Connected bracelets are popular in the world of smartwatches since not everyone necessarily wants to have a large device on their wrist.
The Fitbit Charge series of connected bracelets have been a success story since 2014 (more than 40 million units sold). Therefore, it is not surprising to see Fitbit continuing to evolve this range, in parallel with the development of its Versa 3 and Sense connected watches.
In the official presentation, Fitbit emphasised stress management, physical preparation, health and wellness abilities. Fitbit didn’t think of the Charge 5 as a sports accessory but rather as a holistic solution to feeling better.
The Charge 5, therefore, marks a considerable leap from the current Charge 4. Put, Fitbit has squeezed an AMOLED display and all of Sense’s sensors into the format of a smartwatch that can rival virtually any smartwatch in terms of functionality.
The new Fitbit Charge 5 was officially presented and impressed with a long list of previously known features from full-blown smartwatches. However, you will need patience before you can use all functions.
The Charge 5 marks a huge leap from the current Charge 4. Put simply, Fitbit has squeezed an AMOLED display and all of Sense’s sensors into the format of a smartwatch that can rival virtually any smartwatch in terms of functionality.
|Attractive design with metal case||No Spotify support|
|AMOLED color touchscreen||More Expensive|
|Swim-proof to 50 meters||No music storage|
|Fitbit Pay support|
|Solid battery life|
The big difference between the Fitbit Charge 5 and the Charge 4 is in the display. The Charge 5 is twice as bright, and you can see it at first glance.
The wristband format is retained, but Fitbit has incorporated an AMOLED color touchscreen display for the first time on a Charge. Although not much has changed, the design gains in quality with a 10% thinner metal case. This development was made necessary to integrate electrodes for bioelectric and electrocardiogram impedance sensors.
The screen can be permanently on or set to auto-off mode (saves battery). The bracelet is equipped with a quick replacement system that allows you to change color and material as you wish.
As expected, Fitbit has completely revised the Charge 5, taking inspiration from the recent Fitbit Luxe launched earlier in 2021. We find a stainless steel case with a bright AMOLED screen, which corrects the main complaint about Charge 4. Newly, and it’s a good idea, the screen is always on, which means there will be no black and dead areas on the wrist. The Charge 5’s screen is 11% larger than that of the Charge 4, and the device itself is 1mm longer but 1mm thinner.
The Charge 5 case is made of aluminium, glass and resin. The strap is made of silicone with an aluminium buckle.
- 21.9 3mm x 14.7 5mm AMOLED display
- Screen resolution is 326 PPI (pixels per square inch)
- Stainless steel case (black, silver, gold)
- 2 strap sizes: for 130 to 170 mm or 170 to 210 mm wrists.
- Weight: 28g
- Dimensions: 36.7mm long x 22.7mm wide x 11.2mm deep.
- Waterproof up to 50 meters.
- Colors: Graphite, Lunar White/Soft Gold, and Steel Blue/Platinum
- Battery Life: 7 Days
The Charge 5 comes in three finishes in Platinum (Silver), Gold and Black, giving it a unisex look that was less obvious on the Luxe. There are also a plethora of bracelet options.
Features of Fitbit Charge 5
- Integrated GPS + GLONASS
- SpO2: level of oxygen in your blood.
- AED sensor : electrodermal activity (stress)
- ECG: electrocardiogram or heart rate
- Automatic tracking of 20 training modes
- Sleep analysis
- Menstrual cycle tracking
- NFC chip with Fitbit Pay : pay for your purchases by placing your bracelet near a terminal (no need for your smartphone).
- Vibrating motor
- Ambient light detector
- Notification of calls, SMS, calendar, social networks …
- Bluetooth connection
24 sports profiles are available, with or without GPS. Fitbit Premium brings together no less than 200 recorded sessions from partners like Les Mills.
But beware, the Charge 5 is not intended for preparing trails or big races. Autonomy in GPS recording is only 5 hours. In everyday use, it can last up to 7 days using the automatic screen off mode.
Every morning, Fitbit will announce a Daily readiness score (I don’t know yet how they will translate this into French). This score is calculated from the activity history, the cumulative sleep over the last few nights and the heart rate variability measured in the previous night.
Interestingly, a little pedagogy will accompany this score to explain to you why it is so high or so low and whether you should focus on physical activity or, instead, recovery.
- Coach-designed cardio sessions if your score is high
- Yoga or meditation sessions if your score is low
Heart rate variability is also used to measure respiratory rate.
