Coros has blown the market for entry-level GPS watches with the Pace 2. Coros would be able to raise the level of its high-end offering even further. Lets see.
The Vertix 2. And the novelties are there: dual-frequency GPS reception to improve GPS accuracy, cartography, music player, and an incredible autonomy of 140 hours! All this comes in addition to the Evolab update that arrived at the beginning of the summer on the application.
Combining mapping and record range, the Vertix 2 is clearly the first credible GPS watch to attack the Fenix 6 Pro on their ground: the outdoors. Moreover, the choice of the date of August 17, just before the UTMB (a place that Garmin had chosen 2 years ago to announce the Fenix 6), is perhaps not due to chance.
The Vertix has been designed to withstand the worst climatic conditions in the mountains, for expeditions of several days, with an adapted interface wearing gloves.
Therefore, the target of this GPS watch is more oriented towards mountaineers, with automatic functions that are triggered above 2500m altitude. But its lightness, its autonomy, and the following route should naturally tempt the trailers.
Its record battery of 60 hours, which can extend to 150 hours, will inevitably attract the eye of ultra runners. It is quite simply the best performance on the market.
|Coros Vertix 2||Coros Vertix|
|Excellent battery life||Excellent battery life|
|GPS accuracy||Robust resistance to cold|
|1.4-inch screen||Solid build quality|
|Expensive||Screen a little dark|
|Coros Vertix 2||Coros Vertix|
|$||CHECK PRICE||CHECK PRICE|
|Screen type||Always-On Memory LCD||Always-On Memory LCD|
|Display||1.4 inch||1.2 inch|
|Resolution||280 x 280 (64 colors)||240 x 240 (64 colors)|
|Connectivity||Bluetooth 5.0 Dual Mode, Wi-Fi||Bluetooth 5.0 Dual Mode, Wi-Fi|
|Sensors||Optical Pulse Oximeter|
Optical Heart Rate Monitor
|Optical Pulse Oximeter|
Optical Heart Rate Monitor
|Navigation||GPS/QZSS, GLONASS, BeiDou||GPS/QZSS, GLONASS, BeiDou|
|Water resistance||10ATM (100 Meters/328 Feet)||15ATM (150 Meters/492 Feet)|
|Dimensions||50.3 x 50.3 x 15.7mm||47 x 47 x 15.6mm|
|Battery||Up to 140 h||Up to 150 h|
|Charging||Less than 2 Hours||Less than 2 Hours|
Coros Vertix 2- The COROS marking on the bezel is bigger. The bezel is no longer smooth, but with notches, reinforcements frame the buttons and the barometer hole a bit like G-Shock watch cases, bracelet wider with a deeper texture.
Even if the design of the case and the bezel is similar to the Fenix 6, the look of the Vertix 2 is less wise, more outdoor.
Coros announces a case 50mm wide, 3mm more than the Vertix, 1mm less than a Fenix 6X, and the same size as a Suunto 9 Baro. However, the Vertix 2 seemed bigger to me than a Fenix 6X. So I took out my caliper to check. So 50mm is actually the diameter of the bezel. Except that if we consider the reinforcement protecting the barometer hole on one side and the wheel on the other side, we arrive at 55mm. But I checked on a Fenix 6X; the 51mm announced by Garmin is also the diameter of the bezel without taking into account the buttons.
Coros has housed in this enlarged case a larger screen: 35mm in diameter against 30.5 for the old model. We are now on the same screen size as the Fenix 6X and the Suunto 9 Baro. The 280 x 280 resolution actually gives the same pixel density as on the Vertix screen. So no real improvement in resolution; it’s just that there are more pixels on a bigger screen.
This larger screen makes it easier to consult the cartography and display up to 8 data fields per screen.
A scratch-resistant sapphire crystal always protects the screen.
It’s a touchscreen, but you don’t realize it right away, simply because it is activated in sports modes but not for navigating menus and widgets. Here is what we can do with touch:
- Scroll a graph in a widget (examples: heart rate, number of steps, etc.)
