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