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Samsung Galaxy S20 review: 3 months later

Is it still “the one” to buy?

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I’ve used a Huawei flagship for four long years, and I’m now looking to upgrade my current daily driver — the Huawei Mate 20 Pro. Admittedly, Huawei’s lack of Google Mobile Services made me look elsewhere. I can’t survive without Google, unlike others. Hence, I was elated to try the Samsung Galaxy S20.

Three months in and I find myself wondering, is it still “the one” to buy when there are so many options to choose from? And is it anyone’s GadgetMatch? Let’s find out in this review, or rather, my experience with it as my daily driver for three months. But first, let’s have a refresher on its looks!

Wonderstruck

When I first saw the Galaxy S20 series, I was enchanted by its charming colors: Cloud Pink, Cloud Blue, and Cosmic Gray. I was  pining for Cloud Blue but I got Cloud Pink instead. But who am I to complain? I’m still trying out the smartphone I fell in love with at first sight.

Samsung maintained its design language albeit it’s subtly refined in the S20. For starters, the corners are more rounded compared to the S10. It was comfortable and I found myself glued to my phone, unable to let it go.

On the right side, buttons are now simplified. Now, there’s only two — one for the power button and one for the volume rockers. There’s also a subtle accent wrapping the buttons, exuding a sleek look.

The top side contains the SIM card slot and an inconspicuous earpiece, keeping it clean and smooth.

Meanwhile, the bottom features the speaker grilles, a USB-C port, and another earpiece. Overall, Samsung’s refined design for the S20 made it look and feel posh. The subtlety in its design is effing attractive.

You’re so gorgeous

The S20 has an alluring display, better than my previous handset. Coming from a 6.39-inch OLED screen, it was a treat to use the S20’s 6.2-inch Dynamic AMOLED 2x screen.

Its curved display is still here, but it’s hardly curved anymore. Samsung offered a middle ground for those who like and dislike curved screens, so everyone can enjoy this beaut. Although, a punch-hole in the middle of the screen might be distracting to some.

Honestly, Samsung’s punch-hole struck a balance though it still grabs attention over a light interface, like Facebook. If some of your preferred apps support Android 10’s dark mode or have their in-app dark mode setting, utilize it. Your eyes will thank you later!

I’m captivated by you like a fireworks show

It’s important to invest in a smartphone with an astounding display; something that captivates us and makes us want to look at it all the time. After all, we spend most of our time looking at screens.

The S20’s screen has HDR10+ support, perfect for your entertainment needs. It’s marvelous, impressively vivid, and cinematic — what else can you ask for?

Moreover, the S20’s screen supports 240Hz touch-sensing rate. You can choose between two refresh rates for your screen: 90Hz using HD+ resolution, and 120Hz using FHD+ resolution.

Frankly, I didn’t care about refresh rates. What’s the fuss when you’re not a gamer, right? But experiencing it first-hand, I finally understood why people are obsessed with it.

I have only used the phone as a companion to my life’s shenanigans. Despite not being able to use 120Hz on games that would take advantage of it (if there’s any), I was still spoiled.

Browsing, scrolling, and navigating apps on my phone is such a pleasure. Once you go 120Hz, there’s just no turning back.

I see sparks fly whenever you smile

In lieu of hideous camera placements being used nowadays, Samsung is using a bigger, rectangular module that’s already sported by some of its smartphones.

There’s a reason why Samsung uses a bigger bump: to house larger sensors. By now, I’m certain you know the S20 uses a triple-camera setup on its rear. There’s a 12-megapixel main camera, a 64-megapixel telephoto lens capable of up to 3x hybrid optical zoom, and a 12-megapixel ultra-wide-angle lens.

But let’s forget the numbers and see how it actually fares. There’s a saying that “results speak louder than its numbers.” I think I coined that.

I mostly judge a camera’s ability to produce mouth-watering photos sans using built-in filters. Laudably, the S20 produced vibrant and well-balanced food photos in different lighting conditions. You can post-process the photos to accentuate its details and colors.

Besides, it works wonders when taking photos of my friends. Whether it’s backlit or indoor shots, you can expect the S20 to deliver terrific photos apt for the ‘gram.

The S20 works as a travel companion, too. I’ve used its 3x zoom and wide-angle mode, capturing different moods and perspectives for travel photos.

