Apple Watch Series 5 Price: $379.99 (as of 11/07/2020 23:54 PST- Details)

Always-On Retina display
30% larger screen


Apple Watch Series 5 reviews are not as great as last year’s. I bought a Watch in March and used it on average every other day for one month. At that time I wore the watch every day but noticed there were a lot of complaints about Watch functionality, so I thought I’d do a quick review.

This year’s version of the Apple Watch has lost the water resistance. The original Apple Watch had a water-resistance rating of fifty meters. After four months of daily usage, the Watch had lost that rating. It is still slightly better than the last generation Watch, which lost its water-resistance after seven months.

The leather Sport band is slightly more comfortable than last year’s model but feels more scratchy and safe than the stainless steel band of the last model. The stainless steel is still best because it is harder, but the leather tends to itch and hurt after a while.

I have to admit that I do enjoy the fact that I have a nice Apple Watch with all of the modern features. The screen is still large, clear, and crisp, and will give you all of the information you could want. The data you get out of the Watch is more accurate and up to date than it was with the original Watch.

I like the Apple Watch because it allows me to stay active without being tethered to my iPhone or needing to take out my cell phone at all times. GPS is perfect for finding restaurants, meeting friends, or finding directions to the airport.

With the Series 5 model, I like the fact that it is waterproof. There is no fear of dropping it into the pool. I never get my phone wet in the pool.

The clear digital display on the screen is easier to read in the pool than the old model, and the brightness is a lot better. There is a new series of small touch screen Digital Crown buttons which make it easier to control the display with one hand.

A small problem I have found with the Apple Watch is that there are only three buttons. When trying to add a charge to the Watch (press the crown button three times), the crown button will not work.

I am not one-handed use it, so I do not know if this is a function of the design of the watch or simply a matter of how one-handed use it. So far I have had problems with one-handed use because I can’t turn the Digital Crown button when the screen is off.

The Home button on the Watch also does not work. You have to pull the Watch out of your pocket or bag to activate the Home button.

One thing I noticed with the battery life is that the watch has a long half-life. If you don’t exercise a lot of your wrist, it will last much longer than if you are constantly reading emails or checking emails.

It would be nice if they added a Bluetooth option, since most people these days are using their cell phones and their phones all day, and they really need a way to make it easier to talk with other people who are not there. The only thing is that the newer Apple Watch models seem to have trouble connecting to Bluetooth devices.