An Introduction to Features of the Samsung Gear S4 Watch
With its Gear S4 Watch, Samsung has been able to create a combination of fantastic design, rotating bezel, and uncomplicated interface to make their users live healthy and better. The Samsung Gear S4 Watch has a circular case made of stainless steel that makes it look like any other wrist watch. The watch can function for four days without charge. The rotating bezel will take you through the different menus that the watch has to offer. This helps you have a better access to your smartwatch as you do not have to use your fingers to select the menu. The watch is also called Samsung Galaxy Watch. The watch is available in two sizes. The watch does not let you use any third-party applications and provides very little support to IOS. The watch pairs well with Samsung phones. There were rumors that the watch will use Wear OS as its software but in actuality, it uses Tizen as its software.
The Operating System, Software and the Applications of the Samsung Gear S4 Watch
The foremost reason to use the Tizen software is to enable a rotating bezel. The Wear OS does not allow the watch to have a rotating bezel and it becomes inconvenient for the users to use the device. The second reason for using Tizen as the operating system is for its battery life. When used normally, the battery life of 46mm watch can last up to four days without receiving any additional charging. The activities that you can do on this Samsung Gear S4 Watch is checking the messages that you receive, track your workout regime, talk to the AI, Bixby, that IS used by Samsung, get notifications that are important to you, on the watch. You can perform these similar activities on the 42mm watch, for up to three days without having to charge the device.
The Samsung Gear S4 Watch also notifies you about the weather if you use the widget dedicated to it. It also notifies you about the temperature of the day. The widgets can be customized according to your choice. The watch has a storage space of 4GB and you can store music on the watch to listen to them offline. The app called the Daily Briefing will show you the tasks that you have to accomplish during the day and will also tell you if the weather outside is convenient enough to go ahead with the task.
The Gear S4 is a lot different than the previous smartwatches launched by Samsung because it helps the user to use the device longer without charging. It also focuses on the fitness of the wearer. The Samsung Gear S4 Watch has added new sensors and also updated its Health Application. The device can also resist water a feature that can be found in some of its previous versions as well. Samsung has taken into account the shortcomings of the features used to build smartwatches prior to this and thus has worked hard to create an evolved version of the device. With the Gear S4, Samsung has added new sensors; it has added new software dedicated to fitness and has also made it extra waterproof so that the users can use it without fear.
Among all this newly improved features there are, however, a few problems that just like its previous devices also persists with this one as well. The problems are all related to the software of the Samsung Gear S4 Watch. The Galaxy App in it does not store any third-party applications. So you will not have access to Whats App, Google Maps and Facebook Messenger in your Galaxy Watch. You will have the assistance of Bixby but that will not be of much help to you either. On top of everything, you will not be able to use the Samsung Pay app freely because it does not use the MST (magnetic secure transition), although, the G3 model did use this functionality. Samsung has not been able to get great app developers for their watches. The apps that are present on your phone will not get shown on your watch.
The Samsung Gear S4 Watch can be described as an exquisitely designed smartwatch that is available in two different sizes. It will help you to stay updated with the notifications and also help you to keep track of your exercise routine. People who wear smartwatches are happy to use only these features. People who do not want to wear any serious fitness tracker can use the Gear S4 Watch. You can use the watch for light applications, receiving notifications and monitoring your health.
Here are the features of software and apps of the Watch for you
- Can listen to music offline
- Uncomplicated interface for the user
- Does not MST
- Do not have access to third-party apps
- Bixby is awful
The Design and Size of the Samsung Gear S4 Watch
As has been mentioned previously, the Samsung Galaxy Gear S4 Watch comes in two different sizes, the 42mm, and the 46mm. They are available in different colors and you can choose the one that you like best. The smaller size, 42mm, is out in two colors, the rose gold and the midnight black. The 46 mm sized watch is available in a twice toned, black and silver color. If you are unsure about your choice, you can always compare the features of both the watches and then buy the one that you think will best suit your purpose. Since the 46mm is larger of the two, it has a bigger touchscreen and also has a battery that can be used for four days without having to charge it. The 42 mm sized watch has a smaller screen than the 46mm and can only provide a battery life of three days. If you have an average-sized wrist, then you can easily wear the 46mm watch.
The only downside of the Samsung Gear S4 Watch is that they offer limited choices in with their straps, which are included and case colors. The strap size of the 46 mm watch is 22mm and only has three options for color: Basalt Grey, Ocean Blue (deep color) and the Onyx Black. The strap size of the 42mm watch is 20mm and offers you a lot more variety than the larger one. They are available in colors such as
- Cosmo purple
- Cloud Grey
- Onyx Black
- Lime Yellow
- Natural Brown
- Terracotta Red
- Pink Beige
- Lunar Grey
You can always buy more straps from Samsung and use them to change the look of the watches on a regular basis. The watches are more fashionable than the ones launched by Apple. They are big and round and looks exactly like the normal wrist watches all the while doing more than just notifying you about the time. At a glance, people will fail to recognize it as a smartwatch.
Samsung has used their well-known display techniques with their watches as well. The 1.2 and 1.3 screens of the 42mm and 46 mm sized watches are super AMOLED and are thus bright and also rich in color. It also uses a 320×320 pixel resolution for the display. You can use its adaptive brightness feature from its settings whenever you are stepping outside of your house. This will help you have a clear view of the screen even in broad daylight. Both the Samsung Gear S4 Watch have black backgrounds that do not allow to let numerous pixels burn to give you a better display. However, there is a shortcoming of the screens of the watches. The screen takes some time to get updated every time it is woken up. You will be greeted with the old data of the steps you have taken and the time every time to turn the screen on. The current data quickly replace the old one in a matter of seconds.
