Samsung Galaxy Watch5 series

Samsung Galaxy Watch5 series review: Best buy in the Android wearables category

When the Samsung Galaxy Watch 4 launched last year, it was a significant upgrade from the previous iteration, given the move to Google Wear OS. Until the third release, Samsung was bent on pushing the original Tizen OS, which came with its own set of problems in terms of app availability and compatibility. The Watch 5 is, from this perspective, a gradual change from the Watch 4 but it brings the Korean smartphone maker closer to competing with the best. Within the Android category, it might be one of the best wearables out there.

design

The design of Samsung watches has remained standard from the start, and the new iteration maintains the tried-and-tested design. There are two buttons on the right and a frameless design. The strap has the same feel as plastic – the durability is higher – with a slight gap on each side between the watch and the strap – the strap buckles mount under itself, eliminating the need for separate loops. However, the Watch 5 Pro has an update in design. The first professional watch features a 45mm bezel, compared to the 40mm and 44mm for the regular version and comes with a raised metal bezel around the display. While the raised bezel is supposed to protect the screen, it hampers the touch controls and makes it difficult to operate. The titanium construction and better bracelet quality combined with the bracelet mechanism give it a more premium look than the standard version. Then the straps cannot be replaced easily. Heavy duty design – thicker than most smartwatches.

Performance and battery life

Moving away from the Tizen OS was supposed to make smartwatches less cumbersome, but there are still problems with this series. Always On isn’t always working. It is also difficult to turn off the swipe-down interface. The touch screen struggles underwater, and the user interface sometimes isn’t user friendly.

There are a lot of clicks, clicks, and swipes that one has to make to find a way to switch between apps. The App Store is still limited, which exacerbates the problems. Design elements were also limited. The interface of the app is well designed, and tracking was at the heart of the matter. But adding a new activity was a problem, and it should have been easier. The Maps app worked well, and there weren’t any complaints about battery life. With GPS turned on, the device can easily last for more than 30 hours; Without GPS, it can give you more than two days of battery life.

Another issue is the lag in the swipe-down gesture to get to the quick settings, which works beautifully on Android phones but doesn’t on the watch. It is better for Samsung to find another user experience to represent the panel, which is more user-friendly.

The Watch 5 Pro, on the other hand, had a longer battery life and fast charging support. The differentiating feature was the Track Workout Mode, which helps with navigation and has a back-tracking feature to find your way back in. But syncing the track list was cumbersome and required serious effort.

Monitor

One arena in which Samsung has been able to outpace the competition is the display, and both iterations of the Watch 5 series do not disappoint in this regard. The screen was bright and the color displayed was accurate. There is an auto-brightness feature to adjust brightness based on ambient light conditions, but it started late at times during my testing. However, the screen was bright enough for ease of use outdoors.

price

Although the Samsung Galaxy Watch 5 and Watch 5 Pro are among the best Android watches, there is still a long way to go to compete with the rest. If you are looking for a watch to support your Android world, Samsung has just the right fit for you. Moreover, the functionality is better if you are a Samsung user. However, there is a cost to the ecosystem. The Watch5 starts at Rs 27,999 for the 40mm model, and the Watch 5 Pro starts at Rs 44,999.

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