Speaking of wide-angle, I love this feature more than the zoom. It’s best used during your travels to showcase a place’s charm.

Selfies are an absolute bomb despite sporting a mere 10-megapixel front camera. Even in low-light conditions, the front camera produced vibrant photos albeit it’s still far from being praise-worthy.

We were in screaming color

My friends and I struggled using the front camera in low light conditions, so we opted to use the rear camera and a timer. Still, the S20 produced well-lit, striking, and detailed photos, even though we didn’t use Night Mode.

If you’re a Night Mode fan, take advantage of the wide-angle feature to add perspective to your shots. Additionally, the S20 provides stabilization to aid you while using Night Mode. You don’t have to hold your breath now when taking handheld photos.

At utmost darkness, the S20 still captured a well-lit scene using Night Mode. For zoomers, you can utilize its 30x zoom, although you might not like the results compared to when you use a Huawei P40 Pro.

Like a rainbow with all of the colors

The S20 is capable of recording 8K videos and 4K resolution on both its front and rear cameras. However, I only used 1080p to document a weekend getaway. After all, who needs 4K or 8K right now?

Furthermore, I edited this one-minute video using cut-to-cut clips I’ve taken through Adobe Premiere Rush for Samsung, an app exclusively found on the Galaxy Store.

It’s a cruel summer with you

My experience with the S20 resembled my erratic relationship with the last person I dated. Sometimes I adore it, sometimes I’m confuzzled.

Par exemple, apps like Twitter suddenly stop refreshing, requiring a reboot. The phone also heats up quickly. A lot of S20 users in online communities are also complaining about how you can fry an egg using the phone’s intensive heat.

The heat is most felt when you’re doing memory-consuming tasks like video editing. If Samsung didn’t opt for the Exynos 990 chipset for its global units, I’m certain people wouldn’t struggle with heating issues.

This wasn’t something I experienced when I used the Galaxy A71 which sported Qualcomm’s Snapdragon chipset. Back then, the midranger ran Black Desert Mobile — a highly graphics-intensive game — without hiccups.

Samsung placing an Exynos chipset for its global units while using Snapdragon for US variants feels like Samsung only cares about the US market.

I love you and that’s all I really know

But those are the only flaws I encountered. For the most part, navigating the S20 is splendid and buttery smooth. It’s the reason why I stuck with it. After all, it still gave me reasons to love it.

And like a bloody martyr in love, I chose to gloss its shortcomings since I’m head over heels with the experience. First, it has a smooth and seamless navigation. There’s also an apps edge feature allowing quick access to my favorite apps. The 120Hz refresh rate helps against exhausting my eyes when scrolling, too.

The S20 runs One UI 2.0 based on Android 10. It’s cleaner and contains less bloatware. It’s also equipped with 8GB of RAM and 128GB built-in storage, offering the right amount of speed you’d expect from a flagship smartphone.

There are Samsung staples that I relish, too. For instance, Samsung Members offer great deals from spas, resorts, cafes, and even restaurants.

Lastly, there’s an AR Emoji, which made me fond of creating avatars. I find it’s an ideal response whenever I don’t have a precise GIF to articulate my emotions during a conversation.

A nightmare dressed like a daydream

I can’t refute how the heating issue is a dealbreaker for a lot of people. When push comes to shove, consistent heating can potentially damage the battery.

The S20 sports a 4,000mAh battery, expected to last for a day for power users. During my stint, the S20 lasted up to ten hours from the full battery down to fifteen percent. It’s somewhat momentary, but the S20 kept up with my nonstop usage for eight hours.

Samsung has a dreadful case when it comes to battery life, which is why you need little tricks to improve it. However, it’s the high refresh rate that took the most toll on my handset’s battery life.

While I’m genuinely happy to have the S20 accompany me throughout the day, the battery started deteriorating three months later. It dips for two to three percent in just an hour despite being on standby and only keeping the WiFi on.

Thankfully, it charges fairly quickly over Power Delivery 3.0 using a 25W adapter and a nice, thick USB Type-C to Type-C cable. You just need to charge it for at least an hour and a few minutes.

