dialing directly or scrolling through your contacts or recent calls log. To answer a call, swipe the icon right or turn the bezel right; swipe or rotate left to reject it. You can also decline with a text by swiping up and selecting a canned reply. Go to your smartphone's Galaxy Wearable settings to edit the decline messages. Likewise, you can also send and reply to texts. You can also view it on your phone, delete it, call the sender, share your location, or add them to your contacts. In addition to phone calls, the built-in speaker can play music. These Are the 10 Galaxy Watch Apps You Need to Install Right Now 02 of 05 Sleep Cycle Tracking Wear your Galaxy Watch to bed, and it will record your slumbers and send you notifications with the amount of time slept, calories burned, how long you spent motionless, in light sleep, or restless, and an efficiency score. Launch the Samsung Health app to see patterns, such as average sleep length and daily bedtime and wake time, as measured against your goals. Download Samsung Health for Galaxy Watch 03 of 05 Reminders to Keep Moving The Galaxy Watch can also keep from getting sedentary by sending you inactivity alerts and Health Nudges. You can turn these on and off in the watch settings. When enabled, you'll get an alert when you've been sitting down for a length of time, encouraging you to get up. There's also a Torso twist alert that prompts you to do some twists to get the blood flowing. 04 of 05 Calorie Tracking With Samsung Health on the Galaxy Watch, you can track calories burned from exercising and other activities. You can also log your food intake on your phone to get a full picture. While walking, for instance, you'll get a vibrating alert after ten or more minutes to motivate you to keep it up. Check your wrist, and you'll see calories burned as well as your heart rate. Launch the Health app to see daily, weekly, and monthly trends. 05 of 05 Stress Management Features Stress management is an essential part of your overall health. The Galaxy Watch measures your stress levels and offers relief in the form of guided breathing exercises. The Watch guesses how stressed you are by measuring your heart rate. You can also measure your stress with your watch at any time by going to Samsung Health > Stress Tracker > and tapping Measure. The screen then shows a series of concentric circles pulsing as you inhale and exhale to a soothing soundtrack. As with calorie and sleep tracking, you can also view your stress levels over time to see the big picture.