Apple Watch Series 5 Impressions

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I’ve had the Apple Watch Series 5 for just over a day now and I thought I’d write a few of my impressions. I upgraded from the Series 3 so keep that in mind as you read below.

The always-on display is really nice. I didn’t realize how much I want to just glance at the time and now I can!

I’m really digging the case size and display, coming from a Series 3. The touch targets and overall readability are a great improvement.

Battery Life

When I set up my new Watch, I intentionally picked a dark face as opposed to a light one for now. I’ll have to test the light face in the future to see how that plays into battery life.

I went to bed with battery at 100%. I set Theater Mode and DND and slept with the Watch on all night, for sleep-tracking purposes.

I woke up at 5:15am with 95%.

I performed a 28-minute HIIT workout.

After the workout, the battery was at 88%.

I placed the Watch on the charger for about 20 minutes while I showered and got dressed.

The battery was at 99% at 6:30am.

I went for a 15-minute outdoor walk workout at 11am. The battery was at 83%.

After lunch, during the “afternoon slump”, I went for a 13-minute outdoor walk workout at 2pm and the battery was at 67%.

 At 6pm, the battery was at 48%.

At 8pm, the battery was at 33% before putting it on the charger for the night.

Overall, the battery isn’t as good as my Series 3, but with the always-on display and the 3 workouts I did today, I’d say it still served me very well.

Gannon Nordberg @gannonnordberg