Samsung Galaxy Watch 5 Professional review: Prepared for journey

Samsung Galaxy Watch 5 Professional

The Galaxy Watch 5 Professional is a robust wearable that refines Samsung’s smartwatch system with a stronger construct, longer battery life, and new health monitoring options, whereas persevering with to ship a user-friendly interface and a complete app suite. Whereas a number of thrilling new launches on the horizon may problem the established order, for now, that is the very best Put on OS watch you should purchase — simply anticipate to pay a premium for it.

Samsung’s newest flagship watches carry modifications massive and small. The most important change, nevertheless, is that the collection now features a actually premium mannequin: the Galaxy Watch 5 Professional.

Constructing on the success of the Galaxy Watch 4, each the Galaxy Watch 5 base and Professional fashions exhibit incremental enhancements and a variety of shared specs. But whether or not it’s the stronger sapphire glass and titanium construct, a lot bigger battery, unique monitoring options, or the fancier buckle, the Professional mannequin packs loads further to set itself aside from its predecessors and its non-Professional sibling. The fee? The next value and the ditching a fan favourite that may disappoint you. In brief, there’s so much to chew on earlier than loading one into your procuring cart. Discover out extra in our Samsung Galaxy Watch 5 Professional review.

About this Samsung Galaxy Watch 5 Professional review: I examined the Samsung Galaxy Watch 5 Professional over a interval of seven days. It was operating R92020XXU1AVG6. The unit was related to a Samsung Galaxy A51 all through the testing interval. The Galaxy Watch 5 Professional was supplied to Android Authority by Samsung for this review.

What you could know in regards to the Samsung Galaxy Watch 5 Professional

A Samsung Galaxy Watch 5 Pro displays a customizable, endangered animal watch face.

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  • Galaxy Watch 5 40mm (Bluetooth): $279 / £269 / €299 / Rs. 28,000
  • Galaxy Watch 5 40mm (LTE): $329 / £319 / €349 / Rs. 33,000
  • Galaxy Watch 5 44mm (Bluetooth): $279 / £269 / €299 / Rs. 31,000
  • Galaxy Watch 5 44mm (LTE): $329 / £319 / €349 / Rs. 36,000
  • Galaxy Watch 5 Professional 45mm (Bluetooth): $449 / £429 / €429 / Rs. 45,000
  • Galaxy Watch 5 Professional 45mm (LTE): $499 / £479 / €519 / Rs. 50,000

The Galaxy Watch 5 collection is the latest iteration of Samsung’s smartwatch household to hit cabinets and is available in two distinctive variations and 6 completely different configurations. The bottom mannequin Galaxy Watch 5 dons an analogous aesthetic to 2021’s sporty vanilla mannequin, and the all-new Professional, which replaces the Galaxy Watch 4 Basic, affords an upgraded and extra sturdy possibility for taking out on the path. Each are suitable with most trendy Android telephones, although the total feature-set is saved solely for Galaxy smartphone customers.

Nonetheless operating Samsung’s One UI over the Google/Samsung group venture that’s Put on OS 3, these watches might really feel acquainted should you’ve used, held, and even merely forged a watch over the Galaxy Watch 4 collection. Each Galaxy Watch 5 units characteristic built-in GPS and Bluetooth, with LTE fashions out there in each dimension. Based on Samsung, all fashions additionally home a newly upgraded sensor bundle. Plus, along with an electrocardiogram (ECG), optical coronary heart charge sensor, and physique composition sensor, Samsung added a physique temperature scanner for recording your stats at evening.

Whereas lots of the execs and cons of the Galaxy Watch 5 duo are relevant to each watches, we examined the bigger, sturdier, and extra feature-rich Professional variant. We’ll talk about each on this review, however for extra on the usual mannequin, make sure to dig into our Galaxy Watch 5 collection purchaser’s information.

The Galaxy Watch 5 Professional is stronger and extra action-packed than ever, however it loses some ‘traditional’ options.

As for the Galaxy Watch 5 Professional, it has a titanium case and a stronger Sapphire glass over the show. It additionally sneaks in a considerably bigger battery, with Samsung promising as much as 20 hours of battery life in GPS mode, plus a brand new charging cable that may juice the watch up from zero to 45% in simply half-hour. It additionally comes with Samsung’s D-buckle band as normal. What customers will discover proper off the bat is the absence of a bodily bezel. For higher or worse, the collection drops this widespread characteristic.

The Galaxy Watch 5 Professional is available in only one 45mm case dimension and two shade choices: Grey Titanium and Black Titanium. The brand new straps additionally solely are available in two colours: Black and Grey. The Galaxy Watch 5 collection goes on normal sale beginning August 26. Should you’re nonetheless within the pre-order window (which closes on August 25), you possibly can snag a free Wi-fi Charger Duo. Likewise, should you commerce in older eligible Samsung wearables you possibly can take as much as $125 off the price of your new watch.