While creating the rotating bezel of the Samsung Gear S4 Watch, Samsung had thought of other purposes that it can help with. Other than being decorative and useful its users, it ensures that the screen of the watches is free from any damages. The bezel acts as a buffer between the screen and the hard surface making sure that the screen is not broken even if it comes in contact with the surface. Samsung has left nothing to fate and has used Gorilla Glasses to make the screens more durable. The presence of these kinds of glasses makes sure that the screen does not get scratched under any circumstance. Samsung knows that a scratched or broken screen can diminish the appeal of the Galaxy Watches, so they have taken all the precaution that they think will be useful to avoid any kind of problem for the phone.
There are two buttons present on the Samsung Gear S4 Watch. They are located on the right surface of the watch’s case. On other smartwatches, they are located centrally. Choosing to deviate from this style, Samsung has proved that they have thought about everything indeed. One problem with the buttons being centrally located is that they cannot get accidentally pressed every time you bend your wrist. The issue that occurs with every other smartwatch can be avoided in the Galaxy Watches. You can also wear this watch when you go to sleep. They have the capability to keep track of your sleep routine. But there is a slight problem with this. The watches are large and heavy. The 46mm sized watch weighs around 63g and the 42 mm one weighs 49g. You might feel uncomfortable while wearing the watches during your sleep. The 42mm watch might not prove to be as uncomfortable as the 46mm one.
Take a quick look at the features of the design and size of the watches.
- Rotating bezel and Gorilla Glasses makes it robust.
- The watches look like normal wrist watches.
- The 46mm watch offers a wider screen than the 42mm watch.
- The watches are difficult to wear while sleeping.
The Fitness Feature of the Samsung Gear S4 Watch
The Samsung Gear S4 Watch has been developed to emphasize more on the fitness activity of the user. The updated auto-tracked workout feature can keep track of the activities like
- Dynamic Workout
- Elliptical Training
With this updated feature, you do not have to activate the respective tracker before you start to do any one of the above-mentioned workouts. If you are walking for a considerable period of time, your watch will surely turn on the tracker without you knowing and will notify you. But you will have to activate other exercise trackers individually before you start doing those exercises. The total number of exercises that can be tracked by using this watch is 39. Out of those 39 exercises, 21 are the ones done indoors. These exercises are
- Walking on Treadmills
- Doing Crunches
- Going on a Hiking
- Doing Mountain Climbs
- Weight machine exercises
- Doing Squats
- Exercises on the rowing machine
- Doing Planks
- Doing Yoga
- Doing Pilates
- On Exercise bike
- Doing Burpee
- Arm Curls
- Legs Curls
- Leg Raises
- Doing Bench presses
- Doing shoulder presses
- Doing stretching
- Front Raises
- Doing lunges
- Doing front raises
- Step machine
- Lateral raises
- Circuit training
- Leg press
- Lat pulldowns
- Leg extensions
- Star jumps
- Elliptical Trainer
- Doing Other workouts
The watch tracks various exercises only if you activate the tracker. If you are riding on your bike, the tracker for exercise bike will not get activates. So you will have to activate it manually to whenever you go out with your bike. Otherwise, the time that you have spent riding your bike will not get registered as an exercise. The data that are collected through the Samsung Gear S4 Watch is perfect than many of the exercise tracking devices available to you.
The Samsung Gear S4 Watch will not relax even if you are doing so. If it sees that you are sitting idle for a long time, it will give you a jolt to remind you of this. It will make you get up and do some form of exercise. You cannot fool it by just standing up and move around. It will keep counting itself to be satisfied that you are doing your exercises properly. It is like having a physical trainer at all times besides you who will tell you to get up and do necessary exercises too so that you can stay healthy. If you do not feel like doing these exercises alone, you can also use the together feature of the Health App and throw your friend a challenge to join you. Now, the best thing about this is that your friend does not need to own the Galaxy Watch to join you in your routine. He just needs to have the app or any other similar device to compete with you.
There is also a stress management feature available on the Samsung Gear S4 Watch that will help to track the stress releasing exercises that you do. A simple breathing exercise is all that is needed to satiate it. You will have to manually start the tracker so that it can record the depletion in your stress level. The watch helps to track whether you are a light sleeper, restless sleeper or motionless sleeper. It will monitor you throughout the night and will give you the data in the morning. It does nothing more than that.
Here’s a look of the things that the fitness feature has to offer:
- Includes indoor exercises
- Helps to track your stress level
- Has auto-tracking on six exercises
- Identifies 39 forms of exercises in total
- Reminds you to exercise if you are idle for too long
- Tracks what kind of sleeper you are
- You can include your friends in your work out session.
The Battery of Samsung Gear S4 Watch
Even when you are using the watch to track your exercise schedule, make calls from the watch, and monitoring your stress level the watch can continue to work for four to five days before it dies out. The 46 mm sized Samsung Gear S4 Watch has a battery of 472 mAh and can stay without charge for four days. The device loses charge rapidly if the display light is kept on. The 42mm sized watch has a battery of 270 mAh battery and can be used without charge for three days. You will have to charge the watch by using its charging pedestal. The watch can be better paired with the Android 5 and above. It can also be paired with iPhone 5 or above.