Samsung Galaxy Watch (46mm) vs Fossil Gen 5 Calyle – Which is Better?

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Samsung Galaxy Watch and Fossil Gen 5 are some of the best rated and most popular smartwatches among smartwatch lovers, while the Galaxy Watch runs on Samsung’s proprietary Tizen OS, the Gen 5 runs on Google’s Wear OS. Each of these two is packed with lots of features that include fitness tracking and productivity apps in a stylish design. Find out the differences between Samsung Galaxy Watch vs Fossil Gen 5, so you know which is better and right for you.

The Galaxy Watch comes in two sizes; 46mm and 42mm, and each of these two are available in LTE and Bluetooth only, while Gen 5 is available in two models; Gen 5 Calyle and Garrett. Both models of Gen 5 have the same features except for the difference in design. This comparison is between the Bluetooth model Galaxy Watch (46mm) vs Gen 5 Calyle.

Samsung Galaxy Watch vs Fossil Gen 5: Specs Comparison

 
 
Product Info

Samsung Galaxy Watch (46mm) Full Specifications, Features and Price

Fossil Gen 5 Calyle Specifications, Features and Price

Price - $295.00 $233.56
ABOUT DEVICE ABOUT DEVICE ABOUT DEVICE
Device name Samsung Galaxy Watch (46mm) Fossil Gen 5 Calyle
Device type Fitness/Classic smartwatch Fitness/Classic smartwatch
Gender Men Men
Predecessor Samsung Gear S3 Fossil Gen 4 Explorist
Successor
Models Bluetooth, LTE
Date released August, 2018 August, 2019
DISPLAY DISPLAY DISPLAY
Display size 1.3 inches 1.28 inch
Display type Super AMOLED, Full color AMOLED, Full color
Resolution 360 x 360 pixel 416 x 416 px
Pixel density
Customizable watchface Yes Yes
Input type 2 Physical buttons, Physical rotating bezel, Touchscreen 3 Physical buttons, Touchscreen
Always-On Yes Yes
BODY BODY BODY
Shape Circular Circular
Case material Stainless steel Stainless steel
Strap material Leather, Silicone Stainless steel
Bezel material Stainless steel Stainless steel
Strap size 22 mm 22 mm
Color Silver Black, Brown, Smoke
Screen protection Corning Gorilla glass DX+ Corning Gorilla Glass
Dimension 46 x 49 x 13 mm 44 x 44 x 12 mm
Weight 63 grams (excluding straps)
Waterproof rating Yes, 5ATM 3ATM
Swim-proof Yes, recommended Yes
Durability test MIL-STD-810G
CONNECTIVITY CONNECTIVITY CONNECTIVITY
Bluetooth calling Yes Yes
Bluetooth Yes, Bluetooth v4.2 LE Yes, Bluetooth v4.2 LE
Wi-Fi Yes, Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac Yes, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n
NFC Yes Yes
MEMORY MEMORY MEMORY
RAM 0.75GB 1GB
ROM 4GB 8GB
Memory card slot No No
CELLULAR CELLULAR CONNECTIVITY CELLULAR CONNECTIVITY
Network technology None None
SIM type None None
NOTIFICATIONS NOTIFICATIONS NOTIFICATIONS
SMS alert Yes Yes
Calls alert Yes Yes
Email alert Yes Yes
Event reminder Yes Yes
MEDIA MEDIA MEDIA
Audio mp3/mp4 mp3/mp4
Microphone Yes Yes
Loudspeaker Yes Yes
Bluetooth music Yes Yes
Camera No No
SENSORS SENSORS SENSORS
GPS Galileo, Yes, GPS/GLONASS/BEIDOU Yes
Accelerometer Yes Yes
HRM Yes Yes
Gyroscope Yes Yes
Pulse Ox. No No
Altimeter No Yes
Barometer Yes No
Compass No
ECG No No
Thermometer No No
Ambient light Yes Yes
ACTIVITY TRACKING ACTIVITY TRACKING ACTIVITY TRACKING
Steps Yes Yes
Calories Yes Yes
Distance Yes Yes
Heart rate monitoring Yes Yes
Sleep tracking Yes Yes
Floors climbed Yes Yes
Blood oxygen No No
Blood Pressure No No
Stress Yes Yes
ECG tracking No No
Fall detection No No
Menstrual cycle No No
VO2 Max Yes
Onscreen workout No No
Preloaded sport modes 39 Yes
BATTERY BATTERY BATTERY
Battery type Non-removable Li-ion battery Non-removable Li-ion battery
Battery capacity 472mAh 310mAh
Battery life Regular usage: 3 days+, Standby:10 days+ Regular: 24hrs+
Charging type WPC based wireless charging Charging dock
Charging duration 1-2 hours 1-2 hours
Solar power No No
PLATFORM PLATFORM PLATFORM
Operating system Tizen OS 4.0 Wear OS
Chipset Exynos 9110 Snapdragon 3100
CPU Dual core 1.15GHz
GPU
MISC MISC MISC
Companion app Samsung Gear app, Samsung Health App Fossil Q App
Compatibility Android 5.0+ & RAM 1.5GB+, iPhone 5+ and iOS 9.0+ Android 6.0+, iOS 10.0+
Payment system Samsung Pay Google Pay
Customizable strap Yes 22 mm, Yes
Voice Assistant Yes, Bixby Yes, Google Assistant
Find my phone Yes Yes
Box content Charger, Manual, Samsung Galaxy Watch, Straps Charger, Fossil Gen 5 Calyle, Manual, Straps
Price $295.00 $233.56

