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Samsung Galaxy Watch 6 and Watch 6 Classic Review: Notable Upgrades

Identical to Apple, Samsung has been going straightforward on the innovation bit currently, not simply with its smartwatches however its premium smartphones as nicely. Living proof are the lately launched Galaxy S23, Galaxy S23+, the Galaxy Z Flip 5 and the Galaxy Z Fold 5, all of which merely deliver qualitative efficiency and imaging upgrades. For the Galaxy Watch 5 and Galaxy Watch 5 Pro house owners, Samsung has continued this custom with its Galaxy Watch 6 collection as nicely. There is a new chipset, barely larger shows (one in all which brings again the rotating bezel) and extra personalised well being and health monitoring.

On paper, there barely appears to be any cause to improve to the brand new fashions primarily as a result of there’s barely something new by way of its characteristic set. However these minor refinements have made the Galaxy Watch 6 and Galaxy Watch 6 Classic higher in some methods. And for upgraders who aren’t too proud of their current smartwatch or those that are merely searching for their first WearOS-powered smartwatch, it might simply be sufficient to justify getting the brand new fashions.

Samsung Galaxy Watch 6 and Galaxy Watch 6 Basic value and variants

The Samsung Galaxy Watch 6 collection is obtainable in two fashions. There’s the usual mannequin referred to as the Galaxy Watch 6 and it is obtainable in 40mm and 44mm case sizes, which stay the identical because the earlier Galaxy Watch 5. The Bluetooth variants are priced at Rs. 29,999 and Rs. 32,999 respectively, whereas the mobile variants are priced at Rs. 33,999 and Rs. 36,999.

Then there’s the Galaxy Watch 6 Basic which can also be obtainable in 43mm and 47mm case sizes. The Bluetooth variants are priced at Rs. 36,999 and Rs. 39,999, whereas the mobile variants are priced at Rs. 40,999 and Rs. 43,999 respectively.

When it comes to end, Samsung’s choices nonetheless really feel very restricted in comparison with what Apple has on supply. The Galaxy Watch 6 has Silver and Graphite case choices, whereas the Galaxy Watch Basic is obtainable in Silver and Black. I acquired the 44mm Galaxy Watch 6 in Graphite and the 47mm Galaxy Watch 6 Basic in Silver for evaluate.

Samsung Galaxy Watch 6 and Galaxy Watch 6 Basic design and specs

The Samsung Galaxy Watch 6 has an aluminium case with flat sides and it possesses the identical design and button format because the earlier mannequin. The one seen distinction is its show which has grown larger by a couple of millimetres as Samsung has gone with a thinner bezel this yr.

To the informal buyer, it is actually arduous to inform the distinction between the Galaxy Watch 4, the Galaxy Watch 5 and the Galaxy Watch 6. It’s because there’s little that is advanced by way of design over the previous two generations to start with, which does make it a bit stale in its third yr.

The Samsung Galaxy Watch 6 Basic (proper) will get refreshed design in comparison with commonplace Galaxy Watch 6 mannequin (left)


The Galaxy Watch 6 Basic alternatively appears a bit refreshing because it has arrived after a year-long sabbatical. Samsung determined to skip the Basic mannequin final yr and went with a brand new Professional mannequin as a substitute. The Professional and the brand new Basic are certainly aimed toward completely different patrons. The Galaxy Watch 5 Pro nonetheless has the most important battery amongst this yr’s and final yr’s fashions and was primarily a shot at Apple’s Watch Ultra mannequin when it was introduced final yr. When it comes to options, it didn’t have a lot else to supply over the usual Galaxy Watch 5 mannequin, save for higher battery life and its titanium case.

The Galaxy Watch 6 Basic primarily brings again the much-loved rotating bezel, which is Samsung’s different for Apple’s digital crown. In the course of the testing interval it labored as anticipated and is mainly the deciding issue when selecting between the 2 fashions.

What’s fascinating to notice concerning the Basic’s design is how Samsung has managed to trim down that rotating bezel’s width and accommodate a show which is larger than the one on the Galaxy Watch 4 Basic and the latest Galaxy Watch 5 Professional as nicely. This skinny bezel provides its chrome steel case a cleaner and more energizing look in comparison with earlier fashions. Additionally noticeable is a really premium-looking twin tone end, which is a mixture of polished and brushed chrome steel.

