A Closer look at Apple Watch Series 5 and how it’s different

Key features of Apple Watch Series 5: Always-on display, compass and others.

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Apple at its annual event made several announcements, out of which Apple Watch Series 5 is a major one.

This fifth generation of smartwatches comes with the most awaited feature i.e. Always-on display.

Here in this article we will discuss what’s different in Apple’s latest smartwatch and should you upgrade your Apple Watch?

So, what are you waiting for? Let’s read further to know more about Apple Watch Series 5 and what it’s worth.

What is Apple Watch Series 5?

Apple Watch 5 is the next-gen smartwatch. It consists of apps that focus on users’ fitness, biometrics, and health. With its always-on display, 18-hour battery life this series 5 watch becomes something users have been waiting for so long.

Although the series 5 watch comes with the same dimensions as the older Apple Watches i.e. 44 mm and 40 mm sizes, touchscreen, a heart rate tracker, optional GPS, and cellular capabilities. Still, it stands out as no longer you’ll need to lower your wrist to turn the display off or on.

In addition to this, users get a built-in compass that can be used during hiking, running or doing other outdoor activities. For me, this new addition is enough reason to upgrade.

Lastly, in Apple Watch Series 5 cellular models free international emergency calling feature is also added. This means a long press on Series 5’s crown will dial the local equivalent of 911 for you.

Isn’t all this great or you want to know more?

To know more let’s read further.

What makes Apple Watch 5 different?

Apple at its annual event clearly showed that the company will not give incremental updates. Instead, the company will offer, the new generation of Apple Watch with new and unique features that older models missed.

For Apple Watch 5 the biggest selling point is the always-on screen, without battery drain. This surely will entice those who are thinking about an upgrade. Moreover, a suite of apps, emergency dialing all are also great add-ons.

Specification of Apple Watch Series 5

Despite the fact that the company intentionally neglected to mention any hardware specs during the event. There are a few major differences between Series 4 and Series 5.

  • Apple Watch Series 5 has the latest series of processors.
  • It has an always-on display.
  • Additional storage space and a compass sensor.

Beyond this, you can say fifth-generation Apple Watch is similar to Apple Watch Series 4.

A quick comparison of Apple Watch Series 4 and Apple Watch Series 5

 

Apple Watch Series 5 Apple Watch Series 4
Screen size

44mm: 448×368 pixels, 977 sq. mm display area

40mm: 324×394 pixels,

759 sq. mm display area

Screen size

44mm: 448×368 pixels, 977 sq. mm display area

40mm: 324×394 pixels,

759 sq. mm display area

Watch sizes

40mm and 44mm

Watch sizes

40mm and 44mm

Display

LTPO always-on retina display, 1,000 nits brightness

Display

LTPO retina display, 1,000 nits brightness

Battery life

Up to 18 hours

Battery life

Up to 18 hours

Chipset

S5 64-bit dual-core processor

Chipset

S5 64-bit dual-core processor

Sensors

32 g-force accelerometer, barometer, gyro, ECG electrode, optical heart rate, ambient light, compass

Sensors

32 g-force accelerometer, barometer, gyro, ECG electrode, optical heart rate, ambient light

Wireless connectivity

NFC, 802.11 b/g/n Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 5.0, and GPS/Glonass/Galileo. LTE is available on select models.

Wireless connectivity

NFC, 802.11 b/g/n Wi- Fi, Bluetooth 5.0, and GPS/Glonass/Galileo. LTE is available on select models.

Storage space

32 GB

IP68 and 5 ATM dust and water-resistant

Storage space

16 GB

IP68 and 5 ATM dust and water-resistant

 

Apple Watch Series 5’s biggest competitors?

Apple, as we all know, leads the smartwatch market. Although at the beginning of 2019 it’s market percentage dropped still the company holds more than 40% of the market share.

The other 60% of the market is taken over by companies like Samsung, Fossil, Fitbit, and others. Alongside Emporio Armani is also stepping into the market of smartwatches.

Do you see any similarities here? Yes, you guessed it right it’s similar to the market share of iOS and Android.

iOS somewhere has a 40% share whereas Android has a major share with 60%.

Smartwatches, for now, are considered to be an extension of their parent OS. Where Google offers an app to allow Wear OS devices to work with iOS, Apple offers no such app for Android, so if you have an Apple Watch it means the only choice you have is of Apple’s ecosystem.

Should Professionals care about the Apple Watch Series 5?

For professionals, the only thing that could make a difference is the always-on screen. This feature will make it easy to see the time, upcoming appointments, meetings, weather and a lot more without tapping the screen or lifting the wrist. Alongside if you are a traveler or work outdoors then the secondary features will also appeal to you.

A compass will make navigation easy for travelers. Alongside they will have instant access to local emergency services.

In a nutshell, we can say if any of the Apple Watch Series 5 features piqued your interest, it is worth upgrading. However, if none of them seem beneficial and you are okay turning on the display each time you can skip the upgrade for now.

Cost of Apple Watch Series 5

The Apple Watch Series 5 starts at $399 USD for a GPS-only model and $499 USD for a cellular model.

How always-on feature works in Apple Watch 5?

Similar to other smartwatches, especially last year’s Qualcomm Snapdragon 3100 Wear OS watches, the always-on display works only when the watch is on the wrist.

We can say that although, Apple Watch Series 5 doesn’t feel very different when compared with older versions, yet it’s always-on display and other secondary features are a big change we are glad to welcome.

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