Test Samsung Galaxy Watch 5 Pro: autonomy and robustness under Wear OS

Test Samsung Galaxy Watch 5 Pro: autonomy and robustness under Wear OS

ergonomics and design

By analogy with the Galaxy Watch 4, which is available in a larger “Classic” version (46 mm), the Galaxy Watch 5 Pro is a bulkier variant of the Galaxy Watch 5 (45.4 x 45.4 x 10.5 mm, vs. 43.3 x 44.4 x 9.8 mm). On the other hand, where the Galaxy Watch Classic opted for a more urban and traditional style, the Galaxy Watch 5 Pro adopts more sporty lines and retains a relatively refined style.

Titanium and sapphire for strength

We appreciate the use of titanium for the entire contour of the case, this material offers good resistance to scratches, unlike the aluminum of the Galaxy Watch 5 which marks much more easily. Similarly, the sapphire crystal must in principle be hard enough (twice that of the Galaxy Watch 4’s glass, according to Samsung) to withstand the vagaries of a more committed outdoor practice. To provide even more screen protection, the bezel of the Galaxy Watch 5 Pro protrudes almost a millimeter from the glass, preventing excessive exposure of the latter during bumps and scrapes.

Samsung Galaxy Watch 5 Pro: autonomy and robustness under Wear OS

The finishes are also very careful, the watch reveals only 4 small screws at the bottom, not visible once worn and probably preferable to a mounting only glued at the time of a possible disassembly for repair. This does not prevent the Galaxy Watch 5 from displaying an IP68 certification and a water resistance of 5 ATM (50 m), which means that it can also be used for swimming. Too bad it doesn’t go up to 10 ATM to deal with water sports.

amazing thickness

The most visible difference, its thickness deviates much more clearly from the symbolic 10mm bar than Samsung would like us to believe, since by tricky measurement methodology, the brand excludes all the curvature of the bottom of your watch. which allows it to announce a thickness of only 10.5 mm. For our part, we measure no less than 15.7 mm thick between the bezel and the top of the sensor island. The latter, however, disappears by sinking into the wrist when the watch is tightened and finally we measure ten millimeters protruding from the skin; it is still much more than the advertised 10.5mm.

Galaxy Watch 5 Pro 45mm top, Galaxy Watch 5 40mm bottom

Galaxy Watch 5 Pro 45mm top, Galaxy Watch 5 40mm bottom

comfortable anyway

After this annoying discovery, we take comfort in the wearing comfort of this Galaxy Watch 5 Pro. At 75.8g on the scale, including the band (46.3g case only), it’s not too heavy on the wrist and can be wear all day without any special discomfort. However, due to its thickness, it is much more difficult to slip down the sleeve of a fitted shirt than its “non-professional” counterpart.

Its soft fluoroelastomer strap is flexible and does not irritate the skin, even when wet. We also appreciate its magnetic closure, so it’s quick to put on and take off. It is possible to use other bracelets (width 20 mm), the pin fastening system being completely standard.

An attractive AMOLED screen

While one would have expected a larger screen than the 44mm Galaxy Watch 5, it’s not. The diagonal remains fixed at 1.4″ (450 x 450 px). However, the remaining black border here is largely covered by a rounded corner that secures the seam between the glass and the bezel, giving the impression of a screen. virtually borderless.

The display’s high brightness benefits its readability in direct sunlight, knowing that a brightness sensor allows automatic adjustment to lighting conditions. The brightness thus decreases in the dark, avoiding glare. It could have turned down a bit more to illuminate less in complete darkness.

Heart rate display during mountain biking activity

Heart rate display during mountain biking activity

To control the time without necessarily pointing the watch at you, a permanent display mode can be activated directly through the shortcuts screen. The screen becomes less bright and therefore less readable in direct sunlight, which does not prevent the autonomy from falling sharply (divided by more than 2). Avoid it if you don’t want to have to charge your watch every day.

The Galaxy Watch 5 Pro can manage phone calls through a Bluetooth connection with the smartphone it is paired with. The sound emitted by its speaker is clear, although it saturates at high volume, while our correspondent hears us clearly thanks to a fairly decent microphone in a quiet environment. This is necessarily complicated in a noisy environment, forcing us to bring the watch closer to our mouths, like a famous modern gentleman calling his mount – K2000, for those who do not have the ref.

Editor rating: 4 out of 5

Uses and Accuracy

The same BioActive sensor is used in the different versions of the Galaxy Watch 5 and this Pro version is no exception. While the same results can be expected, we know from experience that the design of a watch can affect results and so we won’t just refer to the measurements we have here from the Galaxy Watch 5.

Sensors Galaxy Watch 5 Pro

Sensors Galaxy Watch 5 Pro

A fairly accurate heart rate measurement, but not always

Our new series of measurements, however, highlights the similarity of the results obtained with those of the Galaxy Watch 5 Pro. The heart rate curve generated by the watch during a running session, for example, follows that obtained with our band. reference chest, the Polar H10, despite some deviations during the first minutes of the race. Enough to enjoy interval running sessions, for example, by integrating the necessary parameters for this practice (duration or target distance) into the watch.