Samsung Galaxy Watch vs Fossil Gen 5: The Differences

Galaxy Watch

Fossil Gen 5

Display Size

1.3 inches

1.28 inches 

Dimension

46 x 49 x 13 mm

44 x 44 x 12 mm

Glass

Corning Gorilla Glass DX+

Corning Gorilla Glass

Bezel

Physical rotating bezel

No

Voice Assistant

Bixby

Google Assistant

Storage

4GB

8GB

Cellular

Yes, e-SIM

No

Waterproof Rating

5ATM
(waterproof up to 50 meters)

3ATM
(waterproof up to 30 meters)

Sleep Tracking

Yes

Third-party app

Battery Life with Always-on

2 day+ (42mm)
3 days (46mm)

1 day+

Operating System

Tizen OS

Wear OS

Pay From Watch

Yes, Samsung Pay

Yes, Google Pay

  • Design: I’ll say both the Gen 5 and Galaxy Watch are two outstanding smartwatches. Although the Galaxy Watch is slightly bulkier but has a slightly bigger display than the Gen 5. Furthermore, while the Galaxy Watch screen is protected by a more durable Corning Gorilla Glass DX+, Corning Gorilla has been used for Gen 5. The physical rotating bezel of the Galaxy Watch is also a plus, it no doubt makes navigation very easy compared to the Gen 5 with only touch support and physical buttons. Bottom line, each of these two is very easy to navigate.
  • Voice Assistant: While Bixby is your voice assistant on the Galaxy Watch, Google Assistant is to Gen 5. Both platforms allow you to use your voice to carry out simple tasks like checking the weather and playing music on your phone. I’ll root for Google Assistant as a better voice assistant than Bixby.
  • Storage: While you get 4GB storage capacity with Galaxy Watch out of which about 2GB is available for use, the Gen 5 offers 8GB storage capacity that allows you to store more files on the watch.
  • Cellular Although this comparison features the Bluetooth model of the Galaxy Watch, the LTE model comes with e-SIM that enables cellular connectivity that allows you to make and receive calls directly from the watch.
  • Fitness Tracking: Both the Gen 5 and Galaxy Watch are marketed as fitness tracking devices. Each of these two will track your steps, distance, heart rate, calories, and more. However, the Galaxy Watch is a more comprehensive fitness tracker. It features more preloaded sport modes and comprehensively tracks your sleep unlike the Gen 5 that relies on Google Fit and other third-party apps to track your active life.
  • Battery Life: From users experience, the Galaxy Watch will last longer than the Gen 5. While you can get just over a day with the Gen 5, its about 3 days or more with the Galaxy Watch.
  • Operating System: The operating system that powers a tech device is very important, it decides users experience. Tizen vs Wear OS, I think Tizen has it for me. It has a better UX that makes navigation and all very easy. For instance, while you can easily manage notifications and get to recently used app, you get limited features to manage notifications on Wear OS.

Which is Better?

I go with the Galaxy Watch, it’s a more comprehensive smartwatch than Gen 5. Yet, the Gen 5 is still one of the best Wear OS smartwatches, it has a solid build and features the best Wear OS can offer.

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