The Bluetooth-only fashions are in the stores direct from Samsung, in addition to main retailers like Amazon, Greatest Purchase, and extra. The pricier LTE-compatible watch variants are bought by main carriers within the US, similar to Verizon, T-Cell, and AT&T.

Design: Bezel-less however constructed to final

A Samsung Galaxy Watch 5 Pro on a user's wrists shows gaping below the watch lugs.

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Let’s get the plain out of the way in which: the rotating bezel is a characteristic many Galaxy Watch customers love, however you gained’t discover one right here. Final seen whipping by Put on OS 3 options on the Galaxy Watch 4 Basic, Samsung’s fan-favorite bodily bezel is nowhere to be discovered throughout the complete Galaxy Watch 5 collection, together with the Professional mannequin. As an alternative, we’re left with one other software-based touchscreen bezel from the South Korean large, which is, sadly, not nice. Nailing the sensitivity is difficult in the very best of circumstances and practically unimaginable when you introduce sweat or sunscreen.

The obvious design change is the absence of a bodily bezel for navigating the consumer interface. As an alternative, the Galaxy Watch 5 Professional depends on a software-based bezel.

Given the addition of so many new mountain climbing options on the Professional mannequin, I took it on some fairly gnarly journeys within the blazing solar to completely check its limits. In consequence, SPF performed a starring position on this review interval. Sadly, the touchscreen didn’t play nicely with greasy arms. Contact navigation additionally isn’t preferrred for figuring out after extreme sweat build-up. General, it was laborious to not pine for a number of extra buttons, particularly when testing a tool that’s aiming to muscle into Garmin‘s stomping grounds (particularly, wherever with restricted pavement and extreme mosquitos). Should you’ve solely ever used Galaxy Watch fashions with contact bezels, you could be used to all these quirks already, however the lack of selection is an actual bummer.

A Samsung Galaxy Watch 5 Pro rests on a black leather book

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Past the bezel, the Galaxy Watch 5 Professional is straightforward on the eyes. Each the bottom and Professional fashions now cowl their beautiful AMOLED shows with Sapphire Crystal glass lenses, which Samsung claims is 60% stronger than the Gorilla Glass on the earlier era. All fashions additionally provide IP68 and 5ATM rankings for water and stress resistance, in addition to a MIL-STD-810G sturdiness ranking. I didn’t try and shatter my show throughout this review, however I did put on it on quite a few hikes and whereas cleansing out my wood-filled shed, and the watch made it by the week with no scratch. Whereas the bottom mannequin appears markedly much like 2021’s mannequin, the Professional glams it up with a titanium construct (the Watch 5 is Samsung’s “Armor Aluminum”), a bigger dial, and a raised metallic edge. The result’s a refined assertion piece. And I do imply assertion; the Professional solely is available in a 45mm case dimension that’s fairly cumbersome for small wrists.

Oddly, the watch doesn’t precisely match up with the scale on Samsung’s official spec sheets that have been despatched out at launch. As an alternative of 10.5mm of thickness, the Professional really measures in at barely over 15mm (0.59 inches). That’s as a result of Samsung’s itemizing solely consists of the gadget’s steel sidewall and never its protruding sensor bundle. The brand new sensor supposedly gives higher contact to your wrist so the gadget can seize extra correct physique temperature and coronary heart charge measurements. I couldn’t really feel a distinction whereas carrying it in comparison with the Galaxy Watch 4, so it’s an easy change to just accept for probably improved accuracy.

Then again, the steel sidewall extends on every finish to kind steel lugs the place you’ll discover a problem we encountered when testing the Galaxy Watch 4. The angle at which the watch band and lugs join leaves a noticeable hole. This makes the already outsized gadget appear much more colossal. Personally, I desire a big gadget, even on my petite wrist, however the gaping band isn’t preferrred.

Samsung Galaxy Watch 5 Pro D Buckle OpenSamsung Galaxy Watch 5 Pro D Buckle

This brings us to a different main change customers will discover immediately on the Professional mannequin, the brand new premium D-buckle band. Based on Samsung, this design tweak is to offer a safer match in addition to an elevated aesthetic. After carrying the Galaxy Watch 5 Professional for per week, I can attest to each. Nevertheless, I’ll problem a warning: the primary time you arrange the D-buckle is a cumbersome course of. I pinched my pores and skin a number of occasions earlier than getting it proper.

When you lock into your dimension, taking it on and off is actually easy and the look may be very elegant. No extra remembering precisely which gap you employ for a cosy match, simply line up the magnets and go. The D-buckle completely creates a extra refined expertise and echoes that of a high-end analog accent. Plus, my watch stayed put completely throughout exercises which may solely assist when it comes to accuracy. If, for some cause, you don’t like the brand new clasp, the watch is suitable with third-party 20mm bands as nicely. Then again, should you love the brand new clasp however aren’t bought on the remainder of the Professional’s options, you should buy one individually and swap it onto the bottom mannequin Galaxy Watch 5 and even your Galaxy Watch 4. It would run you about $80, although.

