With a refreshed design and new styles to pick from, the Samsung Galaxy Watch is arguably our favourite Samsung smartwatch so far.
Samsung’s Tizen OS might have its problems (ahem, apps), but it’s approach to other aspects of the smartwatch experience definitely get the thumbs up from us. We’re talking notification support, sports features and mixing things up in the watch face department.
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Whether it’s the company’s own creations or those from third-party apps, you’ll never be short of watch faces on the Galaxy Watch. But who wants to trawl through those faces when we can pick out some top ones for you, instead?
Now that we’ve done some long term living with Samsung’s latest watch, we’ve selected some of the Galaxy Watch faces we’re loving right now. Some are already hidden on your smartwatch, some you’ll have to download, but all are deserving of a place on your wrist.
Check back as we add more to this list, and throw any of your own suggestions in the comment section below.
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Let’s kick things off with Samsung’s own My Day watch face – one it touted during its Galaxy Watch announcement and new for Tizen 4.0. As you might have already deduced, this one gives you a glanceable look at – drumroll, please – your day.
It syncs with your calendar to give you a tab for when you’re getting close to events (in our case, a features meeting), and clicking it pops open the details in a mini-screen. Since this is a Samsung-own face, there’s also room to customise. If you hold down the face, you’ll be given the option to change the style of the hands, as well as mute/unmute toggling for the ticking sound.
Samsung debuted Rings through the Gear Sport last year, but the face has been given an upgrade for the Gear Sport. Now, the Rings have a depth effect which you can toggle, meaning the rings move around with your wrist.
Like with My Day, the colour of the rings can also be changed – from the blue palette shown above to green and orange equivalents. The best option for those who want to keep an eye on their steps taken and floors travelled, we just wish it came with the choice to mix up what activity metrics were shown.
Fallout 4 Pip Boy
Available to download through the Galaxy Watch itself (simply scroll to Galaxy Apps and select the ‘top watch faces’ option), the Fallout 4 Pip Boy face takes inspiration from the popular video game series. Nothing is customisable here, but you do get pretty much all the info you could need regarding your day – battery life, heart rate, date, steps taken – while shortcuts to music and your gallery also rest above the time.
Hey, what’s with all these smartwatches masquerading as classical timepieces? With Large, you can take things into the new age and leave the analogue life where it belongs – in the past. Also perfect for those who struggle to actually, you know, tell the time, this face from Samsung gives you the quickest look at the time and also lets you customise which widgets sit above and below the time – pick from heart rate, battery, the date, steps or floors, or just have it blank and keep it simple.
Present on the Gear S3, the Frontier watch face is also one to be refreshed for the Galaxy Watch. It’s an analogue look, with three dials to indicate how close you are to your goal in steps and floors, as well as how far along the sun is from rising/setting. A neat touch on this face is that the shine effect (running diagonally on the example above) moves with your wrist.
If you want to customise this one, you’ll get two different styles of hands and be able to toggle the dials on/off and do the same with the ticking sound. Great for those who, unlike users of the Large face, can adequately tell the time using those tricky hands.
Similar to the Large watch face, Dashboard has a little bit more meat on the screen. And by meat, we actually mean widgets. You can not only pick from 12 different colours, but each of the four spaces around the digital time can be customised to prioritise either battery, date, steps, weather, sunrise/sunset time, world clock, barometer, floors or heart rate. You also have the option to shortcut to your exercise app or music.
A downloadable option through Samsung’s Galaxy Apps section of the watch, the Messa Daytona gives you the classic look of a regular timepiece while, obviously, remaining smartwatch-y. Unfortunately, there’s no customisable elements here, but there is a nice shiny effect on board and we love how the seconds hand glides across the face. A solid recruit for when you get bored of Samsung’s own analogue options.
You’ve got a Samsung Galaxy Watch, so, hey, why not shout about it with the Samsung Black face? If you’re a true Sammy fanboy, head over to the to Galaxy Apps area of the device and pick this one up. Granted, there’s no shine effect (like with Frontier and Messa Daytona), or ability to change the colour, but it’s a good one to keep in the rotation.
Essentially a souped-up version of Samsung’s Frontier face, the G-Watch gives you neat looks at your battery life, heart rate and your step goal – as well as the day and date on the right hand side. Head to the Galaxy App Store to sync this one – perfect with those who have the same midnight black case as we do above.
On the opposite end to the Samsung Black watch, the Emporio face takes your Galaxy Watch and hides it behind the Armani brand. Emporio already has their own smartwatches, of course, but if you want to combine that look with your Galaxy Watch – look no further than the Galaxy App Store for this one. Again, like other downloadable options, no customisation is available here, but you do get a sleek black look with a battery indicator resting above six o’clock.
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