The 5 Best Galaxy Watch Features

Your watch can do much more than tell time

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.

Samsung Galaxy Watch display with three quick reply options: Nope, OK, and What's up?

Here are the five best Samsung Galaxy Watch features.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Stress Management Features

The Galaxy Watch attempts to 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.

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