The one actual draw back to the D-buckle is that its inflexible design means it gained’t sit properly on the again of a smartphone with reverse wi-fi charging capabilities (like Samsung’s flagship handsets) or some wi-fi charging pads until you are taking it off. A weird oversight to say the least.

A Samsung Galaxy Watch 5 Pro displays a vibrant floral watch face.

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As talked about, the Galaxy Watch 5 Professional is simply out there in restricted colours. You’ll be able to seize the brand new D-buckle strap in both Grey or Black and pair it with both a Black Titanium or Grey Titanium case. The bottom mannequin is offered in a number of extra enjoyable choices however, as you possibly can doubtless see from the pictures of our Grey Titanium unit, Professional mannequin customers must look to the show for pops of shade.

Aiding in that regard are new watch faces that includes bolder hues and much more customization. We have been already followers of the various Galaxy Watch faces out there and extra are all the time welcome. Some previous favorites additionally acquired updates, like extra choices for problems and added background decisions (i.e. the endangered animal watch faces now embody an lovable panda). When you faucet past the watch face, the software program expertise on the Galaxy Watch 5 ought to look acquainted, however we’ll get extra into that later on this review.

Battery: Extra time on the wrist and fewer time on the charger

A user reviews the battery life remaining on her Samsung Galaxy Watch 5 Pro.

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Arguably the largest improve Samsung brings to the desk with the Galaxy Watch 5 Professional is a much bigger battery. The flagship mannequin incorporates a 590mAh cell which Samsung claims will translate to 80 hours of standard use or 20 hours with steady GPS utilization. As all the time, battery life varies based mostly on gadget use and enabled options and, unsurprisingly, I used to be not capable of hit these benchmarks, however Samsung has made some progress on battery endurance with the Galaxy Watch 5 Professional.

As an alternative, the watch lasted about two full days, together with two nights of sleep monitoring, two GPS exercises, two indoor exercises, and loads of putzing round menus and apps for this review. I began with the watch at 100% round 8 PM and needed to high off two evenings later to trace my third sleep. I additionally saved the always-on show enabled. Disabling the always-on show is a simple solution to stretch the battery life additional if wanted.

One other main drain is GPS. I discovered that outside runs for slightly below an hour constantly drained about 10% of my battery. Longer walks and rides ate up much more. On days I took lengthy hikes to check out the navigation options, the bigger battery was a welcome enchancment, however it wouldn’t maintain up for a multi-day trek. The prolonged life is definitely a commendable enchancment over final yr’s Watch 4 Basic.

The Galaxy Watch 5 Professional’s improved battery life and quicker charging means extra time monitoring key well being and health stats.

Sadly, whereas the Galaxy Watch 5 Professional enjoys longer battery life from era to era, early reviews counsel the bottom Galaxy Watch 5 doesn’t fare so nicely, although that’s not surprising contemplating it has a a lot smaller 276mAh cell as normal (or a 397mAh battery for the 44mm model).

For an on a regular basis smartwatch, the added battery life on the Galaxy Watch 5 Professional is a step in the precise route, even when there’s clearly extra work to be carried out with battery optimization inside Put on OS in comparison with units from Fitbit and Garmin (although the Professional mannequin is definitely inside Apple Watch endurance territory). Fortunately, Samsung didn’t cease there, as the complete Galaxy Watch 5 collection additionally now fees quicker — 10W wi-fi charging up from a most of 5W on the Galaxy Watch 4. Based on the corporate, it can cost from zero to 45% in half-hour. I examined this declare, throwing our Professional on the included proprietary USB-C charger when it was utterly lifeless, and after half-hour, it fell simply brief at a nonetheless respectable 44%. A full cost took about 90 minutes — a full half an hour lower than the Galaxy Watch 4.

Well being and health monitoring: Samsung needs you to take a hike

A Samsung Galaxy Watch 5 Pro displays a user's basic stats including step count, sleep data, heart rate, and stress.

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All of the well being and health options you anticipate make a return look on the Galaxy Watch 5 collection because it appears to problem the easiest health trackers you should purchase.

Just like the Galaxy Watch 4 lineup, this era affords Samsung’s “BioActive” sensor trio for monitoring coronary heart charge, electrical coronary heart sign, and physique composition, plus blood oxygen monitoring by way of an SpO2 sensor. Based on Samsung, that is an up to date bundle providing better accuracy and some new methods. The watch additionally measures stress, sleep, screens your actions, and affords feminine well being monitoring by the Samsung Well being app.

A Samsung Galaxy Watch 5 Pro displays the ECG screen.

