Samsung Galaxy Watch 5 review: Fantastically acquainted

The Samsung Galaxy Watch 5 brings refined however significant enhancements to an already successful formulation. Basically, it isn’t too completely different from the Galaxy Watch 4, so these contemplating an improve could wish to maintain off. However for first-time patrons, the Galaxy Watch 5 is likely one of the most well-rounded smartwatches Android customers should purchase — even when Samsung customers get a barely higher deal.

With the Galaxy Watch 4, Samsung demonstrated that it may make a decent smartwatch by melding its {hardware} know-how with Google’s retooled Put on OS working system. Constructed on high of that strong base comes its successor, the Samsung Galaxy Watch 5. With minor, nearly invisible nips and tucks, Samsung is promising an much more refined smartwatch this time round. Learn our Samsung Galaxy Watch 5 review for the decision.

About this Samsung Galaxy Watch 5 review: I examined the Samsung Galaxy Watch 5 (44mm) over a interval of 16 days. It was working software program model R910XXU1AVH6 and was linked to a Huawei P30 Professional all through the testing interval. The unit was supplied to Android Authority by Samsung for this review.

What it is advisable to know in regards to the Samsung Galaxy Watch 5

Samsung Galaxy Watch 5 apps list

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  • Galaxy Watch 5 40mm (Bluetooth): $279 / £269 / €299
  • Galaxy Watch 5 40mm (LTE): $329 / £319 / €349
  • Galaxy Watch 5 44mm (Bluetooth): $309 / £289 / €329
  • Galaxy Watch 5 44mm (LTE): $359 / £339 / €379

Samsung unveiled the Galaxy Watch 5 collection on August 10, 2022. The lineup consists of the brand new flagship Galaxy Watch 5 Professional and the vanilla Galaxy Watch 5. The latter is on the market in two dial sizes and in Wi-Fi or LTE flavors.

The Galaxy Watch 5 is the successor to the Samsung Galaxy Watch 4, the tech large’s first watch to debut with Google’s revamped Put on OS 3 construct. We had been fairly keen on that exact timepiece and nonetheless maintain it in excessive regard. Because of this, you’ll hear the Galaxy Watch 4 collection talked about because the benchmark loads of instances throughout this review. The Galaxy Watch 5 builds on this strong basis with spit and polish the place it counts. Chief of those enhancements is a bigger battery throughout all sizes and a extra resilient sapphire glass lens, however there’s lots else to be aware of.

Well being monitoring good points from a pores and skin temperature sensor that guarantees to reinforce the watch’s health-tracking expertise. Nonetheless, it’s not but purposeful at launch. Total, well being and health information nonetheless funnels via into Samsung Well being, though customers can export information to the likes of Strava and Technogym too. There’s additionally a dizzying variety of workout routines and actions to select from, together with extra area of interest choices like rowing, yachting, and Pilates. Nonetheless, 5 exercise varieties are auto-detected: working/strolling, elliptical and rowing machine exercise, swimming, and dynamic exercise.

The Galaxy Watch 5 builds on Samsung’s strong smartwatch basis with spit and polish the place it counts.

Because the Galaxy Watch 5 runs Put on OS, you have got the liberty to make use of third-party and Google apps if that’s the case desired. This consists of Google Pockets, Google Maps, Google Assistant, and extra. Nonetheless, you may nonetheless use Bixby and Samsung Pay because the default voice assistant and funds platform. Just like the Galaxy Watch 4, the Galaxy Watch 5 can pair with most Android telephones, however the full checklist of options is reserved completely for Samsung cellphone customers. This consists of SmartThings integration, blood strain monitoring, and ECG options, though the latter shouldn’t be out there within the US.

