Apple’s smart­watch is often held up as a ref­er­ence device — it’s real­ly good at run­ning apps and mon­i­tor­ing health. They just require a con­nec­tion exclu­sive­ly with the iPhone, oth­er­wise they turn into a pump­kin. Need some­thing sim­i­lar, but for Android? There is such a gad­get: Sam­sung Galaxy Watch6 is cheap­er, more autonomous and has advanced capa­bil­i­ties. Let’s tell you more about them.

Design and ergonomics

Exter­nal­ly, the watch does not stand out in any way: a round screen, flat side but­tons, brushed met­al frames. There is absolute­ly noth­ing for the eye to catch on, but this can be con­sid­ered a plus. The Galaxy Watch6 looks good on any wrist and def­i­nite­ly won’t ruin your wardrobe. They are equal­ly suit­able for a young stu­dent, a respectable busi­ness­man or a lover of a healthy lifestyle.

The strap fas­ten­ing is stan­dard. Straps from pre­vi­ous gen­er­a­tions of watch­es are also suit­able. The man­u­fac­tur­er has made it easy to replace the acces­so­ry: you don’t need to pull the tiny latch and break your nails, just press the but­ton on the back of the strap. The solu­tion is sim­ple, but effec­tive. The strap itself is excel­lent: thick yet flex­i­ble, with a vel­vety sur­face and enough holes to fit almost any wrist.

Samsung Galaxy Watch6

The gad­get is avail­able in sev­er­al ver­sions. The reg­u­lar Galaxy Watch6 is avail­able in 40mm or 44mm ver­sions. We had a larg­er mod­i­fi­ca­tion on review. There is also a Clas­sic mod­el with a rotat­ing mechan­i­cal bezel. With the excep­tion of the bezel and slight­ly larg­er sizes (43 and 47 mm, respec­tive­ly), the “clas­sic” watch­es do not dif­fer from the basic ones. They have the same screens, bat­ter­ies and proces­sors.

Touch bezel is cool

The Sam­sung Galaxy Watch6 has a fea­ture that its com­peti­tors do not have: the thin frame around the perime­ter of the dis­play has been made touch sen­si­tive. You move your fin­ger along the edge of the screen and enjoy the vibra­tion motor, which gives excel­lent feed­back. Again, you can remem­ber the Apple Watch, only there it refers to the rotary key. Here, wid­get cards with indi­ca­tors of weath­er, sleep, phys­i­cal activ­i­ty and health change on the dis­play — con­ve­nient for quick nav­i­ga­tion on the go, and also gives the effect of nov­el­ty.

Samsung Galaxy Watch6

The screen is a solid A

The dis­play is mag­nif­i­cent — a Super AMOLED touch pan­el with a res­o­lu­tion of 480x480 pix­els, mod­er­ate­ly sat­u­rat­ed col­ors and a high-qual­i­ty oleo­pho­bic coat­ing. The screen sur­face is pro­tect­ed by sap­phire glass. Although the dis­play is not recessed into the body, there is hope that it will retain its pre­sen­ta­tion for a long time.

The max­i­mum bright­ness of the matrix is ​​2000 nits, which is the envy of many smart­phones. The acces­so­ry is com­fort­able to use even in sun­ny weath­er. The cur­tain has a use­ful option — increas­ing the sen­si­tiv­i­ty of the touch­screen. In win­ter this func­tion is very impor­tant. Hav­ing test­ed the dis­play in this mode, we didn’t even turn it off — inter­act­ing with the watch with gloves became much eas­i­er, and in every­day sit­u­a­tions, increas­ing sen­si­tiv­i­ty does not cause prob­lems.

Samsung Galaxy Watch6

In gen­er­al, the screen of the Galaxy Watch6 can be called one of the high­est qual­i­ty on the mar­ket, and it is not infe­ri­or even to the matri­ces of much more expen­sive mod­els.

Monitor your sleep and exercise

As befits an advanced smart­watch, the Galaxy Watch6 is well equipped: there is lit­er­al­ly every­thing — from GPS sup­port to a micro­phone for mak­ing calls. The range of work­outs here is sol­id, and some are also deter­mined auto­mat­i­cal­ly. For exam­ple, the watch will record walk­ing as an exer­cise if the user moves for more than 10 min­utes at a time. The acces­so­ry is also great for swim­ming in the pool — it is pro­tect­ed accord­ing to the IP68 stan­dard. And after train­ing, you can remove water from the speak­er using the purge func­tion.

Health mon­i­tor­ing goes beyond count­ing steps, calo­ries, blood oxy­gen lev­els and heart rate. Sam­sung engi­neers paid great atten­tion to mon­i­tor­ing sleep qual­i­ty. There is even snor­ing iden­ti­fi­ca­tion: the device will mon­i­tor extra­ne­ous sounds while the own­er is sleep­ing. We also note a spe­cial dial — a visu­al rest sched­ule is dis­played on the screen, as well as an ani­mal whose sleep type cor­re­sponds to the user. There is also a tra­di­tion­al mea­sure­ment of the phas­es of deep and REM sleep, as well as their alter­na­tion.