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Earlier than we get into the weeds although, solely choose customers can entry the lineup’s full health-tracking toolkit. The electrocardiogram (ECG) stays a key instrument accessible solely when the watch is paired with a Samsung telephone. Blood stress monitoring is restricted to Samsung telephone customers as nicely, as each require the Samsung Galaxy-only Well being Monitor app. Should you reside within the US, you gained’t be capable of use blood stress monitoring even with a Samsung telephone because the characteristic just isn’t out there within the area.

For the fundamentals, the Galaxy Watch 5 Professional delivers. Step rely is true on par with comparable wearables and the watch options over 90 sport modes for dipping right into a extra particular exercise. Customers also can allow auto-detection which, for strolling, is likely one of the greatest within the recreation. I’ve by no means been so constantly notified I’ve taken a stroll, a behavior that, till this review, I didn’t notice that I continuously miss out on with monitoring units. Should you are inclined to tempo when on the telephone with kinfolk, simply know you’ll be prompted to report that carpet burning as a stroll as nicely.

A Samsung Galaxy Watch 5 Pro hangs from a branch, displaying the device's sport mode menu.

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One headlining new characteristic for hikers is Monitor Again. If you’re on an out-and-back path or if you’re mid-hike however need to return the way in which you got here, Monitor Again will lead you again to the beginning on the identical path you took to your present location. I examined this characteristic on an area hike and it labored as anticipated. Nevertheless, once I opted for a slight variation, the watch didn’t choose up that I used to be off the trail.

In my case, this wasn’t an issue, I may see the path from the place I used to be selecting to stroll. Nevertheless, this may very well be extra regarding should you unknowingly be part of a parallel path and might’t reconnect to your meant route. In an space like a state park with a number of routes, for instance, you could not need to depend on your Galaxy Watch 5 Professional solely, however it’s nonetheless a pleasant addition.

A Samsung Galaxy Watch 5 Pro user follows an uploaded .GPX route.

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One other new characteristic is the flexibility to load a GPX file to navigate a route. The primary time you employ this characteristic, you’ll see a Route tile in your watch. One bummer off the bat is that as of this writing, you possibly can solely make the most of this characteristic for biking or mountain climbing and never operating, strolling, or every other sport mode. Should you occur to be an avid hiker or bike owner although, this can be a useful gizmo. You’ll be able to repeat saved routes or share routes with buddies. When you add a GPX file to your telephone you possibly can import it to Samsung Well being, which can in flip sync the path to your watch.

Importing GPX recordsdata to your Galaxy Watch 5 Professional for turn-by-turn navigation is a pleasant addition for avid hikers and cyclists.

Out of your watch, you possibly can choose which route you need to begin, review the route particulars, and select whether or not to do it ahead or in reverse. I repeated the identical hike twice throughout this review to check out the characteristic and was impressed by each the turn-by-turn navigation (one other Galaxy Watch 5 Professional unique characteristic), together with the gap to my subsequent flip, and the general ease of use. The Galaxy Watch 5 Professional additionally let me know once I missed a flip, (deliberately… for analysis functions…), although with a substantial delay which may show irritating should you don’t know the mountain climbing route all that nicely.

A satellite view of GPS data shows the Samsung Galaxy Watch 5 Pro GPS deviating slightly from that of the Apple Watch Series 6.

Each of the brand new mountain climbing navigation options above are distinctive to the Galaxy Watch 5 Professional. Constructed-in GPS, alternatively, is offered on all Galaxy Watch 5 fashions and it’s pretty correct. I continuously dual-wristed my Galaxy Watch 5 Professional with an Apple Watch throughout testing to check coronary heart charge information, but additionally to see how the units fared with positioning accuracy. Samsung’s watch did job monitoring complete distances and largely recorded correct routes. Within the map above, you’ll discover it often recorded me operating in the course of the highway fairly than on the sidewalk and typically on the mistaken facet of the highway for brief intervals. Nevertheless, in tree protection and on a cloudy afternoon, the Watch 5 Professional was capable of pinpoint my location rapidly and recorded my coaching with affordable accuracy.

A Samsung Galaxy Watch 5 Pro rests face down showcasing the the device's upgraded sensors.

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The improved coronary heart charge sensor can be fairly good. When it comes to precise information, most health monitoring watches carry out nicely throughout exercises similar to indoor biking, which incorporates restricted motion and little pressure on the wrist. The Galaxy Watch 5 Professional did in order nicely. I examined the watch on a collection of interval rides and the center charge information correlated nicely with that of my Polar H10 chest strap.

A line graph shows heart rate data for a Samsung Galaxy Watch 5 Pro, Polar H10 chest strap, and Apple Watch Series 6.I then took the watch on quite a few runs, once more carrying my chest strap in addition to an Apple Watch Collection 6. Right here once more, the Galaxy Watch 5 Professional recorded information much like my chest strap and Apple’s wearable. As operating consists of far more motion, I anticipated accuracy to drop barely, and it did. The graph above represents the worst the watch carried out out of three runs and it’s nonetheless fairly good information. As you possibly can see, the Galaxy Watch 5 Professional had a slight delay locking on at main pushes, such because the dash at round 13 minutes. Nevertheless, exterior of that downside space, it by no means diverse various beats and saved up nicely total.