The Electrodermal Activity Sensor measures electrical activity on the surface of the skin to detect stress. To put it simply, you’ve probably all experienced sweaty palms before an interview or exam. This humidity will increase the conductivity of the skin, which this sensor will detect.
Fitbit Premium then offers 300 relaxation sessions from partners like Calm, Breethe or Aura.
An electrocardiogram can perform with Charge 5. The data will be presented in a pdf file which (theoretically) can be sent to a doctor. It is also possible to set abnormal heart rate alerts (too high or too low) which work 24 hours a day.
Sleep tracking also comes with a score and smart wake-up (vibrations that wake you up at the right time before falling back into a deep sleep).
- The Daily readiness score will only be available after an upcoming update. It requires a Fitbit Premium subscription.
- The application for performing ECGs will only be available after an upcoming update and in certain countries only (France, Switzerland, Belgium and Canada are among these countries)
The good news is that the first six months of Fitbit Premium are free with a Charge 5.
Otherwise, the Charge 5 receives smart notifications (SMS, applications, incoming calls, etc.) and allows you to respond with pre-recorded messages via an Android smartphone.
Contactless payment is also possible with Fitbit Pay.
Functions of a Connected Watch
The Charge line has always featured the most advanced features of the Fitbit line. But, it has lagged behind the Fitbit Sense health watch since its launch in 2020. However, Fitbit took us by surprise, adding all of the best features of its flagship line and putting them in the form factor of the fitness tracker.
This means an ECG sensor for detecting abnormal heart rhythms, which will produce a PDF graph of your heart rate, shown to your doctor. The ECG feature won’t be available at launch, but it will arrive soon after, according to Fitbit.
The Electrodermal Activity Sensor (EDA or AED) can detect stress reactions from tiny changes in your skin’s sweat. It is also present on Charge 4. Use the Wrist AED Scan app to get your AED.
GPS, SpO2 and temperature
This sensor is in addition to the sensors already present on the Charge 4:
- GPS (Track pace and distance in real-time without your phone with built-in GPS while you exercise outdoors, then view a map of your training route in the Fitbit app.
- Skin temperature. Track how your skin temperature changes each night to identify potential signs of changes in your body, such as fever or ovulation.
- Score and sleep phase. Sleep quality with a daily sleep score and graphs showing the time spent in light, deep and REM sleep stages.
- Menstrual cycle monitoring. Get to know your body better by using the Fitbit app to record your period, note your symptoms, and see your cycle trends. In addition, you benefit from a gentle awakening. This mode allows you to get up feeling rested thanks to the intelligent alarm clock, which is triggered during an optimal phase of sleep, at most 30 minutes before the scheduled time.
20 training follow-ups
The Charge 5 also maintains 20 workout-tracking profiles. Forgot to start tracking? No problem. SmartTrack automatically recognizes and records your activities such as elliptical trainer, running, swimming. Auto exercise detections and all the advanced sleep detection and high/low heart rate notification features you’ve come to expect from a Fitbit device.
Set personal goals for your runs, hikes and more, then see real-time stats to help you maintain your pace or stay in your target heart rate zone
Software improvement with your score of the day
And the changes aren’t just about hardware. The daily readiness score appears with the Fitbit Charge 5, which will be deployed to all Fitbit devices in the dashboard.
This new score indicates how ready you are to train and is aimed at those who want to challenge themselves.
Like the stress management and sleep scores, the Daily Readiness Score is constructed from three data points: activity/effort, sleep duration and quality, and heart rate variability (HRV), monitored for deep sleep. A personal baseline is created, which evolves as you improve.
Based on this score, Charge 5 will suggest when to exercise and at what intensity.
It will offer you personalized workouts from Fitbit Premium’s library, whether it’s a hard training course (HIIT) when your body is ready, an active recovery workout, or even mindfulness training.
For the charging system, the bracelet comes with a magnetic charging cable. The charger is fine, but it’s still different from the brand’s other bracelets. Fitbit will opt for a standard system with a single charging cable for all of its devices.
According to Fitbit, it retains the 7-day battery life of the Charge 4, although using an always-on display should have reduced that duration.
The Charge 5 is not intended for athletes looking for a stopwatch on a race but for active or passive people who want to be accompanied to improve their lifestyle.