As for the variations between the Galaxy Watch 5 and the Watch 5 Professional, the latter is the brand new range-topper, however is successfully a chunkier Galaxy Watch 5 with a titanium chassis wrapped round a 45mm dial. That broader physique homes a bigger battery, a brand new D-buckle strap as commonplace, and coaching options for out of doors athletes, like GPX route show and a observe again characteristic for misplaced hikers. Notably, the Galaxy Watch 5 and Watch 5 Professional don’t differ a lot when it comes to the core well being monitoring equipment. They share the identical pores and skin temperature sensor and “BioActive” sensor array for monitoring coronary heart price, coronary heart well being, and physique composition.

Samsung Galaxy Watch 5 running exercise list

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As you’ve most likely observed, there aren’t markedly basic variations between the Galaxy Watch fashions. Refinement over revolution is the secret right here.

The Wi-Fi Galaxy Watch 5 mannequin is priced at $279, $30 greater than its predecessor’s launch worth. For these contemplating the LTE mannequin, pricing begins at $329. If you need the bigger 44mm dial measurement that prices an additional $30 on high. The Samsung Galaxy Watch 5 Professional begins at $449.

A wholesome checklist of colorways is on supply. The 40mm mannequin is available in Silver, Graphite, and Pink Gold with Bora Purple, Graphite, and Pink Gold straps. You may go for a Sapphire, Silver, or Graphite 44mm case and a Sapphire, White, or Graphite strap to enhance it. In case you have a set of Galaxy Watch 4 straps or 20mm bands, they’ll fortunately fasten to each Galaxy Watch 5 and Galaxy Watch 5 Professional fashions. The Galaxy Watch 5 is that can be purchased from Samsung, Amazon, Finest Purchase, and different main retailers around the globe.

What’s good?

Samsung Galaxy Watch 5 durable watch face

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I obtained a flood of déjà vu when unboxing the Galaxy Watch 5. Though the Galaxy Watch 4 has been my every day driver for a superb few months, I used to be simply confused between the 2 watches save for the completely different watch faces and strap colours. Some could really feel Samsung took the straightforward approach out by providing the Galaxy Watch 5 in an nearly equivalent shell, however I believe the corporate was legitimate in conserving the design so comparable. Why tweak one thing that works properly?

Because of this, the Galaxy Watch 5 retains an understated design dominated by a big, spherical face and vibrant, always-on AMOLED display screen. The side-mounted pushers are positioned out of the way in which however are straightforward to find and supply tactile, clicky suggestions when referred to as upon. Because of a redesigned sensor housing that makes higher contact with the pores and skin, it’s additionally one of the snug smartwatches I’ve ever worn. The marginally bigger sensor protrusion (seen within the left picture within the gallery under) helps the watch clasp your wrist with out strangling it. I discovered it to maneuver loads much less throughout exercise, too.

The Galaxy Watch 5 is among the many most snug smartwatches I’ve ever worn.

Delicate design enhancements elsewhere additionally make sure the Galaxy Watch 5 is a extra rugged system. On my first day of sporting it, I absentmindedly slapped it towards tables, partitions, and different furnishings in my neighborhood. I’m often the form of one that’d destroy every thing with no protecting case. On nearer inspection, I discovered no chips, scuffs, or scratches on the watch’s brim or lens. I can’t say the identical for its predecessor, which, regardless of having the identical MIL-STD-810H ranking, has loads of lacking paint round its edge. The sapphire glass overlaying the show additionally guarantees to higher defend the display screen towards injury higher than its predecessor. Total, the Galaxy Watch 5’s improved sturdiness may not be an attractive new characteristic, however customers will recognize it within the months forward. In fact, in order for you the easiest safety and don’t thoughts spending somewhat additional, the titanium-built Galaxy Watch 5 Professional continues to be probably the most sturdy choice.