For many athletes, the center charge information shall be ample. It additionally represents an enchancment over the Galaxy Watch 4 which is nice to see from one era to the following. Whether or not that is due to an upgraded sensor or a greater match on the wrist is unsure, however very welcome regardless. For athletes on the lookout for extra actual information, a chest strap will all the time be the very best route. There’s nonetheless no chest strap compatibility in Samsung’s native app however you possibly can join to 1 by way of third-party apps.

A user reviews sleep data in the Samsung Health app, including sleep stages and a sleep score.

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Sleep monitoring on the Galaxy Watch 5 is extra superior than ever, although not as superior as it could be sooner or later. The brand new sensor slated to trace your pores and skin temperature in a single day just isn’t but practical. Within the meantime, Samsung affords primary sleep information together with sleep levels, snore detection, and blood oxygen monitoring. Within the morning you’ll discover a sleep rating and, after seven days of monitoring, sleep teaching.

As a way to start sleep teaching, you could report seven nights of sleep monitoring. 5 of the recordings have to be weekday sleeps and two have to be weekend ones. After getting sufficient information, you can be requested to reply to two questions on your sleep habits. These are vital as your teaching plan can range based mostly on the way you reply. After I answered each questions affirmatively, my sleep image was a nervous penguin. After I modified my solutions to nos, my sleep image was an unconcerned lion. At a look, the system is much like that of Fitbit however simplified.

Along with an animal sleep image, additionally, you will be introduced with a four-week sleep teaching schedule. These applications purpose to coach customers about vital sleep elements and assist every consumer construct wholesome sleep patterns. Once more, the specifics of every program are tailor-made to customers based mostly on their sleep evaluation and sleep profile.

In comparison with my Fitbit Versa 3, sleep monitoring accuracy on the Galaxy Watch 5 Professional fared simply fantastic. The watch appropriately recorded my complete sleep time by precisely monitoring once I fell asleep and once I woke every session. Sleep levels, that are laborious to confirm basically, have been barely off in comparison with the Fitbit and each tracker tells me I don’t snore so there wasn’t any information to investigate there. My sleep rating was constantly under 70, which strains up with how drained I felt throughout the review interval (learn: very). All and all, sleep monitoring is much like that of the Galaxy Watch 4 however with some promise on the horizon.

Smartwatch options: Put on OS remains to be a winner and a Samsung telephone remains to be greatest

A Samsung Galaxy Watch 5 Pro displays its App Library including Google and Samsung native apps.

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The Galaxy Watch 5 collection joins its predecessor among the many choose few watches operating Put on OS 3, and it’s nonetheless a robust platform. Apps load rapidly, menus are attentive to swipes and faucets, and the intensive Play Retailer’s app library is way forward of any competitors not made by Apple. With entry to every part from Google Pockets to Spotify, I used to be capable of rapidly add the instruments I exploit every day, plus faucet into health platforms and different apps I rely upon for extra particular options than Samsung Well being affords. Typically talking, Google’s instruments and Samsung’s consumer expertise stay the system that makes this a robust smartwatch.

Nevertheless, all that was true of the Galaxy Watch 4 as nicely. Each units of watches even share the identical in-house Exynos W920 chipset, so efficiency is simply as stable too. Merely put, there isn’t a lot new to notice in regards to the Put on OS platform expertise on Samsung’s new wearables.

The most important distinction is that Google Assistant is baked into the Galaxy Watch 5 collection proper out of the field. You’ll be able to even set it as your staple assistant and primarily shun Samsung’s oft-maligned Bixby assistant altogether. In the meantime, Google Maps voice navigation assist is that this yr’s new “coming quickly” characteristic that shall be delivered at an indeterminate date sooner or later.

A Samsung Galaxy Watch 5 Pro displays a Samsung Pay prompt screen.

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Issues could also be acquainted on the Put on OS entrance, however Samsung’s One UI Watch 4.5 pores and skin does come by with extra accessibility options, together with high-contrast fonts, filters, shade correction, and the flexibility to customise different visuals — a fantastic step ahead. For these within the Samsung ecosystem, SmartThings integration additionally lets customers management good units. Likewise, solely Samsung telephone homeowners can make the most of distant smartphone camera management and Samsung’s AR emoji watch faces. These are considerably minor nuances however every serves as a reminder that this can be a gadget designed for Samsung customers in the beginning. Should you occur to overlook that truth, an extended press of the Again button will refresh your reminiscence. As of now, Samsung Pay is hardcoded as a shortcut with no reprogramming out there for individuals who favor Google Pay. That is significantly odd contemplating you possibly can customise the Residence button shortcuts.

