Samsung also unveiled the Galaxy Watch 4 Classic during its August Unpacked presentation, a super-premium wristwatch with the normal model’s software, but with several important hardware improvements aimed to make it a more attractive proposition for discriminating consumers with deep money.
One of the finest aspects of the watch is the actual spinning bezel, which makes it easier to browse menus and pages than the Watch 4’s “virtual bezel,” which needs you to stroke the screen’s borders in order to interact with the device.
Additionally, the Galaxy Watch 4 Vintage’s thick ring surrounding the display matches the style of classic wristwatches, giving it a more expensive look. It also adds extra protection for the wearable against common bumps and dings, which is quite helpful for folks who are clumsy (like this reviewer).
This is a good question, so why did we award the Galaxy Watch 4 Classic three-and-a-half out of five stars? Although the watch’s aesthetics have been improved, there are still a few niggles that make using it a frustrating experience.
It was the watch’s battery life that was our biggest gripe, and if this were a school report, it would be printed in red ink and followed by “see me after class” if it were. We’d have to recharge it twice a day if we were using it for the primary functions of a gadget like this, such as recording our workouts and checking our alerts.
People who wish to maintain track of their fitness metrics may find the wearable’s workout settings difficult to use, since it may take several seconds to stop the wearable from timing an activity.
Additionally, the cost of a smartwatch is exorbitant, particularly in light of the fact that you can get a more feature-rich wearable from Fitbit, Honor, or Garmin for a considerably lesser price.
Even so, the Galaxy Watch 4 Classic’s design and display are among the greatest we’ve ever seen. Despite the few pros, we can’t argue that they outweigh the many cons.
The Samsung Galaxy Watch 4 Classic is available in a variety of models, depending on whether you choose a 4G or Bluetooth connection, a 42mm or 46mm screen, or a black or silver case.
Compared to other smartwatches, the Samsung Galaxy Watch 4 Classic is a bit more difficult to replace the bands on because of its tiny levers, but your mileage may vary.
A silicone-like substance, fluoroelastomer, is used to make the strap in the box, which may be a bit more comfortable than rubber and less irritating to persons with skin issues.
Choose between silver or black finishes, and you’ll get a silver or black strap, as well as a silver or black body and bezel.
There’s a significant gap between the strap and your wrist on either side of most other watches because, unlike most others, you can only adjust how far the strap sticks out from the sides of the body on the Watch 4 Classic (and the standard Watch 4). You can see this issue in the image below of the standard Watch 4, and our wrists are about average in size.
We found it a bit unpleasant to wear, but this may or may not be a problem for you, depending on how big your wrist is. As a result, it’s difficult to wear with tighter garments and unpleasant to wear when sleeping.
Due in part to the watch’s stainless steel construction and the raised bezel ring that shields the display from damage, this timepiece is very durable.
During exercises, you may hold down the bottom button on the right side of the watch and it will stop monitoring your activity. The top button sends you back to the home screen.
In terms of the bezel, the Watch 4 Classic has a ‘virtual bezel’, while the normal Watch 4 has a ‘physical bezel’, as have some of Samsung’s earlier wearables. In fact, it rapidly replaced swiping as our preferred method of zooming in and out of menus, which can be a pain when you’re walking or don’t have the steadiest hands. It’s most likely the primary factor influencing your decision to go for the Classic over the more basic variant.
There are two sizes of watch face: 42mm for the 42mm model, and 46mm for the 46mm model – that may seem apparent, but it’s important to note the display is only 42mm across, not the whole watch.
When it comes to a smartwatch display, this one is among the finest we’ve seen, thanks to its strong colours and high maximum brightness, making it simple to see in both broad sunlight and when running.
Google and Samsung have collaborated on Wear OS 3.0, which is being utilised on the Samsung Galaxy Watch 4 and other smartphones, as well as on this line of watches.
Many improvements have been made over the previous Wear OS release. Using the rotating bezel, you can effortlessly access music controls, exercise tracking modes, or the heart rate monitor.
The app list nearly became obsolete because of this super-useful tiles list, which took much longer to come up than rotating the bezel the appropriate amount. We still use the app list for specific features, like timers or alarms, on occasion.
If you’re looking for a timer, stopwatch, or alarm clock app, you’ll have a hard time figuring out which one to choose from the app list since all of the clock icons are the same.
Swiping from the home watch face is the only method of navigating other than the bezel on the watch. You can access your phone’s notifications by swiping in from the left. When you swipe down from the top of the screen, you have access to the settings menu, which contains a helpful option called “Theatre Mode,” which suppressed alerts and turned off raise-to-wake for a certain length of time, making it ideal for watching a movie. We’d want to see more wearables with this kind of mode.