Samsung Galaxy Watch 5 and Galaxy Watch 4 side edge onGalaxy Watch 5 (left) with Galaxy Watch 4Samsung Galaxy Watch 5 and Galaxy Watch 4 side by sideGalaxy Watch 5 (left) with Galaxy Watch 4

On high of retaining an analogous shell to the earlier era, Samsung’s additionally recycling most of the internals for the Galaxy Watch 5. The Exynos W920 makes a return alongside 1.5GB of RAM and 16GB of inner storage. Regardless of this, navigating menus on the Galaxy Watch 5 feels somewhat snappier than earlier than. Some errant stutters stay, however I didn’t really feel the necessity to disable animations on this watch like I beforehand had with the Galaxy Watch 4.

The Galaxy Watch 5’s bigger battery soothes the ability anxiousness I endured with the Galaxy Watch 4.

One large element improve is price speaking about, and it’s the star of the present. The Galaxy Watch 5’s bigger battery soothes the ability anxiousness I endured with the Galaxy Watch 4. It interprets into markedly higher endurance between fees. Throughout my testing, I recurrently eked out two strong days of use per cost from my 44mm mannequin, and this was with SpO2 monitoring and snore monitoring activated. You may enhance this determine even additional by switching off the always-on show setting. Going to mattress with round 20% battery left within the tank, I woke with 9% remaining on the dial; this makes sleep monitoring much more viable.

Regardless of the enhancements, you’ll nonetheless discover the Garmin Venu 2 and Fitbit Sense 2 have a lot better battery life. Samsung’s accomplished an incredible job with the Galaxy Watch 5’s endurance, and much more so with the pricier Professional mannequin, however there’s nonetheless room for additional enchancment.

samsung galaxy watch 5 battery life 2

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When the time involves cost it again up, the Galaxy Watch 5 will spend barely much less time tethered to the wall than its predecessor. In complete, it wanted round 90 minutes to hit 100% from zero. That’s a strong enchancment over the Galaxy Watch 4 which took two hours for a full cost.

Let’s speak health monitoring. We extensively coated the Galaxy Watch 5 collection’ well being equipment, health monitoring accuracy, and companion apps in our Galaxy Watch 5 Professional review so you should definitely test it out for all of the nitty gritty element. Nonetheless, I’ll define right here what I skilled with the vanilla mannequin.

Concerning GPS efficiency, the Galaxy Watch 5 does the job. It’s on no account probably the most correct watch ever, however I really feel assured it’ll observe your walks and runs extra constantly than its predecessor. See the GPX tracks under.

gps samsung galaxy watch 5 vs galaxy watch 4

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The Galaxy Watch 5, albeit somewhat shaky in a straight line, at the very least retains to the precise roads and paths. The Galaxy Watch 4 thought I went wall-hopping. I ought to point out that this information was recorded whereas strolling utilizing the strolling train choice on each watches. I did count on the GPS efficiency on each watches to be somewhat higher as neither stick totally to the route I took. This isn’t a deal breaker for the Galaxy Watch 5 because it’s at the very least extra dependable than the Galaxy Watch 4 ever was, however if you happen to actually worth location monitoring there are a lot better working watches on the market that can do a greater job.

As for coronary heart price accuracy, my resting coronary heart price typically polled a lot decrease on the Galaxy Watch 5 than on my Fitbit Versa 2. When sporting each on the identical arm, the numbers largely evened out, though the Galaxy Watch 5 takes somewhat longer to rise up to hurry. That mentioned, I really feel the figures supplied by the Galaxy Watch 5 are properly throughout the realm of reliability for informal coronary heart price monitoring.

heart rate galaxy watch 5 galaxy watch 4

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The Galaxy Watch 5 additionally mirrors its older sibling’s coronary heart price monitoring accuracy. It’s price noting that the Galaxy Watch 4 saved tempo with the Polar H10 chest strap throughout that exact review, so it’s protected to say the Galaxy Watch 5 ought to serve its customers properly. I don’t know what occurred to the Galaxy Watch 4’s coronary heart price information earlier than the 10-minute mark. This blip impacts GPS information, too.

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Sleep monitoring is one extra health monitoring spotlight price relating as Samsung has significantly expanded its suite lately to supply sleep teaching, sleep phases, blood oxygen monitoring, snore detection, and extra.

