Samsung Galaxy Watch vs. Samsung Gear Sport

By | 5th September 2018

While Android phones are our main passion, we're also enthralled with all things wearable tech. From smartwatches to fitness bands and more, we live and breath this stuff to help you find the gadgets that are right for you.

Galaxy Watch

Latest and greatest

$329 - $349 at Amazon

Pros

  • Available in two sizes
  • Much larger battery
  • Optional LTE model
  • Faster + more efficient processor

Cons

  • Expensive

The Galaxy Watch is Samsung's latest flagship smartwatch. It comes in two sizes, promises days of battery life on a single charge, and has a faster processor. The problem? It's far from cheap.

Gear Sport

Budget pick

$247 at Amazon

Pros

  • Looks and feels great
  • Has 90% of the Galaxy Watch's features
  • More affordable

Cons

  • Only available in one size
  • No LTE support

2017's Gear Sport is still a great gadget. It shares many of the Galaxy Watch's features, including built-in GPS, waterproofing, and Samsung Pay. If you need LTE or maximum battery life, however, it may not be for you.

Samsung's Galaxy Watch is the smartwatch to get if you want the very latest the company has to offer, but if you're okay sacrificing about 10% of the experience, the Gear Sport has many of the same features for a lot less money.

Which watch is for you?

While there are a few things that distinctly separate the Galaxy Watch from the Gear Sport, the watches have more in common than you might think.

From a software perspective, you'll be met with the same general experience. The Galaxy Watch is running a slightly newer version at Tizen 4.0 compared to Tizen 3.0 on the Gear Sport, but the overall look and feel is pretty much the same. You've got access to the same apps, watch faces, and user interface. The Galaxy Watch does have some software tricks that the Gear Sport doesn't have, such as Bixby Voice, but Samsung's proven to do a good job in the past with updating its older wearable tech to newer software that's come out following its release.

The two watches also both have built-in GPS for tracking your runs/walks without needing to carry your phone, NFC chips for Samsung Pay, waterproofing, heart-rate sensors, and rotating-bezels around the display that can be used for navigating the various menus and apps.

Samsung Galaxy WatchSamsung Gear Sport
Operating SystemTizen 4.0Tizen 3.0
Dimensions46 x 49 x 13 mm (46mm)
41.9 x 45.7 x 12.7 mm (42mm)
42.9 x 44.6 x 11.6 mm
Display1.3-inch AMOLED 360 x 360 (46mm)
1.2-inch AMOLED 360 x 360 (42mm)
1.2-inch AMOLED 360 x 360
ProcessorExynos 9110 Dual core 1.15GHzExynos 3250 Dual core 1.0GHz
Battery472 mAh (46mm)
270 mAh (42mm)
300 mAh
ConnectivityLTE
GPS
NFC
Bluetooth 4.2
GPS
NFC
Bluetooth 4.2
ColorsSilver
Midnight Black
Rose Gold
Black
Blue

If so much is similar between the two, what does the Galaxy Watch do to justify its higher price?

For starters, the battery life is much better. The 472 mAh battery inside the 46mm Galaxy Watch is rated for 4+ days of use on a single charge. The battery inside the 42mm Galaxy Watch is actually smaller than the Gear Sport's, but the newer processor should still offer similar, if not better, endurance.

Also, if you want to be able to receive notifications and make calls on your smartwatch without having to always be connected to your phone, only the Galaxy Watch has an LTE model.

Samsung Galaxy Watch

Latest and greatest

$329 - $349 at Amazon

The very best smartwatch Samsung offers.

With a huge battery and support for LTE, the Galaxy Watch is the most powerful wearable in Samsung's lineup. It's expensive, yes, but you do get what you pay for.

Samsung Gear Sport

Budget pick

A fully-featured watch that costs a lot less.

$247 at Amazon

If you don't mind charging your watch every night and can live without LTE, the Gear Sport is a great pick. It has almost every feature the Galaxy Watch does but costs a lot less.