- Scroll through the screens during a workout
- Move the map
- Scroll the altitude profile in route tracking mode
Coros Vertix- Visually, one could easily confuse this Vertix with a Fenix 5. The same screen (same size, same resolution), the same bezel with visible screws, almost identical strap fasteners. Well, of course, there is “Coros “Written on it and not” Garmin. “
Its 49mm case is placed between the Fenix 5 Plus (47mm) and the Fenix 5X Plus (51mm) or the Suunto 9 (51mm). In terms of thickness, it is also quite similar: 16.7mm for the Vertix, against 15.8 for the Fenix 5 Plus, 17.5mm for the Fenix 5X Plus, and 17mm for the Suunto 9.
So it’s roughly the same size; it really fits between the Fenix 5 Plus and the Fenix 5X Plus / Suunto 9.
Where the Vertix surprises you is when you take it in hand. Why? Because it weighs only 76g! Coros has opted for a titanium construction (bezel and case back), which makes it light.
Yes, except that the Vertix is made of titanium with a sapphire crystal. So what does it look like if we compare it with other GPS watches equipped with titanium/sapphire?
Well, it’s a draw: 76g for everyone (Suunto 9 Baro Titanium, Fenix 5 Plus Sapphire Titanium, and Vertix). Besides that, the Fenix 5X Plus looks like a monster with its 88g.
The Vertix is available in 4 colors:
Dark rock (black and gray strap, the one used for this test)
Fire dragon (silver bezel and orange strap)
Mountain hunter (copper bezel and green bracelet)
Ice breaker (blue bezel, blue-gray strap, and transparent case)
The screen is 30mm in diameter and 240 × 240 in resolution. It is a transflective screen, that is to say, that it will be superb in full sun but all black in semi-darkness. It’s been classic on GPS watches for a few years.
Coros Vertix 2- Run, Indoor Run, Trail Run, Track Run, Hike, Mountain Climb, Bike, Indoor Bike, Pool Swim, Open Water, Triathlon, Gym Cardio, GPS Cardio, Ski, Snowboard, Cross-country Ski, Ski Touring, Multisport, Strength, Training, Speedsurfing, Windsurfing, Whitewater, Flatwater, Rowing, Indoor Rower.
Let’s start with the GPS chip. Coros has brought 2 new features that are currently not found on any other competing GPS watch which aims to improve GPS accuracy:
The number and presentation of widgets have evolved. Here is the full list:
- Active minutes
- Number of steps
- Number of floors
- Running performance (Evolab)
- Training load (Evolab)
- Recovery (Evolab)
- Cardiac frequency
- Hours of sun
- Scheduled workouts
Coros Vertix- Run, Indoor Run, Trail Run, Track Run, Hike, Bike, Indoor Bike, Pool Swim, Open Water, Triathlon, Gym Cardio, GPS Cardio, Ski, Snowboard, XC Ski, Ski Touring, Multisport, Strength, Training.
The interface is completed by a menu of commands (long press on the bottom button), which gives access to:
- Do not disturb
- HR measurement
- UltraMax mode
- Map (the name is wrong, there is no map, this is the route tracking screen)
- Acclimatization to altitude
- Dial (to change watchface)
The Coros Vertix 2 is the most serious competitor with mapping against the Fenix 6, even outclassing it in autonomy and GPS accuracy. A robust GPS watch designed for the outdoors with good prospects for future development.
The Coros Vertix is a GPS watch cut for mountaineering expeditions, with great autonomy, resistance to cold, and monitoring of acclimatization to altitude (blood oxygenation). The interface with a large wheel is the best on the market. Coros pushes software updates regularly.
Best Smartwatches for Seniors
Smartwatches and bracelets are convenient, and most importantly, handy gadgets that allow you to monitor your health effectively. They can be used to monitor heart rate, blood oxygen levels, body temperature, and even sleep quality. The best models detect deviations from the norm and can also offer a solution to the problem. All this is very important for the elderly, especially in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Manufacturers are trying to add as many useful functions as possible to smartwatches and bracelets, making it difficult to manage them. Savvy users can grasp new technologies quickly, but for older people, it can be not easy. We have selected several models that, in my opinion, are suitable for older people both in terms of capabilities and ease of operation.
