The Samsung Galaxy Watch6 represents a subtle evolution from its predecessor, the Galaxy Watch 5. Notable improvements include enhanced health tracking features, a refined design, and prolonged battery life, demonstrating Samsung’s commitment to iterative enhancements rather than a radical overhaul, considering the already commendable performance of the previous generation.
In the latest update, Samsung concentrated on bolstering wellness-centric features, introducing advancements such as personalized sleep coaching, customizable heart rate zone training during runs, and improved GPS tracking tailored for track runners. It’s noteworthy that these updates are accessible to users of the Watch 4 and its predecessors, eliminating the necessity for immediate upgrades for owners of the earlier models.
Despite its incremental upgrades, the Galaxy Watch6 competently competes with industry leaders. It now aligns itself with Fitbit’s advanced sleep analysis features and rivals the EKG monitoring capabilities of Apple and Pixel smartwatches. Additionally, the improved run coaching brings it closer to the offerings of established brands like Garmin.
Design and Battery Life
The mechanical bezel-free edition of the Galaxy Watch6, priced at RM1,099.00 for the 40mm model and RM1,199.00 for the 44mm version, boasts a sleek design in graphite, gold, and silver. While lacking the rotating bezel of the Classic, the introduction of a digital bezel facilitates convenient navigation through widgets without the need for extensive menu exploration.
The One-Click design feature simplifies band swapping, offering users a seamless experience in adapting to evolving style preferences. The device’s vibrant, higher-resolution display with increased peak brightness to 2,000 nits and a 20% larger screen enhances readability, addressing concerns from the previous model’s Always On Display draining battery life.
Equipped with a larger battery, the Galaxy Watch6 claims up to 30 hours of usage with the Always On Display on and up to 40 hours with it off. The quick charge feature allows for efficient charging, providing at least an additional eight hours of battery life in under 30 minutes. As with any wearable, actual battery life may vary based on usage patterns.
Health Monitoring and Tracking
The Galaxy Watch6 introduces the Irregular Heart Rhythm Notification (IHRN) feature, detecting EKG activity suggestive of atrial fibrillation (AFib), a significant advancement for Samsung. Complementing traditional health monitoring tools, including blood pressure, blood oxygen, body composition, and EKG readings, this FDA-backed feature contributes to Samsung’s robust health data tracking capabilities.
While running a standard EKG reading, the device’s language around heart health may seem technical. The pop-up disclosure, stating “sinus rhythm detected,” assures normal heart activity, accompanied by a disclaimer emphasizing the device’s inability to detect heart attacks. The addition of the IHRN feature aligns with Samsung’s commitment to providing valuable cardiovascular insights.
Expanding its tracking features, Samsung builds upon its existing menstrual cycle predictions tool, incorporating skin temperature readings and sensor technology. To optimize usefulness, consistent user data input is necessary for the tool to enhance its predictive capabilities.
The device introduces a fall detection feature with an SOS tool, allowing users to share their location in case of a hard fall. While potentially beneficial for certain populations, triggering the alert system during testing proved challenging, a shared experience with competitors like the Apple Watch Series 8.
Customizable Fitness Regimens
Since the Galaxy Watch4, Samsung has focused on expanding its workout trackers, offering over 95 unique exercises and sports tracking capabilities. The emphasis on customization extends to the ability to create personalized workouts, catering to users with specific fitness goals.
The new personalized HR zones aim to assist runners in determining optimal exertion levels, allowing for tailored workouts aligned with individual fitness goals. However, the effectiveness of this feature relies on user discipline and understanding.
While the notification feature offers valuable insights for seasoned athletes capable of adjusting exertion levels accordingly, its continuous alerts may be overwhelming for some users. Despite occasional interruptions during rest periods, the device’s sensitivity in auto detection for movement stands out, surpassing competitors in responsiveness.
Sleep Tracking and Analysis
Samsung aims to enhance the sleep experience with expanded sleep pattern analysis tools. The Sleep Mode features, automatically disabling notifications and adjusting the display, contribute to minimizing distractions during sleep. The detailed sleep analysis breakdown provides valuable insights into sleep quality, with additional features like the Sleep Coach program and a dedicated sleep watch face.
If you’re like me who love to customise the overall look and feel, you will be happy to know that the Galaxy Wear app have tons of watch faces that you can choose from. The possibilities are endless and there are many awesome designs available to cater your personal taste.
The battery life on the Galaxy Watch6 is more than substancial. During the test, it can last up to two days on full use before needing to be charged up again. The charging time is less than an hour, which is also great when you’re on a rush. It can last much longer if you disable the auto heart rate detection and the auto SP02 monitoring while you’re using it. Overall, the battery endurance is just right for me.
In summary, Samsung envisions the Galaxy Watch6 as a comprehensive health companion, focusing on heart health, women’s health, fitness, and sleep domains. The device excels in design, comfort, and fitness features, making it a compelling option for users seeking a holistic health monitoring experience. However, the actual benefits derived from the device hinge on user discipline and commitment.
For existing wearable owners or iOS users, careful consideration of individual needs is advised, as the updates may not necessitate an immediate upgrade, especially for those with the last-gen Galaxy Watch.
The Samsung Galaxy Watch6 is now available for purchase at Samsung’s official online store with a starting price of RM1,099.00.