One second it was perfect, now you’re halfway out the door

Wistfully, the S20 doesn’t have a headphone jack but you can use any Type-C cable, in case you’re still using wired earphones. If you already went wireless, it’s common knowledge that Samsung has its own line of wireless earbuds.

Pairing the Galaxy Buds with the S20 is effortless, and the sound quality is clear and loud. The connection is consistent, too. It’s not flaky, unlike the person I last dated. Having a consistent connection is important for me, especially when working (or dating).

It’s agonizing when the music suddenly stops because of poor connection with the handset (as I’ve experienced using the Mate 20 Pro). Even in relationships, you’d hate it when the guy suddenly ghosts you, right?

If you want to live your life out loud, the S20 is equipped with a stereo speaker setup tuned by AKG. It’s loud enough to fill the bathroom with your favorite tunes.

I found myself using just the S20 instead of bringing my House of Marley speakers during late night showers. Oh, it has an IP68 rating, too. You don’t have to worry about your phone getting wet!

You and I will be safe and sound

It’s always nice to feel secure — whether it’s on your device, your home, or your relationships. For a flagship smartphone, expectations should be high when it comes to security and peace of mind.

First, the S20 had an IP rating, ensuring protection against the elements. Accidents do happen, mostly during night outs where you spill your drink over your phone.

Next, it has three types of device protection: in-display fingerprint scanner, the usual password-protection, and facial recognition. All forms of protection work fast, requiring minimal effort to access your phone. If you have trouble reading your fingerprint scanner, you might need to read this little trick.

Apart from physical security, I care about my online security now more than ever. While I’ve been privy of ways on how to keep my accounts secure, I still rely on my handset to keep me safe and secure. Thankfully, Samsung cares about security as much as I do. It even has its own security platform and solutions!

For starters, you can utilize Samsung Pass much like Google Passwords to keep your accounts safe and remember your login info again for easier access next time around. Then, there’s Samsung Knox — which I only learned from a data and security conference held in 2019. I even talked about how Knox is the one thing that keeps Samsung apart from other brands in an exclusive interview.

In a nutshell, Knox is a fail-safe to protect your data. Learning about it made me appreciate the thought Samsung puts in its smartphones. It’s always the little things that make us fall in love with a brand even more. How can you not love something (or someone) that made you feel safe and sound?

Can you be my, my, my lover?

This is where the “Is it your GadgetMatch?” part comes in. The Samsung Galaxy S20 is still one of the best flagships you can get in 2020, hands down. It’s the perfect paradigm of a smartphone; everything just works with little effort on your part.

Priced at PhP 49,990, it’s ideal for those who want to upgrade from their Galaxy S8 or S9. It’s also suitable for those who want to jump from midrange to the flagship category, especially if you have the money to burn.

For former Huawei users who are looking for a flagship alternative that has Google (aka me), it’s an excellent choice.

If you prefer a bigger handset, there’s the S20+. Then, there’s the S20+ Ultra, in case you need a monster phone. If you still don’t know which Galaxy S20 is your GadgetMatch, you can read our brief comparison.

Alternatively, those who aren’t loyal to Samsung might find the OnePlus 8 Pro and Xiaomi Mi 10 Pro as viable options. Both phones offer the same flagship experience and prowess, but at a much affordable price.

You can purchase the Samsung Galaxy S20 at Samsung’s online store and its authorized retailers like Abenson and MemoXpress. It’s available in Cosmic Black and Cosmic Gray.

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Samsung Galaxy S21 FE 5G review: An all around wonder

Ideal for most users

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From the moment I picked up the Samsung Galaxy S21 FE 5G, it’s been hard to let go. But I had a very different impression of the phone when it was just first announced. I thought it was boring and is just another cash-grab attempt by Samsung. Boy was I wrong. 

Spending roughly a little over two weeks with it, my opinion definitely shifted. From just another boring phone, the Galaxy S21 FE 5G started to look to me like the ideal smartphone for most users. 

Designed for optimal use 

The first thing that really caught my attention was when I first held the Galaxy S21 FE 5G. It felt… perfect. But really, the word I was looking for is ergonomic. It’s not too light and thin that you don’t feel like you’re carrying nothing. But it’s also not too hefty and  thick that it’ll put a strain on your hand if you hold it for too long. It feels like the sweet spot for most hand sizes.

