Samsung Galaxy Watch5 review: Best Android smartwatch on the market


Samsung’s Galaxy Watch series smartwatches have found their niche in the smartwatch market. With its familiar design, easy-to-use interface, and numerous health sensors and relatively pocket-friendly design, the smartwatch from Samsung has carved a niche for itself especially in India. If anything, the reports are a testament to the trend, with the company’s Galaxy Watch4 having one of the chartbuster quarters. quarter, Continuing this legacy, Samsung earlier this year launched the Galaxy Watch 5 as the successor to last year’s Galaxy Watch 4 smartwatch.

Now, the Samsung Galaxy Watch 5 isn’t much different from the Galaxy Watch 4, at least not remotely. Still, it feels refreshing because of the incremental changes Samsung introduced this year. For example, the company this year removed the physically rotating dial, which was similar to the Galaxy Watch series, and replaced it with a digital dial this year. In addition, Samsung has marginally reduced the sensor size on the back of the watch and added a skin temperature sensor, which you can’t use yet. This year it has also increased the size of the battery. While the 40mm variant packs a 284mAh battery, the 44mm variant, which we used, gets a 410mAh battery.

Aside from changing the look and feel of the watch, Samsung hasn’t completely revamped its smartwatch with the Galaxy Watch5. So, if you have a Galaxy Watch 4, you can skip this generation to see what Samsung has to offer next year. But if you’re looking to upgrade from an older Galaxy Watch model or if you’re planning on buying a new smartwatch, the Samsung Galaxy Watch 5 offers something for everyone.

Before getting into the detailed review, here is a quick rundown of its top features and price.

Samsung Galaxy Watch5: Specifications

Shape: 44.4 x 43.3 x 9.8 mm (44 mm) / 39.3 x 40.4 x 9.8 mm (40 mm)

show: 1.4-inch with a resolution of 450 x 450 pixels (44 mm) / 1.2-inch with a resolution of 396 x 396 pixels (40 mm)

Processor: Samsung’s Exynos W920

Commemoration: 1.5GB RAM + 16GB Storage

battery: 284mAh for the 40mm variant, 410mAh for the 44mm variant

Connectivity: Bluetooth, LTE, NFC, GPS

Compatibility: Android 8.0 or higher

colour’s: Graphite, Silver, Sapphire for the 44mm variant, Graphite, Silver, Pinkgold for the 40mm variant

worth: Rs 27,999 (40mm, Bluetooth), Rs 32,999 (40mm, LTE), Rs 27,999 (40mm, Bluetooth), Rs 30,999 (44mm, Bluetooth), Rs 35,999 (44mm, LTE)

Samsung Galaxy Watch5: Design

The Samsung Galaxy Watch 5 has the same distinctive design that we saw on the Galaxy Watch 3 and Galaxy Watch 4. This means you get a polished aluminum disc along with two physical buttons on the right side. These buttons are part of a metal disc that moves forward on either side to be joined by silicone straps.

Image: Shweta Ganju / BGR India

However, there are some subtle differences as well. Samsung has replaced its physically rotating dial with a digital dial that gives users access to the apps on board. The company has also reduced the height of heart rate monitoring and other sensors in the back of this metal disc. As a result, the Galaxy Watch5 is more comfortable to wear at night, even while sleeping. It also sits comfortably to provide more accurate health measurements.

Overall, the Galaxy Watch 5 isn’t the lightest smartwatch, at least the 44mm version is, but it’s not one of the heaviest either. It takes some time to get used to the Galaxy Watch5, but once you do, it is definitely one of the most comfortable smartwatches on the market right now.

Samsung Galaxy Watch5: Display

Now let’s talk about the display.

Both models of the Galaxy Watch5 come with a circular Super AMOLED display with a resolution of 450 x 450 pixels for the 44mm variant, a peak brightness of 1,000 nits, and round and dark circular bezels, similar to last year’s Galaxy Watch 4. is similar to. The display of the Galaxy Watch5 is bright with just the right amount of contrast. The screen is bright and it holds up well against the harsh Delhi sun and dark rainy mornings. Vibrant colors stand out in front of the display’s deep bezels, which in turn makes the overall reading experience quite comfortable.