It’s possible to browse between tiles by swiping in from the left and swiping up from the bottom of the screen, but you generally won’t find yourself doing this very often.
For those who like a more personalised look, there are several watch faces to pick from, as well as a variety of customization options. It’s possible to do this on the watch itself, but we found it simpler to use the Galaxy Wearable smartphone app instead because of the tiny size of the screen.
There are two Samsung applications you need to install on your smartphone to use your Watch 4 Classic, the Galaxy Wearable and Samsung Health apps, and you’ll need both of these for the full functionality of your watch. Additional customization choices include the ability to track your fitness measurements and get greater insight into your exercises. As a result, you have to hop between several programmes rather than having all of the information and tools you need in one place.
All three fundamental exercise modes are accessible from the main device menu on the Samsung Galaxy Watch 4. You may choose from a secondary menu of 10 routines, including swimming, circuit training, and gym workouts; you can even download more options through the Samsung Health app.
Using GPS, the watch keeps track of your position while you’re working out, as well as your speed, elevation, heart rate, calories burned, and other metrics. These measurements are broken down into kilometre-by-kilometre segments.
The programme calculates your lengths in metric and divides them into segments of one kilometre. The watch, on the other hand, displayed the distance in miles, which is an imperial measurement. We couldn’t figure out a method to fix this, which made it much more difficult to understand.
Among the things we couldn’t adjust, the watch interrupts whatever music you’re listening to at the conclusion of each ‘lap’ or mile, displaying a list of your stats, including time, distance, and heart rate. If you were listening to music on the same phone, this may take a long time and would be overlaid on top of it (or interrupt a spoken-word podcast). Neither the watch’s settings nor the applications were able to stop this from occurring.
Compared to other fitness trackers, we found the data from RunKeeper to be rather accurate, particularly when it came to distance and heart rate. The exercise settings are a tad complex, causing us to lose precious seconds every time we attempted to halt the tracking while waiting to cross a road.
In order to halt your workout, you may either hold down the bottom button or swipe down and hit “Pause” from the left side. Both of these choices take at least a second, which can really mount up if you’re jogging in a busy place and cause the time to be overestimated.
If you’re not already looking at the exercise analytics screen, these approaches won’t function at all. On top of the fact that if you’re on another watch face, such as if you’ve been listening to music or monitoring navigation, the stop option is not accessible until you return to the exercise face. Time flies while you’re having fun.
The automated walk monitoring on the Watch 4 is very beneficial if you find manually tracking exercises a little tedious. After 10 minutes of walking without activating the watch’s walk tracking mode, it does so for you and provides you with valuable additional information about your health.
The Galaxy Watch 4 Classic workout modes we tested, such as Squats and Sit-Ups, were hit or miss for us. Watches fail to detect a repeat once or twice in every set of 10 sit-ups and squats, and this is true for both. Even if you don’t mind doing an additional crunch or squat, you can look over this little inconvenience.
We couldn’t figure out why the watch didn’t record any repetitions during any of those exercises, however.
For the first time, we’ve included a body composition scanning option that shows us things like our BMI (Body Mass Index). It’s amazing that a smartwatch can scan for these things, even if it’s not as exact as actual scanning equipment.
The Samsung Galaxy Watch 4 Classic isn’t the worst smartwatch we’ve tried for fitness monitoring, and it’s actually one of the better ones we’ve used for a wide range of activities, despite the aforementioned inconsistencies in the data. However, the inconvenient training controls and audible announcements might be a pain to deal with the duration of a single battery charge
Samsung’s Galaxy Watch 4 Classic’s battery life is, without a question, its most glaring shortcoming. Based on our tests, we estimate that the Classic has a battery life of less than one day, compared to the normal model’s two-day battery life.
You can’t even compare it to the one-day life of the Apple Watch, which nevertheless manages to shine. When it comes to smartwatches, the average battery life is roughly two weeks, although some may run for a month or more without recharging.
On a typical day, we’d spend about an hour recording our workouts, listening to music, and checking our messages. The watch’s battery life is estimated to be between 20 and 22 hours, but we’ve developed a routine of charging it twice a day, once in the morning before work and again in the evening before bed, to avoid it running out of power.
That’s a huge red signal for prospective purchasers, and we’d consider it a serious issue.
A pad that attaches to a USB-C outlet is used for charging. Because the battery life is so limited, the watch has to be charged for roughly two hours to get to full power, which is perplexing.