Heart rate curves of the Galaxy Watch 5 Pro (in bold orange) and Polar H10 (in thin red).

Heart rate curves of the Galaxy Watch 5 Pro (in bold orange) and Polar H10 (in thin red).

It is especially during activities with very fast rhythm variations that the heart rate monitor shows its limits, as shown by our tennis training where the variations are well detected by the watch, but with a sometimes significant difference in heart rate in Compared to this our chest strap is raised.

The heart rate curve obtained during tennis training with the Galaxy Watch 5 Pro on the wrist without holding the racket, with the transparent curve obtained with the Polar H10 in the background.

The heart rate curve obtained during tennis training with the Galaxy Watch 5 Pro on the wrist without holding the racket, with the transparent curve obtained with the Polar H10 in the background.

A GPS accuracy that we expected better

When it comes to geolocation, we can only be disappointed to find that this Galaxy Watch 5 Pro is content with the same chip as the regular Galaxy Watch 5. Accuracy is generally satisfactory, but becomes less good in crowded environments, in the middle of buildings, or in the woods, for example. Without a doubt, a GNSS and dual-band chip would have given better results.

The accuracy of the GPS track has some hiccups, with turns cut off when obstacles (trees or buildings) arise.

The accuracy of the GPS track has some hiccups, with turns cut off when obstacles (trees or buildings) arise.

Exclusive to the Pro version of the Galaxy Watch 5, the step-by-step guide still works fine, as does the back to home feature. However, be careful with paths with multiple branches (in the forest, in particular), because the clock can take a few tens of meters before detecting an error on our part, which can sometimes force us to turn back if we do not reach the route. provided by another way.

Galaxy Watch 5 Pro Step-by-Step Guide

Galaxy Watch 5 Pro Step-by-Step Guide

Improved sleep monitoring

On the sleep monitoring side, unsurprisingly, the Galaxy Watch 5 Pro runs into the same pitfalls as its non-Pro little brother, namely whether the wake and deep sleep phases are generally well detected (with some omissions notwithstanding), this is not the case for the phases of light and paradoxical sleep, which are usually confused if we compare the graphs obtained with the watch with those obtained with a specialized Dreem 2 headband.

Galaxy Watch 5 Pro sleep tracking compared to the Dreem 2 headband.

Galaxy Watch 5 Pro sleep tracking compared to the Dreem 2 headband.

Editor Rating: 3 out of 5

Autonomy

To respond to more demanding sports uses, particularly when GPS activation is required, the Galaxy Watch 5 Pro is equipped with a large 590 mAh battery. Which in principle ensures much better stamina than the 40mm Galaxy Watch 5 (284 mAh) and even the 44mm version (410 mAh). Samsung thus announces a doubled autonomy, which can reach up to 80 hours in “typical use” (meaning “quite light, without too much request from the GPS and the screen”). The watch could also work for 20 hours with GPS tracking, making it useful for running, walking or cycling.

Beautiful promises that are not quite verified in practice according to our tests. With the classic use of a connected watch that includes receiving and reading notifications, taking a short phone call per day, cardio and sleep monitoring and, above all, a 41-minute run with active GPS, as well as indoor sports training (without GPS) of 1h 45min, we were able to use the Galaxy Watch 5 Pro for only 3 days and 3 nights before the battery died. It’s not enough to jump through the roof given the battery capacity, but the watch becomes much more pleasant to wear than a classic Galaxy Watch 5 that needs to be recharged every day. With more intensive use, a recharge every 2 days seems sufficient.

As for the duration of use with active GPS, we observed the loss of approximately 1% of the battery level every 10 minutes. Enough to go past 4 pm, which is enough to go out for the day with ease. However, it will be better to provide a charger that will last for several days if you decide to go “on an adventure” with your watch.

Once the battery is empty, it takes 2h 16min to fully recharge it with a 20W charger.

Strengths

  • Beautiful AMOLED screen protected by a sapphire crystal.

  • Pleasant to wear despite its thickness.

  • Intuitive and complete system Google Wear OS 3.5.

  • GPS accuracy and heart rate generally satisfactory.

  • 3 days of autonomy approximately.

Weak points

  • A Samsung Galaxy smartphone is required for certain health features.

  • Only compatible with Android.

  • Anecdotal temperature sensor.

  • Correct autonomy, but not miraculous for a typical sports watch.

  • GPS no more accurate than on Galaxy Watch 5 “non-Pro”.

  • It is not possible to create routes from the Samsung Health app, due to the lack of mapping.

conclusion

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Editor rating: 4 out of 5

How does the rating work?

More innovative than the Galaxy Watch 5 in its design, this Pro version above all offers a much more correct autonomy, which can finally be counted in days. Enough to appreciate the qualities of an always greedy Wear OS system, but with a nice interface and rich features. However, we remain dissatisfied with regard to GPS accuracy which would have deserved better in the case of a watch cut “for adventure”, according to Samsung, or even in terms of navigation and sports GPS tracking, still too far from what it is. a real sport. watch offer.

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