Xiaomi Mi Smart Band 6
The main advantages of these smart bracelets are their effortless operation, have good screen brightness, and relatively low cost. At the same time, it helps to keep track of health and tracks the overall level of physical activity. With moderate use, the bracelet can last up to 14 days on a single charge.
The sixth version of the Xiaomi Mi Smart Band has a larger screen compared to the fifth version and, thanks to the increased size, the font is better to read. The updated version of the alarm clock can now be configured directly on the bracelet itself without using the application, which is also very convenient.
By default, the bracelet comes with several convenient dials that are very easy to switch and customize. There are customizable widgets on modular watch faces and the main part of the screen, where the time is usually displayed. With the help of widgets, it is easy to display a variety of indicators on display yourself, for example, heart rate, number of steps, weather, or oxygen level in the blood. In addition, the bracelet can track stress levels and monitor sleep quality. During a street walk, the system will inform you about the level of humidity, UV intensity, and air quality.
The measurement of the personal activity index deserves a separate mention. The bracelet tracks the user’s actions for several days and converts all the information received into one standard indicator. Such information helps to adhere to a certain rhythm of life and always stay in good shape, which is always very important for an older person.
Check out detailed review here: Xiaomi Mi Smart Band 6
HONOR Band 6
The HONOR Band 6 is a direct competitor to the Xiaomi Band 6, which we reviewed above. Both bracelets have a very similar feature set and similar tracking capabilities for health and activity levels. However, there is also a difference between gadgets.
If the model from Xiaomi, due to its narrow screen, completely follows the canons of the classic architecture of bracelets, then the HONOR Band 6 can be called a transitional option. It has a wider display, due to which the gadget looks larger, and there is a mechanical button on the body that helps to control some functions. In this design, the tracker is even more familiar to the elderly.
The HONOR Band 6 is equipped with sensors that measure heart rate and blood oxygen levels. The system records estimated calorie consumption, monitors stress levels and sleep quality, counts steps, and collects weather information. The bracelet allows you to control music, set the alarm, and send messages about incoming calls.
Nevertheless, there is no way to answer voice calls, and there is no GPS tracker that allows you to control the user’s movement without using a smartphone. Another disadvantage of the HONOR Band 6 compared to the Xiaomi model is the smaller choice of installed watch faces. Some versions of the dials are paid at all.
In terms of cost, the HONOR Band 6 is comparable to the model from Xiaomi, but in terms of usability, it slightly outperforms its main competitor due to the more comprehensive screen.
Check out detailed review here: HONOR Band 6
Canyon Lemongrass Smartwatch SW-70
The Lemongrass CNS-SW70 model is recommended if you need a spectacular and, at the same time, inexpensive gadget with good functionality. The cost of this smartwatch is comparable to the cost of the Band 6 fitness bracelets from Xiaomi and HONOR.
The main advantage of the Canyon Lemongrass CNS-SW70 is its stylish design. The slim round dial is secured on a beautiful metal strap with a magnetic buckle. The IPS screen in sunlight is not as bright as the AMOLED displays on the Band 6 fitness trackers, but the values are quite distinguishable. Even though the clock’s shape is round, the display area on the screen is square. Users often criticize this decision; however, the design of the dials takes this feature into account, and watches with the screen turned on do not lose their presentability.
In terms of the set of functions, the Canyon Lemongrass CNS-SW70 watch resembles a classic fitness tracker: it measures the heart rate, counts the number of steps, the number of calories burned, and tracks the overall level of physical activity. They have a smart alarm and sleep monitoring mode. As for the quality of measurements, it, like in many inexpensive models, has some errors that should take into account. With moderate use, the watch can last up to four days on a single charge.
The Canyon Lemongrass CNS-SW70 watch is well suited for seniors who value design. In addition, this model is an inexpensive chronometer that helps the user effectively monitor their health, which is why it enjoys a certain popularity.
HUAWEI WATCH GT 2 Pro
The HUAWEI WATCH GT 2 Pro smartwatch is one of the best Android models in the premium segment. The main advantages of this gadget are its spectacular design, excellent screen, and case protection, long battery life, and the ability to answer phone calls. In addition, it contains all the most essential functions to keep track of your health and physical activity. It is also easy to operate the watch, thanks to which it may well become a suitable replacement for ordinary wristwatches.
