With the dust settled on the hype of the Samsung Galaxy Watch 4 announcement, and the competitive market now clear, it’s hard to argue with the credentials of the Watch 4 from a health and fitness perspective.
Given the starting price of the Samsung Galaxy Watch 4 is just $399 it’s remarkable just how much they’ve packed into this wrist mounted computer.
The design of the Watch 4 would be best described as a sleek classic watch, while the Watch 4 Classic is legitimately a classic watch look, just with an AMOLED touch screen for a watch face.
Under the hood though, these watches have the potential to not just help you track your fitness with the obligatory step tracking and movement analysis, its when we look at how far they’ve come from an overall health perspective that is almost mind blowing.
There are three key sensors that enable this. The Optical Heart Rate sensor, the Electrical Heart Sensor and Bioelectrical Impedance Analysis sensor.
This combination of sensors allows you to monitor heart rate, blood oxygen level and now for the first time your body composition.
This all new measurement is a real insight into your general health and wellbeing. You get measures like skeletal muscle mass, metabolic rate, body water and body fat percentages. Just two fingers on the dial, and 15 seconds later you’ve got 2,400 data points of information feeding into your whole health picture.
Of course, all the data in the world doesn’t help you unless you take action, and that’s where Smartwatches play a huge role in establishing a pathway toward fitness or health improvement. Guided workouts including group challenges with your friends, or in your own home gym. Daily activities to motivate you to get the most from your body.
In 2021 a conversation about health is less about “weight loss” and more about overall health and fitness, which is where that body composition data comes into play right alongside important hearth measurements.
When the time comes to relax and rest, you’ve got a watch that can detect your snoring, and measure your blood oxygen level while you sleep.
Unfortunately, recent lockdowns have led me to put on a few extra kilos, and the snoring sensors have picked up on that – funny how something like that has a bigger impact on my concern for my health than a weight number does. So, time to take things seriously and use the Samsung Galaxy Watch 4 to give me a bit of daily motivation and tracking.
Importantly, the whole thing is still small and light despite the huge range of sensors on board, including the first 5nm processor in a Galaxy Watch making it way faster than previous generations.
There are fitness devices, then there are smart watches, but if you’re looking for a complete all-rounder the Samsung Galaxy Watch 4 isn’t going to disappoint. The Samsung Galaxy Watch 4 is compatible with Samsung and other Android phones.
This article was written and published as supported editorial – articles we’re keen to write, but might not have had the resources to do without the support of our sponsors – in this case Samsung.