Apple Watch Series 4 vs Samsung Galaxy Watch: Comparison of features, design, and prices
Apple Watch Series 4 was announced approximately 1 month after the introduction of the Samsung Galaxy Watch. Both smartwatches emphasize fitness and health, have a multitude of applications and intelligent functions.
Apple Watch Series 4 vs Samsung Galaxy Watch
However, Apple and Samsung adopted very different approaches with their smartwatches. For starters, the Apple Watch Series 4 has a rectangular design with a small rotating digital crown and support for tactile gestures. Meanwhile, the Samsung Galaxy Watch opts for a round design and comes with a rotating bezel for easy navigation for users, and also has a touchscreen.
Both are optimized to be used with the respective phones of their manufacturers, although in the case of the Samsung Galaxy Watch, Samsung says it will also work without problems with other brands.
To help you choose between the new Apple Watch Series 4 and the Samsung Galaxy Watch, we have written this post where we compare the features, design, prices, and other features of these new smartwatches.
Apple Watch Series 4 vs Samsung Galaxy Watch
Design and screen
Hardware and performance
Fitness and health monitoring
Comparison of specifications
1. Apple Watch Series 4 vs Samsung Galaxy Watch
1.1 Design and screen
Samsung and Apple adopted very different styles when it comes to the designs of their smartwatches.
The new Apple Watch Series 4 continues to sport the rectangular design of previous models, although its screen is now 30% larger thanks to a considerable reduction in frames. Meanwhile, the Samsung Galaxy Watch looks like a traditional watch thanks to its round screen and the rotating bezel.
The rotating bezel of the Samsung Galaxy Watch is an excellent way to navigate the menus and applications of the smartwatch. In the case of Apple Watch Series 4, users will benefit from a digital crown with haptic feedback that, in addition to turning, will also serve as a button.
Regarding its dimensions, the Samsung Galaxy Watch is available in 42mm and 46mm sizes, while the Apple Watch Series 4 can be purchased in 40mm and 44mm versions.
If your wrist is very small or you prefer wearable something more discreet, the Apple Watch Series 4 could be a better choice, since it is thinner and also weighs less.
Finally, note that the AMOLED screen in Samsung Galaxy Watch has measures of 1.2 inches in the 42mm model and 1.3 inches in the 46mm model, and in both cases has a resolution of 360 x 360 pixels.
In comparison, the Apple Watch Series 4 has a resolution of 368 x 448 pixels in the 44mm model, and 324 x 394 pixels in the 40mm version.
Apple Watch Series 4 (Image Credits: Apple)
Samsung Galaxy Watch (Image Credits: Samsung)
When it comes to design, we could say that the Apple Watch Series 4 is better for reading messages and interacting with applications compared to the round screen of the Samsung Galaxy Watch, which usually cuts the corners of the apps. On the other hand, the Samsung Galaxy Watch has more of a traditional watch, so it will ultimately depend on the tastes of each one when choosing the favorite model.
1.2 Hardware and performance
Inside, both smartwatches offer state-of-the-art hardware components. In the Samsung Galaxy Watch, we find the new processor Exynos 9110 at a speed of 1.15GHz, 768MB of RAM, or 1.5 GB of RAM for the LTE version. Also, all models of the Samsung Galaxy Watch incorporate 4 GB of internal memory for music and applications.
Apple does not say much about the specifications of the new Apple Watch Series 4, although the company mentions the presence of a new S4 chip with two 64-bit cores, as well as a new W3 wireless chip. On the other hand, the company said that the new Apple Watch processor is twice as fast as the previous generation. In addition, the company has added an internal memory of 16GB in all models, a capacity that in Series 3 was only reserved for the LTE version.
Apple Watch Series 4 CPU is faster than ever
Regarding the battery, we regret to say that Apple has not managed to increase the autonomy of its new smartwatch, so you will have to settle for the 18 hours that were also in the Apple Watch Series 3. The good news is that, When monitoring activity, the smartwatch will have a longer duration of up to 6 hours of continuous monitoring with GPS and activated multimedia functions.
In comparison, Samsung has improved the autonomy of the new Samsung Galaxy Watch, which will run smoothly for at least 2 days with the Always-On screen. In addition, the 46mm model of the smartwatch could reach 7 days of autonomy, Samsung promises.
Samsung Galaxy Watch could reach 7 days of autonomy
Finally, note that both devices incorporate Bluetooth modules, Wi-Fi, NFC, GPS, as well as heart rate sensors, accelerometer, gyroscope, ambient light sensor, and barometer, in addition to water-resistant designs.
However, the Apple Watch Series 4 brings Bluetooth 5.0 connectivity, while the Samsung Galaxy Watch offers Bluetooth version 4.2.
1.3 Operating system (OS)
Regarding the software part, it should be noted that the Samsung Galaxy Watch works with both Android devices and iOS devices, while Apple Watch works only with iPhones. However, we must also bear in mind that the compatibility of the Samsung Galaxy Watch with the iOS ecosystem is more limited compared to Android devices. But if you want your Samsung Galaxy Watch to work without any problems, it would be advisable to pair it with a Samsung smartphone.
