SAMSUNG Galaxy 46-mm Smartwatch

Last updated date: June 11, 2021

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8.1

SAMSUNG Galaxy 46-mm Smartwatch

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We looked at the top Smartwatches and dug through the reviews from some of the most popular review sites. Through this analysis, we've determined the best Smartwatch you should buy.

Update as June 11, 2021:
Checkout The Best Smartwatch for a detailed review of all the top smartwatches.

Overall Take

This smartwatch can be used with both Android and iOS smartphones, thanks to its built-in Bluetooth connection. It's available in two sizes and three colors and comes with a wireless charging dock and a travel adapter. Consumers will appreciate how durable the watch is, as it's constructed to meet military standards.


In our analysis of 188 expert reviews, the SAMSUNG Galaxy 46-mm Smartwatch placed 13th when we looked at the top 24 products in the category. For the full ranking, see below.

From The Manufacturer

Live a stronger, smarter life with Galaxy Watch at your wrist. Rest well, stay active and keep stress at bay with built in health tracking. Go for days without charging your watch. The Bluetooth connection keeps everything at your wrist. Compatible with select Bluetooth capable smartphones. Galaxy Watch supported features may vary by carrier and compatible device. For best results, connect with compatible Samsung Galaxy smartphones.) Battery life for Bluetooth (46mm) model is roughly three to four days. Battery life for LTE model and Bluetooth (42mm) model is roughly two to three days. Your results may vary. Do not expose the device to water at high pressure. Control all your connected home devices from your wrist even when you’re not home. Plus, get the details of a security camera alert from the SmartThings app on your Galaxy Watch.

Expert Reviews

Expert Summarized Score

7.5
7 expert reviews

User Summarized Score

9.2
14,865 user reviews

What experts liked

Stylish design. Long battery life. Good fitness features. Built-in music storage.
- Tom's Guide
Stellar battery life. Easy to check and interact with notifications. Rotating bezel navigation. Accurate fitness-tracking measurements. Attractive design, sharp display.
- Digital Trends
Crisp, vibrant OLED display. Battery lasts at least two days. Activity tracking is kind of useful.
- The Verge
Easy to use, great display, impressive battery life.
- Tech Gear Lab
Impressive four-day battery life. Great core smartwatch software. Rotating bezel cycles through UI.
- Tech Radar
Battery life is good, it's fully waterproof and you can get hundreds of watch faces for it. Samsung has improved its software and enhanced its fitness tracking. Spotify premium users can load Spotify playlists on the watch. And it works with iPhones and Android phones.
- CNET
Lasts up to five days on a single charge. Crisp AMOLED screen. Rotating bezel. Accurate heart rate monitor. Resistant to dust and water.
- PC Magazine

What experts didn't like

Few apps for Tizen. Bixby far less capable than Google Assistant.
- Tom's Guide
Still a little large. Samsung Health app is cluttered, lacks coaching. No MST for Samsung Pay.
- Digital Trends
BIxby / S Voice is terrible. Not comfortable to wear to sleep.
- The Verge
Giant bezel, could have more smart functions.
- Tech Gear Lab
Proprietary wireless charger. Bixby proven to be terrible again. No Google Maps, WhatsApp, FB Messenger.
- Tech Radar
The Bixby voice-assistant could be better. Samsung has quashed some bugs but not all. To achieve Samsung's battery life numbers, you have to institute battery-saving measures.
- CNET
Expensive. 46mm version is chunky. Fitness tracking accuracy not up to par in testing.
- PC Magazine

Overall Product Rankings

Blackview X2 Smartwatch

4. Blackview X2 Smartwatch

Overall Score: 8.6
Samsung Gear 3

6. Samsung Gear 3

Overall Score: 8.4
Apple Watch Series 3

7. Apple Watch Series 3

Overall Score: 8.4
ASUS Zenwatch 2

8. ASUS Zenwatch 2

Overall Score: 8.4
Apple Watch 4

9. Apple Watch 4

Overall Score: 8.4
Huawei

10. Huawei

Overall Score: 8.2
Scinex SW20 Smartwatch

11. Scinex SW20 Smartwatch

Overall Score: 8.1
Fitbit Versa

12. Fitbit Versa

Overall Score: 8.1
TicWatch S Smartwatch

14. TicWatch S Smartwatch

Overall Score: 7.9
Garmin 3

15. Garmin 3

Overall Score: 7.9
Fitbit Versa

16. Fitbit Versa

Overall Score: 7.8
Samsung Galaxy Smartwatch

18. Samsung Galaxy Smartwatch

Overall Score: 7.6
Samsung Gear 2

20. Samsung Gear 2

Overall Score: 7.5
Aminon Bluetooth Smartwatch

23. Aminon Bluetooth Smartwatch

Overall Score: 6.6

An Overview On Smartwatches

Watches have gone well beyond merely telling the time. You can read incoming texts and emails, monitor your health stats and even make and receive phone calls, all from the device on your wrist. But there’s more than one smartwatch player in town, and the choices can be overwhelming.

