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Samsung Galaxy Watch review

Despite the change in branding, Samsung’s latest smartwatch doesn’t stray too far from the company’s existing Gear formula. Great screen? Check. A rotating bezel to navigate through menus and Tizen apps? You bet. Workout tracking? You get where we’re going here. It’s kind of a shame, though, that some of the new features — like Bixby integration and stress tracking — fall well short of their promise. The Galaxy Watch is easily the best watch out there for die-hard Samsung fans, but with big changes to watchOS and Wear OS devices coming soon, everyone else should wait and see what the coming months bring.

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There are two versions of the Galaxy Watch: a 42mm model ($329+) that comes in Rose Gold and a handsome blacked-out finish, and the shiny 46mm model ($349+) I've spent the past week with. You'll get either a 1.2- or 1.3-inch screen, respectively, and as usual for Samsung, they're plenty crisp and bright, even under harsh sunlight. No matter which you find more appealing, they all use the same dual-core Samsung Exynos chipset and 768MB of RAM, which keep everything running smoothly -- save for the occasional hiccup when switching between apps. (The LTE versions of the Galaxy Watch have double the RAM, so those might run more smoothly.)

Samsung Galaxy Watch review

The Galaxy Watch runs Samsung's in-house Tizen operating system, and man, it has come along way since the old days. Samsung says there are thousands of apps and watch faces available for the Galaxy Watch, and the company does a respectable job highlighting the really good stuff in its Galaxy Apps store.

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