The look also feels streamlined. Initially, I thought it was too simple. However, after prolonged use, it looked more sleek and subtle than plain and bland. If your taste skews towards minimalism, you’ll likely gravitate towards this phone’s design. It comes in Graphite, Olive, Lavender, and White so there’s a healthy selection of colorways.

It also felt durable. The ‘glasstic’ material used didn’t make me feel compelled to get a case while using it. You just get the feeling that it won’t break easily. It’s perfect for clumsy types who often drop their phones unintentionally. 

Our Associate Creative Producer did point out that the back can be a sweat magnet. Not encouraging for people with sweaty palms. Although, this might easily be addressed by getting a case anyway.  

Reliable performance 

Powered by Samsung’s Exynos 2100 chip, the phone didn’t leave me wanting in terms of performance. Over the course of my usage, it learned the apps I use the most and kept them active in the background. This means they load right from where I left them during instances that I switch from app to app. 

ONE UI 4 also felt smooth and snappy. Navigating the phone felt fast, but this has been the case with most flagship-level Samsung smartphones over the past 3-4 years. 

There’s a feature where you can open certain apps as if it was floating. Kind of like a chat head but for different apps. It worked on Telegram and Twitter during my time with the phone. It’s cool for quick glances, but I found it mostly annoying, but that’s just me. 

The sensors felt snappy, too. Whether it’s Face Unlock or the fingerprint scanner, the Galaxy S21 FE 5G unlocked pretty quickly. This is underrated as some smartphones still struggle with speed and consistency on this matter. 

Great for watching and gaming 

In line with its overall design, the weight also makes it easy to hold even for extended periods of time. That means interacting with and watching on the 6.4-inch Dynamic AMOLED display (120Hz, HDR10+) was extremely satisfying. 

I watched The Journalist and Single’s Inferno (Best girl 안예원 An Yea-Won deserved more screentime!) before bed on the Galaxy S21 FE 5G. Despite both shows having nearly hour-long episodes, I didn’t feel any strain at all holding the phone while watching. 

The display was also okay and usable under direct sunlight. The team didn’t completely agree on this matter so ultimately, it’ll likely come down to how sharp your eyes are. Our general advice is still to find a shade when you can. 

Like most other Samsung phones, the heating is still there especially when your playtime goes from minutes to hours. I recently decided to finally really play some Genshin Impact over the holidays. I ran the game and had a pretty desirable experience. No unnecessary lags or stutters for one of the most graphic heavy mobile games today. So, it’s safe to say your other games will likely perform well here too. 

Our Associate Creative Director did point out that the heating was prevalent even when you’re not gaming. Personally, I only experienced the heating while playing and charging. But there’ve been several instances of heating with Exynos-powered smartphones so it’s worth mentioning here. 

Battery life and charging

The Samsung Galaxy S21 FE 5G has a 4,500mAh battery and supports 25W fast charging, 15W fast wireless charging, and reverse wireless charging. 

I was most pleasantly surprised with the addition of wireless charging. It’s a feature I constantly look for in smartphones now. You also don’t have to use a Samsung power brick to take advantage of the fast charging speeds. Which is great if you’ve invested in a multiport GaN charger. 

So, how long does the phone last? Naturally, this depends on each person’s usage. But the three of us in the team who used the phone all felt like it drained pretty fast. You can mitigate this by turning off a few features, but a software update to address power consumption seems in order. 

Flagship-grade cameras

The phone has a main camera array featuring the following: 12MP main, 8MP telephoto, and 12MP ultrawide. It doesn’t have the extreme zoom capabilities of its S21 siblings, but it trumps them in the selfie shooter department with 32MP compared to the 10MP on the S21 and S21+. 

The selfies, by default, don’t apply too much filter. It’s just a healthy amount to make you look fresh while still looking like yourself. 

There’s also a wide-angle option so you can fit in more than one person in the selfie. 

The main cameras are fantastic. The images taken are flagship-grade. 

The ultra wide angle lens is a dream to use.

And even though the telephoto lens doesn’t have a high megapixel count, it still came out with some decent shots. 

Night shots are more varied. It’ll struggle when there’s very little light source, but with enough of them to go around, you still get detailed images.

Is this your GadgetMatch?