Fitbit is aiming for with the Daily readiness score. Instead of having a connected bracelet that measures a whole bunch of data and balances it on our face, the Charge 5 + Fitbit Premium combination will take care of the analysis, the explanation and the resulting suggestions. We are getting closer to the virtual coach there.
We can also clearly see that Fitbit is pushing towards a subscription solution (Fitbit Premium) instead of selling devices. The subscription is the goose that lays the golden eggs in all sectors at the moment—Apple, Netflix, Microsoft, etc.
Fitbit has confirmed its merger with Google and Wear OS for connected watches. But this is not yet the case for Charge 5. The CEO has not expressly said that the next connected watch from Fitbit (Versa 4?) Will run on Wear OS. He said Fitbit would bring its sports and health tracking features to Wear OS smartwatches (Google Pixel Watch?).
Best Smartwatches for Seniors
Smartwatches and bracelets are convenient, and most importantly, handy gadgets that allow you to monitor your health effectively. They can be used to monitor heart rate, blood oxygen levels, body temperature, and even sleep quality. The best models detect deviations from the norm and can also offer a solution to the problem. All this is very important for the elderly, especially in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Manufacturers are trying to add as many useful functions as possible to smartwatches and bracelets, making it difficult to manage them. Savvy users can grasp new technologies quickly, but for older people, it can be not easy. We have selected several models that, in my opinion, are suitable for older people both in terms of capabilities and ease of operation.
Xiaomi Mi Smart Band 6
The main advantages of these smart bracelets are their effortless operation, have good screen brightness, and relatively low cost. At the same time, it helps to keep track of health and tracks the overall level of physical activity. With moderate use, the bracelet can last up to 14 days on a single charge.
The sixth version of the Xiaomi Mi Smart Band has a larger screen compared to the fifth version and, thanks to the increased size, the font is better to read. The updated version of the alarm clock can now be configured directly on the bracelet itself without using the application, which is also very convenient.
By default, the bracelet comes with several convenient dials that are very easy to switch and customize. There are customizable widgets on modular watch faces and the main part of the screen, where the time is usually displayed. With the help of widgets, it is easy to display a variety of indicators on display yourself, for example, heart rate, number of steps, weather, or oxygen level in the blood. In addition, the bracelet can track stress levels and monitor sleep quality. During a street walk, the system will inform you about the level of humidity, UV intensity, and air quality.
The measurement of the personal activity index deserves a separate mention. The bracelet tracks the user’s actions for several days and converts all the information received into one standard indicator. Such information helps to adhere to a certain rhythm of life and always stay in good shape, which is always very important for an older person.
Check out detailed review here: Xiaomi Mi Smart Band 6
HONOR Band 6
The HONOR Band 6 is a direct competitor to the Xiaomi Band 6, which we reviewed above. Both bracelets have a very similar feature set and similar tracking capabilities for health and activity levels. However, there is also a difference between gadgets.
If the model from Xiaomi, due to its narrow screen, completely follows the canons of the classic architecture of bracelets, then the HONOR Band 6 can be called a transitional option. It has a wider display, due to which the gadget looks larger, and there is a mechanical button on the body that helps to control some functions. In this design, the tracker is even more familiar to the elderly.
The HONOR Band 6 is equipped with sensors that measure heart rate and blood oxygen levels. The system records estimated calorie consumption, monitors stress levels and sleep quality, counts steps, and collects weather information. The bracelet allows you to control music, set the alarm, and send messages about incoming calls.
Nevertheless, there is no way to answer voice calls, and there is no GPS tracker that allows you to control the user’s movement without using a smartphone. Another disadvantage of the HONOR Band 6 compared to the Xiaomi model is the smaller choice of installed watch faces. Some versions of the dials are paid at all.
In terms of cost, the HONOR Band 6 is comparable to the model from Xiaomi, but in terms of usability, it slightly outperforms its main competitor due to the more comprehensive screen.
Check out detailed review here: HONOR Band 6
Canyon Lemongrass Smartwatch SW-70
The Lemongrass CNS-SW70 model is recommended if you need a spectacular and, at the same time, inexpensive gadget with good functionality. The cost of this smartwatch is comparable to the cost of the Band 6 fitness bracelets from Xiaomi and HONOR.
The main advantage of the Canyon Lemongrass CNS-SW70 is its stylish design. The slim round dial is secured on a beautiful metal strap with a magnetic buckle. The IPS screen in sunlight is not as bright as the AMOLED displays on the Band 6 fitness trackers, but the values are quite distinguishable. Even though the clock’s shape is round, the display area on the screen is square. Users often criticize this decision; however, the design of the dials takes this feature into account, and watches with the screen turned on do not lose their presentability.