It’s hard to find fault with the appearance of the HUAWEI WATCH GT 2 Pro. They not only look beautiful but, in all respects, fully correspond to a premium smart chronometer. The case is made of durable titanium alloy. The part where the watch touches the hand has a ceramic insert. The strap is made of genuine leather. The display is covered with a sapphire crystal, which is well protected from scratches.
Good battery life is another important plus of this model. With moderate use, the watch can last up to 14 days, but one charge is often enough for about 11-12 days.
HUAWEI WATCH GT 2 Pro can measure heart rate, blood oxygen levels, count steps, and monitor sleep quality. They have a barometer and an intelligent alarm clock; the watch synchronizes with a wireless Bluetooth headset and allows you to listen to music while walking, even if the phone is left at home. And most importantly, this watch has a compass and a GPS tracker. Older people on tourist trips and during out-of-town walks come in handy with the function of moving on the return route. To find your way home, you need to move in the direction indicated by the clock.
Check out detailed review here: HUAWEI WATCH GT 2 Pro
Apple watch series 6
Smartwatches Apple watch series 6 can be recommended to happy iPhone owners. Compared to the fifth, the sixth version slightly added to the set of functions, so owners of Apple watch series 5 or even Apple watch series 4 do not need to change their gadget. Of the exciting innovations, we can only note the emerging sensor for measuring the oxygen level in the blood and a reduction in the charging time by about 20 percent. The design of the sixth version has hardly undergone any changes, except that models in blue and red have been added.
Nevertheless, suppose we compare the Apple watch series 6 with any other smartwatch in terms of convenience and the number of valuable functions. In that case, they leave far behind all their closest competitors. Suffice it to say that in order to operate this chronometer, an older person does not need to figure out how to turn on or off one mode or another. The watch supports the voice assistant Siri, which means that you can control all functions just with your voice.
In Apple watch series 6, heart rate and blood oxygen levels are measured not by pressing buttons but in a continuous mode, which allows you to build a full ECG throughout the day and monitor breathing without interruption. In the context of the COVID-19 pandemic, it is difficult to overestimate the usefulness of such features. The system monitors physical activity, sleep quality, and calories burned. The watch has a light sensor, accelerometer, gyroscope, and altimeter.
The only drawback of Apple technology is its high cost, which fully applies to the Apple watch series 6. However, we can confidently say that this watch will last for many years with careful handling, and its benefits for an older person will be invaluable.
Check out detailed review here: Apple watch series 6
Fitbit Charge 5 vs Fitbit Charge 4: Which is Better
After a series of leaks, Fitbit has announced a new generation of Fitbit Charge 5 fitness bracelets. This is the first wristband made by Fitbit since Google acquired it. Due to the relatively high cost and low availability of Fitbit fitness bracelets, devices from this line are not very popular in our market. Nevertheless, we decided to compare Fitbit Charge 5 and Fitbit Charge 4, find out how they differ, and it is worth selling your Charge 4 and ordering a fifth-generation tracker. Let’s start with the comparison with the main technical characteristics.
Check out detailed review here: Fitbit Charge 5
Pros and Cons
|Fitbit Charge 5||Fitbit Charge 4|
|AMOLED color touchscreen||Built-in GPS|
|SpO2, ECG, EDA sensors||Sleep tracking is fantastic|
|GPS, HRM, NFC||GPS, HRM, NFC|
|Bright color screen||Slim, lightweight case|
|No physical buttons||Lacks a color display|
|$30 more than the Charge 4||Low visibility in direct sunlight|
|Fitbit Charge 5||Fitbit Charge 4|
|$||CHECK PRICE||CHECK PRICE|
|Released||September 2021||April 2020|
|Display||1.0 inch||1.0 inch|
|Screen type||AMOLED (color)||OLED (monochrome)|
|Resolution||260 x 170 pixels||160 x 100 pixels|
|Case material||Stainless steel||Plastic|
|Connectivity||Bluetooth, NFC, GPS||Bluetooth, NFC, GPS|
|Sensors||Optical heart rate sensor, accelerometer, SpO2 sensor, ECG sensor, temperature sensor, electrodermal activity sensor, ambient light sensor||Optical heart rate sensor, accelerometer, SpO2 sensor, temperature sensor, altimeter|
|Dimensions||36.78 x 22.79 x 11.2mm||35.8 x 22.7 x 12.5mm|
|Battery||Up to 7 days||Up to 7 days|
|App||Fitbit Pay||Fitbit Pay|
Over the years, since the first tracker in the Charge family came out, Fitbit has followed the same design. So, to find the external difference between the Charge 4 and its predecessor Charge 3 is quite difficult. The new Fitbit Charge 5 has received the most noticeable design change since the first generation.