Put on OS 3 has matured for all Android customers on the Watch 5 Professional, however Galaxy telephone customers get the very best expertise.

Different smartwatch options can nonetheless be accessed when paired with any Android telephone operating Android 8.0 or later, although you’ll have to obtain further background apps just like the Samsung Accent Service to get every part going. Non-Samsung telephones get full use of notifications, on-wrist telephone name assist, digital cost assist (together with Samsung Pay), and onboard music storage. Calendar occasions and primary instruments like alarms are additionally nonetheless current and accounted for, and all of those options work as flawlessly as they’ve up to now. The watch additionally routinely installs apps you might have in your telephone so that you don’t have to seek for them by the Play Retailer. Just like the Galaxy Watch 4, the Watch 5 additionally mirrors telephone settings similar to don’t disturb.

Lastly, the Galaxy Watch 5 collection options loads of methods to enter textual content. You’ll be able to select between voice enter, handwriting, or a keyboard. Since I don’t usually need to broadcast what I’m texting my associate through the use of voice enter, I principally utilized the keyboard. At this show dimension, any of those choices are manageable.

Galaxy Wearable app and Samsung Well being

The Samsung Galaxy Watch 5 collection nonetheless depends closely on the Samsung Galaxy Wearable app for every part from pairing your gadget to organizing your apps. Fortuitously, the app may be very simple. The structure, choices, and normal expertise are all the identical because the one discovered when the Galaxy Watch 4 launched, however with a more in-depth look, you’ll see quite a lot of new watch faces and new accessibility choices within the settings menu.

Faucet into the Wearables app to customise your settings and tiles or to reorder your app display or fast panel. That is additionally the place you possibly can entry Discover My Watch, examine for software program updates, or peruse the Google Play Retailer. Should you’re new to Samsung wearables, review consumer ideas and discover out what’s new on the most recent mannequin. For anybody with multiple Galaxy Watch, the app additionally options Auto Change to routinely sync with whichever band you’re presently carrying.

To dive into particular well being and health stats you’ll want the Samsung Well being app. Once more, not a lot has modified on this companion app both, and that’s factor. Samsung Well being affords at-a-glance progress stats and a full image of your total wellness. You should use it to set objectives, analyze developments over time, entry exercise movies, and even create and compete in health challenges with family and friends. Its best profit is that it affords extra actual property to review your tracked data.

Navigation within the well being app stays easy with 4 primary tabs: Residence, Collectively, Health, and My Web page. The Residence tab is the center of the well being app and the place you’ll discover all of your measurables listed out for review. From this checklist, you possibly can faucet into particular matters, similar to sleep or physique composition, for extra data. Additionally, you will see Samsung’s exercise icon, a dynamic tri-color coronary heart representing your Steps, Lively time, and Lively energy burned.

Samsung’s Well being app gained’t provide as in-depth information evaluation as different health platforms, however fortunately, the Galaxy Watch 5 is suitable with loads of third-party apps for deeper evaluation, together with widespread choices like Strava. Nevertheless, it additionally gained’t overwhelm customers who’re simply on the lookout for the fundamentals. It’s a pleasant stability for a client smartwatch companion app. It doesn’t formally sync with Google Match however the third-party app Well being Sync gives a easy workaround. It’s also possible to obtain Google Match trackers straight onto your watch from the Google Play Retailer. These embody a Match Exercise, Match Coronary heart Charge, Match Breath, and Match Objectives app.

Samsung Galaxy Watch 5 Professional specs

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Samsung Galaxy Watch 544mm: 1.4-inch
Tremendous AMOLED
450 x 450 decision
Sapphire Crystal

40mm: 1.2-inch
Tremendous AMOLED
396 x 396 decision
Sapphire Crystal

Samsung Galaxy Watch 5 Professional

45mm: 1.4-inch
Tremendous AMOLED
450 x 450 decision
Sapphire Crystal

Dimensions and weight

Samsung Galaxy Watch 544mm: 44.4 x 43.3 x 9.8mm
33.5g

40mm: 40.4 x 39.3 x 9.8mm
28.7 g

Samsung Galaxy Watch 5 Professional

45mm: 45.4 x 45.4 x 10.5mm
46.5g

Colours and supplies

Samsung Galaxy Watch 5

Armor Aluminum case
Graphite, Silver, Pink Gold (40mm solely), Sapphire (44mm solely)

Samsung Galaxy Watch 5 Professional

Titanium case
Black, Grey

Battery

Samsung Galaxy Watch 544mm: 410mAh

40mm: 284mAh

WPC-based wi-fi charging

Samsung Galaxy Watch 5 Professional45mm: 590mAh

WPC-based wi-fi charging

Processor

Samsung Galaxy Watch 5

5nm Samsung Exynos W920
Twin-core 1.18GHz

Samsung Galaxy Watch 5 Professional

5nm Samsung Exynos W920
Twin-core 1.18GHz

RAM

Samsung Galaxy Watch 5

1.5GB

Samsung Galaxy Watch 5 Professional

1.5GB

Storage

Samsung Galaxy Watch 5

16GB

Samsung Galaxy Watch 5 Professional

16GB

Connectivity

Samsung Galaxy Watch 5

LTE (out there in choose fashions)
Bluetooth 5.2
Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n
2.4+5GHz
NFC
GPS/GLONASS/Beidou/Galileo