Chances are, one of the top deciding factors when choosing a smartwatch is the type of smartphone you own. If you have an iPhone, you’ll find the best compatibility in an Apple product. If, on the other hand, you own an Android-based smartphone, you’ll want to go with an Android-based watch. While most watches can pair with other operating systems, you’ll get the most out of one with the same operating system as your phone.

Then there’s the Fitbit line of fitness trackers. Once merely designed to measure the steps you take each day, these wearables have gotten much more sophisticated over time. Models like the Fitbit Versa have a few of the same features as the iOS- and Android-based watches, offering functions like texting and contactless payment.

Your choice of smartwatch will probably be driven by your needs. If you just need health tracking, for instance, you may not get enough out of the other features to make it worth the extra expense. However, the price variations are minimal — especially if you’re open to an older model rather than needing to have the latest and greatest.

With smartwatches, many features are driven by the available apps. You can play games on many watches, for instance, but you may be limited by the apps that have been created for those versions. Before you buy, make sure the apps you want are available for whichever watch you’re considering.

After searching the app store, you’ll also want to consider the look and feel of each of the watches. Some models have a more traditional watch look, but you may find more bands you like in others. Since the faces of both types of watches are customizable, you’re sure to find a look that works with your own unique tastes.

The Smartwatch Buying Guide

  • You’ll be wearing your watch every day, so appearance is important. Taste plays a big part in this, but some watches have a more basic look. With some models, you can change out the digital watch face to suit your mood — or to match your outfit.
  • Some models build in advanced fitness tracking.
  • If you choose a watch with cellular built-in, you’ll be able to accept and make calls and texts even when you’re away from your phone. You’ll have to pay an additional monthly fee for that, though, in addition to paying more for the watch. To use this phone capability, you’ll need to have a device that’s compatible with the watch you choose.
  • In addition to phone functionality, you’ll also need the right smartphone to take full advantage of the watch’s features. Consider whether the smartwatch can sync with iOS or Android.
  • When you put your smartwatch on, you want it to run on battery power for at least the entire workday. Some watches will run for up to 18 hours on a charge. Some even promise battery life of up to four days, but this will vary depending on use.
  • If you own a smartphone, you’re probably already aware of the apps that are available for your operating system. The same situation will apply to your smartwatch. Some brands offer more apps than others.
  • Since you’re wearing it on your wrist every day, it’s important to find a band that won’t weigh you down. Some watches are as light as 1.12 ounces. Others weigh slightly more, at 2.88 ounces, while still others weigh closer to 5.1 ounces.
  • In addition to weight, it’s also important to consider how much real estate the watch will take up on your wrist. Some watches are available in two sizes, 40 mm and 44 mm, so you can choose the size that works best with your wrist. The display area of other brands is often smaller, totaling only 33 mm, or 1.3 inches.
  • One popular feature of today’s smartwatches is the ability to pay at the register without taking out your wallet. Most watches have payment built-in. You’ll just need to add your credit card before you start shopping.
  • With limited screen space, voice control is essential in a smartwatch. Consider the importance of voice control to you when making your smartwatch decision, as not all are equipped with this functionality.
  • Previously, active smartwatch wearers were disappointed that they couldn’t track their activity while swimming. Newer watch models correct that, but you’ll need to keep an eye on their limits. Some brands are designed to be submerged in up to 1.5 meters for only 30 minutes or less. Others are limited to up to 50 meters with no time constraint.
  • No matter which band you choose, you’ll still have to charge it at least every few days. Some watches use a magnetic charging cable that’s easy to connect. Others use a charging dock that you rest your watch on when you’re ready to charge.
  • Sleep tracking can provide valuable information, and some watches excels in this area. Some watches show how long you slept, as well as how many hours you spent in light, deep and REM sleep.
  • When you’re tracking your heart rate and sleep, you likely don’t want to be without your watch for long. Some watches take up to two hours to charge to 100 percent, while others are just over that at 127 minutes.
  • The band is an important part of the look and feel of your watch. Each smartwatch comes with a similar-looking plain black band. But there’s no shortage of bands available for purchase for each watch type, both from the manufacturer and third-party resellers. Look around at your options before you make a decision.
  • If you plan to stream music from your watch, some brands of watches will make that easier than others.
  • Though smartwatches can range widely in price, you’re sure to find a model that fits your specific needs and your budget.