Apple Watch Series 5 GPS + Cellular Full Specifications
|Model||Watch Series 5 GPS + Cellular|
|Release date||10th September 2019|
|Model Name||Watch Series 5 GPS|
|Dial Color||Silver, Gold, Space Grey|
|Water Resistance Depth||50m|
|Usage||Fitness & Outdoor|
|Sensor||Accelerometer, Gyroscope, Ambient light sensor, Barometer|
|Compatible Device||iPhone 6s or later|
|Battery Life||Up to 18 hours|
|Charger Type||USB Power Adapter|
Platform and storage features
|Operating System||watchOS 6|
|Compatible Operating System||iOS 13 or later|
|Processor Name||S5 with 64-bit Dual-Core Processor|
Camera and display features
|Display Type||OLED Retina|
|Other Display Features||LTPO OLED Always-On Retina display with Force Touch (1000 nits brightness)|
Fitness and watch functions
|Heart Rate Monitor||Yes|
|Date & Time Display||Yes|
|Number of Buttons||1|
Audio and video features
The Apple Watch Series 5 is the same as the Apple Watch Series 4. On the right side, there is a digital crown with the microphone and the side button. Cellular-enabled variants of the Apple Watch have a red ring on the digital crown. The base of the watch consists of optical and electrical heart rate sensors. On the left side, there is a speaker.
There are two size variants of this watch — 40mm and 44mm — and each of them is available in GPS or GPS + Cellular options as well as several choices of body material, color, and band. The aluminum and stainless steel finishes are also available in India, but not the titanium or ceramic ones.
The cellular variants of this watch allow you to make and receive phone calls even when your phone is not with you. This is a nice feature, but it works only with Airtel and Reliance Jio in India as of now because other telcos don’t support eSIMs yet. You can link your existing phone number to the watch — it continues to work on your iPhone as well as on the watch. The setup process for this is very easy; we just needed to tap a couple of buttons during the setup process to link our phone number to the watch, and the process was complete within seconds.
Apple uses the same good old magnetic charging cradle that every other Apple Watch so far has used. we’re glad to see that Apple settled on one charger on its first attempt.
The main feature of the Apple Watch Series 5 is its always-on display. The screen gets brighter and shows more data when it’s active and dims but stays on when inactive. The transition is very smooth when using almost any watch face, and it looks really cool. Sadly, if the display becomes inactive when an app is running, the effect is not as good as it has to be. When the screen is dimmed, it simply shows the time overlaid over the blurred out app like you’d see it on any digital watch.
Whenever the display is inactive, “live” complications don’t show up on watch faces. This includes the Compass and the new Noise app by apple. Though, the weather, battery level, and time can be seen even when the screen is dimmed.
Sometimes it is hard to tell when the face of the watch is dimmed and when it is not. We tried to swipe upwards on the dimmed display to open the Control Centre plenty of times, but this does nothing You need to wake the display before you can do this, which usually takes some getting used to.
Once you use an Apple Watch with an always-on display, it is hard to go back to any previous model — where the screen is completely off when the device is inactive. Unfortunately, the always-on display negatively impacts battery life.
The Apple Watch Series 5 may be a smartwatch for iPhones, but it’s found its niche with fitness enthusiasts. With watch OS 6, Series 5 can log many more types of workouts including some unusual ones such as Fitness Gaming, Rolling, Play, and Mind and Body. Each of these gives you a helpful icon that illustrates what the workout looks like.
The Apple Watch Series 5 did a pretty good job of tracking our workouts, including some high-intensity interval training and running. Its heart rate sensor is very accurate and quick too. The data captured by the heart rate sensor accurately reflect how we were feeling during our workouts, and a glance at it was enough to confirm that we were close to our maximum heart rate.
Apple Watch Series 5 gives you the option of ECG readings just like the Series 4, a feature that was just recently enabled in India. The watch takes 30 seconds to log reading and will tell you whether you have a sinus rhythm or atrial fibrillation. This feature worked well for us but it’s important to note that5 is not a substitute for a visit to the doctor. It’s meant to give you a way to check if things are as expected, so you can share your concerns with a doctor. This is an excellent feature for those who need it, and even if you don’t think you need it, it is good to have.
The Apple Watch Series 5 also features an in-built compass, which is also available as a complication on the watch face.
The Series 5 is swim-proof just like its predecessor Series 4.
It’s quite surprising to see that the Apple Watch still doesn’t have native sleep tracking. We personally don’t need this feature much, but if you do, you could use an app such as Sleep++ to get the job done.
On the other hand, noise is one factor that affects sleep and general well-being, and Series 5 can measure it pretty well. The noise data we saw on this watch appeared to correspond with how loud our surroundings were. When sound levels cross 90db, you’ll receive a notification and the color of the graph turns yellow, which is a nice feature. When sound levels are below 80db, it turns green.
This is a good time to buy who really needs the Apple Watch Series 5 which starts at Rs. 40,900 for the 38mm version. The best features of the Series 5 to its successors Series 3 — is the always-on display, bigger screen, ECG monitoring, more storage, fall detection, compass, and ability to measure ambient noise.
The always-on display and bigger screen size is the feature that most of the people value, whereas the rest would potentially increase the interest of some buyers but not everyone. If you are able to live with a smaller screen and don’t need the always-on display, the Apple Watch Series 3 still remains an excellent smartwatch and now affordable too.
If you like any of the new features a lot, then the Series 5 is made for you. It’s an excellent new top-end model for the iWatch lineup, with the only major complaint being reduced battery life with the always-on display enabled. Its workout-tracking accuracy is very accurate and it still is the best smartwatch for iPhones thanks to watchOS 6 and its deep integration with iOS 13.
I hope my review of Apple Watch Series 5 is helpful for you.
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