In case you’re wondering, Display Tech isn’t a major update that Samsung is aiming for this year. Instead, it has focused on making its smartwatch stronger. The Galaxy Watch 5 sports a sapphire crystal display, which the company says is 60 percent tougher than the cover glass available on the Galaxy Watch 4. This, in turn, makes the Galaxy Watch5 a bit more durable than its predecessor.

In fact, the Galaxy Watch5 handles day-to-day wear with ease. Although I didn’t do the drop test to check how durable this smartwatch is, I bumped into things several times while using this smartwatch. What I liked about this smartwatch is that the Galaxy Watch 5 stays on (without a scratch) every time, even if I don’t.

Simply put, the Galaxy Watch5 offers a bright and vibrant display that provides a comfortable viewing experience, whatever the lighting conditions.

Samsung Galaxy Watch5: Software and Performance

Now, let’s talk about the most important part of this discussion: how well the Galaxy Watch5 performs in daily use.

Samsung hasn’t made any major changes to the design of the Galaxy Watch 5. This is also true for software. The Samsung Galaxy Watch 5 runs on Google’s Wear OS 3-based One UI Watch. The overall look and feel of the smartwatch feels very familiar, even if you’re coming from a different smartwatch. For example, you can swipe right to view all notifications, swipe left to access all health-related features, swipe up to access the app drawer, and access Quick Controls. You can swipe down to access. Nothing is out of place and everything feels familiar.

But there are areas where Samsung has made the difference clear. For example, you can’t use the Galaxy Watch5 with Google’s Wear OS app. Instead you will need the Galaxy Wearable app for this to work. In addition, you’ll need to download the Samsung Health app to use the Galaxy Watch 5’s health tracking capabilities, even if you’re using a non-Samsung smartphone. However this is not the only compromise you will be making if you decide to use a non-Samsung smartphone.

In terms of performance, the Galaxy Watch5 has everything you could ask for in a smartwatch, especially in this price range. It comes with Samsung’s Bioactive sensor, along with a host of other sensors that offer a variety of health tracking capabilities, from heart rate tracking to ECGs to blood oxygen level monitoring and even stress management, all of which are flawed. work from. The Galaxy Watch5 also offers sleep tracking feature and Sleep Insights. However, the clock needs at least a week’s worth of data to generate meaningful insights. That said, in my case, the Galaxy Watch 5 didn’t provide any surprising insight, something I didn’t already know. Additionally, it comes with a skin temperature sensor, which is not yet activated.

Image: Shweta Ganju / BGR India

Coming to the features, the Galaxy Watch5 offers native support for Google Assistant, which is a welcome relief from using Bixby, especially if you’re not using a Samsung smartphone. You also get Samsung Pay, which is helpful only if you use a non-Samsung smartphone. But if your usage leans toward Google, you also get support for Google’s suite of apps and other third-party apps like Spotify and Outlook.

Another thing that I like about the Galaxy Watch5 is its speaker. You can make calls from this watch even if your phone is not around, that is, if you are using the LTE variant. And if you’re using the Bluetooth version, you can still make calls from the watch and the good thing is that they won’t feel suffocating at all.

Samsung Galaxy Watch5: Battery

The battery is, perhaps, the least impressive feature on the Galaxy Watch 5 this year. Samsung says the Galaxy Watch5’s battery is 13 percent bigger than last year’s Galaxy Watch5. Although it looks good on paper, it doesn’t make a dent in use at all.

The Galaxy Watch5’s battery lasts a little over a day during day-to-day usage. So, if you charge the smartwatch early in the morning, the battery will last for the day and the next night but after that you have to hurry to give it a boost. But on weak days, when I barely used the watch, which is mostly during weekends, I was able to squeeze a day and a half of battery life out of the Galaxy Watch5, albeit in low power mode with only the most basic features. . The Galaxy Watch5 gets fully charged in an hour.

Samsung Galaxy Watch5: Verdict

Now the million dollar question: should you buy the Samsung Galaxy Watch5 or not? Well, the answer to this question is easier than you think. The Galaxy Watch5 offers incremental updates as compared to the Galaxy Watch4. So, if you’re using the Galaxy Watch 4, you can skip this generation to opt for its successor next year that will provide more meaningful updates. But if you are using an older Samsung Galaxy smartwatch or if you are using an older smartwatch, the Galaxy Watch 5 is definitely a go-to with its health tracking features, easy-to-use interface, feature set and elegant design. is the way.

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