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Each smartwatches come loaded with a barrage of sensors across the again


Each fashions have two bodily buttons which may be programmed to carry out varied features. Whereas high quality and end was not an issue with each watches, I did just like the strap on the usual Galaxy Watch 6 higher as it’s softer and never as stiff because the one connected to the Basic mannequin, making it extra snug to put on. However since each fashions include related 20mm straps, I used to be in a position to conveniently swap straps between each watches with no issues. Regardless of the thick 47mm case on the Basic, I didn’t discover it to be uncomfortable whereas sleeping.

Each the usual and the Basic fashions have related specs this yr. And each are powered by the identical 5nm Exynos W930 chipset however with an extra 500MB of RAM (2GB in all) over the older fashions. The watch comes geared up to the enamel on the subject of sensors, providing an accelerometer, gyro, compass, coronary heart price tracker, temperature sensor (for pores and skin temperature), barometer, and a 3D corridor sensor which is used to determine the place of the rotating bezel.

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It’s attainable to swap straps between the 44mm and 47mm Galaxy Watch 6 and Galaxy Watch 6 Basic fashions


Due to the thin bezels on each wearables, each the 44mm Galaxy Watch 6 and the 47mm Galaxy Watch 6 Basic have an identical 1.5-inch tremendous AMOLED show with sapphire crystal for cover. The identical variants of every mannequin even have the identical 425mAh battery capability. The smaller variants from every mannequin pack in 300mAh batteries. All fashions and variants supply 5ATM water resistance with an IP68 score and are additionally MIL-STD-810H examined, which mainly implies that they’re as sturdy as common trendy timepieces.

Samsung Galaxy Watch 6 and Galaxy Watch 6 Basic efficiency

The shows can reportedly hit 2,000 nits of peak brightness (similar because the Apple Watch Extremely) when wanted and I can affirm that these are shiny sufficient to sort out all kinds of lighting situations. The built-in speaker on each units is sufficiently loud to listen to callers and to take heed to solutions offered by Google Assistant. The mic additionally is sort of clear to the caller even when there is a little bit of wind blowing into it. Because the watch packs LTE connectivity, it positive makes for a perfect system to remain linked on walks or whereas jogging, letting you allow your smartphone behind. Each fashions can hook up with Wi-Fi networks when the paired smartphone is unreachable.

Beginning off with the companion app, you do not want any because it all comes preinstalled on a Samsung system. I additionally used each units with a Pixel 7a, which was an identical expertise by way of options and functionality, however noticed the Digital camera Controller app disappear from the app menu on the watch, as these are solely supported when paired with a Galaxy smartphone.

Establishing the watch with a Pixel 7a was a little bit of a ache within the sense that it’s important to set up three apps (Samsung Well being, Galaxy Wearable and Samsung Sensible Change) and a plug-in for all of it to work easily. As soon as setup I discovered each the Samsung Well being and the Galaxy Wearable apps nicely designed, with all settings the place one would count on them to be. Nonetheless, I do want that Samsung integrates its Well being app into its Wearable app sooner or later sooner or later for the sake of comfort.

I favored the software program expertise on each the Galaxy Watch 6 and the Galaxy Watch 6 Basic. However the Basic’s rotating bezel provides a pleasant mechanical ingredient to it (one thing that’s lacking from most WearOS-powered smartwatches lately) and brings it a wee bit nearer to conventional timepieces. The geared clicks of the rotating bezel make for a handy technique to scroll by means of lists as a substitute of swiping the show repeatedly, which did get tiring when utilizing the Galaxy Watch 6. You should use the digital contact bezel on the Galaxy Watch 6 for scrolling, nevertheless it’s nonetheless a fidgety expertise and doesn’t present correct management just like the bodily rotating bezel.

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One UI 5.0 additionally lets one create folders within the app menu


Total software program efficiency has improved drastically over the earlier mannequin. There is not any lag when switching between tiles, watch faces and extra, one thing which I skilled when utilizing the Galaxy Watch 5 Professional.

Samsung has modified a couple of issues within the One UI 5.0 Watch interface. There are new watch faces, that are very customisable, though the choice remains to be a far cry from what you get on an Apple Watch. There is a new battery tile which helps you to test the battery ranges of all of your Samsung units with a swipe. Now you can create folders which is an efficient technique to get all of these pointless apps out of the primary menu, letting you get to what you want quicker.

Now you can backup, restore and even switch your watch to a different cellphone (even a non-Samsung Android smartphone) with out the necessity to reset the watch and restore from a backup. Customers can now additionally set a pin or sample to their watch, which makes it ineffective if stolen.

