Review – Samsung Galaxy Watch5 Pro: The best battery life and the most advanced Wear OS smartwatch
In Samsung’s latest announcement, we have the new Galaxy Watch5 Pro. It’s quite a different type of watch compared to all the other smartwatches that Samsung has offered in the past. I’ve had this watch for over a week now and have a lot to share with you.
We’ll start with the unboxing. The Galaxy Watch5 Pro comes in a standard smartwatch box and inside we only care about two things: the Galaxy Watch5 Pro itself and also the wireless charger which we’ll talk about later.
Looking at the watch first, the general reaction towards this watch is rather controversial. For this generation of Galaxy Watch, the rotating bezel has disappeared and this new design is intended to replace it. Sure, some people don’t like this new design, but some people do – and at first I thought that chunky bezel looked weird, but ended up liking the design.
If we look at it from the front, the bezel seems to be useless. But if we tilt the watch to the side, we can see there’s a curved slope from the screen that rises to the edge of the watch’s chassis. Combined with the virtual rotating bezel feature, we can put our finger on it and just swipe. This slope serves as a guide and is why I ended up liking this thicker bezel design.
And hey, since the chassis is taller than the screen, it also provides protection. The watch body is titanium and the display glass is sapphire, meaning this watch is built to last.
Oh – the Galaxy Watch5 Pro we have here also comes in the Gray Titanium color. It’s also available in the Black Titanium color – and it comes with a matching watch strap color.
Speaking of watch bands, here’s the new D-ring Magnetic Sport Band. How it works is actually quite interesting. First you need to insert the end of the silicone band into the belt and adjust the desired width of the strap. Then lock the belt and the watch strap can be put on.
To me, this strap is like a combination of designer watches with a metal clasp style, but using silicone material and that strap to provide the best possible fit you want.
This is a new type of watch strap that Samsung has made exclusively for the Galaxy Watch5 Pro – although you can buy it à la carte of them and put it on your Galaxy Watch4 or Watch5 as they all use the same 20mm width watch straps.
But many people called this watch strap a “flawed” design because it doesn’t work with Samsung’s Wireless Charger Duo or Trio accessory, as the strap needs to be under the charger. Honestly, I agree. However, this is not a problem for me since I had already been using the Milanese loop on the Galaxy Watch4 for a year and it was part of my muscle memory to loop the wireless charger between the watch and the strap.
Anyway, should tell you a bit of a secret. On the spec sheet, the Galaxy Watch5 Pro is listed as a 45mm watch. But in truth, Samsung reused the same screen from the Galaxy Watch5 44mm for the Watch5 Pro. It also uses a 1.4-inch Super AMOLED display with a resolution of 450×450 pixels – but that 1mm increase is actually due to the bezels.
You know what? Samsung even reused the chipset. It’s powered by the same Exynos W920 chipset – which still performs very well to this day, in fact.
One big change I can feel is the vibration motor. It’s been upgraded to a tighter vibration that I can feel through my whole arm, but I can’t hear the vibration with my ears. It’s fantastic.
In terms of software, it looks, feels and works the same as before, but it has an updated user interface for some things, especially how we view notifications and how we can respond to them.
For my part, I also installed SmartThings and added a tile so that I can control my bedroom lights directly from the watch.
All other features are also the same as shown in the Samsung Wearables app. We can also make the exact same settings on the watch, but I think it’s much easier to use the Z Fold4’s larger screen to make those settings.
Second, we also have the Samsung Health app. Again, all health tracking features are the same, so I’ll just review.
Two things worth highlighting are the body composition analysis we can perform through this watch – and it also has an advanced sleep tracking feature so it can tell us the quality of our sleep if we wear this watch to sleep.
The Galaxy Watch5 Pro also has a skin temperature sensor which doesn’t seem to do anything at the moment.
There’s a new ‘backtrack’ feature that does what we’ve come to expect from it: backtracking via voice-guided or vibration-guided navigation. . This feature seems to only be available for biking and hiking. Travel the distance, then use Track Back to return directly to your starting point.
However, to use this feature you will need to download something called GPX data to your phone so the phone knows which route you are going to take and then it will make sure you follow that route. You can actually generate your own route in GPX format with tools like this.
Then again, since this watch is designed for hikers and cyclists and rugged uses while being stylish at the same time, you’ll need good battery life. This Galaxy Watch5 Pro comes with a 590mAh battery and to put things in perspective – I use this watch with all the health tracking features turned on, I also wore it to sleep and turned off the low power mode.
I logged all the battery usage and I’ll show you the full chart here. I have to say – it’s still capable of lasting around 2.5 days – or over 60 hours on a single charge.
This is unheard of – and I even took the gamble of wearing the watch when I only had 24% battery left – and returned home 6 hours later with 18% battery remaining. It’s crazy good.
And beware, I get heaps of notifications on weekdays, which will drain the battery even more.
As for the charging speed, we will still talk about the charging cable. This new cable takes 5V and 2A, totaling up to 10W. I don’t know the power output, but it takes about 2 hours to charge from less than 10% to 100%.
You can also charge the Samsung Galaxy Watch5 Pro by directly plugging the charging cable into the phone and converting the phone into a power bank for the watch.
Or, you can use Samsung’s own Wireless PowerShare feature to charge the watch, but you’ll repeat the same problem as the Wireless Charger Duo because the strap will have to go under the watch.
In fact, Wireless PowerShare doesn’t really work with the Galaxy Z Fold4 and Galaxy S22 Ultra either.
Should you buy the Samsung Galaxy Watch5 Pro?
And so finally – priced at RM1,899, I think the price is very high but it’s invincible in two ways – number 1, the superb battery life. For a real smartwatch, that’s insanely good.
Number 2, this is still the most advanced Wear OS 3.5 smartwatch money can buy. No other smartwatch can compete with what the Galaxy Watch5 Pro has to offer.
If you’re wondering – should I upgrade to the Galaxy Watch5 Pro? Honestly, yes, especially if you wear the Galaxy Watch4 or older. The Wear OS will unlock so many more new possibilities and the battery life is just amazingly good.
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