I had a nasty chilly whereas I used to be testing the watch, which made for a extremely unstable schedule. Samsung does clarify that readings could also be affected by match and temperature, however I’m not bought on the accuracy of the sleep phases; the outcomes various significantly from these of my Fitbit Versa 2.

Samsung’s method does have some perks although. It presents sleep info in an analogous technique to Fitbit, but in addition in a approach that’s sometimes simpler to know. As an example, as a substitute of Fitbit’s considerably complicated blood oxygen saturation graph, Samsung tells you precisely how lengthy your blood oxygen studying remained under 90%. You may faucet that part for the precise chart, full with SpO2 share down the Y axis.

What’s not so good?

Samsung Galaxy Watch 5 skin temperature sensor

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Whereas tucked in mattress with a fever, I couldn’t assist however consider the pores and skin temperature sensor mendacity inactive on the Galaxy Watch 5. There are many wearables manufacturers that launch new units with options that don’t work out of the field, and sadly Samsung fell into the identical lure right here. We perceive that Samsung will ultimately use this sensor to additional enhance sleep monitoring and interval cycle monitoring for many who menstruate, however earlier than shopping for you ought to be conscious that that is solely a promise and never but a actuality.

Within the grand scheme of issues, there are few dealbreakers, if any, on the Galaxy Watch 5.

Whereas Samsung has improved the battery life on the 44mm mannequin, 40mm Galaxy Watch 5 house owners will not be so fortunate. There are many experiences that the smaller and most reasonably priced watch can’t come near the two-day endurance determine on the bigger mannequin as a substitute barely breaking a single day in some instances. This can largely rely in your utilization habits, however it’s disappointing that the 40mm mannequin received’t give patrons the identical stage of confidence because the 44mm various.

Past this, most of my qualms with the Galaxy Watch 5 are associated to navigating the watch. A number of of my swipes weren’t acknowledged by the Galaxy Watch 5 show, an annoying scenario for a UI that depends so closely on gestures. I discovered the contact bezel fairly tough to grasp, too. There’s a bizarre useless zone across the watch’s brim that’s tough to seek out time after time. This typically led to errant watch face touches and inaccurate app launches as my fingers mistakenly touched icons. The bezel ought to make shortly jogging via menus and screens simpler, however I didn’t discover this to be the case in any respect. I ultimately disabled the contact bezel completely.

Samsung Galaxy Watch 5 ECG download

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Lastly, there’s the issue with characteristic exclusivity. You will have a Samsung cellphone to get probably the most out of the watch, which incorporates the ECG performance and blood strain monitoring through the Galaxy-only Well being Monitor app. That takes two-thirds of Samsung’s vaunted BioActive sensors off the desk for non-Samsung customers, although the ECG isn’t out there to customers within the US in any respect. Pairing via a Samsung cellphone can be a extra seamless affair as most of the mandatory apps will probably be pre-installed.

Within the grand scheme of issues, there are few absolute dealbreakers, if any, on the Galaxy Watch 5. Samsung has proved its intent on updating its Galaxy Watch collection for years and will repair loads of the problems talked about with somewhat software program love. It’s not the right Put on OS watch, nor does it outshine the extra premium Galaxy Watch 5 Professional, nevertheless it does ship on worth.

Samsung Galaxy Watch 5 specs

Samsung Galaxy Watch 5 Samsung Galaxy Watch 5 Professional

Show

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
Mild sensor
Samsung BioActive sensor: optical coronary heart price (PPG), electrocardiogram (ECG), bioelectrical impedance evaluation sensor (BIA)

