Let’s face it. The Galaxy Watch has a reputation for being inferior to the Apple Watch. Still, the Galaxy Watch 5 Pro has quadrupled the battery life, a more durable titanium frame, and a slew of health capabilities, including more health features than the Apple Watch.
In this post, we’ll compare both of these devices so you can see the main differences. We’ll look at the price, design, display, battery life, durability, and health features.
|Galaxy Watch 5 Pro||Apple Watch Series 7|
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|+ Lightweight titanium casing|
+ Sapphire glass AMOLED display
+ Large enough battery for most users
+ Google Wear OS 3 app support
|+ Brighter, larger screen|
+ Faster charging
+ QWERTY keyboard lets you type on the watch
+ Multiple timers. Multiple timers. Timers: they contain multitudes
|– Limited, manual GPX process|
– Skin temperature not yet enabled
– Blood pressure remains elusive in the US
|– Workouts are varied, but basic|
– Battery life needs to be longer (only one day)
– Only two new watch faces designed for the bigger display
First and foremost, do not mix and match your smartwatch and your smartphone. If you try to use your galaxy watch with your iPhone, you will miss out on key features such as SMS, the email app, Siri, and much more.
You’ll have the best experience choosing the smartwatch designed for your phone. After all, most people choose their smartphone before their smartwatch, so if you already own an android or an iPhone, you should go for the smartwatch designed for your phone.
Galaxy Watch 5 Pro vs Apple Watch Series 7: Specs
|Categories||Galaxy Watch 5 Pro||Apple Watch Series 7|
|Screen resolution||450 x 450 (321 ppi density)||502 x 410 (338 ppi density)|
|SoC||Exynos W920 (5nm)||Apple S8|
|Dimensions||45.4 x 45.4 x 10.5 mm||49 x 44 x 14.4 mm|
|Weight||46.5 g||61.3 g|
|Connectivity||Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n, Bluetooth 5.2, LTE||Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, Bluetooth 5.3, LTE|
|Security||Password, PIN||Password, PIN, Apple ID|
|OS||Wear OS 3.5, One UI Watch 4.5||Watch OS 9|
Galaxy Watch 5 Pro vs Apple Watch Series 7: Design
The first thing you’ll notice about these watches is how distinctively different they are. The Galaxy Watch 5 Pro has chosen the traditional circular face that we’re used to seeing on regular watches, which I think is very attractive.
The watch 5 pro also has a raised bezel to protect the screen and two buttons on the side, one of which is a home/power button and the other is a back button. On the other hand, Apple has stuck with their familiar rectangular design.
On the Apple Watch, there are two buttons. One is for multitasking, and when you press it, you can see all the apps that you’re multitasking with. The other is the digital crown, and when you press it, you’ll return to the lock screen, or you can use it to scroll up and down in terms of size.
The watch 5 pro only comes in 45 millimetres, whereas the series 7 comes in 41 and 45 millimetres. This is an essential consideration for a smaller wrist because a more oversized watch may feel and look bulkier.
In terms of weight, they’re nearly identical, with less than 2 grammes separating them. Design is a personal preference, so I’ll give Samsung and Apple one point.
|Galaxy Watch 5 Pro: 1 Point||Apple Watch Series 7: 1 Point|
Galaxy Watch 5 Pro vs Apple Watch Series 7: Display & Battery Life
Again, a good display is essential for a smooth smartwatch experience; thankfully, you don’t have to sacrifice it. The galaxy watch 5 pro has a 1.4-inch display, whereas the app watch series 7 has a 1.9-inch display.
Here’s how they look on the wrist; they’re both gorgeous, and I’m struggling to find any significant differences between them; after all, they both have always-on displays with very similar pixel density and an identical peak brightness of up to 1000 nits; on that front, Samsung gets one point and Apple gets one point.
Having a good battery to support them will always be important when it comes to always-on displays. Nobody wants to have to charge their watch frequently, just like you wouldn’t charge a traditional watch, so it would be nice if you didn’t have to charge your smartwatch either or at least less frequently.
The galaxy watch 5 pro has an incredible 80-hours battery life versus the apple watch series 7, which has 16-hours battery life. In practice, you’d have to charge the apple watch every day. I’ve been using this for the last two years, and I have to charge this every day even though it comes with 10-watt wireless fast charging, so it’s a clear winner on that front Samsung receives one point.
|Galaxy Watch 5 Pro: 3 Points||Apple Watch Series 7: 2 Points|
Galaxy Watch 5 Pro vs Apple Watch Series 7: Durability
Where things get interesting for Samsung is in the build quality. Your smartwatch is different from your smartphone in that you use it all the time and it’s always on your wrist, which means it’s prone to scrapes, dents, bumps drops, and falls, especially if you’re an active person.
Titanium, a stronger and more lightweight material, was used to create the Galaxy Watch 5 Pro.The Apple Watch Series 7’s base model is made of aluminium, and upgrading to titanium costs $799.
However, it is worth noting that these smartwatches are coated in a finish, which means that they will both look scratched up over time, regardless of whether one is made of titanium or the less durable aluminium.
Both of these watches are dust-resistant and ip68 water-resistant, which means they can withstand depths of up to 50 metres. For this post, because we’re comparing the base model apple watch against the galaxy watch 5 pro, which is made from titanium and aluminium, we’ll give Samsung one point.
|Galaxy Watch 5 Pro: 4 Points||Apple Watch Series 7: 2 Points|
Galaxy Watch 5 Pro vs Apple Watch Series 7: Health Features
The best smartwatches function as fitness trackers, so it’s essential to consider which has the best health features. I can only say that modern smartwatches have a standard set of health features and that most have a few unique extra features. In this case, the galaxy watch 5 pro has those extra features.
What are Galaxy Watch 5 Pro features not available on the Apple Watch? These features include the ability to measure body fat, BMI, and other body composition measurements, blood pressure readings, the ability to track snoring in the sleep app, turn buttons for directions while hiking and cycling, and the track back app.
TrackBack is a route-tracking app that will send you back the way you came by foot or bicycle so you can explore a forest or another country. TrackBack will return you to your starting point when you’re done exploring.
There are many features on the Galaxy Watch 5 Pro watch that aren’t on the Apple watch, so I’d say that device wins in terms of health features. I’m afraid apple has some serious catching up to do.
|Galaxy Watch 5 Pro: 5 Points||Apple Watch Series 7: 2 Points|
Let’s see how these watches stack up against each other. Price is always an essential factor, and in the USA, the Galaxy Watch 5 pro starts at $114.99 and the more expensive Apple Watch Series 7 starts at $399.
Once the apple watch series 8 releases, we can expect the series 7 to go on sale, but for now, the price difference is the cost of a cappuccino, so we’ll give Samsung one point and Apple one point.
|Galaxy Watch 5 Pro: 6 Points||Apple Watch Series 7: 3 Points|
At the beginning of this post, I stated that my recommendation is to go with a watch that matches your phone, which still stands. If you can choose between them, perhaps this will help you decide.
If you live an active lifestyle and would benefit from a better health tracker, the Galaxy Watch 5 Pro is the way to go. It has quadruple battery life, a more durable titanium build, and many health features.
If you like to be productively connected and are deeply embedded in the Apple ecosystem, the Apple Watch is a no-brainer. The software experience is super smooth, and there are some features here that you won’t find on a Galaxy Watch, such as the ability to unlock your iPhone or Mac from your Apple Watch. It also looks and feels very premium.
If you liked this post, you should read my other one about smartwatches.