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Compare the Apple Watch Series 5 to the Apple Watch Series 4

The Apple Watch Series 5 has an Always On display. The battery lasts just as long as its predecessor, the Apple Watch Series 4. In this article, we'll tell you more about the differences and similarities between these 2 generations of smartwatches. We'll also let you know whether it's worth upgrading to the Apple Watch Series 5.

Apple Watch Series 5

Optical heart rate sensor and ECG function | Always on Retina screen | 32GB storage
379,-
temporarily sold out
  • While you rest, you can still view the most important functions and the time, because the Always On Retina display doesn't turn completely black.
  • The battery still lasts 18 hours, despite the Always On display.
  • Thanks to the integrated compass, you can always find your way home.
  • To get the most out of all Apple Watch functions, you need an iPhone.

Apple Watch Series 4

Waterproof down to 50 meters | Measures distance, calories burnt, heart rate, sleep, speed, steps, and stairs | High display brightness (1000 nits)
429,-
no longer available
  • You can stay up-to-date with all notifications and activities the entire day, as the battery lasts 18 hours.
  • Thanks to the GPS sensor, the smartwatch shows your speed, distance traveled, and route.
  • The time is only visible when you raise your wrist.

Compare the Apple Watch Series 5 to the Apple Watch Series 4

Apple Watch Series 5 Apple Watch Series 4
Display Always On display OLED display
Thickness watch case 10.7mm thin 10.7mm thin
Processor 64-bit Dual-Core S5 processor, which is up to 2x faster than the S3 processor 64-bit Dual-Core S4 processor, which is up to 2x faster than the S3 processor
Heart rate sensor Optical heart rate sensor 2nd generation Optical heart rate sensor 2nd generation
Fall detection Yes Yes
Water resistance Up to 50 meters Up to 50 meters
Battery life Up to 18 hours Up to 18 hours
Compass Integrated -
Size 324x394 (40mm) and 368x448 (44mm) 324x394 (40mm) and 368x448 (44mm)

Display

Apple Watch Series 5 Always On display

Apple Watch Series 5 Always On display

The main difference between the Apple Watch Series 4 and the Series 5 is the display, because the Apple Watch 5 has an Always On Retina display. If you're not looking at your smartwatch, the time is still visible. If you raise your wrist, the Always On display lights up and you can easily check your notifications. So from now on, you can check how long the meeting will last without looking too conspicuously on your watch.

Apple Watch Series 4 OLED display

Apple Watch Series 4 OLED display

The Apple Watch Series 4 has a nearly seamless OLED display. The screen of this smartwatch isn't always on. The display switches on when you raise your wrist. If you put your hand down, the screen goes black again.

Battery life

Apple Watch Series 5 battery life

Apple Watch Series 5 battery life: still 18 hours

Despite the fact that the Apple Watch 5 screen has Always On, you don't compromise on battery life. The battery still lasts 18 hours. So you can keep track of your activities without having to charge your Apple Watch in between. When the smartwatch is empty, you can fully charge it again in 2.5 hours.

Apple Watch Series 4 battery life

Apple Watch Series 4 battery life

A fully charged battery in the Apple Watch 4 also lasts up to 18 hours. This is if you regularly check the time, your notifications, and meet your 60-minute workout goal. But if you listen to music from your Apple Watch 4 all day or track a 4-hour marathon in the Activity app, the battery will drain faster.

Compass

Apple Watch Series 5 compass

Compass on Apple Watch Series 5

The Apple Watch Series 5 has a compass app. This app shows in which direction your Apple Watch points and it determines your exact location. Are you an avid mountain climber? The compass app shows your altitude, even if you don't have a WiFi or mobile connection. You always know which way to go with the Apple Watch 5.

Apple Watch Series 4 GPS

Apple Watch Series 4 with GPS

The Apple Watch Series 4 doesn't have a compass app. It still knows exactly where you are, thanks to the integrated GPS. So you can easily navigate to new destinations in the Maps app.

Size

Apple Watch Series 4 and Series 5 size

The Apple Watch 4 as well as the Apple Watch 5 are available in 2 different sizes. One model is 40mm high, suitable for a wrist circumference of 130mm to 200mm. The larger 44mm model fits a wrist circumference of 140mm to 210mm. The Apple Watch 4 straps also fit the Apple Watch Series 5. Make sure you choose the right size.

Conclusion

The Always On display and the battery life of still 18 hours make it worthwhile to upgrade to the Apple Watch Series 5. The compass is a great feature for mountain climbers and scouts. It ensures you always know where you are and where to go. And because the Apple Watch 4 and the Apple Watch have the same dimensions, you can use the straps of the Apple Watch 4 on its successor as well.



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