Samsung Galaxy Watch 5 Professional

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

Sturdiness

Samsung Galaxy Watch 5

5ATM + IP68
MIL-STD-810H

Samsung Galaxy Watch 5 Professional

5ATM + IP68
MIL-STD-810H

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

Samsung Galaxy Watch 5 review: The decision

Samsung Galaxy Watch 5 watch face on yellow table

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For those who’re in search of a wearable that balances sensible options and a strong health monitoring suite, the Samsung Galaxy Watch 5 is the most effective worth smartwatch on this aspect of Apple’s walled backyard. It plugs the holes in its predecessor’s armor and doesn’t ask for an excessive amount of in return. The additional battery life offers you the boldness to make use of all of the watch’s options, whereas the improved match and end make it infinitely extra snug to put on throughout sweaty runs or whereas tucked in at evening. It’s good at every thing with out being significantly spectacular at something. However does this make it worthy of your money?

The Galaxy Watch 5 is the end result of many small enhancements that add actual worth.

Actually, it will depend on the place you stand. For those who’re a Samsung Galaxy Watch 4 proprietor, there’s not sufficient right here to contemplate an improve if you happen to can dwell with its daintier physique and smaller battery. There’s additionally no indication of how the pores and skin temperature sensor will enhance health monitoring. For those who’re a model new consumer or contemplating hopping over from a Samsung rival, the Galaxy Watch 5 is a stellar jumping-on level. It’s actually a greater look ahead to anybody rocking a Samsung cellphone as a result of unique ecosystem options, however even if you happen to don’t, you received’t discover a higher Put on OS smartwatch at this worth. For those who’re pining for brand spanking new, standout options, the Galaxy Watch 5 Professional ($449.99 at Samsung) is a extra compelling selection, although it’ll value you at the very least $170 extra for extras you could not want.

Google Pixel Watches on wrist

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Talking of competitors, these batting with iPhones ought to look to the Apple Watch Collection 8 ($399 at Amazon). Apple’s stalwart smartwatch additionally loved a yr of minor upgrades, however its temperature sensor is at the very least including instant worth. For Put on OS, the Google Pixel Watch ($349.99 at Amazon) rolls Fitbit’s well being monitoring equipment into a singular glass pebble physique and doesn’t lock any of its options behind brand-exclusive ecosystems. It does, nevertheless, fall additional behind on battery life and has a better MSRP.

Samsung Galaxy Watch 5

Samsung Galaxy Watch 5

Helps final Put on OS model up to now • Improved battery life • Stable GPS accuracy

One of the best worth all-rounder Put on OS watch.

The Galaxy Watch 5 smartwatch provides a much bigger battery, and this improve, Samsung claims, results in ten additional hours of battery life. It helps Google Help and Google Maps navigation, and the health-tracking updates are excellent.

Prime Samsung Galaxy Watch 5 questions and solutions

Is the Samsung Galaxy Watch 5 price shopping for?

Sure, we expect the Galaxy Watch 5 is price shopping for. It has a much bigger battery and extra sturdy construct that brings heaps of worth to its already nice predecessor.

Is the Samsung Galaxy Watch 5 waterproof?Are you able to reply calls on the Galaxy Watch 5?

Sure. You may reply calls on the Galaxy Watch 5.

Do I would like a Samsung cellphone to make use of the Galaxy Watch 5?

No, you do not want a Samsung cellphone to make use of the Galaxy Watch 5. Most fashionable Android telephones are appropriate, however you received’t be capable of pair it together with your iPhone.

When did the Galaxy Watch 5 come out?

Samsung launched the Galaxy Watch 5 collection on August 10, 2022.

Does the Galaxy Watch 5 have a rotating bezel?

No. Not one of the Galaxy Watch 5 fashions characteristic a bodily rotating bezel. All fashions characteristic touch-sensitive bezels as a substitute. If you need a bodily rotating bezel, you’ll must buy the Galaxy Watch 4 Basic, which stays on sale.

What is the distinction between the Galaxy Watch 5 and Watch 5 Professional?

The Galaxy Watch 5 Professional incorporates a a lot bigger battery, 45mm display screen and titanium shell, and software program options for hikers and path runners. It’s additionally loads pricier than the Galaxy Watch 5.

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