In terms of the set of functions, the Canyon Lemongrass CNS-SW70 watch resembles a classic fitness tracker: it measures the heart rate, counts the number of steps, the number of calories burned, and tracks the overall level of physical activity. They have a smart alarm and sleep monitoring mode. As for the quality of measurements, it, like in many inexpensive models, has some errors that should take into account. With moderate use, the watch can last up to four days on a single charge.
The Canyon Lemongrass CNS-SW70 watch is well suited for seniors who value design. In addition, this model is an inexpensive chronometer that helps the user effectively monitor their health, which is why it enjoys a certain popularity.
HUAWEI WATCH GT 2 Pro
The HUAWEI WATCH GT 2 Pro smartwatch is one of the best Android models in the premium segment. The main advantages of this gadget are its spectacular design, excellent screen, and case protection, long battery life, and the ability to answer phone calls. In addition, it contains all the most essential functions to keep track of your health and physical activity. It is also easy to operate the watch, thanks to which it may well become a suitable replacement for ordinary wristwatches.
It’s hard to find fault with the appearance of the HUAWEI WATCH GT 2 Pro. They not only look beautiful but, in all respects, fully correspond to a premium smart chronometer. The case is made of durable titanium alloy. The part where the watch touches the hand has a ceramic insert. The strap is made of genuine leather. The display is covered with a sapphire crystal, which is well protected from scratches.
Good battery life is another important plus of this model. With moderate use, the watch can last up to 14 days, but one charge is often enough for about 11-12 days.
HUAWEI WATCH GT 2 Pro can measure heart rate, blood oxygen levels, count steps, and monitor sleep quality. They have a barometer and an intelligent alarm clock; the watch synchronizes with a wireless Bluetooth headset and allows you to listen to music while walking, even if the phone is left at home. And most importantly, this watch has a compass and a GPS tracker. Older people on tourist trips and during out-of-town walks come in handy with the function of moving on the return route. To find your way home, you need to move in the direction indicated by the clock.
Check out detailed review here: HUAWEI WATCH GT 2 Pro
Apple watch series 6
Smartwatches Apple watch series 6 can be recommended to happy iPhone owners. Compared to the fifth, the sixth version slightly added to the set of functions, so owners of Apple watch series 5 or even Apple watch series 4 do not need to change their gadget. Of the exciting innovations, we can only note the emerging sensor for measuring the oxygen level in the blood and a reduction in the charging time by about 20 percent. The design of the sixth version has hardly undergone any changes, except that models in blue and red have been added.
Nevertheless, suppose we compare the Apple watch series 6 with any other smartwatch in terms of convenience and the number of valuable functions. In that case, they leave far behind all their closest competitors. Suffice it to say that in order to operate this chronometer, an older person does not need to figure out how to turn on or off one mode or another. The watch supports the voice assistant Siri, which means that you can control all functions just with your voice.
In Apple watch series 6, heart rate and blood oxygen levels are measured not by pressing buttons but in a continuous mode, which allows you to build a full ECG throughout the day and monitor breathing without interruption. In the context of the COVID-19 pandemic, it is difficult to overestimate the usefulness of such features. The system monitors physical activity, sleep quality, and calories burned. The watch has a light sensor, accelerometer, gyroscope, and altimeter.
The only drawback of Apple technology is its high cost, which fully applies to the Apple watch series 6. However, we can confidently say that this watch will last for many years with careful handling, and its benefits for an older person will be invaluable.
Check out detailed review here: Apple watch series 6
Fitbit Charge 5 vs Fitbit Charge 4: Which is Better
After a series of leaks, Fitbit has announced a new generation of Fitbit Charge 5 fitness bracelets. This is the first wristband made by Fitbit since Google acquired it. Due to the relatively high cost and low availability of Fitbit fitness bracelets, devices from this line are not very popular in our market. Nevertheless, we decided to compare Fitbit Charge 5 and Fitbit Charge 4, find out how they differ, and it is worth selling your Charge 4 and ordering a fifth-generation tracker. Let’s start with the comparison with the main technical characteristics.
