According to research, Apple still dominates the smartwatch market, followed by Samsung. These two brands have a variety of smartwatches on their lineup which includes the Galaxy Watch and Watch 5 – two of the best-rated smartwatches on the market. The Galaxy Watch comes in two sizes; 46mm and 42mm, so also is the Watch 5; 40mm and 44mm. Each of these sizes comes in LTE (standalone) and Bluetooth/GPS only models. This comparison post compares the differences between the Bluetooth/GPS model of Samsung Galaxy Watch (46mm) vs Apple Watch Series 5 (44mm) to help you decide which is a better smartwatch for you.
Samsung Galaxy Watch vs Fitbit Versa 2: Specs Comparison
Samsung Galaxy Watch (46mm) Full Specifications, Features and Price
Apple Watch Series 5 (44mm) (GPS) Specifications, Features and Price
|ABOUT DEVICE||ABOUT DEVICE||ABOUT DEVICE|
|Device name||Samsung Galaxy Watch (46mm)||(Discontinued), (GPS), Apple Watch Series 5|
|Device type||Fitness/Classic smartwatch||Fitness/Sport smartwatch|
|Predecessor||Samsung Gear S3||Apple Watch Series 4|
|Models||Bluetooth, LTE||Apple Watch Hermès, Apple Watch Nike+|
|Date released||August, 2018||September, 2019|
|Display size||1.3 inches||1.78 inch|
|Display type||Super AMOLED, Full color||1000nit, OLED|
|Resolution||360 x 360 pixel||448 x 368 pixels|
|Input type||2 Physical buttons, Physical rotating bezel, Touchscreen||1 Physical button, Digital crown, Touchscreen|
|Case material||Stainless steel||Aluminum|
|Strap material||Leather, Silicone||Elastomer|
|Bezel material||Stainless steel||Bezeless, Sapphire glass|
|Strap size||22 mm||24mm|
|Color||Silver||Gold, Gray, Silver|
|Screen protection||Corning Gorilla glass DX+||Sapphire glass|
|Dimension||46 x 49 x 13 mm||44 x 38 x 10.7 mm|
|Weight||63 grams (excluding straps)||36.1g (GPS)|
|Waterproof rating||Yes, 5ATM||Yes, 5ATM|
|Bluetooth||Yes, Bluetooth v4.2 LE||Bluetooth v5.0|
|Wi-Fi||Yes, Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac||Yes, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n|
|Memory card slot||No||No|
|CELLULAR||CELLULAR CONNECTIVITY||CELLULAR CONNECTIVITY|
|GPS||Galileo, Yes, GPS/GLONASS/BEIDOU||GLONASS, GPS|
|ACTIVITY TRACKING||ACTIVITY TRACKING||ACTIVITY TRACKING|
|Heart rate monitoring||Yes||Yes|
|Sleep tracking||Yes||(Third-party apps), Yes|
|Preloaded sport modes||39||Yes|
|Battery type||Non-removable Li-ion battery||Non-removable Li-ion battery|
|Battery life||Regular usage: 3 days+, Standby:10 days+||Regular: up to 18hrs|
|Charging type||WPC based wireless charging||Charging dock|
|Charging duration||1-2 hours||1-2 hours|
|Operating system||Tizen OS 4.0||WatchOS 6|
|Chipset||Exynos 9110||Apple S4 64bits|
|CPU||Dual core 1.15GHz||Dual core|
|Companion app||Samsung Gear app, Samsung Health App||Apple Watch App|
|Compatibility||Android 5.0+ & RAM 1.5GB+, iPhone 5+ and iOS 9.0+||iOS 12.0+|
|Payment system||Samsung Pay||Apple Pay|
|Customizable strap||Yes||24mm, Yes|
|Voice Assistant||Yes, Bixby||Yes, Siri|
|Find my phone||Yes||Yes|
|Box content||Charger, Manual, Samsung Galaxy Watch, Straps||Apple Watch Series 5, Charger, Manual, Straps|
Samsung Galaxy Watch vs Fitbit Versa 2: The Differences
- Tizen OS vs Watch OS
- Siri vs Bixby
- Activity Tracking
- Battery Life
There are a handful of differences between Watch 5 and Galaxy Watch. Starting from the appearance, the Watch 5 has a larger 1.78 inches display compared to 1.3 inches of Galaxy Watch, thanks to its rectangular shape. Watch 5 is also very lightweight and more compact than the Galaxy Watch. Moreover, it built with a more durable sapphire glass covering the display. Although, the Corning Gorilla Glass DX+ is also very durable and offers great clarity.
In other words, Watch 5 allows you to see more at a glance and is also more comfortable wear than the Galaxy Watch. However, the Galaxy Watch is quite bulky and bold which is why it’s recommended for men, and the physical rotating bezel is also worth noting.
With Watch 5, you get 32GB storage capacity to store your files which is far more than 4GB of the Galaxy Watch. Each of these two supports music streaming from services such as Spotify and you can also make and receive calls from any of these two.
Both watches are equipped with proprietary voice assistant features, while its Bixby on Galaxy watch, it Siri for Watch 5. Both platform allow you to use your voice to carry out simple tasks. I still think Siri is a more sophisticated voice assistant than Bixby.
And in terms of fitness tracking, these two are some of the best choices you’ll find on the market. Both watches will track your steps, heart rate, outdoor activity tracking, floors climbed, calories, stress management, and many more features. Although Watch 5 relies on a third-party app to track your sleep, it does however features incidental fall detection and menstrual cycle tracking which the Galaxy Watch lacks. Maybe the much expected Galaxy Watch 3 will have these features.
The Galaxy Watch has a longer battery life than the Watch 5, this where the Watch 5 flops, it can bearly last a day with mixed usage while the Galaxy Watch can see you through up to 3 days or even more depend on usage.
46 x 49 x 13 mm
44 x 38 x 10.7 mm
Corning Gorilla Glass DX+
Physical rotating bezel
International Emergency Calling
Incidental Fall Detection
Menstrual Cycle Tracking
Battery Life with Always-on
2 day+ (42mm)
Tizen OS 4.0
Pay From Watch
Yes, Samsung Pay
Yes, Apple Pay
Watch 5 is a more sophisticated smartwatch than Galaxy watch, but the Galaxy Watch is still one of the best smartwatches you can buy today.
If you own an iPhone, the Watch 5 is the best choice for you as it’s only compatible with iOS devices, while the Galaxy Watch is the best choice for anyone using an android phone and even better if you use a Samsung phone.
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