Apple Watch Series 5 review: the best smartwatch

(intro music) – Here it is. It’s the
new Apple Watch Series 5. It’s– you know what, it’s great. I’ve used a lot of different
smartwatches in my life, and this one is the best. If you have an iPhone and you can afford the
$399 starting price, there is nothing better. So, like, I know. I gave away the whole review
at the top of the video. But keep watching because
I do want to tell you what’s new in the Series 5 and also what’s new in watchOS 6, but I also want to see
if we can just figure out why no other smartwatch is even close to catching up to this. (intense hip-hop music) All right. So, what is
new with the Series 5, at least, compared to the
Series 4 from last year? Honestly, it’s not that much,
just three things, really. Okay, well, four if you
count that Apple’s offering more material options for the casing. You can get it in aluminum,
steel, titanium, and ceramic. This one is aluminum, and physically, it’s identical to the Series
4, which was already great. They have larger screens than the older models of the Apple Watch, and the screen is the second thing that’s really new with the Series 5. It’s always on. Finally. See, both the Series 5,
and actually the Series 4, have a special kind of OLED
screen that Apple developed. It’s a low temperature,
polycrystalline oxide, or LTPO for short. What does that mean? Well, it means, like,
pixel and screen stuff like electron mobility. What really matters is that the Series 5 has a bunch of other chips that let it have a variable
screen refresh rate, so the Series 5 can change
the pixels on the screen as often as 60 times a second or as little as once per second. That lets this use radically
less power than other screens. You know, your watch doesn’t need to be refreshing that often when it’s just sitting
there in ambient mode, and that saves battery life. So now, instead of the
screen just being off, it shows a dimmed version
of your watch face, and it actually even still has some color, which other smartwatches don’t do. And the, of course, when
you raise your wrist up, it goes ooh, full color, just
like any other Apple Watch. But all this means is
you can check the time without being, you know, that jerk who obviously looks at his watch in the middle of a
conversation with somebody. Now, the big question is
does that always-on screen hurt the battery life? And my answer is that it
doesn’t seem to hurt much. Apple claims that this still gets the same 18 hours of battery life that every Apple Watch is supposed to get. And it does for me, even
with kind of heavy usage. But it doesn’t get much more than that. Last year, Series 4 actually outperformed that 18-hour claim. Bottom line, you should plan on charging the Apple Watch every day. And yes, I know that
there are smartwatches that last weeks or even months, but none of them can do
what the Apple Watch can. The third new thing is a built-in compass, and it works well and even gives you this neat thing called a confidence cone that gets narrower as it
becomes more confident in where north is exactly. Now, if you have a magnetic watch band, that can mess with it a
bit, but, you know, magnets. That’s how they work. The fourth new thing is that
there are more cellular bands on the cellular version,
which means that it can do emergency calling internationally. Now, you should know that doesn’t mean that it’ll work for regular cell phone Apple Watch stuff, though. Apple still needs to make
carrier deals for that to work. So, new materials,
always-on screen, compass, and international emergency calling. All in all, that’s a really
minor update, but you know what? It doesn’t matter because the Apple Watch is so far ahead of the competition. I think there’s a few reasons for that. One is the processor. Apple is just way better
at making processors for smartwatches than anybody else. Another is integration. Apple lets the Apple Watch do Apple stuff with the Apple iPhone that
it won’t let other companies like Fitbit or Wear OS or
