Are Samsung Watches Expensive?

Are Samsung Watches Expensive?

Finally, the days have come where people are adopting Smart Watches just like they first got their hand on smartphones. But, they don’t come cheap and cost around $300-400. Are Samsung watches expensive? What makes them so expensive? and what features do they actually deliver except for telling time that answers for such a value?

Hello, I am a software engineer working for Samsung Electronics. All the projects that I work on are System Apps for Samsung Galaxy Watches.

First, let’s talk about the hardware and manufacturing level of things. The watch itself costs more than half of its market price to manufacture. The watch contains a Samsung AMOLED display with gorilla glass that won’t easily break, equipped with a mobile processor, more than sufficient RAM, and just the right enough storage you will need in a watch.

Basically, they put together a phone in form of a watch. It has its own e-SIM, WiFi, GPS Location, and Bluetooth. So, what makes them stand out? Well, the sensors and features that come with it are not ordinary.

Ok, so let’s talk about the features and finally settle if they are worth the price.

Health

Samsung Watches are equipped with all the high-end health and fitness sensors such as heart monitors, sensors to calculate your body composition, etc. Won’t get into the technical parts on how they work or how it helps.

The thing I want to highlight is, these sensors are darn accurate. Comparing the watch data with actual data really shows how similar the measurements are!

Efficiency

Can it get your thing done on the go? Yes, it can. Here are some of the features to make your life easier-

  • Faster notification and smart reply.
  • Handle calls & silent your phone from the watch.
  • Control your Power Point slides during presentation.
  • Control your phone’s camera remotely with live feed.
  • Bixby and Google assistant accessibly from the watch. (Google assistant is included from Samsung Galaxy Watch 4 Series)
  • Directly connecting your buds, headphone or speaker with the watch to play music without the need of your phone. You can also connect them through your phone (Watch -> Phone -> Speaker).
  • Map and Compass for navigation. (Pressure sensor and altitude sensor takes it to the next level)

Build & The Quality

The build quality is better than their phones I must say, since it is always on your hand and needs to survive potential accidental bumps. As for its bezel, it is patented by Samsung, which is why you don’t see this kind of bezel on other smartwatches. In the classic watches, you can rotate the bezel to scroll and on the bezel-less models, you still have a soft bezel around the screen (edge swipe is identified as a scroll).

Comparison to Other Watches

I checked out Fossil Smart Watch and Huawei Smart Watches that cost about the same price and I kid you not! The Samsung is faster, loads a ton of extra features, and that really good-looking OneUI 3.0! I urge you to check out other smartwatches when you hit the market. Unfortunately, however, I can not compare this to Apple watches, because I haven’t checked it out thoroughly enough (yet!).

Can it replace smartphones?

For the time being, no. and the only thing stopping it to do so is the screen size. Nonetheless, it sure can take care of many of your smartphone tasks just as well. Let me also add that the watch itself can work

Where does the rest of the money go?

Towards the research and development of the watch. This is where engineers like me come in. All the system, security, software, and testing costs quite a lot actually. Samsung hires engineers around the globe with a reasonably high salary to get the best ones. This R&D takes some time too, as the watch is equipped with apps, lot of apps. So many, that you might not need to download any from the store. This is because Samsung already tried to make all the apps that can possibly make use of the features their watch can offer. This is why Samsung watches are expensive.

Conclusion

To conclude, does the price tag on Samsung Watches justify the price tag it comes along with? Well, if you consider the cost of making the watch, the amount of R&D it requires, and the profit that the company makes, then Yes, the price tag should make sense for many.

The real question we should be asking ourselves when buying a Samsung Galaxy Watch is- “Will I be using it to extend its capability?” or “Do I have a need for it in my daily life?”

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