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Apple Watch Series 5 review: Best smartwatch gets a slightly better update

The smartwatch comes as a successor to the widely-popular Watch 4.

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Oct 05, 2019, 11.00 PM IST
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​Starting at Rs 40,990, Apple Watch 5 is an upgrade but with marginal improvements.
Starting at Rs 40,990, Apple Watch 5 is an upgrade but with marginal improvements.
Apple Watch 5 comes as a successor to the widely-popular Watch 4. The Watch 4 was arguably the best smartwatch in the market — as per several quarterly reports by analysts — as it combined top-notch health features with the functionality of a smart wearable. Starting at Rs 40,990, Apple Watch 5 is an upgrade on that but with marginal improvements and not an overhaul.

The Watch 5 has a new always-on display which is the quintessential Apple feature: you don’t realise you need it until you have it. The always-on display makes the Apple Watch ‘look’ like a normal watch, as it’s always on unlike previous-generation Watches. It’s a nice addition but comes at the cost of the battery life. Apple claims that it Watch 5 delivers 18 hours of battery life. In our experience, it turned out to be close to 15-16 hours.

The always-on display works on a new OLED tech that dims the displays automatically in low-light conditions. The Apple Watch 5 display brightens up as soon as you move your wrist. The always-on display also works only with Apple Watch faces and the Workout app. In other words, if you’re using any other app on the Watch 5 then a generic digital watch face appears on the screen.

​ Apple Watch 5 managed to offer a battery life of up to 15-16 hours. ​
Apple Watch 5 managed to offer a battery life of up to 15-16 hours.

Apart from the always-on display, there are new — and more expensive — aluminium and ceramic cases and a new compass feature. Well, that’s about it. Rest is the same as the Apple Watch 4.

The Watch 5 continues Apple’s focus on health and fitness but the features come in the form of software upgrades. You get the new Noise app which tells you if the decibel levels of your surroundings are high. There’s cycle tracking feature for women and finally ECG feature comes to India. These features, however, aren’t restricted to Watch 5 but are on Watch 4 and Watch 3 as well. ECG, however, is just on Watch 5 and Watch 4. There are new watch faces that are exclusive to Apple Watch 5 and are nice additions. We liked the Solar dial the best among all the new watch faces.

So should you buy the new Apple Watch 5? Certainly if you don’t have an Apple Watch or are using Series 3 or older devices. If you’ve an Apple Watch 4 you won’t be getting a whole lot of features. Still, Apple Watch 5 will continue to cement Apple’s position as the best smart watch maker in the business.

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