Samsung Galaxy Watch6

The watch can deter­mine the body com­po­si­tion of its own­er. These read­ings should be treat­ed with cau­tion: the assess­ment method using two sen­sors is quite super­fi­cial. How­ev­er, our mea­sure­ments exact­ly matched those demon­strat­ed by advanced bath­room scales. There­fore, it is still pos­si­ble to get a gen­er­al idea of ​​the mass of adi­pose tis­sue, skele­tal mus­cle and the amount of water in the body using the Galaxy Watch6. The sit­u­a­tion is more com­pli­cat­ed with ECG mea­sure­ment: this option is present, but requires a Sam­sung smart­phone. How­ev­er, crafts­men will always find a way out of the sit­u­a­tion — it’s worth study­ing the cor­re­spond­ing forum thread.

Software is the head of everything

The device requires two appli­ca­tions to oper­ate. Wear­able allows you to con­nect and flex­i­bly cus­tomize the acces­so­ry inter­face, and Health con­tains detailed sta­tis­tics on the use of the gad­get: work­outs, sleep, num­ber of steps and data on body com­po­si­tion.

The watch runs on One UI 5, which is based on Wear OS 4. Many pro­grams are avail­able in the built-in Google Play store: email clients, instant mes­sen­gers, task sched­ulers, sports appli­ca­tions, and so on. This is where the advan­tage of the Galaxy Watch6 over its ana­logues lies: there is a lot of use­ful soft­ware that can be down­loaded and real­ly expands the capa­bil­i­ties of the device.

What about autonomy?

The pre­vi­ous gen­er­a­tion was dis­ap­point­ed with mediocre oper­at­ing time — this is the price for advanced mon­i­tor­ing options and the abil­i­ty to inter­act with pro­grams. Apple Watch lovers have been using this argu­ment for years to jus­ti­fy keep­ing watch­es close to a wall out­let. And sales of Apple acces­sories are still impres­sive. But not every­one is ready to put up with 1–2 days of auton­o­my, so they choose less pow­er-hun­gry options from oth­er brands. It looks like Sam­sung is tired of this — the new Galaxy Watch6 (44 mm) lasts notice­ably longer with­out recharg­ing.

Samsung Galaxy Watch6

The 44 mm mod­el was equipped with a 425 mAh bat­tery. In every­day use (noti­fi­ca­tions, sleep mea­sure­ment, dis­tance esti­ma­tion, alarm clock, auto­mat­ic work­out track­ing), the Galaxy Watch6 will last three days on a sin­gle charge. If you look at noti­fi­ca­tions less often, don’t launch apps too often, and do with­out sleep mon­i­tor­ing alto­geth­er, you can squeeze out almost 4 days of work.

Of course, if you enable AoD and GPS loca­tion, the gad­get will not last even a day, but such a sce­nario is hard­ly rel­e­vant for most ordi­nary users. It’s worth not­ing that our mea­sure­ments are for the larg­er ver­sion. The 40mm ver­sion of the watch has a less capa­cious bat­tery: 300 mAh. There­fore, its auton­o­my may dif­fer. The Galaxy Watch6 is recharged from a clas­sic round “pan­cake”, but also sup­ports wire­less charg­ing.

Specifications

DISPLAY
1.5”, Super AMOLED, 480x480, touch
CHIPSET
Exynos W930
RAM
AND STORAGE
2 GB
16 GB
SENSORS
3‑in‑1 bioac­tive sen­sor, tem­per­a­ture, light and heart rate sen­sors, com­pass, accelerom­e­ter, barom­e­ter, gyro­scope
BATTERY
425 mAh
DIMENSIONS AND WEIGHTS
42.8 x 44.4 x 9 mm
about 33 g
PECULIARITIES
sap­phire crys­tal, advanced sleep mon­i­tor­ing, GPS, NFC, eSIM, GLONASS, speak­er and micro­phone, wire­less charg­ing, IP68 pro­tec­tion, imi­ta­tion bezel
Samsung Galaxy Watch6

Results

Sam­sung Galaxy Watch6 is per­haps the best smart­watch on the mar­ket. They are fast, com­fort­able, have qual­i­ty mate­ri­als and an excel­lent screen. Sup­port for Google Play appli­ca­tions sig­nif­i­cant­ly expands the func­tion­al­i­ty of the gad­get, and many com­peti­tors can only envy the accu­ra­cy of mea­sure­ments. By default, some options are only active when paired with a Sam­sung smart­phone, but we have a solu­tion to the prob­lem on our forum. I also liked that the bat­tery life has increased com­pared to the pre­vi­ous gen­er­a­tion.

Only Sam­sung and Google cur­rent­ly offer real alter­na­tives to Apple wear­ables. The solu­tion from the Kore­ans is the most uni­ver­sal — Galaxy Watch6 can boast of excel­lent case mate­ri­als, a com­fort­able touch bezel, well-designed soft­ware, as well as the avail­abil­i­ty of ver­sions with dif­fer­ent screen diag­o­nals and designs