The Samsung Galaxy S21 FE 5G is just a few notches off base flagship smartphones when it comes to pricing (US$ 699/ PhP 41,990/ SG$ 1,048). But the performance, design, and camera capabilities are all nearly at that level. 

The pricing might give you some pause. However, we’re 100 percent certain you won’t feel cheated once you start using the phone. It’s great all around and I’m comfortable calling it the best smartphone for most users as early as now. Granted, you might have to make sure you bring around a powerbank with you, but I’m willing to bet most people already do that anyway.

Personally, this is the first time since I reviewed the OPPO Find X3 Pro that I’ve been extremely satisfied with using a smartphone. The Samsung Galaxy S21 FE 5G is an absolute joy to use and is a worthy buy even with new, more advanced phones on the horizon.

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vivo V23 5G Unboxing and Review: Color Changer!

With a revolutionary color-changing back!

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While the X-series is vivo’s line of flagship smartphones with the best in class rear cameras, the V-series is for those who want a great midranger option with star-studded selfie cameras.

Apart from the color-changing back due to Fluorite AG glass, the vivo V23 5G offers more than meets the eye. It’s packed with well-rounded hardware if you may ask.

But should you get the vivo V23 5G? Head over to our vivo V23 5G unboxing and review now to help yourself out.

 

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How the Galaxy Watch4 Classic helped me build better habits

And break old, bad patterns

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Samsung Galaxy Watch4 Classic

Smartwatches rarely stay on my wrist for a long period of time. Not because I don’t like them, but because I have to test wearables every month or so.

Having a job that requires you to test different smartwatches from several brands might be a dream come true for some people, but I find it highly cumbersome especially when I’m still trying to build the lifestyle that I want.

After I reviewed the Huawei Watch 3, I decided to slap the Samsung Galaxy Watch4 Classic on my wrist. Permanently. After all, I’m neck-deep in the Samsung ecosystem. It makes so much sense to use a smartwatch that will work with all my other devices.

Breaking and building habits

For a quarter, I made a pact to myself that I will build the lifestyle that I want. And boy, after months of using Samsung’s latest smartwatch, I realized I turned my life around using a small, functional accessory.

I never realized I’ve been changing my habits — which I consider the building blocks of a lifestyle, based on what I learned from a transformative book called Atomic Habits — through this nifty device.

If you’re reading this, you’re probably curious why I keep blabbering about turning my life around with just a wearable. And you’re probably skeptical, thinking I’m just selling an idea. But, trust me, this is a personal account of my transformation.

While changing my beliefs, mindset, habits, and learning more about myself are the main factors to consider, having a smartwatch helped me attain my goals in little, simple ways.

And based on Atomic Habits, change starts in the little things you do within yourself and your surroundings. (I won’t spoil you, so go ahead and read the book. It will change your life.)

Using my smartphone less

Like many young adults, I struggle with using my smartphone too much. With a job revolving around the latest gadgets, particularly these high-tech slates, it’s easy to fall into the rabbit hole of building an automated life.

But everything’s within your reach, right? Yes. Except I also deal with cranky mornings dashed with a little rush from all the emails and messages. I’m certain I’m not the only one bombarded with notifications as soon as connecting to the Wi-Fi. On top of that, I’m exposed to too much blue light — smartphones, tablets, laptops, televisions, and portable gaming consoles.

The dream is to lessen the time spent holding my smartphone and create a balanced life of being connected through my devices while being in tune with my physical surroundings.

Streamlining reliance on gadgets

Having had the Samsung Galaxy Watch4 Classic for more than a quarter now, I found appreciation for its basic features, especially when they all work seamlessly without delays. I answer calls, respond to chats, and check important messages at a glance.

I stopped using my smartphone for alarms, and instead of reverting to an old-school alarm clock, I just customized the smartwatch to ring and vibrate in a way that would really wake me up.

And there are a lot more features to enjoy; things we take for granted because we don’t know how to incorporate these features in our lifestyle simply because we don’t have to.

Years of covering smartwatches made me realize that these wearables are already advanced and have everything we need. People just really don’t know how to maximize these features to make their lives more efficient. And I, regretfully, fell in the same trap despite being able to test the latest smartwatches regularly.