Check out detailed review here: Fitbit Charge 5
Pros and Cons
|Fitbit Charge 5||Fitbit Charge 4|
|AMOLED color touchscreen||Built-in GPS|
|SpO2, ECG, EDA sensors||Sleep tracking is fantastic|
|GPS, HRM, NFC||GPS, HRM, NFC|
|Bright color screen||Slim, lightweight case|
|No physical buttons||Lacks a color display|
|$30 more than the Charge 4||Low visibility in direct sunlight|
|Fitbit Charge 5||Fitbit Charge 4|
|$||CHECK PRICE||CHECK PRICE|
|Released||September 2021||April 2020|
|Display||1.0 inch||1.0 inch|
|Screen type||AMOLED (color)||OLED (monochrome)|
|Resolution||260 x 170 pixels||160 x 100 pixels|
|Case material||Stainless steel||Plastic|
|Connectivity||Bluetooth, NFC, GPS||Bluetooth, NFC, GPS|
|Sensors||Optical heart rate sensor, accelerometer, SpO2 sensor, ECG sensor, temperature sensor, electrodermal activity sensor, ambient light sensor||Optical heart rate sensor, accelerometer, SpO2 sensor, temperature sensor, altimeter|
|Dimensions||36.78 x 22.79 x 11.2mm||35.8 x 22.7 x 12.5mm|
|Battery||Up to 7 days||Up to 7 days|
|App||Fitbit Pay||Fitbit Pay|
Over the years, since the first tracker in the Charge family came out, Fitbit has followed the same design. So, to find the external difference between the Charge 4 and its predecessor Charge 3 is quite difficult. The new Fitbit Charge 5 has received the most noticeable design change since the first generation.
Fitbit Charge 5 received smoother lines and rounded design, became a little thinner and more comfortable than its predecessors. Charge 4 measures 35.8 mm x 22.7 mm x 12.5 mm, while Charge 5 measures 36.78 mm x 22.79 mm x 11.2 mm. That is, Charge 5 is slightly larger, but thinner by almost 10%
Fitbit Charge 5 and Charge 4 lack a mechanical button on the case. But, instead of the usual control, the fourth generation tracker has small notches on the sides; when pressed, the tracker is activated (capacitive button). The metal inserts on the sides of the Charge 5 can also be mistaken for a capacitive button, but they are ECG sensor electrodes. All control is carried out using the touch screen.
Both fitness trackers are water-resistant to 50 meters and come with large and small straps. The Charge 4 is available in black, blue, Rosewood, and a particular version with a black case and fabric strap. The Charge 5 is available in black, silver, and gold.
The hook Type of the strap has changed. Now it is not a classic clasp but a “tip-in” pin clasp.
The display is the second major update after the design. The new generation, unlike the Charge 4, which has a monochrome OLED grayscale screen, has a color AMOLED display with higher resolution and brightness. The Charge 5’s 1.04-inch screen with a maximum brightness of 450 nits is 10% more than its predecessor (Charge 4’s brightness is 200 nits). Its resolution is 260 x 170 pixels, versus 160 x 100 pixels for the previous model.
Fitbit Charge 5 has an Always-on Display feature and an ambient light sensor to adjust brightness automatically.
In terms of sensors, the Charge 4 features a 3-axis accelerometer, PPG optical heart rate sensor, SpO2 sensor, altimeter, skin temperature sensor, and built-in GPS for more accurate tracking of outdoor activities like running and cycling.
The Charge 5 has all of the above equipment except the altimeter. Perhaps they abandoned it because users often complained about its accuracy. But this is just our guess.
The new 5 series comes with electrocardiogram (ECG) sensors and an electrodermal activity sensor. The latter allows you to assess the body’s response to stress. Also, both models are equipped with an NFC module for contactless payment (Fitbit Pay payment system).
|Heart rate monitor||Yes||Yes|
|Stress level tracker||Yes||No|
Both generations of a fitness bracelet can perform the following functions:
- Sleep Score;
- Smart alarm clock (Smart Wake);
- Monitoring of multiple sports modes (indoor and outdoor);
- 24/7 heart rate measurement (PurePulse); Determination of the level of blood oxygen saturation (SpO2);
- Call and message notifications with support for fast message reply;
- Control of menstrual cycles; Activity reminders; Spotify Music Play Control Connect & Control;
- Heatmaps of workouts (after a run, a route map with heart rate zones for each leg of the route will be available)
The Charge 5 has several new features:
- Daily Readiness Score. This functionality is only available with the purchase of a paid Fitbit Premium subscription ($ 10 per month). Depending on the user’s activity, sleep duration, and heart rate, the bracelet will offer a more intense or light workout.