Samsung Galaxy Watch 5 Professional

LTE (out there in choose fashions)
Bluetooth 5.2
Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n
2.4+5GHz
NFC
GPS/GLONASS/Beidou/Galileo

Sensors

Samsung Galaxy Watch 5

Accelerometer
Barometer
Gyroscope
Geomagnetic sensor
Gentle sensor
Samsung BioActive sensor: optical coronary heart charge (PPG), electrocardiogram (ECG), bioelectrical impedance evaluation sensor (BIA)

Samsung Galaxy Watch 5 Professional

Accelerometer
Barometer
Gyroscope
Geomagnetic sensor
Gentle sensor
Samsung BioActive sensor: optical coronary heart charge (PPG), electrocardiogram (ECG), bioelectrical impedance evaluation sensor (BIA)

Sturdiness

Samsung Galaxy Watch 5

5ATM + IP68
MIL-STD-810G

Samsung Galaxy Watch 5 Professional

5ATM + IP68
MIL-STD-810G

Software program

Samsung Galaxy Watch 5

Put on OS
Samsung One UI Watch

Samsung Galaxy Watch 5 Professional

Put on OS
Samsung One UI Watch

Compatibility

Samsung Galaxy Watch 5

Android

Samsung Galaxy Watch 5 Professional

Android

Worth and competitors

Samsung Galaxy Watch 5 Pro

Samsung Galaxy Watch 5 Professional

As much as 2 days battery life • Superior sleep tracker • Quick Charging

Samsung is constructing on the previous, with small however important steps in the precise route.

The Galaxy Watch 5 Professional is the very best premium Put on OS so far, that includes a number of well being and health monitoring instruments. Samsung upgraded its smartwatch with a much bigger battery and a greater navigation system.

Proper now, the Samsung Galaxy Watch 5 Professional is the very best premium Put on OS watch you should purchase. Contemplating how, on the time of this writing, just one non-Samsung watch runs Put on OS 3 (and it prices over $1,000!), this isn’t a hotly contested accolade, not less than for now.

Regardless, this can be a nice flagship watch from Samsung. It affords a well-rounded smartwatch expertise with ample third-party app assist and a plethora of well being and health monitoring instruments. In comparison with the considerably cheaper base mannequin, the Professional additionally packs a number of key navigation updates that widen the hole between this era and the final, particularly for hikers. If these don’t really feel like dealbreakers, it can save you about $170 by choosing the usual Galaxy Watch 5 ($279) as a substitute. Furthermore, the Professional mannequin is priced a lot increased than each choices from final yr’s collection. If the Galaxy Watch 5 collection upgrades really feel nominal, it can save you much more by grabbing a Galaxy Watch 4 ($249) or Basic ($349), each of which may now usually be discovered at enormous reductions.

Samsung Galaxy Watch 5 vs Watch 5 Pro

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Samsung Galaxy Watch 5 Professional (L) and Galaxy Watch 5 (R)

Nevertheless, Samsung faces a variety of competitors exterior the tiny Put on OS bubble, particularly at this excessive a value level. For Apple customers, the Apple Watch Collection 7 ($399) remains to be an absolute no-brainer. Its iPhone integration is seamless and its app assist is unmatched. For devoted athletes, the Garmin Venu 2 Plus ($449) faucets into Garmin’s ecosystem and superior health monitoring suite. It gained’t provide as hearty a smartwatch expertise however it does assist music streaming, voice assistants, and on-wrist telephone calls. If the Galaxy Watch 5 Professional’s mountain climbing options caught your eye, the Garmin’s Intuition 2 ($349) or Fenix 7 collection ($699) might also be value a glance. Every is filled with options for outside lovers and each knock battery life out of the park.

Furthermore, these units are only a sampling of what’s out there proper now. Many thrilling new wearables are on the docket for a fall launch, together with new choices from Fitbit, Apple, and, maybe most intriguingly, Google, as we’re lastly going to get to see what Put on OS’ maker can do with its personal {hardware} with the long-awaited Pixel Watch. Should you can dangle on to no matter you might be presently sporting just a little longer, you could be going through extra thrilling watches quickly. If, nevertheless, you’re a Galaxy Watch diehard, the Galaxy Watch 5 Professional is a stable gadget with notable enhancements, and you probably have a Samsung telephone, it’s a fair stronger competitor on account of its interoperability with different Galaxy units.

Samsung Galaxy Watch 5 Professional: The decision

A Samsung Galaxy Watch 5 Pro displays a user's heart rate while hiking.