Nevertheless, the Samsung Galaxy Watch4 Classic still stood out among the smartwatches that came across my wrists, especially in 2021.

To reserving my brainpower for more fruitful activities in life

Change my mind: Google makes navigating your digital life easier, especially if you’ve been with the Android ecosystem for years. This is why I still prefer using Samsung over Huawei — especially with the loss of Google Mobile Services. Surely, the Galaxy Watch4 Classic is the perfect Android smartwatch right now.

I’ve had my fair share of Huawei’s smartwatches (Yes, I do love them), and while they all pack unique tools in a robust build with flagship-rated power and a long-lasting battery that lasts for several days — they still require brainpower to seamlessly integrate the smartwatch to your devices and your day-to-day life.

And that isn’t something I don’t want to welcome in my life, moving forward. I prefer to make things simple and efficient. I prefer to use the last of my brain cells by doing things that are meaningful to me e.g. reading a book, playing a strategy game, doing more architectural sketches and gouache paintings, and learning new hobbies that make life more exciting.

If a device calls itself smart, it should be able to figure things out on its own so I can live my life to the fullest without worrying about how things work.

Compatibility is so important — in relationships or smartwatches

The experience with Galaxy Watch4 Classic, as compared to Huawei’s flagship Watch3 and Watch GT3, is much easier for someone with only three brain cells left functioning. One instance is when connecting the device and using the Samsung Health app — even on a non-Samsung device.

I’ve had trouble navigating Huawei’s Health app and connecting the devices to various smartphones, even with the likes of Honor 50. Meanwhile, the Galaxy Watch4 Classic works well with any smartphone. Although to maximize the device to the fullest, it’s best to use a Samsung smartphone — even if they’re old like the Galaxy S8 or an affordable one like the Galaxy A52.

Using apps that are appropriate for my lifestyle and compatible with my devices

One reason why we believe the Apple Watch is still considered the gold standard when it comes to smartwatches is because of its ecosystem, plethora of compatible apps, and plenty of straps and designs that match different personalities and lifestyles.

While the Galaxy Watch4 series isn’t enough to rival the Apple Watch, Samsung holds the crown when it comes to Android smartwatches.

Samsung really did it right, collaborating with Google for WearOS. Now, I get to route my map before heading out for a drive using Google Maps. And everything I download on my smartphone, if compatible with the smartwatch, gets automatically downloaded.

I get to respond to annoying Viber messages, control my music playback on Spotify or YouTube Music, and even use apps that help me continue the fitness journey that I started a year ago.

The Galaxy Watch4 Classic lets me track my progress during my Indoor Climbing session at Climb Central Manila

And there’s a reason why most of my friends use the Galaxy Watch4 series as well. It’s compatible with fitness apps we deem important in our lives. There’s Google Fit, Strava for my cyclist friends, adidas Running app for those who have a lot of will to run, Calm for my meditative chicas, and myFitnessPal which I also use for tracking my nutrition intake.

Samsung Galaxy Watch4 Classic

Overcoming the love-hate relationship with fitness

I used to have a love-hate relationship with smartwatches when they used to look like workout gears. It made it impossible to wear it in casual settings, which is counter-productive for those who aim to make fitness their lifestyle.

When I was still training with my coach, we came to a conclusion that it’s easier to make fitness a lifestyle when your space, clothes, and accessories are all workout-ready. I had to install dip bars, make the exercise ball and dumbbells visible right when I wake up and use a rubber mat to create a conducive space for my physical activities.

In the same way, the Galaxy Watch4 Classic was always ready to join me in my conquests. Aside from the health and fitness features it possesses, I like how it’s unassumingly a fitness-oriented device since I can sport it while wearing a dress shirt. And when used to accompany me in my workouts, it brims with features that will make the most out of your workout.

Living an active lifestyle

While it’s hard to be consistent when you live in an erratic, hectic schedule, the Galaxy Watch4 Classic reminded me to stay active. It asks me to move around, or perform stretches while I’m working consistently, sitting for hours. Even without its alerts, subconsciously, I get reminded to choose situations that will require me to be active.

Samsung Galaxy Watch4 Classic

Morning runs with my celebrity best friend

I used to take my electric scooter to move around the neighborhood, or use the car even when going to run my errands — which are sometimes within a kilometer or two away from home.