Fitbit Charge 5 received smoother lines and rounded design, became a little thinner and more comfortable than its predecessors. Charge 4 measures 35.8 mm x 22.7 mm x 12.5 mm, while Charge 5 measures 36.78 mm x 22.79 mm x 11.2 mm. That is, Charge 5 is slightly larger, but thinner by almost 10%
Fitbit Charge 5 and Charge 4 lack a mechanical button on the case. But, instead of the usual control, the fourth generation tracker has small notches on the sides; when pressed, the tracker is activated (capacitive button). The metal inserts on the sides of the Charge 5 can also be mistaken for a capacitive button, but they are ECG sensor electrodes. All control is carried out using the touch screen.
Both fitness trackers are water-resistant to 50 meters and come with large and small straps. The Charge 4 is available in black, blue, Rosewood, and a particular version with a black case and fabric strap. The Charge 5 is available in black, silver, and gold.
The hook Type of the strap has changed. Now it is not a classic clasp but a “tip-in” pin clasp.
The display is the second major update after the design. The new generation, unlike the Charge 4, which has a monochrome OLED grayscale screen, has a color AMOLED display with higher resolution and brightness. The Charge 5’s 1.04-inch screen with a maximum brightness of 450 nits is 10% more than its predecessor (Charge 4’s brightness is 200 nits). Its resolution is 260 x 170 pixels, versus 160 x 100 pixels for the previous model.
Fitbit Charge 5 has an Always-on Display feature and an ambient light sensor to adjust brightness automatically.
In terms of sensors, the Charge 4 features a 3-axis accelerometer, PPG optical heart rate sensor, SpO2 sensor, altimeter, skin temperature sensor, and built-in GPS for more accurate tracking of outdoor activities like running and cycling.
The Charge 5 has all of the above equipment except the altimeter. Perhaps they abandoned it because users often complained about its accuracy. But this is just our guess.
The new 5 series comes with electrocardiogram (ECG) sensors and an electrodermal activity sensor. The latter allows you to assess the body’s response to stress. Also, both models are equipped with an NFC module for contactless payment (Fitbit Pay payment system).
|Heart rate monitor||Yes||Yes|
|Stress level tracker||Yes||No|
Both generations of a fitness bracelet can perform the following functions:
- Sleep Score;
- Smart alarm clock (Smart Wake);
- Monitoring of multiple sports modes (indoor and outdoor);
- 24/7 heart rate measurement (PurePulse); Determination of the level of blood oxygen saturation (SpO2);
- Call and message notifications with support for fast message reply;
- Control of menstrual cycles; Activity reminders; Spotify Music Play Control Connect & Control;
- Heatmaps of workouts (after a run, a route map with heart rate zones for each leg of the route will be available)
The Charge 5 has several new features:
- Daily Readiness Score. This functionality is only available with the purchase of a paid Fitbit Premium subscription ($ 10 per month). Depending on the user’s activity, sleep duration, and heart rate, the bracelet will offer a more intense or light workout.
- ECG recording function to evaluate the work of the heart and detect signs of atrial fibrillation. To take readings, you need to touch the conductive inserts on the ends of the case with your fingers.
- Determination of stress levels with electrodermal activity sensors (EDA)
The rest of the functionality of this pair of trackers is almost identical.
