The highly anticipated Galaxy Watch 4 and Watch 4 Classic were both made available for purchase by Samsung yesterday, and in this article, we will examine how these new models compare to the Watch 3.
It should come as no surprise that the fourth generation is an even more formidable watch than the third generation. The timepiece is successful in bringing about advancements in a variety of different domains. However, there are a few catches that readers should be aware of. There is not just positive news to report.
The Galaxy Watch 3 was first shown off to the public in August of 2020. Is it possible that it’s already time for an upgrade? Should you get a new gadget or should you trade in your old one? Is it worthwhile to go for the additional expense?
The designs of the Samsung Galaxy Watch 4 and the 4 Classic Watch 3 were compared.
Feelings and physical appearance apple is not the only business that has created a watch design that has become its signature. Additionally, Samsung has this capability. Samsung, on the other hand, has maintained its commitment to the more conventional round form factor, as opposed to the square form factor that can be seen on Apple-made watches. It would seem that the corporation has no intention of changing this, which is fine since there is no need for them to do so.
Although the square shape may be somewhat more useful, the round one is generally considered to have a more attractive appearance. Not to mention the fact that if Samsung suddenly began emulating Apple’s designs, there would be an outcry from the Galaxy audience!
A front view of the Galaxy Watch 4 Classic, the Galaxy Watch 4, and the Galaxy Watch 3 is seen here. As can be seen, there is not much of a difference between the two. It goes without saying that the Galaxy Watch 4 Classic is an upgraded version of the Galaxy Watch 3, whilst the Galaxy Watch 4 may be seen as an upgraded version of the Active 2.
It is quite possible that the corporation will discontinue the Active line from this point on. There is no use in carrying on with this kind of action.
A Comparison between the Galaxy Watch 4 Classic, the Watch 4, and the Watch 3
The actual rotating bezel, which is used for scrolling between lists and displays, is present on both the Watch 4 Classic and the Watch 3. This is the only feature that the two watches share, other than their general design. On the other hand, this model is both more lightweight and more practical than its predecessors. The Watch 4 features a digital bezel. Additionally, there are two buttons—a home key located at the top of the device, and a back key located at the bottom—that have benefited from a makeover. But despite all of this, the fundamental functionality and navigation have not been altered in any way.
It should come as no surprise that the active types are the target audience for the non-classic version of Watch 4. As a result, it has a more athletic form factor, is more streamlined, and has an aluminium casing. The Classic model is designed to seem more like a traditional watch and comes with a case made of stainless steel. This model’s name gives away its appearance. It is also much heavier.
Variations in casing and display dimensions
One important thing to keep in mind is that there are a variety of case sizes. Both the big and small options are available for the Watch 4, just as they are for the Watch 3. However, Watch 4 is available in 40mm and 44mm sizes, Watch 4 Classic in 42mm and 46mm sizes, and Watch 3 in 41mm and 45mm sizes. Because of the more streamlined components on the inside, the gadgets are now thinner, but the change is not very significant.
It’s interesting to note that the size of the screen has been somewhat reduced. Both the big Watch 4 and the Watch 4 Classic feature a display that is 1.36 inches in size. A 1.19-inch one is included with the smaller models. As a point of reference, the display sizes available on the Watch 3 from the year before were 1.4 inches and 1.2 inches, respectively. In spite of this, the resolution of the 2021 generation is noticeably better, as can be seen in the comparison of technical specifications that follows.
The engine compartment
The enhancements are not limited to only the outward appearance. All versions of the Galaxy Watch 4 are equipped with an Exynos W920 processor (5nm). It is claimed that this CPU is 20% faster than the Exynos 9110 Dual Core 1.15 GHz that was included in the previous version. Furthermore, there is now twice the amount of internal memory as well as a 50% increase in RAM (1.5GB RAM in addition to 16GB of internal memory).
According to Samsung, the graphics processing unit (GPU) is now 8.8 times faster than it was previously, and the processing times are now 1.25 times faster. In addition, there is no justification for not believing them. The experience of using the app and navigating through its options needs to be more streamlined.
In terms of sensors, the most important new component is referred to as the BioActive Sensor. It is a single device that incorporates three sensors: an ECG sensor, a bioelectrical impedance analysis (BIA) sensor, and a heart rate sensor. The third of them is the only one that is brand new, but more on that later.
Aside from that, you get NFC, and there is an LTE model available as an alternative. That has not changed at all.
Longevity of the battery/resistance to water
Battery life of around 40 hours is shared by both of the new models. There is no need to update since there is not a significant difference between Watch 3 and Watch 4. It should not come as much of a surprise that the watch’s battery life has not been much improved given that it now uses an operating system that is powered by Wear OS, which consumes far more power than previous versions.
