Best Android smartwatch on the market

Samsung’s Galaxy Watch series smartwatches have found their special place in the smartwatch market. With their familiar design, user-friendly interface and myriad health sensors, and relatively pocket-friendly design, Samsung’s smartwatches have carved a niche for themselves, especially in India. If anything, reports are evidence of this trend, with the company’s Galaxy Watch4 being one of the chartbusters quarter after quarter. Continuing that legacy, Samsung launched the Galaxy Watch5 earlier this year as the successor to last year’s Galaxy Watch4 smartwatch. Also Read – Samsung Galaxy S23 Ultra, Galaxy S23 Camera, Battery Details Leaked Online

Well, the Samsung Galaxy Watch5 isn’t much different from the Galaxy Watch4, at least not remotely. However, it feels fresh due to the incremental changes Samsung has rolled out this year. For example, this year the company removed the physically rotating watch face that resembled the Galaxy Watch series and replaced it with a digital watch face this year. In addition, Samsung has made the sensors on the back of the watch slightly smaller and added a skin temperature sensor, which you can’t use just yet. It has also increased the battery size this year. While the 40mm variant gets a 284mAh battery, the 44mm variant we used gets a 410mAh battery. Also Read – Samsung Galaxy S22 5G Get Rs 10,000 Coupon Discount Now From Rs 49,999

Aside from changing the look of the watch and making a few tweaks here and there, Samsung hasn’t completely overhauled its smartwatch with the Galaxy Watch5. So if you own a Galaxy Watch4, you can skip this generation to see what Samsung has in store for next year. But if you’re looking to upgrade from an older Galaxy Watch model or planning to buy a new smartwatch, the Samsung Galaxy Watch5 has something for everyone. Also read – This gaming monitor from Samsung is more expensive than the Royal Enfield Classic 350: Check the details here

Before we dive into the detailed review, here is a quick overview of its key features and price.

Samsung Galaxy Watch5: Specifications

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

Advertisement: 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

Memory: 1.5GB RAM + 16GB storage

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

Connectivity: Bluetooth, LTE, NFC, GPS

Compatibility: Android 8.0 or higher

Colours: Graphite, silver, sapphire for the 44mm variant, graphite, silver, rose gold for the 40mm variant

Price: 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 Watch5 features the same distinctive design that we’ve seen on the Galaxy Watch3 and Galaxy Watch4. That means you get a polished aluminum disc with two physical buttons on the right side. These buttons are part of the metal disc that extends further on either side to connect with the silicone straps.

Image: Shweta Ganjoo / BGR India

However, there are also some subtle differences. Samsung has replaced its physically rotating watch face with a digital watch face that gives users access to the apps on board. The company has also reduced the amount of heart rate monitoring and other sensors on the back of that metal disc. This makes the Galaxy Watch5 more comfortable to wear even at night while sleeping. It also sits comfortably to allow for more accurate health measurements.

Overall, the Galaxy Watch5 isn’t exactly the lightest smartwatch, at least the 44mm variant, but it’s not the heaviest either. The Galaxy Watch5 takes some time to get used to, but once you get used to it, it’s definitely one of the most comfortable smartwatches out there right now.

Samsung Galaxy Watch5: Display

Now we come to the display.

Both Galaxy Watch5 models feature 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 identical to last year’s Galaxy Watch4 . The Galaxy Watch5 display is bright with the right contrast. The screen is bright and holds up well to the harsh Delhi sun and dark rainy mornings. The bright colors stand out against the dark bezels of the display, which in turn makes the overall reading experience quite pleasant.

In case you’re wondering, the display tech isn’t the big update Samsung has been aiming for this year. Instead, it has focused on making its smartwatch more robust. The Galaxy Watch5 features a sapphire crystal display, which the company says is 60 percent harder than the Galaxy Watch4’s cover glass. That in turn makes the Galaxy Watch5 a little more durable than its predecessor.

In fact, the Galaxy Watch5 handles everyday use with ease. While I didn’t do a drop test to verify how durable this smartwatch is, I did encounter things at times while using this smartwatch. What I liked about this smartwatch is that the Galaxy Watch5 came out intact (without a single scratch) every time, even when I didn’t.

Simply put, the Galaxy Watch5 offers a bright and vibrant display that offers a comfortable viewing experience regardless of 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 everyday use.

Samsung hasn’t made any major changes to the design of the Galaxy Watch5. This also applies to the software. The Samsung Galaxy Watch5 runs Google’s Wear OS 3-based One UI Watch. The general look and feel of the smartwatch feels very familiar, even coming from another smartwatch. For example, you can swipe right to see all notifications, swipe left to access all health-related features, swipe up to access the app drawer, and swipe down to access quick controls. Nothing is out of place and everything feels familiar.

But there are areas where Samsung has made the distinction clear. For example, you cannot use the Galaxy Watch5 with Google’s Wear OS app. Instead, you need the Galaxy Wearable app to work. Also, you need to download the Samsung Health app to use the Galaxy Watch5’s health monitoring features, even if you are using a non-Samsung smartphone. However, that’s not the only compromise you’d make if you opt for a non-Samsung smartphone.

In terms of performance, the Galaxy Watch5 has everything you could wish for in a smartwatch, especially at this price point. It comes with Samsung’s BioActive Sensor, which includes a host of other sensors that offer various health monitoring functions, from heart rate tracking to EKG to blood oxygen monitoring and even stress management, all of which work flawlessly. The Galaxy Watch5 also offers a sleep tracking feature and sleep insights. However, the watch needs at least a week of data to generate meaningful insights. However, the Galaxy Watch5 didn’t provide any amazing insights in my case, which I didn’t know anyway. In addition, it has a skin temperature sensor that is not yet active.

Image: Shweta Ganjoo / BGR India

In terms of features, the Galaxy Watch5 comes with native support for Google Assistant, which is a welcome change from using Bixby, especially if you don’t use a Samsung smartphone. You also get Samsung Pay, which is only helpful if you’re using a non-Samsung smartphone. However, if your usage leans more towards the Google side, you also get support for the Google app suite and other third-party apps like Spotify and Outlook.

Another thing I like about the Galaxy Watch5 is its speaker. You can make phone calls from this watch even when your phone isn’t around, ie if you’re using the LTE variant. And if you use the Bluetooth variant you can still make calls from the watch and the good thing is they don’t feel stuffy at all.

Samsung Galaxy Watch5: Battery

The battery is perhaps the least impressive feature of the Galaxy Watch5 this year. Samsung says the battery in the Galaxy Watch5 is 13 percent bigger than last year’s Galaxy Watch5. While this looks good on paper, it doesn’t exactly make a difference in use.

The Galaxy Watch5’s battery lasts just over a day of daily use. So if you charge the smartwatch early in the morning, the battery will last all day and the following night, but after that you’ll have to rush to give it a boost. But on lean days when I barely used the watch, which tends to be weekends, I was able to wring a day and a half of battery life out of the Galaxy Watch5, albeit with only the most basic features in battery saver mode. The Galaxy Watch5 was fully charged in one hour.

Samsung Galaxy Watch5: verdict

Now the million dollar question: buy Samsung Galaxy Watch5 or not? Well, the answer to that question is simpler than you think. The Galaxy Watch5 offers incremental updates over the Galaxy Watch4. So if you’re using the Galaxy Watch4, you can skip this generation to opt for its successor next year, which will offer more meaningful updates. But if you’re using an older Samsung Galaxy smartwatch or older smartwatch, then the Galaxy Watch5 is definitely the way to go with its health tracking capabilities, user-friendly interface, feature set, and sleek design.

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