This Series 5 Apple Watch is one of the best smartwatches you can buy. Let’s look at all the good things it offers.
The Series 5 is an upgraded Series 4, with a couple of added features. Its price tag of $/£399 for the basic model is about the same and will buy you an aluminium body, with a 40mm screen, in Apple’s usual Gold, Silver or Space Grey colours.
The next step up sees a stainless steel finish for an additional $/£300 which you can pick from Gold, Space Black, or Silver (“Stainless Steel” to Apple). New to the Series 5 is a titanium option. This weighs in at $/£799 and comes in Space Black. Finally, there’s a ceramic option that comes in pure white, at $/£1,299.
There isn’t a lot of difference between the 4 and 5, mainly because there was so much evolution from the Series 3 into the 4. You get the classic iPhone look with curved edges and an almost edge-to-edge display. It has one simple side button that handles a multitude of functions.
The biggest design advancement is the introduction of the titanium option, which is lighter but more durable.
The newest feature is the always-on display, a response to previous user complaints of having to move one’s wrist to wake up the display. It’s reactive, meaning it’s brighter when it’s needed, and dims when it isn’t. Some argue the always-on feature is a pain at night when you want to sleep.
The newer features on the Series 5 aren’t about wowing users with new concepts, they’re more concerned with efficiency and performance. Some argue the always-on feature drains the battery: Apple argues it’s there to preserve it.
It comes with improved navigation performance thanks to a built-in compass. The side button allows you to make international emergency calls, regardless of where you purchased or registered your phone. Paired with the fall detection function, this is potentially very useful!
The Series 4 was already a fast performer, so any speed differences may be hard to spot. However, you get everything you’ve come to know and love with an Apple Watch – sleep tracking, breathing monitoring, heart rate monitoring and GPS.
Apple suggests you’ll get 18 hours out of the Series 5; essentially a day and evening and then you’ll need to put it on charge overnight. This mirrors the Series 4, and assumes moderate use.
The update to watchOS (6) has added a few more features. Health and fitness tracking has improved, women can now monitor and track menstrual cycles accurately and there are added activity tracking options.
There are also new noise level alerts that tell you if your surroundings are too loud and may damage your hearing. The new features include the ability to change watch faces and Siri capabilities that allow you to ask what song is currently playing or search the internet.
- 36GB of storage
- Stylish design in solid titanium
- Top-notch health and fitness features
- Always on is too bright at night for some (plus it reduces the battery significantly)
- Not much change from Series 4 (even 3)
- Still no compatibility for Android users
So should upgrade your Series 3 or 4? Yes.
With the Apple Watch Series 5 you’ll benefit from a slick new design that sits more comfortably on the wrist, in new materials (if you can afford them), a bigger display with the new always-on feature and improved health and fitness tech monitoring.
The Series 3 or 4 are still worth buying though, especially as the 3 still has the best battery life. But if you’re upgrading from an earlier version, you’ll fall instantly in love.