Apple Watch Series 4 Vs Samsung Galaxy Watch: Which One to Choose?

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You can have an Apple Watch with an investment of at least 300 euros but, depending on expectations, this sum can rise to as much as 1449 euros. Things are clearer from Samsung: the cheapest model is available for 309 euros and the most expensive one costs 399 euros.

Let’s get to the heart of the matter: the 4G model of the new Apple Watch costs $429, while the 4G model from Samsung costs 379 euros, i.e. about 50 euros less.

Design ? Simple Matter of Taste

Tastes and colours are not up for debate. Some will like the square style of the Apple Watch Series 4, others will prefer the rounded style of the Galaxy Watch. I’ve already heard that the Galaxy Watch looks like a modern version of a high-tech stopwatch while the new Apple Watch makes a better impression.

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The Galaxy Watch has a round design. © AndroidPIT

The Apple Watch Series 4’s 1.78-inch display has thin borders on a watch that is actually the same size as the one introduced last year. So we can’t talk about a big makeover. The definition, 384 x 480 pixels, is higher than that of the Galaxy Watch, but of course you have to keep in mind that the screens are not the same size.

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The Apple Watch Series 4 is always square. © Screenshot: AndroidPIT

In terms of usage, the Apple Watch uses a button system that turns, while the Galaxy Watch uses a bezel that turns. Note that the Apple Watch also has another button while the Samsung watch has two more on the right side.

Guaranteed performance

Both smartwatches are equipped with modern hardware that makes them both of the best connected watches. The Galaxy Watch offers two 1.2 or 1.3 inch variants with a 360 x 360 pixel screen, with a 1.15 GHz Exynos 9110 processor, 1.5 GB RAM in its LTE version, all with 4 GB of internal memory.

On the Apple side, a dual-core processor and a wireless chip. In terms of internal memory, we have 16 GB. TO BE COMPLETED

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The Apple Watch Series 4 offers the ability to perform an electrocardiogram. © Screenshot: AndroidPIT

Many people are reluctant to take a smartwatch because it’s still a device that has to be charged every night. Samsung has looked into the problem and proposes to achieve two full days of autonomy. The same applies to the Apple Watch Series 3, so the 4 can only be improved even further.

Bluetooth 4.2, WIFI n, GPS, NFC, heart rate meter, accelerometer, gyroscope, barometer, proximity sensor and water-resistance: these are common features of both watches, so if you are looking for the full range of features you will not go wrong with either watch.

More choice with Apple Watch Series 4

When it comes to diversity, Apple is in the lead: it not only offers watches in 3 different sizes (38, 40 and 42) but also one model with mobile connection and the other without. Apple also offers different materials, colors, and wristbands. In short, everyone should be able to find what he or she likes and there’s probably even a special edition planned.

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At Samsung, the choice is much more limited. © AndroidPIT

Samsung offers two sizes: 42 mm or 46 mm. In terms of colors? Black and pink/gold. Bracelets must be purchased separately.

Watches that also appeal to sportsmen and women

Both the Apple Watch Series 4 and Samsung’s Galaxy Watch are aimed at different types of buyers, especially sports enthusiasts. They both offer their own service to obtain and analyze data, or compare it with their friends’ data. Yeah, some kind of gamification. Another interesting novelty is that electrodes have been added in the sensor on the back of the watch and in the digital crown to measure an electrocardiogram.

The Galaxy Watch has the advantage of a community: you can share your data with many other people and try to get a good place in a ranking, share photos and even challenge other sportsmen and women.

Each to his own ecosystem

If you want to pair your Apple Watch with a smartphone, it must be an iPhone. On the other hand, you can pair your Galaxy Watch with smartphones from other manufacturers, but they work best with Samsung smartphones. With other smartphones, for example, you may not receive SMS messages because the manufacturer’s application is missing.

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It is better to have a Samsung smartphone to use the Galaxy Watch. © AndroidPIT

If you want to use this watch under Tizen with Android smartphones other than Samsung, you have to accept some limitations. Note that the Galaxy Watch is even compatible with the iPhone but then it has a relatively limited potential. 

No Bixby for the Galaxy Watch, unfortunately Siri on the Apple Watch

The Galaxy Watch lacks a clever assistant. Bixby still can’t speak French, S-Voice is more or less dying. Apple offers Siri but it’s not the most interesting assistant either.

When it comes to simple commands, like a reminder or an alarm, it can do a good job but we are far from the potential of Google Assistant on Wear OS.

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Summary: Which one to buy?

Apple Watch and Galaxy Watch are not really aimed at the same types of users. Those who have an Android smartphone will not be able to use Apple’s watch and those who have an iPhone will find it difficult to use Samsung’s watch due to limitations.

It is nevertheless interesting to observe what the two giants are proposing, because that is what they are using to sow the seeds of competition. Top-of-the-range equipment, excellent finish, interesting features, the competition can’t keep up.

The year is not yet over and Qualcomm has proposed a new chip for Wearables that competitors such as LG, Huawei and Motorola will be quick to place in their watches. 

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