For Charge 5 and Charge 4, the manufacturer claims the same autonomy. The battery charges to 100% in about 2 hours, and one charge will last up to 7 days of use. With GPS always on, the charge lasts for 5 hours.
When you enable the Always-on Display function, the Charge 5 will work without charging for about 2 days
The Charge 5 was priced at $ 179.95, which is $ 30 more than the Charge 4 was priced at when it was announced. Usually, soon after a new version is released, Fitbit and most retailers will drop the price of the previous generation. That is, you can expect that the difference in cost will soon be $ 40 – 50.
The main improvements to the Charge 5 are a more modern design, color AMOLED display, ECG, and electrodermal activity sensors. If you can come to terms with the lack of all of the above, selling your Charge 4 is probably not worth it.
Samsung Galaxy Watch 4 vs Apple Watch Series 7: Which is Better
The Apple Watch Series 7 and Samsung Galaxy Watch 4, two advanced smartwatches with much to offer, now face each other in this comparison to measure forces. The first is the newest, a few weeks after being announced, while the other arrived in August of this year. Both are among the complete today, both in terms of features and technical specifications and functions. That is why now faces are seen, to demonstrate which is better and why. We analyze them!
To begin with, the Apple Watch Series 7, recently, is the new smartwatch from the Cupertino firm and, therefore, the most advanced in its catalog. This smartwatch comes with several improvements over the Apple Watch Series 6 that we make clear in this article, and that is why it is one of the best options in the current market.
The Samsung Galaxy Watch 4, for its part, is also the best Samsung smartwatch. By far, it is also equipped with qualities that make it another of the best and most complete alternatives today, both for having a design very well worked and elegant as for being a watch that competes directly with the Apple as mentioned earlier Watch.
|Samsung Galaxy Watch 4||Apple Watch Series 7|
|Crisp, vibrant OLED display||Big screen is more user-friendly|
|Touch-sensitive rotating bezel||watchOS 8 is powerful|
|Good fitness/sleep tracker||QWERTY keyboard|
|Concerns with BIA sensor||No Qi charging|
|One-day battery life||One-day battery life|
The first thing to highlight about both wearables is the design section. The Apple Watch Series 7, as in past generations, has the same rectangular format as always, which is what we are used to. Of course, this watch comes with fewer screen frames than before, so its full-screen design is now more striking, having quite reduced edges. From the rest, we get practically identical:
- Interchangeable straps.
- The usual crown.
- The slot for the eSIM.
- An aspect that is generally the same, both elegant and sophisticated and casual and sporty.
The Samsung Galaxy Watch 4, on the other hand, has a circular format, like other previous models of the South Korean firm. Of course, this smartwatch changes in several aspects. Its predecessor, the Galaxy Watch 3, is more stylish and elegant, but without leaving the sporty aside, with a watch face with reduced frames and well-polished sides. With various buttons.
Moving on to the issue of screens, we find several differences between the two smartwatches. And it is that the Apple Watch Series 7 has a screen that consists of a diagonal of about 2.1 inches approximately-This data has not been specified by Apple-, being more prominent than that of the Galaxy Watch 4, which is 1.4 inches in the 46 mm version and 1.2 inches in the 42 mm version. At the same time, the panel of the former is of retina OLED technology. It has a resolution of 448 x 360 pixels, while that of the Samsung watch is of Super AMOLED technology and consists of a resolution of 450 x 450 pixels. In addition, in both cases, we have color screens, touch screens, and 2.5D borders. The other thing is that both are protected with resistant glasses that stand up to scratches, bumps, falls, and all kinds of abuse.
