Samsung had a smartwatch long before Watch debuted and took the wearable industry by storm. Setbacks are nothing to Samsung, so the latest version of Galaxy Watch comes with features and a price tag to compete with Apple Watch.
Nobody does feature bullet points better than Samsung. Well, maybe Microsoft. And Google. Perhaps Dell and HP. Obviously Kenmore, LG, Maytag, and… well, let me stay on point. Galaxy Watch is yet another Watch copycat but, as usual, just enough differentiation and a lower price point to make it attractive where Watch does not go. Android devices.
How does this look?
Just as the Mac offloaded many app utilities to iPhone and iPhone offloaded many app utilities to Watch, Samsung has re-joined the game it started long before Watch hit the streets.
Live a stronger, smarter life with the watch that lets you stay connected without reaching for your phone. With sleep cycle & calorie tracking, guided breathing exercises, individual workout detection and GPS capabilities for long runs, you’ll have everything you need at your wrist.
Read the fine print, but overall, not bad for yet another copycat, right down to the display size. 42mm. Or, if you’re Louis Ferrigno or a member of the WWF, 46mm. As usual, Samsung cranks up the creativity and differentiation and goes with a round display instead of Apple’s Watch rectangle.
Price? $300. Apple Watch Series 4? $499. That sounds about like a typical Samsung vs. Apple battle, no?
The Galaxy Watch takes on life with military-grade durability,³ swim-ready water resistance⁴ and Corning Gorilla Glass DR+ that prevents the display from getting scratched.
I like that.
Even when your phone isn’t in reach,¹ make and take calls with an integrated speaker and voice mic, respond to texts, and access scores, headlines and playlists.
I like that, too.
Control all your connected home devices from your wrist even when you’re not home. Plus, get the details of a security camera alert from the SmartThings app on your Galaxy Watch.
I like that also.
It only took Samsung three years to bolt on more bullet point features because differentiation is all about a PowerPoint slide-show of features.
Frankly, I like it, and while Samsung Watch might work on an iPhone, I doubt if it will work as well as Watch Series 4 with ECG, and it’s unlikely that third party iOS apps will be able to communicate with it.
Samsung Galaxy Watch is not a complete rip off copycat because it uses a more traditional round display (hint: less efficient) and I have come to love Watch Series 4 and the information overload of the Infograph watch faces, but, well, different strokes for different folks, right?