The Samsung Galaxy Watch5 Pro it’s the culmination of seven years ironing out the wrinkles on the Galaxy Watch line since the series’ launch in 2015.
Samsung has opted for two watches this year, and we’re looking at the updated Galaxy Watch5 Pro, which packs a few extra features, such as a slightly larger screen, a much larger battery, a very durable sapphire crystal display, and a stainless steel case. titanium watch. It all adds up to a smartwatch that’s a solid Android alternative to Apple’s new Watch Ultra, and best of all, it’s a fraction of the price: it’s currently on sale for 359.99 euros for the Bluetooth version or 444.90 euros for the 4G version.
Samsung Galaxy Watch5 Pro – Design and features
Although the Samsung Watch5 Pro seems to be geared toward outdoor enthusiasts, you’d never know it by looking at it. The design is discreet, with a large circular dial and two hardware buttons along the chassis. The build quality is exceptionally robust, and the titanium body of the watch looks luxurious. These buttons are large, but they are not as prominent as seen in the photos.
That’s not to say that the watch looks especially fancy. It is one of the bulkiest watches I have tried, and much bulkier than an Apple Watch or a Pixel Watch. It’s chunky, with a bulging sensor array and protruding bezel around the always-on 1.4″ AMOLED display. It’s one size fits all, and that size is too bulky for me, and will probably be too big for anyone with small dolls.
Although the design of the watch seemed a bit masculine to me (it looks a bit like a Tag Hauer to me), can be accessorized with various strap styles and colors, from sporty pink options to faux leather. The model I reviewed came with a simple black rubber D-buckle band, which was easy to put on and take off after a single adjustment.
Under the hood lies a huge 590 mAh battery (which we’ll talk about later) and the aforementioned set of health sensors, which includes a heart rate monitor, an ECG to measure the rhythm of the heartbeat, a bioelectrical impedance analysis sensor to measure body composition and a continuous Sp02 to measure oxygen saturation. It’s impressive stuff, but none of it is new: it was all here in last year’s version. Fortunately, the software has been improved this year, adding more advanced features for sleep tracking, heart recovery, stress monitoring, and the ability to import GPX files for navigating through nature.
A skin temperature sensor too lets you know if you’re hotter or colder than usual. But unfortunately, this feature had not been released at the time of testing, so I’m not sure about its usefulness.
The Watch5 Pro comes with several apps from Google and Samsung (such as Google Maps, Google Pay, and Google Assistant) and their Samsung counterparts (Samsung Pay, Samsung Messages, Bixby, etc.). Fortunately, the Watch5 Pro does not require a Samsung phoneand you can disable Bixby.
There are many things to like, but this year too loses one of its characteristic features– A rotating, analog bezel that was unique among all other wearables on the market. Instead, Samsung has opted for a concave touch bezel which, in theory, should allow you to swipe and scroll simply by touching the bezel, but it’s not as precise as I’d hoped.
Samsung Galaxy Watch5 Pro – Performance
One of the distinctive features of the Galaxy Watch5 Pro is its 590mAh battery. It can easily last two full days of moderate use., more than double that of the Pixel Watch. This comes at a price though, and I’ve been annoyed by the size of the watch on occasion, especially when trying to test the sleep tracking features.
Fortunately, the clock volume rarely bothered me during workouts. I lifted weights, ran, walked, biked and much more. And while the exercise activities it offers are more limited than those on the Apple Watch, the available exercise results are almost identical. For example, I went for an hour’s walk with both watches. I received almost identical results, as my average heart rate was the same, my calories burned were very similar, and my total distance only differed by 0.06 miles. Just like the Apple Watch, you can earn achievements or compete with your friends in fitness challenges.
Sin embargo, eI didn’t like the tactile bezel at all. The rotating bezel (which is still available on the non-Pro model) is a unique feature of the device, while the touch bezel is often unresponsive to my swipes. Also, since the screen sits in its recess, I felt my finger constantly cover the screen while using it, which I found much more noticeable than on my Apple Watch.
Fortunately, the Watch5 Pro doesn’t get rid of all the physical buttons. There is still a Home button and a Back button. You can customize what the Home button does with a double press, which is handy for making a quick grocery shopping or calling up Google Assistant for a quick question.
The Samsung Galaxy Watch5 Pro is a solid choice for Android users looking for a capable wearable. It features excellent build quality, with a resistive touch screen and a titanium metal casing. Its battery life is fantastic, its screen is gorgeous, and the ability to customize the hardware button is a welcome feature. However, the watch will prove too big or bulky for smaller wrists, and the removal of the rotating bezel is a huge loss for one of the Samsung Watch’s most notable features.