|Galaxy Watch 4||Apple Watch Series 7|
|$||CHECK PRICE||CHECK PRICE|
|Model||Galaxy Watch 4||Watch Series 7|
|Released||August 2021||Sep 18, 2021|
|Screen type||Super AMOLED 2.5D||Retina OLED|
|Display||1.4 inch||1.78 inches|
|Resolution||450 x 450 pixels||448 x 368 pixels|
|OS||Android + iOS||iOS|
GPS with A-GPS
|Bluetooth 5.0, NFC, WiFi, 4G optional|
Optical ECG heart rate sensor
Ambient light sensor
Blood oxygen monitor (VO2 max)
|Accelerometer, gyro, heart rate (3rd gen), barometer, always-on altimeter, compass, SpO2, VO2max|
|Water resistance||IP68 (5 meters)||IP68 (5 meters)|
|Dimensions||45.5 x 45.5 x 11.0 mm||44 x 38 x 10.4 mm|
|Weight||52 grams||32/38.8 g (1.13 oz)|
|Battery||361 mAh||304 mAh|
In terms of performance, the Apple series 7 comes with 64-bit dual-core processor is a chip choice to live under the hood of the Apple Watch Series 6. The Exynos W920, on the other hand, is aimed at the Samsung Galaxy Watch 4. Both one and the other consist of dual cores and architecture. 64-bit, being quite solvent to run any app and task fluently. Of course, for storage, the Apple Watch is better, as it comes with an internal memory of 32 GB, which is double that offered by the Galaxy Watch 4 since the smartwatch has a ROM of 16 GB. They both support the storage of music, apps, pictures, and more.
In the connectivity section, there are no significant differences. They coincide the most, so much so that they share all the available options that we can find in an advanced and high-caliber smartwatch-like these, which leaves us with support for 4G LTE networks, dual-band Wi-Fi, Bluetooth. 5.0, integrated GPS with A-GPS, GLONASS, Galileo, and NFC for making contactless payments. Apple Pay is available on the Apple Watch Series 7 and Samsung Pay on the Galaxy Watch 4.
Now, something that these smartwatches do not lack, but, on the contrary, they have a lot to boast about, is their sensors and monitors. And it is that both one and the other come with an ECG monitor capable of detecting and monitoring the heart rate and abnormalities related to atrial fibrillation. Both also come with a blood oxygen level measurement sensor and features that allow recording the user’s sleep quality and more.
The two also boast a barometric altimeter, gyroscope, accelerometer, and ambient light sensor. For the rest, they come with numerous functions that allow you to know the distance traveled, calories burned, steps taken, and more. Both can also detect multiple sports and track cycling, swimming, running, and outdoor leisure activities.
As for the battery, the Apple Watch Series 7 loses, having autonomy of up to 1 day on average. The Galaxy Watch 4, on the other hand, is capable of reaching a battery life of up to 1 week, being the winner in this section.
|Smartphone notifications||Yes (calls, texts, and apps)||Yes|
|Music storage and playback||Yes||Yes|
|Phone music control||Yes||Yes|
|Meteorology||Weather forecast||Weather forecast|
|Other smart features||Fall detection||Fall detection|
Features of these smartwatches include water resistance, fall detection function, emergency calls, weather forecast function, notifications for both calls and messages and applications, and more. Of course, only the Samsung Galaxy Watch 4 has MIL-STD-810G military-grade resistance, so it has durability far superior to that of the Apple Watch Series 7. Of the rest, the first has Siri as a voice assistant, while the second has Samsung’s Bixby. You also have to acknowledge that the Apple Watch comes with watchOS 8 and the Galaxy Watch 4 with Wear OS powered by Samsung.
|Heart rate measurement||Yes||Yes|
|Running||Record various metrics||Automatic race detection |
Last leg pace
|Cycling||Record various metrics||Record various metrics|
|Swimming||Record various metrics||Suitable for swimming in pools and open water|
Records heart rate, calories burned, laps and distance traveled
Possibility to set the length of the pool
Automatically records and detects various swimming styles (freestyle, butterfly, backstroke )
|Outdoor||Record various metrics||Record various metrics|
The price of the Apple Watch Series 7 starts at 420 USD officially. Samsung, for its part, launched the Galaxy Watch 4 from about 250 USD in the smallest variant and without 4G LTE connectivity.
Finally, it is worth noting that we have two of the most complete and advanced smartwatches of the moment. It is difficult to determine which is better and why since each has its strengths and advantages. However, we rate the Apple Watch Series 7 as the winner of this comparison for having a larger screen and more storage space.
Of course, the Galaxy Watch 4 is a better option if you want a cheaper watch and with practically everything that the Apple Watch offers, with an addition that includes military-grade resistance, more battery, and more customization options.
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