• Comparison: Samsung Galaxy Watch v Apple Watch Series 4

    By Samantha Watson , September 19, 2018 - Leave a comment

    A few weeks after the release of the Samsung Galaxy Watch, Apple used their famous media event to announce the latest in their line of wearables; the Apple Watch Series 4.

    With this, the battle for the smartwatch crown has seriously been taken up a notch, but how do the two devices compare?

    Display and Design

    The immediate difference between the two devices is the choice of watch shape; with the Galaxy Watch sporting a more traditional circular display and the Apple device a rectangular. Indeed, Samsung has touted this as a clear advantage over its competitors, however this is simply a matter of personal preference. You can certainly see the benefits of reading text and interacting on a square screen, however a round display definitely feels more watch-like.

    The Samsung Galaxy Watch keeps it rotating bezel for navigation.

    Samsung’s Galaxy device is available in two sizes; 42mm and 46mm, featuring a 1.2-inch and 1.3-inch display accordingly. The device is therefore a little bigger and indeed a little bulkier than the Apple Watch, which comes in 40mm and 44mm variants.

    Following the trend of their other devices, Apple have sought to minimise the bezels of the Apple Watch and consequently both displays are 30% bigger than their Series 3 predecessors. The smaller 40mm variant has a 1.57-inch screen with a 394 x 324-pixel resolution, whilst the larger 44mm watch maximises the screen to an impressive 1.78-inches – almost 0.5-inches bigger than the Galaxy Watch.

    Both Samsung and Apple have opted for AMOLED displays and have been crafted with Corning Gorilla Glass DX+ (Galaxy Watch) and sapphire display glass (Apple Watch) for added protection. The Apple Watch supports 3D touch, whilst Samsung’s Galaxy makes use of their highly-favoured rotating bezel for navigation.

    Samsung Galaxy Watch

    • Circular design
    • 42mm and 46mm variants
    • 2-inch and 1.3-inch displays
    • Rotating bezel for navigation

    Apple Watch Series 4

    • Rectangular design
    • 40mm and 44mm variants
    • 57-inch and 1.78-inch displays
    • 3D touch for navigation



    Power and battery

    It’s here that the Samsung Galaxy Watch really impresses. A whopping 472mAh (46mm variant) battery allows for several days’ usage, in comparison to the Apple Watch Series 4 that on average lasts for around 18 hours.

    A large battery offers the Galaxy Watch up to 4 days usage.

    Samsung’s own Exynos 9110 processor powers the device, operating at 1.15GHz, whilst 4GB of internal storage is also on offer. So too, the Apple Watch runs with a new 64-bit processor which Apple claim is twice as fast as that found within their previous watch and offers a far bigger 16GB of internal storage.

    Probably the deciding factor in any decision, is the fact that the Apple Watch is only compatible with their own iPhones. If you have an Android device but are eyeing up the Apple Watch, then think again. Enter the Samsung Galaxy Watch. Whilst the device undoubtedly gets the best results when paired with a Samsung device, the watch works with both Android and iOS.

    Samsung Galaxy Watch

    • Several days battery life
    • 4GB internal storage
    • Compatible with Android and iOS

    Apple Watch Series 4

    • 18-hour battery life
    • 16GB internal storage
    • Compatible with iOS


    Fitness and Features

    Apple have always been keen to emphasise the health-tracking skills of their smartwatch and it looks as though Samsung may finally be able to compete.

    Samsung’s device has three core health features; fitness tracking, stress management and sleep monitoring. The watch utilises a built-in GPS and heart rate monitor to track up to 40 different types of exercise, providing you with data such as calories burned and distance run. 5 ATM water resistance means that you can also now track your progress in the pool.

    The Apple Watch comes with ECG technology.

    Alongside this, Samsung’s new stress management tool works by tracking your heart rate. If recorded stress levels are higher than anticipated and cannot be attributed to exercise, your device will guide you to breathe deeply. Further, the Galaxy Watch can track your sleep routine; informing you of sleep quality by creating a log that measures 4 different stages – all of which is aided by a 4-day battery life!

    It’s increasingly difficult to compare the fitness features of each device since they are both so accomplished. Both offer automatic workout detection so that your data can be tracked even when you might forget to start an exercise.

    Impressively however, the Apple Watch Series 4 has become the first device to come with electrocardiogram technologies. This will allow the device to detect heart rhythm irregularities and has been awarded certification from the US Food and Drug Administration. Similarly, fall detection is in place, allowing users to alert for assistant in case of emergencies.

    Both devices allow you to stream music whilst on-the-go, whether it be through Apple Music (Apple Watch) or Spotify (Samsung Galaxy Watch) and come with their very own personal assistant; Bixby or Siri. You can read and create messages, as well as manage calls to your phone via each wearable and manage calendar alerts, install apps and make contactless payments. It is worth noting however, the Apple Watch offers more third-party Apps than the Samsung model.

    Samsung Galaxy Watch

    • Fitness tracking
    • Stress management
    • Sleep monitoring
    • Music streaming
    • Personal assistant; Bixby
    • Create and read messages and calls

    Apple Watch Series 4

    • Fitness tracking
    • Heart rate alerts
    • ECG technology
    • Fall Detection
    • Music streaming
    • Personal assistant; Siri
    • Create and read messages and calls


    Samsung Galaxy Watch | Clove UK 


    Apple Watch Series 4 | Clove UK

    Samantha Watson


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