I bought a Samsung Galaxy Watch 4 again – and I’m still not impressed

I have never been shy about my love of gadgets and other technology related things. For better or worse, one of my favorite technologies that I like to check out is smartwatches. I keep trying new ones to hopefully find the one that will finally be as much as possible right, which is why I was so excited about the Samsung Galaxy Watch 4 – until I was not. But the nerd in me felt like I was missing something, so here I am with the clock again.

A shot at redemption

Quick story: I bought the regular Galaxy Watch 4 when it first became available in 2021. However, it only took two weeks to use it to realize that I had been very let down – so I returned it. Now, if we wind up until a month ago, I felt like I might be so hyped up over what the watch could be that there was no way it could deliver on that voltage. After some consideration, I decided to buy a Galaxy Watch 4 Classic to try it again.

The Galaxy Watch 4 was supposed to be the thing that finally made the Wear OS laptop a must-have device – it was and is not.

Part of my disappointment with the Galaxy Watch 4 lay in the hardware. Not the overall product, but in the capacitive rotating frame. The Galaxy Watch Active 2 was the first portable device from Samsung that used a touch-sensitive bezel as a navigation option instead of the physical variant of previous watches. Unfortunately, I found that the implementation on the new smartwatch was just as useless as it was on Active 2 – this was one of the factors to buy the Classic model my second time.

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Even when Samsung put its internal OS Tizen on its smartwatches, it made some of the best Android smartwatches on the market. This was one of the main reasons why I would try its Wear OS watch again. Samsung’s hardware and software hacks are too good in its smartphones for the Galaxy Watch 4 to fail so hard – I felt it needed another shot.

Immediately when I held the Watch 4 Classic, its impressive hardware struck me. There is no rattling or feeling that it is hollow; it feels significant. Oh, and the physical rotating frame is so damn satisfying to feel the click as it rotates, just like clicking the S Pen in the Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra. The joy of using the rotating frame continued to navigate the software.

TicWatch Pro 3 Ultra and Samsung Galaxy Watch 4 Classic

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Unfortunately, as far as Wear OS 3 is concerned, it still feels the same as before. Everything about the user interface is complete Tizen, it has not changed and I did not necessarily think it would have. But the watch still misses some important Wear OS features that other watches like my favorite TicWatch Pro 3 Ultra have. It seems that Google still has too many of its portable eggs in Samsung’s basket.

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