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Samsung Galaxy Watch 3 vs Apple Watch 5 – My Verdict

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Samsung Galaxy Watch 3 is the successor of the Galaxy Watch that was released in 2018. Its slightly slimmer, more compact and comes with more health tracking features. Galaxy Watch 3 is one of the most anticipated smartwatches of 2020 alongside Apple Watch 6 which is also expected to be released later in September, but before then, this comparison chart compares Samsung Galaxy Watch 3 vs Apple Watch 5 to see how these two stand up against each other.

Samsung Galaxy Watch 3 vs Apple Watch 5: Specifications Compared

 
 
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samsung galaxy watch 3 (45mm) (LTE) full specs

Samsung Galaxy Watch 3 (45mm) (LTE) Full Smartwatch Specifications, Features and Price

Apple watch series 5 (44mm) specs

Apple Watch Series 5 (44mm) (Cellular) Specifications, Features and Price

Price $419.99 $599.00
ABOUT DEVICE ABOUT DEVICE ABOUT DEVICE
Device name Samsung Galaxy Watch 3 (45mm) (LTE) (Cellular), Apple Watch Series 5
Device type Fitness/Classic/Standalone smartwatch Standalone/Fitness smartwatch
Gender Men Unisex
Release date August, 2020 September, 2019
Predecessor Samsung Galaxy Watch Apple Watch Series 4
Successor
Versions Bluetooth, LTE, Titanium Apple Watch Hermès, Apple Watch Nike+
BODY BODY BODY
Dimension 46.2 x 45 x 11.1 mm 44 x 38 x 10.7 mm
Weight 53.8g (excluding straps) 47.8g (GPS + Cellular)
Shape Circular Rectangular
Case material Stainless steel Aluminum, Ceramic/Sapphire crystal back, Stainless steel, Titanium
Strap material Leather Elastomer
Bezel material Stainless steel Bezeless, Sapphire glass
Strap size 22 mm 24mm
Screen protection Corning Gorilla glass DX+ Sapphire glass
Water resistance Yes, 5ATM Yes, 5ATM
Durability test MIL-STD-810G
Swim-proof Yes, recommended Yes
Color Mystic bronze, Mystic silver Gold, Gray, Silver
DISPLAY DISPLAY DISPLAY
Display size 1.4 inches 1.78 inch
Display type Super AMOLED, Full color 1000nit, OLED
Display resolution 360 x 360 pixel 448 x 368 pixels
Pixel density 364 ppi
Always on Yes Yes
Custom watch face Yes Yes
Input type 2 Physical buttons, Physical rotating bezel, Touchscreen 1 Physical button, Digital crown, Touchscreen
CONNECTIVITY CONNECTIVITY CONNECTIVITY
Bluetooth Bluetooth v5.0 Bluetooth v5.0
Bluetooth calling Yes Yes
GPS Galileo, Yes, GPS/GLONASS/BEIDOU GLONASS, GPS
NFC Yes Yes
Wi-Fi Yes, Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac Yes, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n
MEMORY MEMORY MEMORY
RAM 2GB 0.768GB
ROM 8GB 32GB
Memory card slot No No
CELLULAR CONNECTIVITY CELLULAR CONNECTIVITY CELLULAR CONNECTIVITY
Technology GSM / HSPA / LTE GSM / HSPA / LTE
SIM type e-SIM 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 No Yes
Ambient light Yes Yes
Barometer Yes Yes
Compass Yes
ECG Yes Yes
Gyroscope Yes Yes
HRM Yes Yes
Pulse oximeter Yes No
Thermometer No App, No
Other sensors
ACTIVITY TRACKING ACTIVITY TRACKING ACTIVITY TRACKING
Blood oxygen Yes No
Blood Pressure Yes No
Calories Yes Yes
Distance Yes Yes
ECG tracking Yes Yes
Fitness Level Yes Yes
Heart rate monitoring Yes Yes
Sleep tracking Yes (Third-party app), Yes
Steps Yes Yes
Stress Yes Yes
Incidental fall detection Yes Yes
Menstrual cycle No Yes
VO2 Max Yes Yes
Swim-tracking Yes Yes
Swim-heart tracking No
On-screen workout Yes No
Sport modes 40 Yes
BATTERY BATTERY BATTERY
Battery type Non-removable Li-ion battery Non-removable Li-ion battery
Battery capacity 340mAh
Battery life Regular: 2 days Regular: up to 18hrs
Charging type Charging dock, WPC based wireless charging Charging dock
Charging time 1-2 hours 1-2 hours
Solar power No No
PLATFORM PLATFORM PLATFORM
Chipset Exynos 9110 Apple S5 chip (64bits)
CPU Dual core 1.15GHz Dual core
GPU
Operating system Tizen 5.5 WatchOS 6
MISC MISC MISC
Companion app Samsung Health App Apple Watch App
Compatibility Android 5.0+ & RAM 1.5GB+, iPhone 5+ and iOS 9.0+ iOS 12.0+
Payment system Samsung Pay Apple Pay
Interchangeable strap 22 mm, Yes 24mm, Yes
Voice command Yes, Bixby Yes, Siri
Find my phone Yes Yes
Box content Charger, Manual, Samsung Galaxy Watch 3 (LTE), Straps Apple Watch Series 5, Charger, Manual, Straps
Price $419.99 $599.00

Galaxy Watch 3 vs Watch 5 Features Compared

  • High-end and Sohisticated Designs
  • Apple Watch 5 is still slimmer, more compact and weighs less than Galaxy Watch 3. It also has a larger 1.78 inches wider display compared to 1.4 inches of Galaxy Watch 3. You can get Watch 5 in stainless steel, aluminium, ceramics and titanium, while Galaxy Watch 3 is available in stainless steel and titanium materials.

    Different technologies powers the display of each of these two. While AMOLED powers the 1.4 inches display of Galaxy Watch 3, LTPO OLED does for Watch 5. Both smartwatches allow you to navigate via touchscreen supported by physical buttons, but while there’s a physical rotating bezel on Galaxy Watch 3, Watch 5 has a rotating crown that does the same thing which is to make navigation easier.

  • Comprehensive and Advanced Health Trackers
  • When it comes to health tracking, both the Watch 5 and Galaxy Watch 3 are well equipped to track your daily activities comprehensively. Each of these two can track your heart rate, ECG tracking, stress, sleep, menstrual cycle for women, preloaded sport modes to choose from, and feature inbuilt GPS that allow you to track outdoor activities.

    There’s a compass in Watch 5 for position orientation and it also features trip detection which Samsung has introduced to Galaxy Watch 3.

    Galaxy Watch 3 can track your sleep comprehensively, as well as blood oxygen monitoring, unlike Watch 5 that relies on third-party apps to track your sleep.

    Galaxy Watch 3 can also track your fitness level (VO2 Max.) and blood pressure tracking.

  • Galaxy Watch 3 Has a Longer Battery Life Than Watch 5

Galaxy Watch 3 has a longer battery life than Watch 5. While you can get up to 2 days long battery life with Galaxy Watch 3, Watch 5 can last up to 18 hours.

Which is Better?

Both Watch 5 and Galaxy Watch 3 are two of the best smartwatches with some of the most sophisticated designs, advanced UI, sound performance, and comprehensive health tracking.

VERDICT: Galaxy Watch 3 is the best smartwatch for Android users, while Watch 5 remains the best for iPhone users.

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