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Apple Watch Series 5 (40mm) Cellular vs GPS – Which Should You Buy?

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The Apple Watch Series 5 which is available in two sizes; 40mm and 44mm also comes in two models Cellular and GPS only. While the Cellular model is a standalone smartwatch with the capability of making and receiving calls independent of your phone, the GPS only model lacks standalone features, but can still make and receive calls via Bluetooth connection to your phone. In this comparison chart, compare the Apple Watch Series 5 (40mm) Cellular vs GPS to find out the differences.

Apple Watch Series 5 (40mm) Cellular vs GPS: Specifications Compared

 
 
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Apple watch series 5 (40mm) specs

Apple Watch Series 5 (40mm) (Cellular) Specifications, Features and Price

Apple watch series 5 (40mm) GPS specs

Apple Watch Series 5 (40mm) (GPS) Specifications, Features and Price

Price $649.00 $399.00
ABOUT DEVICE ABOUT DEVICE ABOUT DEVICE
Device name (Cellular), Apple Watch Series 5 (GPS), Apple Watch Series 5
Device type Standalone/Fitness smartwatch Fitness/Sport smartwatch
Gender Unisex Unisex
Release date September, 2019 September, 2019
Predecessor Apple Watch Series 4 Apple Watch Series 4
Successor
Versions Apple Watch Hermès, Apple Watch Nike+ Apple Watch Hermès, Apple Watch Nike+
BODY BODY BODY
Dimension 40 x 34 x 10.7mm 40 x 34 x 10.7mm
Weight 36.7g (GPS + Cellular) 30.1g (GPS)
Shape Rectangular Rectangular
Case material Aluminum, Ceramic/Sapphire crystal back, Stainless steel, Titanium Aluminum
Strap material Elastomer Elastomer
Bezel material Bezeless, Sapphire glass Bezeless, Sapphire glass
Strap size 22 mm 22 mm
Screen protection Sapphire glass Sapphire glass
Water resistance Yes, 5ATM Yes, 5ATM
Durability test
Swim-proof Yes Yes
Color Gold, Gray, Silver Gold, Gray, Silver
DISPLAY DISPLAY DISPLAY
Display size 1.57 inch 1.57 inch
Display type 1000nit, OLED 1000nit, OLED
Display resolution 324 x 394 pixels 324 x 394 pixels
Pixel density
Always on Yes Yes
Custom watch face Yes Yes
Input type 1 Physical button, Digital crown, Touchscreen 1 Physical button, Digital crown, Touchscreen
CONNECTIVITY CONNECTIVITY CONNECTIVITY
Bluetooth Bluetooth v5.0 Bluetooth v5.0
Bluetooth calling Yes Yes
GPS GLONASS, GPS GLONASS, GPS
NFC Yes Yes
Wi-Fi Yes, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n Yes, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n
MEMORY MEMORY MEMORY
RAM 0.768GB 0.768GB
ROM 32GB 32GB
Memory card slot No No
CELLULAR CONNECTIVITY CELLULAR CONNECTIVITY CELLULAR CONNECTIVITY
Technology 4G LTE None
SIM type e-SIM
Band
NOTIFICATIONS NOTIFICATIONS NOTIFICATIONS
SMS alert Yes Yes
Calls alert Yes Yes
Email alert Yes Yes
Event reminder Yes Yes
Third-party apps alert Yes Yes
MEDIA MEDIA MEDIA
Audio mp3/mp4 mp3/mp4
Bluetooth music Yes Yes
Loudspeaker Yes Yes
Microphone Yes Yes
Camera No No
Radio No No
SENSORS SENSORS SENSORS
Accelerometer Yes Yes
Altimeter Yes Yes
Ambient light Yes Yes
Barometer Yes Yes
Compass Yes Yes
ECG Yes Yes
Gyroscope Yes Yes
HRM Yes Yes
Pulse oximeter No No
Thermometer No No
Other sensors
ACTIVITY TRACKING ACTIVITY TRACKING ACTIVITY TRACKING
Blood oxygen No No
Blood Pressure No No
Calories Yes Yes
Distance Yes Yes
ECG tracking Yes Yes
Fitness Level Yes Yes
Heart rate monitoring Yes Yes
Sleep tracking (Third-party app), Yes (Third-party app), Yes
Steps Yes Yes
Stress Yes Yes
Incidental fall detection Yes No
Menstrual cycle Yes Yes
VO2 Max Yes Yes
Swim-tracking Yes Yes
Swim-heart tracking No No
On-screen workout No No
Sport modes Yes Yes
BATTERY BATTERY BATTERY
Battery type Non-removable Li-ion battery Non-removable Li-ion battery
Battery capacity
Battery life Regular: up to 18hrs Regular: up to 18hrs
Charging type Charging dock Charging dock
Charging time 1-2 hours 1-2 hours
Solar power No No
PLATFORM PLATFORM PLATFORM
Chipset Apple S5 chip (64bits) Apple S5 chip (64bits)
CPU Dual core Dual core
GPU
Operating system WatchOS 6 WatchOS 6
MISC MISC MISC
Companion app Apple Watch App Apple Watch App
Compatibility iOS 12.0+ iOS 12.0+
Payment system Apple Pay Apple Pay
Interchangeable strap 22 mm, Yes 22 mm, Yes
Voice command Yes, Siri Yes, Siri
Find my phone Yes Yes
Box content Apple Watch Series 5, Charger, Manual, Straps Apple Watch Series 5, Charger, Manual, Straps
Price $649.00 $399.00
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Apple Watch Series 5 (40mm) Cellular vs GPS: Difference

These two are just about the same except that the Cellular model which is more equipped with standalone features is a more comprehensive smartwatch that brings its own significant level of convenience. It’s also available in more durable materials other than aluminum, however weighs a little more than the GPS model, but relatively still one of the lightest smartwatches on the market.

You should buy the Cellular model if the standalone features really matter to you, it’ll cost you more though. On the other hand, the GPS remains my preferred choice especially for a Watch that nearly lasts a full day.

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