- ECG recording function to evaluate the work of the heart and detect signs of atrial fibrillation. To take readings, you need to touch the conductive inserts on the ends of the case with your fingers.
- Determination of stress levels with electrodermal activity sensors (EDA)
The rest of the functionality of this pair of trackers is almost identical.
For Charge 5 and Charge 4, the manufacturer claims the same autonomy. The battery charges to 100% in about 2 hours, and one charge will last up to 7 days of use. With GPS always on, the charge lasts for 5 hours.
When you enable the Always-on Display function, the Charge 5 will work without charging for about 2 days
The Charge 5 was priced at $ 179.95, which is $ 30 more than the Charge 4 was priced at when it was announced. Usually, soon after a new version is released, Fitbit and most retailers will drop the price of the previous generation. That is, you can expect that the difference in cost will soon be $ 40 – 50.
The main improvements to the Charge 5 are a more modern design, color AMOLED display, ECG, and electrodermal activity sensors. If you can come to terms with the lack of all of the above, selling your Charge 4 is probably not worth it.
Samsung Galaxy Watch 4 vs Apple Watch Series 7: Which is Better
The Apple Watch Series 7 and Samsung Galaxy Watch 4, two advanced smartwatches with much to offer, now face each other in this comparison to measure forces. The first is the newest, a few weeks after being announced, while the other arrived in August of this year. Both are among the complete today, both in terms of features and technical specifications and functions. That is why now faces are seen, to demonstrate which is better and why. We analyze them!
To begin with, the Apple Watch Series 7, recently, is the new smartwatch from the Cupertino firm and, therefore, the most advanced in its catalog. This smartwatch comes with several improvements over the Apple Watch Series 6 that we make clear in this article, and that is why it is one of the best options in the current market.
The Samsung Galaxy Watch 4, for its part, is also the best Samsung smartwatch. By far, it is also equipped with qualities that make it another of the best and most complete alternatives today, both for having a design very well worked and elegant as for being a watch that competes directly with the Apple as mentioned earlier Watch.
|Samsung Galaxy Watch 4||Apple Watch Series 7|
|Crisp, vibrant OLED display||Big screen is more user-friendly|
|Touch-sensitive rotating bezel||watchOS 8 is powerful|
|Good fitness/sleep tracker||QWERTY keyboard|
|Concerns with BIA sensor||No Qi charging|
|One-day battery life||One-day battery life|
The first thing to highlight about both wearables is the design section. The Apple Watch Series 7, as in past generations, has the same rectangular format as always, which is what we are used to. Of course, this watch comes with fewer screen frames than before, so its full-screen design is now more striking, having quite reduced edges. From the rest, we get practically identical:
- Interchangeable straps.
- The usual crown.
- The slot for the eSIM.
- An aspect that is generally the same, both elegant and sophisticated and casual and sporty.
The Samsung Galaxy Watch 4, on the other hand, has a circular format, like other previous models of the South Korean firm. Of course, this smartwatch changes in several aspects. Its predecessor, the Galaxy Watch 3, is more stylish and elegant, but without leaving the sporty aside, with a watch face with reduced frames and well-polished sides. With various buttons.
Moving on to the issue of screens, we find several differences between the two smartwatches. And it is that the Apple Watch Series 7 has a screen that consists of a diagonal of about 2.1 inches approximately-This data has not been specified by Apple-, being more prominent than that of the Galaxy Watch 4, which is 1.4 inches in the 46 mm version and 1.2 inches in the 42 mm version. At the same time, the panel of the former is of retina OLED technology. It has a resolution of 448 x 360 pixels, while that of the Samsung watch is of Super AMOLED technology and consists of a resolution of 450 x 450 pixels. In addition, in both cases, we have color screens, touch screens, and 2.5D borders. The other thing is that both are protected with resistant glasses that stand up to scratches, bumps, falls, and all kinds of abuse.