On the other hand, you won’t have to worry about its water resistance. The gadgets come with an impressive water-resistance rating of 5 ATM and will track your swimming sessions in order to provide you with the relevant information. Additionally, each of them has been awarded a MIL-STD-810G grade, indicating that they are capable of withstanding a significant amount of abuse.
Comparing the Galaxy Watch 4 to the Classic Watch 3 in terms of its functionalities
Brand new computer software.
The fitness capabilities of Samsung Galaxy watches are very thorough. There is no use in going into detail about all they are capable of doing. Nonetheless, you can be sure that they will monitor your activities and sleep around the clock. There are all of the typical fitness sensors available, in addition to an integrated GPS (Glonass, Beidou, Galileo).
The most noticeable change is that this device now operates on an operating system that was created in collaboration by Samsung and Google. Tizen OS was used to power earlier iterations of Samsung’s wearables.
The new architecture has an integrated platform. To be more specific, Wear OS 3.0 is covered with something called the One UI Watch skin. This sort of platform offers the recognizable appearance and functionalities of the Tizen operating system while also providing access to the advantages provided by the Google Play Store. Apps like Google Maps and Google Pay are just a few examples.
Enhanced monitoring of both activity and health.
There are other distinctions beyond this point. There are various enhancements to the monitoring of your health and activities.
One of them pertains to the SpO2 sensor that was installed. The Galaxy Watch 3 is able to monitor blood oxygen levels, although this feature is only activated when the user requests it. This capability is included in Generation 4’s passive SpO2 monitoring capabilities. Since the metric will now be checked for you automatically in the background, this should make the sensor far more helpful.
The BioActive Sensor is another point of differentiation between the two. As was previously noted, it incorporates PPG, ECG, and BIA into a single piece of equipment. Therefore, in addition to blood pressure and electrocardiogram (ECG), your watch can now detect BIA.
The last one gives you the ability to take fast measurements from your wrist that estimate body composition parameters; all it takes is fifteen seconds. This covers elements like how much water your body retains, how dense your bones are, how much skeletal muscle you have, and your body mass index. Even while the precision is probably not on par with what you would receive from a smart scale, the functionality is still helpful and should not be overlooked. After selecting the “Measure” option in the new Body Composition app, you may rapidly take a measurement by hitting both of the app’s physical keys simultaneously.
The monitoring of one’s sleep has also been improved. In addition, the watch that is now attached to your wrist has the capability of monitoring your snoring.
There is some bad news to go along with the good news. Some of these updates will only be available to users whose cell phones are Samsung Galaxy models. The BioActive health sensor is the topic of discussion at this time. It is compatible with the Samsung Health Monitor app, which is exclusive to the Galaxy Store and may be downloaded there. Therefore, the only people who are able to monitor blood pressure, ECG, and SpO2 are those who have watches produced by Samsung.
To make matters even more difficult, neither the Galaxy Watch 4 nor the Galaxy Watch 4 classic are compatible with iOS. If you own an iPhone, however, you are out of luck. The gadget is not compatible with the Galaxy Watch of the fourth generation in any way.
The Samsung Galaxy Watch 4, Galaxy Watch 4 Classic, and Samsung Galaxy Watch 3 bottom line
Both the Samsung Galaxy Watch 4 and the Galaxy Watch 4 Classic are significant improvements over the previous model. They are successful in bringing about improvements in a wide variety of domains.
The new watches are equipped with an updated Google/Samsung Wear OS 3.0-based operating system, a speedier CPU, and more internal memory than their predecessors. Access to the applications that can be found on the Google Play Store makes this a more streamlined and comprehensive experience.
Body composition data, improved sleep recognition (which now includes snoring), and speedier auto-detection of exercises are among the most significant new additions to the fitness tracking functionality of the watch. In addition, you continue to benefit from all of the excellent capabilities of the devices that came before.
One important disclaimer to note is that only Galaxy phones will support the most advanced health features. Therefore, if you do not use a version of the Health Monitor app that has been jailbroken, you will not have access to this feature. And iPhones are completely ineffective since they can not link with the watch in any way.
It is a no-brainer to get a Samsung watch if you already own a Samsung phone and are in the market for a new watch. Choose between the Galaxy Watch 4 Classic or the Watch 4, which is more favourable to your wallet. Those who already own a Watch 3 or Watch Active 2 will need to evaluate whether or not the newly added features make it worthwhile to upgrade to a newer model of the watch. There isn’t a whole lot that’s new in terms of health functions, but there are enhancements everywhere else, the most significant of which is the brand-new operating system.