How does Samsung’s new smartwatch compare to Apple’s? Likewise.
In this comparison, we contrast Apple’s 2021 Apple Watch Series 7 versus Samsung’s Galaxy Watch 5 series. Since we haven’t seen the new Galaxy Watches yet, we’re not picking winners. For now, we’re comparing specs and features.
When Apple introduces its Watch Series 8 in September, we’ll reevaluate Apple vs. Samsung.
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Galaxy Watch 5 battery life vs. Apple Watch Series 7
The Galaxy Watch 5 promises improved battery life.
The 44mm Galaxy Watch 5 has a 410mAh battery, whereas the 40mm has 284mAh. Samsung’s Watch 5 series lasts 50 hours, 10 hours longer than the Watch 4. Series 7’s 309mAh battery lasts 18 hours. This helps Samsung.
Samsung said eight minutes of charging before bed should be enough to track sleep for eight hours. Apple, which boasts the same battery performance for the Apple Series 7, inspired this feature.
Samsung estimates 30 minutes on the charger can boost the Watch 5’s battery by 45%. Series 7 can charge to 80% in 45 minutes.
The Watch 5 Pro has a long battery life. Samsung’s robust model is made for mountain bikers, runners, and hikers. The Watch 5 Pro’s 590mAh battery guarantees 80 hours per charge, or 20 hours with GPS. That’s smartwatch durability.
Durability: Galaxy Watch 5 compared. Apple Watch 7
Both of Samsung’s new smartwatches are waterproof to 164 feet for 10 minutes and can withstand dust, mud, and sand. The Apple Watch series 7 is water-resistant to 164 feet (WR50). It’s IP6X dustproof.
Both firms have promoted their latest wearables’ durable glass. Samsung says the Watch 5’s sapphire crystal glass display is 60% more scratch-resistant than the Watch 4.
Apple says the Apple watch Series 7 front crystal is crack-resistant, making it tougher to break. Series 7’s Ion-X glass is 50% thicker than Series 6’s. Apple’s model’s flat crystal base increases durability.
Samsung’s Watch 5 Pro has a titanium case (instead of aluminium) and a sapphire crystal glass display for scratch resistance. Series 7 is aluminium, stainless steel, or titanium.
Temperature and health tracking: Galaxy Watch 5 vs. Apple Watch 7
The Galaxy Watch 5’s major innovation is an infrared skin temperature sensor.
“Skin temperature analysis opens up new opportunities for developers to expand their health and wellness offerings,” a Samsung spokeswoman stated.
Several wearables, like the Fitbit Charge 5, Oura Ring Generation 3, and Whoop 4.0, track skin temperature fluctuations. The Series 7 Apple Watch doesn’t have a body temperature sensor, but speculations say the next model will.
Samsung redesigned the Watch 5’s back glass to increase the BioActive Sensor’s contact area. This will improve body composition, SpO2, and ECG readings. The Series 7 reliably measures SpO2 and ECG readings but can’t measure body fat like Samsung’s devices.
Samsung beats Apple in sleep tracking. When coupled with a compatible smartphone, the Watch 5 family can track snoring like the Series 4.
Design and price: Galaxy Watch 5 vs. Apple Watch 7
Samsung and Apple’s wearables differ in shape. The Series 7 has a rectangular case while the Watch 5 is spherical. Some prefer Apple’s rectangular form for reading on-screen text, while a round case is more aesthetically beautiful.
Both new Samsung smartwatches lack a real rotating bezel, a feature included on many of the company’s smartwatches, including last year’s Watch 4 Classic. Instead of a physical bezel, the Watch 5 and Watch 5 Pro have a digital bezel embedded into the screen that you can navigate by touching the screen’s edge.
All Apple Watch models have a right-side Digital Crown that turns to zoom, scroll, or change the screen.
Samsung’s Watch 5 costs $279.99 for Bluetooth/Wi-Fi and $329.99 for LTE. $449.99 for Bluetooth/Wi-Fi and $499.99 for LTE. Samsung’s Watch 4 Classic with a rotating bezel will remain on sale.
Apple’s Watch 7 costs $399 for GPS-only or $499 with cellular. Apple Watch SE costs $279, while Series 3 costs $199.
I loved Samsung’s 2021 smartwatch lineup since the cheaper Watch 4 had the same features as the pricier Classic model, but a less premium design. The cheaper Apple Watch SE lacks an always-on display, ECG, and SpO2 sensors.
Samsung’s new Watch 5 Pro will give turn-by-turn hiking and cycling directions and a route-tracking application called Track Back. Samsung hasn’t announced if these capabilities would be on the basic Watch 5, so they may be Pro-only.
The Watch 4 was our Editors’ Choice among Samsung’s 2021 smartwatches. Stay tuned for our Galaxy Watch reviews.