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Galaxy Watch 4 - First Impressions

(Topic created on: 21-08-2021 05:56 AM)
CrazyTom2k2
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Hey all🙂,

 
Hope everyone's doing great! Sorry, but it's another long one. You'll need a cuppa!
 
It's been a while since I last shared anything here. Recently I ordered a Galaxy Watch4 (LTE) version, and had it arrive yesterday (even though it comes out next week!) Thought I'd share some first impressions 
 
As you probably know, the Watch4 runs WearOS 3 instead of Tizen. And so far, I'm loving the revamped WearOS so far. It's defo more responsive than I remember WearOS 2 being. I'm also loving the integration with the Play Store, as I can download apps and search for Watch Apps at the same time. We're no longer limited to the Galaxy Store! Additionally, for those people who use Google Pay, you should be able to download this on your Watch4!
 
Other things I love about the watch include the new BIA sensor, which was pretty epic to try (although the result told me I had too much skeletal bone, so I'm consulting with my GP to work out how many limbs need amputating!) Back to the love, I also love how responsive the watch is when I tilt my wrist to turn the screen on. Especially when playing my music with the media controls on display.
 
However, every product has it's downsides, and there's a couple of things that I had access to on my Watch Active2 that I'm missing on the Watch4.
 
The first thing I'm missing is the Auto Bedtime Mode - my Watch Active2 used to be pretty on-point with detecting when I was asleep and enabling bedtime mode. Scheduling bedtime mode on the Watch4 is an option, but that doesn't really work for me as I go to sleep at different times each night - I much preferred the way the Watch Active2 handled Bedtime Mode.
 
The second thing I miss is the animations that used to appear after charging - the jumpy smiley face and star. Now, this one might be a bit of an odd one, but hear me out! I felt there was something comforting when I'd pull my watch off charge and I'd get a smiley face or a jumpy star. It gave the watch personality. 
 
I'm guessing Samsung's team could possibly bring in the above features, so I really hope this feedback reaches the software team. Because, despite these couple of bits that I miss from Tizen, Samsung have done a really great job here, and I really really like my Galaxy Watch4. But those couple of missing bits really do stop me from "loving" the product!
 
To those thinking about buying a Galaxy Watch4 - if you want a decent all-round Smartwatch that's compatible with Android, there's no better choice than the Galaxy Watch4!😀
 
(Also, side note, but if you're looking to buy a 4G/LTE version of the watch, I would strongly recommend buying it through your Mobile Provider. I say this because I spent a couple of hours dealing with O2 yesterday trying to get an eSIM set up.)
 
Best wishes,
Tom😀
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CrazyTom2k2
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I was also surprised to find that I could slap the watch on and go!

I do agree with you about YouTube Music. I'm a Spotify user myself, but Google supports Apple Watch, so why on Earth aren't they supporting their own platform?! 😂

I haven't found that issue with the BP monitor yet, as I tried calibrating this morning and my cuff monitor started hurting my arm haha. I'll come back to it at some point!
CrazyTom2k2
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I think a LOT of people are gonna be experiencing the same thing here - lots of Watch Active2 users trading up to the Watch4. It's a killer deal, and the Watch4 is so overkill it's amazing! That said, I really am gonna miss my Watch Active2. Pretty sure that watch saved my *** a couple of times!
CrazyTom2k2
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Just like YouTube Music, Google have apps sorted for Apple Watch, but not for their own platform. Hopefully Samsung teaming up with Google will give Google the kick up the bum they need!
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Thanks all for  your thoughts, obviously folk need to test over time.    

@CrazyTom2k2   you certainly seem to be enjoying the Watch 4, though pity about loss of the Auto sleep feature  but maybe Samsung will take it on Board .  A  bit strange about YouTube Music but may  just  be a matter of time.

@Clive7409  Good you are impressed overall, though pity Blood pressure calibration does seem to be that accurate for you.

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CrazyTom2k2
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@JAMES4578 Cheers! It's still early days, so I'm hoping the feedback will get looked at. I mean, technically, the watch hasn't come out yet, so I'm treating it as a bit of a Beta Test, although not Big Bang Theory style!
Pdj1993
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im loving the watch but how did you solve the o2 issue with esim as i have got the same problem
Clive7409
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@JAMES4578 the BP not a deal breaker for me thankfully as have a BP monitor at home due to being diabetic & wife has high BP... just wasn't expecting it to show the systolic 13 points lower when calibrated results were up by that. I can factor that in when reading results but was expecting better accuracy when calibrating it with a different unit.

May try recalibrating a 3rd time see what happens as maybe something to do with timings of when monitor started.
CrazyTom2k2
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@Pdj1993 I ended up taking the watch, phone and myself to the O2 store - they fixed it in like 10 minutes! Basically, you need a Watch Plan, which costs around £5 a month, and if you head into your nearest O2 store they'll be able to sort out the plan and they'll give you an eSIM. Once you've got that sorted, you can add the eSIM plan using the Galaxy Wearable app. If you need any help with that, ping over another comment here or feel free to DM me 😀
Pdj1993
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Oh so that quick and easy and yet seems so hard to do
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CrazyTom2k2
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Yep! Pretty much - I'm just ticked off that the Live Chat and Phone teams couldn't help me 😂
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