|Galaxy Watch 4||Apple Watch Series 7|
|$||CHECK PRICE||CHECK PRICE|
|Model||Galaxy Watch 4||Watch Series 7|
|Released||August 2021||Sep 18, 2021|
|Screen type||Super AMOLED 2.5D||Retina OLED|
|Display||1.4 inch||1.78 inches|
|Resolution||450 x 450 pixels||448 x 368 pixels|
|OS||Android + iOS||iOS|
GPS with A-GPS
|Bluetooth 5.0, NFC, WiFi, 4G optional|
Optical ECG heart rate sensor
Ambient light sensor
Blood oxygen monitor (VO2 max)
|Accelerometer, gyro, heart rate (3rd gen), barometer, always-on altimeter, compass, SpO2, VO2max|
|Water resistance||IP68 (5 meters)||IP68 (5 meters)|
|Dimensions||45.5 x 45.5 x 11.0 mm||44 x 38 x 10.4 mm|
|Weight||52 grams||32/38.8 g (1.13 oz)|
|Battery||361 mAh||304 mAh|
In terms of performance, the Apple series 7 comes with 64-bit dual-core processor is a chip choice to live under the hood of the Apple Watch Series 6. The Exynos W920, on the other hand, is aimed at the Samsung Galaxy Watch 4. Both one and the other consist of dual cores and architecture. 64-bit, being quite solvent to run any app and task fluently. Of course, for storage, the Apple Watch is better, as it comes with an internal memory of 32 GB, which is double that offered by the Galaxy Watch 4 since the smartwatch has a ROM of 16 GB. They both support the storage of music, apps, pictures, and more.
In the connectivity section, there are no significant differences. They coincide the most, so much so that they share all the available options that we can find in an advanced and high-caliber smartwatch-like these, which leaves us with support for 4G LTE networks, dual-band Wi-Fi, Bluetooth. 5.0, integrated GPS with A-GPS, GLONASS, Galileo, and NFC for making contactless payments. Apple Pay is available on the Apple Watch Series 7 and Samsung Pay on the Galaxy Watch 4.
Now, something that these smartwatches do not lack, but, on the contrary, they have a lot to boast about, is their sensors and monitors. And it is that both one and the other come with an ECG monitor capable of detecting and monitoring the heart rate and abnormalities related to atrial fibrillation. Both also come with a blood oxygen level measurement sensor and features that allow recording the user’s sleep quality and more.
The two also boast a barometric altimeter, gyroscope, accelerometer, and ambient light sensor. For the rest, they come with numerous functions that allow you to know the distance traveled, calories burned, steps taken, and more. Both can also detect multiple sports and track cycling, swimming, running, and outdoor leisure activities.
As for the battery, the Apple Watch Series 7 loses, having autonomy of up to 1 day on average. The Galaxy Watch 4, on the other hand, is capable of reaching a battery life of up to 1 week, being the winner in this section.
|Smartphone notifications||Yes (calls, texts, and apps)||Yes|
|Music storage and playback||Yes||Yes|
|Phone music control||Yes||Yes|
|Meteorology||Weather forecast||Weather forecast|
|Other smart features||Fall detection||Fall detection|
Features of these smartwatches include water resistance, fall detection function, emergency calls, weather forecast function, notifications for both calls and messages and applications, and more. Of course, only the Samsung Galaxy Watch 4 has MIL-STD-810G military-grade resistance, so it has durability far superior to that of the Apple Watch Series 7. Of the rest, the first has Siri as a voice assistant, while the second has Samsung’s Bixby. You also have to acknowledge that the Apple Watch comes with watchOS 8 and the Galaxy Watch 4 with Wear OS powered by Samsung.
|Heart rate measurement||Yes||Yes|
|Running||Record various metrics||Automatic race detection |
Last leg pace
|Cycling||Record various metrics||Record various metrics|
|Swimming||Record various metrics||Suitable for swimming in pools and open water|
Records heart rate, calories burned, laps and distance traveled
Possibility to set the length of the pool
Automatically records and detects various swimming styles (freestyle, butterfly, backstroke )
|Outdoor||Record various metrics||Record various metrics|
The price of the Apple Watch Series 7 starts at 420 USD officially. Samsung, for its part, launched the Galaxy Watch 4 from about 250 USD in the smallest variant and without 4G LTE connectivity.
Finally, it is worth noting that we have two of the most complete and advanced smartwatches of the moment. It is difficult to determine which is better and why since each has its strengths and advantages. However, we rate the Apple Watch Series 7 as the winner of this comparison for having a larger screen and more storage space.
Of course, the Galaxy Watch 4 is a better option if you want a cheaper watch and with practically everything that the Apple Watch offers, with an addition that includes military-grade resistance, more battery, and more customization options.
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