The Samsung Galaxy Watch incorporates the operating system Tizen OS, while the Apple Watch Series 4 brings the new watchOS 5. Apple has a greater advantage thanks to the huge number of applications developed for your smartwatch. In addition, the Apple Watch also benefits from the Taptic Engine, which was designed to warn about the arrival of new notifications simulating the feeling that we are giving a touch on the wrist, in a much more subtle than in the case of watches with normal vibration motors.
1.4 Fitness and health monitoring
Both Samsung and Apple have included heart rate sensors in their respective smartwatches, as well as an accelerometer, gyroscope, barometers, and GPS connectivity. Thanks to these functions, both clocks can monitor daily activity, including the steps and the multitude of sports.
The Samsung Galaxy Watch uses the heart rate sensor to monitor stress levels and will warn you when you are too stressed for you to take a break and relax. In addition, the Samsung smartwatch also has support to automatically detect 6 frequent workouts, but within the sports application you will find up to 39 different sports that you can register, including cycling, running, weightlifting, Yoga, and many more.
Samsung Galaxy Watch checks your heart (Image Credits: Samsung)
Thanks to the water-resistance to depths of 50 meters, both the Samsung Galaxy Watch and the Apple Watch Series 4 can be submerged without problems and have support for swimming.
But this year’s biggest innovation in the smartwatches market is found in the Apple Watch Series 4. And it is that the smartwatch has the ability to perform electrocardiograms (ECG), a medical test used to check the rhythm of the heart and its electrical activity. This is possible thanks to the incorporation of electrodes in the digital crown of the Apple Watch 4. To make an electrocardiogram, simply open an application and place the index finger of the hand on the digital crown for 30 seconds.
The Apple Watch Series 4 will record the heart rate and classify it according to the normality of the heartbeat. Through this function, the smartwatch can tell you if you have an irregular heartbeat, which could indicate the presence of atrial fibrillation.
Apple Watch Series 4 checks your heart (Image Credits: Apple)
The bad news is that the ECG sensor will only be available in the United States initially since that’s where Apple got approval from the FDA. But the company is surely working to offer this functionality to other countries, including Europe, although for this it is most likely that it has to request approval from the different Health Systems of each region.
Another novelty of the Series 4 is the possibility of detecting falls. This is possible thanks to considerable improvements in the accelerometer and the gyroscope of the smartwatch, which are now able to identify the movement up to 8 times faster. In addition, if it is detected that the user has suffered a fall, the smartwatch can be configured to automatically notify the emergency services.
Apple Watch Series 4 automatically notify the emergency services (Image Credits: Apple)
A feature that is not available in the Apple Watch Series 4 due to its low autonomy is the ability to monitor sleep phases, something that is available in the Galaxy Watch.
Finally, note that the Apple Watch uses the Apple Health application to show the user data about their health and activity, while the Galaxy Watch will show them through the Samsung Health application.
Concerning music support, the Apple Watch Series 4 incorporates the Apple Music streaming platform, while the Samsung Galaxy Watch will offer both online and offline streaming through Spotify.
Samsung Galaxy Watch will offer both online and offline streaming
This could be an important section for some users. So if you have Spotify and want to continue being a Spotify user either because you like the features or simply because you do not trust all the functions of Apple Music, you should think about it before making a decision
1.6 Comparison of specifications
The following table shows the comparison of specifications and features of Apple Watch Series 4 and Samsung Galaxy Watch.
Apple Watch Series 4
Samsung Galaxy Watch
OLED Retina Touch of 1.57 inches (40mm) and 1.78 inches (44mm)
Super AMOLED touch of 1.2 inches (42mm) and 1.3 inches (46mm)
324 x 394 pixels (40mm) and 368 x 448 pixels (44mm)
The official price of the Samsung Galaxy Watch is € 379 for the 42mm model and € 399 for the 46mm version.
In comparison, the Apple Watch Series 4 has a starting price of 429 euros for the 40mm model with GPS and 459 euros for the 44mm model with GPS. On the other hand, the LTE versions of the Apple Watch Series 4 have prices of 529 euros (40mm) and 559 euros (44mm), respectively.
As usual, Apple also offers other more expensive models of Apple Watch 4, with prices that easily reach 1,000 euros, as is the case of the Hermes Edition.
The Apple Watch Series 4 and the Samsung Galaxy Watchpoint to two completely different audiences. If you have an Android smartphone then an Apple Watch will not be integrated with it, and if you have an iPhone you will not get benefit from the same integration with a Galaxy Watch as with an Apple Watch.
On the other hand, the conclusion we have reached by comparing two of the best smartwatches of the moment is that the Galaxy Watch has greater autonomy, thanks to which you can monitor your sleep. Meanwhile, the Apple Watch Series 4 is available in a wider variety of styles, has an ECG sensor and advanced functions for health monitoring.
Also, when it comes to its dimensions, the Apple Watch Series 4 we would recommend to users who are looking for a more refined and discreet design. We must also take into account the support for music on these devices since in the Apple Watch Series 4 you will have to use Apple Music, while in the Galaxy Watch you will have the possibility to use Spotify.
Being two smartwatches so different, both in terms of hardware and design and software, it is very difficult to say which of the two is the best smartwatch, although we are sure that both will meet the needs of most users.
What do you think of these smartwatches? Which one do you like the most? Do you think other manufacturers could present something even better this year?