Samsung or Withings do, like replying to iMessages. Only the Apple Watch can do that. But also, watchOS is just really good. The new version here is watchOS 6, and it’s gonna land on every Apple Watch except the very, very first one. Now, inside this, there are
new watch faces, as usual. I like that you can set more of them to just be a single color. I do wish that there
were more watch faces, or, really, that there
were third-party options. I could get a pretty
good face on this watch, but I can’t get the
perfect watch face for me. The biggest new feature in
watchOS is the App Store, which lets you install
apps without having to, you know, pull out your phone,
except for the first time that you use the App
Store on the Apple Watch, where you have to enter
your password on your phone. And then sometimes, you install
apps on the Apple Watch, and it needs its, like,
parent app on the phone in order to work for the first time. It’s not completely independent
yet, is what I’m saying. Now, it is nice to be able
to install an app in a pinch directly on your watch, I guess, but this big-deal feature is
not really a big deal to me. Maybe when the Apple Watch gets a little bit more independent from the iPhone, it’ll matter more. Then there’s the cycles app, which lets you log and
track menstrual activity. Now, this app isn’t for me, but I will say that I wish
Apple had paid more attention to women’s health sooner. Still, though, talking to people at Apple, it’s clear that they put
some care into this app. It’s scientifically cautious, and it’s thoughtful in its design. So, it could help you track information that could be useful for
you or for your doctor. But look, fertility can
be a really hard thing, so if you’re using it with kids in mind, you should talk to your
doctor before doing anything with the information that it provides. Let’s see. What else? Siri. Siri is here, and
it can identify songs. It can also bring up
search results from the web and lets you click into the webpages. And my favorite thing
ever with the Apple Watch is still that you can load little tiny, itty bitty webpages on it. It’s kind of fun. Oh, one other thing. There is an option for the watch to detect ambient noise levels and warn you if it’s too loud for safety over a long period of time, plus I just like watching the
noise meter go up and down. It proves to me that the
train that I ride every day is too damn loud. The main thing that’s missing
for me is sleep tracking, which for me and my health
is much more important than closing a standing ring or whatever. There are third-part apps, though. I use Sleep++, but it seems
like a pretty obvious thing for Apple to add next year. Okay, so, why is the
Apple Watch so far ahead? It’s not that it has an
LTPO screen or a noise meter or really any one of the features that I just mentioned in this review. It’s the fact that I’m talking about features in this way at all. With every other smartwatch, and I’m not talking about
the Garmin, Wilderness, Hiking, Sporting,
Mountaineering, whatever watches. I mean, like, wrist computers. With those things, I usually have to check whether it can last more than 12 hours or whether it can open apps
in less than 10 seconds or respond to a text message or if the software is buggy as hell. All that stuff was actually pretty bad in the very first Apple Watch, but it quickly got turned around, so now, Apple gets to work on filling out more advanced features. It’s like the Apple
Watch is in high school and is taking AP courses
while everybody else is repeating the seventh grade for the third time. Sure, the Apple Watch hasn’t
reached anything close to its full potential yet, but right now, this
thing is an overachiever. ♪ Ah, that’s still going ♪ ♪ Ah, can’t take the watch to it ♪ ♪ Ah ♪
(Laughing) Hey, everybody. Thank
you so much for watching. Let me know in the comments if you’re getting an Apple Watch, and if you’re an Android user, let me know what you think you could do ’cause I don’t have a good
smartwach answer for you. Also, if you missed it, Neil and I reviewed the iPhones yesterday, and you should definitely
check those videos out.

, , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

Post navigation

100 thoughts on “Apple Watch Series 5 review: the best smartwatch

  1. There's a lot of smart watch options out there and they all have basic fictionally as far as m concerned and for that reason Apple watch would be the past option for me. For the reason started above, I disagree that Apple is light years or so away if anyone else.
    "Light years and so ahead of anyone" just doesn't exist in the world of tech.
    I surprised that you'd even say that as a techy.

  2. I am an avid viewer for verges Reviews simply because the reviewers are not technical or superlative tech persons which kinda give realistic consumer approached.. However , I am highly displeased with incorrect facts that are stated and the highly rigged biasness that is labeled on product..its a review, not a personal impression. So you dont say stuff like "it's the best product ever" or "nothing beats this product " . Your are expected to relay Facts and statistics thats what review consist of …

  3. What my issue is, that mostly every upgrade on this watch is something made possible by a software update, apart from the larger screen and a few other small, very small, details, all these updates where and should be possible by software updates

  4. I saw other reviews said in terms of the phone call quality and the speaker quality, Apple Watch Series 5 cannot compete with Samsung Galaxy Watch Active2, which is a lot cheaper.

  5. Perhaps one of you can help me. Is the screen the same across all models of the series 5? The Apple website mentions that the back is sapphire, but I see no mention of the front.

  6. Come on Dieter, haven't you seen Samsung Galaxy Watch with brighter always-on screen with a longer battery-life and a ton of free watch faces for every taste.
    And yes, Galaxy Watch is also fast (snappy).

  7. The only question I’ve had about the series 5 is if the message notification in the green bubble changes to 1 if you receive a message while the watch is in 1hz mode. (Not referring to the red dot) I’ve been searching everywhere and can’t find the answer. Anyone with the series 5, if you can test it and let me know please and thank you!!

  8. Purchase one for my wide and I three days ago. LOVE THEM!!! We’re still playing with them, trying to figure out all of the features.

  9. Finally decided to make the jump up from my Apple Watch Series 0 to the Series 5. Seemed to finally justify all the updates.

  10. What screen protector do you have on your watch if you even used one? I like it without one but want to protect this beautiful screen.

  11. I prefer my:
    Patek Philippe

    5216 Grand Complication

    Rose Gold on Strap with Silver Opaline Dial


    5216R 001

    Item ID:39588Model #:5216R 001Case:18KT Rose GoldCase Size:39.5 mmMovement:ManualDial:Silver Opaline DialBracelet:Brown Alligator Leather

  12. Most of those features are available on the samsung watch plus I can answer my phone on it even if I’ve left the phone at home

  13. Is this durable? I’m thinking on getting one for the health features but in concerned on its durability. I tend to beat watches.

  14. Finally the Apple Watch series 5 is out, which means that the series 4 will be cheaper. Now I can finally afford a used series 1

  15. Useless video, ever try simplifying a video! You’re not Apple, you don’t need to discuss the specs of an Apple Watch. What can you do with it exactly? What Do you use it for exactly?! no worries you’re not alone all the videos on YouTube are useless when it comes to Apple products because it’s just a bunch of posers discussing their Apple purchases without ever using them.

  16. It’s nice but why you want all those features for after while you never will use it rather use those things on my iPhone

  17. Apple developed the screen? Hmm not Samsung this time?! Is this only for the watch LOL cough apple making processor ? Thought they teamed of with intel 0_o

  18. Wish you could download playlists from Spotify and play them offline. Unbelievable why they don't offer such a feature!

  19. Sorry to disagree, but I would go as far as to argue that the Garmin Fenix 6 is the most advanced smart watch out there (and I wish to be proven wrong, but not by an apple absolutist). Technologically advanced = what the watch can do for you, irrespective of means (CPU etc).

  20. Must agree, if you use iphone Apple Watch as a "Smartwatch" is the best.

    Can´t beat my Garmins for training but on the other hand Garmin only wins on training and battery ..:)
    If Apple just could make one extra BIG 52-58mm with big battery it would be sweet..will never happen tho. 🙂

  21. I know that we used to hunt wild animals, throw spears etc.; but to actually have to put my Apple watch on the charger next to where I sleep every day? Omg, not sure if I can handle that kind of daily strain.

  22. Your sentence with the full potential nailed it
    right now its not where it should be they are wrist computers yes but not reliable ones yet!
    When they come up with batteries who can last much more and drive the price down so many more can afford them these things will be awesome

  23. The best features are still the iPhone pinging function so that you can find your iPhone in your house when it's lost, the walk-talkie function, and the fact that I can count laps with it when I'm swimming. That's it.

  24. Apple watch series 5. Best smartwatch money can buy. Too bad if you're an endurance athlete, Suunto, Polar, Garmin and even Coros rule. There's a reason why the Apple watch is non existent in the world of triathlon or pretty much any endurance sport. Where's the damn lap button that I can press even without looking.

  25. I am using the oldest iwatch and I don’t need to even move my wrist to look at the time like he said. I have face detection on it.

  26. It does all the functions of a smart phone and required to be charged daily just like a smartphone…so my question is what's the point of buying it ??…basically the whole of smartwatch thing is a marketing gimmick…..what's the point of carrying two smartphones ???

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *