Remember Samsung’s first smartwatch? Nobody else does, either, but Apple Watch wasn’t the first out of the smartwatch industry starting gates, just the one that customers actually bought and use. So, what’s new?
Mud On The Wall
First, let’s look at how Apple’s new product approach differs from Samsung. Apple tends to launch new hardware which attaches itself and integrates well into the company’s fame walled garden ecosystem.
On the other hand, Samsung’s approach is to throw products out the door with relative abandon, then stop making them when they don’t sell, wait for Apple to figure out what the industry needs, then copy Apple’s products.
Well, it seems like that, right?
Samsung is out with a new Watch killer; the Samsung Galaxy Watch Smartwatch. Stainless steel, meet Rose Gold. Sounds Apple-ish, no?
That looks like a, well, real watch; a watch from yesteryear, round instead of rectangle.
Best Buy loves it. $330 minus a penny:
Streamline your digital life with this 42mm Samsung Galaxy Watch. Its built-in Samsung Flow app provides seamless syncing with your smart devices, keeping you mobile, productive and notified with alerts about activities on your schedule. This 5ATM-rated Samsung Galaxy Watch has 4GB of internal storage for app downloads and software upgrades.
Are you envious of a smartwatch that looks more like a watch than a smartwatch?
Galaxy Watch envy?
What do you get in the Galaxy Watch? I ask because it would be hard to imagine that a newcomer to the industry would be able to top what Apple has built the past few years, and if differentiation is a key component of product marketing, Galaxy Watch needs to be better and priced about the same, or the same and priced much lower.
It boasts numerous features to keep you up-to-date on the notifications you care about, track your health, and much more — plus it has a battery life of longer than a day and a sleek, stylish look that doesn’t scream “smartwatch.”
Let’s do the battery life dance for a minute. The most obvious claim is Galaxy Watch looks like a traditional watch yet has battery life longer than Apple Watch.
From what I hear from Apple Watch owners, they have to charge their watch every day, but I only have to charge my Samsung watch every few days. The 46mm version, with its 472 mAh battery, lasts even longer, for four to five days. If battery life is one of your biggest concerns and you like the Silver style, go for the 46mm.
I can’t tell you what Samsung is doing to get such life, but my Watch– the 42 mm version– goes about two days, but I charge it every day anyway.
I would like more battery life, but an everyday habit is easier to remember.
A big draw of this smartwatch is customizability, so I can’t tell you the exact combination of apps to use or what watch face to choose (and there are a lot of beautiful and sleek ones to choose from!), but I can say you’ll never feel like there aren’t enough options or that it’s missing an important feature.
What? No list of all the apps that run on Galaxy Watch?
What’s missing is a true comparison to Apple Watch and complications. You may think the new Watch faces are cluttered, but once you use one that has eight complications and a single swipe to bring up another Watch face with eight more complications, you’ll love what you can do that can’t be done on the Galaxy Watch.
Check out Mac360’s founder, Ron McElfresh, and his take and examples of how complications work on the new Watch Series 4 model in Uncomplicated Apple Watch Complications.
The secret to getting the most from Watch is applications, of course, but the user interface secret is complications.
Galaxy Watch has nothing like that.