I struggled, of course, but the visibility of a lifestyle companion made me walk despite the unbearable, scorching heat. That, or I take the bicycle.

When I forget to choose the walking mode among the workout options, the Galaxy Watch4 Classic is smart enough to record your movements, and automatically switches to workout mode.

My forgetfulness is somehow saved by the highly perceptive sensors found on the smartwatch. And that high-tech functionality is what I welcome in my life.

Paying more attention to my health

I’m no stranger when it comes to a smartwatch’s health features. Every smartwatch I’ve tested has the same monitoring features to help you pay more attention to your health.

With my experience working with smartwatches, it’s the last habit I have to change. I’ve been paying more attention to my health ever since I slapped a smartwatch on my wrist.

But it’s still worth mentioning how you can solidify the habit you’ve started. It’s easy to forget stuff when you’re overwhelmed — tracking your health included.

The Galaxy Watch4 Classic’s rotating bezels made it easier for me to monitor my health. You can customize the tiles depending on your priority, but from the get-go, they have the necessary features presented accordingly.

At a glance, you can check the steps you’ve taken, the minutes you’ve been active, and the calories you’ve burned. I know, you’re already familiar with this one. These data are also accessible depending on your watch face.

Then, there are also tiles for heart rate monitoring, blood oxygen, stress levels, food and water intake, and even cycle tracking for women. Having easy access to these important data made me more aware of what changes I need to do.

To better night routines

There’s also Sleep Tracking which also coordinates with your phone, tracking your sleep through the snore or sound you make. Sometimes, I forget to wear my watch and leave it charging on the dock

There are days where you just really hit the snooze button and shut down from the world. Those times made my smartwatch and smartphone work together to record my sleep.

It won’t be able to check my pulse though. This is why I learned to take my smartwatch off when I’m taking a shower and doing my night routine. I get to pamper myself while my smartwatch recharges, so it’s ready to monitor my sleep and heart rate when I’m asleep.

That may be the only thing I didn’t like about the Samsung Galaxy Watch4 Classic. The shorter runtime could’ve been longer so I don’t need to recharge time and time again.

Anyhow, it helped me to really make an effort to perform a self-care routine. Even when I’m dead tired from a long day at work.

Working on my ideal body

It’s also worth mentioning how the Galaxy Watch4 Classic takes the spotlight with its body composition tool.

Samsung Galaxy Watch4 Classic

The new feature uses a technology called Bioelectrical Impedance Analysis (BIA). They’re basically little charges shot through your body to tell how much is fat and how much is skeletal muscle.

When you’re working on your dream body, knowing your body composition is essential to understand what changes you should make to your fitness program and diet.

Samsung Galaxy Watch4 Classic

Weekly, I check my body composition through the tool. It helps me decide how to adjust my lifestyle so I can reach my body goals. It can be tiresome to stay on this journey, but I’ve committed to taking better care of myself. And I’m elated that the smartwatch is well-rounded enough to accompany me in everything I wanted to do.

Samsung Galaxy Watch4 Classic

Designing the lifestyle I’ve been dreaming of

Frankly, I know I’m not yet there — living the life I’ve always dreamt about. A routine that works perfectly with my activities and schedule. A body that I can confidently flaunt across the cameras.

I’m still susceptible to the big changes in life that can shake my foundations, or push me back to square one and revert to my old, bad habits.

But I know I’m also far from where I’ve been. When I look in the mirror, I see a new version of myself. I jokingly state how I’m now in my version 2.4.9 as if I was a smartphone update. Although, it’s also true that I do get better over time. Because that’s what I intend to do with my life.

When you recognize the habits you want to change and take necessary actions to improve, you’ll get the results. Anything can be a tool to accompany you, as long as it fits the lifestyle you want to work for.

Samsung Galaxy Watch4 Classic

It just happens to be the Samsung Galaxy Watch4 Classic. And I’m happy to have it on my wrist and stay with me as long as it works.

Samsung Galaxy Watch4 Classic

The Samsung Galaxy Watch4 Classic retails for PhP 17,990 for the 42mm variant, and PhP 19,990 for the 46mm variant. Both sizes are available in Black or Silver colorways. You can purchase it in Samsung’s Online Store, official stores, and authorized retailers nationwide.

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