Success! Tried again today and it worked! I did hold my wrist next to the terminal. a bit longer today Maybe I was a bit hasty last time an moved away too, who knows? Anyhow, I can confirm it works with HSBC. I did have renewed hope when you confirmed it worked with First Direct as they are (or at least were) the online-only part of HSBC. Thanks
Nice watch but be aware of what you're getting into. No Google Assistant or even Bixby (!)...you are stuck with the near-useless S-Voice. Samsung Pay works with hardly any major UK banks (Santander, Co-op and HSBC are the exceptions). Worse is the app situation. Getting turn-by-turn map directions is convoluted/unreliable/near-impossible, the fitness features all revolve around Samsung Health (there are third-party ways of getting info into Google Fit and Strava) and the music controls can be erratic. Spotify has a native app but it's fundamentally broken (no way to use as a remote, only stream from the watch via WiFi). For just notifications, phone calls and 'mirroring' your phone etc it's a stylish choice (and takes any 22mm band). The stainless steel case and rotating bezel are superb. But, like the whole Android smartwatch landscape, it's a bit of a mess overall.
Just for info i've had this watch since xmas. Its generally very good in my opinion but does have one major flaw if you are buying it to use as a sports tracker, its lack of proper Strava integration. It has a Strava app at a very raw early stage of development (v1.x) which appears not to work correctly (I lost cycle records because it simply refused to sync). It also has a sync feature between samsungs health app and Strava which sort of works but produces different results depending on whether you synced the data via the app or manually exported the same data (I had one cycle where my top speed was supposedly 45mph on the sync and 32mph on the manual data export!!! Go figure.) I've been using a third party app called Gears Tracker which so far seems to work better but its far from ideal. Hopefully samsung can sort out this issue because I feel it lets down what is otherwise a nice product.
The only annoying thing I find is the sarcastic Samsung Health messages it displays when I stand up after about two hours.....WELL DONE! LOL
Is the offer still available? If so, got a link to the bundle? I could only find the watch on it's own. It's OK, I found it! Samsung 46mm + Duo Charger Would maybe have gone for it as well, but just bought the damn charger for £44.50 a few days ago.