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The companion Samsung Well being app provides fascinating insights when exhibiting sleep-related knowledge


Additionally new with One UI 5.0 is enhanced sleep teaching, which I discovered very fascinating given how detailed the outcomes have been and the way far more info the companion app offered. Whereas I bought the same old outcomes which incorporates the assorted sleep levels together with some correct sleep monitoring outcomes. The sleep teaching characteristic truly works fairly nicely as soon as it has sufficient knowledge (wants a seven day break-in interval to begin its magic). Other than a sleep rating and the badges awarded for it, the watch additionally tracks blood oxygen ranges throughout sleep and Samsung has additionally put its temperature sensor to good use by recording pores and skin temperature whereas sleeping as nicely.

The companion app additionally notices whenever you drift away out of your common sleep timings and follows that up with notification the following day with a browser hyperlink to learn up on why it is not a good suggestion to take action. Even the common arise reminders for the instances I am glued to my work chair, have three quick train mode suggestions that hardly take a couple of minutes to execute.

These stretches are additionally counted and tracked completely, which satisfied me to get out of my chair for a fast train each single time I bought one, one thing that doesn’t occur once I use an Apple Watch. Certainly, after some time it did really feel that my watch actually cares about me and that is one thing I’ve not often felt about any smartwatch I’ve reviewed up to now.

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The Galaxy Watch 6 collection has loads of exercise modes, together with a customisable one


One other side of Samsung personalised teaching that I favored was the power to create your individual customized train and get coronary heart price steering throughout operating exercises together with personalised coronary heart price zones whereas operating. This mainly helps customers get extra out of their exercise or train.

Coming to the monitoring bits, step monitoring was on level and precisely counted 500 steps when strolling. SpO2 monitoring was each correct and constant in comparison with a standalone pulse oximeter, however I wanted to sit down down and maintain my hand up in the direction of my chest with the watch close to my coronary heart to document it. Coronary heart price readings have been spot on as nicely. Blood strain monitoring and the ECG characteristic are nonetheless not obtainable or practical in India.

Nonetheless, there are few hiccups that I did discover when utilizing the watch. Samsung’s flick-to-view gesture once more is nowhere as delicate because the Apple Watch Sequence 8’s and can want you to actually carry out that gesture at instances with a view to swap from AOD to the watch face. Software program interactions when utilizing the rotating bezel can get clunky because it’s higher optimised for Samsung’s personal watch apps and OS, and doesn’t work fluidly when within the Play Retailer or some Google and third-party apps. The standard swipe gestures on the show certainly labored higher in such situations.

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The Samsung Galaxy Watch 6 collection comes with the identical charger as final yr’s mannequin


My expertise with battery life on the Galaxy Watch 6 collection was the identical as a result of they each occur to have the identical show sizes and battery capacities. With that mentioned, a 1km GPS-connected stroll or run will drain about 3 p.c of battery life, which got here to about 21 p.c for my 7km brisk walks.

With the AOD On, brightness set to auto (on a sunny day), steady heart-rate monitoring, stress monitoring and sleep monitoring (with SpO2 and Pores and skin temperature monitoring), the watch lasted 1 day 7 hours and 20 minutes (or 31 hours and 20 minutes). With AOD switched off, standby elevated by about 9 hours, giving me 1 day 17 hours and a pair of minutes (or 41 hours and a pair of minutes), which is analogous to a 45mm Apple Watch Sequence 8. Charging the system was as fast as final yr’s fashions with a 50 p.c cost in half-hour and a full cost in 1 hour and 27 minutes.


Whereas there have been a couple of upgrades over the earlier mannequin, there’s little or no cause to improve from a Galaxy Watch 5 (Review) to the brand new Galaxy Watch 6, except you crave higher software program efficiency or barely higher battery life.

Then there’s additionally the truth that a lot of the software program and hardware-related options talked about above may even arrive on final yr’s fashions through the One UI 5.0 replace, which Samsung has already begun seeding in some nations. Within the case of the Galaxy Watch 6 Classic, issues are a bit completely different as there is a new design, which is refreshing in comparison with the recycled one on the usual mannequin.

If I had to decide on between the 2, I might certainly decide the Galaxy Watch 6 Basic because it brings again the rotating bezel, which in my view is one of the simplest ways to make use of a Galaxy smartwatch. And this routinely makes this wearable my go-to advice for these searching for a premium Put on-OS powered system in India, even when you do not personal a Samsung smartphone.

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