Samsung Galaxy Watch 4 Classic vs Galaxy Watch 3: A well-timed upgrade2
Galaxy Watch 3 vs Galaxy Watch 4 Classic Design
The new Galaxy Watch 4 Classic is lighter and slimmer than the Galaxy Watch 3, though the difference is almost invisible to the naked eye. Both wearables are available in two different versions: the Watch 3 comes in 41mm and 45mm sizes, whereas the Galaxy Watch 4 Classic exists in 42 and 46mm versions.
As far as the design is concerned, there’s the ever-useful and intuitive rotating bezel on both watches, which makes the interface navigation so much easier. Granted, the move to Wear OS has required some software accommodation to take place on the new smartwatch, but overall, the bezel is a great signature feature of this Samsung wearable lineup.
Both watches have military-grade durability as well as IP68 dust and water-resistance up to 5ATM, or 50 meters underwater.
Galaxy Watch 3 vs Galaxy Watch 4 Display
One thing that stands out is the much denser and pixel-rich display on the Galaxy Watch 4, which looks phenomenal when viewed side by side with the Galaxy Watch 3. The reason is the nearly 50% more pixels on the new smartwatch, which has a 450 by 450-pixel resolution, whereas the overall display size remains 1.4-inches.
This might seem like a humble number, but on such a small scale it is actually a dramatic improvement that greatly improves the clarity and legibility of the display. As such, using and viewing content on the Galaxy Watch 4 Classic is a more pleasant affair. Even customizing your watchface is quite a pleasant activity thanks to the extra sharpness.
Galaxy Watch 3 vs Galaxy Watch 4 Health and Monitoring Features
The Galaxy Watch 4 Classic and Watch 3 have pretty similar health-based loadout, with heart rate, ECG, and blood pressure monitoring along with the regular step counting and activity tracking.
What’s new on the Watch 4 is the BIA sensor (Bioelectrical Impedance Analysis), which analyses your overall body composition and gives you a rundown of your skeletal muscle and body fat, which is essential when developing a new workout regime or trying out a new dieting plan.
As far as activity tracking, the Galaxy Watch 4 Classic does a pretty good job of automatically detecting what workout you’ve taken up. With running and swimming, the watch quickly detects and starts tracking the workout, and I can only assume the experience is as fluent as with the rest of the supported activities and sports. The same generally applies to the Galaxy Watch 3 as well.
Galaxy Watch 4 Classic vs Galaxy Watch 3 Interface and functionality
The big thing here is the software difference between the two smartwatches. In with the new, out with the old - Galaxy Watch 4 is powered by the new and refreshed Wear OS, a lovechild of Samsung and Google’s collaboration. Although it has a distinct Wear interface underneath it all, the interface is pretty reminiscent of the good old Tizen. The big differences are the lack of a circular app switcher, which was a feature of the old interface, as well as the abundance of apps in the Wear OS version of the Play Store, which is also full of custom watchfaces and apps. There’s apps on the Galaxy Watch 3 as well, but the variety can’t match the new Wear OS.
Galaxy Watch 4 Classic vs Galaxy Watch 3 Performance and Battery
With a new processor on deck, the Galaxy Watch 4 Classic should technically be much faster and efficient than its predecessor, but the reality of the situation is that you can’t really tell. What’s more, despite the fresh silicon on deck, the Watch 4 is still prone to showcasing some hiccups here or there. This also applies to the Galaxy Watch 3. Still, both are very usable in regular everyday scenarios.