Samsung smartwatch rose gold
has beautiful bezel, one and half day battery life, unlimited customisable
Having adopted the smartwatch life for the past year, I quickly realized it was the smart features such as notifications and quick replies that I found the most useful. I used galaxy watch at the gym all the time. But, the fitness tracking aspects never really grew on me. When Samsung announced the Samsung smartwatch rose gold, I was curious to see if this new wearable aimed towards those with active lifestyles would change my mind.
Putting the Samsung smartwatch
rose gold on for the first time, you immediately feel how much lighter it is. Coming
from a galaxy watch, I would be lying if I said I didn’t miss the rotating
bezel. Besides being awesome for navigating, rose gold Samsung smartwatch
provided a layer of protection for the screen when bumping into things.
With that being said, I think
those with smaller wrists will appreciate the form factor for its comfort.
I’m even worried about times
throughout the day. The slick understated appearance actually does a better job
at blending in and looking the part when I’m at the gym. Being slimmer with
rounded corners helps the active rose golf Samsung watch, not dig into the back
of my hands as much while doing exercises like push ups or mountain climbing.
There is no speaker, so that
means you cannot take calls on the Samsung watch r0se gold itself. It does have
a micro speech to text and activating Bixby. The galaxy watch active rose gold
only comes in Bluetooth, no LTE version as LTE would absolutely devour the
With four gigabytes of built in storage, you can load up some of your favorite tracks or podcasts to enjoy when you don’t want to bring your phone along.
It only comes in one size. So
if you were hoping for a larger version of the active, there isn’t one.
Samsung States up to 45 hours
battery life, which is just under two days, although I’m sure this is possible
with very conservative settings. Leaving everything on, the battery has
typically lasted me one and a half days.
If you do any music streaming
or work all tracking, which I do at the gym daily, it’s a single day battery. Samsung
smartwatch rose gold does take around two hours to fully charge the watch from
an almost dead battery. So plan accordingly if you’re looking to use the sleep
tracking feature, if not, you can just charge it overnight.
What does Samsung Galaxy Watch
Active rose gold offer in terms of fitness tracking?
Well, it’s auto workout
detection. The watch can automatically detect six activities that will send to
Samsung health without you lifting a finger. The predominant or step counter is
a little slow to wake up, but once it does, it’s flawless. It’ll take about 10
steps before it kicks in and tax on those missing steps.
Samsung likely did this to
prevent false tracking with everyday hand movements. I tried swinging my arm
back and forth while standing still and yep, it logged a bunch of steps. The
heart rate monitor is definitely improved over the galaxy watch and I have a
feeling it has to do with how much larger the surface area of the sensor is.
It does work, but I found it to
be inconsistent. For exercises where the watch can’t track the movement, it’ll
just start a timer and estimate how many calories you’re burning.
If you lift weights and looking
for a way to track and log your custom workouts on the watch, I highly recommend
an app called GymRun. It is paid, but totally worth it as it’s so convenient
having your exercises, sets reps and rest time all on your wristwatch Samsung.
I would love to see Samsung
include this as a default feature on the watch.
Although, I’m not an avid
runner, for those of you who are, the samsung smartwatch rose gold has built in
GPS to map and keep track of your stats.
Location lock on is fairly
quick, and to get the most accurate tracking, I highly suggest turning on high
accuracy under location settings. If you’re looking to use the Samsung galaxy
watch active to track stairs climbed, it can do that just fine as long as the
stairs you’re climbing are more than 17 steps or 10 feet.
It registers every single step
climbed at my gym, but when I go up the stairs from my basement, which is only
12 steps, it doesn’t.
We watched the watch in the bed
for the past couple of weeks. It has actually been a really good experience thanks
to how light the Active watch is.
The watch will track four
stages of your sleep, and it’s similar to the results I was getting on the
previous galaxy watch. On several nights, it wasn’t that I was awake in the
middle of the night. It’s possibly a glitch or maybe I was tossing and turning
a lot. It even tracks naps, but on some occasions, logged sleep when I was just
lying on the couch watching TV.
All of this information that
the rose gold watch active collects, get sync to Samsung health which serves as
a hub for your health data.
Talking to others, you either
love it or hate it. It does the job for me. Though, I like data for individual
workout sessions to be easier to get to.
How to measure blood pressure
with Galaxy watch active?
Well, I did test out the blood pressure monitor. It requires a third party app called My BP lab, as well as signing up for a study.
You need to obtain a baseline
measurement from a real blood pressure cuff to get actual readings from the
watch. Once everything is set up, the watch did match to get readings that were
very close to an actual cuff, so that’s impressive.
Keep in mind you don’t even
need the watch as the heart rate monitor on recent Samsung phones will work
It’s refined and matches well
with what Samsung is doing on their smartphones. However, the wakeup justice
sometimes doesn’t want to work. Forcing me to actually tap the screen or flip my
wrist to wake it up.
Greatest strength of Samsung
watch lineup is the massive amount of customizable watch faces. It’s a great
way to make the watch your own.
There are plenty samsung smartwatch rose gold watch faces to choose from, and I mean that from paid to free. There’s something for every mood or situation.
The biggest knock on Samsung
watch software is the lack of third party apps. I’ll need to check out a Google
Wear OS watch to see what the entire app is about.
But Samsung does do a good job
of giving you the basic apps you’ll likely use on the watch.
Google maps app was something I
did want, but I’ve been using something called navigation pro that gets the job
In terms of music streaming,
Spotify and Title, both have dedicated watch apps with the ability to download
music for offline listening.
Despite being labeled Active, the
Galaxy Watch Active Rose Gold actually does the smart features well.
Notifications show up in a timely
manner on both my pixel 3 and S10 Plus, I can reply using speech to text T9
keyboard with emojis or the handwriting keyboard, which you have to enable
settings for some odd reason.
Using it with the STM plus
enables you to view a message and call history for Samsung based apps like
messaging, email, and phone as they have dedicated apps on the watch.
Samsung Watch apps like voice
memo and reminders will also sync seamlessly to the SDM plus whereas with the Pixel
3, it’s isolated to the watch.
If you’re using a non-Samsung
phone, I still think it’s a good fit since receiving notifications and quick
replies will likely be the primary use anyways. Plus you still get access to
the galaxy app store.
Like I mentioned earlier, since
there’s no speaker on the watch itself, when you receive a call, you can accept
the call from the galaxy active watch, but it will prompt you to take the call
on your phone.
I tried pinning the galaxy buds to the wash to see if that could be a work around, but it still wouldn’t let me take the call on the watch itself.
I had to pick up the phone to have a conversation. The Samsung smartwatch rose gold is not meant to be an upgrade from the galaxy watch, but a cheaper option for active minded individuals looking for a slim down design.
I personally prefer the 42 mm galaxy watch for the ability to take calls directly on the watch and the rotating bezel for navigation.
But, you could easily live with
the cheaper Samsung watch. It does the smartwatch features well, and for most
the fitness features, although far from perfect, may just be the push needed
for a healthier lifestyle.