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We constantly ranked the Galaxy Watch 4 collection among the many greatest smartwatches out there after it launched. In truth, we usually thought-about it the most suitable choice for anybody not already locked into the Apple ecosystem. The Galaxy Watch 5 collection continues that lineage with aplomb. It doesn’t ship drastic upgrades however it additionally doesn’t break the wheel — until you liked the bodily bezel, by which case, Samsung kinda took the wheel off. However apart from the deleted bezel, the Galaxy Watch 5 Professional — the corporate’s refreshed, top-of-the-line Galaxy wearable — retains every part we already preferred and improves on sturdiness, accessibility, and battery life (to an extent).

As well as, the Professional mannequin throws in a number of useful options for hikers and cyclists, and within the bigger scheme of issues, it hints at a looming development. With a give attention to sturdiness and navigation, Samsung is encouraging customers to embrace the nice open air, and the corporate isn’t alone on this endeavor. Search for extra rugged builds and superior health options on wearables hitting cabinets within the close to future.

Samsung discovered its groove with the Galaxy Watch 4 collection, and the flagship Galaxy Watch 5 Professional makes small however substantial enhancements to that successful system.

But the Galaxy Watch 5 Professional can be only a nice premium look ahead to any Android consumer on the lookout for a dependable all-rounder. Certain, not having every part to mess around with at launch is all the time a bit tiresome. Specifically, the temperature sensor is a significant {hardware} addition that’s meant to set the Galaxy Watch 5 collection aside from its predecessors. With out it out there but, it’s laborious to understand how a lot worth it provides to the lineup. Nevertheless, I’m blissful sufficient with what the watch needed to provide throughout my testing to provide it a agency advice.

In 2021, Samsung launched two new flagship units dressed to impress in a model new Put on OS. Whereas the units themselves have been spectacular watches, many of the speak revolved across the model new Google-Samsung collaboration. In 2022, Samsung has confirmed it might carry on delivering on each fronts. And whereas the common Galaxy Watch 5 could also be a greater purchase for anybody on the lookout for a extra informal smartwatch expertise, if you’d like the sturdiest, most feature-packed Samsung wearable, regardless of the associated fee, the Galaxy Watch 5 Professional will simply go the gap.

Samsung Galaxy Watch 5 Professional high questions and solutions

Is the Galaxy Watch 5 Professional value shopping for?

The Galaxy Watch 5 Professional is value shopping for if you’d like the easiest Put on OS watch, regardless of the value tag. For Android telephone customers who don’t thoughts dropping the mountain climbing options and coping with worse battery life, the Galaxy Watch 5 affords related specs at a less expensive value.

Can Galaxy Watch 5 Professional make calls?

The Galaxy Watch 5 Professional could make and obtain calls with no telephone, however provided that you purchase the LTE model bought by carriers similar to Verizon, AT&T, and T-Cell within the US.

What dimension watch band does the Galaxy Watch 5 Professional use?

The Galaxy Watch 5 Professional makes use of 20mm watch bands.

Is the Galaxy Watch 5 Professional waterproof?Can you employ Galaxy Watch 5 Professional with no telephone?

Technically after setting it up there are some Galaxy Watch 5 Professional options that may work with no telephone and it has built-in GPS so you possibly can train with no telephone. Nevertheless, there are a lot of options that gained’t work should you don’t have a telephone available for companion apps.

Does the Galaxy Watch 5 Professional measure physique temperature?

The Galaxy Watch 5 Professional incorporates a new infrared pores and skin temperature sensor to observe customers’ temperature fluctuations in a single day. Nevertheless, this characteristic just isn’t energetic at launch.

Can the Galaxy Watch 5 Professional measure physique composition?

Sure, the Galaxy Watch 5 Professional makes use of bioelectrical impedance evaluation technology to measure your physique composition. These estimates are based mostly in your weight, physique fats, BMI, skeletal muscle, physique water, and BMR measurements.

Is the Samsung Galaxy Watch 5 Professional suitable with iOS?

No, the Galaxy Watch 5 Professional is simply suitable with Android telephones. The most effective consumer expertise is achieved when pairing a Galaxy Watch 5 collection gadget to a Samsung telephone.

Does the Galaxy Watch 5 Professional have 5G?

No, the Galaxy Watch 5 Professional doesn’t are available in 5G fashions, solely LTE.

Does the Galaxy Watch 5 Professional have a camera?

The Galaxy Watch 5 Professional doesn’t have a camera however Galaxy smartphone customers can management their telephone’s camera from the watch.

Does the Galaxy Watch 5 Professional measure blood stress?

The Galaxy Watch 5 Professional can measure blood stress, however solely when paired with a Samsung Galaxy telephone operating Android Nougat or increased when synced with the Samsung Well being Monitor app. Nevertheless, the characteristic just isn’t out there in any respect within the US.

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